Durability and longevity are always at the top of mind when we design a new ring. Engagement rings and wedding bands are incredibly sentimental pieces, and they're meant to be worn all day, every day. That's a lot of wear for a piece of fine jewelry! We work with our clients to make sure that their ring is not only beautiful but also functional.
The width of your band is absolutely essential to the integrity of your engagement ring. Thin bands are prone to bending, warping, or even snapping in half. We recommend a minimum width of 1.8 mm for your engagement ring band. In our experience, clients who come to us wanting a thin band are surprised by how well-balanced and delicate a 1.8 mm band looks.
If your heart is set on a band below 1.8 mm, don't worry! There are two ways to increase the strength of a band that looks thin from the top: tapering or creating a knife edge.
A tapered band will be slimmer near the top of the ring, but wider at the bottom (the part of the ring at the back of your hand). This adds gold weight and stability to the piece while maintaining a delicate profile near the stone, the part of the ring that you see. For an example of a tapered band, check out our Simone ring.
A knife edge band is made taller, or raised higher off the finger, to add this extra gold weight and stability. This band style also allows you achieve a thinner look near the top of the ring without compromising strength. For an example of a knife edge band, check out our Zelda ring.
If you're interested in a classic prong-set engagement ring, make sure you look for sturdy prongs supported by a gallery rail, or a piece of metal that encircles and reinforces the prongs. Not all prong set engagement rings require a gallery rail, but it's usually a good idea.