21 Styles of Wedding Rings with Patterns
For many people, choosing a wedding ring with a pattern applied to the surface, represents a great way of making their ring unique. Many of the plain choices are less unique in this way, but personal preference dictates. Some people prefer a more regular, plain design. For others, the ring should be a one-of-a-kind design. There are four main steps to tailor your wedding ring to your exact preference.
A range of precious metal choices ensures that most of the wedding rings with patterns can be created in whichever metal you prefer. In terms of relative cost, prices are generally less expensive as you move from 950 Platinum to 18ct Gold, to 950 Palladium, through to 9ct Gold and finally to metals such as Titanium. Don’t let metal choice define the pattern required. Most patterns can be applied to your choice of metal.
Most basic styles of plain wedding ring are available in various weights or thicknesses. You can usually choose from light, medium and heavy amongst many of the profiles of rings. Lighter weight rings will be thinner and will sit closer to the finger. For wedding rings with patterns, we would typically suggest medium or heavy weight profiles, to allow more depth for machining the design.
Keep in mind that a wider band will allow a pattern to be fully expressed. Narrower ring designs restrict the space onto which a pattern can be applied. Most patterned ring styles are created using 4mm widths upwards. This does depend greatly on the required pattern. Some designs will perfectly suit narrower wedding rings.
Hand Patterned or Machine Patterned?
The choice is extensive. You can choose from a hand patterned wedding ring, or for precision detail, a machined pattern. The latter of these provides consistency and uniformity to the design. Repeating patterns are perfect for machine finish. Repeatedly polishing the final ring can lessen the cut-look of a machined wedding ring producing a smoother finish. For some, sharp, machined wedding rings with patterns are visually more pleasing, for others, a softer edge is a preference. This can be one minor detail coming from the polishing of the ring and part of your initial discussion with the jeweller.
Types of Detail
The following list accounts for most of the pattern styles which vary by arrangement, combination and number.
Line detail. Can vary by number of lines, width of line, depth and position on the ring. Both central and offset lines are popular. Wavy lines can also be applied for a further variation on this effect.
Channel detail. A channel is a larger version of the machined line. This is often polished especially when contrasting with an outer satin finish.
Texture – A variety of textures can be accomplished. Satin, sandblasted and hammered are just three of these already discussed in our previous post.
Pattern – A pattern can be created by an arrangement of lines or texture. Milgrain is a series of raised beads, often added by machine or by a hand tool with detail built into a wheel run along the surface of the ring.
Bevels and cut edges – Very popular to add a small variation to plain ring styles. A 45 degree bevel, or a cut edge is machined onto the ring for simple effect. Again covered previously.
21 Essential Styles – Click Image to Learn More
We have put together a selection of 21 x wedding rings with patterns across a range of styles. If you need more details on any of these, visit our patterned wedding rings shop section.