Modern Wedding Bands for the Minimalist Bride

by Julie Sprankles
Apr 12, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Modern Wedding Bands for Minimalist Brides
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Congrats! If you’re here, chances are good you’re planning to pop the question or have already had someone pop the question to you. Getting married is a momentous occasion in life, and the wedding band serves as a reminder of that special day — a testament to the circular cycle of a love that never ends.  

But not every bride desires the big, flashy wedding ring. Some of us lean toward a simpler style of band. We’re modern romantics —minimalists by nature. We’d rather have something understated because, hey, the way we feel for our significant other means we don't need the flashy accouterment. To be honest, when it comes to our jewelry or our lives in general, we embrace a minimalist approach.  

Sound familiar? If your heart keeps pulling you toward a subtle aesthetic, the following minimalist wedding bands for modern brides could be the perfect marriage of form and function. 

1 /23: Dainty Baguette Band

1/23 :Dainty Baguette Band

This handmade ring may be simple, but it boasts a decidedly art deco appeal. 

Dainty baguette ring, $339 at HelloRing/Etsy

2 /23: The Woodland

Minimalist Wedding Bands Woodland
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2/23 :The Woodland

Perfect for the outdoor enthusiast, The Woodland's dual trees are carved into the band using a tiny chisel and then blackened for contrast. 

The Woodland band, $195 at Ash Hilton

3 /23: Diamond Drop-In Band

Minimalist Wedding Band Diamond Drop-In
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3/23 :Diamond Drop-In Band

This ring's novel shape brings subtle focus to the diamond cradled within its delicate point. 

Diamond drop-in band, $450 at Sarah & Sebastian

4 /23: Tiny Spikes Eternity Ring

Minimalist Wedding Band Tiny Spikes
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4/23 :Tiny Spikes Eternity Ring

Just because you prefer a minimalist design doesn't mean you don't have an edge too. This eternity ring's tiny spikes make a discreet statement. 

Tiny spikes eternity ring, $400 at Zoe Chicco

5 /23: Etched Yellow Band

5/23 :Etched Yellow Band

This unisex 18-karat-gold band features handmade stripes etched by the artist in France. 

Etched gold band, $541 at MaaBijoux/Etsy

6 /23: The 'Rough Baby'

Minimalist Wedding Bands Rough Baby
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6/23 :The 'Rough Baby'

A 1.5-carat rough-cut, center-set diamond gives this band its name — and a look that is different and distinctive. 

The Rough Baby ring, $1,295 at T. Kahres Jewelry

7 /23: Faceted Band

7/23 :Faceted Band

Because this band is faceted by hand, no two are exactly alike. Bonus: It's available in 14-karat gold, 18-karat gold, white gold or yellow gold. 

Faceted gold band, $825 at lolide/Etsy

8 /23: Emerald-Cut Ring

Minimalist Wedding Band Emerald Cut
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8/23 :Emerald-Cut Ring

If you've been on the hunt for the perfect minimalist emerald-cut wedding band, look no further. This beauty couldn't be any chicer. 

Emerald-cut wedding band, $1,801 at Vrai & Oro

9 /23: Fingerprint Ring

Minimalist Wedding Band Fingerprint ring
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9/23 :Fingerprint Ring

On the outside, this looks like a slender sterling-silver band. But on the inside, it hides a sweet secret: Your partner's fingerprint. 

Narrow fingerprint ring, $195 at Brent & Jess

10 /23: The Elektra

Minimalist Wedding Bands The Elektra
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10/23 :The Elektra

Is it just us, or does this eye-catching diamond and gold band have a bit of Gatsby flair? 

The Elektra 18-karat-gold ring, $990 at T. Kahres Jewelry

11 /23: Geometric Gold Band

11/23 :Geometric Gold Band

An ideal alternative to a classic gold band, this geometric style's octagonal design is playful yet sophisticated. 

Modern geometric gold ring, $310 at NOA Fine Jewelry/Etsy

12 /23: Spaced Champagne Diamond Band

Minimalist Wedding Band Spaced Champagne
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12/23 :Spaced Champagne Diamond Band

Tiny rows of diamonds punctuate this beautiful band designed by Satomi Kawakita.  

Spaced champagne diamond band, $750 at Catbird

13 /23: Gold Constellation Ring

13/23 :Gold Constellation Ring

If you're convinced your love was written in the stars, there's no better wedding band than this gold constellation style. 

14-karat-brushed-gold constellation ring, $388 at Venus Velvet/Etsy

14 /23: Simple Textured Square Band

14/23 :Simple Textured Square Band

This simple wood-textured band's square profile lends well to stacking. 

Simple textured square band, $140 at AideMemoire/Etsy

15 /23: Wide Matte-Silver Ring

15/23 :Wide Matte-Silver Ring

A single tiny, flush-set diamond and matte-satin finish make this stylish band a no-brainer. 

Wide matte-silver ring, $180 at Coco and Chio/Etsy

16 /23: The Pale Blue Eyes

Minimalist Wedding Bands Pale Blue Eyes
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16/23 :The Pale Blue Eyes

A sparkling blue rose-cut sapphire pops against 18-karat gold in this graceful vintage-style setting.

Rose-cut sapphire ring, $1,800 at Catbird

17 /23: The Senna Thin Band

Minimalist Wedding Bands Senna Thin
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17/23 :The Senna Thin Band

A single slender channel of black glass enamel gives this otherwise gold band its sleek beauty. 

The Senna thin ring, $318 at Bario Neal

18 /23: Asscher-Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring

18/23 :Asscher-Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring

A nearly 1-carat Asscher-cut diamond is the center of attention on this classic ring thanks to a simple gold band. 

Asscher-cut diamond solitaire ring, $4,990 at MinimalVS/Etsy

19 /23: Mixed-Metal Wedding Band

19/23 :Mixed-Metal Wedding Band

Handcrafted using sustainable practices, this mixed-metal wedding band is forged from recycled sterling silver and 14-karat gold. 

Mixed-metal wedding band, $220 at Harmony Winters/Etsy

20 /23: Rose-Gold Eternity Band

20/23 :Rose-Gold Eternity Band

A delicate rose-gold band rimmed in natural, conflict-free diamonds? Count us in. 

Rose-gold eternity band, $290 at Ausgems Co/Etsy

21 /23: The Nora

Minimalist Wedding Bands Nora
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21/23 :The Nora

The wheat-patterned design on J. Lingnau's solid 14-karat-gold band is exquisite and refined. 

The Nora ring, $430 at Catbird

22 /23: The Senna Narrow Band

Minimalist Wedding Bands Senna Narrow
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22/23 :The Senna Narrow Band

A channel of white glass enamel runs around an 18-karat-gold band to form the striking two-tone Senna ring.

Senna narrow ring, $595 at Bario Neal

23 /23: The Owen

Minimalist Wedding Band Owen
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23/23 :The Owen

Love the look of a gold band but want a bit more impact? Try The Owen, which showcases a single sideways-set teardrop in the center. 

The Owen gold and diamond ring, $850 at Catbird