Soha and Aubree co-founded Soha Diamond Co. in 2017 with an online only presence, but today, have a Design Studio located on East Washington in Madison to cater to local clientele. Soha is a 10th generation jeweler and GIA Graduate Gemologist, but wanted to re-imagine the family business and look past “traditional” views and concepts when it comes to jewelry and diamonds. With a focus on eco-conscious lab-grown diamonds and colored gemstones, and 100% recycled precious metals, their mission is to offer you a conscious and ethical luxury when celebrating life’s greatest moments. They believe you should never have to sacrifice or violate the environment and human rights in order to wear fine jewelry.
Congratulations! You just got engaged and may be wondering…what’s next? We frequently get asked about the wedding bands and the timeline of ordering, style options, and customizations. Below you’ll find our top FAQs!
When should we order our wedding bands?
This is the most common question, and many people assume you have to order the wedding band at the same time as the engagement ring. This is not the case, and in fact you can wait to order the bands until about 3-5 months before the wedding. Of course, you can get started with ideas/inspiration for your wedding band(s) at any point before then. The custom process typically takes a bit longer, as we meet anywhere from one to a handful of times before production, depending on changes you’d like made. Whether custom or not, the production process for precious metals takes between 2-3 weeks (gold) and 3-4 weeks (platinum). If possible, allow for at least a couple of weeks before your wedding to receive the rings.
Do you have a matching wedding band to my engagement ring?
All of our engagement rings have a complementary wedding band. This means that the wedding band is either identical to the band of the engagement ring, or, has contours (curves) to fit any specific contours of the engagement ring. This doesn’t mean that you have to choose it, though! Sometimes, brides decide they want something a little different, and go with a band of a different metal color or style. The stackable band trend is still going strong, allowing the wearer to choose a fun band based on their desired style they’re going for that day, or mix and match.
Do brides and grooms do matching wedding bands?
While the couple’s rings won’t look identical to each other, it is common for them to select the same metal type for both of their bands. For example, if a bride has a Platinum engagement ring, many times she will choose a Platinum wedding band (usually accented with diamonds), and her partner will choose a band in Platinum as well. Of course, this is all up to preference!
What are popular men’s band styles?
Comfort Fit bands in precious metals are very popular, with about 80% of men choosing this option. A Comfort Fit ring can be made in white, yellow or rose gold, or platinum, and is domed on the inside of the band so it feels super comfortable on the finger. Typically Comfort Fit bands are plain metal, meaning no diamonds or other materials are on the outside of the band. However, there are many different profile options, such as rounded, flat, milgrain beading, knife edge, and more to choose from. You can also pick from a variety of finishes, from high polish (most popular), to matte, satin, hammered, and more. Don’t forget the complimentary laser engraving on the inside of the band!
I have a really unique engagement ring that does not have a matching wedding band. What can I do?
If you’d like to get a band that will be complementary to your existing engagement ring, we do have a service where we can intake your ring (even if it’s not from us) and scan it to get all of the measurements. From here, we can custom create a band that will be a perfect fit!
To solder or not to solder?
Soldering an engagement ring to a wedding band was a very common practice in the past, but today, is getting less and less so. It all comes down to personal preference, but there are some pros and cons to consider. The pros of getting it soldered together are the insurance that the bands will always be snug together and in proper place. This may matter if you have a band that needs to match up with the engagement ring, and if it’s not soldered, the bands may shift. If that would bother you, soldering may be a good option. Another pro would be that the bands would have no chance of rubbing together, which causes more wear and tear, depending on the style of the engagement ring and wedding band. A con (or perhaps pro) of soldering would be the fact that you will always have to wear them together. For someone who wants the freedom of wearing just the engagement ring or just the wedding band (which comes in handy especially for traveling), then no-soldering may be the way to go.
Selecting wedding bands is a fun and exciting process, and we are here to make it easy for both of you!