I’ve long had this expectation that, at some point in my marriage—probably a 25th anniversary, or something like that—my engagement ring and wedding band would be exchanged for a single, substantial band. Maybe not to wear all the time (I can’t bear the thought of being without my engagement ring entirely), but at least interchangeably.
I’ve been influenced, whether I realized it at the time, by countless women I’ve encountered, their ring fingers swathed in thick, sparkling wedding bands. It’s the kind of look that gives off an aura of established, experienced, and elegant. It’s the sort of ring you earn.
It’s a ring like this (pictured), from Los Angeles–based family jeweler Dorian & Rose. The Deco band is handcrafted in 18k yellow gold, and the expertly detailed texture around each bezel frames the diamonds, both round and square. Those diamonds make up nearly 4 cts.—a substantial weight for such a momentous occasion (if this were to be a 25th-anniversary band, that is).
As I write this, I find myself paranoid that I dare suggest this style is meant solely for “women of a certain age.” But not so—in fact, I find myself coveting this piece right this very moment (and I still consider myself pretty young and cool, don’t laugh!). So for those looking for a self-purchase that perhaps takes a little more out of their wallet, or if they want to go ahead and skip over the engagement ring combo and head straight to the diamond band, this is an amazing choice. As for me, I’m planning 15 years ahead, and putting this on my wish list for when that big anniversary finally comes.
As this is one-of-a-kind, I have a feeling the ring won’t wait for me—but Dorian & Rose, which has been in business since 1999, will surely have something to pique my interest when the time comes. Designer Tigren Dorian has an eye for beautifully made yellow gold rings. Perhaps I should put my name in for one now?
Top: Deco band in 18k yellow gold with 3.9 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request