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Strike Up The (Cigar) Band!

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Cigar bands, sometimes known as cylinder rings, are the wedding jewelry equivalents of a classically tailored suit: They boast a perennially chic vibe thanks to clean lines that lend the designs a resolutely modern feel (not to mention an enduring cross-gender appeal).

They’re also the opposite of dainty, their boldness offering a refreshing counterpoint to the thin, stackable styles that have lately ruled the bridal scene.

From gold bands that look like engagement rings (check out Walters Faith’s fetching pear-shape diamond solitaire) to plain gold wedding rings, extreme in their simplicity (see SHW’s trapezoidal style with its alluring highly polished sheen), the cigar band style is a great option for brides seeking a wide gold wedding ring or an alternative to the traditional prong-set engagement ring.

Designed to evoke the paper band that encircles a cigar, they are most often seen with smooth, polished surfaces. Lately, however, designers are shaking things up a bit, loosely reinterpreting the cigar band in a slew of styles—including the nine new designs featured here, which offer a sample of the category’s astonishing breadth.

Textured or smooth, gem set or plain, the cigar band is the modern bride’s hot (dare we say, smoking?) new accessory.

Fred Leighton cigar band
18k yellow gold and diamond ring, $12,500; Fred Leighton
Future Fortune cigar band
Grace ring in 18k gold with 2.25 cts. t.w. pavé diamonds, $12,000; Future Fortune
Elizabeth Moore Diamond Cigar Band
Circle of 5ths cigar band in 18k gold with 0.39 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,545; Elizabeth Moore
Jane Bartel cigar ring
Cigar band ring in 18k recycled gold with blue sapphires, $2,800; Jane Bartel Jewelry
Susan Gordon cigar band
Tropical ring in 22k gold with 0.88 ct. t.w. diamonds, $9,500; Susan Gordon
Ali Weiss gold diamond cigar band
Thick ribbed band in 14k yellow gold with diamonds, $2,400; Ali Weiss Jewelry 
ITA tourmaline gold band
Miri triple tourmaline baguette cigar band in 14k yellow gold, $1,495; ITA 
SHW Jewelry gold band
Tavi ring in 14k yellow gold, $2,400; SHW Jewelry

Top: East-west–set pear-shape diamond ring in 18k yellow gold, price on request; Walters Faith

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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