Unique Wedding Bands for $500 and Less

In an era of personalization, your love story can be customized with a unique wedding band. Sure, the engagement ring is the bling that grabs the initial attention, but the wedding band is the ring that truly symbolizes a lifetime union. Make it as special as your relationship by putting a personal spin on your wedding band. You can set your wedding ring apart by choosing from various metals, including yellow, white and rose gold rings. Those on a budget can even choose diamonds set in sterling silver, stainless steel or tungsten. Beyond diamonds, there are many gemstones that add color to a wedding band. We have scoured the inventory of unique rings to make our list of wedding bands that cost less than $500, including rings from Saks Fifth Avenue, Amazon and Neiman Marcus.

Ginette NY Wise Diamond & 18K Rose Gold Ring saks fifth avenue photo

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Ginette NY Wise Diamond & 18K Rose Gold Ring

The jewelry maker Ginette NY creates rings that include a variety of unusual motifs, from a lighting bolt made of diamonds to a pave diamond cube. The jewelry is fresh and modern, so we turned to Ginette NY for a unique wedding band. From the firm's Wise Collection, this ring is made of 18-karat rose gold, that popular metal with a blush cast. Particularly as a wedding band, we love that it features a soaring bird motif that is detailed in lustrous white diamonds with a total carat weight of 0.04. ($475; saksfifthavenue.com)

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Kobelle 10K Gold 3-Diamond Dome Wedding Band Amazon photo

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Kobelle 10K Gold 3-Diamond Dome Wedding Band

To ensure your wedding band is unique, focus on the details that describe your style in an aesthetic way. For example, this yellow gold ring from Kobelle features three diamonds that sit flush against a band that has been polished to create a mirror-like shine. This is a style for a bride who considers her style to be modern and linear, not for a bride who seeks intricate or vintage design details. The diamonds are conflict free and the band has a curved interior to ensure maximum comfort. ($90 to $100; amazon.com)

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La4ve Princess-cut Diamond and Ruby Wedding Band amazon photo

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La4ve Princess-cut Diamond and Ruby Wedding Band

Choose to live in full color by wearing a diamond-and-ruby wedding band. This one, from the New York City bridal jewelry company La4ve, begins with a 14-karat yellow gold band. This ruby ring is bright and beautiful, and the gems are cut in the square, inverted pyramid "princess" style, as are the interspersed diamonds. The total weight of the conflict-free diamonds is approximately 0.95 to 1.10 carat. This wedding band will also stack beautifully with other bands, such as those for a future anniversary or for birthing a child (the trendy "push present"). ($499.99; amazon.com)

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Dazzlingrock Collection Ladies Vintage Style Wedding Band in Sterling Silver amazon photo

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Dazzlingrock Collection Ladies Vintage Style Wedding Band in Sterling Silver

Choosing a diamond-filled wedding ring made of a sterling silver band is one way to economize. No casual bystander will ever know that your ring is made of silver rather than the more expensive metals, such as white gold or platinum. Yet you still get the true sparkle of real diamonds. We love the beaded "milgrain" detail that embellishes this ring, as it makes it look like antique jewelry from the first half of the Twentieth Century. ($103.90 - $229.90; amazon.com)

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Brilliant Expressions Conflict-Free Diamond-Accented Twist Wedding Band amazon photo

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Brilliant Expressions Conflict-Free Diamond-Accented Twist Wedding Band

This ring can be purchased in 10 karat yellow or white gold; both are beautiful, but the yellow gold brings contrast to the white diamonds. This ring features a sweeping "twist" design, which would appeal to a bride whose tastes lie somewhere between vintage style and modern touches. The ring's maker, Brilliant Expressions, purchases its diamonds from conflict-free sources that are compliant with the Kimberley Process, by which the flow of "conflict" diamonds is reduced. The company also uses sustainable materials and methods in its manufacturing. ($134; amazon.com)

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Alberto Milani 18K Rose Gold Tubogas Band neiman marcus photo

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Alberto Milani 18K Rose Gold Tubogas Band

The word "tubogas" is Italian for "gas pipe" and describes a type of band formed from two interlocking metal strips wrapped tightly together. This technique became popular during the late 1930s and 1940s and has been used by famous jewelry makers Van Cleef & Arpels and Bulgari to make a variety of clever jewelry designs. The technique was used to make this Alberto Milani "Tubobas" band stand out from the crowd. Beyond this awesome style of metalsmith work, the rose gold ring provides a distinctive twist on a classic style. ($485; neimanmarcus.com)

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Astrid 14k Rose Gold Ring Kendra Scott photo

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Astrid 14k Rose Gold Ring

Rose gold wedding bands are incredibly popular right now and we love this one from Kendra Scott. Called the Astrid ring, its alluring pink hue makes for a sophisticated modern wedding ring that features subtle studs and a dusting of diamonds. This 14-karat rose gold ring is an effortlessly elegant wedding band and will make a stunning addition to your jewelry box. The sparkling diamonds add up to 0.138 total carat weight and were mined with a conflict-free method in compliance with the Kimberley Process. ($500; kendrascott.com)

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Diamond Vine Ring in Sterling Silver Macys photo

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Diamond Vine Ring in Sterling Silver

The curving vines of this ring make it a particularly romantic, vintage-inspired style (especially for the romantic, floral bride who is a gardener or nature-lover). By using sterling silver, Macy's is able to price this polished ring at a lower price. Still, it sparkles with 1/10 carat total weight of rose-cut diamonds. The openness of the scrollwork and the milgrain embellishment gives this wedding band a dainty look that we love. ($100; macys.com)

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Diamond Triple Cluster Ring (1/4 ct. t.w.) in Sterling Silver macy's photo

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Diamond Triple Cluster Ring (1/4 ct. t.w.) in Sterling Silver

Three round-shape diamonds form flower-inspired clusters to create a subtle floral effect that would be perfect for a romantic bride who loves roses. We love the sparkling halo each of these round diamonds create as they encircle the center diamond to make it a truly distinctive wedding band. These diamonds are placed into a pretty sterling silver ring setting to keep the costs down despite the significant presence of 1/4 carats in total weight of diamonds. ($400; macys.com)

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Diamond Pyramid Ring (1/5 ct. t.w.) in Sterling Silver macy's photo

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Diamond Pyramid Ring (1/5 ct. t.w.) in Sterling Silver

Va-va-va-voom! This ring has personality to spare with its gorgeous gathering of round-cut diamonds, totaling 1/5 carat in total weight, create an effervescent show of sparkle. The band is sculpted in such a way to make the various sizes of diamonds appear to be shooting stars. This is a constellation some bride will want to visit every day. ($400; macys.com)

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Bony Levy Diamond & 18K Gold Bead Stacking Ring nordstrom photo

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Bony Levy Diamond & 18K Gold Bead Stacking Ring

A study in understatement, this 18-karat rose gold band is topped with five elegantly arranged diamonds and trimmed in beading details. This is a handcrafted ring that features a total diamond weight of 0.04 carats. It looks lovely next to an engagement ring and, as a bride builds her jewelry collection, it can be stacked with other pieces. This is a delicate wedding ring to symbolize the unity of your love. ($395; nordstrom.com)

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Michelle 14k Rose Gold Band Ring In White Diamond kendra scott photo

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Michelle 14k Rose Gold Band Ring In White Diamond

This dainty darling from Kendra Scott is made of 14-karat rose gold. Called Michelle, the design is minimalistic even though it features crown-inspired details; we consider this to be the understated face of nobility. The five conflict-free diamonds add a touch of sparkle to the glowing pink of the band. ($300; kendrascott.com)

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