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Wedding band trends: Wood, colored diamonds and more

If you're looking to make your wedding as unique as you are, don't forget your rings.

"Marriage itself is being redefined, and so should the rings," says Lee Tucker, Executive Director of Merchandising at David Yurman.

Beyond your traditional gold bands, unique details and non-traditional materials are "the new norm," says Tucker. Think tungsten carbide and even non-metals, like wood.

As far as diamonds go, think beyond your standard white. According to De Beers Diamond Jewellers' Head Designer Hollie Bonneville-Barden, there's been an uptick of colored diamonds for women. The same can even be said even for men. Rosanne Karmes, founder of Sydney Evan, said that men tend to favor white, yellow or platinum wedding bands with a single thick band, but "if they opt for a more flashy ring, black diamond eternity bands are popular."

For a non-traditional wedding band, we've rounded up the options below. And just remember: "Take time to research options and follow your heart," says Tucker. "Just like a marriage, you and your ring will be partners for a long time."

NON-TRADITIONAL MATERIALS

Women: This ring features reclaimed Hackberry wood on
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Women: This ring features reclaimed Hackberry wood on the outside and re-purposed rosewood on the inside. Simply Wood Rings, Hackberry and Rosewood, $350

Men: This gray-toned wedding band is comprised of
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Men: This gray-toned wedding band is comprised of tungsten carbide for a bold, contemporary look. 8mm Brushed and Polished Comfort Fit Wedding Ring in Classic Gray Tungsten Carbide, $230

UNIQUE DETAILS

Women: For a bold and confident look, this
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Women: For a bold and confident look, this 5mm-wide black gold band features a half-bezel set round brilliant diamond. De Beers, Azulea Black Gold Band, $1,950

Men: This 8mm, 18k yellow gold ring breaks
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Men: This 8mm, 18k yellow gold ring breaks from your standard gold band thanks to the grid-like texture. Sky Wide Band Ring in Gold, David Yurman, $4,200

COLORED DIAMONDS

Women: Enhanced blue diamonds shine against the cool
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Women: Enhanced blue diamonds shine against the cool 14K white gold for a simple-yet-stunning band. 3/4 CT. T.W. Enhanced Blue Diamond Wedding Band in 14K White Gold, Zales, $829

Men: Who says women have to get all
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Men: Who says women have to get all the diamonds? Black diamonds are channel-set into the satin-finished shank, meeting at a 1/6 ct. princess-cut diamond in the center. 1/2 CT. T.W. Enhanced Black and White Diamond Ring in Sterling Silver, $629

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