If you’ve been looking for a chic alternative to the traditional wedding band, you may want to consider buying a silicone wedding band. They’re durable, affordable, and a safe choice for individuals who use their hands a lot (i.e. weightlifters, first responders, chefs, housekeepers, nurses, doctors, military members, etc.).
Diamond wedding rings may be beautiful, but they can also be controversial (and potentially dangerous). I mean, diamonds are just a lump of coal, right? Sure, it’s been under an immense amount of geological pressure for millions of years, but it’s still (essentially) a very pretty lump of coal.
Instead of splurging on a sparkly diamond, opt for a silicone ring. Your wallet (and the Earth) will thank you.
What are silicone wedding bands?
A silicone wedding band is exactly what it sounds like: A wedding band made from rubber. Silicone rings come in a variety of styles for both men and women and can even be customized to fit your personal taste.
Are silicone wedding bands safe?
The short answer? Yes! Silicone bands prevent blistering and ring avulsion (when a ring is caught on a fast-moving object and is forcefully pulled off of one’s finger). Silicone is also non-conductive, hypoallergenic, and nonporous, making it an ideal choice for nurses and electricians.
The best silicone rings for women:
Made from hypoallergenic, medical-grade silicone, these olive-leaf-engraved wedding rings are a great alternative to a metal wedding band. They’re lightweight, available in packs of seven, and are available in seven different sizes to ensure a perfect fit. Choose between Rose Gold, Pink Gold, Pearl White, Black, Light Pink, Tiffany Blue, Metal Lilac, Light Mint Green, Midnight Blue, and Purple (among other colors).
“I am a NICU nurse and have tried several different silicone rings, but this one has been the best!” one Amazon reviewer writes. “I have very sensitive skin, so many of the others have caused skin breakdown underneath from constant hand sanitizer use and handwashing, leaving my skin under my ring raw and ultimately peeling off. I haven’t had that happen with this ring yet and I’m hoping it won’t! And, bonus, these are classy and cute!”
Enso Rings is one of the most well-known names in silicone jewelry and for good reason. Enso wedding bands are made of hypoallergenic silicone that’s been infused with precious materials to give them a truly unique and authentic look. These special rings are also styled to work in the gym or on the job — each ring is designed with Anti Ring Avulsion Technology to keep you protected and safe so you can do the things you love to do without worrying about losing a finger.
This dual-tone ring offers comfort and commitment. It’s available in 12 color combinations and a variety of sizes so that you and your partner can purchase complimenting colors or a matching set, if you want to.
Enso isn’t just a jewelry brand, though. Through its R4R (Rings for a Reason) program, the company donated more than $150,000 to a number of organizations, including Hope for Fertility and March of Dimes, in 2018 alone. As if that wasn’t kind enough, the Enso family spent more than 600 hours volunteering in 2019. Now, Enso is giving back to healthcare workers by donating 100 percent of its proceeds from Unity collection sales COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
Available for individual purchase or in packs of two, four, or six, these thin silicone rings were designed with functionality in mind. Plus, with a thickness of 2mm and a width of 3.67mm, they’re ideal for stacking or doubling-up on.
“Great rings, great price!” one Amazon reviewer writes. “The colors are brig and fun. I enjoy being and to wear this as an alternative to my wedding set when I’m doing chores around the house or playing outside with the kids, etc. It’s also great to wear when traveling instead of wearing my set.”
If you’re looking for something that’s a bit flashier than the rings above, check out ThunderFit’s Stackable Silicone Ring packs. Available in packs of eight or four (you can also purchase an individual ring), these thin silicone rings offer comfortability, affordability, and style.
“I bought these because I’m in my third trimester of pregnancy and my husband was worried my platinum bands were going to get stuck on me,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “My wedding bands are 6.25 and since my fingers are a little swollen I decided to order the 6.5-7 and they fit perfectly. I honestly think they would fit okay if my fingers weren’t swollen, either. I love the colors including the white. I work in a hospital and I’m constantly washing my hands and using hand sanitizer and they don’t seem to affect the color of the bands — even the white! I will probably wear these a lot after pregnancy too, for working out/hiking, working in the yard, etc.”
If you’re a gym-goer or someone who lives an active lifestyle, then Groove Plus Life may be the silicone wedding band brand for you. The rounded interior of this ring limits skin contact while allowing air to flow in and moisture to flow out (which means, goodbye sweaty fingers!).
A quick shopping tip: Pay attention to the size guide. To find the correct size, Groove Plus Life recommends cutting a strip of paper, tightly wrap it around your ring finger, and drawing a line where the two sides meet. Once you’ve done this, measure the distance between the lines. If you’re having trouble, there’s a customer service rep just a call away.
Finding a wedding band that’s as unique as you and your partner’s bond may seem like an impossible feat, but there are a number of ways to customize your ring. Enso rings (the brand we mentioned above), for example, offers engraving services on all of its products, so you can easily add a personal touch (such as an initial, important date, or meaningful location) to your ring.
Custom silicone rings also make for great gifts. You could surprise your best friend, mom, or sister with Enso Rings’ Birthstone or Infinity Collection.
Rinfit offers both metallic and non-metallic versions of this soft and stackable silicone wedding band. Available in sizes four through 10, this flexible ring is perfect for every lifestyle (whether you’re athletic or not).
“These silicone rings are so amazing!” one Amazon reviewer writes. “I have a three-month-old baby and I was constantly scratching her with my engagement ring when I would change her diaper, give her a bath, and get her dressed. It was awful. I felt so bad. Also, I work at a hospital in the ER so I’m constantly washing my hands and gloving up then washing my hands again! And my ring will sometimes rip my gloves or because it’s top-heavy, it’ll get smashed up against my finger and dig into my skin under the gloves!
“With these rings, I hardly know it’s even there and I can easily wash my hands and glove up without worrying about ripping the gloves!” the reviewer continues. “A lot of my co-workers wear these types of rings while at work and they are a really good price! 6 rings for about $9 is pretty reasonable. Seeing as how they are just colored rubber bands.”
I know we’ve already added ROQ silicone rings to this list, but with more than 8,000 five-star reviews, I thought these customer-approved would be worth the mention. You can buy them in packs or individually and there’s a variety of colors to choose from.
“SUPER HAPPY with this purchase!” one Amazon reviewer writes. “Wanted to wear a ring but metal isn’t always comfy, practical, or safe. Looked at a bunch of more expensive brands but liked the width of these — not too chunky, not too skinny. (And I loved all the colors and finishes!)”
What’s more? Their customer service is on-point.
“Did the online measurement but the 4.5-5 size I ordered turned out to be a wee bit too snug to be 100% comfy. (Shipping time and packaging were good, though.) There was a card enclosed in the package that said to just reach out via email if the rings didn’t fit, so I did. Lemme tell ya, NICEST customer service! They agreed to send me the larger 5.5-6 size FOR FREE, and even said I could keep the rings that were too snug and give them to someone I love! And in just a few days/week, the new package arrived. This size is PERFECT! It’s so comfy, I forget I have it on! I haven’t had any trouble with sweating or chafing or anything under the band. And, ’cause the rings are so well-priced, I’ve already ordered more in more colors!”