Although it is something small, your wedding ring is something that requires a lot of thought as you’ll want to wear for the rest of your life. Whether you want a traditional band or something more unique, follow our top tips and learn how to choose the perfect style for you.
Choosing the metal for your wedding ring is a good place to start. There are numerous metals available, all with different properties and styles that make some more suitable than others.
Yellow gold is a good choice for traditional brides and grooms-to-be.
Generally, 22ct gold is too soft to wear every day, so consider buying a 18ct, 14ct or 9ct gold wedding ring. These rings are combined with stronger metals and are better suited to the demands of day-to-day life.
This wedding ring is the perfect compliment to a platinum engagement ring.
White gold wedding rings are often plated with rhodium to enhance their appearance. While this plating should be expected to wear off over time, it can be easily re-applied and make your wedding ring look as good as new.
These wedding rings are becoming increasingly popular with modern couples.
This white-coloured metal is extremely tough and stands up well to everyday wear and tear. It’s rarer than gold and much more expensive but a platinum wedding ring will last, unmarked, forever.
If a platinum wedding ring blows your budget, consider buying a palladium wedding ring instead. Palladium has become a popular alternative to platinum because of its similar colour yet more budget-friendly price tag.
Titanium is one of the more modern jewellery metals. It’s strikingly different in colour to platinum and palladium, scratch-resistant and feels light on the finger.
Zirconium, black zirconium and tungsten carbide are other contemporary metals with similar properties and appearance.
Shaped wedding rings
After you’ve decided on the metal, you need to consider if this new wedding ring will complement your engagement ring.
Both rings will be worn side by side for the rest of your life, so it’s important that they sit well together. You may have never considered the profile of the ring before, but you’ll begin to see subtle differences once you compare the styles side by side.
If this is case you may decide to choose a shaped wedding ring, often referred to as a curved or fitted wedding ring. These come in a range of designs including a delicate curve, a pronounced Z-shape or a cut-out in the ring.
Even if you don’t need it to be shaped, consider the ring profile – you’ll be able to choose from court shape (rounded on the inside and out), flat profiles (completely rectangular), D-shape (flat on the inside, round on the outside) and more.
Diamond set wedding rings
Once you’ve chosen the wedding ring, now is the time to consider including a diamond or other precious gemstone. Diamond-set wedding rings are becoming more fashionable and are more commonly found in women’s wedding rings to provide a sparkly backdrop for the engagement ring.
But grooms shouldn’t discount diamonds. Diamond wedding rings are finding favour with men, too, as a way of remembering someone close to their heart. Another fun way to do this is with an imprint of your fingerprint.
Diamonds in wedding rings are usually brilliant-cut (round) or princess-cut (square), but you can also find designs with pear-shaped, emerald and marquise-cut stones. The more unusual the diamond shape, the more glamorous your wedding ring – and probably, the more expensive!
Words – Wedding Rings Direct