Planning + Advice, 07 October 2016

Wedding Rings: Where To Start?

Choosing your wedding rings is an exciting part of planning your big day but for most couples, the rings are given less consideration in comparison to the dress, the food or the venue but hold on … the venue, the food, the dress … they’re important but they’ll only last the day, how long will you wear your wedding ring? That’s right, it’s for life and on that basis, we want to make sure you get all the help you need to get it right. All too often, you’ll walk into the jewellers and you’ll be presented with so many options that knowing where to start can be a challenge. We’re going to give you some useful tips to prepare for that jewellers visit so that you have a good idea of what you’re looking for before you arrive and you can really relax and enjoy the experience.

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The Metal

Ah that’s easy, gold right? Maybe, but which gold? White? Yellow? Rose? Let’s give you an overview of yellow gold first. Yellow gold is by far, the hardiest and is likely to be a good contender for being able to last a lifetime. You must remember that although the higher the carat, the higher the quality, the price will also be higher and the ring will be softer. 22 carat gold may be the purest but it will not tolerate the demand of being worn daily which is something you will want for your wedding ring. Consider a slightly lower carat which is combined with other strong metals to give you a hardy material that will last you a lifetime.For those of you who prefer white gold, this colour gold goes beautifully well with a white gold or platinum engagement ring. Unlike yellow gold however, white gold is usually plated with other metals to create a better aesthetic effect. As a result, these plating’s will fade over time. The good news is that for a small cost, the ring can be re plated and will look as fantastic as the the day you first bought it. Remember to think about carat and opt for a stronger blend of metals to ensure the ring lasts.

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With pure gold being 24 carat, coloured gold’s are usually up to 18 carat which is a reasonable strength for a wedding ring. Rose gold is blended with other metals, very often copper to give it the gorgeous rose colour. This is a unique and individual choice but if you apply the considerations as above, this can be a great choice. Platinum is the Rolls Royce of wedding rings for a variety of reasons. It’s white in colour which is becoming ever more popular with today’s brides. The benefit this has over white gold however is that it is extremely strong and robust and resists the daily knocks and nudges it will get from everyday life. Platinum is extremely difficult to mark and it will last forever. The only slight downside is the cost. Platinum is more expensive but the benefits may outweigh the cost for you. If the cost is too much to bear, then why not try palladium which is a viable alternative to platinum and a more budget friendly option.

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The Carat

We’ve referenced this above but we’ll go into a little more detail here for you. Gold comes in a variety of carats, 24 is pure gold and as you work your way down … 22, 18, 14 and 9 carat gold, the purity lessens. Coloured gold such as white or rose gold is likely to be sold up to 18 carat. The biggest consideration when thinking about the carat of your gold is strength. Your wedding ring is a ring for life and if you want to hand it down, it may be a ring that you will want to last forever. On that basis, the best is not always the sensible choice. Unless you’re an expert, it’s unlikely to the untrained eye that you will identify a 14 carat gold ring from a 22 carat gold ring. The lower the carat, the harder the metal and the harder the metal, the hardier the ring. On that basis, be clear in your mind about the strength of ring you are looking to purchase.

The Shape

You may think that this only really applies to engagement rings where you have princess or oval shaped diamonds but yes, you do have a choice when it comes to the shape of your wedding band. The one thing that is worth considering is the shape of your engagement ring. These rings will sit side by side for the rest of your life and so the one must compliment the other. It’s no good having a dainty engagement ring alongside a thick and bold wedding ring or vice versa. Likewise, you’ll want to ensure that the rings elevation on your finger compliments your engagement ring. Choose a shape that sits closer to the finger or further away depending on the profile of your engagement ring. This process is one that will be guided by the ring you already wear but give it due consideration. You may think that all wedding bands are more or less the same but with differences in the inner and outer band, the shape and bend of the ring and the flatness or roundness of the cut, there will be plenty of exciting choices to consider.

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The Gems

That’s right, some couples opt for the more lavish rings that contain a diamond or two or maybe a ruby, emerald or some other precious stone. Wedding rings with a touch of bling are becoming increasingly popular and can go extremely well with the current engagement ring. Think about the cut of the stone and the brilliance of the stone because when it’s sat next to your existing ring, differences can be more apparent.

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The Price

And finally, the price. This will likely be guided by the options above. A platinum ring is likely to cost more than yellow gold, 18 carat is likely to cost more than 9 carat but regardless of this, set a budget and stick to it. It’s very easy to get carried away with your choices by choosing the best of everything but with our tips above, hopefully you will make sensible, budget friendly choices and still walk away with a keepsake that will last a lifetime and be a pleasure to wear. So there you have it, your comprehensive guide to buying your wedding rings. Take time to sit and plan your visit to the jewellers, take some ideas along and you’ll have a wonderful experience.

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