“Don’t forget the ring” a phrase far too frequently drummed into the best man, before the wedding; well that goes for the future Bride/Groom as well. With all the wedding preparations that must be done, ( cross the t’s, dot the i’s ) it is quite easy for the most important item to be forgotten. Whether it is for the engagement or the wedding itself, the ring is a symbol of the love you share with your spouse. Yes, it’s hella important. The wedding ring is so important because it bonds two people together and do you know that it is the exchange of wedding rings that finalizes the vow? (I do) (sorry for the terrible pun).
Do a check list of all your wedding plans and be sure that choosing a perfect wedding ring is one of your top priorities, besides turning up on the day NOT hung-over.
Choosing a wedding ring is not as simple as you think, much thought is needed behind your chosen design. What you have to remember is the wedding band binds the happy couple together forever. This ornate piece of Jewellery, with so much meaning, will be worn every day; we need to choose something pretty special.
There are several different types of ring that you can choose to make, before we even get to material and stones. Do you want a solitaire, side-stone, princess cut? There are so many choices, The one I presented was a Large Sapphire with diamond triangles on either side, almost like an eye with the whites.
Your budget will play an important role when making your choice, but the penny shortage does not mean that you can not have that piece of warm gold or cool silver. Always good to go around to local stores and the heavier hitters of Hatton Garden to compare styles and prices but then one idea is to search whilst on holiday. Some locations, such as India, China and Dubai, have higher quality/lower cost stones that can be used for your masterpiece, thus reducing your potential cost. I recall my uncle had made a diamond ring for his wife in India and it was valued at over double the price in the UK.
Jewellery materials, for wedding rings, have evolved over the years.
Commonly popular are the 14K/18K yellow gold rings, which you will find more of a favourable option worldwide. Close on its heels is the white gold gaining more popularity by the day. One that I chose to go with, due to the material advantages of silver, was platinum or make use of its, 15 times rarer, cousin Palladium.
Why not consider platinum, known to be one of the hardest metals and once again a fine choice in a wedding ring. Platinum is a durable material and will hold strong against any wear and tear. Platinum wedding rings look very similar to rings made of white gold, both white in colour, look stylish and elegant and will never lose their colour. However, platinum wedding rings tend to be more expensive, the same can be said for some palladium.
Titanium is becoming a favourite among the male species. It is light and long lasting and tends to be far less expensive than platinum. Once again Titanium wedding rings can be mistaken for the white gold in appearance, but some men may argue, the feel is different, there’s something powerful we relate to the word Titanium and I believe that is what attracts men to the idea of a Titanium ring.
Styles and what to choose is where you come in, only you know what you are looking for therefore it is wise to shop around before making the final decision, you would never forgive yourself if you see a cheaper ring around the corner and more beautiful. There are so many designs and styles to choose from. You have traditional plain bands to more up market exquisite ones.
Modern society designs are worth checking out. Why not opt for a two-tone wedding band. Celtic wedding rings are famous these days with couples, where they bond their marriage with highly detailed, carved and engraved works of a craftsman.
In some cases the bride matches her wedding ring with the design of her engagement ring. This also has to be taken into consideration when mixing and matching, especially when both rings are worn on the same finger.
One thing that you must remember to do is get the ring size correct. Note that different countries have different ring size charts, you can easily search for the comparison charts, which will let you know your sizes according to different countries. Take the size forward to your dealer or craftsman and I would highly recommend requesting a trial of the size, before finalizing the purchase.
Online shopping is an easy option just be sure to have the right measurements etc. and all should be hunky dory just like the hunk you are about to marry or the hunk you are. An advantage of online shopping is quick and easy comparison of different styles, a quick comparison of prices across different suppliers and you don’t even have to get off your back-side! However, be prepared, as you can imagine, without a local store to go to, you may find it difficult to address the company that supplied it to you, should there be any issues. Hopefully there won’t be any. Marriage already requires a lot of effort from the heart; probably best to avoid any additional, unnecessary heartache where we can! 🙂
Lastly, the stone. If you want to, you can always opt for a stone in your ring. Like my choice of sapphire, there are many different stones that can be made use of for your ring. Maybe a light amethyst or a deep sapphire or a warm, romantic ruby. There are plenty of choice for rings and I’m sure whatever you choose to do, your partner will love eternally, as they do you.
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