Picking out jewellery for you or your other half can be daunting at the best of times, but when you’re choosing your wedding ring, you’ll want to make sure that it’s absolutely spot on. After all, it will be with you for life.
The next big chapter in your life deserves to be welcomed with the perfect ring, but what is perfect? Well, it varies from person to person depending on several factors, but these tips will help you gain an understanding of what type of wedding ring will suit you and your lifestyle.
Probably one of the most important factors to the great majority when picking their wedding ring is the look of it. You’ll want something that compliments you and dazzles your guests. With lots of different shapes and styles to consider, it’s important to go and try them on so that you can get a feel for them on your own hand. Something that looks perfect online might not look the same in person – the same goes for wedding dresses!
If you’re looking for something minimal and beautiful you might prefer a plain wedding band, or if you’re wanting something with a little more detail and intricacy then a patterned, crossover or weave style ring will do the trick.
It’s also important to think about the colour of the ring you’re looking for, as different shades will complement different skin tones better. Think about the colour of the rest of your jewellery and your engagement ring. Do you wear a lot of silver rings regularly? If so, a wedding ring that’s gold in colour might clash with the rest of your collection. If you’re still wanting a gold ring but not the colour, think about getting a white gold ring – this type of ring is still made from gold but is plated with rhodium to give it a bright white, chrome-like shine. There’s also rose gold, titanium, palladium and platinum metals to choose from so do your research and see which metals age best and withstand long periods of wear if you’re wanting something that stays looking as grand as the day you bought it.
Mainly, you’ll want to consider if you and your partner would like rings that match something similar, or totally different. By shopping for wedding rings together you can get an idea of what each other likes and have a romantic and fun day out in the process.
Of course, all wedding rings are made to last. But depending on your job role and lifestyle activities, your ring might scratch and dull faster than you’d expect.
It’s important to consider the metal and style of the ring you choose if you work in a hands-on environment that could cause it to become damaged. For example, platinum rings are highly sought after as they are strong and hard-wearing with anti-tarnish properties meaning that they won’t need to be replated at a later date.
If you’re wanting a lightweight wedding ring that is still strong and durable, palladium is a great solution and also has hypo-allergenic properties meaning that you’re less likely to have a reaction to this metal if you have sensitive skin.
The shape and design of a more delicate and intricate ring will also become compromised if you work in an industry where you’re required to use your hands a lot. It’s best to keep it simple if that’s the case, or if you really want a certain design and your budget allows it then you could invest in two types of wedding ring, one for home and a more durable one for the workplace.
Also, make sure that the ring fits properly! Your ring should be snug on your finger and not easily removed with movement. This means that you’re less likely to lose your ring at work or whilst doing manual labour tasks. Choosing the right ring profile (how the ring looks if you were to cut through the band completely) plays a vital part in keeping the ring on your finger. For example, a court style ring is one of the most popular due to its shape. In other rounded styles, flat rings will sit closely on the finger and won’t get in the way of your busy lifestyle.
Budget and Maintenance
Consider a realistic budget when searching for your perfect wedding ring. This way, you’re able to look at designs and styles that fit within your bracket without having to use additional money that was set aside for another part of the wedding.
You’ll want something that’s expensive enough to last but won’t break the bank and become a stress or burden to pay for. Also consider the fact that you’ll want to insure your ring for any loss, theft or damage. The more expensive the ring, the more expensive the insurance will be.
Wedding rings are made to be worn daily and, seeing as though you might have your ring for over 50 years, it’s important to consider how much maintenance your ring might need. Simpler rings are easier to fix if they do get damaged due to heavy wear and are often more affordable. Certain metals like white gold will want replating after a number of years so it’s important to think ahead if you’re wanting a ring with little to no upkeep.