How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Ring
Your wedding ring is probably the most precious piece of jewellery you will ever own. It is also something you will be wearing every day for the rest of your life so you need to make sure you will be comfortable wearing it. Choose something that is suited to your style and your personality, that is timeless and high quality as well as within your budget. The traditional plain gold band will be in style for years to come and will never date but there are many alternatives available if you prefer something more unique and individual.
It has only been during the last 50 or so years that grooms have been wearing wedding rings. Traditionally it was only the bride who wore the ring as a symbol of eternity, everlasting love and commitment. Now most weddings in the UK have bride and groom exchanging rings while they exchange their vows. Some couples like their bands to be in a matching material and style but this is not essential. It is also common for brides to choose a wedding ring which matches their engagement ring. Ideally they should compliment each other and go together fit wise but there are no strict rules that the materials should be the same.
Yellow Gold, White Gold or Platinum?
The materials of which wedding rings are made of have improved through the years. However, the most popular are still those made from classic 9ct yellow gold or 18ct yellow gold. Gold has a timeless appeal and if looked after well, a piece of gold jewellery can last you a lifetime. Wedding rings made from 9ct white gold or 18ct white gold are also gaining popularity. White gold bands are cheaper than platinum wedding rings but white gold still looks very contemporary and modern. Platinum is a very suitable material for a band as it is durable and hardwearing and therefore will endure wear and tear for a very long time. Platinum will not tarnish or discolour as it has no surface coating to wear off, this is why it is ideal for making fine jewellery such as wedding rings.
Wedding Ring Style
When it comes to style there are even more options available than there are for the choice of metals. The shape of the band itself is known as the profile and amongst the most popular are d-Shape wedding rings which have a traditional rounded look with a flat fit inside against the finger. Court bands are curved on the inside and outside for a more comfortable fit. Comfort fit or sometimes called flat court wedding rings have a contemporary flat look with a comfortable court fit on the finger. Flat wedding rings are flat on the top and inside and have a more modern look. Wedding band widths generally range from about 2mm to 10mm and you have a choice of lightweight, medium and heavyweight. Your choice is completely down to personal preference and whether you want the ring to look heavy and chunky or delicate and dainty. Your ring can also be finished with a highly polished shine or with satin or matt finishes.