Find a ring you will treasure forever with these top tips
As soon as you’re engaged make sure you prioritise shopping for your wedding band and set a realistic budget for your dream ring. If you fancy something a little special, and your budget allows, why not have your wedding ring specially designed and made for you and your partner? If you’re ordering your ring from a shop allow at least two weeks for delivery but also be prepared for any size adjustments.
Make sure you both know the type and style of ring you want before you begin shopping. There are so many styles to choose from that you don’t want to end up rushing your decision. Remember that it will be a ring that you will be wearing for the rest of your life, so you need to pick a style that you will want to cherish forever.
To match or not to match
Nowadays there are no rules when it comes to picking your wedding bands. Traditionally the bride and groom would wear matching rings, but it’s now common for the couple to choose a ring that suits their individual tastes and personality.
Before you make your final decision make sure you consider a variety of metals, shapes, styles and thicknesses, in order to find the right choice for you. Don’t just pick a ring style because it’s fashionable. Remember like any trend, it can fizzle out leaving you with a ring that looks dated.
• Yellow gold – Is a traditional choice. 14k and 18k gold is more durable as it’s harder and less pure than 24k, which is the softest variety.
• White gold – Is a popular choice and will complement any silver or platinum jewellery that you may wear already. A white gold ring is plated with rhodium and this plating does wear off in time.
• Titanium – Is a modern choice. It is extremely durable and it can be moulded into any shape without losing its strength.
• Platinum – This is a highly resistant metal and it is much rarer than gold, hence the expensive price tag, but a platinum ring will last a lifetime.
• Bear in mind your job and lifestyle and pick the best style and metal that will be hard wearing.
• Most men are not used to wearing jewellery so make sure you are comfortable with your choice and that it fits perfectly.
• Men’s rings are usually wider than women’s and most men choose a ring width between 5mm and 7mm.
• Take into account how the design of your engagement ring will influence your wedding ring design.
• Your wedding ring should complement the engagement ring, rather than compete.
• It’s generally best to choose the same metal for both rings.
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