Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Secrets To Buying The Perfect Wedding Ring

There are many considerations when buying a wedding ring. In my experience as an owner of a family run jewellers I would often advise customers in the art of buying the perfect wedding rings. This post will cover some important points to consider and I hope it is of use to those of you that are getting married soon.


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Matching or Complimentary Rings

One of the first things to consider is whether or not you decide to match or complement each other's rings. In this day and age it is perfectly acceptable to prefer a different metal than your spouse and different style ring, although some traditionalists will disagree. To be sure you'll enjoy your rings for the years ahead, I feel it is important to choose rings that you love, and this should be utmost in your mind.

The Choice Of Metal And Budget


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Many jewellers advise the lady to have the same metal wedding ring as their engagement ring. Often it is said that the different metals will wear at different rates, but if you consider you may have your engagement ring long before you get married, this can be seen as not really necessary. It is purely up to the couple to decide.

Regarding budget, 9ct gold is the cheapest precious metal which is used to make wedding rings, then Palladium, then 18ct gold, and then the finest material is Platinum, which is often described as Pure, Rare and Eternal.  22ct gold wedding rings are rare these days but were popular in times gone by, and are also popular with the Indian community. 

9ct gold is made up of 37.5 % gold, the rest is other alloys that are mixed with it, whilst 18ct gold is 75% gold and the rest other alloys. 22 ct gold rings are soft as they are 91% pure gold and thus the gold can wear more. They are also expensive in comparison to other gold rings due to the high percentage of gold.

Palladium is from the same family as Platinum, and stays true to its colour although it has a slightly grey hue in comparison to white gold or silver.  It's a popular choice for men, as it is hard wearing and cost effective. 


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Platinum due to its purity stays white, and does not fade or tarnish. It is seen as the best metal in which to have diamonds set in as it is strong and will not give a colour cast on the diamond. Platinum is extremely rare and it is said that if all the platinum in the world was put together it would only fill up an Olympic sized swimming pool. Platinum does not wear away, if it is scratched it is a displacement of the metal and no mass is lost, it is therefor thought of as eternal.

If you choose a gold ring you have three choices in the colour - yellow gold, rose gold or white gold, as well as a mix of colours. Gold is ultimately yellow but if you chose a white gold wedding ring, it is mixed with white alloys and coated with rhodium to keep it's shine and white look. This can wear off with age, so you may have to budget to have the rings re coated with rhodium every 2 or 3 years. This process is relatively inexpensive. Rose gold has more copper in its composition to give it the rose colour, and Welsh gold is said to have a high proportion of rose gold.  You can even have mixed metals in your wedding ring and mixed colours too, such as a rose gold centre and a platinum edge. 

Design




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There are many designs that you can have on a wedding ring these days, from flower patterns, to Celtic designs, diamond set to plain bands. You can even have animal prints.  Celtic rings are popular in Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

If a lady has a classic solitaire diamond ring she may want a wedding band to fit perfectly with the ring. You can buy rings that are shaped to fit perfectly with the engagement ring, or have one made to measure perfectly.

When selecting the width of ring, consider the shape of your hand. Narrow bands can work best on narrow hands while wide bands are often better for broad hands, but the bottom line is always personal preference. 

The last thing I would say is that a quality wedding ring should last you a lifetime, so always buy exactly what you want and the best you can afford.

I hope this guide has been useful and I wish you all the best in your wedding plans!


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24 comments

  1. It's such a special and personal time and choosing the right ring is so important as you will be looking at it for the rest of your marriage! Some great tips here and if I ever get around to getting married (engaged for 17 years!) those Celtic bands would be perfect :)

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    1. You are right, it is a special time and choosing the right ring is vitally important. Hope my tips helped!

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  2. It's such a personal choice isn't it, I went for a platinum band and my husband went for a rose gold. I thought it was weird that they didn't match but he seems pleased with it. Great tips. x

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    1. Yes I think it is important to make choices you are happy with.

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  3. We had 18ct gold rings and MadDad's was so thin from years of wear I bought him a new one this year (20th Wedding anniversary)!

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    1. That's a nice idea. I would like to buy my husband another ring for our tenth wedding anniversary.

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  4. I'm not married and not having a wedding ring is one of the only things that bothers me about that fact!! I love the idea of a special ring and I'd really like matching ones - maybe I'll have to speak to my partner about just getting the rings!! Great tips here.

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    1. You can buy rings as a sign of commitment :)

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  5. It feels so long ago that we were choosing ours! I still love my wedding ring after all these years.

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  6. Mine is 11 years old and I remember it being such a hard choice when choosing, more so as I am allergic to Nickel x

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    1. Platinum is very pure so I would recommend you choose a platinum band if you were choosing again.

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  7. I am growing allergic to the metal in mine, so am looking to update. These are beautiful.

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    1. Platinum is a very pure metal, so if you can afford it, I would go for a ring made of this.

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  8. we didnt take much time in choosing ours really, we both got the same ones but as we chose in a hurry we regretted it , my husbands finger size has changed so he had to get a new one and now hes lost weight this time the original is no where in sight lol, typical x

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  9. We just went for pretty cheap rings! xx

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  10. we went with welsh gold as it felt like a nice personal connection but I've never been massively into types of gold so it did feel quite full on! x

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  11. I had a very plain one, as I like simple jewellery! So many choices these days arent there!

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  12. How about a post about choosing the right diamond? Or maybe you've already made one :) As I have understood, there are lots of considerations to keep in mind like colour, clarity etc. x

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