Buying your wedding ring can be a very exciting event in your life. It is an enduring symbol of your love and commitment that you will wear every day for a long time, so putting some thought into selecting a ring that is the best type for you is important. Taking into account the following tips will help make this joyful time much simpler.
Consider your colour preference. Gold is available not only in standard yellow and white, but there are other colours on the market such as rose, red, green, and brown.
Take into account the size of your hands, for this should influence your decision regarding the width of your ring. Wide bands suit long fingers, and narrower widths look great on shorter, small fingers.
Think about the long term. The ring that you choose will be worn every day for a long, long time – and you want it to last. Silver and pure gold are very soft, and should not be used for a wedding ring unless it is protected by raised edges of a stronger, more durable metal such as 14k gold.
Choose your jeweller carefully. In addition to providing a quality product, are they knowledgeable about their jewellery? Do they stand behind their rings with a guarantee? Will they provide free cleaning and polishing when it is needed?
Be aware of how your wedding band is made. Many rings are rhodium ‘plated’, especially those that are white gold. Rhodium is a precious metal, a member of the platinum family. Rhodium electroplating is used to provide a surface that will resist scratches and tarnish, and give a white, reflective appearance. This treatment can last as little as 2 years on an item that is worn often, such as a wedding band. It can be quite expensive to repeat this process often.
Remember that the jewellery industry changes with fashions and fads. For something with lasting beauty and personal appeal, you may wish to reflect upon other influences, such as your cultural heritage, when picking out your ring. There are styles of rings that have traditional meaning.
Decide on matching or separate bands. It is possible to buy wedding rings together so they coordinate, but it is not absolutely necessary.
Consider the size and shape of the engagement ring, and if the band that is chosen will fit together with it. If they are not a good fit, don’t worry; many women will move the engagement ring to the right hand before or during the ring exchange portion of the wedding ceremony.
Make sure your jeweller sizes your ring finger carefully, and that your ring is a good fit. When buying a wide ring, ensure that the jeweller uses a steel, calibrated ‘wide’ ring sizer. You should have to tug to get your ring over the knuckle, and it should feel comfortably snug on the finger. Remember, it will take about two weeks for that ring to feel normal.