So, we all know that planning your wedding can be, well, just a little bit intense! Every time you speak to anyone you realise there’s yet another thing you need to think about!
Some of the things are major, like the venue and some, not so much, like the table favours…. But some decisions live on, well beyond your wedding day…. The rings!!!
There are so many options out there, but you plan to wear your ring for the rest of your life, so you need to make this decision very carefully…
Luckily, Emily Tebbutt, Jewellery Specialist at Ramsdens, has shared her tips for choosing your perfect wedding ring.
Start your ring search earlier rather than later
Depending on what you’re after, some rings may need to be ordered in advance. With any added extras, such as custom rings or engraving, there will be an even longer wait. Start your ring shopping as early as you can to avoid any delays or last-minute rushes in your wedding plans.
Choose your style
You’ve probably got a vague idea in your mind of what style of ring you would like, but there are a few different factors to consider. Do you want both wedding rings to match? Would you prefer a simple ring or something a little more glamorous? What kind of metal would you prefer?
When choosing your style, it’s important to take into account the style of your engagement ring. If it’s relatively simple, you might want to consider a pave-set diamond band to complement it. In some cases, you can even find styles which interlock, which is a great option if you plan on wearing both rings together.
Stick to a budget
You don’t want to blow your whole wedding budget on your rings alone, so keep your total wedding budget in mind when shopping around. The price of a wedding ring depends on the metal and the style. A simple wedding band would be the least expensive option and is probably the best choice if you’re trying to stick to a low budget, but a diamond wedding band will cost considerably more depending on the metal and diamond weight.
Platinum rings tend to be the most expensive metal option for a ring. White gold can be a great alternative to silver, which can easily become dull and tarnished over time. If you’re looking at a lower ring budget, you might also want to consider buying pre-owned. This way you can still get something with a bit more sparkle for a lower price.
Pick something you can wear every day
Your wedding ring is something you’re going to be wearing constantly, so it needs to fit in with your daily life. For example, if you do a lot of manual labor, you’re probably not going to want something too large or anything with gemstones which may become damaged easily or collect dirt and dust in the setting when working.
And remember that you’re going to be wearing this ring for years to come. While it’s tempting to pick your ring based on current trends, choose a style that you love but won’t get tired of.
It’s also wise to consider what kind of maintenance would be involved. A ring set with diamonds will need more regular cleaning than a plain band to keep it sparkling. White gold will need fairly regular re-plating to keep it shiny and white, while yellow gold will keep the same colour and appearance for much longer, only occasionally benefitting from a re-polish.
Check for quality
Ever wondered what that writing on the inside of a ring is? This is the hallmark and it tells us a number of different things such as:
- The sponsor’s mark – who the maker or retailer is
- The standard mark – what purity of gold or platinum the ring is
- Assay Stamp – which assay office tested and confirmed the gold standard
- The year the piece was hallmarked – optional stamp which is not present on all pieces of jewellery
Hallmarks ensure you are in fact getting what you think you’re paying for. Check this handy guide to understand hallmarks further.
The important thing to remember when buying your perfect wedding ring is to pick something that you love, can afford and will wear every day. Choose a ring that suits you AND your personality!
Thanks so much for that very useful advice Emily!
And please do get in touch with me, if you have any burning questions that I can call in an expert to answer for you, in future blog posts.