Choosing your wedding ring is a very exciting time in your life. Your wedding ring will be a symbol of your love that you will wear for a very long time, so it’s important that you put some thought into selecting the best type of wedding ring for you.
Ladies often find it easier to choose a wedding ring than men do. There are a few reasons for this
- Ladies are often more familiar with jewellery terminology than men, which can make the process a little less confusing and daunting than it is for men.
- Ladies often have the benefit of seeing a friends or colleagues wedding ring so will have an idea of the type of wedding ring they would like. More importantly, most ladies wear an engagement ring which will play a major part in choosing their wedding ring design.
Your Engagement Ring
If you wear an engagement ring you will need to take into account how the design of your engagement ring will influence your wedding ring choice. The wedding ring should compliment the engagement ring, rather than distract attention away from the engagement ring. This doesn’t mean the wedding ring needs to be uninteresting. It means that you need to choose a wedding ring that will suit your engagement ring design, a ring that looks like it was always meant to be with your engagement ring!
Can you wear a flat wedding ring or do you need a curved type?
- An engagement ring design that has a straight edged band can have a straight edge wedding ring worn next to it.
- Engagement rings that have a unique band shape (not a straight band) and/or together with engagement rings that have gemstone settings that sit low on the engagement ring band, will prevent a straight wedding ring design from sitting neatly and evenly next to it. In this case, the engagement ring needs to have a curved band which neatly goes around the engagement setting.
It is not essential that the wedding ring profile be the same as the engagement ring, however, the rings will sit better together and look better if they have the same shape. For example, a high domed band (such as a D-shaped profile) may look a little odd next to a flat style engagement ring.
You need to consider the length of your fingers and how much room is available between the base of your finger and your knuckle to comfortably wear a ring. In keeping with the premise of having two rings that look like they were made to be together, you need to consider the proportions of both rings. If the widths of both rings are proportional to one another, the rings appear to compliment each other better.
- There can be some exceptions, but generally, it’s best to use the same type of metal or the same gold carat for both rings. That way the rings will both have the same metal hardness rating, which means they won’t cause as much wear on each other when rubbing together.
- One exception might be the budget. For example, if you have a platinum engagement ring and your budget doesn’t allow for a platinum wedding ring, you could choose an 18ct white gold wedding ring instead, as the colour will be very similar.
- We generally suggest that 18ct engagement rings (in any gold colour) be matched with 18ct wedding rings. That way, the gold colours will match and 18ct tends to look better with age. Different carats can make the difference in the metals appear more noticeable with age.
- It is entirely a matter of personal preference as to whether you include diamonds or gemstones in your wedding ring however there are some advantages.
- Adding diamonds to the wedding ring adds an extra bright sparkle to the pair of rings. It can make the rings appear more bright, clean and alive. Crucially the diamond setting and shape of diamonds used in the wedding ring should compilment the engagement, not detract from it.
- Plain gold bands have a tendency to scratch and look dull over time. (although they can be re-polished and cleaned periodically). Whereas a diamond ring, especially a channel set diamond ring always has a bright and sparkly appearance even in between cleanings.
- By having diamonds on the top of the band, the general signs of wear such as scuff marks and small scratches are much less noticeable.
At The Wedding Ring Company, we believe in helping you to the best of our abilities. We believe we have a range of stock to suit most people but we realise we can’t cater for everyone’s taste. However, we are not constrained by our main stock range, if you see something on our site that’s almost right then contact us and let us know what you would like and we’ll change it for you. Conversely, if you don’t see anything you like but have an idea in mind then talk to us – if it’s practical we’ll make it for you, the cost is not necessarily prohibitive.