Today I am thrilled to share some great advice from Maria Farrugia on choosing your Wedding Rings.
Your wedding rings are a symbol of your love and commitment to each other. They are the one piece of jewellery that you will wear for the rest of your life. Hence the choice must be perfect.
Maria, owner and manager of Congenial Diamonds, has assisted many couples with their choice of wedding rings.
In this post, she shares her expert advice with future brides and grooms.
1. Budgeting for your Wedding Rings
As with everything you’re planning for your wedding, realistic budgeting for your wedding rings is key.
Diamond wedding rings are a very popular choice amongst brides-to-be. The small diamonds on the wedding band give that additional sparkle, which can enhance and complement the diamond engagement ring perfectly.
The price of diamond wedding rings start from around £600, depending on the carat of diamonds set in the band and also the precious metal chosen.
Some engagement rings require a shaped wedding ring.
Unlike the straight wedding ring, a shaped wedding ring goes around the setting of the engagement ring to achieve that flush fit without any gaps between the engagement ring and the wedding ring.
The bespoke handwork required to produce a shaped wedding ring can push the cost of the ring upwards by around £200.
Some brides prefer not to take any attention away from their engagement ring and so opt for a plain wedding ring.
Also, we come across a number of couples who want to have matching wedding rings and going for plain wedding rings enable them to do so.
The price of plain wedding bands is purely determined by the type of metal and the amount of grams that go into making the band.
Couples who prefer this option should set aside around £600 – £800 for both bands.
For the best value for your money shop for your wedding rings online.
Congenial Diamonds have a fabulous collection of competitively priced plain and diamond wedding rings with various customisable options that can help you stay within your set budget.
2. Popular Diamond Wedding Rings
Having decided on a diamond set wedding ring, the next decision is to identify which diamond setting to go for.
From experience, the most popular choices are channel and pavé set diamond wedding rings. Both are a great accompaniment to diamond engagement rings.
In a channel set diamond wedding ring, the diamonds are secured in between two lines of metal, forming a continuous line of sparkle with no metal separating the individual stones.
This type of setting can accommodate round brilliant diamonds, as well as princess, baguettes and ascher cut diamonds. It is thus an ideal choice to match with an engagement ring that is set with a princess or another fancy cut diamond.
Pavé set diamond wedding rings have a more classic look to them. With this style, the diamonds are set within the band with tiny metal beads (claws) that hold each stone in its own discrete setting.
Pavé setting has been used for many, many years to set round brilliant diamonds, not only in rings but also in watches and other jewellery.
Micro pavé set diamond wedding rings are a modern version of the traditional pave set rings. With this new technique of setting diamonds, each stone is also securely held with four claws but the diamonds are as wide as the band of metal they sit on.
The result is a very sparkly line of diamonds with hardly any visible metal. Micro pavé diamond wedding rings are set very low and hence are an ideal match for most engagement rings.
Wedding rings with diamonds set flush in the band and spaced out at equal intervals, though less popular, are equally stunning.
They offer less sparkle than the channel and the pavé diamond wedding rings. However, the additional small diamonds are sufficient to break the metal look.
3. The Perfect Width
Plain, as well as diamond wedding rings come in various widths. For the ladies, typical ring widths start from 2.0 mm.
For those brides trying to match a wedding ring to their engagement ring, the ideal choice is a wedding ring width the same or even slightly slimmer than the engagement ring. This choice will also leave room for a future eternity ring.
For men, typical wedding ring widths start from 4.0 mm.
The choice of width depends on personal taste as well as the nature of the hands. In our experience, 5.0mm is the most common wedding ring width chosen by men.
4. Patterned Wedding Rings for the Groom
Other than plain wedding rings with a polished (satin) or brushed (matt) finish, the groom has alternative styles of rings to choose from.
For instance, patterned wedding rings have become very trendy in recent years. Such rings typically have grooves etched alongside or across the band, putting a twist to what otherwise would be a plain band.
Two-tone wedding rings are an alternative style altogether, still classic but more uncommon.
These rings combine two metals of different colour in one ring, for instance white with rose gold. Though less popular, we are seeing an increasing interest in this style of wedding ring for men.
5. Platinum, Gold or Palladium?
Wedding rings come in Platinum, White or Yellow Gold and more recently in Palladium for men’s wedding rings.
Platinum is the most expensive. White Gold and Palladium are an alternative more affordable option.
For the basic facts on these precious metals, head over to a short guide here.
For brides that already wear an engagement ring, it is advisable to pick a wedding ring of the same metal. This way the wear on both rings will be the same.
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Author: Maria Farrugia, Congenial Diamonds