Your wedding rings are something that you’ll want to wear for the rest of your life, so they have got to be perfect!
Whether you want a traditional band or something more unique, follow our top tips and learn how to choose the perfect style for you.
Choosing the metal for your wedding ring is a good place to start.
There are a number of metals available, all with different properties and styles that make some more suitable than others. Don’t forget though, the metal of the brides wedding band must match her engagement ring, otherwise the metals will rub, causing damage to the pieces in the long run.
Yellow gold - yellow gold is the usual choice for more traditional brides and grooms-to-be. 9ct is stronger, for everyday wear, but 18ct has a higher gold content and is more precious.
White gold - white gold wedding rings are plated with rhodium for durability and to enhance the whiteness.
Platinum - these wedding rings are becoming increasingly popular with modern day couples. This white-coloured metal is extremely tough and stands up well to everyday wear and tear. It’s rarer and heavier than gold, and more expensive, but a platinum wedding ring will last forever.
Palladium - if a platinum wedding ring blows your budget, consider buying a palladium wedding ring instead. Palladium has become a popular alternative to platinum because of its similar colour, yet more budget-friendly price tag. Unlike white gold it isn't rhodium plated and is particularly popular for men as it won't need re-plating.
Titanium - Titanium is one of the more modern jewellery metals. It’s strikingly different in colour to platinum and palladium, scratch-resistant and feels light on the finger. Grooms who have a manual profession tend to favor titanium due to it’s durability.
After you’ve decided on the metal, you need to consider if this new wedding ring will complement your engagement ring. Both rings will be worn side by side for the rest of your life, so it’s important that they sit well together.
You may have never considered the profile of the ring before, but you’ll begin to see subtle differences once you compare the styles side by side.
If this is case you may decide to choose a shaped wedding ring, often referred to as a curved or fitted wedding ring.
These come in a range of designs including a delicate curve, a pronounced Z-shape or a cut-out in the ring.
Not just a plain ring , consider the ring profile – you’ll be able to choose from court shape (rounded on the inside and out), flat profiles (completely rectangular), D-shape (flat on the inside, round on the outside) and lots more.
As well as the profile you should consider the wall thickness of the bands which dictate the weight of the ring. Every plain band we offer come in 3 choices of weights.
Once you’ve chosen the wedding rings, now is the time to consider including anything else.
Diamond-set wedding rings are becoming more fashionable and are more commonly found in women’s wedding rings to provide a sparkly backdrop for the engagement ring.
Grooms shouldn’t discount diamonds. Diamond wedding rings are finding favour with men too. It shouldn’t just be the bride who sparkles!
Increasingly popular is an eternity style wedding ring set with a row of diamonds. They can be full set, half set or even three quarter set to suit yor engagement ring. In addition to this is the choice of setting and stone shape - choose from channel set, grain set and claw set diamond wedding rings and a choice of brilliant round cut, princess cut and baguette cut diamonds
Take a look at adding a groove, pattern, or finish to the rings, to make them truly one off pieces.
Engraving the rings with bride and grooms names or the wedding date is a popular addition.
Current trends include adding a laser print of your spouses thumbprint to your ring.