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Choosing a Wedding Band
A symbol of unity, eternity and an ever-lasting love. The traditional wedding band is a plain band, crafted from a precious metal and worn beneath an engagement ring. However, the modern love story has taken on a life of its own, and couples are spoilt for choice with intricate designs, unique shapes and exquisite gemstones to adorn their wedding rings.
There are a few key factors to consider before choosing your rings:
• Style • Metal • Practicality • Price
There are no right or wrong answers and your wedding band decisions are likely to be as unique as your own love story. However, we have a few practical pointers to get your started. Selecting a wedding ring is a significant part of your journey together; we are here to make sure you get it right! Whether you’re looking for a classically comfortable gold wedding band, or something with a little more sparkle, here is our complete guide on finding the wedding band of your dreams.
Types of Wedding Band
We often see individuals choosing a wedding band that represents their own style. Traditional bands feature a smooth, polished finished, but precious metals can be braided, beaded and engraved to create an array of intricate features.
Some of the most popular styles of wedding band are:
• Traditional court bands • Pave diamond rings • Drill/bezel set diamond bands • Channel-set diamond rings • Braided, waved or shaped bands
For those who are partnering their wedding ring below an engagement ring, consider shapes and styles that will compliment your ring and fit harmoniously with the shape of the engagement ring.
The timeless warmth of yellow gold, the contemporary cool of platinum, or the delicate glow of rose gold? The right metal will compliment your skin tone, stand the test of time and ensure gemstones are secure and sparkling.
Yellow gold has a rich hue that gives diamonds a sparkling white appearance. It was once the first choice for wedding bands, boasting a luxurious lustre and good durability. Gold purity is expressed in karats; the most suitable choices for jewelry are 14k and 18k. An 18k gold ring has a higher percentage of gold (75% gold and 25% alloy), making it slightly softer but a richer color. A 14k gold ring has a higher percentage of alloy making it more durable whilst retaining a rich color.
Gold is naturally yellow in color. White gold is coated in rhodium to give a bright, white sheen. For this reason, it requires a little more maintenance than yellow gold in order to retain its color. White gold is a popular choice for those seeking a cool tone metal without paying the price for platinum.
The popularity of rose gold continues to soar. Coveted for its rosy, vintage appearance, rose gold is alloyed with copper to give it its distinctive appearance. Like yellow and white gold, 14k and 18k are the best purities of rose gold for jewelry.
Platinum is the most durable precious metal used in making fine jewelry. Over time, platinum does not become heavily scratched or displaced; instead, it develops a unique patina which can be left to naturally develop or polished back to a mirror-like finish. Platinum is a rare precious metal and commands a higher price than gold. However, platinum is also a low maintenance metal – its naturally white color means it does not require plating.
The perfect set. A wedding band can perfectly compliment your engagement ring and your partners ring.
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Practical Wedding Bands
A practical choice can still be a magical choice, and when it comes to wedding bands, comfort and practicality must work in harmony with style and beauty. Fortunately, this is another decision that is entirely unique to your own lifestyle.
A traditional band has a smooth surface and naturally comfortable fit that is perfect for everyday wear. However, channel or bezel set diamonds offer the opportunity for sparkle, whilst minimizing the risk of catching or knocking the diamonds. In our experience, most wedding ring styles are perfect for everyday wear and simple become a part of you, but for those working hands-on jobs or with very active lifestyles, the matter of practicality is likely to become a key part of your decision.
How Much Should You Spend on a Wedding Band?
There are no hard and fast rules about how much to spend on your wedding band. Men’s wedding bands and women’s wedding bands can range from $300 to $30,000! Providing you have chosen a durable metal and a style you love, spend as much as you are comfortable with. And remember, if you opt for a modest ring, it provides the perfect opportunity to find another beautiful ring to celebrate a significant anniversary or upgrade in the future.
Our friendly team of experts are ready to help you find the perfect wedding band. Contact us today for further advice, make an appointment and visit our beautiful store for one to one help.
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