WEDDING RING GUIDE

CHOICES


PERFECT FIT

When designing the engagement ring a wedding band to complement is often designed at the same time.  Whether it is contoured to fit snuggly next to an engagement ring or has matching stone types, sizes and style.  For those who like to match, coordinate this is the perfect option.

Tip:  If you are considering the bespoke avenue, talk to your jeweller about creating both rings at the same time.



MIX UP

When choosing metals, you should ideally match your engagement ring metal to your wedding band if they are going to be worn together, as they will wear at the same time.  However if you are going for 18K, don’t be afraid to mix your metal colours and go for a bi colour ring. Bridal trends are favouring a combination of 18K Rose and White.

 


STONE SET

A little more high maintenance however a lot more sparkle! This option has become a lot more prevalent in the last ten years, alongside the emergence of the stacking ring trend.  All diamond bands, sapphire mixed with diamond, and sapphire and ruby bands alone are all surging in popularity.  These can be grain set, chanel set, cut out set, and invisible set into a ring.

 


PLAIN BANDS

For those would like something simple and low maintenance. Stone set bands do need to be cleaned with a soft brush and soap to keep them looking good. Great option if your job is hands on. The rule of thumb on choosing the width of the ring; is the longer your finger the wider the band and vice versa.

Tip: If you're super-active, go for platinum, which is extra durable (when scratched, the metal is merely displaced and doesn't actually wear away).

 


ENGRAVED BAND

Hand engraved band rings can create an array of different looks from a beautiful vintage feel to a contemporary angular look. Engraving is a unique way to embellish your plain wedding band.  If you want to keep it simple and secret write a script on the inside of the ring.

 


BÉO TIPS 

Give yourself time:  Start your search early between three to four months before you wedding date, even more if you require a custom ring.  Plus give yourself time to decide and enjoy the process.

Set a budget: Budget what you can afford, many say shop with the assumption that you'll spend about 3 percent of your total wedding budget on the rings.

Ask a jeweller to size you: Fingers swell and contract from heat, cold, water retention or weight gain.  To find the right size, schedule your final ring fitting at a time when you're calm and your body temperature is normal.  That means you should never finalize first thing in the morning (you retain salt from the night before), right after you've exercised (fingers swell) or when you're extremely hot or cold (which can cause expansion and shrinking of your hands).


 


ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS


Do you both want matching metals and styles?

Do you want the engagement ring and wedding ring to match?

Do you want to match the metal to your watch?

Would you like your bands to include diamonds or gemstones?

Does your engagement ring wedding fit with a straight band, if not do you want a contoured ring?

Do you mind if there is a gap between your wedding and engagement ring?

Will you ever wear the band ring alone or with your engagement ring?



 CHECK FOR ASSAY MARKS


All precious pieces of jewellery will have an assay stamp showing you the type of metal in your ring see below guide

 

 Assay Stamp Guide