By now, the early happy glow begins to settle as the nerves start to set in. We are nearly at the big day, and so it's time to look at wedding bands! The wedding ring is a circle, it has no beginning and no end. It is a symbol of eternity, uniting two hearts in endless love.
Trying to find the right wedding rings may take working together, patience and communication. This experience will highlight the essential harmony of your partnership.
Here are a few things to think about when it comes to that special sparkle:
1. What kind of metal would you like to have?
Now there are lots of different metals, and really it comes down to personal taste. The most common choices are:
- Yellow Gold
- White Gold
- Rose Gold
If you happen to be torn between two metals, you can always consider a two-toned ring. Sometimes shops will even offer to strip or re-coat your ring as part of your care package, this way you can swap between white and yellow gold even after you purchase and wear your ring.
2. Would you like to have any diamond or gemstone detailing?
Some of you ladies may prefer to have no detailing, just simply a beautifully crafted wedding band- which can be gorgeous might I add. However, if you are after diamond detailing, it is very important to consider your budget and how much you are willing to spend as they can get rather expensive. Would you like to have one beautiful diamond, or would you prefer several smaller diamonds along the band - this is something to think about. What do you feel comfortable with?
Whilst diamonds may be some girls' best friend, they're not always for everyone. Gemstones are a great alternative and there are so many to pick from. This choice is just as timeless and elegant, and can give you even more of a variety to select from. At this stage, it just becomes a matter of personal choice, selecting the colour and gemstone.
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This may seem a little silly, but it is definitely something to think about. If you are deciding on a huge 24 carat diamond, is this choice going to be practical for every day wear. You have to think that this ring will be on your finger, every hour, of every day. Is it going to be comfortable for you to have a big rock poking out of your hand? Will it be bothersome, or are you quite happy to rock it… pun intended.
5. Do you like the idea of multi-bands or do you prefer singular.
Another choice you have is multi-bands. If you are after something simpler and elegant, this might be a good option to up the glam factor. Multi-bands are simply 2 or more, typically 3, wedding bands that have been gracefully crafted to sit together in harmony, basically like a puzzle. These can look absolutely stunning!
Believe it or not, the size of your finger changes depending on the weather. When it is hot, your fingers tend to expand with the heat. On the other hand… there's another pun… your fingers will shrink and become smaller in width in the cold. You should definitely have this in mind when getting your wedding bands re-sized. There would be no worse than getting your finger sized on a cold day, only for it to not fit on a hot day, possible even the day of your wedding! If it's cold, leave a little bit of space for growth. If it's hot, you can afford to get it pretty fitted as your finger will only shrink from here!
7. Care package
When looking at rings, it is very important to consider the care and maintenance of your jewellery. Just like anything, wedding bands need to be cleaned and perhaps even repaired at times. Unfortunately wear and tear happens to everything and rings aren't an exception. When you purchase from large franchises, such as Michael Hill and Wallace Bishop, they offer care packages which can be used to re-size, clean, repair, and strip back your wedding rings. This is something that should most definitely be considered. If you are buying your wedding bands from an unfamiliar shop, be sure to ask if they offer care for your jewellery.