There are thousands of wedding ring styles and designs to choose from. A couple can choose plain flat wedding bands, barrel wedding bands, braided carved or engraved wedding rings. Celtic style rings are becoming ever more popular amongst couples from many different backgrounds as they have an inherent and traditional beauty coupled with a historic symbolism. There is a trend to include diamonds or other precious gemstones within the wedding ring designs to make them more decorative in style, often this is duplicated, or complimented, between the bride and groom’s rings. Antique wedding rings and custom designed wedding rings are becoming ever more popular as couples seek that truly unique, personal and inspiring wedding jewellery to wear on a daily basis.
The wedding ring is perhaps the single most important piece of jewellery that you will give to your spouse in your lifetime. It deserves thought and consideration as well as being important that you choose a timeless ring that will not become outdated or unstylish after a length of time. Men and women have different options available to them when choosing a wedding ring and it is not required that they choose matching rings. The couple traditionally choose their rings together, so there is no need for either the bride or groom to become unnecessarily stressed out about choosing the perfect wedding ring. Choosing the rings together takes a great deal of pressure off the couple because they do not have to worry that their spouse may not like the ring that is expected to last for their entire lifetime.
The material of the wedding ring is an important consideration for both men’s and women’s rings. The most common materials include gold, silver and platinum although the rings can be made of any material that the couple chooses. Gold is the most popular wedding ring material. Gold (in the UK) can be 9 carat gold, 18 carat gold and 24 carat gold. Of these three options, 9 carat gold is the type that is most recommended for wedding rings as it is durable without sacrificing lustre. 18 carat gold can also be used for wedding rings but because it is a softer metal it is more prone to scratches, whilst 24 carat gold is even softer than 18 carat gold. Many jewellers do not recommended creating rings out of 24 carat gold because it is so prone to scratches.
Silver is another metal that can also be used in creating a wedding ring. Silver is a soft white metal that is, by comparison, very soft and therefore prone to scratching. Additionally it is also prone to tarnishing and discolorations but it is still a popular choice because of its relatively low cost. Platinum is a precious metal that is becoming increasingly popular as wedding ring material. Although platinum is considered too soft to be used in making rings, small amounts of ruthenium and iridium can be added to platinum to increase the hardness and result in a wedding ring that is extremely durable. Another choice that has recently been brought to the wedding ring market is titanium, a light yet robust metal that has style, quality and durability.
After choosing a metal for the wedding ring, it is time to consider the style of the ring. When it comes to style there are even more options available than there are for metals. Some of the basic wedding ring styles include flat bands, half-round bands and comfit bands. A flat band is one that is rectangular in cross section. These types of bands may also be decorated with engravings. Half-round bands are the most traditional style available. These bands are flat on the underside or against the finger and have an arched structure on the top. Comfort-fit bands feature an oval cross section and they are heavier and more expensive than the other types of rings. If a bride intends to wear her wedding band with her engagement ring, she should consider choosing a wedding band style that matches her engagement ring so that neither one overpowers the other.
Once you have decided on a metal and style, it is time to choose whether or not to engrave your wedding ring. A good jeweller should be capable of engraving anything you want onto your ring including letters, numbers and symbols. Many couples choose to have their names or initial along with the wedding date engraved on the inside of the ring. This is not a necessity though, as the couple are not required to have the rings engraved. If the couple do opt for engraving, they must realise that they can choose to engrave anything they wish on the rings. It could either be names and the wedding date or a phrase that has significant meaning to the couple.
The wedding ring is a very important piece of jewellery because it is meant to be worn for a lifetime. When choosing a wedding ring the material of the ring, the style of the ring and whether or not to include an engraved sentiment are just a few of the factors to consider. Shopping for a wedding ring can be a wonderful and memorable experience if the couple makes an effort to enjoy the experience and don’t make it too stressful on themselves.
Review by Masni Rizal Mansor of Discount Wedding Dresses.
Yellow gold is the most traditional and popular metal for wedding rings. The warm yellow hue of yellow gold is complimentary to most skin tones and is comfortingly familiar - and the most cost-efficient. Wedding bands are available in 9, 18 and 24 carat gold (UK standards) depending on the purity and strength of gold you choose. A 24ct gold wedding ring is made of the purest and most expensive gold, but it is also the softest gold so it will scratch, nick and chip easily. Grooms that work with their hands may want to opt for a 9ct or 18ct gold wedding ring to ensure the ring lasts.
White gold can be more expensive than yellow gold, but it is the perfect alternative for those couples who prefer the look and shine of platinum but maybe can't afford the cost. White gold bands are stunning in their simplicity, although many couples are drawn to the originality of wedding rings made of both white and yellow gold in braided and carved designs.
Platinum is the hardest and most expensive metal - but what better way to express your ever-lasting love and commitment? Platinum wedding bands have a distinct silver sheen and the metal is so strong, your wedding ring will still be around long after you are gone - making platinum wedding rings the most expensive and durable of all wedding ring styles. An ideal ring that could become a family heirloom for many generations into the future.
Titanium is an extremely lightweight metal, yet very strong. Not considered a precious metal, titanium is a modern metal in the jewellery industry; its colour when polished is in between platinum and white gold. It will never dent or bend out of shape. It is hypoallergenic and non-corrosive, so an ideal choice for those who have a sensitive skin type, allergies or may find the ring exposed to materials that would be corrosive to the more regular wedding ring metals. Over a period of time it may develop minor surface scratches, these are very easily buffed out using a cotton buffing wheel.
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