Your wedding ring, traditionally worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, is a constant reminder of your commitment to your partner. You should choose a wedding ring that not only suits your style, but also that you find comfortable for wearing all the time, durable enough to last you for a life time and will be as meaningful and beautiful in the years ahead as it is on your wedding day.
Just like your love is forever, so is your wedding ring, symbolising your love promise and commitment. As much as your wedding rings will be a visual and permanent expression of your taste and style, you will want them to be robust enough to endure all of your years together in the future. Many couples choose to have wedding bands made from the same metal with matching, or complimentary, settings and designs. It is normal, but not obligatory, for the wedding ring to be made from the same metal as the bride’s engagement ring, often in a complimentary style so that neither of the two rings overshadows the other. A word of caution here, if the bride’s engagement ring and wedding ring are made of different metals (for example, 24ct gold engagement ring with a platinum wedding ring) then care should be taken to avoid the hard metal from eroding the softer metal - a good quality jeweller will be able to advise under such circumstances.
Styles and choices in wedding bands have changed drastically over the past few years. Because many people are looking for something that is unique and different, jewellers are offering more choices than ever before. This leads to a small dilemma, however, with so many different styles now being offered, how do you know whether the band you choose is truly unique? People don’t want something that is just a non-traditional style anymore. People want something that no one else has anywhere. This can be a tall order to fill. Still, even if you can’t manage something completely unique, at least you can find a wedding band that is different enough it will get attention and possibly turn a few heads.
Custom ordering the wedding ring is perhaps the best way to find a truly unique wedding band. It is also one of the most expensive. Although the Internet makes custom ordering much more accessible than it ever was before, you can still expect to pay more for your custom ordered band than you would for any other type of wedding ring. If you are completely set on having a truly unique wedding band, however, this is the way to go.
A very interesting style of wedding band that has started becoming popular is the tension set wedding band. These rings are not a traditional solid circle but instead have a split in the design. In this split a stone is set so that it is held in place by the tension of the opposing ends of the ring. There are positive and negative aspects to choosing a ring with a tension setting, but it is a design that gets noticed. Tension set wedding bands can be custom ordered as well, so the opportunity is still there for something truly unique.
Wedding bands with attractive Celtic design patterns have been rising in popularity, but are still far from the norm. With so many different Celtic braid and weave designs available, it is easy to have a ring that at least appears to be unique. There are a lot of companies that can do Celtic designs according to custom specifications as well and, because these companies specialize in this type of work, a custom ordered Celtic wedding band is often less costly than other types of custom bands. When looking for a unique wedding band, a Celtic design may be the way to go.
It is often said that there is nothing new under the sun. This old adage may be true, but there are at least options in every situation. The search for a unique wedding band need not be fruitless. Even if you can’t find or afford a true one-of-a-kind ring, the options and differences in styles available will at least help you find something that is unique to you. And isn’t that really all you could ask for? If your wedding band is consistently admired and you hear the question "Where’d you get that ring" quite often, you can feel satisfied that you’ve found a unique wedding band.
Kirsten Hawkins is an event planner from Wedding411, Nashville, TN.
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.
Information on wedding rings and bands, choosing a wedding ring, finding a unique wedding ring. We have details on all kinds of specialist wedding rings and jewellery, the brides wedding ring and the grooms wedding ring. Your wedding day is unique to you and so you will want your own bespoke wedding rings.