Posted: Monday November 03, 2014
It is traditional for couples in UK to exchange wedding rings on their big day. The circle shape of wedding rings symbolizes eternity, with no beginning and no end and the history of wedding rings dates right back to the Egyptians.
As your wedding ring is something you will wear for the rest of your life, it has to be perfect. Here’s the Braxted Park guide to choosing your wedding ring.
Which metal should I choose?
While traditionally rings have been made from yellow gold, these days there are a number of metals available, each with their own property, style and price tag. Yellow Gold is still popular but 22ct gold is too soft to wear every day. Instead, consider buying a 18ct, 14ct or 9ct gold wedding ring which are combined with stronger metals and are better suited to the demands of day-to-day life. White gold is now a very popular choice for brides. They are often plated with rhodium which helps to the appearance of the ring and can be easily re-applied to make your wedding ring look brand new
Platinum is a white-coloured metal which is extremely tough and can withstand every day wear and tear. Although it is much more expensive than gold, a platinum wedding ring will remain unmarked forever. If you want a platinum ring but can’t afford the price tag, go for a palladium ring which is a similar colour but comes with a much friendlier price tag.
Finally there’s titanium which is one of the more modern jewellery metals. It has a completely different look and colour than platinum and palladium but is scratch-resistant and light.
What shape should I go for?
As the wedding ring is worn on the same finger as the engagement ring, it is important that the two rings complement each other. Make sure you take your engagement ring with you when you are choosing wedding rings and try them on together. If your engagement ring has an unusual shape, you may need to consider a bespoke wedding ring to fit with it.
Both the bride and groom should think about the profile of the ring as you can chose between court shaped (rounded on the inside and out), flat (completely rectangular), D-shape (flat on the inside, round on the outside) and more.
What about gemstones?
It is becoming increasingly fashionable to choose diamond-set wedding rings. Although most popular with brides, grooms shouldn’t automatically discount them for their rings as they are providing popular. Diamonds in wedding rings are usually round or square but you can also find rings with designs with pear-shaped, emerald and marquise-cut stones. But bear in mind, the more unusual the diamond shape the more expensive it will be.
If you want some sparkle but don’t want a diamond, consider sapphire, emerald, ruby or red garnet.
When should we buy our rings?
It can take time to find your perfect rings as they may need to be made bespoke or ordered in. Start at least six months before you big day and make sure you go together as a couple so you can ensure your choice of rings compliment each other.