If you’re getting married - which you undoubtedly are or you wouldn’t be reading this blog – you’ll know just how logistically terrifying it can be. There’s so much to buy and to organise and to book and to have fitted, that we could go on writing this list all day long!
But that’s exactly where we at Elegance of Elena come in. Yes, aside from this and the other blog that’s part one of this series, we’re constantly adding handy articles to make sure the planning and execution of your wedding go with as few hitches as possible, because there will always be one or two!
In Part I, we talked at length about the criteria for choosing your wedding ring – other important things to consider such as the comfort factor and the question of style. Now, in Part II, we’ll discuss subjects like the type of metal you’d like your wedding ring to be made of, as well as a few more stylistic considerations.
Decide on Your Budget
So, first things first, because whatever type of wedding ring you’re looking for, the very first thing you’ll need to think about is? You guessed it – your budget!
Whether you’d like something plain, fancy, traditional, on-trend, alternative or heavily embellished, the amount of money you have to spend on your wedding ring is of paramount importance because, to a certain extent, it will dictate which of those types of ring you’re able to own.
Once you’ve set your budget, you’ll know whether it’s feasible to have something extravagant or something a little more modest adorning your wedding finger!
One of the main factors in the cost of your ring is the type of metal it’s made from. Indeed, the prices of wedding rings vary massively depending on the metal you choose for the band, so remember the scarcer the metal, the more expensive the ring. For example, an extremely rare metal such as platinum, or one with a high number of carats, will set you and your partner back the most.
When you chose your engagement ring, the chances are that the precious stone(s) were the most important thing you thought about, whereas when you’re choosing your wedding ring it’s the type of metal that first springs to mind, right?
So, when choosing the metal for your wedding ring, we recommend to all our lovely customers that they opt for a similar grade of metal to that of their engagement ring. This just makes perfect sense, as your rings will truly complement one another stylistically, at a very fundamental level. As such, if you chose a 24-carat white gold band for your engagement ring, be sure to have your wedding ring made from the same type of metal.
The most popular precious metals for wedding rings are…
Gold - Gold comes in three colours: white, yellow and rose, and in different levels of purity or “carats” and of rarity, both of which dictate its price.
Without a doubt, the most popular precious metal used for wedding rings. It’s the perennially popular and traditional choice that never goes out of style for the wedding rings of brides and grooms alike.
Quite similar in appearance to silver and is manufactured using yellow gold and a variety of other white metals. It loses its lustre over time, but can be reinvigorated when necessary with a coating of rhodium.
The most delicate and feminine of all the types of gold, Rose Gold is made by mixing precise amounts of yellow gold and copper, to create its characteristic pinkish hue that will never discolour, tarnish or fade.
A massive thirty times rarer than gold, platinum is the most exclusive and luxurious option for wedding rings. Due to its scarcity, platinum is much more expensive than any other type of precious metal, and it’s a great choice because it’s extremely robust and hard-wearing.
Palladium is from the same of metals as platinum, however, it’s much less expensive. While it has a similar appearance to white gold, palladium is extremely resistant to tarnishing, which makes it an excellent choice for wedding rings.
An exceptionally strong and beautiful precious metal, sterling silver makes a great choice for a wedding ring. While pure silver is very soft, sterling silver, often marked with the number “925” is made by adding copper, thus hardening the metal and giving it its characteristic robustness.
Less expensive than gold, more expensive than stainless steel and around the same price as sterling silver, titanium is considered an affordable choice for wedding rings. It’s also very long-lasting and maintains its brightness for a lifetime, which also goes in its favour as a wedding ring option.
Zirconium is excellent to use for wedding rings because it’s an extremely durable and malleable metal that will never corrode or tarnish. Its lustrous appearance and chemical makeup are quite similar to those of titanium, but we’d say the market for zirconium wedding rings is fairly limited due to its colour which is primarily black or grey.
Choose Your Ring’s Style
Something to mull over when choosing your wedding ring is whether you’d like it to match your partner’s, or go for something completely unique to you. Selecting matching rings is fantastic if both bride and groom have exactly the same taste, but if not, 50% of this couple will be stuck with something they may not really be their cup of tea…for the rest of their life!
As you can imagine, this may be all well and good right now when you’re walking down the aisle, but try living with something you don’t like on your finger forever, and you can see how it might become an issue!
To hone your choice of styles down a little further for you, we’ve separated wedding rings into three distinct categories for you.
These are as follows:
For many years, plain wedding bands were traditionally worn by both bride and groom. However, in recent years, rings both shaped and inset with stones have become increasingly popular.
There are three main shapes of wedding ring.
- Court-shaped, which is the classic, being straight all the way around on the top and bottom, and slightly rounded on the inside and outside.
- D-shaped, which are also straight on the top and bottom around the ring, and curved on the outside with a flat inner surface. In profile, this creates the ‘D’ which gives this style its title.
- Shaped wedding rings conform to the lines of the engagement ring, creating one flowing line formed of two bands. You could choose to have the engagement ring first and then have your wedding ring made specially, to match, or you might purchase a bridal set in which both rings are designed to fit together perfectly.
Rings Inset with Precious Stones
This type of wedding ring is increasing in popularity and there are ten traditional shapes of stone to choose from. These are: round, cushion, marquise, princess, oval, emerald, pear, heart, radiant and the unusually named Asscher.
Obviously, you’ll want to choose the style you think looks best and the profile which feels the most comfortable on your finger.
The two main diamond settings for wedding rings are channel and beaded. Channel set rings feature small diamonds or other gemstones, fitted into a ring to give it some extra pizzazz. The tiny gemstones are literally set into a channel that’s created in the band itself by two strips of precious metal. Tiny grooves on both side walls then hold the gems securely in position.
In a beaded ring, a stone is inserted into a depression in the band and a very small piece of metal then covers the stone’s edges, thereby holding it in place. A beading tool is used after this to give the stone a flawlessly smooth finish.
Choose the Width of Your Band
Choosing the perfect width for your wedding band ultimately depends upon your own personal preference. However, one rule of thumb is that if your fingers are long and slender, opt for a smaller, slimmer band width. On the other hand, a larger, thicker band will suit a broader finger.
There’s a huge variation of wedding band widths available. These range from around 1.30mm at their thinnest to a full 10mm (or a whole centimetre) at the other end of the spectrum.
We’re Here to Help!
We hope our blogs are helping you to plan your wedding, and don’t forget that we have a small team dedicated to making your wedding day run as smoothly as possible. If you’d like a chat with us about anything wedding-related, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0116 462 5347 or contact us via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We can’t wait to hear from you!