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- Precious Metals in Jewellery Guide
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- How to Propose
- Ring Size Guide And Chart
- 3 Stone Vs Solitaire Engagement Rings
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- Yellow Gold Vs White Gold Engagement Rings
How to choose a wedding ring
You’ve got the engagement ring and now it’s time to pick out the perfect wedding ring to go with it. Whether you know exactly what style of wedding band you desire or if you’re looking for inspiration, our guide on choosing a wedding ring covers everything from metal type, shape and weight, to overall style and working with different budgets.
One of the main considerations when choosing a wedding ring is the type of metal you’d prefer it to be crafted from. Traditional and common choices are white gold and yellow gold, but other metals, including platinum, are fast becoming more popular wedding band options.
It’s a good idea to keep in mind that the wedding ring will sit alongside your beautiful engagement ring, so it's recommended you choose the same metal for both.
There is no rule to say that you and your partner should go for the same metal, as you may have completely different preferences. You could even look for a wedding ring that combines the two metals together for something a little different which reflects your style as a couple.
All of the precious metals have different properties and benefits; from yellow gold known for its tradition and white gold for its popular gleaming appearance to platinum famed for its strength and rarity. It’s also important to consider your lifestyle when choosing a metal, for example, as yellow gold is softer than others, if you have active working conditions extra care will need to be taken, or white gold may be more suitable as it’s less likely to tarnish.
Whatever metal you choose, it’s advisable to take everything about your lifestyle into consideration to figure what’s best suited to you. Find out more in our jewellery metal advice guide.
Typically, when you think about the shape of a wedding ring, a simple round band usually springs to mind, however, there are plenty more options available. Whether you want a classic fit or something shaped around your engagement ring, there are a number of wedding ring shapes to choose from.
Court shaped and D shaped
Court shaped and D shaped rings are considered the most classic of the styles. A court shaped ring is slightly smooth and rounded on both the outside and inside which offers a comfortable fit no matter the width - an important factor in a ring you’ll be wearing for the rest of your life. Like the court shaped wedding ring, a D shaped ring is curved on the outside, however, it is flat on the inside for a more flush fit against the skin.
Curved wedding bands are designed with the engagement ring in mind, allowing it to fit around unusual and stone set rings. Getting this right will allow the two special rings to combine and look like one beautiful ring.
Often thought of as a ‘V’ shaped wedding ring, a chevron ring is designed to fit naturally with an engagement ring that boasts a stunning pear stone or diamond cut.
Similarly, a crescent band replicates a V shape, however, it’s more curved and is designed to sit perfectly next to a single round precious stone or diamond.
Weight and width
A traditional wedding ring is a simple band of gold, however, even this can vary hugely in weight. It’s also traditional that men’s wedding rings are heavier than women’s wedding rings, which are usually thinner. Wedding rings come in light weight, heavy weight and extra heavy weight. Rings with more weight in them are usually more durable, especially if they’re made from stronger metals like platinum.
Wedding rings also come in different widths, usually ranging anywhere from 2mm to 8mm, but it’s important to remember that the width can affect the fit. The thicker the band the tighter it’ll feel on your finger. Bear this in mind when selecting the ring size. Read our ring size guide here for more useful tips.
Before you start shopping for a wedding ring you might already have an idea of how you want it to look, whether that involves a simple design, delicate pattern or an abundance of embellishment.
Plain wedding bands are not only the most traditional, but are classic and timeless, making them exceptionally popular for their effortless simplicity. With a plain band, there’s the option to go for a polished look or a finely-brushed finished - both wonderfully understated and stylish. This is the perfect choice for those who want something that will stand the test of time.
If you’d like a ring that’s a little different, then an eternity ring is a beautiful option. This type of ring comprises of an endless circle of diamonds or precious stones, symbolising everlasting love. The striking style of an eternity ring looks beautiful next to any engagement ring; especially a solitaire ring, which results in a dazzling array of sparkle.
Half eternity rings have beautiful diamonds flanked around half of the wedding ring. This is a slightly more understated version of an eternity ring, perfect for someone who’d still like a touch of sparkle.
When setting a budget for your wedding bands, it’s good to have an idea of your preferred style. For example, if you want your rings to be embellished with diamonds or engraved, this should be factored into the cost.
When selecting your wedding rings it's good to have an idea on the components that your dream ring contains in order of their importance. You can use this thought process to balance metal, style and weight out accordingly to your budget. For example, is having a platinum metal more important to you then the width of the band, or vice versa.
Not only is it important to put careful consideration into what you can afford, but you have to be truly comfortable with whatever amount you do decide to put towards finding the perfect wedding rings.
There are many beautiful wedding rings to choose from at Browns, to suit all needs and budgets. Don’t forget, we’re here to help find the right wedding rings for you and your partner, so don’t hesitate to get in touch or pop into your nearest store.