A wedding band is one item of jewelry that you should be wearing for a very long time. As a result, it is important to put as much thought into the design of both the weddings bands and the wedding ring as possible.
In this post, we will look at what you need to know when buying a wedding band.
What Metal to Use
There are a number of different materials that you can make your ring out of. In this section, we will look at these and how well they work. You might even consider using two different types of metal to enhance the finish of the ring.
Yellow gold is timeless and traditional. It will never tarnish and is long-lasting. It is important to choose 18-carat gold or lower. While 22-carat gold is a lot purer, it is also a lot softer than 18 carat, and this makes it wholly unsuitable for day to day use.
Under normal circumstances, these rings have rhodium plating to make them look more beautiful. This will wear off eventually, but this is not such an issue because the plating can be redone.
White gold and platinum work very well together.
Expect to pay more for a platinum ring. It is, however, a lot stronger than gold and also rarer. It stands up well to everyday use, washing, etc. and gives a more contemporary look.
It is also ideal for those who prefer to wear silver jewelry over gold because the colors are similar.
Palladium is a metal that is relatively new in the jewelry scene. It looks similar to Platinum, but it does not cost as much.
This metal is light, durable and not prone to scratch easily. It has a dark color that sets it apart from gold and platinum. This gives wedding bands made of this a more contemporary edge.
The Shape of the Band
Once you know the metal that you are going to use, it is time to look at the shape of the band. For the bride, the wedding ring should be considered in addition to the engagement ring. They will both have to be worn together, and so they should fit snugly.
Thus, if you have a wedding ring with a particularly round setting, you would need to ensure that your wedding band was shaped to accommodate this.
For the groom, or for those cases where a fitted ring is not necessary, you will have to decide between different shapes for the ring itself. Will it be rounded on both surfaces? Will it be flat? And so on.
At one stage, the fashion was that the engagement ring was the star of the show and the wedding band was plain. This has now changed – there is no reason to sit with a plain old ring if you don’t want to anymore.
In fact, having a tasteful setting of diamonds in your wedding band can help to really play up the design of the other band.
It is also a nice new trend for men’s wedding bands to be able to add in some bling.
The key when choosing a wedding band is to find a style that works for you and your fiancée. Consider what you need for your new life together, and you will be in a far better position to achieve it.