You have popped the question. You have got the “yes”. The next thing is how to pick a wedding band for your big day. It is definitely not easy if you don’t know where to start. Below is a list of few things you should consider when you are shopping for wedding band.
Selecting a metal
First step to is to think about whether you want metal colour of your wedding ring to match your engagement ring. Traditionally, people like to have wedding rings in the same metal colour as engagement rings. However, wearing mismatched metal colours is in fashion right now. So don’t be scared to wear rose gold with white gold.
In term of metal purity, it is recommended that it is the same with your engagement ring. 9k engagement ring is to be worn with 9k wedding ring. This is because different gold purity has different hardness. Higher purity of gold is softer, meaning 18k will be scratched by harder ring such as the 9k ring if they are worn together. Platinum engagement ring is also recommended to be worn with platinum wedding ring for the same reason.
While there is no colour variation issue between different gold purity on white gold, as it is rhodium plated, this is something to consider if you are looking to have both of your engagement and wedding rings in yellow gold. Higher gold purity usually means that the piece will be richer e.g. 18k yellow gold ring will generally be slightly more yellow than 9k yellow gold ring from the same maker. Please keep in mind that even the same purity, colour of gold can vary from one jeweller to another so it is a good idea to purchase both engagement ring and wedding from the same place in order to avoid colour variation between the two rings.
Matching or not?
Think about whether you would like your wedding ring to match with your partner’s ring. Traditionally, wedding rings for the married couples are matched with each other. However, this is not the case anymore. It is more often than not that design of the two wedding rings are different. There is no set rules for this but making this decision will help selecting wedding rings become much easier.
Consider your life style
Particularly for the wedding ring, it is another important element to consider before making the purchase. For someone who uses their hands a lot, such as for cleaning or gardening, a plain ring would be recommended as there is no need to worry about losing stones or cleaning so often as dirt or grease can get right under. For someone who does a lot of manual work, a thicker plain ring might be a good idea as it won’t warp or bent so easily. But at the end of the day, it comes down to your preferences.
Setting a budget is a great thing to do when you plan to shop for anything. There is no exception when shopping for wedding ring. Having a budget will help you determine whether or not you can have stones set on the ring. If so, how many and what quality the stones should be. Stones set on wedding ring are costlier than plain band as there is also a cost for setting each stone involves as well.
Consider shape/design of engagement ring
If you plan to wear your wedding ring together with your engagement ring, consider how the two rings will sit together on your finger. For the engagement ring with curved or contoured band, get the design that will snug into the shape of your engagement ring beautifully.
There are a couple of popular options, a set of Solitaire engagement with a diamond wedding ring or a set of Fancy engagement ring with plain band. We think there is no rules here, it depends on the overall look you are after.
Give yourself time to shop
Wedding ring is not just a piece of jewellery, it symbolises a life long commitment you have to each other. Make sure you give yourself enough time to shop around. A simple wedding band or just a ring resized can take 2 – 3 weeks depending on how busy the jewellers are. It can actually take even longer during a peak season like Spring or Christmas time. For made to order ring with stones set, you will want to allow minimum of 3-4 weeks. This is given that you already know what design you are after.
Considering these turn around times, start shopping for your ring around 2 to 3 months prior to your wedding day. This will give you enough time to select the design you like and also shop around for the jeweller who will offer you the best value for money.