Here is your guide to buy your ring that will help you select the wedding bands you love and plan to wear for years to come.
1. Narrow Down Your Choices
Your wedding ring is one of the few pieces of jewellery that you shop together. Hence, it will be a smart decision to consider few preliminary choices before you visit the stores. This will help you zero in on exactly your perfect engagement ring.
2. Consider Buying Your Ring and Your Bands Together
Knowing the bands that go well with the engagement ring can help you make the right decision. For example, a pear-shaped diamond matches well with simple, no-fuss band, whereas a diamond pave band goes well with a classic solitaire. You also need to consider how the ring touches. If you plan to wear your wedding band and ring together all the time, you need to look for a shadow band so designed as to interlock with the ring. If the plan is to wear the band alone, you may need a more intricate style that looks great with your engagement ring or without it.
3. Start Your Search Early
Once you get a basic idea of your liking, it is time to try on rings. Give yourself a couple of months before the wedding date to shop for ring. You will use this time in browsing and researching prices of rings that appeal you. If it is a custom ring that you prefer, you may need even more time.
4. Mix It Up
It could be that you like platinum whereas your partner likes yellow gold. Your solution could be a compromise with braided bands with a blend of the two metals together or else entirely different – the key being to wear something that reflects your personal styles.
5. Set a Budget
Begin your shopping by assuming to spend about 3 percent of your total wedding budget on the rings. You need to consider that with an addition of embellishments, like engraving or diamonds that would raise the cost, so include that if you plan to buy a personalized ring with some extras.
6. Keep Your Lifestyle in Mind
You should be careful about buying a band that seamlessly becomes a part of everyday life. If you are involved in sports or an instrument, go for a slimmer ring that has a rounded edge. If you use your hands often, look for a solid but simple metal ring without gemstones which can come loose and are a good source to trap dirt.
7. Take Your Time Trying
Although you may have some liking of ring or band on your inspiration board, but when you visit the store, try something different. Discuss with the jeweler and let them suggest you based on your liking. There are chances of you loving something that was beyond your liking. While considering different style, you should consider comfort as well. The diamond could be poking the other fingers uncomfortably.
8. Think Long Term
You should ensure that the style of your choice is something that you could wear for few decades. After all, the ring is meant to last all through your life’s activities. However, you should understand that you have the option to upgrade later (go from white gold to platinum or add diamonds) on some special anniversary.
9. Consider the Maintenance
As part of maintenance of your wedding band with stones, you need to wash and soak in warm sudsy water before softly brushing it with a soft eyebrow or toothbrush, rinse it and use a soft lint-free cloth to dry it. If it sounds quite a fuss, you could try gold or platinum engagement rings – you only need to rub it with a soft lint-free cloth to make it clean and sparkling.
10. Size It Right
People hardly take off their wedding bands as they wear them all through winters, summers, exercise, etc. Hence to find the right size that best could weather the different changes, pick your final ring when you are calm and your body temperature is normal. Hence, time after exercise, in the morning, or when it is extremely cold or hot should not be considered to finalize your decision.
11. Check for Quality
You should check to see that the ring you buy has two marks inside the band: the quality mark, for example 24K or PLAT and the manufacturer’s trademark. If the ring is made of two or more metals ensure that quality mark of each exists on it.