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Buying wedding rings
Buying your wedding ring is an important step. Not only are wedding rings symbols of eternal love, but you are likely to wear your wedding ring for the rest of your life; here is where we help you to find your dream wedding rings.
Engagement and wedding rings are different in some respects, not least because you are likely to buy diamond engagement rings in secret and your wedding rings, more often than not, together with your intended.
By the time you buy your rings, wedding preparations are usually well underway, meaning that there is less guesswork involved in choosing the perfect wedding rings.
The first thing to do together is to set your budget together and reflect on what your options are; diamond or plain? Thick or thin? Matching, or not?
Online is a great place to research wedding bands. Don’t be daunted by terminology, although there are a few things you need to know, particularly if you opt for diamond wedding rings:
1. Two Rings
Will your partner be wearing her wedding ring alongside her engagement ring? If the answer is ‘yes’, then you may want to consider buying her a curved wedding ring or even one that matches and complements her engagement ring. A curved wedding ring sits smoothly around the diamond on her diamond engagement ring. A popular choice is to have both engagement and wedding rings in the same metal and style. curved rings are widely available and you may even wish to consider having a bespoke ring made to fit her engagement ring perfectly, this can cost less than you think.
If you and your partner enjoy an active lifestyle or have a manual element in your work, you may want to opt for wedding bands that are robust, secure and don’t scratch easily. A diamond wedding ring with a whopping great stone looks fantastic, but you may find it uncomfortable in the long run if you type a lot, for example. It may also scratch or get caught in clothing more easily. If one of you will have to remove their rings on a regular basis, you may wish to opt for a plain band which can be easily replaced if the worst happens and a ring is lost. Having a ring engraved is a great way to make a simple ring unique for you and your partner.
A flush or bezel setting for a diamond wedding ring is more secure, but a prong setting allows more light to go through the diamond. In other words, a diamond solitaire ring with a prong setting creates more sparkle. Wedding rings with a bezel setting or a flush set diamond show only the top of the gems with a nice edge around it, making it less likely to catch your diamond ring on clothes.
Should you go for white gold wedding rings, platinum wedding bands, silver or for a yellow gold wedding ring? Gold, whether for a white or yellow, is the most popular and enduring choice. We do not recommend you purchase wedding rings cast in gold purer than 18 carats as 24 carat (minimum of 99%) gold is very soft, this can lead to quicker and more extensive damage and warping. 18 carat gold is made by mixing 75% gold with 25% other metals.
White gold is coated in rhodium, a metal similar to platinum, to create a real white look. Unfortunately, this thin layer of rhodium will eventually wear off. To keep a white gold ring looking its best it should be re-plated approximately every 12 to 18 months. Platinum is the strongest jewellery metal, resistant to damage and won’t tarnish, making it a great choice if you can afford it.
Your wedding ring should be for life. Don’t focus on trend-led pieces that you love now, as it’s likely as the years go by that your preferences will change. Classic pieces never fail.
6. Design your own wedding ring
For something truly unique, why not design your own wedding rings? Although a wide range of beautiful pre-set wedding rings is widely available, you could decide to create your own, very personal wedding ring designs. Just remember though, that you are very likely to be wearing your wedding rings for the rest of your life.
At Vashi.com, we have a team of skilled professionals who specialise in creating made-to-order pieces. We can create the wedding rings of your dreams from a single image in a record time of 5 days. Please note time frames can be extended depending on the complexity of your wedding ring design.
It used to be said that the size of a diamond was proportionate to how much you loved your partner. Nowadays we know better. Quality is just as important. When you buy your diamond engagement ring or diamond wedding ring, it pays to read up on “the 4 Cs of diamonds” (cut, colour, clarity and carat weight).
Would you like to have your wedding rings engraved, for example, with your names and wedding date? Vashi.com can engrave the message of your choice on your wedding rings. Please contact our customer service team at GuardianAngels@vashi.com or 0800 530 0541 to discuss your engraving preferences.