You probably know that the wedding ring is a symbol of love, commitment, and eternity. But did you know there are also many other meanings behind the design? It’s important to find out what they are before buying one.
There are various options for rings, including metal type (gold or platinum), band width (thickness), and cut (round or marquise). The most popular styles today include solitaire engagement rings with a diamond in the center, halo-style rings with smaller diamonds around them, and bands worn as both engagement rings and wedding bands. Whichever style you choose should reflect your personality. So, what are some of the things you should consider when buying a wedding ring?
1. Metal type
Platinum is the most durable of all metals. However, it’s rare and costly. Therefore, gold remains the most popular choice people make in purchasing their wedding ring. The yellow color of gold comes from a chemical element called karat, which represents its purity level, with 14K or 18K being the most common number you will see. White gold is actually an alloy made up of both silver and copper, so it doesn’t last as long as pure gold rings. However, many couples choose white gold because they like the look and value the additional weight savings that it provides.
2. Wedding Band Width
Thick bands are more trendy than thin ones, but how do you know what’s right for you? If your fingers tend to be on the smaller side, then try to go for a wider band. This will make your hand appear slimmer, and your fingers will look longer. If you have larger hands, thinner bands are recommended as they blend in better with the rest of your finger.
3. Diamond Shape
There are five main diamond shapes that you’re likely to come across. Round diamonds are the most popular, and they have a very traditional look, similar to older pieces of jewelry. If you prefer modern-style rings, then try princess, oval, or emerald cut diamonds instead.
Baguette-cut: Baguettes have more surface area than any other type of diamond shape, yet the stone is much smaller. This results in larger carat weight, but thinner band couples tend to choose this design for its uniqueness. The lengthwise lines running through it give it an elegant appearance. Baguette stones can be found in both round and emerald cuts as there is no right or wrong way to wear them.
Hexagonal cut: Hexagonal or trilliant cut diamonds have six sides rather than a traditional round shape. These diamonds are commonly used in matching wedding sets, with the engagement ring having both round and baguette stones and the wedding band containing two baguettes.
Heart-shaped: A newer trend is to opt for heart-shaped diamond rings or pendants as a symbol of love. The hearts can come in many sizes, but most range from 1/2 to 3 carats.
Pear-shaped: These diamonds aren’t just a symbol of love – they’re also trendy.
You can create your unique wedding ring by having the inside engraved with a special message or symbols like infinity loops, hearts, or even feathers, depending on what makes you feel loved and respected as a couple.
Make sure that the symbol you choose has a lot of meaning to both of you. If there is something specific that both partners would like engraved on your wedding rings, then speak with your jeweler about it.
Determining Ring Size
The width of your finger is usually a good indication of what size wedding band/ring will fit you best. Try on rings with your partner and see which one feels most comfortable. However, if you need anything smaller or larger than usual, then consider getting custom made jewelry.
Work on picking out the rings with your partner during wedding planning so that they are comfortable to wear every day. For many people, the wedding band is not just a piece of jewelry, but something that they will wear forever, and so it is important to consider this when looking for one.