Wedding Ring Buying Guide

YOU WANT TO WEAR YOUR WEDDING RINGS FOR A VERY LONG TIME… SO THE PRESSURE IS ON TO GET IT RIGHT

The way we shop for wedding rings has changed significantly in the last couple of generations.  Traditional classic plain bands are still in vogue but now sit comfortably amongst lots of new contemporary designs.  In recent years, diamonds have started to feature more and more; what was once considered a traditional eternity ring has now become another wedding ring design option. 

WHAT METAL TO CHOOSE

It is commonly believed that the bride should choose a wedding ring in the same metal as her engagement ring as wear and tear is minimised if the two rings are of equal hardness.  The Groom, however, will have no such restrictions!

PLATINUM

Platinum is versatile and durable with a naturally white colour.  It is a very dense metal which makes it more resilient to wear and tear.  Because it is 95 per cent pure, platinum does not tarnish and its colour remains constant.  

PALLADIUM

Palladium is growing in popularity as a lighter alternative to Platinum.  As part of the platinum family of metals, it is still 95% pure and equally resilient to wear and tear.   Like Platinum, it does not tarnish. 

GOLD

Gold has been used throughout history for jewellery; its pliable nature means it can be easily crafted into different shapes.  But because of this characteristic, gold has to be mixed with other alloy metals to increase its durability.

Gold is measured in carats and divided into 24 parts and so pure gold is measured as 24ct gold.  

The higher the gold content, the softer and less durable the metal which is why 22ct gold tends to be used only in plain wedding bands.  18ct gold is 18/24 parts or 75% gold and 9ct gold is 9/24 parts gold or 37.5% gold.  These grades are better suited for more intricate wedding ring designs.

YELLOW GOLD 

Gold is naturally yellow but mixing with other alloy metals will affect how strong the colour is.  The colour variations between the different grades are subtle but discernible.  The purer the metal, the stronger the colour.  

WHITE GOLD 

White Gold has been fashionable since the early 1920s and has recently become the most popular colour used in the UK.  To create white gold, yellow gold is mixed with copper, zinc or palladium.  Each alloy choice may give a slightly different white and consequently, some alloys are Rhodium plated to create a really white finish.

ROSE GOLD 

Rose gold is fast becoming a popular colour for wedding rings.  Its warm pink shade is created by combining yellow gold with copper.

STAINLESS STEEL

Its qualities of strength and durability make it perfect for someone with an active lifestyle or a hands-on job.  Being alloyed with chromium, this metal is resistant to tarnishing.  

TITANIUM

Titanium is most commonly known for being durable and incredible lightweight. These qualities have contributed to its specialist use in the aerospace industry.  As a metal that is both inert and hypoallergenic, it is also a popular choice for those who experience allergic reactions to other precious metals.  

DIAMONDS

Diamonds are becoming more and more a feature of many contemporary designs.  Traditionally, bands set with diamonds were bought as eternity rings to celebrate an anniversary or birth of a child.  However, nowadays, brides are choosing to use a sparkly wedding ring to draw attention to their engagement ring. 

CUSTOM SHAPED

Depending on the style of the engagement ring, some wedding rings need to be shaped to sit comfortably together.  Because of the infinite number of engagement rings designs, each wedding band should be individually designed to ensure the best fit.  Please contact us at online@lancejames.co.uk to discuss your requirements.  If you are local, you can pop into one of our stores in Essex or Hertfordshire or you can post us your engagement ring using Royal Mail’s Special Delivery.  Digital scans can be made of your engagement ring from which the jeweller can then design your wedding ring.  

TO MATCH OR NOT TO MATCH?

Some couples believe they should have matching rings, but it is not necessary.  You are two individuals and your rings can reflect this.  While the bride may need to take into account the engagement ring, the groom will have no such limitations.  The world is your oyster!

BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

Your friends and family will want to share their opinions with you, but make sure you choose the ring you like.  After all, you will be the one who will be wearing it for the rest of your life.

MAKE IT PERSONAL

Engraving a personal secret message makes your rings even more special.  Engraving can add that individual touch.  During the 15th century, Poesy Rings were often engraved with a significant phrase on the inside of a plain yellow gold ring. 

GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME

Your wedding rings will be made to order, to your exact specification so give yourself at least 6-8 weeks.  The sooner they are ordered the better as time restrictions will limit the design options available to you.  

MAKE SURE YOU ORDER THE RIGHT SIZE

Grooms are ten times more likely to lose their wedding rings, often on honeymoon!  If you are not used to wearing a ring, it will feel strange at first; but after a few weeks, you won’t even notice it.  Check our size guides here.  

COST

Getting married is an expensive time and it can be hard to juggle your budget.  Sometimes it is difficult to get past the importance of all the other aspects of the day, especially that perfect dress.  But spend wisely – after all you will be wearing the dress for only a day, you will be wearing your rings for a lifetime.  At Lance James you can opt to spread the cost by choosing to pay overtime with our interest free credit option. 


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