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How to Find the Perfect Wedding Rings

Posted on: 21/09/2020

Your wedding day will be one of the biggest days of your life, and we're so happy that you’re about to embark on this new chapter, no doubt you are too! With an exciting engagement comes a whole load of happiness and emotion, but with that what also comes is a never-ending list of things you need to do before the big day, and we can bet that one of them is going to be to "find the perfect wedding rings".

You're probably reading this because you're beginning your big wedding ring search; and that's great because we've written this guide for you! Make yourself a cup of tea and get comfortable because we're about to walk you through the whole process of finding the perfect wedding rings...

What to Consider Before you Start Looking

Give Yourselves Time

Something that's really important to do when you start your search for the perfect rings is to give yourselves plenty of time. You're probably thinking of that big long list you have, so the less pressure and stress you can give yourself the better! We recommend you start your wedding ring search a good 3-4 months before your big day - if not earlier - so that you have plenty of time to decide. If we need to order your ring in, or if your ring ends up being a bespoke wedding ring design, then that can add time on to the whole process.

Shop Together, Look Together

Something we really encourage at F.Hinds is for the bride and groom to shop for their wedding rings together. If you really think about it, a lot of wedding planning is done separately which is quite bizarre considering that the whole point in getting married is to be together! Shopping for your wedding rings together allows you both to discuss what you want, to help each other and to give honest opinions. It's quite romantic really! Before you start your search have a look online and write down some important points. You can keep these in mind when you go shopping, and you can even take your list with you.

Should Our Wedding Rings Match?

The bride and grooms wedding rings definitely don't have to match. There's no rule that says you have to have the same wedding rings as each other, but if you want to, then that's just as great! Remember, you're going to be wearing your rings for the rest of your lives so you want to make sure it fits and suits you perfectly. Ideally you don't want to make a huge compromise or wear something you don't really like. It needs to be perfect.

Wedding rings are worn forever so consider your budget and agree on how much you want to spend. We have a huge range of wedding rings at different prices so there's bound to be something that’ll fit your budget.

Matching the Brides Engagement Ring

A big question that future brides ask is "should my wedding ring match my engagement ring?" There is no straight answer to this question, but we do have a few tips for you:
  • Ideally, your engagement ring metal should be the same as your wedding ring metal because you don’t want to risk two different metals rubbing together at the same time, this can wear down the bands
  • Don't pick a band that overshadows your engagement ring. A wedding ring should complement an engagement ring, so if your engagement ring has a thin band, you might want your wedding ring band to be thin too
  • Shaped wedding rings are ideal if you want your wedding ring to neatly fit your engagement ring and its stones
  • When you start shopping for your wedding ring, take your engagement ring with you so you can try on different wedding rings with it and see what feels best

What's Your Lifestyle Like?

Another very important consideration is your lifestyles. What are your hobbies? What's your job? If you do a lot of handy-work in your free time, or if you have a hands-on job, then you need to consider your ring metal and style. You could knock your ring, bend your ring, or the stones could fall out if you don't remove it before doing big hands-on tasks. We definitely don't want that! If you work with chemicals or use a lot of cleaning products, remember to remove your ring(s) beforehand too. You don't want to ruin the metal or the stones!

Choosing a Ring

What Metal Do I Choose?

Since the brides wedding ring metal should be the same as her engagement ring metal (see above section for more information), choosing a wedding ring can sometimes be easier than expected for the bride! However, the groom has a little bit more to choose from:

The most popular wedding ring metals are:

9ct White Gold or 18ct White Gold
White gold is a modern twist on traditional yellow gold. It's made up of lighter alloys and is plated in rhodium, which it what gives it its bright 'white' and chrome-like shine. It is chosen as a cheaper alternative to platinum or palladium, but it does need plating every couple of years or so (depending on the wearer).
9ct Gold or 18ct Gold
A shiny, bright yellow metal that symbolises the light of the sun. Also known as yellow gold, this metal is very traditional. 18ct gold costs more than 9ct because it contains double the amount of pure gold.
9ct Rose Gold
Rose gold was popular for lavish jewellery pieces in the 1920s, and this blush metal is coming back in fashion. Rose gold looks beautiful on those who have olive skin because of the pink, rosy tones and it matches other rose gold and yellow gold jewellery pieces very well.
Arguably one of the most luxury wedding ring metals, platinum is a very sought after, strong and precious metal. It has anti-tarnish properties so it keeps its beautiful bright shine without needing to be replated (unlike white gold).
Palladium is a strong, light and durable metal and is often chosen for its hypo-allergenic properties. Part of the platinum family but a cheaper alternative, it is a more precious than gold or titanium.
Discovered in Cornwall in the 18th Century, titanium has a slight natural grey colour to it. It's a wedding ring option if you want something that's light, strong and hard wearing. Titanium is a lot cheaper than other metals like palladium and platinum, so works well if you're on a budget. If you do a lot of hands-on tasks or work in a manual labour environment then it could be the ideal wedding ring for you!

Tip: when choosing the ring metal keep your lifestyle in mind. If you work with your hands, then a stronger metal like titanium, palladium or platinum might be best for you.

What Wedding Profile Do I Choose?

A rings' profile is what the shape of the ring would look like if you cut through the band completely. For example, a D-Shape's ring profile looks like a 'D' through the centre, which is where the name 'profile' comes from. The profile of a ring can determine how comfortable it feels on your finger, and since your wedding ring is going to be worn daily you need to make sure that the ring you choose is comfortable. Here are the most popular wedding ring profiles:

Often the most popular profile, the court wedding ring is rounded on the inside as well as the outside which is comfortable for most people.
Possibly the second most popular profile of ring, the ring is flat on the inside but is rounded on the outside, creating a 'D' when in profile. It looks similar to a court ring, but uses less metal making it a cheaper option. D-Shape wedding rings tend to feel sharper than court rings.
Flat wedding ring profiles are just that: flat on the inside and flat on the outside. Flat wedding rings don't get in the way of hands-on work and they're quite subtle, so it would be ideal for someone who does a lot of handy-work.
Flat Court
Flat court wedding rings are a more contemporary approach to the standard court style ring. They're a cross between a flat and court profile because they're rounded on the inside for comfort but squared off on the outside.
Concave rings are hollowed out on the inside, or sometimes on the outside as a design feature. They're not usually as expensive as other wedding rings because there is less metal, making them perfect if you're on a budget. Depending on the metal, concave rings can be very lightweight and thin so they're unsuitable for heavy manual labour and those with large finger sizes.

What Wedding Ring Style Do I Choose?

Choosing a wedding ring style can be harder for women as it is for men, as there are so many more options for the bride. You may prefer something plain and simple, or you might want to go for something a little bit more interesting with diamonds. Whatever you choose, just remember to keep your engagement ring in mind. You don't want your wedding ring to outshine your beautiful engagement ring! Some may prefer to go for a shaped wedding ring so it fits around the engagement ring. Here are the most popular styles:

Plain all the way around with no patterns or stones.
The wedding ring shapes around your engagement ring, or just looks nice on its own. Some shapes are also known as 'wishbone.
Chamfered Edge
Usually applied to wider banded wedding rings to add detail. The ring has a sloping edge all around it.
Diamond Set
The wedding ring is set with an unbroken circle of diamonds or stones either all the way around (eternity) or half way (half eternity). One could also select from our range of Eternity Rings but these do not have a lifetime wedding ring guarantee.
The ring is diamond cut or engraved with unique patterns to add detail.
A dainty design where the band splits into two or more parts which cross over each other to the other side.
Where the band "weaves" together forming a pretty pattern.

Designing a Wedding Ring Yourself

If you want something made to match your engagement ring, or to specifically suit your needs, then use our Bespoke Design Service. You can work with our jewellery experts to design a ring for yourself and your partner by choosing the metal, shape, profile and stones. For more information, and for examples of wedding ring designs, please click to read more about our Bespoke Design Service.

How to Look After Your Wedding Rings

Your wedding rings will be very precious to the both of you so you'll want to make sure that they're always looking lovely. Although wear and tear is unavoidable, here are a couple of things you can do to keep your rings looking like new:

  • When you're not wearing your rings, keep them safe in a wooden ring box
  • Give them a quick polish with a gold polishing cloth every now and again
  • If they need a deep clean, pop them in a jewel sparkle dip for a couple of seconds to really bring the shine out
  • If your ring contains diamonds then freshen and enhance them with a jewel sparkle wand
  • Refer to our jewellery cleaning guide for cleaning tips
  • Take your ring off before using cleaning products or chemicals and before doing manual labour
  • If you have any concerns, or if you need any repairs doing, pop back into your local F.Hinds and we’d be more than happy to inspect your rings and recommend any servicing

So after reading our complete guide you;re now ready to begin your search to find the perfect wedding rings! If'you're still unsure, or if you're a little confused, there's no need to panic! You can reach out to us on Facebook, contact our online sales team (01895 201040) or pop into your local F.Hinds and we'll be more than happy to help you with your search! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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