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Wedding Ring Guide

At F.Hinds we offer one of the largest selections of wedding rings on the high street with designs available in 9ct, 18ct and 22ct yellow, white and rose gold as well as platinum, palladium and titanium. We also offer a selection of different wedding ring profiles so there really is the perfect wedding ring for every taste and lifestyle. To help you with your selection we have put together the following Wedding Ring Guide.

Which Metal?

The first important factor is to match the wedding ring metal type to the engagement ring - if there is one involved. Some metals are softer than others and whilst it would take years and years for the softer metal to wear down, generally it is advised to choose the same metal where possible. Different metals do produce different colours and finishes which is the main reason for matching your metals. 18ct gold often appears much more yellow than 9ct gold and white gold can look 'brighter' than platinum once it has been rhodium plated.

This means that if you have a platinum engagement ring you are generally best having a platinum wedding ring. Similarly, if you have an 18ct yellow gold engagement ring it is usual to also choose an 18ct yellow gold wedding band to match in terms of durability, colour and weight. Matching metals is the safest bet, even though there can be as much variation between different 9ct alloys as between 9ct and 18ct gold. If you do opt for different metals or have inherited a special wedding ring you wish to wear, then of course the two can be worn together with no major problems.

Think about the type of jewellery you may already wear - if you like wearing silver for example then a white coloured wedding ring would suit; either white gold, platinum or palladium. Silver wedding rings are of course available, however these are less likely to withstand a life of normal wear and tear. If you wear a gold plated watch then perhaps a gold wedding ring would suit, or you might be allergic to gold or silver, in which case titanium, palladium or platinum would be better for you.

Platinum wedding rings are of course the most 'luxurious' but with this comes a hefty price tag. Palladium (part of the same group of metals at platinum) therefore forms a new, popular wedding band choice and is usually opted for by men mainly due to its 'low-key' gunmetal colour, but also because it is durable, hypo allergenic and lightweight.

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Should our Wedding Rings Match?

There is no strict rule regarding this and of course it is totally down to personal choice, although we do stock a range of wide and narrow complementary styles. For example, we offer a 4mm wide patterned wedding ring that is also available with the exact same pattern but in a 6mm width. This gives couples the flexibility to wear pretty much the same style whilst also tailoring to finger sizes: it would not be sensible for a large Z+2 finger size to wear a 2mm wide wedding ring and similarly, small finger sizes do not generally suit very wide wedding bands.

More often than not if there is an engagement ring involved, the matching wedding ring required would usually be slim (or the same width as the engagement ring), with a more elaborate and/or shaped style to suit, whereas the partners wedding ring would be wider and plainer as this is the only ring worn. This essentially means the two wedding rings do not match at all, but of course can match in terms of metal and finish...

Patterned Wedding Rings

Patterns are often applied to wedding rings as a final touch to add detail, diamond cut sparkle or to create a distinctive look. In the past we have been able to add bespoke patterns to our plain wedding rings and can even add a matt look to our plain, polished wedding bands. Almost any design is possible so please enquire with us if you would like to design your own bespoke patterned wedding ring. Remember that diamond cutting and engraved patterns are set deeper into the metal and so may last longer than light matt or textured looks such as a satin finish.

All patterned finishes will gradually become ‘lived-in’ over time so if you regularly handle rough materials or work in a manual environment, we recommend that you do not choose a wedding ring with a matt or satin finish. For those in these jobs, a plain wedding ring would be better suited to you and harder materials such as palladium, titanium or 9ct gold should be chosen. Click to view our selection of patterned wedding rings and plain wedding rings:


What About Shaped Wedding Rings?

For certain styles of engagement ring, placing a flat-edged wedding band next to the ring leaves an unsightly gap between the two. Many don't realise this, but perfectly shaped wedding bands can be specially manufactured to curve precisely round the setting of the engagement ring for a match made in heaven. The effect is similar to a perfectly made bridal set (see below). Shaped wedding rings can be set with diamonds and/or precious gemstones, however a wider ring may be needed for this in order to hold the stones in place.

We offer a bespoke wedding ring design service if your engagement ring setting is particularly difficult to fit to; click to read more about our Bespoke Design Service or to view our selection of wishbone wedding rings:


What About Bridal Sets?

Bridal sets are a fantastic way to save money, time and research. If you are reading this guide it is likely you are already the lucky recipient of an engagement ring - or have aldready proposed with one, but a lot of our bridal set wedding rings are suitable for a variety of engagement rings.

Bridal sets usually consist of a diamond engagement ring and a matching (often shaped, curved or cut out) diamond set or plain wedding ring. When worn together, the two rings fit seamlessly together to create one stunning jewellery piece. Some engagement rings have large or intricately shaped clusters and settings and finding a wedding ring on the high street is simply not possible. By purchasing a bridal set you are guaranteed to receive two perfectly fitting, stunning diamond rings that are made for each other. Click to view our selection of Bridal Sets:


What Wedding Ring Sizes are Available?

Our standard range of sizes for narrow wedding rings is J-S and for wider wedding bands we can supply in sizes R-Z. We welcome enquiries for rings outside these ranges: it’s not unheard of for us to supply wedding rings from a size G to a Z+6! However with our experience, suitable advice needs to be given as not all wedding rings are suitable in all sizes.

We generally feel that if you have smaller fingers you should select from our narrow range of wedding rings and for larger fingers, a wider wedding band would suit. But of course this is down to personal choice; it is perfectly suitable for a size Z finger to wear a 3mm wedding band, however we would advise that this is made for you in a particularly heavy weight and not purchased 'off the shelf' in the standard weight we stock.

When ordering wedding bands, please make sure that you have been properly measured by us or another jeweller using a wedding ring gauge of a similar width to that of the wedding ring you are looking at purchasing. A wider band is likely to require a larger finger size than a narrow band because it is harder to get on and off. This is important as it is often impossible to re-size patterned wedding bands and some wedding ring materials (such as palladium and titanium) once they have been made.

Also, is your finger size is likely to change if you are planning on dieting before the big day? You may find that the wedding ring you purchased 6 months ago no longer fits on the day. We can adjust most plain wedding rings and can even exchange them if they are still in pristine condition, however some patterned styles and metals cannot be adjusted, and specially ordered wedding rings cannot be exchanged.

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How Long will my Wedding Ring Take to Arrive?

Wedding rings do have a long lead time (usually 6-8 weeks if specially ordered) so we advise you purchase sooner rather than later. If you are choosing a standard stock line in a standard size then we will probably have it in stock in the business and if not, we can certainly order it directly from our supplier within a couple of weeks. If you are having a bespoke wedding ring made to fit around your engagement ring then we require the engagement ring for the entire process and both will be returned in about 3-4 weeks (from the proceed date).

A Guide to Wedding Ring Profiles & Patterns

Court
Often the most popular wedding ring profile, it is rounded on the inside as well as the outside. It offers the most comfortable fit and is fairly weighty (but could be more expensive); you may sometimes see the description as 'comfort fit wedding ring'.


D-Shaped
The second most popular fit where the wedding ring lies flat on the inside but is rounded on the outside i.e. when in profile the ring looks like a 'D'. This provides the look of a court but uses less metal so is often a cheaper alternative.


Flat Court
A more modern approach to the standard court fit. With a rounded inside for comfort, the outer edges are squared off which we notice is growing very popular with the 'modern man'.


Flat
Flat on the inside and on the outside, this is the slimmest of all profiles. Mostly favoured by men as it doesn't get in the way of manual labour, or chosen if on a budget (this particular example is patterned, but can be plain also).


Concave
Opposite to a court profile, the wedding ring is concave and hollowed out on the inside. Usually extremely lightweight and suitable for smaller finger sizes only. Perfect if on a tight budget, but may not last lengthy wear and tear and can have sharp edges.


Chamfered Edge
Usually with a flat profile on the inside and out, the very outer edges are shaped and/or bevelled slightly for a lovely modern feel and to add interest.


Square Edged
Quite popular with the modern shopper but can be slightly uncomfortable. Rounded on the inside but with a squared outer edge, purchasing the correct size is essential. Would probably not sit well with an engagement ring.


Shaped
Ideal to sit with another ring, this curved look is often described as a 'wishbone' ring and would complement a solitaire engagement ring perfectly. Available both plain and set with stones. Please note, not all 'shapes' are the same so just because described as 'shaped' does not automatically mean it will fit with all engagement rings.


Celtic
A interesting alternative; celtic designs can be engraved into a plain wedding ring, or actually cut out (as per example). Often chosen if there is Irish heritage.


Patterned/Diamond Set
Wedding rings set with patterns and/or diamonds. This example is one of our most popular slim wedding rings.