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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 gold as well as platinum, palladium and titanium. To help you with your selection we have put together the following information.

Which metal?

The first important factor is to match the wedding ring metal type to the engagement ring (if there is one involved), as softer metals will wear against harder ones. 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.

The ranges we stock in store and online are typically 9ct gold, but almost all are available in 18ct gold and many in platinum, 22ct gold and palladium too. Please contact us on 0800 034 4637 / 01895 201040 or email onlinesales@fhinds.co.uk if you would like us to quote you a price for a different metal, carat or colour.

Platinum wedding rings are of course the most 'luxurious' and with this comes a hefty price tag. Palladium therefore (part of the same group of metals at platinum) 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.

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, a 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 anything 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 rings with a matt or satin finish. For those in these jobs, plain rings would be better suited to you and harder materials such as palladium, titanium or 9ct gold.

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. Shaped wedding rings can be set with diamonds and/or precious gemstones, however a wider option is 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.

What 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) 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.

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

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 'comfort fit wedding ring'.


D-Shape
The second most popular fit where the 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 edge is squared off which we see 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 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 very lightweight and suitable for smaller finger sizes only. Perfect if on a tight budget, but may not last lengthy wear and tear.


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 compliment 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.