Ultimate ring buying guide to help you choose wedding bands …
Buying rings can be difficult, especially if you’re not used to wearing jewelry. Buying a wedding band can be even more difficult because there’s so much pressure to get something you’ll like for the rest of your life. If you’ve got to the point where you’re floundering on where to start, then don’t worry: we’ve got you covered.
Check Your Size
This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t realize that they need to check! It’s easy to get sorted when you first go in a store but if you’re looking to buy online, you’ll want to either get sized in a shop anyway or buy a cheap ring sizer yourself. Knowing that you’ve bought the right size in the first place means you won’t have to worry about alterations later – or if you’re ordered one custom-made, that it’ll be the right first time.
Do you want to match?
Next, it’s time to decide whether or not you want to match your partner. If you do, then you’re going to have to work together to come up with ideas that suit you both. If not, then it’s much easier to go off and do your own thing – although that does mean you’ve got even more choices open to you, which can get even more confusing.
Decide on a Price Range
Before you even start looking, it’s best to decide on a price range. Agree with what the upper limit is, and that way you’re less likely to look at and fall in love with something you can’t afford. If you’re buying as a pair, it’s worth considering if you’re going to spend the same as each other, or whether one of you will aim for a lower-priced ring. Women’s rings can often be pricier, especially if they have stones in them, so be aware of this when planning.
Go Window Shopping
Set yourself a time to go and explore your options, without buying. Even if you find the perfect ring, don’t buy it on this day! Always go back for a second viewing to make sure it’s as good as you remember. This is also a great opportunity to work out which shops have the pushy sales assistants so that you know which ones to be aware of when actually purchasing your ring.
Now you’ve followed these first few steps, it’s time to start getting serious and planning out what you actually want. There are a few different qualities to consider, and working out which of these appeal to you, and which are your priorities, is a great way to narrow down your window of interest.
Wedding bands are traditionally gold, but this doesn’t mean you’re stuck with that. Silver is a cheaper and less flashy option, whilst there’s rose gold for those interested in a softer tone. If you do a lot of manual labor and are worried about scratching, avoid a soft metal like gold and look into more unusual options like titanium. Whatever your style and practical concerns, there’ll be something out there to suit – and if you can’t find it, just ask.
Stones or not?
Traditionally engagement rings that feature diamonds, but that doesn’t mean you have to avoid them for your wedding bands. They will increase the cost – especially if you go for something like a diamond, but there’s a whole world of stones out there to explore. From synthetic opals to meteorite rock, you can find something unique and appealing just to you.
Most wedding bands are simply thin bands of gold, but once again, why not do something different? Signet rings are always fashionable, and they let you have more customization than a plain band. Why not get a monogram of you and your partner on the bezel, or engraved something special to just the two of you? Signet rings also work well as family heirlooms, so you could work one you already own into the ceremony if you wanted to.
Keep these three key aspects in mind, and then start looking properly. Our top tips for this section of the process are to always walk away and come back for a second look rather than buying instantly, to trust in your instincts around pushy salespeople, and – most importantly – to look for something you want, not something you think you should have. Follow this, and you’ll soon have the perfect wedding band.
By Alfred Stallion and MyFamilySilver.com!