There are so many things to consider when selecting a ring you will wear for the rest of your life. We put together a short list to help you buy the right wedding band!
1. Narrow Down Your Wedding Ring Choices.
Diamonds or gemstones, a combination of both? How about platinum or white gold, or two tone? Narrowing down your ring options may seem overwhelming, but taking it one step at a time is the best advice we can give. Begin with the style simple or more elaborate? Consider the metal. Even if you need to start an elimination process it may be helpful.
2. Consider Long term comfort and Diversity
Many people elect to go with a curved band to fit the engagement ring. When making this choice is always nice to have a fitted ring with no gap however consider times where you may not want to wear the engagement ring a curved band may not be the one you want which means you will need an additional band (hey there's nothing wrong with stacking). For the gentleman selecting a trending style or design is great but comfort and long term wear is key. As an example black rings are very trendy right now however things like black rhodium are not made to last so long term wear and maintenance are always important.
3. Start Your Wedding Band Search Early
Once you have a basic idea of what kind of ring you'd like, speaking with a professional or trying a few on can't hurt. Give yourselves a few months before the wedding date to ring shop. This allows you the possibility of making the ring from scratch and also allows you the time to fit the ring as well.
4. Mix It Up
There's no rule that says you have to choose the same metal or even style as your engagement ring or even as your partner. Individual style is important and allowing each other to select what he or she likes is important.
5. Pick a Budget
Its very easy in jewelry to spend almost any amount of money to get bigger and better. That's why picking a general budget is a good step in the right direction. Also consider the fact that other wedding day things are only for that day where as your ring is forever so its ok to go over budget to get exactly what you want as it will be on your finger for a long time!
6. Remember How You Wear it
Since you're going to wear this band every day, choose something that becomes a part of your life. Something that can be refinished if you rock climb or are active in the gym. Low set stones for those who beat their bands. Pick based on your lifestyle.
7. Try Something Different
You may want something that matches the engagement ring, or one that matches your partner. That's fine to each their own. However often times I find trying things that are totally and completely different are a good way to really determine what you actually like. Many times its not the exact match.
8. Think Long Term
Trendy is great however always try to pick something that will be in for the long haul. You're not married to the ring and can always make changes to it or even replace it years later however the goal is to pick for the long haul.
9. Consider the Maintenance
Certain ring designs look great on paper, however in real life they become nightmares of maintenance for long term wear. (Black Rhodium is a great example) Rings that require lots of maintenance or are delicate to wear may not be the right choice for you so consider how they will wear long term.
10. Get the Size Right
There are various times throughout the year and in life when fingers swell and contract from heat, cold, water retention or weight gain etc. Always schedule your ring fitting at a time when you're calm and your body temperature is normal. Not after exercise or a night of drinking. Additionally not after salty foods or if your hands are very cold. This will help avoid unnecessary sizing's.
For more advice or assistance in crafting or selecting a wedding band contact us directly!