Updated: Jul 11, 2020
Buying your wedding band is a massive deal and after all, this will be one of the most important object to represent your commitment to your spouse.
There are lots of different ways to go about it, hitting the high street, visiting your favorite jeweler or having bespoke bands designed for you. With so many options to choose from,
we hope the second segment of this blog series (be sure to read the first part if you haven't already) will make it easier to find the best rings within your budget and your style.
Tip Number 5: Choosing your preferred metal
Years ago wedding rings were mainly purchased in a classic gold style, however nowadays wedding rings can be designed in a number of different materials that all possess their own advantages in terms of looks, sturdiness and cost.
Material options for wedding rings consist of two types of metals:
• Precious metals: gold, silver, platinum.
• Alternative metals: cobalt, stainless steel, titanium, tungsten.
Alternative metals provide a more lightweight and modern look.
Each type of metal has benefits and drawbacks, its best to narrow down your search to find what suits your personal style and lifestyle, for instance:
Usually more expensive
Extremely durable - doesn’t tarnish or oxidize
Although it will wear and scratch but jeweler can polish your band to remove scratches.
The alloy mixed with gold affects its colour, so there are a hundred possible mixtures, but options generally include: yellow gold, white gold, green gold and pink and rose gold.
Gold is mixed with other metals/alloys because it's soft and easily damaged.
Buff your ring with a soft cloth to keep it shiny and smooth
Most affordable of the precious metals
Pure silver mixed with copper or other metal to make it more durable
Loses it shine quicker
Can get scratched and marked easily
Tip Number 6: Size It Right
Most people rarely take off their wedding bands; they wear them through summers, winters, exercise, pregnancies, all times when your fingers swell and contract from heat, cold, water retention or weight gain.
When buying your wedding band(s), always make sure you do the final ring sizing after morning hours, and ideally when your body temperature is normal. Your fingers swell for many reasons throughout the day. Everything from exercise, pregnancy, cold and hot temperatures, and times of day can impact the swelling of your hands.
So, don’t worry, don’t stress and enjoy this time of wedding band shopping.