When it comes to our individual jewellery styles, we all have our personal tastes. Whether you’re minimalist, traditional or a little eccentric. At times this can be hard to navigate as there are so many options to consider, different metals, profiles, widths and finishes. So, I have decided to share a few tips to make your purchase that much easier!
Tip Number 1: Timing is everything! - Many couples make the mistake of waiting too late to purchase their wedding bands.
They overlook production times and don’t give themselves enough time to have their ring completed.
Generally, allow about 3-4 weeks to have your rings sized and ready.
Recommendation: Begin to search for wedding bands 3-4 months before the wedding date as this gives you ample amount of time to try several rings and market research before making the final decision.
Bonus tip: If you are having your wedding rings custom made, allow even more time. Certain styles can take longer, and retailers may require about 3-6 weeks to custom make your wedding bands.
Tip Number 2: Budget, Budget, Budget! - Wedding bands are not only a symbol of love, but also an investment.
On average most couples spend between 3-5% of their wedding budget on their wedding bands.
Depending on the style and quality of the band, the prices for a band can range from £100 to £3000+
Prices will vary depending on the style and weight of metal you choose so consider this when discussing your initial budget.
Tip Number 3: Finding a Trusted Jeweller - After saving all that money, a way to ensure that you are getting a quality band, is to purchase your rings from a trusted jeweller.
Buying from a trusted jeweller doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune to get a quality ring.
Look for a jeweller that offers a certificate of authenticity with your purchase, as this is a sign that they are a reputable business and that the product you are purchasing is of good quality. Also try to find one that offers conflict-free diamonds and has an easy and hassle-free return policy in place.
Tip Number 4: When Choosing Your Wedding Band Keep Your Lifestyle In Mind - Your wedding band should be something you can wear everyday, so the goal is to choose a ring that suits you, for instance:
If you play sports or an instrument, a slimmer ring with rounded edges (appropriately called the “comfort fit") may be the most suitable.
If you work with your hands, you may want to search for a simple, solid metal ring and avoid gemstones that can come loose or carvings, which can trap dirt.
If you're super active, go for platinum, which is extra durable (when scratched, the metal is merely displaced and doesn't actually wear away).
Bonus Point: Consider Maintenance - To keep a wedding band with stones, clean and sparkling, you'll need to wash and soak it in warm sudsy water, then gently brush it with a soft toothbrush or eyebrow brush (too much pressure can loosen the stones from their setting), rinse it and pat it dry with a soft lint-free cloth. If this seems too much, you may want to opt for a fuss-free gold or platinum ring—simply rub it with a soft, lint-free cloth and you're good to go.
I hope you’ve found these few tips useful, and I can't wait to share the second part with you next month.
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