Choosing a wedding ring, also known as a wedding band may seem an infinitely easier task than selecting the much more elaborate engagement ring! But it is a case of out of the frying pan into the fire. You will be wearing your wedding ring for the rest of your life so it is important to choose a design you will be happy with forever. Wedding rings are a permanent symbol of your commitment and love. Making your decision even more important!

As with engagement rings there are a number of different metals available. These are usually picked to match the bride’s engagement ring. The grooms ring will usually follow this too. However if a couple have different preferences regarding wedding rings, there is nothing to say that couple can’t have different metals in the same style.

Which Metal?

A Yellow Gold Wedding Ring- The traditional choice. 14k and 18k are the most recommended, although less pure they are harder and will make a more durable wedding ring. If you have a manual job, it would be advisable to purchase a lower carat gold so the ring doesn’t scratch so easily.

A White Gold Wedding Ring- This metal will fantastically compliment any silver or platinum jewellery you may already have. A white gold wedding ring is often placed with rhodium to enhance its appearance. This may rub off in time, meaning as a long term investment this choice of metal is not ideal. In saying that, it is possible to get the rhodium coating re applied, so if this is your dream metal. Don’t let that stand in your way!

A Platinum Wedding Ring- This metal is not only the hardest of them, it is also incredibly stylish. While you may pay more for this type of metal than the equivalent in gold. Platinum’s pureness makes it a good purchase if you have sensitive skin.

metal for wedding rings

metal for wedding rings

What Shape?

When it comes to the shape of a wedding ring, the main factor to take into account is the shape of the bride to be’s engagement ring. If the engagement ring is straight edged, a straight edged wedding ring is absolutely fine. However the way the stone is set in some engagement rings means that a straight edged wedding ring will not be accommodated. If this is the case you can opt for a curved wedding ring, or break tradition and wear your wedding ring and engagement ring on different hands.

shaped wedding rings

shaped wedding rings

Band Styles

This is a less obvious feature of the ring. If you turn the ring on its side you will notice its style. The most common styles for wedding rings are;

Flat wedding Ring- This design has quite square edges for a more modern look.

Rounded Edge Wedding Ring- This gently curved style is the most subtle and traditional option.

High Domed Wedding Ring- With its more pronounced curve, this is slightly taller than the rounded-edge design.

Don’t worry about all these strange terms; the best thing to do is visit jewelers, even if not to buy a ring. By looking at the styles and metals you can decide on what sort of ring you are looking for. There are a number of other choices to make. Do you want the inside of your wedding ring engraved with the date of the marriage? Do you want stones in your wedding ring? If so what, rubies? Diamonds? Sapphires? Make sure to consult your partner and choose wedding rings which you will both be happy with. Wedding Rings Direct, have an unbeatable range of wedding rings at unbeatable prices, with up to 50% off high street prices. The rings are all made in the UK and are made to the highest standards. With positive testimonial after positive testimonial on their website, they really do make a brilliant choice.

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