When making your choice of wedding rings, there are a few top tips which the professionals recommend you adhere to before you buy your rings. If you are buying a ladies wedding band that is going to be worn against an engagement ring make sure you buy a band that is made from the same metal to avoid wear & tear. There is one exception to this rule & that is ‘Palladium’. Palladium is so similar to Platinum it is safe to wear them together. When buying white gold ask your jeweller about ‘rhodium plating’. Most white gold has been rhodium plated which masks the true colour of the white gold.
The natural colour of white gold varies from shop to shop. Some white gold is surprisingly yellow in colour so it’s worth asking to see your jeweller’s un-plated white gold. When buying a ladies wedding band, make sure there is no gap when it is worn against the engagement ring. If there is, it means that your engagement ring will suffer a large amount of wear & tear around the stone setting. If a gap does show between them consider having a bespoke band made to fit around your engagement ring. This will prolong the life of both rings. When considering engagement rings for men consider strength. If a gents band is going to suffer a lot of wear & tear think about the strength of the metal you are buying. Most jewellers will tell you that platinum is harder than gold but they may not tell you that the two metals actually wear in quite a similar fashion. The only metal that is super strong in comparison is titanium. Named after the Titans of Greek mythology titanium was discovered in Great Britain. It is ideal for somebody who works in a manual job. Titanium is not technically a precious metal which means it is the strongest, but also the most reasonably priced. Titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal.
For both the ladies & gents wedding rings the width & profile is very important. When it comes to a ladies wedding ring it is important that it does not distract from the engagement ring. Instead it should compliment it. There is no magic formula to work out the perfect width the best advice would be to just try on lots of widths. Another tip to make a wedding ring look like the perfect match is to replicate the profile of the engagement ring on the wedding ring. For example if you have a very square shank on your engagement ring then a D-shape (very domed) band may not match. With gents bands it is simply a matter of the width of the band in relation to hand size. If a man with very small hands wears a band that is too wide it may be uncomfortable when bending their fingers.