The concept of wedding bands is as old as love itself. The concept dates back to 6000 BC, where the first wedding bands were discovered to be worn by ancient Egyptians to signify a promise of eternal love and companionship.
Choosing a wedding ring can be a daunting task. Especially today, when choices are abundant. Our experience has told us that the best place to start is finding what is most important to you. It could be a design, an emotion, a place, or simply something you stumbled across on Pinterest. As experts, it’s our job to help you unclutter your mind and find the right ring for you.
Our second piece of advice: Choose or design a wedding ring that you’ll be excited to wear and look at for a lifetime.
We hope to help you with our little wedding ring guide and our experiences in manufacturing wedding rings. As always, feel free to contact us for more help. There is nothing more beautiful to us than helping you find your perfect eternal band.
Choosing the kind of wedding band you want can be determined by a multitude of factors; we thought we would share some of the more important factors when buying a wedding band here with you.
- Price: A diamond-studded wedding band is more expensive. Also, material costs differ, see below.
- Wear and tear: A diamond-studded wedding band tends to look better as it ages as diamonds almost never get dull. A plain band will scratch over time and can use some expert refurbishment after a few years. However, wedding ring refurbishments are available at low costs at a local jeweler. For information on diamond quality read our Diamond guide.
- Lifestyle: Does your job or your lifestyle require a lot of handy work? If so we recommend either a low set diamond band or a plain metal ring. Prongs can be vulnerable, and with harsh wear and tear, diamonds can come loose and fall out.
Do you want matching rings with your partner?
It is always quite nice to have a binding element with your partner’s wedding ring. Certainly, it does not always need to be the exact same design. It could be the material used, the motif, or even just the engraving.
However, in all cases, we recommend adapting the width of the wedding band to your hand (ring size and length of your fingers). The same ring design on a size 47 and size 70 finger will look different. We always suggest the width of a wedding ring should be proportional to size.
If you do decide to go for the same wedding band, which is the most common decision when it comes to plain bands, we suggest going for the colour and material you like the best. Since you will wear your wedding ring daily, choose a material that will go with your lifestyle.
Not that selecting wedding bands was complicated enough, you now have to decide what material you should go for.
The first step to choosing your wedding ring material is whether you want to go for platinum or gold. There are two main ways to determine that decision: Colour and budget.
Choose a colour of your wedding ring that suits your taint. Stronger colours like 18k (750) yellow/rose gold often look better when you have a stronger taint and lighter colours like 14k (585) yellow/rose gold work beautifully with fairer taints. However, it’s all about what you are most comfortable with and what you love the most.
Also, align the material of your wedding band to your engagement ring when you wear it on the same hand. Traditionally, different countries have different customs about which hand to wear your wedding band. For example, traditionally in Germany, India, Norway, or Poland, the wedding ring is worn on the right hand. In Italy, the UK, France, and most American countries wedding rings are worn on the left hand.
In case you will go for the colour white for your wedding band, consider platin. Platin is the most precious material and platin is stronger than gold. In difference to white gold, it will keep its colour. White gold will turn a little yellow with age, which looks great if you like it, but important to know to prevent any surprises.
For more information on the pros and cons of wedding band materials, read our material guide.
There are a few things we’d like to stretch out to you when buying a wedding band, simply to make you think it through:
- Is the wedding band comfortably enough for me to wear it on a daily basis?
- Do my partner and I want matching wedding bands?
- Does the wedding band fit to my engagement ring?
- Will I still like the chosen design in 10 years?
- Does the colour suit my taint?
- Does the wedding ring work with my lifestyle?
Size it right
Most of you won’t take your wedding ring of through the seasons. Thus, finding the right size is even more important. Some exceptions would be weightlifting with your ring or if you’re working in the medical sector with a wedding band. Here you might consider a slightly bigger size to take the wedding band on and off. A chain for your wedding band might be a great idea for such cases as well, in order to keep the wedding band on you at all times. Let us help you with our size guide.
Check the quality of a wedding ring
Make sure to check for the quality of your wedding band. There should always be two marks. One for the manufacturer’s trademark and a quality mark for the material of your wedding band.
Treat your ring well
We also put together some tips on how to treat your real gold or platin pieces, in our fine jewelry care guide.