No Bride can think of her special occasions (wedding) without a Jewelry. Wedding Bands have always been an important part of various ceremonies. Selecting the graceful piece of wedding band which can be worn on daily basis, as well as for the occasion, is always confusing. Check out 10 way to pick the perfect wedding bands for your auspicious occasion.
1. List your preferences
Since this is one of the few pieces (if not the only piece) of jewellery you’ll shop for together and wear every day, it’s smart to list your preferences before you visit your preferred jewellery store. Some common points to be considered while creating your preference list are –
- For Bride prefer the band to be the same metal as her engagement ring. Similarly, Bridegroom can match the metal with his watch
- If you are willing to go beyond simple bands to over-the-top & unique piece, you can opt for diamonds or gemstones included in your band.
- You can opt for a band set matching each another.
2. Consider Buying Your Diamond Necklace Set and Your Bands Together
Diamond necklace sets complementing your bands or wedding rings are quite a in trend these days. This way, you can consider buying your diamond necklace set that goes well with your bands. This is not just a way of complementing things but, the best way to redefine your beauty. Diamond necklace set complementing your engagement or wedding bands can easily be used to flaunt your jewelry love for almost all occasions.
3. Mix It Up
Don’t fret if you like platinum and your partner likes yellow gold. There’s no rule that says you have to choose the same metal or even style. You could compromise with braided bands that blend the two metals together or just be totally different—the key to finding something you both love is picking wedding bands that reflect your individual styles. But whatever you decide, some aspect of your rings (and it can be as simple as a mutual inscription) should match to make it feel like a true pair.
4. Set a Budget
Mark your budget for jewellery. Ideally shop with the assumption that you’ll spend about 3 percent of your total wedding budget on the rings. A plain 14-karat gold band is reasonable to opt for. Adding embellishments, like diamonds or engraving, will quickly add to its cost. You need to plan your budget if you are thinking to personalize your rings with any of these extras.
5. Keep Your Lifestyle in Mind
What’s the point of buying a pricey, pretty band if it feels uncomfortable on or if you have to remove it often (and increase your chances of losing it)? Remember: You’re going to wear this band every day, so the goal is to choose something that seamlessly becomes a part of your life. If you play sports or an instrument, look for a slimmer ring with rounded edges (appropriately called the “comfort fit”). If you work with your hands, 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).
6. Take Your Time Trying
You may love the idea of a braided rose gold ring or a diamond eternity band, but once you get to the store, try some rings that aren’t on your inspiration board. Discuss with your jeweller, then let them make suggestions based on what you like and don’t rule anything out. Just like with wedding dresses, you may end up loving something you never thought you would. As you consider different styles, don’t forget about comfort too—some rings may look really pretty, but when you put them on, they’re just not a good fit. Maybe the diamonds poke your other fingers in a weird way. Wear it around the store for a few minutes and while you have it on, try writing and texting as a comfort test.
7. Think Long Term
While you shouldn’t be afraid of being trendy, make sure the style you choose is something you’ll want to wear for, say, the next 40 years. This ring is meant to last through all the jobs, business meetings and social functions from now until then, so pick one you love that you can picture yourself wearing for a long time.
Remember: You’re not married to the ring and can always upgrade (add diamonds or go from white gold to platinum) later on to mark a special anniversary.
8. Consider the 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. Sound like too much upkeep? 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.
9. 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. To find the right size that will best weather all of those changes, schedule your final ring fitting at a time when you’re calm and your body temperature is normal. That means you should never finalize first thing in the morning (you retain salt from the night before), right after you’ve exercised (fingers swell) or when you’re extremely hot or cold (which can cause expansion and shrinking of your hands).
10. Check for Quality
This applies to all rings, not just your wedding bands. Make sure the ring has two marks inside the band: the manufacturer’s trademark (this proves they stand behind their work) and the quality mark, 24K or PLAT, for example (this proves that the metal quality is what the retailer says it is). If the ring consists of two or more metals, make sure there’s a quality mark for each.