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A Quick Guide to Choosing a Wedding Ring

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A wedding ring is one of the most treasured possessions that you’ll ever be lucky enough to own, so it’s important that you get it just right!

Thankfully, we’re here with some top tips to help make sure you pick out rings which are perfect for you and your partner.

The Metal

Yellow Gold

Yellow gold is one of the most popular options for brides and grooms and they are usually mixed with other metals to make them stronger and longer-lasting.

If you do opt for yellow gold, it’s best to get one that’s less than 22ct gold, as anything higher will be too soft to wear every day.

White Gold

White gold is another popular option and is often plated with rhodium, which is a process which needs to be done about once a year to ensure that the ring lasts as long as possible.

Platinum

This white coloured metal is very tough, which means it should be able to withstand the rigours of being on your finger all day every day!

This means that it’s more expensive, but you could opt for palladium as a cheaper, but similar alternative.

Shape

The next thing to consider is the shape of the ring. An important thing to consider here is how well the ring is going to sit next to your engagement ring, and whether it will complement it or not.

Check out this list of ring shapes from Harper’s Bazaar, and consider how well it matches up with your engagement ring.

The most important to know are court shaped, which is a classic, slightly rounded shape, D shaped, which is fairly explanatory and shaped, which have a range of unique, custom shapes.

Gemstone

Finally, it’s time to choose the gemstone. Diamonds have always been considered the traditional option, and according to H Hogarth jewellers, they remain the most popular choice due to their durability and classic look, but that doesn’t mean that they’re the only option.

For example, sapphires are quite unique and a cheaper alternative or you might choose aquamarine or ruby, which are very durable too.

Once you’ve decided on a stone, you’ll need to consider the shape and cut that you want, so it can be a good idea to familiarise yourself with the ‘Four Cs’ of diamonds, which you can read more about in this guide.

By no means do you have to be a diamond expert when you walk into the shop, but it is good to go in with a rough idea of what it is that you’re after.

You’ll also need to decide on the way that the stones are going to be set. For example, will it just be a simple single stone in the centre, or a trilogy (three stones together), or perhaps a cluster or halo of smaller stones?

Once you’ve picked out your favourite, make sure to try it on before making any decisions! This may sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many people find a good deal online and jump at it, only to end up with a beautiful, but ill-fitting ring!

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