The Wedding Band
You’ve taken the first step and gotten engaged; congratulations! Now, you will need to consider where to go from here. Engagement rings may get the majority of the attention when it comes to wedding rings, but that’s not all that there is to your partner’s jewelry.
Wedding bands are a huge part of the process of a wedding! On your wedding day, you and your partner will exchange wedding bands as a part of the service. Every day after this, the wedding bands are a symbol of your relationship.
Though the styles of wedding bands are much simpler than that of an engagement ring, the design is still a crucial part of choosing the right wedding band. From the metal, embellishments, and deciding whether or not to get an engraving, there is a lot that goes into choosing the right wedding band! Not to mention, you will need to make sure that it matches the engagement ring that you chose for your partner.
Where to Buy Wedding Bands
You shouldn’t start out the process by looking in only one place; you should definitely shop around to see what a wide variety of bands that are offered by different places. The great thing about shopping online is that you can view a wide variety of shop offerings in a fraction of the time that it takes to visit multiple shops and see what they offer! A bonus of shopping online is being able to sort by filter and select options that are more in line with your preferences; the website’s filters select refinements, so you only see what you want to see!
Not only should you make sure that the style of the bands match that of your partners, but you will need to look at the prices that different shops offer to ensure that you don’t buy anything that is suspiciously cheap or anything that is too overpriced, and make sure to check out the shipping costs & timeframes. A big part of choosing the correct shop is considering the warranty that the company offers. Check each shop’s warranty policy and make sure it’s a good fit for your specific needs. This is likely the shop that you will use as your go-to for cleaning, resizing, adjustments, or repairs for a lifetime, so make sure you’re happy with it!
How to Choose the Right Style
When choosing the right style of band for your partner, you should consider your partner’s personal style, engagement ring style, and lifestyle. If your partner has a more active lifestyle in which they use their hands a lot, you will likely want to consider a simpler style for the wedding band that you choose.
For the overall style of the band, there are a variety of elements that you should consider:
The metal of the wedding band that you choose should either match or compliment the metal that is used for your partner’s engagement ring. Most brides choose to have the band and ring use the same metal so that they match more, but if your partner tends to mix metals and enjoys the look of complimenting colors more than matching colors, they may prefer to have a complimentary metal instead. A great combination could be yellow gold with a clean-cut lab created diamond, or perhaps a neutral silver with a tiffany diamond!
Aside from the style, lifestyle is a huge part of choosing the metal. If your partner works with their hands more, you should search for a harder metal. In some cases with people who are more active, they will choose tungsten, platinum, or stainless steel since they are harder than white gold.
In many cases, couples will choose to add stones and gems to their wedding bands. This gives the band a more unique look! There are a couple of ways to do this that you will need to consider if you choose to add stones. Pavé styles are a popular method, in which small diamonds line the band. This adds a great bit of flair to the band, but if you have an active lifestyle, the stones will become loose over time and can fall out. For a more secure setting, you should look for a channel setting instead! With this method, a small channel is cut into the band, in which the stones are lined. This keeps the gems more secure within the band! Finally, you should typically stick to a more sturdy option, such as a diamond, ruby, or sapphire.
Whether you’re looking at having a message engraved on the inside or a design etched on the outside, there are a ton of ways to make the ring more unique and personal. If you would like to add an engraving, you should keep in mind that more delicate etchings are likely to trap dirt later on and may be difficult to clean. An engraving is a simple, lovely way to personalize a women’s wedding band, though!
The width of the wedding band is a huge thing to consider. This will effect how the ring sits on your partner’s finger along with any other rings that they wear. If the band is too wide, it may become uncomfortable to wear.
Consider the rings that your partner will wear on their ring finger regularly. Do you plan on giving your partner more bands in the future to signify milestones, like anniversaries and children? If so, you will want to shop for a thinner band so that your partner will be able to stack their bands with little to no discomfort! Many websites will offer the option to search through rings and select the band size.
The finish of the ring is becoming more important as well, especially when it comes to men’s rings. Whenever it comes to the finish of the ring, something different from the standard polished look can help make your ring stand out a bit more and make it unique. Whether you’re looking for a texture found in stone, matte, hammered, or sandblast or simply want a classic satin or high polish, you can shop around to find the perfect ring for your partner!
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