Let’s start with ladies first
Does it fit with the engagement ring? Making sure the engagement and wedding ring match is one of life’s musts. It is traditional for women to wear their wedding ring closest to the heart, and wear the engagement ring on the same finger, over the wedding ring. They have to fit and work together.
Increasingly, women want matching rings - designed to fit together, side-by-side. Many like the symmetry of two matching rings, with diamonds of the same size and shape, or just the same type of metal.
The band should be the same width as the diamond and take the same shape as the engagement ring - a roundish engagement ring won’t work with a square or flat wedding band.
Similarly, it looks better if you use the same metals for your engagement and wedding rings - if you have a platinum engagement ring go for a platinum wedding band.
However, this doesn’t mean the rings should be identical. They need to complement, not compete, with each other.
For instance, if your engagement ring features an eternity or half-eternity diamond band, opt for a simple gem-free wedding band to let the engagement stone take centre stage, whereas a three-stone engagement ring that has diamonds on the shoulders will merit a band featuring similarly cut gemstones.
Sizing. If you are thinking about having smaller stones all the way around the band, it’s important to get the sizing right as it will be more difficult to modify.
Shape. There has been a surge in popularity in uniquely-shaped engagement rings over recent years. In these cases, the wedding band will need to be cut to fit around the engagement ring to ensure the pair lay flush on the finger. Vintage-inspired engagement rings have also become more fashionable. These often feature intricate décor and designs. You can match this by choosing a wedding band that picks out a particular design element of the engagement ring.
Metals. The most popular metals for women’s wedding rings are white gold and platinum. The latter has become an increasingly popular choice; lustrous and silver-looking in colour, it is more durable than gold and won’t corrode or fade.
Now for the men
For many, choosing a ring suitable for everyday wear can be a daunting task, especially if you are not used to wearing jewellery.
Does it match your wife’s? Many men choose matching or complementing bands with their partner. But you might also want something more traditional, or even more unusual.
Metals. One factor to consider is durability. You will want to choose something robust and long-lasting, particularly if you lead a very active lifestyle.
The main metal options are platinum, white or yellow gold and palladium, an increasingly popular silvery-white metal that resembles platinum (but is a less costly alternative).
If you are thinking about gold, you should bear in mind that it is a comparatively soft metal and may gradually show signs of wear and tear. Polishing gold might also remove part of the topcoat of the metal. While this can be re-rhodiumed, it’s a fairly expensive process.
Palladium has been used in jewellery since World War II, but was not very popular until July 2009 when it was given a hallmark. Since then, it has seen an amazing surge in status. With a palladium wedding ring you get the platinum look for less than the cost of white gold.
Shape. The next thing to consider is the profile of the ring - what it looks like if you saw it in cross-section. The most common profiles you will come across are D shaped, court shaped, flat court shaped and flat shaped. This affects both the look of the ring, and how comfortable it is to wear.
Finish. You will also want to think about the finish. While we advise people to keep it simple as it’s something you will wear forever - our most popular men's wedding rings are plain metal bands – we have created a variety of bands comprising a mix of patterns, colours and textures.
You might want to go for a satin or matt finish, or a ring that is grooved. Or you might want to opt for different coloured metals, such as a half white gold and half yellow gold band, to achieve a different look when the ring is turned.
Matching pieces. Finally, think about pairing your wedding ring with cufflinks or a watch that complements the ring on the big day. This not only makes for a powerful and coordinated look, it will give you a watch or cufflinks that are imbued with meaning, whenever you wear them.
Whether or not you bought your engagement ring from us, we understand that this is an important purchase which you need to get right, but do not want to worry about too close to your wedding day.