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Choosing the wedding rings (or rings)
There are virtually hundreds of styles of wedding rings from which to choose, for both the bride and the groom. While the traditional band for both is a simple, round gold ring, now they can be simple or elaborate, wide or thin, stone studded or not. It is not unusual, even at the groom's ring, to find gemstone accents.
Traditionally, the woman receives two rings; one upon agreeing to union and the second at the wedding ceremony. Today, this tradition continues to be the most popular choice. However, couples sometimes opt for a more significant wedding ring that incorporates the gem of choice and eliminates the need for an engagement ring, as such. By way of example, rather than purchasing an engagement ring with a 1 carat diamond followed by a simple wedding ring, an individual might buy for the same price a diamond wedding ring that contains four carats total weight of diamonds encircling the finger.
The diamond wedding ring then becomes the only focal point and combines the symbolism of the easy round ring with the symbolism of the diamond or other gemstone of choice. It can create an important and classic look. Another example might involve the purchase of a single diamond that is then set within a really wide, gold wedding ring, again combining the stone traditionally received at an earlier moment within the wedding ring itself.
Important considerations before you make a choice
To assist you make the ideal choice for the wedding ring, here are a few important factors to consider.
- How does the wedding ring look with the engagement ring?
When an engagement ring is provided, it's very important to look at how the wedding ring will appear with it on the hand. (We hope that before making the final decision in your engagement ring, you also give some thought to your wedding ring.) It's a good idea to try on different styles of wedding rings with the engagement ring to see how they look together.
- What width looks best?
The width of the wedding ring is measured in millimeters. The conventional ladies' simple silver or gold band ranges from 2 - 4 millimeters; the guys 's ranges from 3-1/2 - 6 millimeters. Stock sizes can go as wide as 10 millimeters. It is important to try the identical style band in various widths because you'll be surprised to see how different the effect made by the width can be.
- Do you prefer a "flat" ring or a "half round" band?
A flat band is flatter on the finger, though a half round has somewhat curved or dome like shape to it. The choice is purely a matter of personal taste.
- Do you prefer matching rings?
Most wedding ring manufacturers now offer a wide selection of matching ladies' and guys 's wedding rings.
- Do you plan to wear the wedding ring with no engagement ring?
If you think you might frequently wear your band without your engagement ring, you might prefer a different type of band. By way of example, some women prefer to wear only their wedding ring at the office; some prefer to wear their engagement ring only in social situations. If you think this may be the case with you, you might prefer a large or more significant looking band, one that will stand on its own.
For gem studded bands
- Should the gemstones completely encircle the ring?
This is a choice that depends on personal preference, budget, comfort, and fit. Many prefer the gemstones continue around the whole finger, while others want the gemstones set only across the surface of the ring. The primary advantage in having gemstone all around is that you never need to worry about the ring twisting in your finger.
- Does the ring fit correctly?
When selecting a gem studded style, make sure to try rings which truly fir your finger correctly. Otherwise you might find that a ring feels really uncomfortable in your finger, when, in actuality, it would be quite comfortable if it fit correctly. This is especially true for rings with bigger diamonds held by prongs. In addition, for rings with gemstones going part way around, good fit is critical to comfort because it impacts the contour of the portion of the ring.
The heirloom ring
Rings passed from one generation to another carry the history and tradition of a household, and add a romantic element; and psychological price, difficult to match with a new ring. In addition to the legitimate "heirloom," that has passed down through the family, young couples now enjoy the special and distinctive personality and workmanship found in antique rings and rings from earlier by-gone days.
The first step is to get the piece appraised by an experienced gemologist appraiser. The appraisal will confirm that the ring is what you believe it to be, will completely describe its quality, and determine whether or not there are some problems; this is, if the stone is chipped or cracked in such a way that it might be vulnerable to breakage. With complete understanding of the gemstone, it is possible to take any necessary precautions when setting or wearing it.