Sunday, January 5, 2014

5 Things To Consider When Shopping For a Wedding Ring

Congratulations, you’re getting married! Everything for you special day is no doubt falling into place - the flowers, the venue, the cake - and now it’s time for you and your partner to choose a ring. While everything else for the wedding lasts only one day, your wedding rings will be with you for the rest of your life so it’s important you choose wisely. There’s some vital dos and don’t to consider when picking one, things you may not have thought of having likely not done this before, so pay close attention.

Do  - Learn About The Different Types Of Metals
Knowing about different metals will make all the difference when choosing a ring. While gold is a precious metal and greatly desired, it may not be the best choice for you. If you do a lot of physical work perhaps you’d be better with a stronger, less wearing metal such as tungsten. If you do go for gold, what carat do you want? Do you know the difference between platinum and white gold? Do your research on various metals before you buy a ring and suit the ring to your daily life. Ask the jeweler any questions you may have if you’re still unsure too.

Don’t - Rush Into It
Choosing a wedding ring isn’t just a one day affair. It doesn’t have to take up big chunks of your time but it is something both you and your partner should invest time in to. As I mentioned before, your wedding rings will be on your finger for life so there’s no sense in rushing into it and picking one you only ‘like’. Hold out for a one that leaves you speechless, even if you risk only buying it a week before the wedding. It’ll be worth it.

Don’t - Think You’re Limited To What’s In The Store
Just because a shop, or even a selection of shops, you visit only has certain styles don’t think that’s all anyone has to offer. Ask the shop assistant if they have a catalogue you can look at to get more ideas. If they do, make sure they’ll let you order any rings you like with no obligation to buy (this all comes back to trying them on), any good jeweler will allow this. Some jewelers will even offer a service to custom make a ring for you, say perhaps if you know the style you want but it doesn’t come in a certain metal. It’s always worth asking these questions.

Do - Match The Style Of The Engagement Ring
The bride’s wedding band should match her engagement ring, or at least look somewhat similar. They’ll be sitting side by side on her finger and it may look odd having two different metals, varying band widths etc. The two rings should look as though they belong together.

Do - Know Your Size
This one’s obvious but immensely important. Don’t buy a ring without having your ring finger sized by a professional jeweler first, especially if you’re buying online. This will save you time & unnecessary charges (ex. restock fees, mailing fees, etc), if your new ring doesn't fit properly. If you're not sure about something just ask before buying to make informed decisions.

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