MADE FOR EACH OTHER
You have your dream engagement ring, dream partner and you are in the midst of planning your wedding (how exciting!). The advice we give to all our customer when they start the wedding planning process is that your wedding band should be number one on your list. Why? Because if you leave it too late your ring bearer will be holding an empty box!
So how should you go about purchasing your wedding bands? Here is an easy guide to follow so your bridal set is sparkling perfectly on your special day.
Things To Consider
When searching for the perfect wedding rings there are a few things to consider so you make a choice that you will be happy with for the rest of your life. Think about your lifestyle, your fashion sense, your job, your skin type and things you do every day.
Try to find a wedding ring that will match the style of your engagement ring. Choosing the same profile and the same width as your engagement ring will mean the design will sit comfortably on your finger and looksimilar to your engagement ring, encouraging you to wear them together. If you have a diamond in your engagement ring and want diamonds in your wedding band you may want to pick the same setting type and diamond shape, so the two rings complement each other and look like a set.
Often the wedding ring is worn on without the engagement ring after the wedding so considering your job and day to day activities may help in your final decision.
Choosing the right wedding ring for you also needs to be well thought out, especially if you, the groom has not worn jewellery, and in particular rings, before. Consider your day to day activities like sport, your job, hobbies and choose a ring suitable to wear during these tasks. Also confirm that neither nor your partner are allergic to any kinds of metals, and if so, choose a safe precious metal such as platinum or palladium which have a high purity of fine metal and are therefore hypoallergenic.
MARRIAGEMADE IN HEAVEN
Choosing the Metal
The precious metal you choose is an especially important decision when choosing your wedding ring. In the jewellery industry, gold, silver, platinum and palladium are used commonly in combinations with each other and with other metals, to produce alloys with specific properties that make them ideal for jewellery making.
White or YellowGold
Gold has been a universal symbol of wealth and has been highly sought after since the beginning of recorded history. Gold lasts forever and will not rust, tarnish or corrode. Alloyed gold comes in a range of different colours, yellow, white and rose, where the purity of fine gold will differ depending on the carat you choose. You can choose from 9ct, 10ct, 14ct, 18ct and even 22ct for yellow gold (the higher the carat, the higher the fine gold content), here at Starfire we generally recommend 18ct.
Platinum is the rarest and most valuable of all the precious metals. Only a small amount of platinum is made each year which enhances its rarity. Platinum jewellery contains more fine metal than most other jewellery, being at least 95% pure. This rich purity makes platinum hypoallergenic and its natural white colour will never tarnish or lose its lustre.
Palladium is in the same precious metal family as platinum and is naturally white with a slightly darker shade then platinum. Palladium is strong, durable and will last forever.
Titanium, although not a precious metal, is a naturally grey charcoal coloured metal which has incredible strength and durability. Titanium is a lightweight option for jewellery and is hypoallergenic.
Choosing your profile
The profile of your wedding band refers to the shape of the band of your ring and can greatly change the look of the ring.
For the bride: Often a profile that matches her engagement ring is the best option as the two rings when worn together will sit comfortably against each other.
For the Groom: A profile which is most comfortable wearing id the best choice, choose something that he will easily get used to and want to wear every day.
Choosing the fit
A special feature of a Peter W Beck ring is the internal curve of the wedding ring. The curve on the inside can change the fit of the ring on your finger and is particularly important when choosing a wide ring. See below a list of different fits you can choose from…
Standard fit is a flat surface on the inside of the ring and is suitable with lighter weight materials such as titanium and silver, as well as narrow rings.
Ezi Fit is a shallow curve on the inside of the ring and on average adds .2mm of thickness to the ring. Adding Ezi Fit makes the ring easier to put on your finger and makes the fit more comfortable.
Luxury Fit is a more prominent curve on the inside of the ring and is usually .4mm thicker than standard fit. Adding luxury fit is a beautiful addition to any wedding ring as it makes the wedding ring incredibly comfortable
Choosing the Finish
A finish on your wedding band can change the look of your design by adding something a little extra. There are 17 different finished that are available, from soft subtle textures, to hardwearing and coarse finishes.
Choosing the Diamonds
Deciding whether to have diamonds in your wedding band is a completely individual choice and can depend on your own style and personality.
For the Bride: It often depends on the design of her engagement ring. Diamonds can be added to a wedding band to add a subtle sparkle or can be the central design point of the wedding ring.
See our Education section to learn more about diamond shapes and cuts.
Choosing your specifications
Choosing the Width
Choosing your width can be made quite easily with the sample widths you can try in store. Anything from a 2mm band to a 12mm band is available in many cases, just make sure you choose the right width for your finger that is comfortable and suits your hand.
Choosing Your Finger Size
It is always best to have your finger sized here in store as we will take into consideration the width of the ring you will be purchasing and any other factors affecting the finger size. It is important to keep in mind that heat, cold, your health and sometimes the time of day can change your finger size slightly.