Having said this, the tradition of the secret proposal and being swept off your feet is still strong, with your partner having done many months of detective work to find out exactly what the right ring is – but yes, leaving your Instagram open or Pinterest boards on your laptop screen as a helpful…..hint…..is still OK too!
It is crucial that the wedding rings you choose, you are comfortable with. For her it might be a second band that locks in with the engagement ring, and for him it might be something that is a classic band and less decorative. But these are all your choices to be made, and you should certainly go to as many shops, designers and brands as you can and try the rings on. It might surprise you what feels right once you have it on, as the rings in their cases will look completely different to when they are worn. If you think about skin colour and complexion this will all make sense, so trying on is a must. Some people look great with white or pink gold, other people don’t like it, or love it but realise that it doesn’t work for them. This will also give you a great idea about price, size, stone colour, and what to look for when you continue your shopping.
On the subject of price, this is going to be your most worn item of jewellery. Your wedding ring is certainly something not to skimp on, but paying the most in the world does not guarantee you the best ring for you. As a rough guide you would look to spend around £600 or less for a entry level simple band, £600-£1500 for a more complex design with a stone or two, and £1500 + for a custom design with all the trimmings. This is just a rough guide, and of course you can spend less or more depending on what you want. They key thing to remember is that you want to wear the ring!
It also goes without saying that you should have your ring size checked several times when looking. There are standardised sizes yes, but if you are having a custom design made it is also worth double or triple checking sizes before you commit.
Let’s talk stones! There might be a family heirloom that has been passed down to you that you love the stones but hate the setting. You could have these stones reset if they are in a condition that allows it. Alternatively if you and your partner have a favourite colour together, or have the same birth stone, you could incorporate that into the finished ring design.
There are hundreds of stones. If I am honest, I only discovered just how many when I started doing the research for this blog post! A good jeweller with being able to point you in the right direction, and should be able to help with further ideas of what will work best, and what to avoid. This goes back to our key piece of wisdom – Get the help and advice of a professional.
Finally internet shopping. There is nothing wrong with shopping over the web. Obviously use Pinterest and Instagram to get ideas of what you like and what other people have, they are the best sites for getting good wedding inspiration. Good sites will also allow you a risk free return policy, and I strongly suggest that you make sure that if you buy your ring over the net you make sure you have something like that in place. Accredited sites will also have great advice on what to look for, styles, conflict diamonds, and setting materials.
So that is a quick guide/blog about rings. If you take nothing else away just remember these 3 things: