A Guide to Men for Wedding Ring Shopping for the Bride
You are tasked with shopping for the wedding ring that you will slip into her nimble finger on the big day. But, you have never stepped into a jewellery outlet any time in your life and the language itself is Greek and Latin to you. That makes you the perfect fish out of the water. Well, we understand your situation at close quarters and have therefore carefully created this step-by-step guide so that you can be the happiest man on earth on your big day.
First things first
Ahead of style, price, metal, or anything else comes the size of the ring. If the exact size that fits the finger of your bride is not known, potentially, you will face some embarrassing moments when that glorious moment finally arrives. Nobody wants that and therefore, you must be armed with the correct size through whatever means you adopt. One assumption is that the engagement ring can come to your aid, though not always. The next best thing you can do is ask your fiancé straight away to give you one of the rings she is already using. Another option before you would be to get a close friend of your fiancé to help you with this task if you decide not to ask your fiancé. Some online vendors also provide you with a free ring sizer which could come in handy too.
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So, with the size settled, we move on to the next step
Unless you have inherited a fortune, you must have a budget for nearly everything in life and even the wedding ring cannot be an exception. When you create the budget for the wedding ring, do remember that you have plenty of other expenses lined up post-wedding. These could include a honeymoon, furnishing your home, and of course your regular commitments. Once the budget gets set, it is a lot easier to check out your options because you have narrowed down to fewer variants.
Custom made wedding rings
You should also know that the wedding ring for your choicest lady can be custom made too. Joseph George is famous for creating the most dazzling and creative pieces of custom made wedding rings. Check out some of his brilliant wedding ring designs including Athena, Marina & Tiffany here.
Custom rings give you the freedom to mix designs or create a design of your own. Most jewellers will be happy to give you the component-wise costs. You must have adequate time at your disposal since custom wedding rings can take up to 4 weeks before you can feel it in your hands.
Align with the taste and preference of your fiancé
Having understood the size and determined your budget, the next step is to align your choice with the preference and taste of your fiancé. These days most couples decide this, because, that is also the easiest and perfect way to get around with the selection process.
Choosing a diamond wedding ring
If you are focused on buying a diamond wedding ring, ideally you should also expand your knowledge about diamonds and the process of choosing diamonds. This will cover what is known as the 4Cs which are carat, colour, cut and clarity. You will find all that you need on this here.
Choosing the metal
These days a wide range of metals are offered when you go shopping for engagement/wedding rings. If you can align the tastes and lifestyle of your fiancé, that is a measure; she is bound to love. The common options are between White gold, yellow gold, rose gold, silver and platinum. Some jewellers may also offer other metals like tungsten and titanium. However, these options are not among the top preferences for engagement/ wedding rings.
For long, platinum and gold have remained the obvious choice for most people since they are deemed precious and rare symbolising the love you have for your fiancé. Another reason why most people swing towards platinum/gold is that it can be matched with perfectly with the metal used in her wedding ring set. Another huge benefit with precious metals is that resizing is relatively easy if you find that the ring is a bit tight or a bit lose, or, in the course of time, your partner gains/loses weight. However, precious metals also have some drawback which is probably the reason for the growing popularity of other metals. Precious metals are more susceptible to bending, denting and scratches in comparison to other tougher metals and this is particularly so in the case of rings for men since their hobbies and workplaces potentially can inflict enhanced wear and tear as compared to rings worn by women.
Cost is also another barrier for wedding rings made of precious metals. Over the last few decades, the price of gold has increased significantly and platinum has kept pace with the upward movement of gold prices. Therefore, if the wedding ring gets damaged or is lost, the replacement cost could be stiff in comparison to wedding rings made of other metals. One way you can minimize this impact is choosing gold with a lower carat value (meaning the actual amount of gold in the alloy) to get a lower price.
Modern metals for your wedding ring
Modern metals refer to tungsten and titanium. Though these two metals have gained huge popularity in the men’s wedding rings space, nothing stops you from taking a good look at these and determine if they meet your aspirations. A major reason for this shift has come partly from technology allowing these difficult metals to be worked around and partly due to the cost factor. Titanium is a strong metal and therefore is not as susceptible to dents and bends as precious metals. Titanium can also be repolished without loss of the metal, unlike the precious metals. However, titanium rings can never be resized, and that is something you will need to bear in mind.
Tungsten wedding rings
Tungsten is a relatively new entrant in the wedding rings space, but growing at a fast pace. Next, to diamond, tungsten is the hardest material you can find under the sun and therefore only diamonds can scratch it. Hardness, however, makes the metal more brittle and pure tungsten would shatter like glass when dropped. Therefore, carbon is added to Tungsten to make it “Tungsten Carbide” adding strength to the metal. Yet, you run the risk of your tungsten carbide ring breaking in extreme situations. The beauty of tungsten can be appreciated when your tungsten wedding ring is fully polished.