Wedding Rings

Wedding Rings – The Perfect Wedding Ring

In your lifetime, the wedding ring is perhaps the single most important piece of jewelry you will give to your spouse.

There are different options open to men and women when choosing wedding rings and it is necessary for you to choose matching wedding rings. It is important that you choose a timeless ring that will not look outdated or unfashionable after a period of time.

It is traditional for the couple to choose their wedding rings together so there is no need for either the bride or groom to become nervous about choosing the perfect wedding ring.

You want the wedding rings to last a lifetime so what the wedding rings are made of is significant. The most preferred materials are gold, silver and platinum although the wedding rings can be made of any material the couple chooses.

Wedding Rings – Gold

As you would expect the most popular wedding ring material is gold. Gold can be 14 karat gold, 18 karat and 24 karat:Wedding Rings - 175-205

14 karat gold is durable without sacrificing luster and is therefore the preferred choice.

15 18 karat gold may also be used for wedding rings but because it is a softer metal it is more prone to scratches.

16 24 karat gold is even softer than 18 karat gold and so, very vulnerable to scratching.

Wedding Rings – Silver

Silver is another metal that can be used in fashioning wedding rings. Despite the fact that silver is a soft white metal and also prone to scratching it is still a popular choice because of its relatively low cost. It is also prone to tarnishing and discoloration.

Wedding Rings – Platinum

Platinum is a precious metal that is becoming increasingly popular as wedding ring material. Although platinum is considered too soft to be used in making wedding rings, small amounts of ruthenium and iridium can be added to platinum to increase the hardness and result in a wedding ring that is extremely durable.

Wedding Rings – Style

After choosing a metal for the wedding ring, it is time to consider the style of the ring.

When it comes to style there are even more options available than there are for metals. Some of the basic wedding ring styles include flat bands, half-round bands and comfit bands.

A flat band is one that is rectangular in cross section. These types of bands are also decorated with engravings.

Half-round bands are the most traditional style available. These bands are flat on the underside or against the finger and have an arched structure on the top.

Comfort-fit bands feature an oval cross section and they are heavier and more expensive than the other types of wedding rings.

Gold Wedding Rings If you intend to wear your wedding ring alongside your engagement ring you may like to consider choosing a wedding ring style that matches your engagement ring so that neither one overpowers the other.

If you both want to have your wedding rings engraved a good jeweler should be capable of engraving anything you want including letters, numbers and symbols. It is traditional to have your names or initials along with the wedding date engraved on the inside of the wedding rings. Even though it is traditional it is purely a matter of personal choice.

The wedding rings are very personal to the bride and groom and shopping for them should be a mutually enjoyable experience.

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