Wedding Rings

Guideline to Wedding Rings

When you are shopping for a ring, there are so many factors to consider, and the process may become overwhelming. To help you with your decision, we have outlined some of the most important aspects you should consider to ensure you choose the best rings for both of you

How much should you spend

Like with every other aspect to the wedding you need to have a budget regarding the rings, just keep in mind that although the rings are important you don’t necessarily want to spend a large portion of your budget on them -  there might be other areas in the wedding where you would rather want to spend it.

However, you don’t want to go the opposite direction and try to get by as cheaply as possible. Remember the rings will be with you for the rest of your lives together and they need to be durable as wel as comfortable.

If you find yourself in a bit of a tight situation you can always find out from the jewellers if they have any payment plans available.

What you need to consider

Naturally you want to find the perfect rings, considering the following might narrow down the style that is best for you.

Style - Often couples will get matching rings which is great but there is also nothing wrong with getting rings that match each of your styles separately rather than matching each other.

Lifestyle - You will need to look at your jobs and lifestyle, if you are more of an outdoorsy person with an active job you will have to look for something that is more durable. But if you prefer the indoors, you can be a bit more flamboyant with the ring styles.

The 4 C’s

Cut - Contrary to popular belief this does not refer to the actual shape of the diamond, but rather the diamond’s ability to transmit light and sparkle. Each diamond has a cut grade, and the higher the quality, the better light is able to pass through the stone.

Colour - The colour is rated on a scale from D (100% clear) to Z (extremely yellow or brown). In general, the clearer a diamond is the better - and more expensive. A good selection to go with here is from G to H range, as it provides fair quality fir a fair price.

Clarity - Diamonds are created when carbon is exposed to extreme heat and pressure, and they often come out with some imperfections (blemishes and inclusions). The clarity of a diamond is determined by evaluating how noticeable these imperfections are by evaluate the number, position and/or size of these marks. There’s no such thing as a flawless diamond, but the closer to perfection, the higher the quality.

Carat - This refers to the weight of the diamond (1 carat = 1/5g ) and is generally thought of as being the most important aspect. Many people think bigger is better and sure, large diamonds are rarer than small ones - and therefore more expensive - but not necessarily better quality. If they are cut poorly or have a low clarity rating, they won’t necessarily be very beautiful - so don’t disregard the other “Cs” in favour of the biggest rock you can afford. In general the cut and clarity of the diamond is more important than the carat, as those play a bigger part in whether or not a diamond appears to be perfect.

On this point you can also look at other types of gemstones, which can be pricier but allow for a wider variety of colours.

The shape and size of the ring is also important to consider, different rings flatter different finger/hand types.

Short hand shapes - Go for a smaller sized diamond along with a narrow-width bands as this will create the illusion of longer fingers and makes everything appears to be well proportioned.

  • Shapes to Wear: small round, small asscher, marquise. princess, oval, pear
  • Shapes to Avoid: large round, emerald, heart

Long hand shapes - Here you have many options, as long fingers can accommodate many different shapes and band widths - although wider bands tend to complement length. You can also get away with unique options like an asymmetrical-set oval cut diamond or more of a bold style.

  • Shapes to Wear: round, emerald, cushion, princess, oval, asscher
  • Shapes to Avoid: marquise, radiant, pear

Wide hand shapes - The trick to choosing a ring for wide fingers is to find a style that doesn’t show too much skin on either side of the ring, this will make the fingers look more slende. So, go for a heftier diamond with a medium to thick band - angular shapes and asymmetrical designs both minimize the width of the finger. Don’t pick dainty shapes as it that will appear too frail and can make her fingers look thicker.

  • Shapes to Wear: round diamond with cluster, radiant, marquise (set on the horizontal), princess, oval, pear, rectangular or emerald
  • Shapes to Avoid: marquise (Traditional), emerald

Thin hand shapes - When choosing a ring for slender fingers, the main consideration is not to overpower them. Similar to short fingers you will want to look at smaller stones but with a thicker band, they can help make thin fingers appear wider

  • Shapes to Wear: round, emerald, cushion, princess, oval, pear
  • Shapes to Avoid: radiant, heart

Something to keep in mind is that certain shaped diamonds like round or elongated stones, such as oval, emerald, and marquis shapes tend to look larger than their carat weight

Lastly you need to look at the metal - again, this is very dependent on your personal style as well as activity level. Softer metals like gold or silver tend to scratch more easily and wear down more quickly - so if you are more active and require a more durable ring you can look at alternatives such as platinum (this can be more expensive).

Problem areas

Here are a couple of thing you need to take into consideration before you commit to a ring.

Is the ring top heavy - If the stone is too big or there is too much metal in the setting, the ring will have a tendency to turn which can be uncomfortable and very annoying if you have to keep turning it the right way up.

Does the band have sharp edges - This characteristic is often overlooked, but any sharp edges or pointed parts can actually hurt you and make the ring uncomfortable to wear.

How thin is the ring’s band - Your wedding ring is something you are planning to wear for the rest of your life so naturally with time the ring will wear down - and if the band is very thin on purchase it won’t be long before it becomes thin enough to bend or even break.

What is the setting - Make sure you know the pros and cons of your chosen setting. For example, channel settings look great but are not easy to repair and invisible settings are ideal but the stones in them are not held as securely as e.g. prong settings - but prong settings are more expensive to rebuild or repair. You also need to check if the setting is prone to catching in your clothes or hair.

Is the stone setting too high - Every lady wants her gemstone to be prominent and visible, but if it sits too high it will be prone to damage as it will be more likely to get bumped.

Quick tips

  • If you do get something on the warmer end of the colour spectrum, you can look at setting the diamond in a platinum or white gold setting. The cooler metal highlights the diamond’s brilliance and will give the ring an overall sparkling affect.
  • If you has sensitive skin, consider platinum. This metal is naturally hypoallergenic, so there’s no chance of you having a reaction towards it.
  • If you are buying a diamond ring, ask to see the stone’s certificate in order to verify its quality.
  • Women usually wear their engagement rings day in and day out and with time the ring can lose its shine. We recommend that you take the ring in for cleaning about once or twice a year.
  • If your ring is plated with gold or white gold, keep in mind that the plating will wear off with time, and you will need to have the ring replated every couple of years or so.
  • Before committing to buying a ring always make sure you try it on first to make sure it sits comfortably and suits you.

Some questions to ask regarding the jeweller

  1. Is the jeweller established and credentialed?
  2. Does the jeweller offer the necessary services?
    1. They should offer an array of services to help you choose your ring and with needs that are likely to pop up down the road. So look for the following:
      1. An in-house gemmologist who’s trained in the properties of precious and semi-precious stones and can guide you in finding the right stone for your style and budget.
      2. Are they knowledgeable and able to answer your questions with confidence and ease
      3. Can they repair or resize the ring.
      4. If required someone who can make custom designed pieces.
  3. Does the store offer a wide selection?
    1. You’ll want to be sure you have plenty of ring styles to choose from.
  4. What are the jeweller’s policies around warranties and returns?
    1. Can the jeweller provide the ring you want in the timeframe you need? And just to cover all possible bases, make sure you understand the jeweller’s warranty and return policy. You never know how good of a fit a ring will be before you have worn it for a couple of days.
  5. Does the jeweller make you feel comfortable?
    1. Do they listen to you and give you relevant advice and suggestions? Do you get the sense that he/she truly want to help you find the perfect ring, or is he/she just trying to make a sale.