Wedding rings are an ancient tradition that can be traced back 5,000 years ago in Egypt. This token and symbol of love is a tradition that is sticking around. The ring exchange is the most popular of all wedding ceremony rituals, and arguable one of the most important. Choosing the perfect rings for the perfect moment is easier said than done. Let’s explore tradition and all the rules of wedding rings so you can do it right.
Matching the Wedding Rings
Once upon a time, wedding rings had to match, but not so much anymore. It is very common to find a man sporting a rugged tungsten band, while his soulmate rocks yellow gold and a near colorless diamond. Your wedding rings should express creativity, personality and match your skin tone and choice of stones. Worry less about matching and more about individual style and the symbolism involved.
Choosing the Metal
This decision will be more about preference. This is a band you will wear for the rest of your life. It should be comfortable. If you are someone that constantly goes up and down in weight, choose a softer metal that can be easily sized. If you are allergic to nickel, avoid wedding rings that use nickel as an alloy. The color of the metal should match your skin tone. Keep in mind that the choice of metal should be matched with the color of your stones.
Matching the Stones
Match the metal with the stones. Platinum or silver bands require a near colorless diamond due to the bright appearance of the metal. Yellow gold is visually appealing and compliments tinted diamonds that would not be compatible with silver and platinum bands. Rubies, pink sapphires, garnet, and anything with a pink hue create eye-catching match with any type of metal.
The 4 Cs
The color, clarity, cut and carat affect the cost of diamonds. Size is far less important than the color and clarity. You should consider the cut of the stone, which is the shape of the cut stone. The cut of a diamond can enhance its fire, brilliance and scintillation. If a stone lacks the life of rainbow flashes and reflections of light, it will have far less appeal and less value. The clarity refers to the internal flaws, which are called inclusions and blemishes.
Yellow gold is probably the most popular precious metal chosen for wedding rings. It is visually appealing and compliments tinted diamonds that white gold, silver and platinum bands cannot pull off. Yellow gold is an expensive metal; however, the price decreases with alloys that create 10K and 14K gold.
White gold can be a little bit of a mystery, since gold is not naturally white. White gold is achieved by combining other metals, such as platinum, palladium or silver. The application of rhodium plating creates the final touch. Rhodium is another rare and expensive precious metal; however, electroplating only requires a thin layer of rhodium in the process.
Platinum Wedding Rings
Platinum is one of the most desirable metals and one of the most expensive. It is a strong and durable metal that becomes beautiful with age. Unlike silver wedding rings that require constant polishing to prevent tarnishing, platinum maintains keeps a bright luster.
Silver Wedding Rings
Fine silver is a soft precious metal that is commonly preferred with intricate designs. Fine silver is also known as pure silver or 99.9% pure. Sterling silver is a pure grade of silver, composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. Copper is added for durability.
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