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Wedding Ring options – Where to start?

31st August 2022 by Jack Baldwin

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When it comes to choosing wedding rings, the options are seemingly endless…

Whether it’s the shape and style, the metal, even the size and width. With so many options to choose from it can be easy to feel overwhelmed when making this decision but know that at some point you may choose to upgrade, change, or alter your wedding ring so try not to stress too much!

Here at Dreamsaver Wedding Insurance we still want you to have the perfect ring, so we thought that we would lay out some of the options, so you are better prepared when you do go ring shopping.

First up, Shape and Style.

Shape and Style

There are several options when it comes to the shape and style of your wedding rings and you may need to go and try different styles on to know exactly which you prefer but here is an outline of some of your options you might find:

Classic Court - This is a more traditional and still very popular choice of band with the ring being slightly curved on both the inside and outside.

Lightweight Court - The same as the Classic Court but made from a lighter metal

Flat Court - This court option will look slightly chunkier and thicker compared to the other two as it has a flatter profile. Still a sleek option.

Squared Edge - Whilst this option is unlikely to sit well next to an engagement ring (depends on the engagement ring itself!), it has a rounded inside but a squared outer edge.

Chamfered Edge - The Chamfered edge boasts a flat profile on the inside and outside of the ring but with the outer edges slightly shaped or bevelled to add interest to the band.

Celtic - Often, but not exclusively, chosen by people with Irish heritage, the Celtic design can either be fully cut out or simply engraved into a plain band.

Concave - This option is hollowed out on the inside and is very suitable for smaller finger sizes. Also, very lightweight.

D-Shape - Flat on the inside, rounded on the outside. Will fit close and comfortably and is a popular choice amongst men and women. So called because the shape resembles the letter D.

Wishbone or Shaped - Often resembling a wishbone hence the name, this ring type is easily stackable and would work with most engagement rings. A plus point is that this option can be set with stones or be left plain.

Things to be careful of

If you’re going to stack your wedding and engagement rings on your ring finger, then you will need to make sure that the style of wedding band you choose will stack nicely. The last thing you want is an unsightly gap between your wedding and engagement band.

Equally, you need to decide on whether you would like a patterned ring or plain ring – completely dependent on your own style!

Wear and tear. Over time your ring will deteriorate, depending on the metal you choose (we’ll come onto this), your ring may deteriorate faster or slower than others so it’s important to clean your ring regularly, store them safely and take your ring for inspections so that any worn prongs or potential problems can be sorted sooner rather than later.

Matching rings – whilst it may seem like a nice idea to get matching rings with your partner, this is certainly not a hard and fast rule so if you would like different rings…. Get different rings!

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Different Wedding Ring Metals

The options don’t stop with the shape and style, next is the metal you want to use for your wedding ring.

TOP TIP – Choose the same metal for your wedding ring as you do for your engagement ring! This is because different metals wear at different rates so in a few years you could end up with very different looking rings.

On to the metals:

Palladium – Part of the Platinum group of metals with a similar finish that is usually popular with men. This option will be more affordable than Platinum yet still as durable and lightweight.

Silver – One of the more inexpensive precious metals, Silver has been used in the UK jewellery market for decades. However, it will scratch and tarnish more easily than other options in this list.

Titanium – Incredibly strong and durable, Titanium is a perfect option for your rings. Slightly darker in colour, providing a somewhat modern look, this option is lightweight and inexpensive.

White Gold – Created by mixing yellow gold with a white metal alloy, White Gold will provide a bright clean finish to your ring. Plus, if you’re planning on having diamonds in your wedding band this option will provide the perfect backdrop to show them off!

Yellow Gold – This is a timeless classic and has long been a symbol of luxury, love and success leading to many couples choosing this option. Depending on the carat you choose, the colour and hardness will differ.

Rose Gold – This option is becoming increasingly popular especially with women as it provides a modern, feminine look and is slightly different to the other options out there. Again, depending on the carat, the colour and hardness will differ.

Multi Coloured Gold – A combination of white, rose and yellow, you will truly make a statement with this ring.

Clogau Welsh Gold – A rare Welsh gold that is mined in Snowdonia, this option will be exquisitely crafted and is a true ‘home grown’ option with a low carbon footprint.

Steel – Good on the budget, Steel is a relatively strong and durable whilst being scratch resistant too!

Tungsten – Super strong and extremely scratch resistant but significantly heavier than other alternatives. Plus, as Tungsten is so hard, it is also very brittle, meaning if it is dropped or knocked it could fracture.

Zirconium – A similar option to Titanium in terms of weight and strength, Zirconium is a naturally grey metal that once heat-treated forms a black oxide coating which is scratch resistant.

Size, and Width…

So, you’ve chosen the shape you want, and you’ve now chosen the metal too, now comes the size and width of the ring.

Typically, the recommended width of a wedding ring for women is between 2-4mm and for men its 4-6mm. However, the wider the ring, the more skin that is going to be displaced by it so make sure you choose a width that is comfortable for you. Also, if you are stacking your wedding ring with your engagement ring for instance, bear in mind that the overall width of the 2 together will be greater.

The same goes for overall size of the ring too, as it is important that you choose a size that fits comfortably on your finger but isn’t so loose it falls off or could fall off. Therefore, it is important you get sized for your ring properly to avoid any mishaps once those rings arrive.

Cost

Your wedding rings should cost as much or as little as you would like – it’s completely up to you and your partner!

What about Eternity Bands?

Firstly, it’s important to know what we are referring to with the term eternity band. An Eternity Band is a style of ring which has stones in (often diamonds) that go all the way around the band of the ring. This style is called an Eternity Ring because the stones are spaced in the band in a way to not show where they begin or where they end – hence the name eternity!

Whilst this type of ring can technically be worn on any finger and can be given to someone in many different instances such as pregnancy or anniversary for example, it has more recently been used as a wedding ring and why not! When it comes to it, you and your partner can choose whatever rings suit you and your styles.

How can Dreamsaver Wedding Insurance protect your Wedding Rings?

Alongside all our other great Wedding Insurance benefits, Dreamsaver Wedding Insurance policies provide cover for your rings should they be lost or accidentally damaged in the 7 days leading up to your wedding or in the 24 hours after the ceremony.

We are delighted that we are able to offer this to you as we are now better able to meet your needs and requirements and help keep you financially protected on your special day!

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This article is for information and entertainment purposes only. It does not constitute advice in any way. The information provided here is correct at the time of writing however please check the latest policy wording here for the latest policy terms, conditions and exclusions.

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