Buying wedding rings

Buying your wedding ring is an important step. Not only are wedding rings symbols of eternal love, but you are likely to wear your wedding ring for the rest of your life.  Here are some tips for selecting your dream wedding ring.

Engagement and wedding rings are different in some respects, not least because you are likely to buy diamond engagement rings in secret and your wedding rings, more often than not, together with your other half.  When you buy your ring, wedding preparations are well underway which means that there is less guesswork involved in choosing the perfect wedding ring.

Buying a wedding ring, on the other hand, is something you can do together.  The first thing to do together is to do your homework and research what your options are.  After all, you really wouldn’t want to end up with a wedding ring that is too large, too uncomfortable in everyday life or just generally not as nice as you thought when you first saw it.

The Internet is a great place to research diamond engagement rings, wedding bands and other jewellery.  Don’t be daunted by terminology, although there are a few things you need to know, particularly if you opt for diamond wedding rings:

1. Two Rings

Will your partner be wearing her wedding ring alongside her engagement ring?  If the answer is ‘yes’, then you may want to consider buying her a curved wedding ring or even one that matches and complements her engagement ring.  A curved wedding ring sits smoothly around the diamond on her diamond engagement ring.  A popular choice is to have both engagement and wedding rings in the same metal and style.

2. Comfort  

If you and your partner enjoy sports and an active lifestyle in general, you may want to opt for wedding bands that are robust, secure and don’t scratch easily.  A diamond wedding ring with a whopping great stone looks fantastic, but you may find it uncomfortable in the long run if you type a lot, for example.  It may also scratch or get caught in clothing more easily.

3. Setting  

A flush or bezel setting for a diamond wedding ring is more secure, but a prong setting allows more light to go through the diamond.  In other words, a diamond solitaire ring with a prong setting creates more sparkle.  Wedding rings with a bezel setting or a flush set diamond show only the top of the gems with a nice edge around it, making it less likely to catch your diamond ring on clothes.

4. Metal  

Should you go for white gold wedding rings, platinum wedding bands, silver or for a yellow gold wedding ring?  Silver is a relatively soft metal and will tarnish over time.  Gold, whether for a white gold wedding ring or yellow gold wedding rings, is fine as long as it not more than 18k (pure gold is 24k, whereas 18k gold is made by mixing 75% gold with 25% other metals). 

White gold is coated in rhodium, a metal similar to platinum, to create a real white look.  Unfortunately, this thin layer of rhodium will eventually wear off.  To keep a white gold ring looking its best it should be re-plated with Rhodium approximately every 12 to 18 months.  Platinum is the strongest jewellery metal, resistant to damage and won’t tarnish, making it a great choice if you can afford it.

5. Style

Your wedding ring should be for life. Don’t focus on trend-led pieces that you love now, as it’s likely as the years go by that your preferences will change. Classic pieces never fail.

6. Design your own wedding ring

For something truly unique, why not design your own wedding rings?  Although a wide range of beautiful pre-set wedding rings is widely available, you could decide to create your own, very personal wedding ring designs. Just remember though, that you are very likely to be wearing your wedding rings for the rest of your life.

At Vashi.ie, we have a team of skilled professionals who specialise in creating made-to-order pieces. We can create the wedding rings of your dreams from a single image in a record time of 5 days. Please note timeframes can be extended depending on the complexity of your wedding ring design.

7. Diamonds 

It used to be said that the size of a diamond was proportionate to how much you loved your partner.  Nowadays we know better.  Quality is just as important.  When you buy your diamond engagement ring or diamond wedding ring, it pays to read up on “the 4 Cs of diamonds” (cut, colour, clarity and carat weight).

8.  Engravings 

Would you like to have your wedding rings engraved, for example, with your names and wedding date?  Vashi.ie can engrave the message of your choice on your wedding rings. Please contact our customer service team at service@vashi.ie or 1800 989 700 to discuss your engraving preferences.