With Cheryl Cole being the latest celebrity to opt for a diamond encrusted wedding ring over a traditional plain wedding band, we spoke to celebrity jeweller Vashi Domínguez of vashi.com, on how to pick a ring that is right for you!
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Choosing a wedding ring goes far beyond buying a sentimental piece of jewellery. Not only does it consecrate a union of commitment and love, it also serves as a symbolic reminder that will sit with you for a lifetime.
Style is down to personal taste and there is no wrong or right way to encapsulate this in your wedding ring. With that in mind, consider styles that you think you will love over time, especially if you think your taste is likely to evolve and change. Diamond encrusted rings, gemstones or plain wedding bands are definitely ones to consider especially when deciding between a more traditional or trend-led wedding ring.
Singer Alicia Keys sealed her vows with a stylish three tiered canary and white diamond wedding band in platinum. Away from the traditional plain wedding band, Alicia has encapsulated the presence of her dazzling 7 carat canary diamond engagement ring into an elegant and classy wedding band that can stand on its own.
2. Engagement Ring vs Wedding Band
Deciding between whether or not to pair your engagement ring with your wedding band or replace it altogether, can be a nerve-racking decision. If you like the idea of wearing the two, it’s important to consider how the two will sit together. Depending on the style and shape of your engagement ring, it is essential to contemplate a style that will complement your engagement ring. Two of the major concerns brides have in finding a beautiful wedding ring are 1) whether it will clash or overshadow their engagement ring and/or 2) finding a band that embodies the glamour of an engagement ring should it be worn on its own. If you have chosen a statement engagement ring, my advice would be to pair it with a sleek and plain wedding band or a bridal set to avoid the two from clashing.
X Factor UK judge Cheryl Cole beautifully paired her stunning emerald engagement ring with an elegant channel set wedding band. Cheryl’s choice to keep it simple but classy is a perfect match for her beautiful sparkler.
3. Matching Rings
This is probably the hardest stage to decipher, as both parties must be able to combine both style and personal taste if opting for matching rings. There are many ways to combine this such as his and her sets, engraving or choosing the same metals. Should you prefer to have individual bands but still like the idea of coupling your rings, why not choose a bespoke service, which allows you to create a ring that combines matching ideas in one.
Choosing the shape of your wedding band can often leave you spoilt for choice as there are a few things to consider i.e. the band width (thick or thin), curved or straight, mixing metals and having a tiered, paved or plain setting. Fancy designed shapes (tiered and paved settings) are a perfect choice for a glitzier styled ring. These settings are ideal for diamond encrusted or gemstone wedding rings. For a more sleek and elegant wedding ring, I would strongly recommend a slim and/or twisted wedding band. It’s important to window shop; try on a few different styles to decide which shape suits you best.
Isla Fisher‘s wedding ring is definitely one of my favourites for its striking and yet eye catching contrast of metals. The Australian/ Hollywood actress’ beautifully crafted wedding set coupled with her vintage inspired engagement ring and classic gold band is the perfect example of how to mix the old with the new.
There are all sorts of tales about how much a wedding ring should cost but the truth is every couple is different.I would recommend that you spend whatever feels right for you. Plain wedding bands tend to be cheaper than fancy styled rings i.e. diamond encrusted or gemstone rings. Another point to consider is your wedding band setting. Ring bands range from white gold, platinum, and silver to yellow gold. Gold, whether white or yellow, is the most popular and enduring choice. 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 approximately every 12 to 18 months. Platinum is the strongest jewellery metal, resistant to damage and tarnishing, making it a great choice if you can afford it.
Do you have any other top tips on how to choose the perfect ring?