With this ring, I thee wed.
Indeed, one of the most significant
phrases to be spoken in a lifetime. But what about the object to which these
words refer, the wedding ring? Careful consideration should be given to its'
selection, for it will remain a part of you, and your commitment, for life.
WHAT IS THE BEST METAL FOR MY WEDDING
GOLD, SILVER, OR PLATINUM?
A wedding ring can be made from many different metals, with the above three
being the most commonly used. 14 karat yellow or white gold is by far the most
popular choice. 14 karat gold is actually an alloy consisting of 58.5% pure
gold, and 41.5% other metals such as silver and copper. 14 karat gold offers
excellent durability without sacrificing a rich color and luster.
18 karat gold is 75% pure gold, and 25% alloys. It is slightly softer and more
easily scratched than 14 karat gold, but it has a richer color. Avoid 10 karat
gold as it has less than 42% pure gold and therefore lacks sufficient luster. 14
and 18 karat gold will not tarnish. 24 karat, or pure 100% gold, is considered
by most to be too soft for use as rings.
Silver is a very soft white metal that can be used as a wedding ring, especially
if you are on a very tight budget. Aside from being very soft, silver is prone
to tarnishing and discoloration. But, it is very inexpensive.
Platinum, the most precious metal, is gaining great popularity for use in
wedding rings. It is a very dense, heavy precious metal, much more so than gold.
It is the strongest of the pure precious metals, but still a little too soft for
rings. Small amounts of the platinum family metals ruthenium and iridium are
added to increase the hardness of the platinum. Platinum is a beautiful white
metal that takes a superior polish. It is an excellent choice for wedding bands
that will last a lifetime.
We have also made rings from some other, very interesting metals such as
titanium, copper, steel, and meteoric iron. These metals may, or may not react
adversely with some people's body chemistry, causing eventual discoloration.
WHAT TYPES AND STYLES OF WEDDING RINGS ARE AVAILABLE?
Really, almost any ring can qualify as a wedding ring or band, but there are
two basic distinctive types to consider. The traditional plain, and the
decorated band. Traditional bands are manufactured in several different styles,
flat, half-round, and comfort-fit.
Flat bands offer a linear, understated look. They have a basic rectangular cross
section, with very slightly rounded edges. Incidentally, many decorated bands
are flat ones by nature.
Half-round bands offer by far the most traditional look. Domed or raised in the
center, they have a cross section that is flat on the inside, and rounded on
top. Some half-round bands can have a beaded or "mill grained" edge
Comfort-fit bands are a relative newcomer. They are considerably heavier and
more costly than the other bands. They have an oval cross section with very
smooth rounded edges, giving them the comfort-fit name. These bands are also
available with a mill grained edge, but you might have to shop around.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DETERMINE MY FINGER SIZE?
Getting the right size ring is important. Even if the ring can be easily sized,
as most can, you will save time and maybe money by getting it right from the
start. Any local jeweler should have finger sizers for you to try on, ideally a
wide set if you are planning to buy a wide ring, and a narrow set for a narrow
ring. There should be some effort in pushing the correct sizer over the finger
joint, but once on the finger the fit should be comfortable and not too tight.
It is best to be sized several times over several days or weeks.
Other things to keep in mind are the fact that some people's finger sizes change
with extremes in weather, the time of day, and friction, (if you've been trying
rings on all day your finger might become slightly swollen).
WHAT IF MY RING NEEDS TO BE RE-SIZED?
Often, when we lose or gain weight, our finger size changes. If it should become
necessary to re-size your wedding band, take it to a jeweler who has the correct
tools for the job. Most wedding bands can be sized by stretching or compressing
the band without adding a seam. We offer this service free of charge to our
wedding ring customers.
HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY RING?
Avoid exposing your gold or silver ring to any harsh chemicals, especially
chlorine and bromine, often found in swimming pools and spas. These chemicals
can severely discolor your rings and other jewelry. Also avoid exposing your
ring to abrasive substances and surfaces which will cause pitting and
scratching. Use a gentle detergent cleaner and a soft brush for normal cleaning.
If you do end up with discoloration or severe scratching, have your jeweler
re-polish your rings. This is a simple process that we offer our customers free
WHAT SHOULD I HAVE ENGRAVED INSIDE MY RING ?
This is something worth giving a good deal of thought. A good jeweler should
be able to engrave anything you want, text, numbers, and even symbols. The most
popular engraving seems to be the couple's names or initials, followed by the
wedding date. Often times a symbol like an eternity sign or a heart shape are
included. Sometimes we are asked to engrave a phrase inside the wedding band.
The more memorable ones include "No guts, no glory", "Forever my
oogums", "I Love you BIG BUNCHES". I'm sure you get the idea.
Choose something that will give your ring additional special meaning. And if you
are buying expensive gold or platinum rings, this engraving should be provided
at no charge.