Wedding rings symbolize eternal love and commitment within a relationship. This emblem of love is exchanged between two people on their wedding day and worn to show the world they are married. During the wedding service, the couple will say their vows to each other while exchanging rings.
Rings can come in many shapes & sizes, colors & creations. They even have silicon rings for working out in so you don't damage your finger or a nice piece of jewelry. When looking for your perfect wedding ring, there are so many different factors to consider. It’s important to take the time to think about just how you want it to look, considering it’s one of the most important pieces of jewelry you’ll ever have and wear for the rest of your life. The most popular wedding rings on the market are made from either gold or platinum, and there are many pros and cons to weigh up for each.
Gold wedding rings have long been the favorite choice for couples around the world. The classic look they offer is hard to imitate with any other metal whether selecting white or yellow gold, but there are some things to consider before deciding whether or not this is the right metal for your ring.
Gold rings are available in a range of colors, meaning they will suit people with all different tastes and styles. For example, the traditional wedding ring look can be achieved with a yellow gold ring, which remains a popular choice for many. But, modern couples may favor rose gold instead, which offers a more contemporary twist on the classic design. Alternatively, opt for a white gold finish, which gives the appearance of being silver but is far more affordable than platinum.
The relatively soft nature of gold rings can be one of their biggest drawbacks, but it also provides the benefit of being easier to resize. By the time you get round to purchasing your wedding rings, chances are you are aware of your partner's ring size in addition to your own, having already bought an engagement ring. But it’s always useful to know that the ring can be resized, so it remains comfortable beyond your wedding day and throughout your lifetime.
24 carat gold is one of the softest precious metals used in jewelry, which unfortunately means that it can sustain damage more easily. To compensate, most gold rings are often alloyed with other metals to reinforce them, and many retailers stock 18 carat rings instead, which will be more durable. How active you are and what type of work you do for a living, may dictate the best metal for your ring.
This will be a particularly important factor if you plan on wearing it every day, and you have an active lifestyle, or work with your hands a lot. Gold rings will be more susceptible to scratches or scuffs, which can dramatically affect their appearance over time. If this is a concern for you, it might be worth considering harder metals such as platinum.
Gold rings quite simply won’t be suitable for everybody, due specifically to their composition. The vast majority of gold jewelry will be reinforced with nickel in order to make items more durable and suitable for everyday wear.
However, for people who have an allergy to this metal, wearing this type of ring can cause irritation on your skin and make it uncomfortable to wear. If you’ve noticed this symptom from wearing gold jewelry in the past, it’s probably best to err on the side of caution and opt for a different metal.
Other couples may choose to go the Vintage route. You could use a ring handed down through family or possible thrift your way to the perfect ring. As a sustainable wedding planner, I love the idea for reusing something that still has a lot of life left in it. And how beautiful to be able to link your love to another story.
Whatever you decide to wear, whichever style, stone & metal you choose, your wedding rings are a symbol of your love that will last forever. And yes, when we chat about planning your wedding, we will want to see what you chose!