Tips on choosing your forever wedding ring

Choosing a wedding ring that you will wear forever is such a wonderful dilemma to have. Even after choosing a style, what about the material? There are lots of material choices so it can be confusing to know where to start. Here are some tips on how to navigate them.

If you have an engagement ring, it does narrow down your options to make it match. In fact, your choice is already made because you must match the metal and carat of your engagement ring. This is so both rings have exactly the same hardness so one doesn’t wear down the other one as they sit together, moving as you wear them. You can still mix gold colours, so long as they are the same carat.

For those wearing the wedding band by itself, think about your lifestyle and how willing are you to take it off. For example, if you want a ring you put on and never take off (even when you’re doing weights at the gym or gardening) then this will narrow down your options to tough materials like silicone, steel or tungsten. If you work at a desk all day or are happy to take it off when doing manual work, then precious metals like gold or platinum are an option.

The design of the ring has to match your personality. I’ve seen couples get caught up in the excitement of a shiny new ring, only to find it doesn’t sit well in their everyday life. For example, if you’re a minimalist person, don’t opt for a band dripping in diamond just because you feel that’s what makes it special. Aside from the traditional gold and platinum, there are so many cool materials to explore. Woods and semi-precious stone inlays for the bohemians, steel or black zirconium for the technical enthusiast. Your band should reflect you.

If you’re looking to start a family heirloom that will be passed down to your kids, then think about materials with longevity like gold or platinum. They can be repaired, remodeled, resized, or repolished for the new wearer. They traditionally hold more value than non-precious metals. Just make sure you start with a thicker-than-average band so that it widths more than one lifetime of wear.

Usually, the wedding band is the only part of your wedding day that you keep with you for years to come. That is such a sweet reminder of the day you said “I do”. This is why it’s important to choose a material that is suitable for your lifestyle and will give you a lifetime of happy wearing.

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