How to choose your wedding ring

While choosing the right engagement ring is fretted and mulled over for months, its life partner the wedding band can be something of an afterthought. But as a piece of jewellery you’ll wear for the rest of your life, it pays to spend a bit of time finding the perfect wedding ring.

The sheer volume of wedding rings out there is overwhelming so it’s worth narrowing your search by deciding on the basics.

Traditionally, the metal is dictated by the engagement ring – yellow gold is a timeless choice (9-karat is stronger than 18-karat gold and therefore more suitable for everyday wear), while white gold and platinum (the strongest, most durable metal) have become the most popular contemporary styles. Rose gold has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, as has mixing and matching metals.

“Whilst it is nice to have a wedding ring that complements the engagement ring, don't worry if you choose a wedding ring that does not perfectly match your engagement ring,” says JDC director Mark. “They are two separate rings for two separate reasons and sometimes it is good to be able to see the distinction.”

It’s also important to consider how the wedding ring sits with your engagement ring. “I would always recommend choosing a wedding ring that is a similar width to the band of the engagement ring as you want it to be noticed but not to dominate,” says Mark.

If the engagement ring has a very large central stone then this may cause a gap between it and the ring, in which case it’s worth considering a shaped ring or one which interlocks with the stone. Adds Mark: “You also might want to think ahead (sorry chaps) and leave room for an eternity ring.”

From then on, it’s a matter of taste – plain or diamond-set, classic or contemporary, timeless or a little unusual? To help with the search, we round up some of the best <a href="/collections/wedding-rings">wedding rings</a> to suit all styles and budgets.

“Engraving the inside of a wedding ring with initials, the wedding date or a romantic inscription is a perfect way of adding to the symbolism of such an important piece of jewellery,” says Mark.

Vintage-style and coloured stone engagement rings are becoming more popular, and coloured gem wedding rings complement them wonderfully.

The allure of pink gold doesn’t seem to be waning and there’s been an explosion of rose gold engagement and wedding rings on the market in recent years.

For the bride whose tastes are left of centre, perusing rows upon rows of plain gold or predictable diamond eternity bands can be a thankless task. Luckily we have a designer  – who caters for unusual tastes.

Rings which interlock with the engagement ring, as opposed to being worn alongside it, are also gaining favour.

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