Top 6 Tips for Choosing a Ring Set
When choosing an engagement and wedding ring set, there are many things that come into consideration, and whether you have been married before, or it’s your first (and hopefully last) time, you will probably need some sort of guidance from someone who knows what they are talking about.
If you have already chosen an engagement ring, and she already said yes, then you might want to match the wedding band as close to the engagement ring as you can. Some rings are designed to go together rings are designed to go together, and are crafted with the same metal, setting and diamond size to create a perfect match, and others are not designed to be in sets.
The best part about this is that most jewellers will be able to customise a ring to suit your needs; however the budget might play a factor here.
So to help out, we have compiled a guide of tips for your choices of rings for engagement and wedding, to save you time, and maybe some money.
- Consider The 4 “Cs”
Whether the budget is constrained or limitless, you will want to find a ring set that will be treasured, and happily worn for years to come. By carefully considering the “4 Cs” of buying a diamond, understanding the characteristics of band options, and finding the right size, the perfect wedding ring set can be on your fingers in no time.
Carat weight is a measure of a diamond’s size and the most significant factor in determining a diamond’s price.
All diamonds have some level of imperfections that slightly reduce their sparkle. The clearest, most expensive diamonds have the least amount of imperfections.
While diamonds are available in colours like yellow or rose, the most popular colour is white. Colourless stones are the rarest and most costly, but if you have a little less to spend, the slightly yellow tinted diamonds tend to be more affordable.
The traditional diamond cuts are round, oval, rectangular, marquise, pear, and Princess (square) cuts. The cut is a matter of personal preference.
- Make some decisions about what you want before you head out shopping
If you want your ring to be the same metal as your engagement ring, or his to match the metal on his watch, you need to have a few ideas written down or at least discussed before you head out. Whether or not to include diamonds or gemstones or to match one another, it’s definitely a good idea to work out exactly what you’re looking for before you start shopping.
- Don’t be afraid to mix it up
There’s no rules that say you must choose the same metal or style, so don’t stress if you like different things. Marriage is about compromise and it begins now. If you like white gold, and your partner likes yellow gold, maybe a compromise can be to combine the two colours with a braided style ring. Even having completely different rings isn’t the end of the world, as long as you know what it stands for, that is what matters. Finding something you both like is picking rings that reflect your own distinct styles.
- Work to a budget
Weddings in all their glory are the most expensive investment you will have behind a house and a car, so you want to make sure your purchases stay within your budget constraints. Set a budget early, and try to stick to it as close as possible. If you are buying a complete set inclusive of the engagement ring, your budget will need to be a lot higher, and of course, the more sparkly stuff you or your partner want, the higher again it goes.
- Think Long Term
Don’t be scared to be trendy, but if you do, you should probably make sure the style of the ring is something you’ll want to wear for the next 50 years or so. However, it’s not a huge deal, because you can always use the outdated fashion of the ring as an excuse for an anniversary upgrade a few years down the track.
- Check for Quality
When looking to buy a ring set, try to make sure the ring has two specific markings on the inside of the band.
- The manufacturer’s trademark (this proves they stand behind their work)
- The quality mark, 24K or PLAT, for example
If the ring consists of two or more metals, make sure there’s a quality mark for each.
Overall, the choice is based on you and your partner as individuals, but these tips are sure to help you on your way.