With the many ring choices available, it can be difficult to choose the perfect wedding band. However, there is a way to narrow down the selections. Every newly engaged couple should implement these ten wedding band shopping tips into their marriage ring search.
Buy the Band With the Ring
The wedding band should fit the engagement ring, and they should complement one another in terms of style. For instance, a plain gold band is well-suited for a highly embellished ring while a solitaire diamond ring works well with a half-eternity band. Those who plan to wear the ring and band together may prefer an interlocking set.
A Lifestyle-Compatible Band
Usually, a wedding band is a daily-wear jewelry piece. Therefore, the band should be durable enough to withstand the wearer’s everyday activities. Athletes and musicians may prefer a comfort fit band, and those who live an active lifestyle should consider platinum for its durability. Anyone who works with their hands may want to avoid gemstone bands because the stones can come loose and trap dirt.
Envision the Overall Look
People should decide on the style before they visit the jewelry store. There are metals such as yellow gold or platinum. There are simple bands and those encrusted with diamonds or gemstones. Couples may insist that their bands match.
Look for Signs of Quality
High-quality wedding rings have two marks on the inside of the band. One mark is the manufacturer’s trademark. The other mark indicates the type of metal used to construct the band.
Some wedding bands require more maintenance than others. Bands with stones require regular cleanings with sudsy water and a soft brush. However, a non-embellished band only needs to be buffed with a lint-free cloth.
Make a Detailed Budget
Couples should plan to spend approximately 3 percent of their wedding budget on the bands and engagement ring. While prices vary by jeweler, $1,000 is the average cost of a platinum or 14-karat gold band; this figure does not account for engravings, diamonds, and other embellishments.
Mix or Match
Although many couples choose matching bands, some people opt for different bands that showcase each person’s individual style. If one person prefers yellow gold while the other one loves platinum, there is no rule that demands one person to sacrifice her preferences for the sake of wearing coordinating bands.
Size the Ring at the Right Time
Fingers contract and swell due to temperature, water retention, and weight gain. To get the best fit, people should finalize their ring size when they are not too cold or hot. Couples should also schedule a ring fitting before they exercise and after they shed their morning water weight.
Start Shopping Early
A wedding band is an investment, so couples should not rush the selection process. By shopping for a band at least three months prior to the nuptials, couples will have plenty of time to research and browse. There will also be enough time to engrave and size the band.
Try It Out
Even though the ring can be altered later, a wedding band is forever. People should make a choice they can live with for decades to come. To make sure the fit and style suit their wants and needs, couples should wear the band while browsing in the jewelry store, taking the time to text and write.
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