Hoping to get hitched soon? Well then, you’ll be in the market for a wedding band. More likely than not, this is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, so you needn’t worry if you know nothing about wedding bands.
We’ve got you covered with our guide to choosing the perfect wedding band in 2021.
Express your style
While there are a great deal of practical considerations to choosing a wedding band, focus first on what you do and don’t like. Think about the tone of ring you prefer. Do you prefer whiter shades of rings? Well then you’ve got plenty of options to choose from, and these range greatly in their price, durability and maintenance requirements.
If you’re looking for a warm hue in your ring, you might want to opt-in for a rose gold band. But if you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to ask about the materials that went into your band before taking the plunge. That’s because rose gold often contains copper, which can be irritating to the skin.
Pick your metal
Whether you’re looking for something ornate, bejeweled, or minimalist, you’ll need to decide on the material for your wedding band. You might already be familiar with the more common precious wedding band metals, including gold, platinum and silver. But there are numerous other options too, including tungsten carbide, titanium and stainless steel.
There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to selecting your material. Each has its pros and cons, and you’ll need to weigh these up based on your preferences, lifestyle and budget.
While you might love the look of gleaming white platinum, this expensive metal might be out of your price range. Why not then opt for the more affordable white gold, or even for palladium? As an added plus, palladium is still hypoallergenic, so this is an appropriate choice for most people.
Think about your lifestyle
You’ll wear your wedding band every day, so it is important to pick a material that will wear well on a daily basis. Some metals and materials are softer than others, so if you’re going to be working with your hands, or are accident-prone, you’ll want to narrow your search to materials that are harder and more durable.
You’ll also want to think about comfort when choosing your band. Sure, you might love the look of a diamond-encrusted infinity ring, but if you often find yourself digging through dirt, you might damage the setting of the stones, and accidentally plant more than seeds in your garden. Consider also that a design like this will be somewhat bulkier. There’s a reason why jewelers refer to slim rings with rounded edges as the comfort fit, after all.
Consider how your rings will pair
If you’ll be wearing your wedding band together with an engagement ring, think about how these pieces will complement each other: in comfort and in style. You might even want to make these purchases concurrently.
Other couples choose to wear matching wedding bands, which will limit your choices somewhat, so you’ll want to consider this as well.
Now that you’ve learned the basics about wedding bands, you’re ready to start your search. Still feeling nervous? Reach out to an expert today.