Feeling a little uncertain about how to choose a wedding bang, especially for those grooms who aren’t accustomed to wearing jewellery at all? This week Annaïg from Annaïg’s Gemstudio shares her tips for both brides and grooms on narrowing down their ring decisions.
Let’s start with a few simple questions to ask yourselves before you go shopping for your wedding bands:
• Do you want to have an engraving in it? If so you need to have room for it.
• Which metal or colour are you after?
• Big, bold, statement band or fine band; regular shape or organic/irregular shape?
• Diamonds or gemstones as a feature feature, or plain metal?What you do everyday can also play a big part in the design or style you should go for. For example, if you work at a desk all day you can have an intricate pattern on your band that will last a lifetime… but if you go rock climbing every weekend wearing your ring, the engraving isn’t going to last long…If you are planning to lose some weight before your wedding, let your jeweller know well before your wedding, as it can affect your finger size dramatically. On the other hand, if you leave finding your wedding ring to the last minute, that will limit what can be customised! On average, I would take about 2 to 3 weeks to get wedding bands designed and handmade, so keep that in mind if you are after something unique.
The best way to get started is with your engagement ring. If the ring was selected or even custom-crafted with your input, the jeweller who provided it may already have an idea of what you like or don’t like, your finger size, jewellery style and which metal was used for the engagement ring. Chances are you might have already started to discuss with the jeweller wedding bands to go with it – so save yourself time and go back there to refine your choice of wedding band.
If that is not an option, I would still recommend you start with considering your engagement ring, as the wedding band must fit next to it. I normally suggest a similar profile and width of the ring, to complement it and not overpower it. While I usually stay with the same metal and colour, I have had a few clients who wanted their wedding band in a contrasting colour (see image left) – white gold engagement ring and rose gold wedding band, for example – so that could be something for you to consider as well.
Wedding band tips for the groom
Most men haven’t worn a ring – or any jewellery – on a regular basis, so choosing a style may take a little time. There are a lot of new non traditional material used for men’s jewellery such as titanium, ceramic and stainless steel… You can be adventurous in your choice there as well as the design.
Some of those new material have their limitations in the way they can be worked. For example resizing one of those new material rings will not be possible but it could be engraved. You can get some pretty amazing colours with titanium and can have a striking effect when used in conjunction with white gold. The easiest way to decide and choose what is right for you is for you to have a look at what is available and to try as many ring styles as possible! I know you might not like spending too long in a shop, but it is important for you to find something you will be comfortable with and also a ring you can be proud of wearing everyday.
To make it more personal I like to explore design ideas with my clients to make their wedding band uniquely theirs. Sometimes we can stylise an element of the engagement ring to be transferred onto the wedding band or create a pattern inspired by their story, how or where they met, their hobby… anything can inspire an element to make it a one-of-a-kind wedding band.
At the end of the day, no matter what every else says you both have to be happy with your wedding bands and feel comfortable wearing them. Ask questions and try on rings until you have what you always wanted – even if you didn’t know it when you started.
(All images provided by author.)