My Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Ring


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Here's my guide to ensuring you buy the perfect wedding ring. It may be the smallest part of your wedding day but you will look at your wedding ring every day for the rest if your life, so I reckon its pretty important to get it right. Buying something so significant online can be daunting but here I have collated all the advice I give to couples visiting my studio so all bases are covered:

The Basics:

According to British tradition your wedding ring is worn on your left hand on the finger next to your pinky with your engagement ring on top. With so many styles and sizes available its impossible for me to keep everything in stock so each wedding ring is made to order and can take up to 8 weeks so please leave enough time before your wedding date. 

Sizing Your Finger:

This is a tough one to work out on your own so once you have ordered I will post you a set of my ring sizers. Many people's fingers swell at different times of the day or if you are warm so size your finger both in the morning, middle of the day and evening. Remember you won't necessarily be taking this ring off so as long as it is comfortable once its on it doesn't matter that it is a bit tight going over your knuckle. For more information on ring sizes click HERE

Choosing the Right Metal:

My wedding rings are available in 9 carat (ct) yellow, white and rose gold, 18ct yellow, white and rose gold, platinum and palladium. Wedding rings don't tend to be made in silver as it is a softer metal which might not stand up to so much ware.

I recommend matching the metal of your engagement ring and wedding ring. All metals have different densities so a harder metal like platinum would wear away the likes of gold which is slightly softer. However the same karat of white gold and yellow gold would be fine together.

You can identify the carat by looking at the hallmarks on the inside of the ring. The hallmark for 9ct gold is 375 and for 18ct gold is 750. This is the same for all colours of gold.

18ct gold is more expensive than 9ct because there is twice as much gold within the alloy. This makes it harder and gives it a richer colour. 

White gold has a higher quantity of palladium and silver in the alloy which gives it a warm grey colour. When you buy a white gold ring on the high street it will almost always be rhodium plated. This covers up the white gold itself and gives the metal a whiter finish more like platinum. Rhodium plating needs to be replenished every few years at a cost of about £20. Personally I like the warm grey colour of white gold and don't plate my rings. However if you would like your ring plated to match your engagement ring I am happy to do so free of charge.

Rose gold has a higher level of copper in the alloy which gives it a warm rosy colour.

Platinum is the hardest of the metals I use and is silvery grey in colour.

Palladium is relatively new to the jewellery world with it only being added to the legal hallmarking act in 2009. A less dense member of the platinum family, palladium has a similar silvery white appearance.

Metal Colour Chart:

metal colour chart

The Shape of Your Ring:

Think about the width and profile of the band of your engagement ring, sometimes (not always) it's nice to match this with your wedding ring. Some engagement rings don't have space for a wedding ring to sit directly alongside it. In this case for an additional charge I can mould your wedding ring round your engagement ring or cut out a little chink. However it is more than often nicer just to leave your wedding ring as it is and have a gap between the two rings. 

Special Commissions:

If you like what you see on the site but would like something slightly different I am happy to discuss special commissions

Finish:

I offer my rings in either a matt (brushed) finish or polished (shiny) finish. It is a good idea to get a finish that will match your engagement ring. Like on any ring this finish will not last forever. Through daily ware your wedding ring will pick up tiny dents and scratches at the same time as being slightly polished by the rubbing of your fingers and clothes. There is no avoiding this but it is nice in a way that the ring takes on its own personality and starts to show the story of your life together. 

Hallmarking:

All of my rings are hallmarked at the Scottish Assay Office in Edinburgh. They test the metal of each piece and stamp it with the corresponding hallmark. This sits alongside my own hallmark and the hallmark of the Edinburgh Assay Office. 

Engraving:

I offer a free engraving service. Common engravings on the inside of wedding rings include the date of your wedding and/or your initials. You could even have the infinity sign engraved or a small quote. As long is it is no longer than about 22 characters. Not all of my rings are suitable for engraving as some are too thin or have a texture on the inside which doesnt leave enough space.

Packaging:

You can choose to have your wedding ring packaged in one of my collection of vintage ring boxes. Click HERE for more info. 

Visit my Testimonials page to see some of my past happy couples.
I hope that I have covered everything here but if you do have any further questions give me a call on 07786434981 or send me an email. I'd be happy to help. 

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