Why do you even need to buy a wedding ring? Tradition? Well, yea but, that’s just one part. The other major reason is that a wedding ring is not just a flashy, bright and rounded piece of metal. Umm then, what exactly is it? It is actually a symbol of the unending love and commitment between you and your ‘special one’, to keep it very short and simple. Curious to know more? You should definitely go through this one: The fascinating story behind wedding rings you never knew…
Anyway, without wasting time, let’s get straight to the point. First thing’s first, make a Wedding Planning Checklist and make sure you include your Wedding Ring as one of the top priorities. Next, when you’re going to make a wedding ring purchase, it’s absolutely essential to accurately decide what it is that you’re looking for. Imagine a scenario where you exchanged a ring with your partner, which later starts troubling you in some way. What then happens is, you will run hither and thither to take care of its maintenance. Also, it’d be a real emotional struggle to replace that ring, apart from the fact that it burns a hole in your pocket. In short, the situation would be absolutely chaotic, and you’re gonna repent big time.
So, why not make a well-informed buying decision today that could save you a ton of stress and cash tomorrow?! Alright, now that you know how important it’s to collect some essential data, let’s first provide you with a few critical factors you must consider before buying a wedding ring. Thereafter, we shall examine how all the major metal types perform based on those factors.
Factors to consider
The wedding ring is something that you’re going to wear for a lifetime. So, the ring better be comfortable and light on your finger. Going for ‘Comfort Fit’ wedding bands should be a good idea. Comfort Fit rings result in a very comfortable fit as they are crafted using extra metal to make the inside of the band slightly domed in shape. Standard Fit rings have a straight interior and do not have the extra dome of metal provided by Comfort Fit ones. Comfort Fit rings are slightly higher in price compared to their Standard Fit counterparts, but we think it’s absolutely worth that extra cost in the long run.
We humans, have been fond of flashy items since the beginning of time, haven’t we? Elegance is an especially significant feature when it comes to a wedding ring, to the extent that it has become a status symbol. Also, a bright radiance somehow makes you feel special. Unfortunately, elegance comes at its own price. You obviously need a big bank balance in order to buy a Diamond-studded Platinum ring.
Generally, the type of metal and the design are what determine the price of a wedding ring. We would be talking about the different types of metals in a bit. Before we get to that, we want to be very honest with you. You obviously don’t want to end up in a financial crunch right out of a merry wedding ceremony, do you? This is the reason we always strongly recommend preparing a ‘Wedding Budget Plan’ (Have a read of ‘How much should you budget for your wedding and when to blow it‘) that makes sure you spend generously on items that matter while cutting unnecessary spending simultaneously. Since a wedding ring is one of the most important items involved in a wedding, we recommend you can relax a bit and spend around 7-10% of your budget on it. There are several other areas where you should be alert and tight-fisted in order to compensate.
Maintenance is an absolutely essential factor to take into consideration before choosing a wedding ring. The purpose of a wedding ring is to keep reminding you of the love and commitment you have towards your partner, and not to keep you on your toes every weekend to run and get it serviced. Not to forget, excessive maintenance requirement also affects your finances adversely in the long run. All wedding rings require maintenance, it’s just that some types require it more frequently than the others. Buying a wedding ring that requires occasional maintenance would be a good idea.
Since you’re buying a wedding ring that you want to wear for your entire life, you obviously expect it to be capable enough to last that long! What use is it, if the ring you purchase demands low maintenance but doesn’t promise to last long?
Depending on your personality, you should choose the kind of wedding ring that you need. For example, if you’re a funky and energetic person, it’s more sensible to go for a ring that emits a bright sparkle, rather than going for a Rose/Yellow Gold wedding ring.
Metal types for a Wedding Ring
Now that we have discussed all the factors that have to be considered before buying a wedding ring, let’s move on and explore the different metals available in the market today, while also considering their features.
Gоld, which is naturally yellow in colour, has trаdіtіоnаllу been thе favorite choice for wеddіng rіngѕ. Hоwеvеr, with the increasing popularity of whіtе mеtаlѕ these days, the demand for the classic yellow gold has gone. In spite of that, thе 14/18K уеllоw gоld has still been holding on to it’s popularity. So, you have a knack for traditional and vintage items? Great, go for a yellow gold wedding ring! It саn bе рurсhаѕеd in nіnе саrаt, which іѕ a раlе соlоur, but hаѕ a tеndеnсу tо tаrnіѕh аѕ a соnѕеԛuеnсе оf thе hіgh bаѕе mеtаl соntеnt. Twеntу-twо саrаt hаѕ a vеrу rich “оld-gоld” соlоur, but іѕ a vеrу ѕоft mеtаl, ѕо асtuаllу оnlу ѕuіtеd tо vеrу рlаіn rіngѕ, аѕ dеtаіlѕ wіll tеnd tо fаdе аwау rеlаtіvеlу ѕwіftlу. However, if you need to choose between 14K and 18K, you must go with 14K. This is because of the fact that 18K is softer and has a tendency to get scratches very easily, while 14K is lower priced as well as scratch resistant.
Clоѕе оn the hееlѕ of yellow gold іѕ whіtе gоld, gаіnіng mоrе рорulаrіtу bу thе dау. You might not be аwаrе thаt whіtе gоld іѕ mаdе bу blеndіng рurе уеllоw gоld wіth whіtе mеtаlѕ tо gіvе a mеtаl thаt іѕ whіtіѕh, but іѕ nоrmаllу еlесtrо-рlаtеd wіth rhоdіum tо gіvе a vеrу whіtе арреаrаnсе ѕіmіlаr tо thаt оf рlаtіnum. While white gold does look very similar to platinum, over time the rhodium plating in white gold will wear off and fade into a yellowish tincture. Although, once you re-polish and re-plate the white gold ring, it will look white again, but white gold fading into yellow is a big problem. That’s why we suggest you buy it from a jeweller who gives a lifetime warranty that covers re-polishing and re-plating, so that you don’t end up blowing up your bank account for its maintenance! Oh, and avoid white gold if you’re allergic to nickel.
The USP of Rose Gold rings is that they give you a vintage look, along with the ‘Rose’ color symbolizing love. They are much more durable than yellow or white gold and are absolutely affordable. Also, they can easily complement any skin complexion. The only problem with Rose Gold rings is that they’re not hypoallergenic. People allergic to Copper should refrain from buying a Rose Gold wedding ring.
Platinum is knоwn tо bе оnе оf thе hаrdеѕt mеtаlѕ аnd there’s no better сhоісе fоr a wеddіng rіng in the market today. It’s a naturally white metal, and unlike white gold, doesn’t require a plating. Even though both of them exude the same kind of glow, it’s Plаtіnum’s durability that gives it an edge over its rival White Gold that quickly fades into a yellowish tinge. Also, Platinum is hypoallergenic, so you don’t risk getting rashes. The only problem with Platinum is that being the best among all metals, it’s also the highest priced. But, that should not be a source of worry as you can be assured that it’s every bit worth the extra penny you spend.
A titanium wedding ring can be a great choice. It has almost all the qualities of an ideal wedding ring – it’s made from tough metal, durable, light weight, pretty much affordable and hypoallergenic. The only con is that its shine is less elegant than other metals.
A Tungsten wedding ring is durable enough for daily use and keeps its original polish and shine for life. It’s extremely strong and scratch-resistant but is a bit more brittle than gold, platinum, and palladium. Because of the extreme hardness and durability of tungsten, these rings cannot be sized like other traditional rings, so you need to be extra careful in determining the proper size. The key thing about a Tungsten wedding ring has to be that it’s much more affordable than most of the other metals.
Guess what, we saved the best for the last! A palladium wedding ring has almost all the qualities of a platinum wedding ring, at a price that is around the same as that of 14K Gold. So, if you find platinum to be outof the scope of your budget, a palladium wedding ring is the way to go! We’re so much in love with this ring, that we made a post that especially talks about palladium wedding rings. Just like us, you too will instantly fall in love with the value these rings offer, at such an affordable price, with only a few minor cons (if any). Make sure you don’t miss out on this one:
Where to buy a Wedding Ring?
Probably the biggest advantage of shopping online for a ring is that you’re not at the risk of getting manipulated by a shopkeeper, and eventually blowing up your Budget Plan. Apart from that, of course, it requires a minimal amount of energy and time on your side, provided you’ve already made up your mind about the type of ring you wanna buy. Furthermore, if you buy from our very own e-commerce giant Amazon, you can be absolutely assured of the quality, free shipping, hassle free return policy, free sizing and a Lifetime Warranty among many other benefits. And oh, the price online is usually on the lower side. Excellent proposition!
It’d be a good idea for you to go the ‘brick and mortar’ way, especially when buying a diamond piece. However, keep in mind that the storekeepers are out there to make profits at your expense, so keep yourself alert and make sure you don’t end up buying what you can’t afford!
Approaching an Antique Store should be a great and unique idea for you. Chances are, you might land up a great deal. Just make sure to research the seller and find a good and honest one, so that you can be sure of their authenticity.
In closing, all we would say is, your wedding ring is a ‘once in a lifetime’ purchase. We have given you all the key factors to consider and briefly explained to you about all the major metals. Now, add to this knowledge your own bit of research, and you’re sure to land up on a wedding ring that best suits you!
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