Your Guide To The Perfect Ladies Wedding Ring
Picking the perfect wedding band isnít always easy, so weíre here to help. Itís important that your wedding ring and engagement ring sit well together and look like a pair, so weíve covered all the aspects of wedding ring design to make the whole process easier.
The style, or profile, of the wedding ring is usually picked to complement the profile of the band on the engagement ring.
Court Profile - The Court profile has a curved outside and a curved inside, making it very comfortable for the wearer. Court profile wedding rings will also usually sit well next to each other and sit quite flush to the finger.
Dí Shape - The ĎDí profile is also a traditional wedding ring style. It has a more accentuated curve than the traditional court, but is flat on the inside. The ĎDí Profile is often seen on engagement rings, so a popular option for matching. This profile is also particularly well suited to narrow bands, as the depth gives them good durability.
Flat - The Flat profile is a very contemporary style. It has a flat outside and a flat inside. As it has a more chunky look that other profiles, potentially looking heavy next to an engagement ring, so itís always worth trying it on to make sure it looks perfect.
Various hybrids of the mentioned designs are available, all of which stem from one of the above three categories.
For a ladies wedding ring, the metal of choice is often dictated by the metal of the engagement ring. It's important to make sure that the metals are the same, otherwise they will wear one another away. Also, after a bit of wear has picked up on the ring, it will also accentuate any differences in colour of the metals, so we always advice to stick with the metal of the engagement ring.
18ct White Gold - 18ct White Gold is the most popular metal, combining durability and value. As you may be aware from your White Gold engagement ring, it naturally has a slightly yellow tone, so is then rhodium plated. The rhodium plating does wear off over time, but re-rhodium plating is a service offered by almost all jewellers.
Platinum - Platinum is the hardest wearing of all the precious metals. It has a slightly more grey tone than that of white gold, but is a true white metal, meaning it will not discolour over time. Itís also the most dense of the metals, so will make the wedding band of equivalent width feel heavier to wear.
Palladium - Palladium is not commonly used for ladies rings, as engagement rings cannot be crafted out of Palladium. It also also a lightweight strong metal, so itís better suited for gents wearing the ring by itself rather than next to an engagement ring.
18ct Yellow Gold - 18ct Yellow Gold has a beautiful rich yellow colour. It requires no maintenance and is easy to repair and resize. Yellow gold will suit certain skin tones well too.
18ct Rose Gold - 18ct Rose Gold has a real warmth to the colour, often being said as having a vintage feel. It has recently rocketed in popularity, now becoming quite a fashionable choice. Itís also hard wearing for gold and, like yellow gold, requires little maintenance. It comes in slightly different colours, so can be a little more difficult to size.
The ideal width of a wedding ring really depends on personal preference and often how wide your engagement ring is. The average for ladies tends to be between 1.5mm to 3mm, with many picking the same width as the engagement ring. You also want to strike a balance between the wedding band and engagement ring, as you donít want the engagement ring to be overpowered by the wedding band. Just like with gents wedding rings, different hand shapes and sizes lend themselves to different widths. If youíre not sure, itís worth trying them on to see which is best for you.
Once youíve chosen the ring style you like, you can then choose the weight of the ring. Itís worth baring in mind the different weights can change the physical shape of the ring. The weight has a direct impact on the cost, durability and comfort of the wedding band, so itís important to get one that combines these factors perfectly for you.
Lightweight - Lightweight bands tend to be chosen only if the engagement ring has a particularly light design, as not to overweight the pair. Vintage style engagement rings can be delicate in design, so may be best paired with a lightweight ring, however they are not as durable as heavier weights.
Mediumweight - Medium weight is the most popular. It combines durability and comfort. The average engagement ring is medium weight, so is often picked to match.
Heavyweight - Heavyweight wedding rings are best for people who like to feel the weight of their ring in everyday life. Itís less common for ladies to pick heavy weight, as engagement rings seldom are. However, to match a chunky ring, heavyweight may just be the way to go.
Bridges & Curved Wedding Bands
Depending on the design of your engagement ring and whether it is a wed-fit style, you may find that itís a bit more difficult for a wedding band to fit perfectly against your engagement ring, for example if you have a cluster engagement ring. There are two main options available to help, creating a bridge or having a curved ring.
-Curved Wedding Rings
A curved wedding ring can either have a wave curve, which is a subtle curve that swoops around the engagement ring, or it can be what is known as jigsaw fit, meaning the wedding ring has the outline of the engagement ring precisely cut in so that they fit together as one.
If a curved wedding ring isnít for you, particularly if you will be wearing the wedding ring by itself often, then a bridge may be the way forward. A bridge is an alteration that is made to the engagement ring rather than adjusting the wedding band in which a section is removed of underneath the setting and a bar put in, allowing the wedding ring to sit underneath the central part of the engagement ring.
Donít forget we also do bespoke designs, including mixed metals, and different patterns and finishes. Contact us today to discuss your bespoke requirements.
A full selection of our wedding bands and all the options are available on our website. If you still want some more guidance or to try the rings on, feel free to book an appointment with us.