“If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it. Oh, oh, oh” Yes ladies and gentleman it’s time to put a ring on it! Welcome to the Pink Book School, with our subject of discussion for today: Wedding Rings 101! In this blog post, we cover everything about Wedding Rings, from different types of materials to gemstones and cuts.
Also covered – advice to the gentlemen on how to figure out what ring your girlfriend wants without asking and how to know what your girlfriend’s ring size is. Only planning to pop the question now? Head back to our blog about engagement rings.
So obviously Diamonds are a girl’s best friend right! Diamonds are famous because of their beautiful appearance and the fact that diamonds are the hardest substance on earth. Did you know that the only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond! But make no mistake, diamonds are pricey! When choosing a diamond, you should give attention to the 4 C’s (Colour, Cut, Clarity, Carats) of diamond quality. Read more here about the 4 C’s. Two diamonds of equal size can vastly differ in price. The better the colour (less yellow), the more clear the diamond, the more you will pay. If you are looking for something completely unique, you could opt for a Polki Diamond Ring – a ring featuring a natural, uncut diamond.
Pearls also make beautiful romantic Wedding Rings. Did you know that pearls are the only jewels created by a living animal – YAY for mother earth (Thanks, Girl.) The disadvantage of pearls is that they scratch easily and that they can absorb oils and chemicals. If you decide to get a pearl ring just give it a lot of TLC.
Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
Coloured Gemstones for Wedding Rings
If blue is your colour, then you’ll love a Tanzanite stone. This vibrant blue coloured stone is extremely rare and can only be found near Kilimanjaro – Tanzania. Buying a Tanzanite stone for your bride-to-be will not only win her heart over but it’s also a great financial investment because of the stone’s rarity.
Oh la la – one of our personal favourites is the pretty pink Morganite! This rare semi-precious gemstone is known for its excellent durability. Morganites are also found in larger sizes which make gorgeous Wedding Rings! The unique bride will love the lush green Emerald gemstone. The emerald is not as hard as a diamond and should be cleaned often using only warm water. Rubies are also a very popular Gemstone because of their deep red tone and extreme hardness.
When it comes to the material the ring is made of, the harder metals are best, because your wedding ring needs to last a lifetime. This is one of the reasons why we love Platinum! Platinum is known for its extreme hardness and its beautiful white colour that never fades. The only snag is that Platinum comes with a hefty price tag.
Then there’s Gold. The three most popular shades of gold are: Yellow Gold, White Gold and Rose Gold. The more traditional bride will love Yellow Gold whereas Rose Gold is currently very trendy and popular. White Gold rings are usually plated and therefore, it can lose its white colour over time.
Silver is also one of our favourite Metals because it is inexpensive and beautiful but it is important to know that Silver can easily scratch. If you have a sensitive skin you need to consider Titanium because it is hypo-allergenic YAY! Titanium is a darker metal but it is super strong and durable even though it has a lighter weight.
When it comes to the picking the perfect metal for the Groom’s Wedding Ring We would recommend the good old faithful Stainless Steel because it is inexpensive, strong, durable, hypo-allergenic and scratch resistant.
Rings are also made of the following materials:
Ceramic – No this is not made of the same stuff as your coffee cup! Even though it is called ceramic, it is actually a super strong compound of Titanium and Ceramic called Titanium Carbide – Very popular for Men’s Rings
Zirconium – Corrosion Resistant Metal also used in nuclear reactors!
Wood – Wooden Rings are the new trend on the block! Rather than having the whole ring made of wood, which would not be very durable, wood is inserted in a ring that is predominantly made of metal. Have a look at this company that make wooden rings.Mostly Men’s rings
How do I get to know my fiance’s ring size?
Dudes this is super important! You do not want to propose in the most romantic way with an expensive ring and then… awkward silence… the ring does not fit! The easiest way to find out what your Girlfriend’s ring size is is to “steal” one of her rings that she usually wears on her middle or ring finger. Let a jeweller measure it for you – a service normally offered for free. This way you will be 100% sure the ring will fit.
You can also fit her ring on your pinky finger to guess the size. Mark the position on your finger that it gets “stuck” and then go to a jeweller to find out what ring size that position on your finger represents. Another great trick is to get her mom or best friend involved. Just make 100% sure that Mom or bestie can keep a secret! Then ask them to go do some unassuming “ring browsing” together. In this way, Mom or bestie can suggest fitting on rings and from there on the discussion can lead to ring sizes YAY!
How to Figure Out What Ring She Wants Without Asking:
Oe.. this one is easy! Every girl has a Pinterest board with her dream wedding on (dream wedding dresses, flowers, rings etc.), all you need to do is spy on her Pinterest board and we’ll guarantee you will find beautiful Wedding Rings she loves.
Watch this video to see how wedding ring styles have changed over the last 100 years:
Wedding Rings – Trends for 2018:
The classic eternity band, made with white gold and filled with cubic zirconias. This beautiful infinity band from Jenna Clifford is a symbol of never-ending love. Fingerprint Rings are also starting to trend a lot! We love these rings because of the beautiful sentimental value of it. So how does it work? Basically, your husband’s ring has your fingerprint on and vice versa. These beautiful fingerprint rings are from Chris Parry.
The Pear Shaped Wedding Ring by Wolf and Stag is both spectacular and romantic! We love the Pear Shaped Wedding Ring with Rose Gold and a Morganite stone in the middle surrounded by Diamonds. Another Wedding Ring that’s trending is a gorgeous Snowflake lookalike ring. This beautiful Ring is from Fab Mood.
Wedding Bands for Him:
We are in love with Marion Rehwinkel Jewellery‘s Mens Wedding Band Collection. When picking a ring for your groom, the most popular options are usually smooth and simple in design. It is rare for men’s rings to feature gems or stones, but not completely unheard of. Metals such as gold, titanium, stainless steel, tungsten and even ceramic are popular. They even have a stunning wooden wedding ring collection to choose from.
So there you have it! Everything you need to know to make a decision about your wedding rings.