For people who would like to save the trouble of buying a
wedding ring then having to seek out a matching wedding band, it's comforting to
know that many jewelry stores offer complete wedding ring sets. Some are sets
including the diamond ring and a matching band with or without diamonds, while
others even provide a matching band for the groom.
Buying wedding rings in sets are extremely convenient, and save you a lot of running around. People today are busy and often doesn't have too much time to spare, so this is one great option for taking care of the essential stuff.
Finding the perfect wedding ring set is simple and fast. Knowing your personal style is most important. If you have tiny scrawny fingers, try to keep away from mega clusters with fanciful designs. Else people will get nervous looking at your hands, wondering when your finger will break off. On the other hand, if you got thick, chubby fingers that
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are quite a mass, you will want to have a nice big chunk of ring on it. If a five carat diamond is out of the question, then try to get one with clusters of smaller diamonds or lots of gold.
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History of Wedding Bands and Wedding
A wedding band is the most symbolic piece of bridal jewelry most people wear. It represents the union of two people, joined by the ring finger. Romantics claim that the ring finger has an artery that leads straight to the heart. This is how the ring finger became endowed with the important duty of wearing wedding rings. Once married, most people seldom take off their wedding rings, which also symbolize their faithfulness for each other. And the plain traditional half dome band continues to be the most popular style in the midst of bridal jewelry because it captures the essence of love in its purest form.
The tradition of a man proposing with a gold ring dates as far back as 860 AD, when Pope Nicholas I stated that a man should give his bride a gold ring to show his personal financial sacrifice for her hand in marriage. This tradition has lasted until today, except marketers have stated a requirement of two months' salary, including the diamond! Other people thought that wedding rings and bridal jewelry ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. Non-romantics would probably argue that the band and other bridal jewelry were invented to tag married women. (Men did not start wearing bands until early 1900s.)
With new technology in manufacturing wedding rings, there are more styles than ever. Finding the perfect ring and bridal jewelry for you may be harder than you think.
Types of Wedding Rings:
Traditional Half Round Wedding Bands
These bands are plain and classic in design. They are available in 14k and
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18k yellow or white gold and platinum. A new process called comfort fit makes the inside of the rings slightly round, which makes the rings more comfortable for wear.
Two Tone Rings
A two tone wedding ring combines yellow and white gold, or yellow and rose gold for a unique, artistic look. Since gold comes in a number of assorted hues, there are many combinations of multiple colored designs available for those who fancy colorful jewelry.
A designer band usually has a more ornate look and they come in a variety of different finishes, such as brushed, matte, polished, and Florentine. For those who enjoys more decorative looks, designer bands may be the best choice.
Titanium is increasing in popularity because this affordable metal is extremely light and durable. Wearing bands made from titanium is extra comfortable due to its weightless feel, so people who are not used to wearing jewelry may find this a good alternative to gold or platinum. One downside is that they cannot be re-sized.
Diamond wedding rings are among the highest class of wedding jewelry for those who crave the best and most expensive jewelry. The ring and the band can be purchased separately or as a matching set with an engagement ring.
Platinum bands usually comes with a polished, mirror finish to accentuate the material's best qualities. It's a better option for people who prefers white gold because, unlike white gold, platinum doesn't need to be re-rhodiumed twice a year to maintain it's brightness. However, those who wishes to indulge in the luxury of platinum bands will have to be prepared to yield much from their wallets, as it is currently the priciest among all precious metals in jewelry making.