How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Ring
At a Glance
After selecting the perfect metal for your wedding ring, choose the design that best compliments the engagement ring.
When you and your partner are ready to complete your union, the process of selecting a wedding band begins. The perfect wedding band compliments the engagement ring in a way that maximizes the beauty of both rings — but that doesn’t mean you need to purchase the bands together or select bands that match perfectly.
Choosing the Perfect Metal
Gold and platinum are the two most popular metals for wedding bands. Although the rarity and beauty of these metals contribute greatly to their popularity, gold and platinum are also popular because they rarely tarnish or cause allergic reactions. This means that they require little upkeep. Silver, on the other hand, tarnishes readily. You’ll need to clean a silver wedding band regularly to avoid it taking on a dull appearance.
Pictured at top: Platinum Princess-Cut Diamond Wedding Ring
If you prefer a gold wedding band, you will also need to decide upon the metal’s purity. Jewelers blend gold with other metals such as silver, copper, zinc and titanium to increase its durability. The karat system quantifies the purity of gold up to a maximum of 24 karats, which describes pure gold. In jewelry, 24 karat gold is extremely uncommon because pure gold is too soft to withstand the rigors of daily wear. Thus, most people select gold wedding jewelry with a purity of 14 or 18 karats. Gold with a lower karat rating is less yellow but more durable.
Choosing the Perfect Design
Many couples buy their engagement rings and wedding bands at the same time. This allows for the selection of a band that perfectly compliments the ring. However, you may need to buy the wedding band separately if the engagement ring is vintage or was presented to the bride-to-be as a surprise. A pavé diamond band looks beautiful with nearly every engagement ring style, adding additional sparkle while resting comfortably under the raised setting of the engagement ring’s center stone.
If a diamond wedding band isn’t your preference or isn’t suitable for your budget, consider a plain metal band instead. If the diamond in the engagement ring has a marquise cut, for example, a wedding band with a “V” shape that wraps around the diamond might be ideal.