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Wedding Ring Instructions: Choose What You Love Within Your Budget

Aug 19, 2008
It's impossible to predict what life will bring. When a couple chooses to spend their lives together, they want their rings to represent their lifelong commitment. As the years progress, children may be born and grow, and in the best of circumstances, the covenant, and the rings, will have both persevered the joys and challenges of life.

Wedding rings are perhaps the only piece of jewelry for which a couple will shop for and wear in a set together, so some preliminary instructions may be needed before making this significant purchase. Before making this purchase, couples should give some thought to a few elemental things. For instance, consider metal choice - such as yellow gold, white gold or platinum. If a couple has differing opinions, there are ways to compromise, such as choosing bands that incorporate more than one metal color. Take some time to peruse magazines and jewelry stores for additional ideas in regards to style, stone and price.

Before beginning the selection process, a budget should be set. Whether couples shop for rings together or separately, each person should have a clear idea of the budget before making such an important purchase. For instance, simple gold bands may be priced less than other options such as plain platinum which may cost much more.

If possible, choosing wedding bands should not be something a couple leaves to the last minute. It may be helpful to begin the selection process at least six months before the wedding date. With time on the couple's side, browsing and investigating rings can be an enjoyable experience. Couples should avoid buying the first ring they see. For those wanting to create a custom piece, more time will be needed and personalized engravings may take additional time.

That big diamond ring on a bulky band may be mighty attractive, but will it fit your lifestyle? One of the most important guidelines to purchasing a ring is choosing one that is comfortable to wear. A wedding ring should be a seamless addition to one's lifestyle. For instance, a bride involved in an active lifestyle might want to choose a diamond setting that is flush with the band to lessen the chances of constantly banging her diamond ring. Rounded on the inside rings, also called "comfort fit" are a great choice for active brides or those who don't like the feel of a bulkier band. Brides allergic to metal alloys might choose platinum, which is hypoallergenic for people.

Also important to consider is the durability of your ring choice. Make sure the quality of the rings can withstand the test of time. Couples should check inside a ring for two marks which identify its quality. The first is the manufacturer's trademark, which verifies that the manufacturer will stand behind the work. The second stamp, an 18K or PLAT; for example, verifies some of the metal content. Rings that consist of two or more metals should have a quality mark for each.

Couples wishing to observe their budget on their wedding ring purchase can do so with these following guidelines:

1. For those who love the look of white metal, instead of platinum, choose white gold which may cost less.

2. Couples who choose a matching or coordinating wedding band set will tend to spend less - sometimes half as much - according to the Diamond Information Center.

3. Consider avoiding designer's versions of plain bands. Instead, choose rings that do not come with a designer name.

4. Couples who can't afford what they really love at the time of their marriage should consider upgrading their rings on their fifth or tenth wedding anniversaries. This gives couples the time to start saving now for something really beautiful down the road.
About the Author
Lewis Jewelers is proud to carry the full line of Pandora Jewelry. Pandora bracelets, Pandora charms and Pandora beads are only a part of the collection. For more information, Lewis Jewelers, 2000 West Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103, 877-88-LEWIS or visit the website.
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