Wedding Rings and Jewelry Near Me
There can be no greater physical symbol of a union between two people than wedding rings. Wedding rings show the world you are committed to one another, declaring your love for all to see. Discovering the perfect piece for both of you can be tricky, but when you find it, there’s no better feeling.
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When you think about a wedding ceremony, one of the first things that often comes to mind are wedding rings. These symbol heavy pieces of jewelry play an integral part in the exchange of vows, and proudly announce that you are united. The wedding bands, or rings, physically symbolize your eternal love for each other, and signify your legal union.
To wear wedding rings you must be officially married, and while it may only be superstition, it’s terrible bad luck to take them off while you still are. Traditionally, weddings bands are worn on the left hand, however in some cultures they’re worn on the right.
The terms wedding rings and wedding bands mean the same thing, although, you will find that jewelers often call them bands when they’re talking about less stone-led rings. Something a little more simple.
When a couple chooses to both have ‘wedding bands’, rather than a ring with a stone and a band. It does feel more like a joint piece of jewelry. Both sharing the same design. In the past, the style of these rings would be fairly plain, with next to no striking characteristics. However, these days, couples frequently personalize both of their rings to represent themselves better. Using alternative materials, engravings and unique stones, to create their own look.
The engagement ring and wedding ring are typically worn on the same finger, the one next to the little finger on the left hand. During the wedding ceremony, brides will usually move their engagement ring from this finger, over to the same finger on the right hand. Then, once the wedding band has been slipped on, the engagement ring can be put back, on top of the band.
When it comes to shopping for wedding rings, our advice is to shop early. We have a wonderful selection of jewelers on Wedding Planning Assistant, all of whom have a good selection of designs available. But you will need time to visit several shops, and browse their jewelry, before deciding. Plus, it takes time for rings to be ordered to measure. Give yourself 3 months, and this should be enough time to find your dream wedding rings.
However, if you’re looking for more of a bespoke style. Wedding rings designed exclusively for you, then you should give yourself at least 6 months. To allow the process to happen and for it not to feel too rushed.
As with any wedding purchase, budget yourselves before even stepping foot inside a jewelry shop. It can seem tempting to just go with your heart, but you’ll regret it in the end when something has to be crossed off your wishlist due to budget constraints.
While browsing potential wedding bands, keep your engagement ring in mind. It’s not necessary, but it does look nicer if both pieces of jewelry complement each other. Either by material, style, or shape. And if you really want them to work well together, talk to your partner before they purchase your engagement ring, and let them know what you want. You could also potentially shop for it together, which will certainly alleviate a lot of the pressure for your partner!
An important thing to consider when deciding between wedding rings is your lifestyle. This is the one piece of jewelry you will never remove (hopefully). Therefore, it needs to stand up to the pressures your daily life puts on it. If you’re someone who is constantly using their hands, working in rough conditions, or with chemicals, your ring will get damaged fairly quickly.
Simple wedding bands made from hardy materials such as titanium and tungsten can comfortably deal with almost anything you throw at them, without causing any long-term damage.
Once you’ve set a budget, decided on a look and thought about how you’ll live with your rings, find a jeweler you can trust to deliver. Someone you’ll look forward to going back to each year or so for a bit of wedding ring TLC.