Tips For Buying a Wedding Ring

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If you are planning on buying a wedding ring for that special person, you certainly want to get them an appealing and distinct piece. As such, it makes sense to do your home work. Here are a number of things you will want to bear in mind.

The Style

There are numerous styles to choose from. Some of the popular ones include:

Russian

Russian wedding rings usually have three interlocking bands that symbolize the holy trinity. In most cases, these bands are made from different gems or stones. For instance, one could be made from white gold, another one from rose gold, yellow gold, diamond, etc.

Jewish

A traditional Jewish wedding ring is a plain unbroken gold, which symbolizes pure and eternal union.

Irish Claddagh

These types of wedding rings have a crown, heart and clasped hands. The crown represents eternity, the gold denotes love, and clasped hands symbolize friendship.

Traditional Style

The design of traditional wedding rings comes from the early Egyptians who made a ring in the form of a never-ending circle. The ancient Egyptians believed that the ring style symbolized an eternal love that can be carried over to the afterlife. These types of rings are ideally worn on the third finger, a tradition that was brought about by the Greeks who believed the third finger has a vein that links to the heart.

The Material

When choosing a wedding ring, you ideally have to consider the material. There are many types of stones and metals in the market to choose from, but the common ones are.:

Gold

Gold is perhaps the most popular choice when it comes to wedding rings. These rings are measured in carats, abbreviated as K, ct or kt. They usually come in 9, 10, 14 & 18 carats, and also in varying colors such as yellow gold, rose gold and even white gold, which is plated with white rhodium.

Platinum

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This is a prestigious metal, usually extracted in 95% pure form. It is also quite dense, making it more scratch resistant than gold. This also makes it more expensive than a gold wedding ring(usually double the price).

Other metals that are considered ideal for wedding rings are titanium, diamond, and tungsten

Of course, there are other factors like your budget, the taste and preferences of your partner, the cut and much more to consider when buying a wedding ring. However, this guide will remove the confusion and help you make an informed decision.