The leaves are red and the frost is here, which can only mean one thing: we’re knee-deep in proposal season! Here at Hatton we’re working our way through all the important bits to know if you’re planning an engagement and wedding. Our Man’s Guide series is designed to get you in the know about everything – picking the ring, proposing, planning the honeymoon… And now, an often-overlooked big pick – the groom’s ring.
It’s easy to see the engagement ring as the most important piece of jewellery shopping you’ll ever do, but don’t overlook the wedding rings. You’ll be wearing this band for the rest of your life, so it needs to timelessly fit your finger and your personality.
— Once she’s said yes, there’s no such thing as “too early” when it comes to buying wedding bands. In fact, the sooner the better; get an idea of the design, shape and importantly, cost of the bands before you move on to planning the big day.
— In the UK, the average engagement lasts 20 months – that’s some build up! Try and purchase the wedding bands with around three months to spare, enabling you to do your research. This is very important if you’re considering bespoke rings or even engravings, which can take up to a month to complete.
— Confirm your ring size before you start shopping (download our simple sizing guide here). Make sure you measure at the right time, not when you’ve been exercising or out in the cold – temperature can cause your fingers to swell or slim.
— So. Many. Factors. If you and your bride are ring shopping together, discuss whether you want them to match in colour and style, or if you each want an individually picked band. Does she want a wedding band that will match the colour and/or style of her engagement ring?
— Narrow down your choices. Check if your skin reacts to certain metal alloys and remove them from the running. If either of you have a very hands-on occupation, avoid features that could trap dirt or that impede comfort (things like large stones and raised surfaces).
— That also goes for grooms who don’t often wear rings. Go for comfort over flamboyance if you’re not used to wearing a ring every single day. Remember, it should be designed for everyday wear (and for you to still love in 20 years!).
— First up: metal.
Yellow gold: the traditional wedding band colour. The lower the carat, the more durable the ring.
White gold: a beautiful setting for diamonds, and a more contemporary favourite than yellow. Plated with rhodium, it won’t tarnish quickly.
Rose gold: a very warm and unique colour, made by mixing gold and copper. It offers a vintage feel.
Platinum: the strongest metal for wedding bands, resists corrosion and least likely to cause an allergic reaction. As a result, it’s often the most expensive.
— Next, think about the shape.
Court: this classic style is rounded on both the inside and outside, making it a comfortable choice.
Flat court: comfortably rounded on the inside and flat on the outside. A great contemporary choice for a subtler and less bulky shape.
D-shape: rounded on the outside and flat on the inside, retaining the classic shape but suiting fingers that prefer a flat fit.
Cushioned: gentle curves on both sides made with comfort in mind, yet retaining stylish flat edges.
— There's also bevelled, Paris shape... Peruse all the style varieties here.
— Once you’ve some idea of what you’re after, the hardest part can be knowing where to go. Luckily, we live in a technological age! Experts agree that shoppers should avoid traipsing round the High Street; go online instead.
— Online-only retailers are the most budget-friendly, as they don’t have the overheads of running a shop. We understand what an investment a wedding ring can be, and that’s why our prices are always up to 70% less than the High Street.
— Shop our wedding ring collection, showcasing handcrafted jewellery made by expert craftsmen in Hatton Garden, the centre of the UK diamond trade.
Are you both still at a loss on what wedding ring is for you? Don’t worry, it could be a sign! Maybe a custom-designed band is the ideal route, letting you envision each step towards your perfect rings. Try our Design Your Own tool to view colours and styles at excellent Hatton Garden trade prices. You can even come and view your creations at our specialist workshop in the heart of Hatton Garden.
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