Engagement rings often steal the spotlight when it comes to wedding excitement—so much attention is given to them that wedding band details are overlooked. We chatted with Long’s Jewelers to redeem the humble wedding band. They gave helpful tips and advice that will help you figure out what type of ring you should go for, plus what’s the jewelry buzz at the moment. After all, these are the rings BOTH of you will be wearing for a lifetime!
But let’s talk for a bit about the basics first…
Surprisingly, Long’s Jewelers recommends NOT going for the gold when it comes to metal type. Good ol’ platinum is the best type of metal. It’s virtually perfect due to its durability, and it’s hypoallergenic for those with sensitivities. Try to avoid tungsten rings at all costs, because they can’t be resized and can’t be easily removed if they ever get stuck on your finger (and no amount of butter is worth greasing that finger up to pop off a ring). Even white gold isn’t as practical as platinum, as it will have to be rhodium plated frequently to maintain its finish.
So how do you know you’ve got a legit ring? It’s as easy as squinting really hard and checking out the inside of the band, which should state the metal type and grade. If you’re in the business of buying rings and you’re not seeing that info, run the other way. You want to know exactly what you’re paying for—after all, it’s a nice chunk of change you’ll be spending!
Long’s Jewelers suggests giving yourself at least two months before the big day to special order your ring, and factor in as many costs as you can beforehand to lessen the sticker shock. Consider metal type, total diamond carat weight, and finger size, and keep in mind that with diamond or gemstone bands, the larger the finger size, the higher the band cost will be as more stones will be used. This leads us to believe that perhaps there really is something behind the whole wedding diet fad…
Now that we have the fundamentals out of the way, we can talk what’s hot. Long’s Jewelers was able to give us some insight on what’s popular in ring world and according to them, trend-seeking ladies should look for:
- Delicate stacking bands
- Rose gold and yellow gold metals
- Diamond eternity bands
- Sapphire and diamond bands
For rings fit for a fashion-centric groom, try one of these menswear hits:
- Carbon fiber accents
- Two-tone metal bands
- Beveled edge bands
- Hammered finishes
And if you really want to take your rings to the next level, Long’s Jewelers also offered up these unique ideas:
- Personally engraving a message in your handwriting
- Choosing a mixed metal ring (for example, yellow gold + white gold + rose gold)
- Choosing a colored gemstone band instead of traditional diamonds
- Engraving your partner’s fingerprint on your band’s interior through the brand Furrer-Jacot