Guide to Choosing the Perfect Wedding Band

Getting Married is exciting!!! As it should be, but picking wedding bands can be hard if you don't know much about jewelry. 

You want something that will last forever, fit perfect, and of course something you will love to look at everyday! 

When deciding on what wedding band to choose, you need to keep in mind these 3 things: 

  • Style

  • Fit

  • Price Range

"STYLE"

There are many styles of wedding bands!
Good news is you'll have plenty of options, Bad news is there is SO MANY OPTIONS!
So if you don't know what you want, picking a wedding band can be one of the most stressful parts of getting married, but not to worry! After reading this article you'll have a better understanding of what you want in a wedding band.  
First, there is the basic band: 
This type of band is plain, no stones, there can be some designs engraved into the band or initials based on your prefered preference. Once you know you want this type of band, you can then choose between white gold, yellow gold, or platinum for the type of metal. 
White Gold and Yellow Gold are relatively the same besides the color. They are both made with a mix of gold and alloys to create what karat you desire.
White Gold is made with white metals like nickel, while Yellow Gold is made with Yellow metals like copper. The higher the karat the more durable your rings will be. It is said that 10k gold is 'stronger' BUT it is more brittle and more likely to crack. Whereas higher karats are softer gold, they are more pliable to move and bend but will not crack as easily as 10k.  
Platinum is the strongest of the three. When choosing a wedding band/ring I alway suggest platinum. This metal will hold up better in the long run after wearing your rings for 20 plus years. With Platinum you are less likely to lose a gemstone out of the ring or have cracks and scratches. 
Then, there is the diamond band: 
This type of band is a classic take on the plain band but with sparkle! I LOVE the way these bands look against a Diamond engagement ring. 
If you choose this kind of band keep in mind your diamond quality and size. 
REMEMBER THE 4 C'S: COLOR, CLARITY, CARAT, CUT
COLOR
The color of your diamond can range from 'colorless' to 'light yellow' on a scale from D-Z. The best color would be 'D', Colorless. You want a bright white shiny diamond to sparkle on your big day and forever. 
Remember, Diamonds are forever. 
CLARITY
There's a HUGE difference between an "F" quality diamond and an "I2" quality diamond. 
"F" meaning 'flawless' is a perfect diamond, it is literally FLAWLESS. There will be no 'salt and pepper' flakes, no scratches, no inclusions whatsoever.
"F" Diamonds are also VERY expensive! The next best down from flawless would be "IF", 'internally flawless', or "VVS1", 'Very, very slightly included'. 
Remember you plan on wearing this ring for the rest of your life. This is a HUGE decision, so make sure to get something you REALLY WANT.
Moving down on the diamond scale, an "I2" is very low on the diamond spectrum. "I2" means 'included 2', these diamonds are very included and some of these flaws can even be seen with a naked eye. These diamonds contain many 'salt and pepper' flakes and 'feathers' within the stone. 
CARAT
The Carat weight of your diamond depends on its size. This is really personal preference. Your engagement ring usually is the ring holding the largest diamond, most people prefer at least 1 carat for their engagement rings. 
CUT
When choosing the cut of your diamond you have your choices: Round, Princess, Cushion, Heart, Pear, Marquise, Emerald, Oval. And these are just a few... 
There are MANY different cuts of diamonds. When choosing a diamond band, a popular cut would be round, or emerald, but there are so many different cuts you can choose by personal preference. 
The "CUT" of a diamond can be deep cut, shallow cut, fine cut, or ideal cut. Depending on your ring and preference you can choose which cut is ideal for you. 
Lastly, a colored gemstone band:
If you prefer color on your hand, a colored gemstone band may be right for you. When picking the stones keep in mind the same basic principles as the diamond, color, clarity, carat, cut. "4 C's". Rubies and Emeralds are popular stone alternatives to diamonds when you want something with more color. 

"FIT"

When choosing the right fit of your wedding band, you should keep in mind the fit of your engagement ring. 

Would it look better with a straight band or a 'fitted' band? 

FLUSH: This type of band will fit right on your engagement ring while being short enough to not touch the setting. 

STRAIGHT: This type of band will NOT be flush with your engagement ring, there may be a space between the rings because this type of band may not be low enough to not touch the setting. 

SHADOWED: A shadowed wedding band will have a curve in it to ensure the rings fit together with a nice flush look. 

INTERLOCKING: Interlocking wedding bands/rings are a set of rings that fit within each other. No room to wiggle away. 

 

"PRICE RANGE"

Now for the 'not so fun' part.... PRICE RANGE. Some couples have endless amounts of money and can afford to purchase the high quality stones, high karat metals, and really the best of the best.

But if you are not so lucky and have to count your dollars for this meaningful purchase, do your own research before making a purchase!!
Just because something 'looks' pretty, doesn't mean it is a wise purchase. Finding the best rings for your price range depends on what you can afford and what you want to spend your money on. Of course a plain band would be the most affordable purchase.
Diamonds or Gemstones can get real pricey real quick.
According to GIA, Gemological Institute of America, a 1 ct round diamond with "E" color and "IF" clarity, would cost you around $7,000.... JUST FOR THE DIAMOND. Compared to a 1ct round diamond with "K" color and "SI2" clarity would be more like $2,000 for the diamond. 
There are diamond alternatives that can save you money as well like, Cubic Zirconia, Moissanite, Quarts, or White Sapphire. So remember to research if you are on a budget, there's so many ways to save money! 

So when deciding on a band or ring, know your price range BEFORE you shop. I say this because you don't want to try on something you absolutely love and cannot live without, only to find out the price is WAY over your budget. 

 ALL IN ALL

Choose wisely and keep these three things in mind, style, fit, and price range. 

Email me with any questions you may have, or if I can help YOU find your perfect ring. :)

Thanks for reading! 

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Love, Jeni

 

 

*Wedding band photo by: Sarah Pflug

*Wedding dress photos by: Pegleess Barrios

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