Making the decision to get married is a life-changing event. Unfortunately, selecting a ring or wedding set as a token to express the love that is felt can cause a lot of unnecessary stress. There are many different styles and types of rings, wedding sets and bands, so finding just the right one can be difficult.
How To Pick The Perfect Engagement or Wedding Ring
Set a Budget
One of the first things to do when shopping for a wedding set is to create a budget before stepping foot into the jewelry store. The couple should figure out how much they can afford to spend on wedding rings, and stick to that budget. It is very easy to get pulled into purchasing more expensive rings, but if a couple has a firm budget, navigating the plethora of styles available will be much easier for them.
Select the Metal
After setting a budget, the metal the ring will be made of must be chosen. The most popular metals for wedding rings are gold (white, yellow, and rose), platinum, silver, and tungsten. Rings made out of white gold and platinum are gaining popularity because of their silver hue. The silver color of these metals is very modern and matches most clothing choices well. Platinum is one of the hardest metals, making it very suitable for an everyday ring. Platinum can endure a lot of wear and tear, plus the metal itself is a symbol for undying love.
Things to Consider
When shopping for an engagement ring, it is important to always keep in mind the wedding band. Traditionally, a wedding band should match the engagement ring, but purchasing the two separately can be very expensive. Generally, the stones selected for both the engagement ring and the band are diamonds. A great way to solve this dilemma is to purchase a wedding set. Wedding sets include both an engagement ring and a matching wedding band or an engagement ring and a ‘his and her’ wedding band. These types of sets offer many advantages. First, the band will seamlessly match the engagement ring and fit it without any expensive customization. A wedding set also saves a lot of money. According to this jewelry store, purchasing sets can cost at least 50% less than if the ring and bands are bought separately.
Decide on a Vendor
Currently, there are two ways to shop for wedding rings and sets, online and in-person. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so it comes down to personal preference. In-person shopping offers one-on-one with a jeweler that is very knowledgeable and who can offer guidance throughout the entire process of selecting and purchasing a ring. Online, however, this type of attention is not as common. Generally, though, the prices of rings available online are slightly less expensive, and, for some couples, it is better for them to miss out on the one-on-one attention and get a cheaper price, while for others it is just the opposite.
Purchasing wedding sets is a very personal and exciting experience. Always remember to consider the personality and lifestyle of the wearer before purchasing a ring. Also, plan a budget early on in order to prevent falling in love with a ring that is out of the designated price range. Enjoy the ride, and choose a ring that best represents the love and devotion it symbolizes.