Pasadena Gold & Jewelry knows that choosing a wedding ring may seem like an overwhelming task to both the bride and groom; at best, this is commonly delegated to the bride who’s keener about jewelry. If you, as the bride, need to look for something that you will be wearing for the rest of your life, you want to make sure you pick only the best. Size, shape, design, metal, thickness as well as budget are just some of the important factors you need to consider.

Start with the metal

Deciding what kind of metal to use for your wedding ring is the first step. Different metals have different characteristics and some come with a high price tag. Customarily, the choice of metal is usually based on the metal used for the engagement ring. If you wish to go creative, you may choose to use other metals than what is commonly acceptable.

Here are your traditional options:

Yellow Gold

Remember that the lower the “karat” in a gold ring, the lower is its concentration. If you want your ring to have a good value somehow, go for no less than 18k (75% pure). Even if you can afford a 24k gold ring (99.9% pure) it is the softest variety and is not recommended for wedding bands.

White Gold

Gold mixed with a variety of other white metals make it “white gold”. Palladium is the metal component in this ring that gives it a uniform and bright white shine. However, over time, due to wear and tear, the color may fade. In this case, you will have to send the rings to your local jeweler for re-plating. The purity of gold in this ring is also expressed in karats.

Platinum

This metal is rarer than gold, so expect this to be more expensive. Although it also appears as “white,” the real tone is grayish-white. Likewise, this metal is greater in strength than any kind of metal and unlike white gold, they do not fade over time.

Titanium

A characteristic that is favorable about this metal is that it is very light; this means that if you prefer a thick band, this is a good choice. Like the platinum, it is very durable and can be molded or carved without compromising its strength. Modern jewelry designs make use of this metal as they incorporate well with other materials. However, be wary that titanium has no real value compared to gold or platinum.

Shape

The shape of the wedding band is planned in consideration of how it will be worn together with the engagement ring. If the plan is to wear them next to each other on one finger and the engagement ring is straight-edged, then it is recommended that the wedding band have the same shape. For a more unique band, choose a curved shape wedding ring (also known as fitted or shaped wedding ring).

Band Style

You might not be aware that wedding bands have some style in them that contribute to the overall look of the ring. You will notice this if you turn it to its side. Rounded-edge (traditional, gentle curve style), high-domed (more noticeable and taller than rounded-edge) and flat (square-edged) are the three most common style for a wedding ring.

Wedding band with precious stones

More and more couples nowadays prefer to include precious stones in their wedding bands. If this is also your choice, make sure that you choose stones that are durable and not prone to breaks and cracks. Suggested stones are diamond, emerald, topaz, ruby, and sapphire.

Here is a handy link to browse online click to browse, also consider visiting your local jewlery stores and browse the mall stores to view all of the different wedding and engagement ring selection then visit your trusted Jeweler.