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With this ring...
10:40am Thursday 26th April 2012 in Living Brides Magazine
The wedding ring is the most symbolic piece of jewellery that anyone can wear and the giving and receiving of rings is as important to the wedding ceremony as the exchange of vows. The circle symbolises the unending commitment of one person to another and the use of the most noble of metals, gold, expresses the value of the relationship.
The wearing of rings to show a person’s marital status goes back to at least Ancient Rome. Indeed it is allegedly from the Romans that we have the tradition of wearing the ring on the third finger of the left hand, since they believed that the blood from this finger went directly to the heart. And Chinese medicine practitioners believe a line flows directly from the heart and down the left arm to the third finger, left hand.
Nowadays the traditional gold band is still favoured by many, but there has been a shift towards style, colour and movement and there are thousands of designs to choose from.
The choice of metal will affect the cost so you will need to consider this carefully. Yellow gold is the most traditional and comes in a range of carats, however remember that the higher the carat, the more gold it contains but the softer it becomes. Experts recommend that 22 and 24 carat aren’t always best for a wedding ring because they may not be as long lasting. Platinum remains very popular, and although it is more expensive than other metals, it is more durable and does not wear down or abrade. If you really can’t afford platinum, choose white gold, which has a similar look, is stylish and modern but is cheaper. Titanium is a popular choice in wedding rings for men, because it is light and durable and can be carved without losing strength. For a two-tone effect consider putting metals such as yellow and white gold together.
Finishes add that special touch to your ring so consider carefully which one to choose. High polish will give a mirror-like sheen, whereas matte will leave your ring soft and non-reflective. For an interesting pattern and texture, there is hammering, which forms indentations in the metal, or satin, for a grained texture of satin cloth and a softer shine than high polish.
Many brides choose to have their rings set with diamonds, and if you’re considering this it is essential to think about the four C’s of diamond shopping: carat, colour, cut and clarity. Think about the shape of stone you want, from emerald and oval to pear and marquie, and select the best stone for your budget.
His ‘n’ hers rings are a popular choice for many couples, with some choosing to have the same metals though a slightly slimmer band for the ring of the bride. Rings can be united with engraving, which can be produced in a variety of fonts to suit your style and may show your wedding date or your initials.
If you want your wedding ring to really make a statement, you need look no further than the Pyramid Gallery in York.
Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, Pyramid offers one of the finest selection of British made contemporary handcrafted jewellery in the country. Currently owned and managed by Terry Brett, the gallery has been selected for Quality by the Crafts Council.
Displaying the work of up to 150 craftspeople and artists over two floors of a beautiful fifteenth century building, you can purchase that most special piece of jewellery in very special surroundings. Choose from rings in fantastic shapes, a variety of precious metals, gem set or plain, the choice is vast. All in all, ensure the wedding ring on your finger is as unique as your relationship.