Congratulations on reaching this stage of your journey. Choosing wedding rings can be an effortless or tedious task. We at Loyes will do our best to make it as effortless as possible by explaining in great detail all the options that are available to you, and hopefully you will know what metal, shape and size best suits your lifestyle and budget by the end of your appointment.
For a woman it tends to be a little easier to choose a wedding band then a man. In our experience the average women has decided on her wedding band in approximately 15mins. The reason being, an engagement ring 9 out of ten times has a matching wedding ring. Metals should not be mixed, you should wear like with like.
Platinum will have a damaging affect when worn next to gold, for example If your engagement ring is platinum then your wedding band should also be platinum. This factor eliminates the time that you give when choosing the metal for your engagement ring. The width of your wedding band is generally matched to the width of your engagement ring. The average width is 1.8mm – 2.2mm. We find on occasion a women chooses a wider band if she plans on wearing the wedding band only, occasionally her lifestyle/work doesn’t allow her wear her engagement ring everyday eg. women who work in the medical sector.
The depth of your wedding band should also match the engagement ring, otherwise they will not feel flush when worn together. The shape is also factored whether your engagement ring band is flat or curved. Once we have noted the metal, width, depth and shape of your engagement ring it is simply a matter of deciding whether you prefer the wedding ring to be plane or diamond set.
There are a number of diamond settings to choose from which we will happily show you. If your engagement ring has a pave setting, and if you prefer a diamond set wedding band to a plane wedding band we recommend you wear like with like.The reason being you wouldn’t want the wedding band competing or detracting from your engagement ring. The diamond setting can be applied 1/3, 1/2, 3/4 or the whole way around your wedding band. It is good to bear in mind a wedding band with diamonds the whole way around cannot be resized. We advise to match the length of the setting to your engagement ring so they appear to be a perfect match.
The downside to this process is that unfortunately you will have to part with your engagement ring for 3-4 weeks in order for the rings to be matched perfectly, but on a positive note your engagement ring will be cleaned through the process and upon collection will look like the first day you put it on. If your engagement ring has no diamonds on the band then you have a few more options to choose from, but again working with the engagement ring.
From time to time certain styles of engagement rings do not allow a wedding ring sit completely flush beside them. Generally because they are too low or may have a claw in the way. Please do not fret. All of our wedding rings are hand made so should your wedding band require a little shaping, no problem, no extra time or cost is involved than a straight band, but again we would require your engagement ring for 3-4 weeks to be sure they are completely flush.
For a man the process can take a little longer. We like to think it’s your way of getting your other half back for the many hours that may have been spent on choosing the engagement ring! We have yet to meet a man who wants to wear a wedding ring. Most Irish men wear very little jewellery so it can feel very strange initially for you. But give it time and you won’t even notice it’s there anymore.
Once upon a time a man would match his wedding band to his wife’s; this is no longer the case and hasn’t been for a long time. We will happily show you a selection of styles and explain the different metal options available. All of our rings can be made to suit your comfort, taste and of course budget.
You can personalize your wedding band by having your wife’s fingerprint engraved, or maybe an inscription on the inside. We believe the wedding date to be a good inscription to add as you do not need to worry about forgetting your anniversary!
A lot of men we have dealt with request wedding bands that are too big for them, and it is only a matter of time until they are back looking for a replacement. If your hands are cold or wet or should you be applying suncream on honeymoon the ring will simply slip off without you realising.
Trust your jeweller and remember they are very easily and quickly adjusted to reach a size that you are comfortable with but is also secure.
This is a purchase you will hopefully only make once. Our rings are made to stand the test of time and be passed down through your family’s generations.
Please remember when arranging your wedding budget that unlike the flowers or cars your wedding bands will be your only daily reminder of your very special day so we would encourage you to set a little more aside and invest in quality rings.
Some jewellers save on metal by making the rings thinner or hollow to save on metal, these rings will easily lose their shape and others us white gold containing poorer alloys and will have to be rhodium plated every six months. At Loyes we use white gold with a high palladium content that will stay fresher for longer.
In the case of diamond set wedding rings, we use world class setters so the likelihood of problems with loose stones or stones falling out are minimal, we also match perfectly the quality of the diamonds with the quality in the engagement ring.