Your wedding band is one of the most important and sentimental pieces of jewelry you will purchase in your lifetime. Shopping for your wedding bands will be much easier if you go into it knowing exactly what you’re looking for. Follow our guide on how to buy a wedding ring to make sure you get it right.
Start Looking Early
Give yourself time to browse all of the different styles and prices available. You should start looking for your wedding ring at least 2 months before the wedding. Don’t wind up picking the first ring you see just because you’re on a time crunch. You’ll want to have enough time to resize your ring if need be.
Set a Budget
According to a Brides 2018 American Wedding survey, couples on average spent $1,890 on wedding bands. Before you shop for your ring, make sure you set a realistic budget. We suggest examining your total wedding budget and deciding how much you both feel comfortable allocating to your jewelry. Luckily, wedding bands are generally more affordable than engagement rings. Don’t go into debt on a ring, but make sure it’s something you’ll love for years to come.
Getting your ring sized at a jeweler’s is the most accurate way to determine your ring size. Some rings cannot be resized, like tungsten rings because they are too hard or eternity bands due to their structure, so it’s important to get an accurate ring size. Your fingers will be the smallest during the morning. Try to get sized during the afternoon or the evening when your fingers expand for an accurate ring size. Once the jeweler measures your ring size, write it down so you don’t forget it.
If you measure your ring size at home, you should still measure your finger towards the end of the day, but measure it several times from the afternoon to the evening to get an accurate reading. You can get a free ring sizer shipped to your home here.
Keep your lifestyle in mind when choosing your wedding band. Do some research on a metal that is right for you – for example, if you work with your hands or are rough with your jewelry, you may want to invest in a cobalt or platinum wedding band, which are incredibly durable. If you have sensitive skin, choose a hypoallergenic precious metal for your wedding band. Platinum is also a great hypoallergenic option. You can explore different metal options here to determine which one is right for you.
Remember that your ring doesn’t have to match your partner’s. Figure out what style you like the most and choose a ring that is special to you.
When you browse different wedding band styles, ask yourself if this is something you will still like in 10 years. After all, you’re going to have it for the rest of your life!
Here are the most common wedding band styles that you’ll come across in your search.
Classic rings are generally considered the most timeless. They are often plain and feature minimal detailing.
Wedding bands with diamonds create sparkle and dimension to your ring.
Modern rings feature unique designs and textures, creating a fresh look.
Eternity bands are usually the most expensive style of wedding ring because they feature diamonds set all the way around the band.
Inspect for Quality
The inside of your ring can tell you a lot about its quality. Look for the hallmark – the inscription on the inside of your ring that indicates the quality of the metal that was used. For example, gold jewelry will usually have an “18k” or “14k” inscription on the inner shank for the ring. Platinum will often include “Platinum,” “PLAT,” “PT,” or “950” inscribed inside of the ring.
You should also be able to see a manufacturer’s trademark inside of the band. This trademark is important to look for because it shows the manufacturer stands behind their work.
Insure Your Ring
If you are interested in buying a more expensive wedding band, you should consider jewelry insurance – especially if you’re prone to misplacing things. Jewelry insurance will protect you financially in the event of loss, theft, or damage to your ring. Learn more about jewelry insurance here.