Buying your wedding bands is one of the many things on your wedding checklist. You and the groom will be exchanging these rings at your ceremony, and then will wear them for the rest of your lives, so selecting the right one is imperative - but don't worry, you got this! Here's a list of common band and stone features:
The cost of wedding bands should be included in your wedding planning budget. Decide how much you're willing to spend before you start choosing band features.
Start your wedding band selection by choosing a metal. Here are some of the most popular choices:
Gold: Gold accounts for yellow, white and rose colors and is the most popular choice for wedding bands. The karat refers to the percentage of pure gold in the metal - a higher karat has fewer metal additions. Gold is the least durable compared to other metals.
Platinum: Platinum is durable and hypoallergenic, making it a great choice. Platinum is silver colored and heavy (which might be uncomfortable for some).
Titanium: This metal is popular for its light weight and strength - in fact, it's the strongest naturally occurring metal on earth!
Tungsten: Tungsten has become very popular for its scratch resistance qualities, color options and everlasting shine. It has very low maintenance but cannot be resized.
Wedding bands may or may not have gems (for both men and women). Whether you and your fiance want diamonds, rubies, sapphire, etc., you can find the right ring. Couples who work with their hands may not want to purchase a diamond-studded band, as it will require constant care. If you do want gems, use the four Cs (cut, clarity, color and carat weight) to determine the value (which effects the cost) of the stone you select.
The finish refers to the final appearance of the metal. Here are the most common options:
Polished: This finish is shinny and smooth and it is the most popular choice.
Satin: Satin finishes look like a fogged mirror. They are softer and produce diffused light.
Brushed: Brushed has a matte look similar to satin, but it has a lined texture.
Hammered: This finish has the appearance of pounded or beaten metal.