There is much for a couple to consider when it comes time to choose their wedding ring, whether they are buying ready-made designs or having them custom-made.
For both him and her, the ring shape, metal, and finish have to be selected. For her, there is the added consideration of how it will fit alongside her engagement ring, and the decision of whether or not the wedding ring should contain diamonds.
Our expert staff will offer detailed advice on all aspects of choosing your wedding rings, but to help begin the process, here are a few handy guidelines.
The shape (or profile) of a wedding ring is what it would look like if you saw it in cross-section. The most common profiles are court shaped, slight court, flat court (comfort fit), and D-shaped.
Court shaped – These are curved on both the inside and outside of the ring, and many people find them the most comfortable to wear as there are no sharp edges to dig into the skin.
Slight court – This is a variation on the traditional court, where the curve on the outside is more gentle. This means that the surface of the ring is flatter, and the edges appear more rounded.
Flat court – These are flat on the outside and curved on the inside, and are most commonly used for her to match an engagement ring that also has a flat surface.
D-shaped – These are flat on the inside and curved on the outside, to give a lighter ring than a court shape.
Gold remains the most common choice for wedding rings, but platinum is growing in popularity. Palladium, much like platinum but cheaper, is a relatively new option, as is tungsten, for a man’s wedding ring that’s likely to accompany him through some hard graft.
Gold – For her, the gold of the wedding ring should be matched with the gold of the engagement ring (e.g. an 18 carat wedding ring to go alongside an 18 carat engagement ring), to prevent one ring from adversely affecting the other. For both him and her, there is the choice between yellow gold, white gold, and rosé gold to make. Yellow gold was the traditional choice, with white gold perhaps taking over in recent years. Rose gold is alloyed with copper to give it its distinctive look, and may also be to your taste.
Platinum – Platinum never fades or tarnishes and so is more durable than gold. It is also more dense, so when you try on a platinum ring it will feel much heavier than an identical one made from 18 carat gold.
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Palladium – Palladium shares many of the characteristics of platinum. It too is tarnish-resistant and more durable than white gold. It offers a cheaper option than platinum if you are looking for an alternative to white gold.
Tungsten – Tungsten is a robust metal that has a similar density to gold. It is an option for men’s wedding rings as they offer a non-scratch, no-tarnish ring with a long-lasting shine. Tungsten rings are easy to care for, but cannot be re-sized in future years, due to the sheer hardness of the metal.
For Her – The Fit
Your wedding ring may need to be shaped to fit properly alongside your engagement ring if that engagement ring involves a distinctive diamond setting. We provide hand-made wedding rings to follow the line of your engagement ring so that both fit into each other neatly.
For Her – The Diamond Decision
This is really a personal decision and a matter of choice. Generally speaking, if there are diamonds on the shoulders of your engagement ring, then there would be diamonds in your wedding ring too, but really it’s a matter of taste and you can make the choice after seeing both options when you call in to benefit from our expert advice.
The Finish of Wedding Ring
Wedding rings can be completed in a variety of finishes to suit your style, with some of the most popular finishes currently being brushed, millgrain edges, and fingerprint engraving.
Brushed – This will see a brush stroke appearance around the wedding ring. This look is slightly dulled but is distinct in the strokes. This finish emphasises a classic and refined look that is both subtle and elegant.
Millgrain edges – Millgrain comes from the old French word ‘millegrain’, meaning ‘a thousand grains’. It refers to a decoration on the edges of ring comprising tiny bead shapes that add intricate detail and gives rings an antique and elegant look.
Fingerprint engraving – A relatively new development means that a section of the fingerprint of the wearer or their loved one can now form part of the finish of a wedding ring. We can tell you more about this when you come to see us.
Wedding Ring Price Guide
- 9ct Gold (Yellow, Rose or White Gold) – from €120
- 18ct Gold (Yellow, Rose or White Gold) – from €250
- Palladium – from €160
- Platinum – from €420
- Diamond Set
- 18ct White or Yellow Gold – from €800
- Platinum – from €950
- Tungsten – from €55
- Sterling Silver – from €100
- 9ct Gold (Yellow, Rose or White Gold) – from €230
- Two Tone (Yellow and White Gold Mixed) – from €750
- Palladium – from €320
- Platinum – from €800
Browse our selection of wedding rings now to begin to make your choice, or else call to see us at 24 Patrick Street in Kilkenny at your convenience, to try some rings on or to begin designing your own.