Sparkle and shine
THE wedding ring is a symbol of eternal love, and choosing the two rings should be a special day for a couple.
However, the experience can sometimes be overwhelming because of the vast range of styles, precious metals – and prices.
This is why many couples turn to a jeweller they trust to guide them through the difficult choice.
Kevan Scott, owner of Kevan Scott Goldsmith in Clarkston, in Glasgow’s south side, first sits down for a relaxed chat with a couple while he establishes the kind of rings they want.
“When people buy engagement rings, they tend not to think about the wedding rings, and sometimes it can be more difficult than you think to fit the two together,” he says.
That is why he specialises in a bespoke service where he makes special, one-off rings for couples. He will take the engagement ring, and make a wax model of the wedding ring, which can be fitted on the finger to not only give an accurate size, but also give a better feel for how it looks.
Jewellers Kalo, based in Shawlands, also in Glasgow’s south side, specialises in handmade wedding rings too, and will be having an exhibition of specialist wedding jewellery in April and May this year.
Sophia Doyle, manager of the shop, says they have more than 100,000 different rings, and can design and hand-make rings for customers.
“Platinum, being the finest metal, is still the most popular choice,” she explains. “But people all have different tastes, which is why I am here to advise and guide.”
The shop also sells silver tiaras, set with Swarovski crystals, and fascinators – delicate hair ornaments – for both brides and other members of wedding parties.
One growing trend is for brides to invest in a special pendant or earrings for the big day, and often splash out on a set, something that both Scott and Doyle cater for in their shops.
For those vital presents for bridesmaids, pick something they can wear on the day. And don’t forget something special for the mother of the bride and best man.