LET’S PUT A RING ON IT!
A spiral of precious gems, a skein of metallic ropes or a multi-faceted jewelled band – which of these styles would you choose as the perfect wedding ring? Or would you prefer a cluster of fire opals, a clutch of amethysts or a swirl of emeralds entwined with diamonds?
With tastes changing and trends evolving, the days of the plain gold wedding band are far behind us. Though many traditionalists believe that brides should wear only a gold band as a wedding ring, many young brides today, want more options. It is due to this ever-increasing demand for variety that a slew of new styles, metals and gems have opened up in the world of wedding rings.
So, how do you choose a wedding ring and what is trending today? Here’s a compilation of all that is hot and happening in the wedding ring market today. Read on… Timeless tradition It is believed that the tradition of wedding rings can be traced back to ancient Egypt. According to archaeological research, there seems to have been an exchange of braided rings of hemp or reeds between spouses in ancient Egypt and the tradition was carried forward in Rome and Greece before being adopted as an important ritual in the rest of Europe and the US. Today, exchanging rings has become an integral part of a wedding ceremony. It is worn on the left hand because it was believed that this finger has a special vein that connects directly to the heart.
The wedding ring stands as a symbol of a lifetime of fidelity and love. The circular band signifies a love without end and a partnership that is eternal. Over the years, the ring has also evolved as a status symbol, to signify the wealth of the bridegroom and his status in society.
Most women want unique wedding rings nowadays. One of the most popular styles is the pavé ring, which is essentially a close setting of diamonds that are held together with tiny beads or prongs that are almost invisible. It is from the French word ‘pavé’ which means ‘paved’ and describes a ring that is ‘paved’ with diamonds.
Another interesting trend that Instagrammers and stylists love nowadays is the stackable ring. These are thin diamond rings that are stacked one on top of the other to create a harmonious collage of colour and light.
Yet another interesting wedding ring trend this year is the retro ring. Vintage rings in yellow gold in classic designs are back in vogue among young brides.
Let there be colour
Love colour? This is your year to celebrate it. The shade which has endeared itself to hearts of women across the world this year, is rose gold. It is now the most popular choice for a wedding ring. The main reason for its popularity lies in the fact that it flatters almost all skin tones and looks gorgeous too. The other colour that is popular today, is the yellow diamond. But these are not the only colours that are trending now. Eternity rings with warm red and deep blue stones set in diamonds are in great demand as also blue, pink and yellow sapphires and scarlet rubies. Brides are even opting for their birthstones for the ring or a precious stone that symbolises the month that they met their husbands.
Stones and their significance
Ever since brides began wearing coloured stones in their wedding rings, they made their decisions based on the significance of the stones that they loved. Diamonds have been popular for centuries because they stand for true love but there are many legends that surround other precious stones too. Sapphires stand for loyalty and devotion, rubies for love and passion and purple amethysts for happiness and contentment. Other stones like green peridots are supposed to bring prosperity, aquamarines provide courage, pearls symbolise purity and topaz stands for love and fidelity.
The right choice
So, how do you go about choosing the right ring?
The first step lies in making a few decisions. Wedding stylists suggest that you need to decide on a budget before setting out to buy a ring. Once you make that important decision, you need to concentrate on the next four parameters of buying a ring -- namely the style, colour, size and metal of the ring that you want.
Here are some more pointers that you need to keep in mind when you are looking for a wedding ring….
* Make sure it suits your lifestyle. Jewellers often tell their customers that it is best to buy a ring that will not be an impediment to your job or lifestyle. It is important to find a ring that will help you handle all your tasks without getting in the way.
* Choose classic over hyper-trendy. A timeless ring will remain attractive for several decades. But that does not mean that you need to take the traditional path all the way. There are new and trendy
ways to be fashionable while sticking to the classics. So, don’t be too diffident about looking around to find a style that suits you perfectly. But remember – if you are going to match your wedding ring with your spouse, the rings have to be in a colour and style that you both like.
Just as you can choose from a variety of gems and jewels, you have a choice in metals too. Gold and platinum are no longer your only choices. There are a host of other options like green gold which is a blend of pure gold and silver, sterling silver, titanium and stainless steel. Besides these metals, you can also choose from materials like palladium, zirconium, cobalt and tungsten.
No perfect size
The size of a ring should be chosen carefully but remember there is no such thing as the perfect fit. A comfortable fit is all you can aim for as the sizes of our fingers vary during the course of a lifetime. If you plan to wear a number of rings stacked up, you will need to account for different widths of the finger at different points of the finger. The best time to try out a ring is late afternoon when the fingers tend to be at their most stable size of the day. Despite all these precautions, you may have to adjust the size of your ring later, in accordance with the seasons and due to weight gain or loss over the years.
A wedding ring represents love, commitment and promises. It has great sentimental value and is priceless in more ways than one. Choosing the perfect ring is a momentous decision and making it as near-perfect and splendid can be the first and most important step in your journey of love and togetherness.