Wed­ding Bands

With so much at­ten­tion fo­cused on the en­gage­ment ring, it’s easy to for­get about an­other all- im­por­tant piece of bling.

New Zealand Weddings Planner - - Editor’s Letter -

NAR­ROW YOUR OP­TIONS

Do you want yel­low gold or plat­inum? Di­a­mond em­bel­lish­ment or plain? A ring that matches your part­ner’s, or one that’s to­tally unique? Flip through magazines and look at lo­cal jew­ellery store web­sites to suss what the op­tions are. Be sure to take your en­gage­ment ring into ac­count to find an op­tion that works well with it – some bands will even be cus­tom-moulded to fit around the shape of the stone, while oth­ers can be sim­ple, al­low­ing the en­gage­ment ring to do all the talk­ing.

HAVE FUN WITH IT

Keen on stamp­ing some in­di­vid­u­al­ity onto your band? The world is your oys­ter: to­day’s jew­ellers go well be­yond plain metal of­fer­ings, con­jur­ing a wide range of ways to make your ring one of a kind. Think ev­ery­thing from fin­ger­print en­grav­ings to the in­clu­sion of your part­ner’s birth stone.

THINK PRAC­TI­CAL

This is a life­long piece, so keep your life­style in mind at all times. Do you or your part­ner have a hands- on job, or play a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment? You’ll want some­thing that you barely no­tice wear­ing – a slim-fit ring with rounded edges, for in­stance. The more comfortable it is, the less of­ten you’ll have to take it off – and the less chance you’ll lose it.

TAKE TIME TO BROWSE

You might think you’ve de­cided on your per­fect ring, only to try it on and re­alise it doesn’t suit your hand at all. Leave your­self time to try lots of op­tions.

SUSS A BUD­GET

Wed­ding bands can range in price from a few hun­dred dol­lars to a few thou­sand. It all de­pends on fac­tors such as the metal you choose, and the level of em­bel­lish­ment you’re af­ter. Even if you opt for a sim­ple de­sign, it pays to choose qual­ity – you’ll be wear­ing this jew­ellery for a while, and apart from your pho­tos, it’ll be the only thing you keep to mark your big day.

CON­SIDER LONGEVITY

Con­sider the kind of per­son you’ll be in 20 years’ time, and what sort of ring you might want to wear then. Ad­di­tion­ally, think of all the sit­u­a­tions you’ll find your­self in: job in­ter­views, so­cial func­tions – what will you need in a piece of jew­ellery in all the fu­ture life stages to come? W

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