Banding Together For Life
Personalise your wedding rings with love messages in your own handwriting, signatures, pictures and even thumbprints engraved on them
Issue: Mar 2013
Marriage is a lifelong commitment and investing the time to pick the right piece of jewellery as a symbol of a couple’s vow is paramount
When it comes to rings that symbolise a couple’s love and devotion to one another, the engagement ring often hogs the spotlight probably because it is the one that seals the deal when the man proposes. In reality, it is the wedding band, exchanged when couples make their wedding vows, that is the all-important piece of matrimonial jewellery. Not only is it a symbol of their lifelong commitment to one another, it is probably the only matching piece of jewellery a couple will ever wear every day for the rest of their lives.
Given its significance both in the marriage and the accessories department, shouldn’t greater consideration be accorded to the choice of the wedding band? Here are some tips on picking a pair to last.
1. They Don’t Have to Be Identical
(1st and 2nd from Left) His and hers wedding bands like these at Love & Co can alleviate the regular man’s aversion to too much bling while satisfying a woman’s need for glamour; (Right) Citigem’s wedding bands, when stacked together, gives a new meaning to being “united in love”
Wedding bands often come in matching pairs. While the idea of wearing the same ring may be romantic, there is nothing to stop you from picking different ones especially if tastes and preferences differ. To give a semblance of similarity, pick rings with common features such as the same type of metal, pattern or gemstone.
Love & Co’s LVC Algeria wedding band collection takes into consideration some men’s aversion to glitter by introducing designs that have diamonds set into the woman’s ring but not the man’s while retaining the same pattern and motifs.
Citigems has the same idea except that when their Perfect Love Bridal Collection wedding bands are stacked together, the patterns on the bands create a single perfect heart shape, giving new meaning to being “united in love”.
2. Don’t Forget the Engagement Ring
The LVC Perfection wedding ring collection includes the engagement ring into the wedding ring for her with solitaire diamonds set with pink sapphires, against gentle curves of rose gold or paved diamonds
If you want to wear your engagement ring all the time, you have to consider how it looks with your wedding band.
To solve this problem, Love & Co’s LVC Perfection wedding ring collection incorporates the engagement ring into the wedding band for her.
For the solitaire diamond engagement ring, the perfect accompaniment is a wedding ring with pave diamonds to enhance the bling factor
For simple solitaire engagement rings, a wedding ring with pave diamonds will enhance the bling factor. For eternity engagement rings or half eternity diamond bands (bands with a continuous line of identically cut diamonds), a simple gem-less band will allow the engagement ring to shine.
Not all engagement rings feature diamonds. Some have coloured gemstone in which case, a wedding ring that incorporates the same gem or colour is a perfect match.
Cartier’s Trinity Wedding Band has pink, yellow and white gold bands in a single ring for those who cannot decide which metal to go with
3. Consider the Type of Metal
The most popular types of metal for wedding bands are yellow gold, white gold and platinum. In Asia, yellow gold used to be de rigueur. But these days, given the fact that engagement rings tend to come in white gold or platinum, the latter two have overtaken yellow gold in the popularity stakes. Although white gold and platinum look similar, platinum is more hardy and hypo-allergenic and, therefore, more expensive. Of late, rose gold and titanium have also been added to the mix, widening the choices.
If you cannot make up your mind about which type of metal to go for, Cartier’s Trinity Wedding Band will let you have them all. This ring has three bands of gold - pink, yellow and white - symbolising love, fidelity and friendship respectively.
4. Think of the Style of the Bands
With so much attention given to the gem that adorns a ring, the humble band is sometimes ignored. But there is a lot that can be done with the design of the band. If your engagement ring is uniquely-shaped, choose a band that complements the curves of the engagement ring so the two rings will sit well together.
While rings have traditionally been round, complete circles, Cartier offers a creative take on this with rings that are feature an interesting curve or the Double C Wedding Band that is shaped like a “C” and bears the Cartier logo stamped onto the ring.
Creative curves, perfect squares and the Double C design in Cartier’s wedding rings add innovative touches to the bands
Photographer: v.wulveryck©Cartier and K.Riou©Cartier
Couple Lab also has wedding rings that look like incomplete bands but on closer inspection, the two ends are actually joined. This creates an interesting visual break in the band.
The sides of the bands can also have variations. Love & Co puts a twist to the solid band with elegant curves traced with diamonds and multiple grooves worked into the band with polished rims.
The Cartier “Lanières” collection takes the solid band and breaks it up into perfect squares that allow for either coloured gems or diamonds to be incorporated into each square. Another band design is their Happy Birthday Wedding Band that has the Cartier logo engraved around the band.
Elegant curves and multiple grooves are Love & Co’s creative take on the simple band
5. Make it Personal to You
If you want to make your rings uniquely yours, there is more that you can do than simply engraving them with your names, wedding dates and a love quote or two. Love & Co has some interesting options. Love message in your own handwriting, signatures, picture and even thumbprints can all be engraved on their rings.
Love & Co lets you engrave love messages in your own handwriting, signatures, pictures and even thumbprints onto your wedding bands for the ultimate in personalised rings
6. It Has to Be Comfortable
Be practical in your choice. This is the one ornament that will see you through everything you will be doing and every phase of your life from here on. Make sure it is sized right. A good time to try on your ring is in the afternoon when you are calm and your body temperature is normal. Avoid doing it in the morning or after you have exercised because water retention causes your fingers to expand.
Make sure it is comfortable. Soft rounded edges on the inside of the ring are preferred as are rings that are not too broad. The rings also should not have grooves and settings that will snag on clothing, scratch surfaces or retain dirt.
The wedding ring - a symbol of the commitment and unending love between man and wife. Given its great meaning to the relationship, getting the wedding band just right is perfectly understandable.
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