A ring for life

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Think carefully when you are choosing this particular piece of jewellery – remember you are going to be looking at your wedding ring every day for the rest of your life!

The main thing is not to be swayed simply by what’s fashionable at the moment and instead choose a design you know you’ll be comfortable with for years. Consider a variety of metals, shapes, thickness and styles in order to find the perfect choice for you.

The choice of metal for the bride’s wedding band is usually dictated by her engagement ring.

The groom’s ring will often follow suit too. However, if the bride and groom have different preferences there is nothing to stop the groom opting for gold while the bride goes for platinum.

A yellow gold wedding ring is still the traditional choice. 24k is the purest but also the softest variety, so is not generally recommended for wedding bands. 14k and 18k gold are less pure but harder and therefore more likely to make a durable wedding ring.

A white gold wedding ring will complement any silver or platinum jewellery you may have already. However, a white gold wedding ring is often plated with rhodium to enhance its appearance, and this plating is likely to wear off with time.

A platinum wedding ring is another popular choice. This silvery metal is highly resistant to damage. It’s much rarer than gold and is therefore more expensive, but a platinum wedding ring will last a lifetime.

A titanium wedding ring is a more modern choice since it is only relatively recently that this striking greyish metal has been used for jewellery. It is extremely durable and can be carved without losing its strength. A titanium wedding ring is a real talking point.