What are some of the best wedding ring designs
Buying wedding rings: the best tips and information
There are tons of different wedding band designs available today. Before you make up your mind, take a good look around so you can see what you like best. There is inspiration in oursWedding rings picture gallery. Did you find a style that you both like? Then here are the right tips for buying a wedding ring.
The text is divided into the following subject areas:
- The online jeweler
- Buy rings at the jeweler
- Forge wedding rings yourself
- The engraving
- Engagement rings
- History of wedding rings
The online jeweler
You can easily and conveniently browse online for wedding rings or design your own individual wedding rings.
In our article "Wedding rings cheap and tasteful!" we have put together our top 10 for inexpensive wedding rings!
Recommended online shops: For high-quality rings with a very good price-performance ratio, we can offer you the Jeweler Steiner's online shop recommend. If you want diamonds in your wedding rings, you can get one from diamond specialists BAUNAT the best price.
You can find out more about this topic in our Auronia experience report "Design your own wedding rings online".
Buy rings from a jeweler near you
You can find jewelers near you in our business directory.
Did you find a suitable jeweler? Then you should definitely choose a suitable time for this important visit.
During the week, the seller is guaranteed to have more patience and time than on a crowded Saturday afternoon. On hot days, go there in the morning if your hands tend to swell because of the heat.
Be sure to try the rings on calmly so that you can see how they work on your fingers. You have to remember that you will wear these rings for a lifetime. You may not like a fancy design in a few years.
The rings should also feel good and not pinch. If you want to wear the rings every day, they should also be suitable for everyday use (a large diamond that protrudes can get stuck here and there).
You can choose two absolutely identical rings (except in size, of course), or highlight the ladies ring with one or more diamonds.
Many brides would like to have multiple diamonds, but the wedding budget is already tight. Then you can have an additional diamond inserted later, e.g. for each married year or for each child.
Give yourself enough time, especially if you are not 100% convinced. Some jewelers can also order additional ring samples.
If you don't want simple rings, but something special, then you better prepare yourself for several visits to a jewelry store to find the perfect rings. But the time invested will be worth it!
Forge wedding rings yourself
There are now so-called hobby goldsmiths, in which you can forge your wedding rings yourself under professional guidance in one day and thus create a symbol of love together right at the beginning of the marriage.
You will save money and your rings will be unique. The course price usually includes several hundred euros in material costs.
So traditionally the wedding rings are made of gold. Whether you choose yellow gold, white gold, rose gold or a combination depends entirely on your personal taste. There is also very rarely blue gold.
Gold symbolizes a timeless, immortal value and is also said to have supernatural powers.
Today gold is usually available in 4 different alloys:
- 750/000 18 carats
- 585/000 14 carats
- 375/000 9 carats
- 333/000 8 carat
In some cases, however, 900/000, 950/000 or even 990/000 alloys are also available. Just ask the jeweler if you're interested.
In recent years, more and more bridal couples have opted for rings made of platinum, the most precious and rarest of all metals. With a purity of 950 it is even purer than gold and therefore cannot cause allergies.
The bride's ring, in particular, is increasingly being adorned with one or more diamonds. There are diamonds in different cuts, the best known and most popular is the brilliant cut (round). You can find more information about this in our article "Wedding rings with diamonds - the most beautiful specimens and the best tips for buying ".
Diamonds are classified according to color (color), cut (cut), clarity (clarity - size of the inclusions) and size (carat).
Here are the advantages and disadvantages of the various materials and further information on them.
About 1-2 months before the wedding, you can add an engraving to the wedding rings, e.g. B. with the wedding date, the first name of the respective other partner or even with your wedding saying in mini letters. Some jewelers even offer to write whole stories into the rings. There are no limits to your imagination.
Our tip: Surprise each other by sending the jeweler an individual saying or text that he engraves on the other's wedding ring. Of course, you are only allowed to find out what your partner has come up with for you on the wedding day.
And please note: If you buy the rings in an online shop, you should definitely not have the rings engraved there, because this will personalize the rings and you will not have a right of return!
Engagement rings are back in style. It is common for both fiancées to wear the engagement rings on their left hand. At the wedding you have two options. Either you buy additional wedding rings or you have the engagement rings engraved and wear them as wedding rings - but then on your right hand.
In the USA it is common for the husband to present his loved one with a diamond ring with the marriage proposal, which she then wears on the left. Both partners wear wedding rings again, but on the left and, in the case of the bride, above the engagement ring.
You can find more information and tips in our Advisory article engagement ring.
History of wedding rings
Since when have wedding rings been around in the form we know and what is the history of the wedding ring?
The tradition of the wedding ring goes back many centuries. It was already a custom in ancient times to wear a wedding ring. The custom applied both to the Egyptians and to the Romans. However, back then it was only the woman who wore a ring on her finger.
Unlike today in Germany and most western cultures, the wedding ring was worn on the left hand. The general belief prevailed that there was a vein that led directly from the heart to the ring finger of the left hand - the so-called "Vena amoris", in English: love vein.
A sweet wedding ring story:
Legend has it that a boy and a girl have loved each other since childhood and wanted to get married. But before they could do this, the boy had to embark on a long voyage across the sea. That was very dangerous at the time.
Knowing that her lover would not return for a long time, the girl broke a large ring in two. She gave one half to the boy, the other half she kept on a string around his neck.
When the boy reached his destination unscathed, he sent his half back to his lover. So the girl could put the pieces back together and knew the boy was fine. Even if she couldn't see him, he was with her. Because their love was as endless as the ring symbolizes without beginning or end.
A 1,000-year-old tradition from India tells of the first wedding ring. At that time the groom tied a golden thread around his bride's finger and made an oath of love. In European antiquity, words or sayings were already engraved on the rings. At that time it was mostly iron rings, gold rings were reserved for Roman diplomats.
But already at the turn of the times, the gold ring prevailed for the general public. In the Middle Ages, the ring began to be included in the church wedding ceremony. So the ring as a symbol of endless love and loyalty is a very old tradition. It should also protect against illness and misfortune.
The sacred meaning of wedding rings in the Christian church has occupied since Pope Nicholas (around 850 AD) and has been an image of loyalty, durability and marital bond before God since that time.
Just as the ring has no beginning or end, the couple's relationship should last forever. The ring has been part of church weddings since the 13th century.
There has been a difference between engagement and wedding rings since the 15th century. The style of the engagement ring was up to everyone. It was worn either as a knot, in a braided or twisted form.
The wedding ring, on the other hand, was simple, with no beginning and no end. This custom has survived to this day. Two intertwined rings symbolize the infinite duration of the marriage, as they cannot be separated without being damaged. This carries over equally to marriage, which lasts “until death do them part”.
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