Wedding rings are the classic representation of marriage. Before their wedding day, the bride and the groom usually select their wedding bands, and on their special day, the exchange of rings is symbolic of their love and vows to one another. In addition to being such a personal and symbolic item, they’re also often a spotlight during the wedding, as everyone wants to check out the type of ring the bride is rocking, and what it says about her.
Gold vs. Silver
Yellow gold wedding bands are not considered as popular today as white gold or silver wedding bands. However, if you are looking for something that is a bit more timeless, yellow gold might be the look you are looking for. White gold is also an option that many couples opt for, as it seems more sleek and modern, without the worry of tarnished metal. It is, however, something to keep in mind, that white gold is often rhodium plated, and will usually need a “re-dip” every year just to keep it looking shiny. Silver is an excellent option for a couple who prefer to be more cost-conscious. Silver, however, is difficult to care for and has the potential to tarnish. If you prefer vintage-styled pieces, a little tarnish on your silver ring may be something you will enjoy!
And of course, there isn’t just silver and gold – if you’re tired of those two options, you can check out different metals or different variations of these two, such as rose gold. If you want something a bit more durable or precious, you can always take a look at platinum.
Add a Bit of Unconventional Color
This might be a bit of a no-go for some brides out there, but if you’re not completely enamoured with the idea of a diamond, or diamond-like stone (we’ll get to that in a bit), you may always look at the range of precious stones to give yourself an unconventional look. If you’re set on being unique, or saving a few bucks, considering going with amethyst, sapphire, or opal as your main gem can be a great idea.
There are plenty of different gemstones out there, and plenty of people coming up with creative implementations of these stones, so don’t be afraid to get out there and check them out.
Moissanite vs. Diamond
Gone are the days when diamonds were the only option for engagement or wedding rings. More socially conscious couples may choose to have a moissanite ring, instead of a traditional diamond ring. Moissanite has many benefits. It’s durable, eco-friendly, and cost-saving. They are manufactured to look very similar to diamonds, an alternative type of moissanite, amora, is treated to be whiter and as colorless as possible. To anyone passing by, it will be difficult to ascertain whether or not your stone is a diamond or something else.
Diamonds, though expensive, are unmistakable in their brilliance. They reflect light in three different ways, creating its famous sparkle. Diamonds are the hardest known mineral, making them more durable than Moissanite. As with any comparison of natural gemstones to synthetic ones, diamonds are a pretty penny. If you are willing to splurge, diamonds might be your better bet.
Modern and Alternative Wedding Bands
For those who are exceptionally cost-conscious, or if you prefer wedding rings that fit more with your modern lifestyle, silicon bands are becoming more popular, especially among couples who like to workout or spend a lot of time outdoors. These rings come in many different colors, and you can change them according to what your activities are for the day.
Regardless of what you go with, let it be a personal decision that will boost your confidence and smile for your wedding and those wedding pictures. Feeling like yourself will cause you to smile beautifully and feel good.