A guide to choosing a wedding ring for husbands to be!
Choosing a wedding ring can seem like a particularly daunting task, especially for men who may have no experience in trying on or wearing rings. Being very aware of that, we ease the decision making process by breaking the different aspects of rings down. All of our wedding rings are made to order so that you have the ring that is right for you – after all, you will be wearing it for a long time!
SHAPE OR PROFILE
The first thing to consider when trying on rings is whether you prefer a curved or a flat profile. This refers to how it looks on the outside. If you like straight lines, or an engineered look, you will probably opt for a ring that is flat on the outside, whereas if you prefer a softer look, the curved profile is the one for you.
We always recommend that customers choose a comfort fit on the inside of their wedding ring. This is a curved, smooth profile on the inside which allows for a better fit (as it is easier to push over the knuckle) and it makes the ring very comfortable to wear.
Depending on the size of your hand and length of your ring finger, a narrower or a wider ring will look better on you. 5mm and 6mm are popular widths that suit a lot of men, but it is worth trying everything from 4mm to 8mm to determine which proportions suit you best.
There are various things to consider when choosing the metal: colour, weight, durability and price.
Titanium is a very light weight material which is an economic choice and is a charcoal grey colour – it has become extremely popular in recent years for all of these reasons. That said, it is not for everyone. Those who prefer a brighter coloured ring have the choice of 9ct or 18ct white gold, while if you want more of a steely look, palladium and platinum are the metals available.
It’s worth bearing in mind that different coloured metals suit different skin tones. While white gold can look very fresh, cool and crisp, yellow and rose gold can complement pale Irish skin, particularly in a matte finish. This is a good option for men who don’t like the look of a ‘shiny ring’, or anything that is too eye catching.
9ct VERSUS 18ct
When it comes to gold in particular, white, yellow and rose gold are all available in 9ct and 18ct. While traditionally all wedding rings were 18ct yellow gold, we work a lot with 9ct gold in all three of the possible gold colours.
9ct gold is harder wearing that 18ct, while 18ct is more valuable and, therefore, more expensive. There are also slight colour variations between the two which you may only notice if pointed out to you. We have samples of each available metal in the shop, and we’d be very happy to show them to you. Ultimately the decision to opt for either 9 or 18ct generally comes down to budget.
A high polish finish is more shiny or reflective, while a matte finish is understated and doesn’t reflect or catch the light so much. Here in the shop you can see both options and decide which one you prefer. Please do note that over time matte finishes polish up with general wear, while high polish finishes dull down slightly.
You may want a very simple ring in a matte or polished finish with no embellishment. However, for those who prefer a little more detail there is lots of choice! Grooves, textures, straight or curving lines and different colours are all possible – the choice is yours!
All of our rings are made to order so we only carry one size for each ring in stock. Once you have chosen your wedding ring we will advise on the best size for that particular style of ring. Your size can vary a lot depending on the width and shape of the ring, so this is where you sit back and let the experts make the decision!
Engraving is very personal and only you can decide what you would like to have inside your wedding ring. We can engrave just about anything so the choices are endless! Names and the date of the wedding are popular choices but you can also engrave an image, a saying, a nickname or even a fingerprint! It is worth taking some time to discuss what you would like in your ring with your fiancé before coming to try rings on.
To view a selection of our wedding rings, click here or call into our store in the Westbury Mall, Dublin 2, to see the full collection and try on the ones that catch your eye. Please do remember that all of our wedding rings are made to order so do allow 4 – 5 weeks for the ring to be made. We would recommend choosing your wedding ring at least 8 weeks before the big day to avoid any unnecessary stress or last minute panics!