With all the different types of wedding rings, it can be confusing and difficult to find the perfect one for you and your loved one. Wedding rings come in different styles, materials, sizes, and designs, all of which can differ between men and women.
We’ve aimed to collate a wedding ring Wikipedia to improve your understanding. While not as complicated as shopping for an engagement ring, it’s not simple with options for metal, weight, shape, size and finishes on the plain wedding band.
So here’s a wedding ring guide to help you to discover the different options and types of wedding rings available in the UK.
How To Choose A Wedding Ring
With all of the different options and types of wedding rings available in the UK, it can be difficult to know how to choose a wedding ring. But there are 7 things that you need to decide when choosing the perfect ring:
You’ll need to consider the options in each of these 7 areas. So think about what shape you and your partner want, consider which metal will give you the colour and durability that you want, and also set a budget.
Let’s look at all of these 7 options in turn. Or you can read our other blogs for even more tips and information:
1. What Ring Size Am I?
The first thing you need to do when you start shopping for your wedding rings is work out your ring size.
You can do this yourself at home, but using a proper ring gauge will give you a more accurate reading. Some wedding ring companies offer a printable ring sizer, and others will send a free ring gauge in the post.
How To Measure Your Ring Size At Home?
You can measure your ring size easily by using a string of paper. Usually, the end of the day is the best time to measure due to swelling during the day.
- Cut a strip of paper or a piece of string
- Place it around your third finger
- Mark with a pen the points where the ends meet
- Measure between the two points in mm
Once you have this measurement, you can use a chart to choose your closest ring size. And don’t forget that your fingers can swell in warm weather, so don’t go too small.
Can you get sample wedding rings?
Yes, some jewellers offer silver wedding ring samples for under £10, refundable off the final purchase. This is a great way to confirm your finger size and also try out the style and width of ring.
2. What Are The Different Shapes Of Wedding Rings?
Whether you need a wedding ring for a man or a woman, there are lots of different shapes to choose from. Each one has different benefits, from being lightweight, having a traditional look, being ultra-comfortable, and sitting nicely next to an engagement ring.
When choosing the right shape of the wedding ring for you and your partner, you should consider all of the different types as it isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ situation. So whether you want a ring to fit a man or woman, let’s consider what the different shapes of wedding rings are.
These may also be called profiles, and a bit variant in the different types of wedding rings.
Court Shaped Wedding Ring
Often referred to as the “court profile wedding ring”. It is one of the most comfortable ones that you will come across. It appears rounded, but its cross-section is almost oval.
It’s designed to be smooth and round so there nothing to rub against your finger causing friction and being comfortable.
D Shaped Wedding Ring
As the name suggests, the cross-section of this ring looks like the letter D. It has a rounded top but the inside edge of the ring is flat.
They are known to be fairly lightweight and one of the most traditional wedding bands. They also fit well next to an engagement ring.
Double Comfort Wedding Ring
Totally the opposite is the double comfort shape wedding ring. It is flat all around with a rectangular cross-section.
They are most common as a men’s wedding ring and has a modern, stylish look and feel to it.
Concave Wedding Ring
Again, as its name suggests a concave wedding ring has a concave profile. Its cross-section looks like an upside-down arch, with a flat inside and a curved top side.
Their design is less traditional and looks slightly thicker than other ring shapes. This makes it a popular choice for men.
Halo Shaped Wedding Ring
Halo shaped rings are rounded on every side with a cross-section that looks like a full circle.
They are popular as wedding rings for women as they are typically a thinner band that sits well next to an engagement ring.
3. Which Wedding Ring Metal Is Best?
Once you have tried a few different ring shapes and decided which works best for you in terms of look and comfort, it’s time to choose what metal you prefer too. Metal price may influence your decision and direct when the best time to buy a wedding ring.
Different metals have different weights, finishes, and colours, but should all be durable and hard-wearing. The metal will likely be the big decision when choosing between the different types of wedding rings available.
The best metals for wedding rings are:
You will find both white, yellow, and rose gold wedding rings. Yellow gold is the most common and traditional, but rose gold has been increasingly popular since Cartier introduced it for jewellery. But bear in mind that rose gold needs more looking after than yellow gold.
Platinum is a white metal, that is durable but usually costly. It’s one of the most popular metals for engagement and wedding rings. But consider the weight of platinum as it is heavier than other metals.
The two metal wedding rings feature two types of metals that are combined to form an attractive piece. The metals combined can be gold/silver, gold/platinum, silver/platinum, and so on.
Wooden wedding rings are not as popular and usually almost exclusively reserved for the groom. There may be metal or precious stones combined with the wood, which is usually koa, walnut, maple, cherry, elm, poplar, aspen, sandalwood, hickory, eucalyptus, or others.
For more information and types of metals used in wedding rings, as well as the pros and cons of each, you can read our complete guide here.
4. What Are The Different Styles Of Wedding Rings?
Once you’ve chosen the material for your wedding ring, you can start to consider how you want it to look. There are lots of different styles and embellishments available in the UK, however, the most popular styles of wedding rings are
Plain Wedding Ring
A plain wedding ring is the most common and traditional. It has no stones or engravings and can be worn by both men and women. It’s plain style can help to flaunt an engagement ring if you wear both together.
As the name suggests, a diamond-set ring has one or more diamonds set in the band. They usually have a large stone in a prominent position so it can be seen when worn.
Celtic Wedding Ring
As their name suggests, these rings are traditional Celtic and Scottish rings. They are patterned and may be decorated with precious stones such as diamonds.
Engraved Wedding Ring
Engraved wedding rings are custom rings that are usually created for sentimental values. Engravings are usually hidden from the eye when the ring is worn, for example on the inside of the ring.
Cluster Wedding Ring
The cluster style takes smaller stones, usually diamonds, and places them in close proximity to one another to form a cluster. This makes the smaller stones appear to be a larger one to the untrained eye.
The channel wedding ring features several small stones that are embedded into the band. They are also often used as eternity rings.
Bar Wedding Ring
The bar wedding ring is one that takes the idea of the channel, minus the subtly of the placement of the rings. The stones are larger and more defined within the structure of the band.
Tension Wedding Ring
Tension wedding rings get their name from the way that the bands are twisted in a way that makes them look as if they are joined in a tense way. They often come disconnected in the middle. In some cases, they have a single rock embedded in them which is set in the middle of the “tense” section.
5. How Much Does A Wedding Ring Weigh?
Wedding rings can weigh differently for a number of reasons. Even if they look the same and have the same style and shape they can have different weights. The average weight of a wedding ring is about 4 grams, but this depends on a few factors like:
- Ring Size
Consider all of these factors when choosing your ring as you might find that a lighter ring is more comfortable to wear. Traditionally, women’s wedding rings tend to be lighter than men’s wedding rings, but it should come down to personal preference and comfort.
Wedding rings can be embezzled with precious stones. The most sought after stone for a wedding band is diamond, but other stones can be features in wedding rings either on their own or in clusters.
Diamonds are the most common and most wanted stone on wedding rings. They are stunning and really are something special to see. But their value usually means that buying a diamond wedding ring can be costly.
Other stones, like rhinestones, ruby, emerald, sapphire, and amethyst, are also common features on wedding rings. There are a host of other birthstones that are chosen for the price points and the way they look on a wedding band.
7. Does A Wedding Ring Have To Be Expensive?
When you choose a wedding ring, bear your budget in mind. Wedding rings don’t have to be expensive. Some metals and styles of wedding ring are more expensive than others, so bear this in mind when choosing which wedding rings to buy.
If you want a less expensive or cheap wedding ring consider:
A Stoneless Band
Adding a stone, like diamonds or sapphires, will increase your cost. Keep your wedding band plain and stoneless to keep the price down
Titanium, zirconium, and tungsten are common wedding ring metals that are a lot cheaper than more traditional metals like gold and platinum. But they are just as durable.
You might not have considered buying a second hand ring before, but you can grab a bargain by buying a used wedding ring. Just make sure you buy from a reputable seller who has certificates for any stones. And never send money for a ring you haven’t physically seen.
The Complete Guide To Different Types Of Wedding Rings
You might not have known that there are so many different types of wedding rings available in the UK. And while it’s not as complicated as shopping for an engagement ring, it’s not altogether simple either.
Make sure you carefully consider each of the seven options in our guide, from size, shape, and style, to metal, weight, and stones. And don’t forget to factor your budget into your decisions as you can easily spend thousands of pounds on just one wedding ring nevermind two.
For more information about budgeting your wedding, you can find lots of tips, tricks, and information in our complete guide to wedding budgets.
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