Wedding rings are one of the essentials in a wedding. It is not only important during the wedding day but also for the rest of the married life. They have different designs; some are just plain bands while others possess various patterns and intricate designs which will also vary according to the preference and style of the buyer. Though there are many wedding ring designs, they all have one common function and that is to represent love to your spouse, symbolized by actually wearing it.
So are you looking for wedding ring terminology? We’ve gathered the common and uncommon terms that you may run into when searching for a wedding ring. You may even want to print out this page as a cheat sheet to take with you to the jeweller!
Band – Refers to the ring without gems, while the shank is the portion that reaches around and attaches the gem to it. The wedding band or finger ring sits on top of the finger (the third finger of the left hand for women, the right hand for men). It rarely has stones, since it sits next to a larger ring with stones.
Mounting – The entire ring which can also be referred to as the Setting.
Ring Engraving – Wedding ring engraving is a process that helps to etch letters, patterns, texture and any other designs on to your wedding band.
Ring Width – The amount of space along the finger the ring covers.
Ring Profile – The shape of the ring.
Ring Size – The size of the ring, which is measured from the leading edge of a ring. The width and profile of the ring can affect the size of the ring.
Ring Finish – The external metal look and feel of the ring.
Shank – The part of the ring that surrounds the finger.
Wedding Ring Styles
There are many types of wedding ring styles available and you need to know what they are and how to choose the best one for you and your partner. Our terms below will help you pick the best ring for your special day and make your day very memorable indeed.
Celtic – A ring containing a Celtic knot design that symbolises endless love as the knot is never-ending without a beginning or end.
Contemporary – A bespoke, modern and stylish design for individuals who are looking for an elegant but unique wedding ring
Decorative – A style that uses decorative touches such as millgrain edges, grooves and bevelled edges.
Plain – A simplistic and smooth ring design with no diamonds or embellishments.
Diamond-set – Diamond wedding rings are made in such a way that small diamonds are set into larger ones rather than being the main stone. The setting often comes with open sides to permit light to enter between diamonds, making the stone appear larger.
Sandcast – Hand-made rings that are created using a metal casting method that uses sand as the mould material.
Shaped – A ring that is shaped to fit perfectly next to your engagement ring.
Two-metal – A two-metal or multi-metal style where two separate bands are sintered together using a specialist machine.
Wooden – Style designed in a variety of different metals, profiles and widths with an inlay of mahogany, oak and yew.
Wedding Ring Metals
When searching for the perfect engagement ring, it is often difficult to determine what metal is best. Each metal has a certain quality and aesthetic to it which can help make or break the overall appearance of the ring. To help you on your journey towards finding the perfect engagement ring, below are descriptions of each of the main metals used in engagement ring making.
14k gold – Created of 14 parts gold and 10 parts of other metals/alloys
18k gold – Created from 18 parts gold and 6 parts of other metals
24k gold – The purest and softest form of gold
Alloy – A mixture of 2 or more metals
Gold plated – A very thin layer of pure gold used to coat another metal type
Palladium – It is naturally a white metal that is one of the rarest kinds of precious metal, making it the most prestigious. It is a member of the platinum metal group.
Platinum – A silvery-white metal that is the most expensive and distinguished option for a ring
Rose Gold – A rosy tone produced via mixed a tint of copper with a gold alloy.
Silver – A softer metal that is prone to scratching and other damage and has a greater tendency to oxidise than other metals which can cause the metal to turn black
Tungsten Carbide – A compound of tungsten and carbon that is hard and durable. It will withstand any degree of wear and tear and remain in great condition
Titanium – It is the strongest natural metal on earth which makes it a popular option for men’s wedding rings.
White gold – A white alloy that is mixed with yellow gold
Yellow gold– A pure gold colour that can change colour or darkness with the added mixture of alloys
Zirconium – A pure, hardwearing and hypoallergenic metal that is grey and shows a bright shiny finish when polished. When heated to high temperatures, the surface colour of the metal turns black.
Wedding Ring Engraving
A wedding is one of those milestones in your life that you want to make sure will never be forgotten. One way to ensure people don’t forget a special occasion is by engraving their names or other words on their rings.
Engraved wedding rings can help you share special moments from your life with each other. A wedding ring that is engraved makes it personal to the people involved; it shows a piece of who you are, and what makes your relationship unique.
Block Style Engraving – The style is classic and is clear to read. The letters are upright and contain small decorative details for a classical look.
Custom Engraving – Unique engraving option where you can select your own custom font, your handwriting, logo, Roman Numerals or barcode. The latest engraving technology is used for such tasks.
Fingerprint Engraving – The user can send a copy of their fingerprint out so that it can be engraved on their ring using the latest engraving technology. Fingerprint engraving is created via the user placing their finger on a pad and then onto white paper. From there they can send their fingerprint to a
Hand Engraving – A hand-engraved message on the outside surface of the ring.
Helvetica font – A modern change to the Roman and Script font that is similar to the Arial font style.
Laser Engraving – A more defined finish in a specialist laser engraving workshop where a message can be engraved on the inside or/and outside of your ring.
Machine Engraving – A precise and accurate machine finish that looks ideal on precious metals like platinum, gold and palladium.
Roman font – A plain style that is similar to Times New Roman. Also used for Roman Numerals on your wedding date.
Script font – One of the most popular fonts which work best on bigger rings or with up to 25 characters.
Script Style Engraving – It has a swirly and handwritten feel to the font with the joining up of the lower case letters and enthusiastic capital letters.
Wedding Ring Profile
Choosing the right wedding ring shape can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many different options and each one has its advantages and disadvantages. It’s important to choose the wedding ring that best fits your boyfriend or husband and your style tastes. That way, you will be happy with your choice for a long time to come.
Classic Court – A traditional choice for many, the court profile is oval-shaped and is curved on the inside, outside and side of the ring.
Classic D Shape – It is flat on the inside and curved on the outside of the ring. The outside curves are rounded for a softer and classic finish.
Classic Flat – Popular with women and men, the ring is flat on all sides resulting in a modern and clean-looking ring.
Concave – A concave exterior design with a comfortable rounded interior.
Domed Court – A similar look to the doomed profile but the inside of the ring is also curved.
Double Comfort Flat – Both the outside and inside surfaces are flat but the edges are rounded. This softens the look and makes it more comfortable between the fingers.
Flat Court – A modern flat top and sides profile with a curved interior. A thicker and heavier design compared to the classic flat shape due to the curved interior.
Halo – A classic profile where the ring is perfectly round when viewed as a cross-section.
Knife Edge – It features two slightly slanted sides that meet at a point at the top of the ring.
Modern Court – A contemporary looking design that is flat-sided. A practical shape that can be used for decorative or stone set rings.
Wedding Ring Finishes
What are the different types of wedding ring finishes? When it comes to the finish of your wedding band, there are a variety of options available to suit every style.
If you’re thinking about getting the right ring finish for you then here are some terms that you should know about.
Coarse Matt finish – A more textured finish with decorative features.
Filigree finish – A vintage design where small precious metal threads are created to form a lacy and artistic design.
Fine Matt finish – A non-reflective finish with minimal surface texture.
Hammered finish – A dented surface finish created by a tiny hammering technique.
Hand Engraving finish – A jeweller hand carves the precious metal with unique designs.
Milgrain finish – Antique and vintage styled finish where a delicate beaded design is formed along the edge of the piece.
Mirror finish (polished) – A mirror-like surface on the ring due to the highly reflective polished finished. One of the most popular ring finishes.
Sandblasted finish – A high-pressure sandblasted finish resulting in a textured effect.
Satin finish – Less shiny appearance compared to the polished finish. The finish does not show slight scratches so easily.
Stardust finish – A part-polished and part-sandblasted finish that gives off a sparkling effect.
Super Scratch finish – A natural worn-in, scratch design finish that is created by hand.
Now that you have gone through all our wedding ring terms, hopefully, you’ll be an expert when it comes to choosing a special wedding ring for your partner at the jewellers.
Maybe you might teach them a thing or two about what the wedding ring metal works best with a particular finish or what style works best with a specific ring profile!