Choosing The Right Wedding Band
The wedding band. It has no beginning and no end. The symbol of eternal love. What may seem like just a small round piece of metal, actually possesses deep traditions and a rich history that dates back 3,000 years. Egyptians exchanged bands fashioned from reeds to symbolize their commitment, whereas the introduction of using precious metals for wedding bands came from the Ancient Romans. Men would gift their intended with a band made from iron which symbolized strength and permanence. The Greeks and Romans were both responsible for introducing the concept of “the ring finger.” They are the reason we wear wedding bands on our fourth finger on the left hand. They believed this finger contained the vena amoris or “vein of love”, which was believed to lead straight to the heart.
Choosing the perfect wedding band is one of the most important decisions you will make as a couple during the wedding planning process. After all, it is a symbol of your eternal love and commitment to one another that will last a lifetime. But with so many unique styles, metals, and sizes to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which type of wedding band is best for you.
Hamilton believes this process should be an enjoyable one, not a stressful one. Take our considerations in mind when embarking on your journey to finding the perfect wedding band, and, as always, you can make an appointment at any of our locations to sit down with one of our highly qualified associates who will help you find the perfect symbol of your eternal love.
Consider Your Style
One of the first steps on your journey to finding the perfect wedding band should be to consider your own personal style. Everything else we will touch on, like budget, lifestyle, stones, etc., all come together easily if you can identify and describe your own style. Answer these simple questions to help narrow the focus:
- What type of jewelry do you wear on a daily basis?
- Are you someone who typically wears delicate or dainty pieces?
- Do you prefer bold and statement-making pieces?
- Are you in the yellow gold, white gold, platinum, or mixed-metal camp?
Wedding bands come in an array of styles. Knowing what type of jewelry you typically wear or are naturally drawn to can help you determine what kind of wedding band will work best for you.
18k White Gold 5mm Fancy Wedding Band
This white gold band has personality and is a unique take on the traditional wedding band design.
18K Yellow Gold Rope Design Wedding Band
Does it get any better than a perfectly fit gold wedding band? Whether it is yellow gold, white gold, or platinum, the classic design is not going anywhere.
Lisette 18K White Gold Diamond Half Way Around Band
This diamond band is all class. From the Hamilton Jewelers Lisette Collection this band has 12 round brilliant diamonds set halfway around the band. This pairs beautifully with many engagement ring styles or wear solo for a classic simple aesthetic.
Damascus and 14k Rose Gold Tiger Wedding Band
This Damascus steel band could be a choice for someone who is looking for a unique, more modern look. Each band is made by hand, mimicking ancient metalsmithing techniques used to create samurai swords. The technique used to create these bands produces unique patterns in each one, ensuring no two bands are alike.
Consider Your Lifestyle
When selecting the perfect wedding band, it is important to consider your lifestyle. Having a physically demanding job or hobbies that keep you active and using your hands will affect what kind of wedding band you choose.
The last thing you want is your precious band getting caught or damaged during physical activity or handling harsh chemicals. If this sounds like you, think about rings made from durable metals such as titanium, tungsten, and stainless steel. Those metals are best for those who have an active lifestyle or a physically demanding job. These strong metals are also a nod to the Romans, like we mentioned earlier. They were the first to introduce wedding bands made from precious metals because it signified the strength of the union. However, steer away from softer metals by comparison like platinum or silver which can scratch easily. If you lead a less active lifestyle and do not tend to engage in highly physical activities, then you may be more drawn to a more elaborate or intricate design. The options are just like your love, endless.
Titanium and Silver Carbon Fiber Wedding Band
Made from titanium and silver carbon fiber, this wedding band is a fitting example of toughness and design built to last.
18k Yellow Gold and Tantalum Wedding Band
This band has an inner layer of tantalum with an exterior of hammered yellow gold ensuring durability and comfortable wear.
Consider Your Budget
When it comes to wedding bands it is important to consider your budget. Not only will you be investing in a piece of jewelry that is supposed to last a lifetime, but you will also need to factor in associated costs. Consider the list below when working on setting your wedding band budget.
- Narrow down your style options
- Get familiar with their price ranges.
- Decide on any customizations like engraving
- Research how much insuring your ring will cost.
- Determine a cushion in your budget for any other extras or upgrades you may want to be able to add to your purchase.
However, do not forget that quality matters. The best way to ensure a long-lasting piece of jewelry is by investing in quality and craftsmanship.
Consider Your Engagement Ring
If you are a person who wears an engagement ring taking that piece of jewelry into consideration when shopping for a wedding band is of the utmost importance. The two pieces together should create a cohesive design that is aesthetically pleasing. Depending on the type of engagement ring you have, the type of wedding band will vary.
If you like this:
Classic diamond solitaire
Antique-style engagement ring
Edgy modern engagement ring
Go with This:
Classic plain gold band or diamond eternity band
Intricately carved band with filigree scrollwork
Band with geometric shapes or colored gemstones
18k White Gold Ruby Gemstone Wedding Band
A beautiful example of utilizing a gemstone in the design of a wedding band. This 18k white gold band with rubies and diamonds will be sure to stand out.
Heritage 18k White Gold and Diamond Band
A beautiful example of carving and old-world design, this band has beautiful milgrain edges and is from the Hamilton Heritage collection.
Cherish 18k Rose Gold and Diamond Band
From the Hamilton Cherish Collection, this stunning band utilizes rose gold to add some visual interest. The diamonds are set 3/4 way around the band.
Do Not Stress
Hamilton believes the process of finding and purchasing your wedding band should be an enjoyable one, not a stressful one. After all, the world is your oyster. Have fun trying all the distinct styles! Take our considerations in mind when embarking on your journey to finding the perfect wedding band, and as always you can always make an appointment at any of our locations to sit down with one of our associates who can help you find the perfect piece.