The Steven Stone Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Rings
Your wedding ring is the most symbolic piece of jewellery you will ever own, the ring that is placed on your finger by your spouse on your wedding day and represents your commitment to marriage, your love for your spouse and your faithfulness. You will want to wear it for the rest of your life so it needs to be perfect! Whether you want something traditional or more unique, follow our tips and learn how to choose the perfect style for you.
Precious Metals At Steven Stone we offer only the best precious metals, hallmarked by Scotland or Birmingham assay offices. We offer Platinum, 18ct White Gold, 18ct Yellow Gold and Palladium to manufacture engagement rings, wedding rings, pendants, earrings, and other diamond and gemstone jewellery. Choosing a Metal We use 95% pure platinum and palladium, which is popular for wedding rings and engagement rings. For white gold and yellow gold we use 18 carat, meaning that 75% of the metal is pure gold. White and yellow gold is popular for most jewellery types including earrings, pendants, engagement rings, wedding rings and other diamond rings. Most people choose to match the metal of their wedding ring to the metal on the engagement ring, however mixed metals is very on trend right now!
Platinum These rings are becoming increasingly popular with modern couples. Platinum is 95% of its purest form and is an extremely long wearing metal. Most platinum jewellery is more expensive then gold due to its purity, and unlike white gold platinum does not need to be coated in rhodium as it is a white metal in its natural form. If a platinum wedding ring blows your budget, consider buying a palladium wedding ring instead. Palladium has become a popular alternative to platinum because of its similar colour yet more budget-friendly price tag. Palladium Palladium is a white precious metal that, like platinum is 95% pure, so naturally is a strong, durable precious metal. Palladium is a platinum group metal however it is a relatively new metal, coupled with the fact that is easier to mine and is not as rare as platinum if offers a great alternative to Platinum. Palladium provides the same purity, look and strength as platinum.
White Gold At Steven Stone we use only 18 carat white gold. White gold is usually mixed with other metals such as silver or palladium. All white gold rings and white gold jewellery is coated in Rhodium, which has similar colour properties of platinum. The Rhodium plating is used to make the white gold look more white as the natural colour of white gold is light grey.
Yellow Gold At Steven Stone we use 18 carat yellow gold for diamond and gem set jewellery, from engagement rings to wedding rings. 18 carat yellow gold is 75% pure gold and combines other metal alloys, so it is a strong, durable metal ideal for use in jewellery. Yellow gold is mixed with metals such as copper or zinc. In terms of value and popularity, yellow and white gold are very similar; however yellow gold is the standard colour for gold and the most recognisable precious metal type.
Rose Gold Rose gold is alloyed with copper to create its pink, warm colour. The metal colour was first popular in Russian jewellery in the 19th century and in recent years has made a comeback for engagement rings and other fine jewellery styles. The higher the amount of copper mixed with gold the more prominent the pink over tone, but the most common alloy for rose gold is composed of 75% gold and 25% copper.
After you’ve decided on the metal, you need to consider if this new wedding ring will complement your engagement ring.
Both rings will be worn side by side for the rest of your life, so it’s important that they sit well together. You may have never considered the profile of the ring before, but you’ll begin to see subtle differences once you compare the styles side by side. If this is case you may decide to choose a shaped wedding ring, often referred to as a curved or fitted wedding ring. Here at Steven Stone we can custom design you a wedding ring to sit beautifully next to your engagement ring – a complete one off! Once you’ve chosen the wedding ring, now is the time to consider including a diamond or other precious gemstone. Diamond-set wedding rings are becoming more fashionable and are more commonly found in women’s wedding rings to provide a sparkly backdrop for the engagement ring.