Now that you've taken the leap and given your engagement ring to the person who is now your fiance, there remains the question of what kind of wedding ring to purchase. Choosing a wedding ring is quite different from choosing an engagement ring. For one thing, buying a wedding ring does not have to be a surprise, like the engagement ring is. In this light, here are a few tips on how to go about buying the perfect wedding ring.
First, since this is a wedding ring, it must be a joint decision. Think of it as preparation for your married life - you're going to have to decide on things together from now on, since the actions of one will directly affect the actions of the other. It would be a good idea to take your fiance along to the jeweler and see what he or she likes. The important thing to remember is that you are looking for a wedding ring that sets itself apart from others - one that's truly yours.
It may also be a good idea to match your wedding ring to your engagement ring. Some people decide to wear both rings on their hands - if you are one of these people, you don't want to have a ring that outshines the other. You are looking for something that can complement the engagement ring, not make it appear dull by comparison. For help with this, be sure to ask your jeweler's advice on what a good, complementary ring would be. He can give you advice on the shape, color, cut and size of the band - all you need to do is ask.
Do your research. Different stones have different meanings, so be sure to read up on what the stones mean when set in a ring. Check also for the colors of the stones themselves, as these too have their own meanings. When it comes to the stone, you will be looking at cut, clarity and carat. You jeweler can help you decide on what kind of stone would fit best for you and your fiance. You will also want to make sure that the setting of the stone is to your liking. There are as many ways and types of ring settings as there are shapes of the stones being set. You will want to see options at this point, so allow your jeweler to make his own recommendation on what he thinks is aesthetically pleasing. Another thing that people forget is that the rings should be akin to your lifestyle. If your job requires a lot of work with your hands or manual labor, then perhaps buying the thickest wedding band with the biggest stone isn't the best idea. Take into consideration the way you live your life - your activities, work, and hobbies. The ring should not be a hindrance to your normal functions - rings should adorn the hands, not keep them from doing what they are supposed to do.
Follow these tips and you should find that shopping for wedding rings could be a very enriching and rewarding experience, one that can help bring you and your fiance even closer than before.