Lets start with a few simple points to think off before you go shopping for your wedding bands:
Do you both want a wedding band? I know it sounds silly but you would be surprised at how many couples I have seen with one revealing that they actually don’t want one but came along for their fiancee.
Do you want to have an engraving in it? If so you need to have room for it.
Which metal or colour are you after?
Big, bold, statement band or fine band, regular shape or organic / irregular shape?
Diamonds or gemstones feature or plain metal?
What you do everyday can play a big part in the design or style you should go for. For example if you work at a desk all day you can have an intricate pattern on your band that will last a lifetime but if you go rock climbing every weekend wearing your band the engraving isn’t going to last long…
If you are planing well ahead of time let your jeweller know if you are on a diet to loose some weight before your wedding as it will affect your finger size.
On the other hand if you leave it to the last minute that will limit what can be customised! On average I would take about 2 to 3 weeks to get wedding bands designed and handmade so keep that in mind if you are after something unique.
For the Bride
The best way to get started is with your engagement ring. The jeweller who made it for you already as an idea of what you like or don’t like, your finger size, jewellery style and which metal was used to make your engagement ring. If it was specially handmade for you chances are you would have already started to discuss wedding bands to go next to it so save yourself time and go back there to refine your design.
If that is not an option I still recommend you start with your engagement ring as the wedding band will fit next to it. I normally go for a similar profile and width of the ring to complement it and not overpower it. While I usually stay with the same metal and colour I have had a few clients who wanted their wedding band in a contrasting colour (white gold engagement ring and rose gold wedding band for example) so it could be something for you to consider as well.
For the Groom
Most men haven’t worn a ring on a regular basis so choosing a style may take a little time. Try as many ring styles as possible! I know you might not like spending too long in a shop but it is important for you to find something you will be comfortable wearing and also a ring you can be proud of wearing everyday.
To make it more personal I like to explore design ideas with my clients to make their wedding band uniquely theirs. Sometimes we can stylise an element of the engagement ring to be transferred onto the wedding band or create a pattern inspired by their story, how or where they met, their hobby… anything can inspire an element to make it a one of a kind wedding band.
The keyword here is time. Take the time to try different things, you don’t have to buy one on the day or settle on a design at the first meeting.
If you have any questions about wedding bands or any jewellery and gemstones question I am only an email away!
I recently posted on Facebook photos of emeralds repairs including one matching set which had one emerald completely stripped of its oil during rhodium plating (see the Facebook post here). I showed the usual before and after photos which triggered a few questions about emeralds and oil.
I am sure you have seen natural emeralds and noticed they tend to have inclusions and fractures. These are marks of the conditions they experienced when the crystal formed deep in the Earth’s crust. Very often water or some form of liquid was around as well and became trapped inside the gem while it was crystallising.This minute amount of liquid can be released when the emerald is cut and the fractures reach the surface of a facet.
I don’t know when exactly the oiling process began but I can tell you it was a long time ago! The first cutters would have noticed the change in appearance of those inclusions when “wet” as opposed to “dry” and went on researching the best way to make it look as it first did. Through research it was found that Cedar oil had a refractive index very close to emeralds. Basically that means this particular oil is not going to affect or change the natural characteristics of an emerald and simply replace the original fluid that was lost when cutting and minimise the appearance of fractures. Oil is stickier than water so it stays in the inclusions better, this is why I always recommend the utmost care when cleaning jewellery with emeralds.
Oiling of emeralds has been done for many generations and is an accepted treatment in the jewellery industry. Why it is accepted? Because it is non invasive and does not change the overall characteristic of the emerald. It can be removed safely without damaging or any adverse effects to the natural gem.
Any other form of treatment has to be disclosed by the seller, that includes fracture filled emeralds (with some sort of resin), dyes or coloured oils to enhance the colour of the emerald… Synthetic emeralds are normally displayed as “Biron emeralds” or “Chatham emerald” to refer to the manufacturing process that created them (the 2 most common synthetic emeralds available).
This is a very brief explanation about emeralds and oiling, there are entire books written on emeralds… If you have any other questions or comments please use the comment box bellow 🙂
With Christmas just around the corner I want to support the Salvos by donating 10% of all sales in my online shops to their worthy cause. You can shop right here on my blog using the “Shop” tab, in my Madeit or Etsy shops. At the end of December I will add it all up and make the donation.
If you would like to make your own donation or get more details about the Salvos activities, support and services, here is the link to their website:
As I am taking a little time off at the beginning of the year I will extend the collection time to the end of January! Valentine’s day is just around the corner too… if someone needs a hint now is the time! 😉
Update: Thank you all for your support! The total has been calculated and the donation transferred.
Having a big part of my business online means I haven’t met all the visitors to my website or Facebook page. While we talk and chat on social media it is not quite the same as a face to face conversation. I thought it would be nice for you to meet me! I hope you enjoy this short video interview filmed in my office and workshop.
This video interview was done by Rolling Film Australia. If you are interested in a similar video for your work, business or any kind of function you can contact Daisy directly : 0415 287 848, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website to get details of all the services available: http://rollingfilmaustralia.com