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 have written an article earlier explaining how to look after pearls and beads necklaces (click here to read it). In this article I am going to show you what happens to pearls after a while if they are not looked after properly. I am going to show a pair of pearl earrings after some 20 odd years of wear and tear.
Wether you have South Sea, Cultured or Fresh Water pearls the end result is the same, only the price to replace the damaged pearls varies wildly.
They don’t look too bad do they? While they are OK from the front you can see the part closer to the earlobe has lost it’s “shiny layer”. One side is a bit worst off than the other but in the end it’s better to just replace both.
On this photo you can see the front of one pearl still looking fine while the other side is completely “eaten” away! All the fine layers of the pearl have disappeared and even the centre shell has been damaged.
On this photo you can see how much of the pearl has been lost. They used to be round…
This didn’t happen overnight but over many many years! So breath in and relax, you can take a few simple steps to avoid this problem.
Your pearls are the LAST thing you put on before going out! Cosmetics of any kind and perfume will damage the very fine and fragile surface of your pearls
Take your pearls off before taking your makeup off for the same reasons they were the last to be put on 🙂
Don’t sleep with your pearls still on. Natural oils from your skin can oxydise / damage your pearls over time and you can also lightly scratch the surface of the pearls
When cleaning your jewellery do not rub or soak your pearls in anything! If you have some dirt on the pearl very gently wipe it off with a clean tissue. If you want to clean the post or setting use only a Silver Polish cloth or Gold Polish cloth avoiding getting too close to the pearls.
I hope you can enjoy wearing your pearls for a very long time! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment here or contact me or your nearest jeweller 🙂
I know I have been a bit slack lately on the blog but if you follow me on facebook you would have seen many of the gemstones repairs I have made. I promise I will write a couple of detailed articles about a couple of them soon.
To keep you entertained here is a little video of the September Handmade Market in Canberra. I won’t get an Oscar for it but hey I am learning!