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Good morning readers.  The past few weeks at Penny’s Wedding HQ have been interesting to say the least!  We are back to normal now so get your reading glasses on!  Michelle and Vashi from Vashi.com have been in touch and have kindly given Penny’s Wedding readers some top tips to choosing your wedding ring.  Over to you guys.

It is important to ensure that you pick the right Wedding Band to say ‘I do’ to as you’ll most likely wear your ring every day for the rest of your life. You need to consider a number of things such as style, metal and the comfort of your ring before you part with your money.

Vashi Dominguez, Diamond and Jewellery expert and CEO of Vashi.com offers his top 10 tips on how to choose the perfect wedding bands.

♥ His and hers ♥

Should you and your partner opt for identical his and her wedding rings or buy different style wedding bands for you both?  Matching wedding rings doesn’t have to mean that you both end up with the exact same wedding ring; you could simply just choose to both opt for the same metal or a similar style band.

♥ Budget ♥

Weddings are very expensive, but remember that a wedding ring is for life!  You and your partner will need to decide how much you can realistically afford to spend on your wedding rings.  Don’t get carried away by fabulous and expensive rings if they don’t fit with your budget, but equally don’t buy your wedding rings too cheap either and regret it in years to come.  Research is imperative when planning your budget.

♥ Combination ♥

This is one of those situations which is often overlooked.  Will the wedding ring be worn alongside an engagement ring?  If the answer is ‘yes’, then you may want to consider buying  a curved wedding ring or even one that matches and complements the engagement ring.  A curved wedding ring will sit smoothly around the diamond on her diamond engagement ring especially if she has a halo style ring.  A popular choice is to have both engagement and wedding rings designed in the same metal and style.

♥ Comfort ♥

A diamond wedding ring with a whopping great stones looks fantastic, but you may find it uncomfortable in the long run.  It may also scratch or get caught in clothing more easily.  If you and your partner enjoy sports and an active lifestyle in general, you may want to opt for wedding bands that are robust, secure and don’t scratch easily.  It is important to take into consideration your daily activities, for instance if you spend all day typing you may find that a thick set ring becomes uncomfortable throughout the duration of the day.

♥ Setting ♥

A flush or bezel setting for a diamond wedding ring is more secure, but a prong setting allows more light to go through the diamond.  In other words, a diamond ring with a prong setting creates more sparkle.  Wedding rings with a bezel setting or a flush set diamond show only the top of the gems with a nice edge around it, making it less likely to catch on your clothes.  Editor note: I can say that my ring is forever catching on delicate clothing and fabrics because it is a prong setting.  I love my ring but it can get a bit tedious at times – you have been warned!

♥ Metal ♥

Should you go for white gold wedding rings, platinum wedding bands, silver or for a yellow gold wedding ring?  Silver is a relatively soft metal and will tarnish over time.  Gold, whether white gold or yellow gold wedding rings, is fine as long as it not more than 18k (pure gold is 24k, whereas 18k gold is made by mixing 75% gold with 25% other metals). 

White gold is coated in rhodium, a metal similar to platinum, to create a real white look.  Unfortunately, this thin layer of rhodium will eventually wear off.  To keep a white gold ring looking its best it should be re-rhodium plated approximately every 12 to 18 months. 

Platinum is the strongest of the jewellery metals, resistant to damage and won’t tarnish, making it a great choice if you can afford it.

♥ Style ♥

Remember that you are likely to wear your wedding ring for the rest of your life.  A ‘Twilight’ style goth ring may set your pulse racing now, but will it still be a fitting choice twenty years from now? 

♥ Design your own wedding ring ♥

For something truly unique, why not design your own wedding rings?  Editor note: I love this idea!  Although a wide range of beautiful pre-set wedding rings is widely available, you could decide to create your own, very personal wedding ring designs. Just remember though, that you are very likely to be wearing your wedding rings for the rest of your life.

At Vashi.com, we have a team of skilled professionals who specialise in creating made-to-order pieces. We can create the wedding rings of your dreams from a single image in a record time of 5 days.

♥ Diamonds ♥

When you buy your diamond wedding ring, it pays to read up on “the 4 Cs of diamonds” (cut, colour, clarity and carat weight).

♥ Engravings ♥

Engraving your wedding band is the best way to make your rings unique and personal to you. Possibly opt for your names and wedding date, or a message of your choice for a special, personal touch.

Thank you so much for these tips – you’ve given us some great pointers.

Penelope x x

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