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The most important thing after the engagement and start of wedding plans is to look out for the wedding ring. A woman wants a ring her and her friends would Ohhhh and ahhhhh and gush about its details, hence you want to pick the perfect ring.
The time is here, you are engaged and now it’s time to pick out the perfect wedding ring to go along with it—and we’ve got all the help you’ll need.
Before saying “I do” to the perfect wedding ring, check out our guide on every important factor to consider.
1.Narrow Down Your Ring Choices
Silver, Diamonds or gemstones, platinum or gold—narrowing down your ring options may seem overwhelming initially, but don’t fret. Just take it a step at a time. Start with your style: Are you thinking of a simple band or one with embellishments?
Do you want your wedding ring to be the same metal and shape as your engagement ring? Are you of the opinion that you and your partner’s rings should match? You should work out these kinds of questions beforehand so you can zero in on exactly what you’re looking for, then start shopping around for a ring.
2. Consider Buying Your Ring and Your Bands Together
If you are like a typical naija babe who’d like to be surprised by the engagement ring, this may not work, but knowing what bands go with the engagement ring can help you make an important decision. For example, if you have a unique engagement ring, you may want a simple, less-busy wedding band, whereas a simple engagement ring may call for the added sparkle of a diamond-studded band. Also, think about how the rings fit together.
If you’re planning on wearing your engagement and wedding ring side by side, always, look for a contour or shadow band that is designed to interlock with the matching engagement ring. If you’re planning on wearing your wedding ring alone, you may want a more unique style that will look great with or without your engagement ring.
Talk to your jeweler about finding a band that works with your ring (some authentic jewelers can even create both bands at the same time).
3. Start Your Ring Search Early
Once you have a basic idea of what kind of ring you’d like, it’s time for the fun part: trying them on! This part can be immense fun as you visit different stores trying to get the perfect wedding band. Give yourselves at least two to three months before the wedding date to ring shop, as you want to go with the best option.
You’ll need this time to browse, research prices and revisit stores to recheck those rings that caught your eye. If you have your heart set on a custom ring, you’ll probably need even more time. And keep in mind: Extras, like engraving on your wedding band, can take up to one month.
4.Mix It Up
Don’t fret if you’d like a silver band and your partner likes rose gold. There’s no rule that says you have to choose the same metal or even style as your partner. You could compromise with braided bands that blend the two unique metals together or just be totally different—the key to finding something you the perfect rings is choosing wedding bands that reflect your individual styles.
5.Set a Budget
Shop with the notion that you’ll spend about 3 percent of your total wedding budget on the rings. Depending on the seller, plain, 14-karat gold or simple platinum band can cost around 60,000 to 70,000 thousand Naira, and some cost lesser.
Embellishments, like diamonds or engraving, will quickly escalate the cost, so you should work that into your budget if you plan to personalize your rings with any of these extra toppings.
The price of engraving is usually based on the number of characters, the font used and whether it’s engraved by hand or machine (engraving by hand is usually more expensive).
6. Keep Your Lifestyle in Mind
Remember: You’re going to wear this band every day or almost everday, so the goal is to choose something that would easily become a part of your life. If you are into sports or playing instruments, a slimmer ring with rounded edges may make the most sense.
If you work with your hands, you may want to search for a simple, solid metal ring and avoid bands with stones that can come loose or carvings, which can trap dirt. If you’re super active, go for a platinum band, which is extra durable (when scratched, the metal is merely displaced and does not actually wear away).
7. Try Something Different
You may love the idea of a braided rose gold ring or a diamond eternity band, but once you get to the store, try some rings that aren’t on your inspiration board. Chat with the jeweler, then let them make suggestions based on what you like and don’t rule anything out.
Be open to trying new things. Just like with wedding dresses, you may end up loving something you never thought you would and settle on it in the long run. Wear it around the store for a few minutes and while you have it on, try writing and texting as a test to find out if you are comfortable.
8.Think Long Term
While you shouldn’t be afraid of being trendy, make sure the style you choose is something that is durable and can last long. Just don’t stress too much: You’re not married to the ring and can always make changes to it (you can add diamonds or go from white gold, silver to a platinum band) later on to mark a special anniversary.
9. Consider the Maintenance
To keep a wedding band with stones clean and sparkling, you’ll need to wash and soak it in warm soapy water, then gently brush it with a soft toothbrush or eyebrow brush so that the stones do not get loosened from their settings.
Rinse it and pat it dry with a soft cotton cloth. Sound like too much upkeep for a wedding band? Then opt for a fuss-free gold or platinum ring—simply rub it with a soft, cotton cloth and you’re good to go.
10. Size It Right
Most people rarely take off their wedding bands; they wear them through rainy and dry seasons, harmattan and the likes. They wear it to exercise, during pregnancies—all times when your fingers swell and contract from heat, cold, water retention or weight gain.
To find the right size that will best weather all of these unavoidable changes, schedule your final ring fitting at a time when you’re calm and your body temperature is normal.
That means you should never settle on a ring first thing in the morning (you have retained water from the night before), right after you’ve exercised (fingers would swell) or when you’re extremely hot or cold (which can cause your hands to expand or to shrink).
11. Check for Quality
Quality control applies to all rings, not just your wedding bands. Make sure the ring has two marks inside the band: the manufacturer’s trademark (this proves they stand behind their work) and the quality mark, (24K or PLAT), for example (this proves the metal quality is what the retailer says it is).