The Ultimate Guide To Wedding Bands
The planning of a wedding comes with no shortage of important decisions to make, but one of the most significant is, perhaps, picking out the perfect wedding bands.
A wedding band isn’t simply another piece of jewellery – it’s a token of love, shared vows and the commitment of a lifetime.
With that in mind, your wedding bands should reflect yourself and your partner perfectly.
When you begin your search for the perfect wedding bands, however, the wide variety can understandably be a little overwhelming…
At Gatsby Jewellery, wedding bands are just one of our specialities – read on for our ultimate guide to selecting the perfect wedding bands for your upcoming special day.
What do wedding bands mean?
The exchanging of wedding rings can be traced back thousands of years, with the tradition practiced as early as Ancient Egyptian times, when couples would gift one another rings fashioned from braided reeds and hemp.
It’s a tradition that has well and truly stood the test of time, much like many of the marriages that are marked with the exchanging of these wonderful pieces.
Wedding bands are rich in symbolism, representing not just the love between couples on their wedding day, but the depth of the promises being made at the altar.
After all, a ring has no beginning or end, making it the ideal way to represent the idea of infinity and lifelong commitment.
Wedding band material guide
There are certain metals that come out on top in terms of their popularity when it comes to selecting the right material for your wedding bands.
Of course, selecting the right type of metals for any jewellery is important, but this decision is perhaps at its most important here – after all, if wedding bands are there to symbolise longevity, they need to stand the test of time.
The majority of wedding bands are made designed using precious metals, with gold, silver, platinum and palladium amongst the classic choices. Some even use a combination of different precious metals, such as this stunning diamond etoile ring by Tiffany & Co, which uses both platinum and 18k yellow gold.
Gold is arguably the most popular of the four and the most traditionally used within wedding rings.
Valuable, durable and the easiest to keep in good condition, gold has been a favourite amongst betrothed couples for many years and remains the go-to in the 21st century. Both yellow gold and white gold are widely used in the manufacture of wedding bands, both being as practical as they are beautiful.
Less traditional but increasingly favoured in recent decades is platinum – famous for its rarity and incredible finish, platinum is as strong as it is beautiful.
It may be at the higher end of the price point, but this does little to buck its popularity – platinum rings are generally of the highest quality and the cost is seen by many couples as being reflective of the band’s great sentimental importance.
Silver and palladium are considered more affordable alternatives to gold and platinum respectively.
Whilst neither are considered particularly traditional choices for use in wedding bands, there is still no shortage of beautiful wedding rings on the market with these materials as their bases.
Wedding band style guide
Another important element to take into account when selecting your perfect wedding bands is the style of ring that you and your partner would each like – given the significance and longevity of the rings, it’s important to make sure that you’re happy with every element of its design!
Luckily, there are plenty of options out there, with something to suit all tastes.
Traditionally, simplicity came out on top when it came to the design and style of wedding rings, with minimalistic bands still a very popular choice to this day.
The popularity of simple eternity bands like this mid-century gold wedding band (circa. 1966) can be put down to several factors, such as the timelessness of this design, its suitability for both men and women and its durability (for example, no risk of stones falling out of place and requiring repairs).
These rings can often easily be engraved with a short message personal to the couple on the inside of the band, too, adding to the deep sense of sentimentality that comes with this style.
However, there have always been couples that have craved something a little more elaborate, with the era of Art Deco making way for more extravagant wedding band designs.
This began the trend of wedding bands featuring intricate engravings on the outside of the ring, along with the inclusion of precious stones and diamonds, previously only traditionally used in engagement rings. This incredible ruby, sapphire and diamond flip-over eternity ring is a beautiful example of how, when it comes to wedding bands, the motto is no longer always ‘less is more’…
Finally, there’s little reason why a ring designed for any other purpose can’t be used as a wedding ring.
Couples are increasingly open to the use of cluster rings, crossover rings and solitaire rings as wedding rings – not only are these rings beautifully designed, but the use of vintage or antique rings gives the piece an increased sense of longevity and sentimentality.
Here at Gatsby Jewellery, we pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of wedding bands for both men and women. With a range of metals, bespoke pieces and stunning antique, vintage and retro finds, we believe that there’s something for everyone within our collection.
Get in touch with us today for more information on the stunning Gatsby Jewellery collection.