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In the market for an engagement ring or wedding bands? Check out this Q&A with ring pro Paula Sands of Allurez for expert advice on ring shopping.
How can a “ring giver” get an idea of the type and style the recipient would like without directly asking?
Chances are if the “ring giver” really listens to his girlfriend, she’s already given him some hints. Did she comment on a friend’s engagement ring? Mention what she liked about it? That’s important information that could lead him to her dream ring.
Another way to get an idea of the type and style ring she might like is to start looking at ads in magazines, and see which ones she gravitates to. Or, go onto a website where you can design your own engagement ring and look at styles that might be similar to other rings she owns and wears.
Perhaps the easiest way is to use what you love best about her personality. If she has a simple personality, she will probably enjoy a traditional solitaire ring. And if you’re girl is flashy, you might want to look at halo settings or side stone accents for that little added bling.
One of the most difficult decisions you and your spouse will make during your wedding planning process is choosing your wedding bands. You’ll be wearing your ring for many years – so make sure you purchase something you truly love. We asked Macy’s Fine Jewelry diamond buyer Liya Shatashvili for her top ring buying tips, and she shared some sage advice.
How far in advance of the wedding should couples shop for their wedding bands?
Allow about four weeks to browse, price and revisit rings that catch your eye. Most jewelers require four to six weeks for custom-made rings, it does take longer if you want your rings engraved.
What types of things should couples think and talk about before shopping for wedding bands?
Many issues affect the type of wedding ring you will get, including if the couple wants to reflect their cultural or religious backgrounds with their rings, or if the couple wants matching bands. You’ll also need to consider the type of metal that best suits your budget – gold, platinum, silver, stainless steel, or tungsten are the most popular options.
What wedding band styles for men and women are hot right now?
The choice of wedding rings is a very personal one – the main thing to keep in mind is comfort. Most women prefer wedding bands that complement their engagement ring. For men, alternative metals like stainless steel, titanium, and tungsten are on-trend.
Must an engagement ring and wedding band be worn on the same finger? Do they need to match at all?
If the wedding ring does not match the engagement ring, the two don’t have to be worn on the same finger. Most will wear the wedding ring on the left hand and the engagement ring on the right.
Are there any shopping tips specifically for men who perhaps haven’t worn a ring before?
The most important thing to consider for a groom is the width of the ring – especially if he is not accustomed to wearing jewelry. Also, keep in mind the groom’s job and hobbies when selecting the ring.
Have you purchased your wedding rings yet? What do they look like? Let us know in the comments!