Tips on how to choose your wedding ring
Choosing your weddings rings together should be one of the most happy and symbolic parts of your wedding preparations.
Try not to leave it to the last minute as you may rush and buy something you’re not completely happy with.
Take your time and do some research. Find out about the different metals rings are made of, different shapes of diamonds and, most importantly, try lots on! This will help you, when budgeting for your wedding, on how much you will need to spend on both of your rings.
It’s a good idea not to cut costs on your rings, as these are the only items, apart from your wedding photographs, that will stay with you as permanent memories of your special day.
Your flowers and cake get thrown away and eaten at the end of the day – your rings are with you for life!
Our Taylor-made Engagement Rings
Some top tips for choosing the perfect engagement ring.
This won’t be popular with retail shops, but the most cost-effective way to purchase an engagement ring is to buy the diamond first. The majority of the cost of an engagement ring is the centre stone and you can get much better value for money by buying this separately from the ring and then getting the diamond set after.
Taylor&Co will work for you and source the perfect diamond for you to choose. In fact, we will select a number of diamonds for you to look at and bring them to you. We will always listen to your aspirations being led by what shape, size, colour and quality you would like - commonly knows as the Four C’s:
Cut, Carat, Colour and Clarity.
We will work to your budget and buying a stone this way ensures you get best value for money, as you are not tied down to the stone that someone else has picked. This makes for a very personal service and our clients are in total control of their most special purchase.
Keep your diamonds sparkling
The cheapest and most effective way to clean your diamond engagement ring is to use toothpaste and a toothbrush. By putting a small amount on your brush, it not only brightens your stones, but the brush will loosen any dirt or soap residue lodged behind the stone.
Clean behind the diamonds, sides and top and give it a good scrub. You will be amazed how your ring looks once you have done it. Have a go - it really works!
Some interesting facts about Palladium
We often get asked about Palladium as this metal is not as well known as the more popular gold and platinum, so here goes!
- It is part of the Platinum group of metals
- It is naturally white precious metal and does not discolour
- It does not need to be Rhodium plated (unlike 9ct or 18ct white gold)
- It is a hypo-allergic metal (does not cause skin allergies)
- Palladium is 12.6% harder and 40% lighter than Platinum (but not as rare)
- There is no problem sizing
- Palladium is now hallmarked 950
How to avoid the ‘Oh no, I can’t get the ring on her finger!’ moment
As millions of us witnessed earlier this year poor Prince William could not get Kate’s wedding ring on her finger when at the alter.
He pushed and pushed until it eventually went on but with everyone staring in anticipation, cameras rolling and all eyes on the poor bride’s finger … this is NOT a good look!
Our top tip is to rub a small amount of Vaseline inside both wedding rings prior to the ceremony, thus allowing the ring to glide smoothly over the knuckle. There will be no pushing, pulling or red faces when the bride or groom can’t get the ring on. It works every time!
Even though your wedding rings fit you perfectly beforehand, nerves and adrenaline tend to make our fingers and hands swell, even if we are not aware of it. And lets face it, none of us want to be seen with our groom struggling to push the ring on!
Poor Kate … if only she had purchased her rings from Taylor&Co she would have been informed!
The Four C’s: Carat Weight
The standard unit of weight for diamonds and other gemstones, carat weight is measured at a laboratory using a highly precise electronic scale, rounded to the nearest hundredth of a carat.
The Four C’s: Cut
Refers to how the proportions and finish of a diamond affect its overall appearance and quality. Cut is graded on a scale for Excellent to Poor and incorporates the diamonds’s brightness, fire, scintillation (that’s a fancy word for how sparkly it is!), weight ratio, durability, polish and symmetry.
The Four C’s: Clarity
A diamond is assigned a clarity grade based on the number and placement of internal features (inclusions) and surface characteristics (blemishes) that are visible under 10x magnification. The clarity scale contains eleven clarity grades ranging from Flawless to I3.
The Four C’s: Colour
A diamond is graded to determine its relative absence of colour, based on the a colour scale which ranges from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow or brown). A diamond is assigned a colour grade by comparing each diamond to a master set in a highly controlled lighting and viewing environment.