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Choosing Wedding Rings
By Shelley
The first piece jewelry that springs to mind with wedding jewelry is a wedding ring. Which wedding ring do you choose? Which pattern? Which metal? Well we have searched the web to give you all of the options to choose from on this one site.

For many people, their wedding ring may be the most expensive or even the only piece of jewelry that they will wear or own. Therefore it is important that the right ring is chosen out of the thousands that are available. The choices are almost endless but I will try and give you a few.

Wedding rings are traditionally worn on the left ring finger because it was believed that the vein in that finger went straight to the heart. Nowadays, the tradition still exists even though modern medical technology has proven the belief wrong. In some parts of the world the wedding band is worn on the right hand ring finger, places such as Norway, Germany, Poland, India or Russia.

The metal the ring is made from is the first and most obvious choice. This can be out of a variety of metals including yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, titanium and platinum.

White gold is an alloy of yellow gold and is also measured in carats.

Rose gold is a gold and copper alloy with a reddish color so mainly used for specialist jewelry. Rose gold is also sometimes known as red gold or pink gold.

Titanium is a light, strong, corrosion-resistant metal white a white silvery metallic color. Titanium is as strong as steel but has only 60% of it's density so it is much lighter.

Platinum is a heavy gray white metal resistant to corrosion. Platinum is more precious to gold and it price varies along with it's availability, normally just under twice the price of gold.

These metals are used on their own, but often white and yellow gold, or two other metals or colors are used together in the same ring to give it


an extra special effect, this would be called a two tone ring, sometimes three colours are used in a tri-colored ring.

It is a good idea to have your engagement and wedding ring made out of the same metal if they are going to be worn next to each other. This is because over a period of time a harder metal such as 9ct gold would wear down a softer metal such as 18ct gold.

Many different patterns are available in wedding rings, such as a plain band or a twisted pattern or engraving. Rings can be made of several bands intertwined together so that they move around each other even though they are as one ring. Some of the names of different styles of wedding rings are braided, hammered, Celtic and diamond.

Celtic jewelry is available in many different forms and designs such as Celtic knotwork. The most popular form of Celtic jewelry is the Celtic ring which many people choose for their wedding rings or bands, engagement rings, promise rings and also friendship rings.

Some couples have their names and the date of the wedding engraved into their wedding rings to strengthen the symbolism and sentimentality of the rings as they become family heirlooms.

Wedding rings can cost anything from only a few dollars to thousands upon thousands of dollars. It depends totally on what you are buying, what your budget is and what sort of quality you are looking for.

Wedding rings can be tailor made to suit you, you could choose precious stones to be set into your ring, such as diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies and many more. Birth stones are a personal touch to a ring also as a special idea.

I hope these ideas have helped you along your way to choosing the perfect wedding rings for you and your partner.


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