We want to make sure you and your loved one are prepared to choose the perfect wedding rings. At Macintyres, our expertly trained staff will guide you towards a ring that suits your style and budget. In the meantime, here is a primer so that you can start thinking about your ideal metal, width, design and size.
Here is a brief look at what differentiates each of the precious metals available in our shop – Platinum, White Gold, Yellow Gold and Palladium. Ladies, keep in mind that we suggest choosing the same metal as your engagement ring; over time, two rings of the same metal will wear against each other less than two rings of different metals. And remember – you don’t necessarily need to choose the same metal as your partner. Some couples prefer to match, whereas other couples have distinct tastes.
Platinum: Platinum is the purest and most valuable of all the precious metals. It is naturally white and extremely hard wearing, which makes it ideal for jewellery (especially pieces you will wear for a lifetime). While it is the most expensive option, Platinum is also the rarest and densest metal, giving it an air of prestige and exclusivity.
Palladium: Palladium is a recent addition to the precious metal family and is a budget-friendly alternative to Platinum. Similarly to Platinum, it is naturally white and extremely hard wearing. It does not, however, offer the same density or intrinsic value; a Palladium ring will weigh approximately half as much as the same ring in Platinum.
Gold: Gold is a classic choice for wedding rings and an excellent alternative to white metal. Although gold is naturally yellow, it can be mixed with white metals such as silver and palladium to create white gold. The white gold is then finished with a rhodium plating. While the rhodium plating on white gold will eventually start to fade and wear away, re-rhodium plating a ring is a simple and relatively inexpensive process. Yellow gold can also be mixed with copper to create rose gold, an increasingly popular choice. Keep in mind that white and rose gold cost a little bit more than naturally yellow gold.
The size of a ring refers to its circumference, whereas the width indicates its breadth from side to side. Women typically choose a width between 2mm to 4mm and men between 4mm to 6mm. However, there is no ‘right’ choice; our staff will help you find a width that flatters your finger size and, for the ladies, compliments your engagement ring.
For example, a 2mm vs 5mm band.
A court wedding band is simple and polished, with a slightly curved inner and outer face for maximum comfort and elegance. Court bands are also available with a flat outer face.
If you prefer something with a bit of flare, then we have a selection of fancy wedding bands featuring various finishes and stylish designs.
For a little more sparkle, we offer an array of stunning diamond-set wedding bands.
The setting of your engagement ring may not allow a wedding ring to sit flush against it. In this case, take a look at our lovely selection of shaped bands. If you still don’t find a fit that works, we can make a bespoke, perfect-fit wedding band to compliment your engagement ring.
For tips tips on finding the right fit, check out our wedding band sizing guide. And don’t forget that you can pop into our shop anytime for a free ring sizing!
We hope you feel better prepared to choose your perfect wedding ring. Our team is here to help guide you through the process. And don’t forget to sign up to our Wedding Event Guestlist to receive wedding event announcements and special offers to your inbox.