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Marriage is a concept that goes back millennia and one’s wedding day is often considered to be the best day of their life. Weddings are a timeless ceremony which might vary from decade to decade as fashions change but one thing always remains: the celebration of eternal love with family and friends. The wedding ceremony can change vastly across nations, let alone cultures and continents, but a few wedding traditions seem to have pretty much permeated the planet. In many cultures it is the bride’s father who presents her to her new husband, and in weddings across the world the newlyweds’ first dance is considered to be very special. One symbol in particular stands out when weddings are discussed: the wedding ring.
Wedding rings are considered to be the object and symbol representing the wedded couples’ love for each other and are prized possessions of sacred value. Originating in Europe, wedding rings are typically worn by both the bride and groom and have been since the twentieth century. Wedding rings are steeped in historical value and tradition and exist in hundreds of different forms. Plain wedding rings are always chic and symbolic, but other types of ring exist: diamonds and other precious stones are a popular embellishment. Patterned wedding rings are available in gorgeous detail and there are thousands of designs to choose from. With all these options available, how do you pick the ring that’s right for you?
Simplicity or complexity
Many couples prize the individuality of their wedding rings and see this as a symbol of their unique love for each other. When you choose your wedding ring, is having a unique or uncommon design something which you would aim for? Plain gold bands are a very popular choice and deservedly so; beauty exists in their simple design and their instant recognisability is an important aspect of the ring to some people. Wedding rings are exchanged with a view to keeping them for life, so being happy with the ring you have chosen is important. Looking in magazines and jewellery shops is a great way to get a feel for popular rings at the moment. This can help you to decide whether a contemporary, original design or a prized classic look is for you.
Which metal is meant to be?
What metal are you dreaming of? Most wedding rings are symbolically gold, but more and more couples are deciding to go with different metals and materials. Platinum is an increasingly popular choice for wedding rings as its lustrous look and forgiving durability are ideal in a ring that will be worn for years and years to come. Silver is also an alternative for couples looking to be a bit unusual in their choice of ring and beautiful designs can be found, especially in conjunction with sparkling diamond gems. A particularly modern and touching choice is the use of titanium for wedding rings, its position as hardest metal found on Earth symbolising the unbreakable bond held between husband and wife. Weddings rings don’t even have to be metal! Imagination is the key to individuality.
Set in stone
Wedding rings are sometimes decorated with precious stones and jewels, such as diamonds, sapphires and rubies. These beautiful stones are perfect ornaments on the pieces of jewellery people wear most and provide a way for one ring to stand out amongst the rest. Diamonds are the most common choice for wedding rings as their hardness, preciousness and purity are all desirable aspects in a marriage. Serendipity diamonds function especially well as a metaphor in this manner; perhaps a reason for their popularity on wedding rings. Coloured gems like emeralds, rubies and sapphires are less common on wedding rings but still provide a vibrant flash of colour to any carefully crafted ring.
Wedding rings are chosen never to be changed, so it’s important to get the ring that you or your partner is happiest with. Quite often people don’t know the kind of ring they desire until they see it; either in a photograph or in a shop. The best advice to bear in mind is to see as many rings as possible until you make your decision: and when you find the perfect ring, just like when you find the perfect person, you’ll know.
This guest post is presented to you by Mark Johnson on behalf of Serendipity Diamonds. Serendipity Diamonds is a leading supplier in all diamond products and have an extensive collection of diamond engagement rings. Mark is a keen blogger who is happily married and has one son.