VASHI DOMINGUEZ’S
TOP TIPS TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT WEDDING RING FOR YOU

* Style
* Engagement Ring vs Wedding Band
* Matching Rings
* Shape
*Budget

Choosing a wedding ring goes far beyond buying a sentimental piece of jewellery. Not only does it consecrate a union of commitment and love, it also serves as a symbolic reminder that will sit with you for a lifetime. With such a joyous occasion ahead, founder of Vashi.com, Vashi Dominguez has put together a guide of five important things to consider when choosing the right wedding ring for you.
Vashi’s top FIVE tips to choosing the right wedding ring for you

1. Style

Style is down to personal taste and there is no wrong or right way to encapsulate this in your wedding ring. With that in mind, consider styles that you think you will love over time, especially if you think your taste is likely to evolve and change. Diamond encrusted rings, gemstones or plain wedding bands are definitely ones to consider especially when deciding between a more traditional or trend-led wedding ring. It’s important to do your research and once you’ve narrowed it down, you can shop for the best quality ring and style that will have you delighted for years to come. It’s also possible to go the extra mile and give your wedding ring an even more personalised touch. Many jewellers offer a bespoke service which is ideal for those who can’t decide.
Singer Alicia Keys sealed her vows with a stylish three tiered canary and white diamond wedding band in platinum. Away from the traditional plain wedding band, Alicia has encapsulated the presence of her dazzling 7 carat canary diamond engagement ring into an elegant and classy wedding band that can stand on its own.

Diamond and Blue Sapphire Wedding Ring - £799

Diamond and Blue Sapphire Wedding Ring – £799

2. Engagement Ring vs Wedding Band

Deciding between whether or not to pair your engagement ring with your wedding band or replace it altogether, can be a nerve-racking decision. If you like the idea of wearing the two, it’s important to consider how the two will sit together. Depending on the style and shape of your engagement ring, it is essential to contemplate a style that will complement your engagement ring. Two of the major concerns brides have in finding a beautiful wedding ring are 1) whether it will clash or overshadow their engagement ring and/or 2) finding a band that embodies the glamour of an engagement ring should it be worn on its own. If you have chosen a statement engagement ring, my advice would be to pair it with a sleek and plain wedding band or a bridal set to avoid the two from clashing. If you’re considering replacing your engagement ring with a wedding band but still would like to retain old traditions, why not opt for a channel setting. This allows you to feature jewels of your choice set in a traditional plain band.
X Factor UK judge Cheryl Cole has beautifully paired her stunning emerald engagement ring with an elegant channel set wedding band. Cheryl’s choice to keep it simple but classy is a perfect match for her beautiful sparkler, which doesn’t go unnoticed or yet overshadow her engagement ring.

Princess Cut 0.25 Carat DVS1 18k White Gold Diamond Engagement Ring - £699

Princess Cut 0.25 Carat DVS1 18k White Gold Diamond Engagement Ring – £699

 

Diamond Wedding Ring - £249

Diamond Wedding Ring – £249

3. Matching Rings

This is probably the hardest stage to decipher, as both parties must be able to combine both style and personal taste if opting for matching rings. There are many ways to combine this such as his and her sets, engraving or choosing the same metals. Should you prefer to have individual bands but still like the idea of coupling your rings, why not choose a bespoke service, which allows you to create a ring that combines matching ideas in one.

Medium 3mm Flat Shape 9K White Gold Wedding Ring - £159

Medium 3mm Flat Shape 9K White Gold Wedding Ring – £159

Double Band Diamond Wedding Ring - £519

Double Band Diamond Wedding Ring – £519

4. Shape

Choosing the shape of your wedding band can often leave you spoilt for choice as there are a few things to consider i.e. the band width (thick or thin), curved or straight, mixing metals and having a tiered, paved or plain setting. Fancy designed shapes (tiered and paved settings) are a perfect choice for a glitzier styled ring. These settings are ideal for diamond encrusted or gemstone wedding rings. For a more sleek and elegant wedding ring, I would strongly recommend a slim and/or twisted wedding band. It’s important to window shop; try on a few different styles to decide which shape suits you best.

Isla Fisher‘s wedding ring is definitely one of my favourites for its striking and yet eye catching contrast of metals. The Australian/ Hollywood actress’ beautifully crafted wedding set coupled with her vintage inspired engagement ring and classic gold band is the perfect example of how to mix the old with the new.

Vintage-style Diamond Wedding Ring - £469

Vintage-style Diamond Wedding Ring – £469

5. Budget

There are all sorts of tales about how much a wedding ring should cost but the truth is every couple is different. I would recommend that you spend whatever feels right for you. Plain wedding bands tend to be cheaper than fancy styled rings i.e. diamond encrusted or gemstone rings. Another point to consider is your wedding band setting. Ring bands range from white gold, platinum, and silver to yellow gold. Gold, whether white or yellow, is the most popular and enduring choice. White gold is coated in rhodium, a metal similar to platinum, to create a real white look. Unfortunately, this thin layer of rhodium will eventually wear off. To keep a white gold ring looking its best it should be re-plated approximately every 12 to 18 months. Platinum is the strongest jewellery metal, resistant to damage and tarnishing, making it a great choice if you can afford it. Prices tend to be cheaper for online purchases compared to retail stores. My advice would be to buy from a recognised and reputable brand as they will be able to support you in the future or offer additional services for years to come.

2mm Court shape 18k gold wedding ring - £189

2mm Court shape 18k gold wedding ring – £189

EDITOR’S NOTE
Vashi.com is a luxury online diamond and fine jewellery brand founded by diamond expert and jeweller to the stars, Vashi Dominguez.
Vashi Dominguez’s continuous mission strives to offer exceptional diamonds, expert advice and outstanding value. Vashi is a renowned TV diamond expert with over 14 years’ experience in the diamond industry.
Vashi.com has attracted attention across wedding and bridal publications, luxury titles, plus wires and trade press alongside fashion, accessories and lifestyle outlets and blogs. In the fashion sphere, women’s glossy magazines have regularly featured the brand. Elsewhere, Vashi.com enjoys coverage in national newspapers and has also been seen across all the major TV channels.
Since the launch of the brand, Vashi.com has won various accolades including the Internet Retailer’s 2013 Top 500 Online Retailers Awards, 2012’s Best Customer Service Award at the IMRG e-Commerce Awards for Excellence, Best Independent Site at the Online Retail Awards 2013 and also reigns as the UK champion for the European Business Awards 2013/2014, alongside many other influential awards.
The Vashi.com collection features exquisite diamonds and exuberant gemstones from a few hundred pounds to millions of pounds. Each diamond is handpicked by Vashi himself, who has such high standards that 9 out of 10 are rejected. Vashi picks diamonds based not only on the 4Cs (colour, cut, clarity and carat) but other equally important elements including brilliance, transparency and sparkle – which only a human eye, not a certificate can pick up. A full collection from earrings, bracelets and necklaces to engagement rings, bespoke wedding rings and anniversary rings are offered in a variety of precious metals.
In October 2013, Vashi.com launched its first international website for Ireland, Vashi.ie and this month launched Vashi.de and Vashi.fr. Vashi.com HQ is based in London, England, with plans to expand to 10 more countries including the US, Canada and Australia. This will be followed by China and Russia in 2015.

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