Choosing engagement and wedding rings is a very personal process and it is often very important for the purchaser to try and buy something that acknowledges and reflects the personality of the recipient.
This can be quite difficult given that, at the end of the day, rings are fairly consistent in their design; a band of metal, perhaps with a stone or two inset. However, there are a few factors that might help you to buy the ring that shows you have put a lot of thought into your choice.
Firstly, what metal should you choose? Usually, gold is used for wedding rings. If your intended is a traditionalist, gold might be the best choice; it reflects a romantic spirit and a belief in the time-honoured values of marriage.
However, if the wearer is of an outgoing disposition and enjoys the outdoor life, it simply may not be practical: gold is a soft metal and can scratch and tarnish if exposed to repeated wear and tear.
Silver, although relatively soft, offers another way to reflect personality. It is not a traditional metal for wedding rings and can be used to highlight someone’s individuality and self-confidence in not following trends.
Having said that, there is a fashion for silver engagement rings; the pink diamond that Ben Affleck presented to J-Lo was set in a silver band. Stones are usually associated with engagement, rather than wedding rings and it is here that you can really highlight someone’s personality and tastes.
Gemstones have a lore of their own and a little research can help you find the stone that best suits the personality of your bride or groom-to-be. However, if you don’t want to follow the traditions of diamonds and emeralds, you could consider your partner’s birthstone; each stone represents a sign of the zodiac and the personality traits associated with each star-sign.
One of the most enduring and popular choices for wedding ring is platinum.
There is a universal appeal in its simplicity and rarity that tends to mean it’s an acceptable choice for most personalities.