There are several consideration when it comes to designing your wedding band. Most important of these are the Metal options, Shape of the Metal, Width, and Your Ring Size.
Sterling Silver is an easy material to work with. You can easily give shape and texture to it. However it is one of the softer metals so it can show wear and tear over time. Sterling Silver has 925 purity.
Gold comes in different colours such as yellow, rose and white and different measures of purity (ct-carat). Pure gold (24ct) is relatively soft metal and in order to make the metal hard and durable it is mixed with other metals such as silver and copper.
Colour of the gold comes from mixing pure gold with other metals. For white gold, pure gold is mixed with white metal such as silver and/or palladium. For rose gold, pure gold is mixed with a greater proportion of copper to give the “rose” colour.
|9ct Yellow Gold||14ct Yellow Gold||18ct Yellow Gold||9ct White Gold||18ct White Gold||9ct Red Gold||18ct Red Gold|
|37.5 % Gold and 62.5% other metals.||58.3% Gold and 41.7% other metals.||75% Gold and 25% other metals.||Mixture of pure gold and silver.||Alloy of pure gold, palladium and other metals.||Alloy of pure gold, copper and red metals.||Alloy of pure gold, copper and red metals.|
|A more subtle yellow tone.||Great colour, the most common choice.||Lovely rich colour and quality.||Light silver colour with a warm tone.||Dark grey warm, strong and hard wearing.||9ct is more red than the 18ct red gold.||With more golden red tone with its higher gold content.|
Shape of the Metal
Round Shape: This type of ring profile is only suitable for smaller rings in width of 3mm or less, otherwise the ring can be too uncomfortable to wear. This shape is available in sterling silver and gold.
D-Shape: This type of ring shank is the most traditional one. If you never wore a ring before this will be the most comfortable to have. This shape is available in sterling silver and gold (9ct & 18ct) in the following sizes: 1.5mm – 6mm wide. The most comfortable depth for a wedding band is 2mm at the deepest point.
Flat Shape: A square or rectangle profile – straight sides and flat outside and inside. Generally available in sterling silver and gold (9ct & 18ct) 1.5mm – 8mm wide with 2mm – 3mm depth.
Oval (court) Shape: This rink shank is curved on the inside and the outside. Slightly similar to round shaped wider rings, this shape can be uncomfortable. Available in sterling silver 2.5mm X 1.7mm or 3.2mm X 1.9mm or 4.2mm X 2.2mm.
|Woman’s Wedding Band||Man’s Wedding Band|
|Most common size 2 -2.5mm |
But it can go up to 8mm or more depending on your taste and design and many other factors.
|Most common size is 6mm but can be any size below or above this common size.|
6mm and smaller widths are more suitable for men with a ring size UK size R and under.
Wider ring bands might be more suitable for men with bigger hands and generally used to wearing rings.
We will find out your ring size at our workshop consultation and this influence the design and other options.
Texture and Finishing
If you wish, you can apply textures to your rings. During the workshop we will first try different textures on a test metal and practice it to see whether you would like the texture or not.