Finding the perfect ring

by Oct 7, 20160 comments

Shopping for a wedding ring?

Here’s everything you need to know…

Choosing your wedding ring is an important part of your life together going forward. The rings will be carrying all the emotion, love, hope and happiness that your wedding represents, so jewellers take all this into consideration when assisting you with choosing the rings of your dreams.

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Whether you choose a ring ‘off the shelf’ or get something made for you and your groom depends on your budget and your personal choice. You will need to find the balance of what you can afford with what you want, and make the decision accordingly. Obviously a handmade ring costs more than a commercial one. The techniques used in mass production differ, and these rings may not be able to withstand the wear and tear. Handmade rings are usually made to match an engagement ring for the bride, to customise the ring so that it matches or fits – literally – with the engagement ring. Remember – a handmade, bespoke ring will definitely cost more than a commercial one. So take that into consideration when choosing the ring you will be wearing for many years to come.
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Platinum perfection Many couples opt for the luxury of platinum – and there’s a good reason for this. While lesser metals may wear away over time, platinum remains intact. It’s a strong, durable material that is resistant to wear and tear, and its brilliant white lustre shows off diamonds to their best. The advantages of choosing a platinum ring

  • Platinum is generally 95% pure in South Africa (18 carat gold is 75% pure in contrast).
  • Platinum jewellery doesn’t fade or tarnish, and keeps its looks for a lifetime.
  • It’s non-allergic, the ideal choice for those who have sensitive skin.
  • Platinum is rare – 30 times more precious than gold, making it more exclusive and distinctive.
  • It’s the ideal choice for a lifetime of everyday wear, as its weight and density make it the most durable of metals.
  • Because of its strength, platinum also holds diamonds and other precious stones more securely than other metals.
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Platinum versus white gold White gold is actually an alloy created by mixing yellow gold with palladium, one of the platinum group of metals (PGM). It is often plated with rhodium (which is another PGM) so that it appears whiter and brighter. Unfortunately, rhodium does wear after time – you will need to replate the ring every three to five years. Ask your jeweller to let you feel a wedding ring in platinum, and another in gold. You will definitely be able to feel the difference. Platinum is heavier than gold, for starters. Look for the hallmark of purity – ‘950 plat’, ‘950 Pt’ or ‘Pt950’ all indicate platinum purity. Designers of platinum jewellery tend to create unique, once-off pieces that reflect the rarity of this precious metal as well as the individuality of its wearer. In our next mail we will be discussing everything you need to know about choosing all the paper goods you need for your wedding – invitations, menus, place settings, table numbers and so on.
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