Comprehensive Guide to Wedding Rings / Engagement Rings
Wedding rings are items that the stay with you (physically) after the wedding. It's a reminder that you are married. It is at least for me. I feel proud seeing the ring on my finger. Although this article is targeted for "my brides" on wedding rings, the information here is sufficient for engagement rings as well.
Being a wedding photographer, getting photos of the wedding rings is part of the must-take photos for all weddings. Making the rings look good is an art that I love creating. I have a dedicated marco L lens just to photograph the rings. This allows me to capture all the details. Before choosing your wedding rings and setting aside a budget for the ring, here's a few pointers before you shop for the rings.
Which Metal - Rings come in different metals. The most common metals are yellow gold and white gold. In some countries, platinum rings are gaining it's popularity as an alternative form of modern silver. Platinum is the least reactive metal however it is the most expensive. Gold on the other hand retain it's resale value (not that you are planning to sell).
Which Stone - If you decide to havesome stones on your ring, diamonds, sapphires, man-made cubic zirconia are some stones that are commonly used. The most exotic stones are the pink diamonds. The most popular stone used in wedding rings will be the Diamonds. If you decide to get a diamond, make sure you understand the 5 Cs (Carat, Cut, Clarity, Colour, Certificate).
Which Design - For brides, you might want to consider getting a wedding ring that compliment your engagement ring. Often, the wedding band of the groom is thick. In the wedding bands section, jewellers like to have near identical wedding rings design with 2 different ring sizes.
Which Shop - Shop around for the design/stone that you like, taking into account of budget of course. Some people may tend to shop in the local jewellery shop(for ready made designs), while others like to get their rings directly from the jewellers (for custom made designs). Some may even go to the extend of getting their rings from overseas.
Preparing the rings for photographers - Lots of retailers in Adelaide are able to wash/clean your rings. You might want to consider cleaning your engagement rings before your wedding. (Sidetrack: my macro lens is sharp enough to capture the dust particles on your rings.)
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