The engagement ring and wedding ring duo is classically beautiful and timelessly elegant. These pieces of jewellery signify that their wearer is in love and spoken for. "¨The power of these small items to communicate volumes about you and your partner is immense. Not least they are an expression of your personal style and taste that will shine on your finger, even when you reach 100 years old.
The history of the engagement ring dates back centuries from the time the Roman's gave their brides an iron hoop to symbolise their unity to the sparkler that we receive today."¨Since the 20th century, when diamonds became widely enough available, they became the official engagement gem. Today they are still at the top of Australian brides-to-be wish lists. To the inexperienced eye, two diamonds may look exactly the same, leaving you wondering why there is such a significant difference in the price. So before you go ring shopping brush up on how jewellers determine the value of diamonds.
If you want a unique wedding ring you can't go past a coloured gem. There are literally hundreds of different types and colours to choose from so you are almost guaranteed to find a ring to suit your personal style and personality. The same rules apply when you are choosing your gemstone as to when you are choosing a diamond; you need to look at the 4C's to be sure you are getting what you pay for. The design possibilities of engagement rings are endless. Along with the various stones, colours and shapes there is also the design surrounding your stone, and the way in which it is set to the ring. There are several different settings you can choose from and each way will affect the overall look of your ring. Check out our settings article and decide which one will suit you and your chosen rock.
Choosing a wedding ring is a simple task as long as you abide by a few rules. Number one - make sure your band doesn't overpower your engagement ring, instead make sure it is complementary. Secondly consider the style of your engagement ring and find a band that will work well with the style, your jeweller should be able to help you with this. There are some more tips on how to choose your wedding band in the Wedding Bands article."¨Once you have your sparkling wedding rings in your hot little hands, you need to look after them! There are some very simple cleaning techniques including a soapy bath, cold-water soak, professional jewellery cleaner and more. Find a method that suits you."¨One last note - make sure you insure your precious pieces of jewellery!