Important Things Before Buying a Wedding Ring

3724 Ashwood Drive Essex, Florida (PressExposure) April 22, 2009 -- Deciding on what wedding rings you and your partner will be using on your wedding day should take more time and effort. This is because unlike other jewelries, wedding rings have long been considered a symbol of the relationship shared by the marrying couple. Also, another thing that separates these rings from other jewelries is the fact that wedding rings are worn everyday which makes them vulnerable to scratches and beatings from everyday wear-and-tear. Lastly, since wedding rings hold a unique significance to people who wear them, their prices are also higher than most types of jewelries.

Set Your Budget

How much of your budget should go to your wedding rings? Professionals have stated that 3% of the total budget for most weddings go to wedding rings. This means that from a wedding budget of $20,000 US Dollars, around $600 are allotted for the procurement of wedding bands. This is because when you buy wedding rings, you're actually buying a pair of rings and not just an individual item.

Another factor that possibly affects the cost of wedding rings today is the introduction of new practices in wedding celebrations. Unlike in the past when couples give much importance to similar or matching wedding rings, wedding practices of today provide more freedom for couples. Instead of matching wedding rings, couples can now choose rings of different designs, depending on their own personal preferences. Couples can opt to buy a combination of one expensive wedding ring and an inexpensive one. An example of such combination would be a more costly platinum wedding ring for the bride paired with a more affordable tungsten wedding band for the groom.

Choose Your Wedding Ring

Depending on your budget, you can choose what type of wedding ring is suitable for you and your partner. A list of wedding rings, their prices, and the advantages and disadvantages of each type is given below.

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Gold wedding ring

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Advantages

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Tough. Able to sustain its luxurious luster for years.

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Able to resist some scratches and beatings.

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Traditional catalyst used for wedding rings.

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Disadvantages

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Expensive. May range from $200 USD to as much as $800 US Dollars.

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Not as tough as other catalysts. Gold wedding rings are still vulnerable to scratches.

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Not hypoallergenic. Others may experience skin irritation upon wearing a gold wedding ring.

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24k gold, though it’s the purest form, is very soft which makes it vulnerable to denting.

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Platinum wedding ring

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Tougher than gold. Highly resistant to scratches and beatings.

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Has a silvery-white luster which makes it very luxurious especially when draped with diamonds.

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Hypoallergenic.

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Disadvantages

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Very expensive. Prices may range from $200 to as much as $2000 US Dollars a piece.

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Could lose its silvery-white luster after years of wear which must be reapplied.

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White gold wedding ring

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Has a silvery-white luster which makes it perfect as an alternative for platinum.

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Cheaper than platinum. White gold wedding rings range in price from as low as $100 USD to $800.

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Because of its close resemblance to platinum, white gold wedding rings also possess a luxurious look especially when draped with diamonds.

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Disadvantage

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Not as tough as platinum.

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Can lose its silvery-white luster after years of wear.

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Tungsten wedding band

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Very tough. A tungsten wedding band is much tougher than a platinum wedding ring.

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When combined with carbon alloy, a tungsten wedding band becomes tougher.

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When combined with carbon alloy, a tungsten wedding band is able to hold its mirror-like shine and glossy black hue for years.

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Hypoallergenic.

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Very affordable. A single tungsten wedding band could cost around $100 USD to $1000. depending on the kind of ring it would be.

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Disadvantage

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Tungsten alone is vulnerable to scratches.

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If fractured, it must be replaced. Its hardness makes it irreparable.

About Self-Employed

Christopher Thomson is an avid writer who writes articles for basically anything he puts his interest into. From what he learned as a blogger, he applied to writing articles. Today, he focuses his writing more on jewelry, mainly wedding rings and bonds.

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Press Release Submitted On: April 21, 2009 at 1:28 am
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