Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you’re already one step closer to finding the perfect wedding band. At Hoskings we have a fabulous range of men’s wedding bands and of course some stunning wedding bands for women. Choose from a great selection of classic and timeless gold wedding bands, including white gold wedding bands. Or perhaps a romantic rose gold wedding band is more your style? If you’re after something more contemporary, you need to check out these elegant black wedding bands. And because diamonds are a girl’s best friend, we have some amazing diamond wedding bands in store and online. But don’t worry blokes, there’s plenty of fabulous male wedding bands to choose from too. In a range of metals and straight or curved wedding bands, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect one!
If you’re going to be saying “yes” soon, then you’re probably wondering what you need to know about wedding bands. Hoskings Jewellers will share everything you need to know about different types of wedding bands, including the most popular wedding band styles and which metal will suit you and your loved one best.
First up, wedding bands are the same as wedding rings. They’re exchanged during the wedding ceremony and are usually worn on the ring finger of the left hand. It’s traditional to wear the engagement ring on top of the wedding ring. Many couples share anniversary rings at the first anniversary, and an eternity ring is gifted at the next significant anniversary.
There are many different wedding bands for men and wedding bands for women to choose from. Made with metals such as zirconium, tungsten, yellow gold, white gold and rose gold. They can be plain bands, mixed metal rings, patterned rings or wedding bands with diamonds.
Buying a wedding band is usually a little more straightforward than choosing an engagement ring, but there are still some things you need to think about to make sure you get the right one. After all, you’ll be wearing it for the rest of your life.
Here are some tips for buying a wedding ring online:
- Think about what shape wedding band will look best with the engagement ring.
- A thin band will fit better on the same finger as the engagement ring and perhaps an anniversary ring and/or eternity ring too.
- It’s best to stick to the same type of metal as your engagement ring to avoid scratching, but you can mix and match different gold tones.
- Always buy from a reputable jeweller like Hoskings, and preferably one you can visit in case you need to check your size.
- Choosing a well-known designer like Peter W Beck means you’re guaranteed great quality and is Australian made.
Just take a quick peek at Hoskings wedding band collection and you’ll see a huge range to choose from. That’s because your wedding band should be unique to you. And as it’s going to last a lifetime, you don’t need to worry about trends. We’ve found that gold wedding bands are always the most popular. And with yellow gold, white gold or rose gold in polished or brushed finishes, you’re bound to find the perfect one.
Choose a classic plain wedding band or add some bling with a diamond set wedding band. Some couples prefer to have matching wedding bands if the engagement ring allows. However, some engagement rings look better with a fitted wedding band to allow both rings to sit nicely together. For something a little more out of the ordinary, we also have some stunning men’s fancy wedding bands with mixed metals. The durable black zirconium wedding bands or tungsten with bevel edge are also very popular.
The purity of gold is measured in carats. In its most ‘pure’ state, gold is 24 carats. And although it’s naturally resistant to corrosion, this shiny yellow metal is actually very soft and not suitable for everyday jewellery. To make gold more durable, it’s blended with, or alloyed with other metals.
An 18 carat gold wedding band contains 75% pure gold, whereas 9 carat gold wedding rings are made up of more than 37.5% of pure gold. At Hoskings, we’ve found the most popular wedding bands are our collection of 9 carat gold wedding bands.
Choosing your wedding bands is a very personal decision so it’s completely up to you if you want to wear matching bands. Some couples choose the same metal, but in different widths, e.g. if you’ll be wearing an engagement ring on the same finger, a narrow band might be better, but your partner could wear a wider band.
Many brides will buy a matching engagement ring and wedding band bridal set years before the wedding, so their partner might choose something different later down the track. We’ve also noticed that the darker colour metals like zirconium are more popular with men. So, there’s no one answer to “should your wedding bands match”, except to say, only if you want them too!
If you’ve bought your wedding bands online, or your finger size tends to fluctuate with swelling, then you might wonder if you can resize wedding bands. Hoskings experts recommend that it’s best to try the ring on in store where our experts can help you choose the right size. That’s especially important if you choose a wedding band with stones set in the band as re-sizing can compromise the setting. Also some harder metals like zirconium and tungsten cannot be re-sized so it’s important to choose the right size.
The other wedding rings that are difficult to resize are bands with mixed metals or patterns.