Womens Wedding Bands
Over the centuries there have been many popular styles for women's wedding bands, to suit every bride. Here are some of the most popular women's wedding band styles:
- Classic wedding bands. Elegantly timeless, classic wedding bands have a simple plain band made in a precious metal like gold.
- Diamond wedding rings. These beautiful wedding bands add a touch of glamour and come in a variety of sparkling settings. Hoskings has a wonderful collection of diamond wedding rings, including pave set wedding bands, channel set wedding bands, claw set wedding rings and diamond grain set wedding bands, as well as a stunning eternity ring collection.
- Gemstone wedding bands. If diamonds don’t make your heart sing, then you’ll find stunning gemstone wedding bands with rubies, sapphires, emeralds, topaz and so much more.
- Contoured wedding bands. Put a little twist in your wedding band with a diagonal shaped wedding band, or choose a complete bridal ring set with a contoured wedding band that’s designed to fit around your engagement ring.
In most cultures, it’s traditional to wear an engagement ring and wedding band on the same finger. In most Western countries, they are worn on the fourth finger on the left hand. But it ultimately comes down to personal preference and what feels most comfortable and meaningful to you.
Wearing your engagement ring and wedding band together
- The wedding band is usually worn closest to the hand, stacked beneath the engagement ring.
- Some engagement rings and wedding bands are designed as a set, with a contoured shape that allows them to fit perfectly together.
- When worn together, it’s usual to choose a complimentary precious metal for both rings, and in similar styles.
Wearing your engagement ring and wedding band separately
- Some brides may prefer the flexibility in wearing their wedding band separately. For example, if they prefer to only wear their engagement ring for special occasions, or work prevents them from wearing more prominent jewellery. In this case, choosing a wedding band that you’ll love is very important.
- Sometimes a truly stunning wedding ring is just perfect on its own and you might not want it competing for attention with an engagement ring.
Whether women's wedding bands should match their engagement rings is a decision that can be made by you and only you! Some brides will prefer a matching set for a harmonised look, while others will much prefer to mix and match different metals and styles of rings.
Although many of our customers love the ease of buying a perfectly coordinated matching bridal set, some will be looking for a ring that compliments a vintage ring, or a wedding band that will look great with other rings worn on that hand. In which case, the mix of metals and styles can lead to a wonderfully eclectic look.
As women’s wedding rings are designed to last a lifetime, they’re always made with metals that are known for their longevity and durability. Gold has been the classic choice for centuries and shows no sign of becoming less popular. Both yellow gold and white gold exude a timeless elegance that is always going to look magnificent.
At Hoskings you’ll find both 18 carat white gold wedding rings and 18 carat yellow gold wedding bands as well as 9 carat white gold wedding bands and 9 carat yellow gold wedding bands are popular options. 18 carat gold, whether yellow or white, is a luxurious and durable choice. Because of its high percentage of pure gold, it’s less prone to tarnishing or discolouration over time.
9 carat gold contains less pure gold and is intentionally mixed (alloyed) with other metals for added strength and durability. That makes it a more affordable option without having to compensate on any of the shine.
With some simple tips on how to care for women’s wedding bands, you can keep your beautiful ring looking fresh and shiny for years to come:
- Regular cleaning: Clean your wedding band regularly with easy-to-use jewellery wipes or gold cleaning cloths. Then once a month gently wash your wedding band with a mild soap and warm water solution. Gently scrub with a soft toothbrush to remove dirt and rinse off with clean water.
- Avoid harsh chemicals: It’s a good idea to remove your wedding band when you’re when using chemicals, e.g. cleaning products.
- Take care with extreme activities: If you’re into high-impact activities, such as sports, weightlifting or mountain biking, make sure your wedding band can’t get lost or damaged.
- Storage: If you take your wedding band off for activities or sleep, it’s best to store it in a soft pouch or jewellery box to protect it from scratches.
- Professional maintenance: Let the professionals look after your ring to make sure any stones and settings are still in good condition and get it repolished or cleaned once a year. We recommend bringing it in before your wedding anniversary, so it’s looking fab for the day.