Choosing a wedding ring

There's so much choice when it comes to both engagement and wedding rings these days it's hard to know how to start narrowing down your choice.

Not only is the ring a sign of your love it has to last a lifetime and should therefore be good looking and hard wearing.

Your rings should be bought from a reputable jeweller who will be able to advise on materials, carats, the cut and clarity of gems and so on. The modern trend is for engagement and wedding rings to match, or sit with, each other which means placing an order for both at the time the engagement ring is purchased.

It's what you both want that matters and there's plenty of scope to have rings hand crafted by a manufacturing jeweller to meet your personal design. What about the material - should you opt for yellow gold, white gold, platinum or even titanium or will you indulge in diamonds or other precious stones which are still hugely popular?

Consider a combination of materials and whether to select a flat wedding band or a round edge ring.

Classic, contemporary or heirloom - there's a world of choice for both the bride and groom. Take your time to select something that is uniquely you and a personal reminder of the promises you are about to make to each other.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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