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In the world of happy couples, the engagement ring gets all the love and the wedding bands are almost the jewellery equivalent of the red-headed stepchild. What this means is that the bride-to-be and the groom-to-be are often consumed, understandably, by the “sexier” of the ring set, the engagement ring or the one with the diamond(s). That said, wedding bands can also feature diamonds – and this means wedding bands for both the bride and the groom.

The wedding bands are definitely not as flashy or newsworthy as the engagement ring, but there are decisions to be made. And, as a bride, you may find that as a married woman, you are much more likely to take off your engagement ring (as a precautionary measure when participating in sports, cleaning your house or car, or cooking or baking) than you would your band – meaning, your wedding band will likely be on your finger more than your engagement ring or the wedding set.

When choosing bands, it’s fairly common to want to get matching wedding bands, for the bride and groom. But for the times when a bride’s band must match her diamond engagement ring and it’s a ring not really suitable or appropriate for the groom, check out ethereal men’s wedding bands in Melbourne. You’re sure to get perfectly matching bands in Melbourne as it’s known for having the best jewellers in town.

In addition to Esquire, the standard “bible” for gentlemanly behaviour comes through the well-curated magazine, GQ – they’re a great source for prepping and for tips when it comes to shopping for an engagement ring. Most potential grooms are going to be shopping or researching engagement rings before wedding bands are tackled.

Luckily, there are enough experts who’ll be able to help you embark on the journey of discovery – the discovery of wedding rings. Where wedding bands are concerned, unlike the engagement ring, the groom will (or should) be an active participant. After all, he’ll be wearing one, too. For ideas, you may consult a professional jeweller at simonwestjewellery.com.

Diamonds – Let’s say you want to buy a single carat for a diamond engagement ring. You may not know this, but a single carat can be in one solid diamond, called a solitaire, or a multiple diamonds. The latter can cost as much as 90% less than a solitaire. A solitaire is 85% of the entire cost of a ring (less if you get platinum; a small wedding band alone can go for about $600). It’s no surprise, though that the president of DeBeers suggests you “buy the biggest diamond you can afford.”

Metal – You have several choices. There was a time when all wedding ring metals were 14-carat white or yellow gold. If you can afford it, platinum is the finest ring metal. You can also find rings in 18- and 22-carat gold, again in both yellow and white.

The Setting = Appearance – The metal and setting – how your chosen diamond is framed – can make a huge difference in how it looks. Your jeweller can tell you about settings and cuts that can make a smaller stone appear larger.

The Cs – At the forefront of buying a diamond ring or diamonds in general should be an understanding of the most famous of Cs: cut, clarity, colour, carat and cost. Don’t forget the all-important certification (every diamond has some, or should have).

In-store and Online – CNN reports that prospective brides and grooms should never discount online jewellers. Since online shops can have a good deal, more stock and reach a much bigger audience than a local jewellery shop, patrons can save up to 45% by finding an online jeweller.

Take note of these tips when you’re shopping for wedding rings. If you have other questions, don’t hesitate to drop it in the comments section.

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