Wedding Rings FAQ

Wedding Rings FAQ

Once you've decided to tie the knot, one of the most important decisions you will make is what type of ring to buy. There are so many options available that it can be challenging to know where to start. Exchanging wedding rings is a crucial moment and the centerpiece of your marriage, so choosing something that you will love for years to come is essential. Our expert team at Aucoin Hart is knowledgeable about all things related to wedding rings, and we are here to help. We have put together a guide of frequently asked questions about wedding rings to prepare you better to make the best decision when shopping.

Why Do We Wear Wedding Rings?

The tradition of wearing wedding rings dates back thousands of years. In ancient times, rings were seen as a symbol of eternal love. The ring's circular shape represented never-ending love, while the metal represented the strength of the bond between the two spouses. Egyptians wore wedding bands on the fourth finger of the left hand because they believed a “love vein” ran directly from your finger to your heart.

Over time, the meaning of wedding rings has evolved to a more personal level. Today’s couples still exchange wedding rings to serve as a symbol of love, commitment, and also the unity between the two people. Wedding rings are a constant visual reminder to the world that you are married to someone, and the symbolic value is unforgettable.

What is the Difference Between an Engagement Ring and a Wedding Ring?

An engagement ring is given to someone when you propose to them. It is typically made of precious metal, like gold or platinum, and may contain diamonds or other gemstones. In many cultures, the engagement ring is worn on the left-hand ring finger. However, this may differ depending on what country or culture you prescribe for your societal norms. A wedding ring is a ring that is exchanged between partners during the marriage ceremony. Wedding rings are usually made of the same metal as the engagement ring. They are often simpler in design than engagement rings and are typically worn on the same finger.

Do I Keep Wearing My Engagement Ring?

Your bridal stack holds sentimental value regardless of how long you’ve been wearing it. Some people wear the engagement ring after the wedding ceremony, while others only wear the wedding band. As with all things that have to do with style, it is a matter of personal preference. There are also many gorgeous bridal sets of engagement rings and wedding bands that perfectly fit together to create a dynamic look. If you enjoy how your wedding band looks with your engagement ring, wear it! If you want to wear the wedding band after the marriage, that is quite alright as well.

How do I Choose a Band to Compliment my Engagement Ring?

Choosing a wedding band that compliments your engagement ring is also about personal preference. If you have a simple engagement ring, you may want to choose a more ornate wedding band or vice versa. A good rule of thumb is to choose a wedding band made of the same metal as your engagement ring to create a coherent look that will boast its uniform tones. Mixed metal designs have become popular, with different metal tones working into some jewelry designers' creations. Another way to achieve this look is by picking a different metal tone from your engagement ring to make your bridal stack more unique.

How Do I Choose a New Band that Fits Me?

Your engagement ring is a reflection of you. It’s an outward symbol of your love and commitment but also an opportunity to show the world a little about who you are. If your style has changed since you got engaged, or if you feel like your band no longer represents who you are, consider upgrading to something that speaks to the person you've become. Doing so will ensure the upgrade is specific to your tastes and personality. Further, you’ll likely wear the ring much longer as it will remind you how much you and your partner have evolved since your marriage.

How Much Should I Spend on Wedding Rings?

How much you spend on your wedding ring is entirely up to you. There is no “correct” amount to pay, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, consider your budget. How much can you afford to spend on a ring? Second, think about the style of ring you want. The more complex the design, the more expensive the ring will be. Finally, consider the metal you want. Platinum and palladium are more costly than gold and silver.

What Type of Metal is Best for a Wedding Band?

Several different metals can be used to make wedding rings. The most popular options are gold, silver, and platinum. Each metal has its own advantages and disadvantages. Gold is a traditional choice for wedding rings and is popular in yellow, rose, and white alloys. While gorgeous, gold can be soft, so these rings require routine maintenance to keep their attractive exteriors.

Sterling silver is another popular choice for wedding rings, as it is durable and less expensive than gold. Platinum is more expensive as it is a denser material popular for wedding rings. Platinum pieces require less regular maintenance yet can still scratch, so it is still essential to be careful with these precious items.

Do I Need to Have My Wedding Rings Insured?

Yes, it would be best if you insured your wedding rings. Wedding bands are valuable items that must be covered in case they are lost, stolen, or damaged. Many homeowners insurance policies cover jewelry, so you may already be covered. If you’re not sure, check with your insurance agent. You can also purchase a separate insurance policy for your wedding rings. Ask our professional jewelers about necessary appraisals for your fine jewelry, including your bridal rings, to make sure you are fully covered.

How Often Should I Have My Wedding Rings Serviced?

You should have your wedding rings serviced every six months to a year. A professional jeweler will inspect the rings for any damage and clean them, which will help keep your rings looking their best. If your wedding ring is damaged, take it to a jeweler as soon as possible to repair it. Our jewelers at Aucoin Hart will be able to assess your jewelry and give an accurate estimate as to how we can bring your jewelry back to life.

Shop Wedding Rings at Aucoin Hart Jewelers

If you’re shopping for wedding bands in Louisiana, look no further than Aucoin Hart Jewelers. We have a wide selection of engagement and wedding rings to browse. Our team of jewelers is readily available to assist you in making the best decision for your special day. In our Aucoin Hart showroom, we provide many jewelry services, including complimentary in-store ring cleaning and inspection, jewelry repair, custom design, and more. Request an appointment to visit us today.

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