Buying Wedding Rings Article

Buying Wedding Rings Article

Wedding rings are a symbol of eternal love and commitment.  They are traditionally worn on the left ring-finger closest to your heart with the engagement ring worn on the same finger.  They are often called wedders, for short, by jewellers.

This is a ring that you will wear for the rest of your life and so it is an important purchase.  Here are some ideas to reflect upon.  Don’t worry it will be our pleasure to assist you in deciding on all these matters.  Under the care of a trained designer it is a lovely experience.

Custom-made – It means that you have considerably more choices so your rings can be as unique as your beautiful relationship.  As a symbol of your everlasting love and commitment, your wedding ring deserves the time, craftsmanship and energy that is poured into custom-made jewellery.  The making of a 

custom-made wedding ring should be a delightful journey and you should be a major part of it from the initial design stretches, to selecting the diamonds and all other aspects of the design.  The finished piece should illicit delighted “ooos” and “aahs” and remind you every day of the love your relationship is based on.  At Stephen Dibb Jeweller you can even choose to visit when the ring is at major milestones of its creation.

Matching your engagement ring? – Traditionally the wedding ring and engagement ring match including metal colour, diamond clarity, colour & cartage, stone setting, band width and ring profile.  For a diamond-set wedding ring, the diamonds need to span the same width as the engagement ring. Our expert designers know all the design rules and tips so we can make a wedding ring that perfectly complements your engagement ring.

Alternatives to Matching your Engagement Ring – Some brides want a design that extends the design of the engagement ring and takes it to new places.  Other brides even want an avant-garde wedding rings that pushes the design boundaries.  Sadly some brides aren’t completely happy with some design aspects of their engagement ring.   At Stephen Dibb Jewellery we can design for all these brides, we can use our experience and creativity to bend the rules.  Yes over the past 25 years we learnt a bit and we’d love to share it with you.

Combination Wedding Engagement Ring & Non-traditional – Some brides choose to have a combination ring or other alternatives.  One Stephen Dibb Jewellery client had an enchanting custom-made braceletcreated using a variety of family stones for her engagement and a wedding ring to match it for her wedding.  Another had an engagement diamondtennis-bracelet and awedding ring.

Matching your partner’s ring – As a couple do you want your wedding rings to match?

Fitted Wedding Ring - Does your engagement ring need a fitted wedding ring so there is no wear on the engagement ring? If a flat sided-ring won’t sit flat beside your engagement ring then you will need a fitted wedding ring which needs to be custom-made.  The jeweller will need to keep your ring to make sure that the wedding ring fits perfectly.

Split Wedders – Do you prefer the symmetry of split wedding rings where there are two identical rings either side of your engagement ring?

Eternity Ring– Do you want an eternity ring?  Will it combine with your engagement & wedding ring or be a separate ring?  It could even be adding additional stones to your wedding ring.

Satisfaction Guarantee - You will wear it for the rest of your life so go to a jeweller with a satisfaction guarantee and extensive skills.  Avoid jewellers that wants to limit your options to what he can do or has in-stock.

Workmanship Guarantee – Make sure you choose a jeweller with a lifetime workmanship guarantee.  As we are confident in our workmanship on all our custom-made pieces we offer this unique guarantee, we do ask that you bring the piece in every year for a maintenance check, clean and polish at no charge.

Your style - Online is a great place to start looking at options like plain, vintage, art deco, art nouveau, classic, elegant, retro, fine or solid, stone-set or plain.

Your Lifestyle - Your lifestyle may change your choices of metal, setting and stones.  For example, do you need a robust ring that has the stone set low and that doesn’t scratch easily?

Metals - Options include platinum, white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, titanium, 18ct gold, 9ct gold, two tone, tri-tone (rose, yellow & white) all with different properties and costs that make some more suitable than others.

Metal finishes – Options include brush, engraved, matte &  polished.

Stones – Options include white diamond, pink diamonds, black diamonds, yellow diamond, blue diamonds, sapphire.

Stone Setting Type - What setting? Options include Pavé, Grain Set, Claw Set, Tiger Claw Set, V-claw Set, Rub-over Setting, Rub-in Setting & Bezel

Existing stones and jewellery  – You can make use of your existing stones and jewellery.  At Stephen Dibb Jewellery we are delighted to make use of them and our gemmologist is pleased to assist in sourcing matching stones.

Inscriptions - The custom of inscribing romantic poetry onto wedding rings began in the courts of medieval Europe. At Stephen Dibb Jewellery we provide free personalized inscriptions. You could have your wedding date inscribed inside the bands. This also helps the husband to remember their anniversary thus strengthen your marriage. We have suggested inscriptions on our website at

Budget - Set a realistic budget together. A major benefit of a custom-made wedding ring is that you get an expert helping you and they will use their design skills and knowledge to create the look you desire at the best possible value. 

Time – For custom-made rings allow 4-6 weeks.

Once you have your preference, discuss the pro & con of each with a trained jewellery designer.

At Stephen Dibb Jewellery we pride ourselves on our quality custom made wedding rings and this means that we are uniquely place to give you the widest variety of options possible.  Whether you want classic or highly original, we delight in making the jewellery of your dreams. 

To help you choose a design, we have a wide range of wedding rings on display that you can try on to get an idea of what style suits your hand.  You can choose one of our many beautiful designs or you can create your own unique design with the assistance of one of our friendly jewellers.

Come in for an obligation-free design appointment with one of our award-winning jewellers who can advise you on your wedding rings to suit your individual style and requirements. Deal directly with the jeweller who draws your design and makes your wedding ring.  Bring in a picture, your own ideas or browse our display items & inspiration books, we want to work with you to get those special wedding rings.  We design to suit your style, budget and colouring.  Your design is only limited by your imagination. You can have something truly unique that is also great value!

Experience our friendly & professional service and exceptional quality.  Our custom made wedding rings come with a lifetime guarantee, satisfaction guarantee and free inscriptions.

With Stephen Dibb Jewellery, you are buying directly at our workshop prices so you get great value for money.



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