60 second expert: Dinny Hall on choosing your wedding ring
Wedding rings are probably the most symbolic aspect of getting married and everyone has a very personal view on what’s attractive and what’s not. Choosing your wedding rings can be a minefield, so we spoke to one of the UK’s top jewellery designers, Dinny Hall, for her top tips.
What is it about wedding rings that inspires you?
Wedding rings are the perfect way to exchange gifts – the purity of them is so beautiful. I have a great love of gemstones and a real passion for working with metal – so they make a pretty good combination for creating wedding rings.
You must’ve had some unusual requests in the past…
I was once asked to make a wedding ring with sunflowers all around it. It was very unusual, but looked fantastic. I also have had a few requests for men’s wedding rings with diamonds set on the inside of the ring. This is quite different, but it’s quite a unique way to turn a plain band into something special.
What’s the most popular material people are asking for these days?
Platinum seems to be the most popular material for wedding rings at the moment. It looks great, but it is also very expensive. 14-carat white gold looks just the same, but is a cheaper alternative. Red gold is also proving popular at the moment – it’s a bit softer than the standard yellow gold you see a lot of.
How should you look after you wedding rings?
Yellow, red or rose gold rings need no care at all. However, rings with gems ideally need to be checked annually. The gems can be knocked or loosened without you realising and you could lose the stone.
How do you get the right size wedding ring?
Sizing is an important issue for wedding rings – especially for men, who tend to order one size too big. The jeweller will advise on sizing, but it’s imperative you’re happy with the fit. You don’t want it too tight so that it’s uncomfortable, but likewise you don’t want it so loose that it might fall off your finger.
Should we take note of trends?
Don’t be too mindful of fashion – trends will change, but your wedding ring won’t. Think about whether it feels heavy – chunky may be a popular style at the moment, but you don’t want to feel the weight. And will it be comfortable for everyday use? You need to remember you’ll be wearing your wedding ring all the time, so it almost needs to feel like it’s not there.
Is it the same for an engagement ring?
Ask yourself – does it work with your other jewellery? You may have a favourite (and/or expensive) necklace, bracelet or set of earrings – think about whether your wedding ring will clash if you’re wearing the other pieces of jewellery.
Any other advice on buying a wedding ring?
Above all make sure that choosing your wedding ring is a pleasurable experience and enjoy absolutely everything about it.
To find out more about Dinny and her wedding rings, visit www.dinnyhall.com
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