Circles of Love - wedding ring advice

01 Aug 2011

Circles of Love - wedding ring advice

Award-winning goldsmith Ian Hall outlines the benefits of going bespoke.

 

 

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Few symbols are more romantic than the wedding ring, and when it comes to ‘pledging our troth’, the key is to find a ring that is not only beautiful but which is also of the finest possible quality. After all, the wedding rings are a lasting reminder of your special day and will be worn everyday for the rest of your lives together, so they are certainly worth the investment.

Prior to that all-important marriage proposal, meet together with the goldsmith to discuss the options for both engagement and wedding rings, as the style of engagement ring will dictate somewhat the style and budget of the wedding ring, and whether the wedding ring will need to be a bespoke piece to sit beside the choice of engagement ring.

Wedding rings are a lasting reminder of your special day and will be worn everyday for the rest of your lives together.

A bespoke piece will be made to your exacting requirements to fit perfectly next to or around your engagement ring. Some clients choose a bespoke piece to take advantage of certain fabrication techniques that allow the metal to be highly polished before assembly, which provides an altogether superior finish and fit, resulting in extreme comfort for the wearer. The piece created is totally individual, as well as having been made by a craftsperson with whom you’ve had direct contact.

The first decision involves your choice of metal. The purest, rarest and most durable is platinum: 30 times rarer than gold and needing 40% more metal to make a comparable ring of the same form, platinum is the most popular and aspirational of precious metals when it comes to bridal rings. Platinum requires more skill and time to produce a piece than other metals but the benefits to the wearer are well worth it. All precious metals will scratch with normal everyday wear but when platinum scratches there is no measurable loss and the piece maintains its integrity and mass; no other precious metal survives generations of wear like this. Over time, larger scratches will ‘heal’ themselves due to the metal’s density and its semi-fluid surface; rather than wearing away, the metal is merely displaced to another part of the ring. In addition, its purity means that it is hypoallergenic, and it is the only precious metal that will not tarnish over time.

Ensure that you buy from a reputable source and look out for members of the British Jewellers’ Association or the National Association of Goldsmiths.

If you prefer the appearance of gold, then there are several options. The greater the proportion of pure gold that a piece of jewellery contains, the more valuable (and expensive) it will be. In the UK, gold content is measured in carats; pure gold (which contains no other metals) has 24 carats. However, most jewellery in Britain is available in 22ct, 18ct or 9ct gold (the latter two being the most popular and available in different alloy colours). All these are suitable for wedding rings, and comprehensive tests by gold refiners have now proven that, despite the old wives’ tale, 9ct gold is no more hardwearing than 18ct gold.

Whatever you decide on, it is vital to choose a goldsmith/platinumsmith with excellent product knowledge, who can impart years of experience for what will be one of the most important purchases of your life. Ensure that you buy from a reputable source and look out for members of the British Jewellers’ Association or the National Association of Goldsmiths; if purchasing platinum, look for a Platinum Guild International Accredited Recommended Retailer.

 

 

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crorkz 04 August 2014
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Ian Hall 06 November 2014
I hope that the information I have given you all in the artical / pulling off my 31 years of bench work Goldsmithing / Platinumsmithing Will help you make the right choice for the purchase of your wedding jewellery .. after all this is the single one item you will be wearing every day for the rest of your Married lives together ! If you would like to contact me direct Email devonlastimpress@aol.com Telephone 01626 833177 or search ..... Lasting Impressions Bespoke Goldsmiths on the web Wishing you all a fantastic wedding day .... make the most of it..... it goe's so , so quickly !
Ian Hall 19 October 2018
In 2015 The BJA and NAJ members voted and formed one voice for the UK jewellery industry We are now know as the NAJ The National Association of Jewellers Our businessess best link at the moment is .............. http://www.boveytracey.gov.uk/Lasting-Impressions-Bespoke-Goldsmiths/Bovey-Tracey/81/ Enjoy reading the info from a working Goldsmiths eyes ... which the public have direct access to our skill base built up over 35 years + manufacturing fine jewellery ......... We do not buy imported goods from the Far East and sell them on here in the UK. We create / manufacture here in the UK . We are not necssarily more expensive than imported goods other jewellers sell .... But one has to take on board we work with quality raw materials that to the untrained eye might look the same... one example for an 8x 6 oval ruby .. the price range currently is between £650.00 and £20,000.00 We look forward to helping you create a family heirloom of the future ! Maybe our paths will cross in the future ? kind regards Ian Hall ( Gold / Platinumsmith ) Lasting impressions Bespoke Goldsmiths In Devon / UK 01626 833177 devonlastimpress@aol.com http://www.boveytracey.gov.uk/Lasting-Impressions-Bespoke-Goldsmiths/Bovey-Tracey/81/

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