Everything you Need to Know when Choosing a Wedding Ring
Fionagh Ryan is Owner and Manager at Ryans Jewellers in Limerick, a company that is celebrating it’s 50th year – so she knows a thing or two about what couples want when they’re looking for a wedding ring.
Fionagh says that there a few things couples need to consider while shopping for rings: “Shoppers need to leave enough time before the wedding for ordering rings – at least three months before. Think about what ring suits the engagement ring, but it’s also a ring that looks good on its own. When it comes to the men look at what width suits his finger the best.”
From Fionagh’s experience there are factors that couples forget to consider when shopping for rings: “Ladies should wear the same metal as their engagement ring - as in wear a platinum wedding band with a platinum engagement ring, white gold with white gold, and so on. If men used their hands at work a lot (like builders or construction or farm workers) maybe it’s best not to wear it during the day.”
“People don’t realise that not all ring sizes will be in stock,” Fionagh adds, “so enough time must be given – in fact we encourage even six months in advance. If they put a deposit on their rings they don't have to worry about them to the week, or the day before the wedding!”
There are questions people should ask themselves before buying rings like does the jeweller allow them to pay a deposit on the ring so they can reserve it long before the wedding? Can the ring be easily re-sized in the future? Finally, how will the finish you want (like a satin or frosted finish) wear on the ring?
We had to ask - what looks will be big in 2015? “Diamond set wedding bands for brides are always popular,” Fionagh said, “especially if the engagement ring has side stones. Most popular for grooms is Tungsten Carbide, Steel or Palladium. With the economic climate as it is – platinum for gents is now unusual.”
Fionagh says finding a reputable jeweller is important, and there are ways you can find a good one in your area: “The longer the jeweller is in business is always a good sign – we are 50 years in business this year! Word of mouth is a great way of finding out where to go, it’s not always the biggest shop that will have the best selection or price.”
“The customer will get a feel for a place, and don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions and be sure you are happy with the answers. Usually if a retailer is serious about wedding rings, they will have the latest in metals and options, not just the usual selection found in every other jeweller.”
Fionagh says that price is not a way to tell if a jeweller is good or not. "Don’t be fooled by the suggestion that the established jeweller is somehow more expensive than an individual who operates independently," she says. "Jewellers have a general mix of brands, other stock and repairs that all contribute to operating costs and when prices are reduced, they are genuine price reductions. In Ryans Jewellers we guarantee that you will get the best advice, most contemporary ring styles at the best prices, with an after sales service you will only get from a small family business.”