Wedding Rings A Brief History.
Choosing a wedding ring can be a daunting task, with so many beautiful designs and variants available. Because of this choice, a wedding ring often takes a back seat during wedding planning. The happy couple tends to become lost in an abyss of venue hire nightmares and catering decisions, forgetting all about the only physical memento of the day.
However, it didn’t use to be this way. the wedding ring is an idea steeped in history. A tradition that dates back more than 3000 years, its humble design formulated by the ancient Egyptians. The very first wedding rings where nothing like those of today, instead they were constructed from fragile braided hemp and brittle reeds which as you can imagine did not create a particularly elegant end product.
It wasn’t until the days of Ancient Rome that wedding rings became more reminiscent of the styles and construction we see today. In fact, it is because of the Romans that we wear wedding rings on the fourth finger of the left hand. This belief that the ring finger contained the “vein of love” being passed down the generations until it became commonplace.
Originally Roman wedding rings were created from Iron, a material that has continuously changed over the years, progressing into precious metals, it was believed that the value of the ring was directly correlated with the amount of love and affection you had to give.
At House of McCue, we like to do things a little differently. We offer a comprehensive bespoke design service with a step by step design consultation provided by our in-house experts and goldsmiths. We know that it can be difficult finding time to visit jewellers with the hope that they will have a wedding ring to your liking. Unlike other jewellers our service is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our clients, that is why we have recently introduced our exclusive jewellery concierge service.
Our highly trained team of experts and master craftsman will visit you at a location and time of your choosing, helping you and your loved one decide on the perfect his and hers wedding bands, and it’s not just wedding rings our experienced design team can help you design all manner of jewellery from the ground up, whether it be engagement rings, charming keepsake pendants or even traditional cufflinks, House of McCue are there for you every step of the way.
In this article we will be detailing some of the most important factors to consider when purchasing wedding bands ready for your big day, so without further hesitation let’s get started.
While this may seem like common sense it is often the most overlooked factor when creating your bespoke jewellery piece. Without a budget, it becomes very difficult to know which types of precious metals and stones are available within your price range. Once you have settled on a budget, you are ready to begin your bespoke jewellery journey.
Choosing The Correct Ring Style.
Chunky or delicate, plain or set. There are so many options to consider when purchasing a wedding ring and the overall size and length of your hand is as much a factor in the design process as the actual style.
We’ve created this table to give you a better idea:
|Finger Size||Setting Types|
|Long||Perfectly suited to princess cut and rounded stones.
|Slender||Suited to smaller stones with a slightly thicker than average band.
|Short||Best suited to oval stones or a smaller rectangular stone.
|Wide||Complemented by oval stones and cluster settings.
|Large Knuckles||Thicker bands create a slimming appearance drawing the attention to the ring rather than the finger.
|Small Hands||Keep ring proportions to a minimum, princess cut and oval stones are best suited to this hand shape
|Large Hands||Chunky styles and oversize bands are perfect for those with larger hands, pulling attention to the ring and setting rather than the fingers.
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