Choosing the Perfect Bridal Set.

Choosing the Perfect Bridal Set.

21 September

So you have a beautiful engagement ring – and now you need a stunning wedding band to go with it. First up, an important note: be mindful of metals. Gold should match with gold and platinum with platinum. This is because platinum is a much tougher metal and would eat into the much softer gold if worn in a stack where they would be rubbing off each other every day. This can lead to the risk of stones falling out when softer prongs get worn down by the tougher metal.

If looking at a diamond-set band, first and foremost, bear in mind that it is nearly impossible to resize full eternity rings. So if you are unsure of your size, we would recommend choosing something half or even three quarters set with diamonds – these can usually be altered by two-three sizes up or down without compromising the setting of the existing stones.

Or maybe it’s not diamonds; maybe you’re taking the bold and wonderful move of incorporating colour into your stack? Rubies are dazzling – and hardwearing. Sapphires are the same, and it can be a lovely way to incorporate something blue into your wedding ring –a beautiful rich shade of blue is sure to pop against any diamond engagement ring.

Once you’ve decided on your gems, it’s nice to take note of the engagement ring setting the band will be matched with, particularly if your ring has diamond details on its own band  – prong-set shoulders, for example, look great with a prong set eternity band – whereas something bead set should be matched with the same. Contemporary settings can look brilliant with the clean lines of channel-set bands; antique and vintage styles look beautiful with the more delicate feel of a pavé band.

Trying on is key to ensure the perfect fit so please don’t hesitate to make an appointment to visit one of our viewings. We continue to have a huge range of wedding rings in our auctions and, as always, any of the experienced staff at O’Reilly’s will happily be on hand to offer advice and guidance should you need it.