Wedding Ring Buying Guide in 2022

Wedding ring and engagement ring styles change every few years, but there are always classic styles that hold up the rest of the market. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a surge in purchases of rose and white gold, while the more traditional silver and yellow gold rings have taken a seat off-stage. 2022 definitely belongs to white gold wedding rings, but there’s more you should know before you make your purchase.

Why Choose White Gold

White gold gives a brighter finish to the overall look of a wedding band. While a silver band can give a similar effect, the white tone that comes from a white gold finish is richer, cooler, and can often be shinier. The visual effect is quite stunning, lending itself well to the sparkle of any stone set into the ring.
For a plain wedding band, white gold can accentuate the accompanying engagement ring on the same finger. Diamonds appear clearer, more dazzling, and other gemstones become more vivid.

The Issue With White Gold

Something that no high street retailer will tell a customer is the drawback of committing to a white gold wedding ring. After around 6 to 12 months of being worn, your white gold ring will lose its shine and appear to become yellow gold.
What’s actually happening there is the white plating is wearing off of the yellow gold that lies underneath. White gold rings are just yellow gold rings that have been dipped in either rhodium or palladium. Both of these metals are a bright silver in colour, enabling a yellow gold ring to achieve the bright, cool white tone.
Re-dipping your plated wedding ring shouldn’t be costly. Indeed, if you have your ring covered with the retailer, it may not cost anything at all to have it “repaired”.

Tips For Buying Your First Wedding Ring

It’s our humble opinion that shopping for wedding rings with your partner is one of the most exciting parts of getting married. Set a budget, make a list of some local (or not-so-local) jewellery shops you wish to visit, and set some dates to go out and enjoy yourselves.
Your budget and style preferences are certainly the most crucial parts of planning to buy your wedding rings. Silver bands are typically the most inexpensive, while bands that are set with diamonds will set you back several pretty pennies.
We also recommend having your engagement ring(s) with you to try on alongside potential bespoke wedding rings. The last thing any to-be-wed couple wants is for their rings to completely clash.

2022’s Wedding Ring Trends

Alongside white gold bands, there are several other wedding ring trends that have been splashed across the UK market. Some have carried over from previous years, such as huge statement rings that have that layered look, and square and oval halo diamond ring pieces.
On the more unique side of things, 2022 has seen a rise in colourful stone settings being purchased. Some retailers and bespoke jewellers have started stocking more coloured diamonds alongside their usual gemstone offerings because of these new preferences.