Wedding Ring FAQs

We recently blogged about the many questions that arise when choosing an engagement ring, but we know that selecting a wedding ring can be just as tricky. Our guide to common wedding ring queries should provide all the answers you need to make your choice.

How much should I spend on a wedding ring?

You should only ever spend as much as you can afford on a wedding ring – after all, you don’t want to start your married life worrying about money! Set yourself a budget for each ring, and make your jeweller aware of your price range when you go shopping. They will be able to help you select the best quality ring for your money so it can stand the test of time.

Should my wedding ring match my engagement ring?

This is a personal choice – some women see their rings as a set, with matching metals and stones, and even go as far as soldering them together to become one! Other women are more focused on having two beautiful rings, even if they’re not entirely the same. Shop for a wedding ring that complements your engagement ring, but don’t worry if they’re not identical.

Should our wedding rings be a matching set?

This is a decision which, again, is down to the individual couple. Some people like their rings to be identical, whereas others use the same precious metal, but choose a chunkier band for the groom and a slimmer band for the bride. However, if your personal styles are totally different, there’s no reason why your rings can’t be different too. The symbolism behind the rings is the most important thing, so focus on finding one that you’ll be happy to wear for a lifetime, rather than worrying about matching makes and materials.

Engagement ring FAQs

Choosing an engagement ring is a big decision – after all, you want your future wife to love the ring you choose for the rest of her life! You probably have hundreds of questions about what to buy and where to buy it, but here are some answers to the most common engagement ring queries.

What should my budget be?

There is no right or wrong amount to spend on an engagement ring. Of course, it’s nice to have the best quality ring possible, but it’s also important to be realistic about the amount you can afford to spend. You can get tasteful rings in a variety of price ranges, so set yourself a limit and start looking with your own personal budget in mind.

How do I find her ring size?

One of the best ways to find a woman’s ring size is to borrow one of her existing rings, and either take it to the jewellers with you, or trace an outline of it. You could also ask her friends, mother or sisters, as they may have shared jewellery with her and be able to give you an approximate size.

What should I look for?

The most important aspects to consider are the 4C’s – cut (the shape of the stone) colour (its hue), clarity (the amount of imperfections), and carat (how much it weighs). All of these aspects will affect the visual beauty of the ring, so ask about each element and make sure you get the best quality possible for your money.

If you’re looking for the perfect engagement ring to surprise your bride to be, Hatton Garden is the place to visit. With a range of jewellers to suit all tastes and budgets, you’re bound to find a ring that she’ll cherish forever.

Jewellery for Autumn

Jewellery is a great choice of accessory, regardless of the season, but there are certain pieces which look particularly good during the Autumn months. Here is our guide to some styles that will help you to look your best whatever the weather!

Brooches

As the weather gets cooler, most people will turn to thick layers and chunky knitwear to keep out the chill. Delicate jewellery can get lost amongst these bulky fabrics, which is why chunky statement jewellery is a great choice for Autumn. Brooches make a bold and beautiful addition to any Autumn outfit – they can be pinned to scarves or coats for ultimate cold weather chic.

Gold

As the leaves change colour, so should your jewellery! Yellow gold pieces are a pretty choice, and will work particularly well with the warm, rich colours of the season. Try gold bangles and bracelets or a striking gold pendant to set off your Autumn outfits.

Antique jewellery

Vintage jewellery has been a growing trend over the last couple of years, and it’s still big news for the upcoming season. Antique jewellery has a great retro feel – a bold dress ring or a pair of antique drop earrings will add a touch of old school glamour to a daytime or evening look.

For more advice on jewellery for any season, why not pay a trip to the stores of Hatton Garden?

The London Silver Vaults

The London Silver Vaults is discreetly located in the heart of the Capital's historic legal district, on the site of the Chancery Lane Safe Deposit.
The London Silver Vaults is discreetly located in the heart of the Capital’s historic legal district, on the site of the Chancery Lane Safe Deposit.

Whether within currency or Olympic medals, gold has often been at the top of the pecking order when it comes to precious metal. However, in recent years, silver has been topping the trends in the jewellery market, proving that perhaps it is no longer second best. Just a stone’s throw from London’s jewellery mecca of Hatton Garden lies the world famous London Silver Vaults, home to the largest retail collection of fine antique silver in the world and the first port of call for any lovers of silverware staying in London.

The vaults have played a big part in London’s rich history. Originally used by the silver dealers and jewellers of Hatton Garden as a safe deposit in 1876, trading in the underground vaults soon became commonplace and the Silver Vaults were made open to the public. After enduring severe bombing during the Second World War, the building above was rebuilt in 1953 and stands today as the entrance to an underground treasure trove. Behind the vault’s huge, heavy doors is an unrivalled collection of silverware in a myriad of styles. Today there are a number of shops to explore, many of which are family-run businesses that have been trading since the beginning. You can find anything from jewellery, cutlery and tea-sets to silver armchairs within its walls.

If you’ve been inspired to take a trip to the vaults, why not take a stroll along Hatton Garden as well, and sample the silver on offer in the historic shops where London’s silver trade was born?