Is What You See What You Will Get?
As you scan through websites, Instagram and pinterest in search of a special ring, the sparkle jumps out from your phone - pages and pages of beautiful rings. After days, weeks and even months of searching, you finally find one that seems perfect. But other than what you see and really like - what do you need to know?
You can prepare by sorting out a few things:
- Will it fit? What size do you need? Size will depend not only upon the finger but also on the width of the band. The wider the ring - the tighter the ring will fit. You also need to allow size for changing seasons. A ring that fits perfectly in cooler temperatures may be too tight in hot weather.
- Can the ring be resized? If a ring has gemstones half way or more around the band, resizing will be difficult or impossible and you may end up with a ring that cannot be worn.
- Will the ring be worn next to another ring? If so it will need to be designed to fit next to the second ring and properly proportioned to highlight and accompany rather than overpower. The ring in the photo could be too wide, not wide enough, too low or too high, with gemstones that are too big or too small, and a quality that may or may not justify the price.
- Will it be comfortable - whether or not the ring will be worn alone on a finger? If it is quite thick all around the band - will it be too bulky and uncomfortable on the hand? Will flat edges feel sharp compared to softened edges? Will gemstones around the band be irritable between fingers?
- Can you see more than one angle of the ring that shows height, width, design and quality? Rings can look similar from one angle and quite different from another. Different views of a ring tell you about how a piece of jewellery is manufactured and about the design. Are there parts of the ring that are very fine and thin that may not stand up over time?
- What about quality? There are questions to consider with the purchase of an important piece of jewellery. Is the band of a ring wide enough and thick enough to withstand wear and tear? Is the strength of the ring compromised with the metal cut out inside the band? Are the claws made with enough metal to tightly hold the size of gemstones in the ring? Is the setting made strong enough to last? Is the shape and curve of the band comfortable and, if it will sit against another ring, is it a perfect match to the other ring?
Technology now offers the freedom to search globally for a design that you love. When you work with a quality manufacturing jeweller, they can help you remove the unknown, guide you so your choices will reflect what you really want and work closely with you to bring your ring to life - so it suits you perfectly.
Sometimes though, it is something unique that is on your mind. And it is an element of originality that will never be found somewhere else. Creative collaboration with an experienced designer can take a logo, a name, a piece of history, a story and then capture and transform it into a physical piece of Jewellery that holds precious meaning for the recipient as well as for the gift giver. A family ring, a 21st gift, a corporate celebration, an anniversary. These and many other important times in people's lives can be celebrated with jewellery that will live on. Without doubt, this type of gift calls for something special and quality that lasts. Professional advice is always a good place to start. Stop in and talk to your local jeweller to explore the possibilities.
by Chris Underwood