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Many factors make up a wedding, but while some of them may veer from tradition, there is one little detail that will surely remain for eternity: the wedding ring. The wedding ring is the ultimate symbol of perpetual union of a man and a woman, and has existed since the Ancient times. And while our ancestors had limited options when it comes to their wedding rings (Early Egyptians were believed to use rings made of reeds, bamboo or hemp, while Romans fashioned theirs from iron, copper, or brass), our generation now have more options than ever in terms of the material, style, and design of their rings.

Today, we have gold, silver, and diamond rings to choose from. Yet, with the freedom to choose from a variety of options comes the challenge of selecting the perfect wedding ring. To help you with this dilemma, here are some of the crucial factors you need to take into consideration when choosing a pair of wedding rings.

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Ring Size

The size of the ring is the first thing you need to consider. Depending on the time of the day, the size of your finger may vary slightly, so see to it that you measure your ring finger in normal temperature, which is usually in the afternoon. It’s also ideal to wear the ring for several days to find out whether it needs resizing or not.

The Shape of the Ring

There are three common shapes for both wedding and engagement rings: the flat band, the high-domed band, and the soft-rounded band. The flat band has flat edges as well as flat outside surface, while a high-domed band has a round shape. The soft-rounded band is a combination of both. Determine the shape of your engagement ring and use it as your basis for choosing the shape of your wedding ring.

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Ring Width

As a rule, the width of your wedding ring should be the same as that of your engagement ring, or slightly wider. Only keep in mind that the wider the ring is, the tighter it is on your finger. Also, take the length of your ring finger into consideration, and determine whether a wider would be comfortable for you to wear or not.

Compatibility with Engagement Ring

It’s common practice for modern brides-to-be to have an engagement ring and wear them on the same finger as their wedding ring. If you choose this option, make sure that your wedding ring complements your engagement ring in terms of shape, size, width, and color.

Ring Material

The final thing you must consider is the material or the metal you want the wedding ring to be made of. The three most common metals you can choose from are gold, silver, and platinum, but nowadays, you can also choose from palladium, steel, titanium, and tungsten.

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