To Stone Or Not To Stone?
Your wedding ring can often be the one piece of jewellery more precious than all others. Yes, we will always admire and cherish our engagement ring as the ultimate testament to love; as it was the moment (and we can all remember the moment) the one person you love beyond all measure asked to be with you for all of time.
From the magical moment of celebration on your wedding day when you say ‘I do’ and for the rest of your life, the wedding ring is an emblem of unending love worn by you both as a couple to mark your love. One of the many exciting choices to make in choosing such an important enduring piece is whether ‘To stone or not to stone’?
Your wedding ring is a very personal choice and many couples select very different styles, shapes and finishes to match their thoughts, experiences together and values.
Whether it is your individual style, the shape of your engagement ring or perhaps your time together may resonate and lead in decisions for your ultimate wedding ring. Choosing to have a wedding ring with precious stones within its design is extremely popular, even if unseen - a secret stone placement may also be a good choice for some who want to express a more discrete romantic message.
Historically, one of the world's largest diamond producers propelled the trend to use diamonds for wedding rings. Before this wedding rings were principally set with rubies, sapphires and coloured gemstones.
18ct white and rose gold diamond and sapphire ‘Artistry’ wedding ring, exceptional design by Biagio Patalano
From dainty, to bold, from diamonds to sapphires. The beautiful colour combinations are endlessly exciting, maybe you’ll be inspired by a pastel palette of gemstones over white diamonds which can look creative yet simple. The personal setting of the stones allows the wearer to mark life’s special moments such as a birthstone, children or perhaps a most-loved place in the world creating their signature aesthetic and story to be shared.
When considering the choice of a myriad of gemstones and selecting your favoured gemstone combination it is best to seek good advice and the team at Biagio’s would certainly bring reassurance and trust in getting this all important decision right and the setting for both of you for the longevity of life’s daily wear.
Or not to stone…..?
Form and finish of precious metal can give equal beauty in fine detailing to the wedding ring without introducing gemstones into the design. The metals may be fashioned in a traditional mode or to be formed into something considerably more modern and edgy. Instead of a gemstone making the design sing; texture, shape, fluidity in design and perhaps combinations of colour will take centre stage.
A movement towards a minimalistic design with a ‘less is more’ approach brings a fresh angle to the modern day wedding band, however could be argued that this is how the design of this symbol of love began life many, many decades ago. Posy rings often inscribed with with personal hidden engraved messages of love have been popular from the Middle Ages.
Recreated today being purest to original design or in a very modern way using the traditional methods of casting pattern into the metal, wedding rings in simple form, embracing the love that they are worn to represent, can be a great thing of beauty and perhaps why ‘not to stone’.