Congratulations on your engagement! Now the fun – and, yes, the hard work and planning – begins. There’s a lot to think about in the run-up to your wedding day. The flowers, the cake, the guest list, the all-important wedding dress.
And, of course, there’s the wedding jewellery to consider.
Wedding jewellery is a special part of the biggest celebration of your life and, here at Fields the Jeweller, we want to be at the very heart of your celebration. That’s why we’ve created this wedding jewellery guide. It’s designed to provide you with all the information and guidance you need to choose the right wedding jewellery for you, and a wealth of inspiration to ensure you dazzle on your big day.
Your engagement ring is the sparkling start of your wedding jewellery story. It’s probably one of the more expensive items of jewellery you’ll ever buy so it’s important to take your time and do some research before you splash out.
Surprising your loved one with an engagement ring is the most romantic of gestures. But it can be a nerve-wracking thing for any man to do. After all, most women have been dreaming of their perfect engagement ring for years and you want to get it right. Take your cue from the jewellery she already wears; does she wear modern or traditional jewellery in white or yellow metal? Take notice of the types of rings she admires on friends, celebrities, in jewellers’ windows. Ask her friends. But if you don’t get the engagement ring just right, at Fields the Jeweller we’ll exchange it for something she loves. And remember, today, many couples choose the engagement ring together so she won’t necessarily be expecting you to present her with a ring when you pop the question.
When you’re choosing a diamond engagement ring the first thing you need to do is to learn about the 4 Cs – carat, colour, cut and clarity of diamonds. These are the characteristics that determine a diamond’s beauty and its value.
Next, think about the shape of the diamond, particularly if your heart’s set on a solitaire engagement ring. There are many different diamond shapes available, each with their own history and characteristics. The most popular diamond shape for an engagement ring is round brilliant. Any diamond shapes which aren’t round brilliant are known as fancy shapes. These include princess cut, emerald cut, pear and marquise and are perfect for those who want a diamond engagement ring that is slightly different.
With a myriad of colourful gemstones available, many brides-to-be choose to deviate from the diamond engagement ring tradition. Sapphire, known as the gem of monarchs looks stunning surrounded by diamonds to form a glorious cluster and, since the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, sapphire engagement rings have made comeback. Engagement rings set with rubies or emeralds can be equally dramatic. Or for something a little more unusual and incredibly poignant, why not choose a birthstone engagement ring. This is an engagement ring set with her birthstone, the gemstone that is traditionally associated to her birth month.
Your wedding rings are your most powerful and important piece of wedding jewellery, symbolising the joining of two people in marriage.
It isn’t known exactly when the wedding ring custom came about but it is thought that the tradition dates back to at least ancient Rome where brides wore a band of iron for its strength and believing the never-ending circle of the ring symbolised eternal love. Over the centuries, the custom of brides wearing wedding rings was adopted throughout the western world and, today, it is not only the brides who wear a ring; many men now choose to wear a wedding band as a symbol of their commitment.
Wedding bands have been worn on different fingers of the left and right hand in different eras and cultures. Most commonly, though, a wedding ring is worn on the third finger of the left hand, a tradition that dates back to the ancient times where people believed a vein – the vena amoris – connected it to the heart.
Choosing a wedding ring is an exciting important decision. After all, it’s the one piece of wedding jewellery you’ll both be wearing forever so you need to get it just right. While the traditional plain band of gold is still the most popular choice for a wedding ring, brides and grooms today have the luxury of choosing from a wide range of styles and metal types. Long gone are the days when a bride’s and groom’s wedding bands had to match in terms of metal or style. The most important thing is to choose a wedding ring that suits you individually.
The choice of metal for the bride’s wedding ring tends to be dictated by her engagement ring. It is advisable – although not essential – to choose the same metal and carat as the engagement ring as different metals can scratch either and may have slight colour variations.
While plain wedding rings are the traditional choice, today you’ll find a large range of wedding ring styles. Patterned wedding rings usually have engraved detailing around the band or a millgrain edging – a teeny beaded design. A popular pattern for a men’s wedding band is a central groove around the ring. For women, a fashionable wedding ring pattern is a diamond cut effect. This style gives a fabulous sparkling effect to a wedding ring and these rings are therefore also known as sparkle cut wedding rings.
Diamond-set wedding rings are very beautiful and have an advantage over plain bands which may lose a little of their lustre over time. Choose an elegant band set with a row of diamonds fitted closely together. Or if you prefer just a small touch of sparkle, opt for a wedding ring studded with a couple of diamonds. Diamond-set wedding rings aren’t just for women; there are plenty of men’s diamond-set wedding bands in masculine design. If you like the idea of having a touch of colour in your wedding band, we’d suggest that you choose a ring set with a semi-precious gem such as ruby, sapphire or emerald which are harder stones and suitable for everyday wear.
A key consideration for a bride’s wedding band is how it sits against her engagement ring. If your engagement ring is straight-edged, you’ll want a wedding ring that is also straight-edged. If your engagement ring isn’t straight-edged, you may need a fitted wedding ring, known as a shaped wedding ring, which will sit snugly against the contours of your engagement ring. At Fields the Jeweller, we offer a wide range of shaped wedding rings.
Band style refers to the profile of your wedding ring when it’s turned on its side. Again, for a bride’s wedding ring, it is advisable to have a band style which matches your engagement ring. Here are the most common band styles:
So, when you’re choosing your wedding rings, there is quite a lot to think about. At Fields the Jeweller we recommend that you take your time and start looking for your rings at least three months ahead of your wedding. This will give you time to try on different styles and ensure that your wedding rings are the perfect fit – for your finger and for your lifestyle.
You’ve spent ages choosing your wedding dress but no bridal outfit is complete without wedding jewellery. Bridal jewellery personalises a bride’s look and add an essential finishing touch. And remember that, while you’ll only wear your wedding dress once, your wedding jewellery can be worn time and time again, and will hold sentimental value for you. So it’s important to take your time and choose your wedding jewellery carefully.
You’re the star of the day but you still want your bridesmaids to sparkle. There are no rules to say that you have to buy the bridesmaids any or all of the jewellery they wear for your big day but you can help them select some pieces to wear. However, you may want to give your bridesmaids a gift of jewellery they can wear on your day as wedding party thank you. The key is to choose jewellery that enhances their dresses but doesn’t overpower them – or you. And those younger bridesmaids don’t need to miss out; at Fields the Jeweller we have a fabulous range of pretty children’s jewellery that’s perfect for young bridesmaids and flower girls.
Becoming engaged and getting married are huge milestones in your life so why not celebrate by exchanging presents with your future spouse? Indulge in something special that will evoke memories for years to come.
For the bride, a piece of precious jewellery is the perfect gift. Go for something timeless – an elegant diamond necklace or diamond stud earrings. Traditionally, the groom gives his beloved the gift on the day of the wedding or just before, but if you think she might want to wear the piece of jewellery on the day, there is no reason why you can’t present it to her ahead of the wedding. A whimsical charm bracelet is a great idea for a bride’s wedding gift– start it off with a charm that’s meaningful to you both and you can add to it at special life events over the years.
Traditionally, the bride gives her husband-to-be a wedding gift around the time of the engagement. However there is no reason why you can’t wait until your wedding day to present him with his precious gift. A watch is always the ideal present to give a groom. Choose a classic timepiece he can wear every day but is smart enough for formalwear. Or think about buying a pair of cufflinks which will take him through special occasions for years to come. Why not see if you can get your gift engraved with the date of the wedding and his name or initials. At Fields the Jeweller we can arrange engraving for a range of selected watches and cufflinks in any of our stores.
They’ve been with you every step of the way. They’ve helped you plan your special day, accompanied you on numerous wedding dress shopping trips, listened to your speech too many times to remember, they’re there by your side on your special day. So now it’s time to say thank you to your wedding party – your bridesmaids, maid of honour, flower girls, best man and ushers. And what better way to show your appreciation than with a special keepsake they’ll hold dear forever?
They are perfect when worn on their own or can be accessorised with other hoops or even stud earrings. It can also of course be worn with a number of different earrings to create the seriously on-trend stacked look.
We have a great selection of earrings that you can shop to create your own unique stack.
As it's made from 9 carat yellow gold, it is also durable and long lasting. Its design means it can be worn in casual day to day looks or really stand out in a more elegant outfit at an important event like a wedding.
No jewellery collection would be complete without a statement bracelet. To complete her edit, Rebecca opted for one of our most popular bracelets - the sterling silver gold plated Herringbone Bracelet. We have a wide selection of bracelets and this particular piece exudes elegance.
You can see perfectly it sits alongside Rebecca's smartwatch when worn as part of a casual ensemble, but again this would be perfect when worn with more formal attire on its own or in a stacked wrist look.