WEDDING RING GUIDE
Your future together now lies ahead of you. You have already taken the first step – by choosing each other and beginning to plan your wedding. The happiest day of your life is so precious that every last detail should be something special.
In choosing your wedding rings, you are making a decision that will last a lifetime – by providing you with our Wedding Ring Guide, we want to help you select your dream ring.
CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING RING
Your wedding ring – as the enduring sign of your love – will be with you forever. This is why it makes sense to choose your rings together. Long before your wedding day, familiarize yourself with all the options, take your time, and be guided by your instinct in selecting the design you like the most from the host of different models available.
Made to suit your individual preferences, gold rings take 7-10 days, and platinum rings 15-20 days from the time of ordering. You and your partner are made for each other, yet you each have your own personal style. So don’t hesitate to select different wedding rings that best express your individual taste. Try and find a common element: use the same form, the same surface finish or the same color, for instance.
FORM AND WIDTH
To a large degree, the form defines the character of any ring. You can choose a straight and simple line or a heavily embossed one from a total of eight possible profiles.
While the outside form determines the look of the ring, the inner form affects the way it sits on your finger and how comfortable it is to wear.
Your wedding ring should be comfortable yet firm enough that you hardly notice you are wearing one, but not loose enough to slip off your finger. The width also determines the style and fit of your ring. Combined with the form, the width of the ring can have a delicate and subtle effect or a strong and striking impact.
As a general rule of thumb, you should choose a wider band if you have large hands or long fingers, while the opposite naturally applies if you tend to have smaller hands and shorter fingers.
GOLD AND PLATINUM
With its deep luster and pliability, gold has long been the preferred material for crafting precious jewelry. This is how simple rings made from the finest gold came to be symbolic of a couple’s wedding vows. Because it is very soft in its purest form, however, gold is generally mixed with other metals.
The noble material comes in various alloys, with a millesimal fineness of 333 = 8 carat, 585 = 14 carat through to 750 = 18 carat. The colors are created by mixing gold with copper or palladium: cool white gold, rich yellow gold and sensual red gold. On request, wedding rings can also be made from white gold with an added rhodium coating to give them a high-gloss finish and protect the surface from scratching.
A combination of several gold colors is becoming increasingly popular. Multicolored rings are produced at Saint Maurice by the sintering method. This high-tech procedure has the advantage over the conventional soldering method that the metals combine seamlessly with one another in the vacuum created under high temperatures, with no need for any joints. Multicolored rings made of gold and high-gloss steel are still soldered by the conventional method.
Platinum, as the most precious of all metals, is 30 times rarer and many times more expensive than gold. Its special qualities make expert knowledge and skill essential to the process of crafting platinum jewelry.
The shimmering white color and luster of platinum – unlike white gold – are attributable to the natural properties of the material. Platinum alloys consist of 95% platinum and a mere 5% of other metals. The soft yet resilient material is extremely robust, even when subjected to the harshest conditions. Because any scratches on the surface are not caused by any loss of material but merely by material displacement, platinum rings retain their value for a lifetime.
No precious stone can match the brilliance and luminosity of diamonds. The properties of a diamond encapsulate the very essence of love: a diamond is pure and nothing can destroy it; it is of indescribable beauty and very precious; it shines incredibly brightly and lasts an eternity. Various settings are available for incorporating a diamond into your wedding ring. Smoothly embedded with a flush edge, pavé set or dispersed around the ring like the stars of the night are but three of the many options. You choose the type and size of the diamonds to suit the shape and form of your ring. You can also have stones added at a later stage to add further highlights to your ring. There are four crucial criteria by which the quality and value of a diamond are judged. They are called “The four Cs” – carat, cut, clarity and color.
Carat – carat is the weight measurement of the diamond. A carat can also be divided into 100 “points”. This means a 0.50 carat diamond equates to a stone with 50 points or a “half-carat” stone.
Cut – the cut gives a diamond its distinctive brilliance. The light is reflected from one facet to another and then reflects back through the upper face of the stone.
Clarity – the brilliance of a diamond is determined by the reflection of light. If the passage of light is disturbed e.g. by inclusions or a lack of purity, some of the light will be lost. The purity of a diamond is determined by the extent to which it is free of such inclusions.
Colour – the closer the diamond is to colorless, the higher it is graded. The rarest and whitest diamonds are referred to as “high fine white” (HFW/D, E) or “fine white” (FW/F, G) but most diamonds are white or tinted white and graded from “H” to “L”.
By working on the surface of the ring, some very different effects can be achieved. High-gloss, polished surfaces reflect the light, while velvety matt surfaces tend to draw attention to the form of the ring. Adding structure to the outside of the ring by hammering the surface is another popular finish that can be applied by our goldsmiths.
Your ring will gradually change over time. The matt finish will become polished over the course of time and, conversely, the gloss of a polished finish will lose some of its intensity. These signs of wear add a personal touch to the ring. If, however, you prefer the original finish you chose when you first ordered your ring, it can of course be restored as often as you wish.
Engraving a ring is the ultimate way to personalize any wedding band. Most couples choose the name of their partner and their wedding date, or perhaps the date they first met. Saint Maurice uses pantograph lasers to engrave your ring with whatever you choose, in the language, font and style of your choice.
By using this state-of-the-art technology, a host of different motifs or even a copy of your own handwriting can be engraved on the inside of the wedding rings. It is also possible to engrave the outside of a Saint Maurice ring.
As the symbol of your commitment to each other and lasting memento of your wedding day, your wedding ring will be with you for a lifetime. So it is worthwhile investing in something special. The materials used and the way it is made have the greatest bearing on the price.
The impressive variety of wedding rings available makes it possible for you to choose wedding rings ranging in price from as little as €200 to as much as €3,000 or more.
OUR QUALITY PROMISE
Saint Maurice wedding rings are made in Pforzheim, the traditional center of German goldsmiths. They are cut from inductively heated metal tubes, and this seamless production method makes them much more versatile than other rings. The simple ring shapes are then turned on high-precision CNC machinery into the desired design and hand-finished by expert goldsmiths and diamond setters. With the greatest of care and an exceptional feel for the quality and properties of the raw materials, our staff will create superb testimonies to your love for each other.
Every Saint Maurice wedding ring “made in Germany” is delivered with an individual quality certificate. The Saint Maurice trademark, the millesimal fineness of the alloy and the number of carats, if diamonds are included, is engraved on the inside of the rings. The St Maurice promise of quality is our guarantee that every wedding ring meets all the necessary quality standards to make it the perfect wedding ring.