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How to pick the perfect wedding band


Congratulations! Your engaged!

If you already have your engagement ring, you may be looking at a band to go with it.

“A big thing, after she has her engagement ring, is will the bride be wearing the band by itself or will she have it custom made to fit against her engagement ring,” says Marci Sterkel, Graduate Gemologist at State Street Jewelers, in Geneva. “Picking one out of the case might not be an option.”

What color and metal to choose? “Platinum has been popular for about 15 years, as well as 14k white gold,” says Sterkel, adding that yellow gold, popular in the ‘80s, is making a comeback. Brides-to-be can also mix colors — yellow, white and rose gold. “If their engagement ring is white gold they could have a rose gold band or multiple bands they can stack together.” The trend is stacking several thinner bands together to give a broad range of color.

For the groom, a gentlemen's band can go with the same type of metal and/or design as hers. "We recommend precious metals, like gold or platinum that are proven to stand the test of time. Precious metals can be sized or repaired if needed, and can be passed on to future generations. There are also alternative metals like titanium, tungsten and cobalt" adds Sterkel. "It's less expensive and will wear really well also."

“I think the most important thing in picking a wedding ring is to choose a band that fits your individual style,” says Sterkel. “There aren't any rules to a wedding band. We do a lot of custom work here so the sky’s the limit. With all the preparation and cost for a wedding, the one thing that will be around is your bands. Flowers wilt. Don’t cut corners on your wedding band. Its an investment.”

State Street Jewelers : 230 W State Street, Geneva, IL 60134 : 630-232-2085 : www.statestreetjewelers.com