Wedding Ring Profile

diamond wedding ring

In our first article in this wedding ring series we looked at your options when it came to choosing the wedding ring metal used a decision which will be influenced by your preference for colour and by practical requirements such as durability.

Now it's time to consider the more subtle details of the ring structure the profile, width and depth of the ring.

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The wedding ring series of articles



Wedding Ring Profile

Names are assigned to the profile of a ring based on the shape made by a cross section of the ring if you were to cut through it: you can probably instantly imagine what a 'd-shaped' profile looks like but some profile names are less obvious.

There are many popular profiles; which you choose is largely a matter of personal taste, although you will find that the shape of your fingers will make some profiles more comfortable for you than others its important to get this right as wearing an item of jewellery everyday for the rest of your life requires a reasonable level of comfort!. Taking the time to find a ring which is right for you will be a worthwhile investment.

You may also be influenced in your choice of profile by the design of your engagement ring. Choosing a wedding ring with a similar profile to your engagement ring will ensure they look good sitting next to each other on your finger.



Eight Basic Wedding Ring Profiles

Most good jewellers offer 8 basic profiles for your wedding ring.

'D-shaped' Profile

These rings are flat on the inside and rounded on the outside providing a comfortable shape which sits close to the finger and is less likely to snag, while still appearing substantial on the finger.

d-shaped profile
'Flat' Profile

Flat profile wedding rings are flat on the inside and the outside again these fit close to the finger but they give the appearance of a more substantial ring somewhat 'chunky' and very much a statement

flat profile
'Court Shape' Profile

These wedding rings are rounded on both the inside and the outside providing exceptional comfort with no hard edges.

court shape
'Flat-Sided Court' Profile

A more substantial style of court ring, rounded on both the inside and outside but with flatter edges than the standard court.

deep court profile
'Flat Court' Profile

Similar to a d-shaped profile, but with a gentler curve, the flat court is flat on the inner face but rounded on the outside and features rounded edges.

flat court shape
'Double Comfort' Profile

Rounded on the inside, slightly flattened on the outside and has rounded edges for extra comfort. . Since all the parts of the ring that sit next to your finger are polished and rounded this is an extremely comfortable style and suitable for most people who normally find wearing rings an irritation or discomfort.

double comfort
'Halo' Profile

A completely circular profile makes the halo an unusual and tactile ring which is a popular style for Platinum rings and amongst younger customers.

halo profile
'Concave' Profile

Definitely a profile for those looking for something unique and interesting the rounded interior face is comfortable to wear and the concave exterior adds interest to simple rings.

concave profile

 

Having found the most comfortable and practical wedding ring profile for you, you should begin to consider the width and depth of the ring.

Wedding Ring Width & Depth

diamond ring 2The width of the ring is the measurement from one edge to the other. This can vary greatly but standard ring widths range from 2mm to 8mm, with the larger widths normally worn by men. They can be made wider if you want, 12mm has been known!

The depth of the ring is often referred to as weight, as different depths effect the overall weight of the ring. A deeper ring uses more metal and therefore weighs more. When ordering your ring check with the jeweller whether they use a 'standard' ring blank and stretch or shrink this to fit your ring size, or whether they manufacture each ring in the size you request. If you buy from a jeweller who uses a standard blank you may find that your resized ring has a considerably different weight/depth than the one you choose in the shop or online.

The width and depth of your wedding ring is primarily a matter of personal preference . Some will be more comfortable than others for you,  Most people will tend to be more aware of a ring they're wearing the wider it is. You may also find that a very light or heavy ring feels awkward on your finger or looks out of proportion if you have petite or large hands.

As you did with the profile, consider matching the width and depth of your wedding ring to that of your engagement ring a similar shape and weight will look better when worn together.

Finally consider the likely wear and tear on the ring. The thicker a ring, the more hard wearing it will be. The depth of the ring may also effect the decoration which can be used thinner rings cannot be engraved with deep patterns or set with diamonds which might be dislodged if the setting is not deep enough.

In the third and final article of this series (with Newsletter Edition 14) we'll take a look at finishes, decoration and personalisation.