Many couples spend hours searching for the perfect wedding rings together: after all, the wedding jewelry will represent the bond they share for life, through good times like anniversaries and family vacations, and difficult times like needing marriage counseling infidelity recovery. If the couple is truly ready to make this lifelong commitment to each other and their relationship, here are some tips for choosing engagement and wedding rings:

The shape of both rings should preferably match each other. Most popular shapes are soft rounded, high domed, curved, straight or flat types. Depending on the shape, the engagement ring needs to sit low enough unlike the wedding ring and not extend out from the base when worn together.

It is ideally important that the wedding rings should complement each other and not differ much in terms of style or design. The width or proportion of rings also needs to be considered. The size of the engagement ring should be measured with the side of the ring and not with the top settings. General principle is to choose a wedding ring of similar width or a little wider than the engagement one..

The metal choice comprises of gold, the most conventional metal in demand. It comes in 14k, 18k or 24k quality. Other being white gold, platinum, or a blend of both white and platinum jewelry, which is now in fashion. Platinum represents the elegant metal but is expensive as compared to other metals.

Although a wide array of gems like diamond, rubies, sapphire, topaz, garnet, opal etc are available it would be preferable to choose ring settings that are durable and tough.

It would be ideal to go for wedding and engagement rings that are of an elegant, timeless design and also of good quality, but since this is something you would wear every day, it’s most important to find a wedding ring style that you will enjoy seeing for a long time.

For the more adventurous, wedding band tattoos are becoming a trendy option in many modern day engagements or weddings. Tattoos form a permanent mark on the body which can be symbolic on several levels. The wedding and engagement ring tattoos denote permanence which is carried on for life.  This also allows couples to convey their relationship in a unique way.

Many wedding band tattoos range in design from black bands of ink to Celtic bands with crisp lines. They also also include innovative inked patterns to dates or numerals or initials of the loved ones. This is usually made around the base of the finger ring. These are considered comfortable and more affordable than traditional finger rings. They do, however, require careful consideration of choosing the right tattoo designs as future alterations are near impossible.

Whatever engagement ring or wedding ring style you finally decide on, make sure it’s a ring both of you love, and that best reflects your future hopes and dreams for your marriage together.