Chances are you already know what a Ring Guard is. Ring Guards are meant to be worn with solitaire rings to protect them on one or both sides while also augmenting their appeal. They are specially designed and sold as part of bridal sets. However, jewelers can make a customized ring guard to suit your needs.
Ring guards can either be stacked or wrapped around your solitaire ring. Thus giving rise to the two most popular ring guards’ designs – Insert rings and Ring wraps.
Insert Rings are separate rings stacked over and/or under the solitaire,
A Ring Wrap is a single specially-designed ring wrapped around the solitaire ring.
Ring Guards have a very different shape in comparison with bands. While bands sport a standalone design of their own, ring guards are contoured to fit along with solitaire rings. This means that there is room in the ring guard to accommodate the margins of the solitaire and its stone. Bands are not especially designed to adorn other rings.
Ring guards are fundamentally used to protect solitaire rings from damage, or from slipping off. However, ring guards now sport designs that contend with other ring types, and make them viable choices for wedding bands.
Solitaire rings often roll over to the side due to the weight of the diamond. And owing to the temperature and season of the year, your body may get slightly fatter or thinner, especially your fingers. This may cause your solitaire to either ‘droop’ slightly or roll over to the side so it doesn’t face right way.
Ring guards are the perfect solution for this problem. In fact, many people prefer ring guards over traditional bands because of how ring guards make the ring stay upright.
What to know
Here are some of the things you need to keep in mind while buying ring guards.
Choice of metal
Going for the same metal as your engagement ring is a good idea. The ring guard wraps around the solitaire, and thus needs to complement it. However, sometimes different metal complement each other very well like pairing yellow gold with white gold for a graduated dual-tone look. Be wary though because not all metals go well together.
Pay a lot of attention to the size of the ring guard, as resizing a ring guard is usually very difficult. Don’t go for something that’s too tight. Reportedly, a lot of people think it’s a good idea to buy ring guards one size larger than your size.
The arrangement of the center stone on your solitaire is an important thing to look out for. A common complaint is that people get stuck with ring guards that don’t fit their diamond cut. Most of the ring guards are designed to accommodate common shapes and cuts. So before you buy a ring guard, make sure it has been designed for the diamond cut on your solitaire. Ask the dealer for the dimensions of the center piece prior to buying a ring guard.
Take your time to reflect on your needs and desires. Then start looking for the most appropriate ring guard. Keep the above things in mind and you’ll soon find the perfect ring guards.
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