Jewellery has been a life-long passion of mine. In the way some people wake up thinking about what they’ll have for dinner that evening, I wake up thinking about jewellery. Some people browse holiday destinations in their lunch break; I surf jewellery websites. I can usually identify the maker of a jewellery item correctly 8 times out of 10.

Now, I’m not male. I am, however, expert in wearing jewellery; I think the principles of choosing and wearing jewellery remain the same, regardless of gender.

So what do you need to think about when choosing your wedding ring? Here are some simple steps to get you started:

Think about your lifestyle; what type of wedding ring is going to work best for you? If you play lots of sport, perhaps you want to think about a slim wedding ring with a rounded profile so that it doesn’t dig into your fingers if you’re holding a racquet or bat. Equally, if you play music, you won’t want a heavy chunky ring that might keep hitting the side of your guitar.

What does your ring say? Your ring is your statement to the world that you’re married. Are you going to get it engraved? Inside or outside? Are you going to go for a hi-shine finish or something more discreet, such as a matte finish? Make sure that your ring expresses who you are – hopefully, you’re going to be looking at it for a long time!

Many guys think that they can wear any colour metal. Wrong! What suits you best all depends on your skin tone. I wear white and yellow golds, but not rose gold – it simply doesn’t suit me. If you’re not sure which metals or stones suit you best, ask a trusted friend or family member’s opinion.

Finally…love what you wear. There’s no point wearing something if it’s just acceptable; you will spend the next 40-something years being annoyed that it isn’t quite right. With some careful thought, you can design jewellery exactly as you want it – a shiny, matte or even brushed finish, as well as a choice of engraving fonts and messages to reflect your special day.

Happy shopping and remember  – your wedding ring is an expression of you and the statement you’re making to the world!

Jewellery and Images by StyleRocks

Ms Gingham says: So much focus is placed on “the ring” for the bride to be that it’s easy to forget the groom’s ring. This is a great post by Pascale reminding us that it may not be quite as shiny or expensive but it’s just as important.

About Pascale: Pascale Helyar-Moray, Founder and Director of StyleRocks has fourteen years of financial services experience as a marketing and communications professional working with blue chip companies in Australia and the UK. Maternity leave forced her to re-examine her career options and in looking for a business she could run from home, created StyleRocks in order to harness her lifelong passion for jewellery.