Steeped in tradition, history and romance, the wedding ring - far from being old fashioned – is as popular as ever, and why not? Not many gifts can be exchanged by two lovers with more sentiment, meaning and love. Wearing a ring on the fourth finger of the left hand was traditionally believed to connect the ring directly to a vein that linked straight to the heart and the circular shape of the ring represents perpetual, everlasting love. The tradition of wearing a wedding band can be traced back to ancient Egypt more than 6000 years ago where there are records of braided rings made from hemp or reeds being exchanged between spouses. These days wedding rings are usually made from precious metals – a more permanent and long-lasting token. Setting aside an afternoon and trying on wedding rings in various shapes and sizes is one of the highlights of planning your wedding and is worth doing early so you are not feeling rushed or under pressure to choose one right away – you will be wearing it for the rest of your lives! Michael Jones Jeweller has a large selection of wedding rings to try that are made to order. Sit down with one of our friendly experts with a coffee or a glass of champagne and enjoy the experience. When it comes to fashions and trends, wedding rings are fairly consistent with just subtle shifts as fashions come and go. Recently we have seen more couples choosing mismatched bands – the newly wed Royal Couple did just that for their recent royal wedding, Prince Harry chose a platinum ring while Ms Markle opted for a narrow gold band. The narrow bands – just 2-3mm wide are the most popular choice for brides right now and are often diamond set to add a bit of sparkle to the set. Grooms currently are tending to opt for a wider plain or subtly patterned band. The ring you choose is such a personal decision and you are picking a ring that you will wear forever. Regardless of current fashions or celebrity styles, choose the ones that you love together and treasure them always. Platinum – The most popular wedding ring choice. Naturally white – the metal will not require re-plating. It is hard and strong and naturally hypoallergenic. Platinum rings can be pricier than other metal choices but currently thanks to the fluctuation in metal prices there is very little difference between platinum and 18ct gold. Palladium – The newest metal to be classed as a precious metal. Similar in appearance to platinum it is naturally white and will not require re-plating however it is not quite as heavy and robust and not as rare as platinum. White Gold – A classic wedding ring choice and can be slightly more affordable than platinum although very similar in appearance to begin with. The metal is plated with rhodium to give it its beautiful white shine. This will need re-plating from time to time as the ring starts to dull and show its natural patina underneath. Yellow Gold – The traditional choice. Warm and wearable. Rose Gold – Popular again, this romantic hue can be traditional yet modern. Often combined with other metals in bi-colour rings it is a popular choice for men and women.