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When To Start Shopping For Your Wedding Rings

Egyptian Pharaohs were the first to use rings to represent eternity. But it shouldn’t take an eternity to choose your wedding ring!

How can you be sure to have your wedding rings ready for the big day?

Apples of Gold Jewelry® owner Afshin Yaghtin says you should give yourself at least three months to find the rings of your dreams and to allow approximately 2-4 weeks for them to arrive. “That’s because many higher quality rings are made to order, so you need to give the jeweler time to make the rings and then ship them to you,” he says. Apples of Gold’s individually hand makes rings that on average take between seven and ten business days to create and then two to three days to ship. “So with our rings, you want to allow about 3 weeks before your cut-off date,” he added.

Of course, if there are delays in delivery, cutting it too close can mean your rings aren’t there when you need them. “Sometimes,” Yaghtin said, “we can rush orders (you should ask us first), but allow yourself a buffer in case something goes amiss.”

Other rings, like plain wedding bands, are usually faster and can ship within days. But more intricate, designer rings may require more time to be individually made in your chosen size.

Where do we even start?

Perhaps you are a couple who knows exactly what you want. But if not, agonizing over whether you want a traditional set, individual rings that don’t match, or even statement rings can complicate your shopping. Ring shopping for your wedding should be fun, not a chore! Here’s the best way to shop for your rings.

First Things First: Set a Budget

Luke 14:28 tells us, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?” 

Budgeting is something even Jesus recommended. Your engagement ring (about 14% of the budget in 2018) and your wedding rings (another 3%) need to be considered in your financial plans for your wedding.

There is an old myth that says you should spend 2-3 months’ salary on the engagement ring, but actually, that was a marketing ploy established by a well-known diamond company back in the 1980s. Don’t worry about myths! You are best served by spending what you can afford without going into debt. Believe me, there are plenty of wedding sets that will be suitable for you and your intended.

Consider Matching Rings

Tradition says that your wedding rings should match. That is symbolic of two individuals becoming one, as it says in Ephesians 5:31, “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.” 


The Perfect Match

This pair of eye-catching rings uniquely combines two colors in one simple design thatn++s laden with significance. Both 14K white gold and 14K yellow gold curve together in unity to form a flat band thatn++s a symbol of the bond described in Genesis 2:14: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” This wedding band set is a statement that the two of you are fused together in a relationship that’s truly beautiful. Apples of Gold has many more matching sets in the Wedding Bands Sets Collection.

Traditional wedding rings don’t have to match.

Just because you might want a very traditional wedding doesn’t mean your rings have to match. There are very traditional rings that can be completely different for the husband and the wife that reflect your individuality, too.


Although you may not consider a paisley wedding ring to be traditional, in the Victorian era it certainly was! So you can have your proverbial cake and eat it, too, with this one from Apples of Gold. It’s crafted of 14K solid white gold and has a brushed center and high polished edges. There are a plethora of more traditional vintage wedding rings in the Paisley Wedding Bands Collection to consider.

What about non-traditional rings?

Some couples are more contemporary in their tastes and want their wedding rings to make a statement together or individually. In today’s jewelry market, specially made rings are on the rise. Many couples want to include God in their choices, even with their wedding bands.


Take, for instance, this beautiful “Hosanna” cross wedding band.

The symbols on this design come from John 12:12-13 which says, “On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord”

Beautifully diamond cut design palm branches adorn the cross in this beautiful Christian wedding band. Palm branches symbolize peace. Jesus’ followers held palm branches over Jesus’ head as he rode into Jerusalem as the Savior. It’s part and parcel of the Collection of Two-Tone Wedding Bands from Apples of Gold that feature a combination of metals.


Another very popular non-traditional style is Celtic. These ornate symbols express eternity in that the designs never end. They go one and on with no beginning and no end, as you can see in this popular wedding band. Apples of Gold has a unique and expansive Collection of Celtic Wedding Bands and Rings that include this design and many more, made right here in the USA.

A different look in gold

Although platinum, silver, titanium, cobalt, tungsten and stainless steel all create nice wedding bands, the “platinum standard” (so to speak) remains gold. Not only can you choose from white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold, the finish on the metal can make a design really pop.


Your wedding ring should be a reflection of you: strong, sophisticated and stylish. This two-tone hammered wedding band combines each of these elements in an 8mm wide ring. The 14K white gold center is hammered to create a unique texture and comes with a brush finish for a subdued shine. The white gold band is bordered by two 14K yellow gold milgrain edges to offer a refined look that contrasts well with the hammered center. The outer edges of 14K yellow gold feature a high polish shine for the classic finish, and the inner band includes a comfort fit design. Also available in 14K White Gold14K Rose Gold18K Two-Tone GoldPlatinum and 18K Gold or other any color combinations. You can see even more examples in Apples of Gold’s Collection of Hammered Wedding Bands.

One final word. Take your time, but give yourselves plenty of it to choose the wedding rings that reflect your personality as a couple or as individuals and are a unique way for you to tell each other, “I’ll love you until death do us part!”

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