Aside from the promise of eternal love, a wedding ring represents the most personal and significant piece of jewelry you’ll wear for a lifetime.For those planning to tie the knot inthe upcoming months, we’ve listed a few things you should keep in mind when buying your perfect wedding ringso as toensure that itremains timeless and stylish forever.

Narrow Down Your Choices

Diamonds or gemstones, platinum or gold—narrowing down your ring options may seem overwhelming. Start with style:you want to pick a ring that fitsyou and your partner’s unique style and preferences. Getting a ring you both love will score you romance points that will last a lifetime.Would you prefer a simple band or one with embellishments?Do you want a trendy design or a timeless one? Figure out the answers so you can envision exactly what you're looking for, and then start shopping around.

Establish Your Budget

First thing you’ll need to do before you step into a jewelry store is establish a budget. It will help the jeweler show you options that are in your price range. Shop with the assumption that you'll spend about three percent of your total wedding budget on the rings. Embellishments, like diamonds or engraving, will add to the cost, so factor that into your budget if you plan to personalize your rings with any of these extras. 

Check the Quality and Size it Right

Quality control applies to all rings, not just your wedding bands. When selecting a diamond, you’ll want to take into account the “4 C’s:” cut, color, clarity, and carat. All four of these factors determine the quality and cost of the diamond. To find the size that will fit right, schedule your final ring fitting at a time when you're calm and your body temperature is normal. That means you should never finalize first thing in the morning, right after you've exercised, or when you're extremely hot or cold.

Keep your Lifestyle in Mind

You're going to wear this band every day, so the goal is to choose something that becomes a part of your life. If you play sports or an instrument, a slimmer ring with rounded edgesmay make the most comfortable fit. If you work with your hands, you may want to search for a simple, solid metal ring and avoid gemstones that can come loose. If you're super active, or a bit clumsy, go for platinum or gold, which is extra durable and doesn’t get scratched easily.