A mass-produced wedding ring is a bog-standard ring devoid of artisanal charm . If you choose this option, you will be wearing the same identikit ring as millions of other couples. It will say nothing about your unique personality or relationship and you will probably have very little emotional connection to it.
In the UK, mass-produced gold wedding rings are typically made with 9ct gold, which is only 45% gold. Also, white gold rings will be plated to create a brighter whiter colour. This plating only lasts for a few years, so your wedding ring will start to look flakey and patchy before you know it.
In contrast, if you opt for a handmade wedding ring, you should be able to learn about the designer, know who made the ring, and where it was or will be made. If you require, you will be able to sit with the artisan to look at the rings and ask any necessary questions.
If the designer prioritises ethics, which is an important factor to consider, you will be able to find out where the materials are sourced. Sometimes, the goldsmith will be able to update you on the progress of your rings and even send you images of the work in progress.
In the initial communication, you will be able to have input into the design and decide if you would like to add diamonds or gemstones, you will be able to consider the width and depth of the ring that looks good on your finger. You may even opt for a bespoke ring that allows you to work with the designer to create your dream ring.
It is a very personal process that allows you to connect your wedding ring with your heart.