With these rings I thee wed. Engagement and wedding rings will serve as a daily reminder of your vows – Partridge Jewellers offers sage advice on making a selection you will savour eternally.
Tell us about Partridge Jewellers. Partridge Jewellers was founded in Wellington in 1870. It is still a family business. We stock the highest-quality gems and pearls, and use platinum or 18-carat gold to make our jewellery. We also carry some captivating contemporary pieces inspired by European manufacturers.
When should a couple start looking for wedding rings? You should first think about your wedding bands when selecting the bride’s engagement ring – ensure her ring will not pose restrictions or difficulties when it comes to band selection. Concrete decisions should begin about three months out from your wedding day. Don’t leave it too late, as you could be disappointed if there isn’t time to make your ideal rings.
What should a couple ask jewellers when looking for rings? Ask about the types of metal used. White gold needs replating (an ongoing cost), while platinum simply needs to be polished. Ask about the best ways to care for the ring – when should rings not be worn because of possible damage? Finally, check how often the rings need to be cleaned and the settings checked.
Are diamonds still the most popular engagement stone? Yes. Probably 99 per cent of engagement rings are diamonds. Sapphires and rubies are next in line.
Which metals are best for wedding bands and why? Platinum and 18-carat gold are the most precious metals available and are renowned for their durability. People love 18-carat gold for its richness in colour, while platinum will look as lustrous in 50 years as it does on your wedding day.
What is the most popular design for grooms? Men usually like to keep it simple with a platinum wedding band, or something in white metal with a bit of detail. Occasionally they’ll want a diamond accent. Our Swiss-handcrafted Furrer-Jacot collection offers some flair for men who want a ring with a point of difference.
Any advice for men who want to select an engagement ring on their own? Should the groom venture in on his own, we ask about the bride’s tastes and style, then come up with a solution based on that. Rest assured we do offer an exchange service – although to date, no one has ever had to use it.
Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown