Jewellery blurb Catherine Bishop weds4Wedding Rings & Wedding Jewellery
in Devon & Cornwall

Once all the excitement of the day is over, there’s one part of your wedding which will stay with you every day of your married life, your wedding ring.
No other piece of jewellery will ever match it in significance, so it’s important to choose a ring that suits your individuality and your lifestyle.
Wedding rings come in a vast array of styles, metals and settings and, of course, prices vary.

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So where do we start?

  • Start shopping for your ring or rings around three months before the big day. That will give your jeweller enough time to ensure he can supply the perfect fit in your chosen style.
  • Your ring should last a lifetime and may even be handed down as a family heirloom, so it should be robust enough to stand everyday wear and the test of time. It’s worth buying the best quality ring you
    can afford.
  • The metal you choose will affect the cost. Currently the most popular choice is platinum, which is heavier and more durable than gold, but also correspondingly expensive. White gold (often combined with platinum) has the same look at a more affordable price, while the more traditional yellow gold is actually making a big comeback.
  • Gold comes in different purities and is classified in carats. The higher the carat, the more gold it contains, but 24ct – or pure gold – is so soft it is rarely suitable for everyday wear and tear. Wedding rings are usually between 9 and 18 carats.
  • Don’t forget your wedding ring will usually be worn with your engagement ring, so it has to sit well with it. Shaped wedding rings to fit around the engagement ring, often diamond set, are currently in great demand.
  • If you are both having wedding rings, remember they don’t have to be the same shape and style – and while there’s no harm in being innovative and individual, be a little wary of high fashion rings which may date easily. Your wedding ring should be as beautiful and precious to you on your Diamond Anniversary as it is on your wedding day.
  • Decide on a budget and stick to it and finally, get your wedding ring insured – one in four people lose theirs before their fifth anniversary.


Drake Circus Shopping Centre, 1 Charles Street, Plymouth PL1 1EA
Tel: 01752 227775
Email: plymouth@allumand


Allum & Sidaway – Plymouth love being a part of your wedding planning and strive to make the experience of choosing your ring and jewellery an experience to remember. A&S is an independent, family-run jewellers with over 80 years of experience. Their passionate and knowledgeable team consider it a pleasure and privilege to help couples find their engagement, wedding and bridal jewellery.

Allum & Sidaway recently embarked on a new chapter with one of Plymouth’s well-loved and known independent jewellers who have been part of the high street for decades. The gorgeous store prides itself on providing excellent and personal customer service, coupled with unrivalled choice and selection for bridal. You can also enjoy 25 per cent off the lower-priced wedding ring when you purchase both from A&S (T&Cs apply).

Step into the left-hand side of their beautiful store in Drake Circus Shopping Centre and you will be welcomed by a fun and lively atmosphere as you browse the Branded Boutique. Visit the right-hand side of the store and you’ll find a relaxed and romantic Diamond and Bridal Lounge.


Larcombe Farm, Old Town Lane, Ideford TQ13 0AZ
Tel: 07789 998948
Email: [email protected]


James French, a skilled goldsmith, resides in Newton Abbot, Devon

With a flair for creativity, James specialises in crafting unique wedding rings, bespoke jewellery, and custom pieces, having amassed a decade of experience in the craft. He infuses each piece with his distinctive style and craftsmanship, carefully handcrafting them from precious metals and alternative metals.

His expertise in crafting wedding rings is particularly renowned, as he understands the significance of these symbols of love and commitment. James goes above and beyond by offering advice on the style of rings to suit a couple’s lifestyle, ensuring that their rings not only reflect their love but also complement their daily activities. Whether it’s recommending durable materials for active lifestyles or suggesting timeless designs for classic elegance, James guides couples in choosing the perfect rings for their journey together.

His work has been recognized by prestigious institutions, including the London Assay Office, where he was featured for the late Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.