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.


14 High Street, Barnstaple
Tel: 01271 342777
Email: [email protected]

Catherine Bishop’s passion is simply jewellery – and bespoke rings, locally crafted to your desire, will add an extra special touch to the centrepiece of your wedding. Catherine Bishop has been a jeweller for over 30 years, originally working in Bath then moving to Devon at the turn of the millennium, so she has plenty of experience with all aspects of jewellery, gemology and jewellery valuations.

More and more people, says Catherine, want the ring they wear for life to be unique. She said: ‘We design here in the shop and have our own specialist jewellers, so really anything is possible.’ Free consultations.



Drake Circus Shopping Centre, 1 Charles Street, Plymouth PL1 1EA
Tel: 01752 227775


Diamond wedding rings are a popular choice for many brides to be and increasingly for the grooms too.  With any piece of diamond jewellery there are 5 key things to think consider when making your decision: Colour, Carat, Cut, Clarity and Confidence.
When you go to Drakes to choose your wedding rings they will explain all the different factors about each of the pieces you try.


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


James French is passionate about jewellery making and loves nothing more than working to commission, making personal, bespoke pieces which become treasured possessions. His distinctive rustic wedding rings and other collections draw inspiration from his home and childhood memories of being in the countryside.
And he’s happy to use the customer’s ideas, their sentimental metals and their family diamonds. His beautiful jewellery is designed and carefully made in his Devon workshop.


131-133 Cornwall Street, Plymouth PL1 1PA


Since their foundation in 1988, family-owned Robins Brothers has become a destination store for exquisite custom-made jewellery, recognised for its inspired design and meticulous craftsmanship. Following the recent expansion and refurbishment of their premises, the newly outfitted workshop is ‘on view’. Here you can see internationally trained goldsmiths, blending traditional techniques with cutting edge technologies to deliver a breadth of services simply unrivalled by high street chain jewellers.

Their jewellery is made to last a lifetime with a quality that speaks for itself and they enjoy working closely with customers to create unique yet timeless pieces, either by developing an idea together or by working to a specific design.