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By JESSE GRAHAM

CHOOSING a wedding ring is one important task – how often do you choose something to wear for the rest of your life?
But ring choices have opened up in recent years, and few people know this better than jeweller Brent Dakis.
Mr Dakis, who makes heirloom jewellery and hand-made pieces, said there had been a recent shift from more traditional wedding rings to unique, weird and whacky designs, suited to the personality of the wearer.
“What I often say is that it is a style and an alternative,” he said.
“Gone are the days where a man has to have a plain gold ring and a woman a plain silver one – I’ve been making rings with huge gemstones for men and that sort of stuff, because you can now.
“People can have a think about how they want their relationship to be represented.”
Some people have even chosen to deviate from tradition far into their marriage, with Mr Dakis completing a special 25th wedding anniversary project for a woman.
“It involved melting down her wedding ring and her engagement ring – and her grandmother’s engagement ring – and recycling all the gold and stones to create something new,” he said.
“Redefining heirlooms is really great – it uses the same gold and the same stones.
“It’s an energetic point of view – it is the same ring, just being redefined. It’s much better if it gets worn and appreciated, than sitting in a box somewhere.”
Whether choosing a traditional ring or something more unique, Mr Dakis said that it was important to think about possibilities and make sure the ring suited the person wearing it.
“The main thing I say to people is that the wedding day ends, the photo album goes on the shelf, the dress goes in a bag in the cupboard – the ring is the one thing you look at every single day, for the rest of your life,” he said.
“Of all the things, it’s the most permanent and should come with the most weight and consideration to how you want it to look.”
Mr Dakis said that it was important for newlyweds and not-so-newlyweds to take care of their jewellery.
Plain gold bands may need re-polishing with time and wearing, while rings with stones and settings should be checked up by a jeweller every six months to a year.
To care for a wedding ring and ensure it has longevity, Mr Dakis said it was important to not garden or clean while wearing a ring with stones.
“The stones can be eroded or affected by chemicals,” he said.
“If you’re any form of labourer – don’t wear your ring to work.
“Wedding rings are designed to be as durable as they can be, but the more complicated you go, the more stones more unique aspects you add to them, the greater the risk that they won’t go the distance.”

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