Expert advice about accessories

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Substance and style

Substance and style

Q. My husband-to-be works with his hands all day. Can you recommend what we should be looking at for his wedding ring, so that it's hardy and doesn't get damaged quickly?

A. Stephen Slade says: For 20 years we've only been selling precious metal rings – platinum, 9ct and 18ct gold, and palladium. However, in recent years we've been asked for materials that don't scratch, which has always been an issue with easily damaged precious metals. While we've always recommended that our customers be patient as scuffs will eventually merge into the finish of the ring and in time stop being noticeable, we've now started selling tungsten rings. These less expensive alternatives are incredibly scratch-resistant and have proven to be extremely popular with men for this reason. It seems that hallmarked precious metals take a back seat in favour of durability for today's groom.

Stephen Slade