Why is a wedding ring worn on the ring-finger?

An ancient legend had it that a vein, the vena amoris or vein of love, ran straight from the fourth finger on the left hand to the heart, and ever since wearing a ring on this finger has been taken to symbolize love and fidelity.

How long before the wedding do you recommend ordering the wedding rings?

We recommend ordering the rings at least two months before the wedding so that you can receive your preferred model in the right size, without the need for adjustment and associated issues.

Why choose a UNOAERRE wedding ring?

UNOAERRE has matured experience in the field ever since 1926, providing wedding rings to approximately 70% of Italian couples. Every year in Italy over 200,000 marriages are celebrated with UNOAERRE rings. The company has consistently focused its efforts in this area - indeed a stylized wedding ring is used as its logo and trademark - and has developed a manufacturing process for what looks like the most basic of rings, but instead is a real challenge in the production of daily use jewellery able to maintain shine and durability over time. Only via a precise and sophisticated production process may an alloy of gold (an intrinsically malleable and easily scratched metal) acquire the characteristics of strength, brilliance and hardness necessary to face down with dignity the challenge of time and the labour of our hands. UNOAERRE has also chosen to adhere to the principles of the Responsible Jewellery Council (www.responsiblejewellery.com), pledging to respect and promote responsible practices in terms of ethics, human rights, society and the environment and to apply them to its entire diamond and gold production and raw material procurement chain, so that in buying UNOAERRE wedding rings, you have a guarantee of quality in all respects.

How can I recognise a UNOAERRE wedding ring?

The authenticity of UNOAERRE rings is easily checked and guaranteed by the hallmarks on the inside of each and every ring, which comprise the sponsor’s mark , the mark of the person or company responsible for the hallmarking , as required by law, the purity standard, where 750 indicates thousandths of pure gold in the alloy used, and the company or production trademark . On the ring models ‘Classic’, ‘Comfortable’ and ‘Circles of Light’, as a further guarantee for both jeweller and final consumer, a customized oval UNOAERRE seal in yellow gold is applied to guarantee that the ring is just as it left our Arezzo factory in the requested measurement and able to maintain the standards of hardness and wear resistance that have made the company’s success over the years. The seal is removed only just before delivery or engraving.

Can a UNOAERRE wedding ring be resized?

Yes, UNOAERRE wedding rings can be easily resized and the following table summarizes resizing possibilities and limits. However, resizing should be avoided as far as possible since it may cause some deterioration in hardness and lustre:

"Classic" and "Comfortable" wedding rings in yellow gold 2 sizes 1 size
"Classic" and "Comfortable" wedding rings in white gold* 2 sizes 1 size
"Comfortable" wedding rings in rose gold 2 sizes 1 size
"Classic" and "Comfortable" wedding rings with rhodium plated edges 1 size not feasible
"Circles of Light" wedding ring in yellow gold 1 size not feasible
"Circles of Light" wedding ring in white gold* 1 size not feasible
Bimetallic wedding ring 1 size not feasible
Wedding ring with diamonds not feasible not feasible
Wedding ring in silver 1 size not feasible
Wedding ring in yellow gold 1 size not feasible
Wedding ring in white gold* 1 size not feasible
"Bands of Light" wedding ring not feasible not feasible

Resizing is only feasible according to the above limitations and is performed cold since heating the ring may irreparably compromise its ability to maintain hardness and brilliance over time. Resizing is performed after removal of the seal. The resized wedding and engagement rings will then need to be retouched, burnished and polished. *Rings in white gold, after resizing and polishing to restore the original finish, will then be subjected to a galvanic rhodium treatment. Only the presence of the gold seal on ‘Classic’, ‘Comfortable’ and ‘Circles of Light’ models can guarantee to the final customer and the jeweller that the ring is in the original size produced by UNOAERRE.

Why has my wedding ring tarnished so quickly?

Gold is an extremely ductile and malleable metal by its very nature. Pure and in its natural state, it is susceptible to deformation and scratching. To make rings that are more resistant to shock and abrasion, UNOAERRE has selected other metals to constitute special alloys specifically for the production of wedding rings and has elaborated sophisticated finishing processes to obtain a product with optimal characteristics of hardness and wear resistance and a warm and radiant colour. When the ring is subjected to unsuitable processes involving high temperatures, such as hot resizing, it irremediably impairs the structure of the alloy, which returns to its original malleable nature that can be tarnished and scratched easily with daily use. Unfortunately, this premature deterioration may not be remedied by brushing or polishing. Indeed, the brushing or polishing of a hot-worked ring can temporarily correct surface defects, but the constituent alloy will have lost its resilience and so surface imperfections will quickly reappear. Other factors that may significantly and rapidly alter the surface of the ring, thus reducing its brilliance, are chemicals present in products such as some lacquers, creams, detergents and thermal waters, and repeated collisions with hard or abrasive surfaces. In these cases however, simple burnishing, brushing and subsequent polishing of the ring is usually sufficient to return the ring to its original colour and lustre.

How much does a UNOAERRE wedding ring cost?

UNOAERRE does not sell its rings directly to individual consumers, but rather through a network of distributors so widespread that it reaches almost all Italian jewellers. Prices may vary from store to store because the cost of rings is strongly influenced by constant fluctuations in the price of gold, by ring sizes (e.g. in the case of ‘Comfortable’ rings, the weight varies significantly from one size range to another) and the commercial policies of the individual jewellers to which we entrust the sale of our products.

Is it possible to engrave a message inside UNOAERRE wedding or engagement ring?

UNOAERRE specifically provides for the maximum possible space inside the ring for your trusted goldsmith to engrave the message that you want, such as your wedding or engagement anniversary date, or the names of the couple.

Why do white gold wedding rings take on a yellow tinge with time?

It is common knowledge that gold in its original state has a natural gold colouring. To give pure gold a whiter colouring, we must therefore add other metals to it. UNOAERRE rings in white gold are produced by using special alloys that give the gold a silver tone such as those constituted by copper, zinc and nickel (the latter in a proportion rigorously compliant with European Regulation REACH - EN 1811.2011 and therefore not considered harmful). However, these alloys are not perfectly white or brilliant and are therefore bathed in rhodium, a precious metal of the platinum family capable of giving the durable brilliant white finish desired by the consumer. The procedure deposits a thick film of rhodium over the entire outer surface of the ring, but naturally daily use leads to progressive wear of this layer, eventually revealing the colour of the underlying alloy. Your jeweller or a professional goldsmith can easily restore the original white colour of the ring by re-plating it with rhodium.

Do UNOAERRE wedding rings contain nickel?

All our wedding rings in yellow or rose gold are nickel free. While our white gold rings contain some nickel, they are fully compliant with European Regulation REACH regarding nickel release for objects that are in prolonged contact with the human body (EN 1811.2011).

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