Diamonds are a girls best friend, but do you know the difference between diamonds? There are many factors when considering buying a diamond ring. There are multiple settings, cuts, and sizes. The easiest decision is going to be what metal the setting is going to be. There are only a few choices in this area, yellow gold, white gold, platinum, or titanium.
How To Buy a Diamond Engagement Ring
The next think to think about is the shape, or cut, of the diamond. There are many choices in cuts. Are you looking for a round, emerald, princess, oval, heart, pear, square and marquise? A round cut, oval and heart cuts are exactly what they sound like. Emerald cut is rectangular in shape with the corners truncated giving the stone an octagonal outline. The princess cut is square and the pear cut is like a tear drop. Last on the list is marquis cut. This is an elongated diamond shape with two opposite sides rounded.
You also have to decide on clarity and color of the diamond. The clarity of the diamond is used to indicate the visual appearance of the diamond. A clarity grade is assigned based on the overall appearance of the stone under ten times magnification. There are eleven grades diamonds can fall into. These range from flawless to large and extremely easy to see inclusions (flaws). There is also the color of the diamond that you have to consider. Diamonds are rated from colorless to light yellow (This grading system is for white diamonds).
Next on the list of things to consider is the setting. A solitaire setting is just the stone and the band. You can also choose a stone with a diamond band. The diamonds in the band are smaller and usually sent into the band itself. Another favorite is a three stone setting or a setting with side stones. Both of these options have the main stone surrounded by two other stones. A nice idea with the three stones is to have the birth stones of the bride and groom on each side of the diamond. If choosing the three stone setting the side stones are smaller than the main stone but smaller than if you were to choose a setting with side stones. Last but not least you may choose the pav`e setting. This is a setting somewhat like the diamond band. The difference is that with a pay`e setting ia that the stones are placed together so closely that no metal shows.
When you add all these things together, the seller will determine the cost of the ring. Personal preference will dictate what style ring you choose. Best advice is to consider the ring metal and shape of the stone first. Then, think about the rest.
Selecting the wedding rings or wedding bands is the most vital part of the wedding, as it is considered as the true symbol of a marriage. Wedding rings are exchanged by the couple when performing their nuptials, as a reminder of their love and commitment forever and ever.
Selecting Wedding Rings
There are several traditional rituals associated with wedding bands. A ring bearer, if there is any, has to walk down the aisle bearing the wedding rings on a wedding ring pillow, which is often intricately designed with embroidery to make it fancy along with ribbons to tie the rings down. The ribbon is usually used as the ring bearer is often a young boy, who might not be able to balance the rings properly on the pillow without fastening them with the ribbons. In some traditions, the best man takes care of the wedding rings and hand them over to the priest during the ceremony, who pass the rings to the bride and groom for the wedding vows.
Given that wedding bands hold so much importance and will be cherished for the rest of your life, due consideration should be given when selecting the rings. Whether you are choosing the ring from a family heirloom or an online website, you need to keep in mind the preference of the future bride or groom, before making the choice. You can also opt for wedding band sets, which are a rage these days for being a matching piece of jewelry; the band for the man is little different and is usually wider and thicker though, while the woman’s ring is sleek and thinner. However, make sure that you both like the design of the bands, when choosing the wedding band sets. Moreover, you might also want to ensure that the wedding rings matches with the engagement ring, but it may become difficult to select ring for the man.
When it comes to selecting the type of wedding rings, diamond rings are creating a buzz all over, and the most popular ones are bands with small diamonds set into it. Many couples often overlook the importance of engraving the wedding rings. Don’t miss the fun of getting something secret engraved and revealing it on your special day. You may choose, anything for engraving, like wedding dates, ‘I love you’, ‘eternally yours’, your pet names, small love quote etc.; just let your imaginations work for you. But, don’t forget to keep it a secret as no one else but your partner has to know about what you engraved.
Once you are done with the style of the ring, it is time to select the wedding band material. Although platinum and gold are commonly used materials for wedding rings, but gold is mostly preferred as platinum may be quite expensive and heavier. In gold, you have the option to choose from different colors, yellow gold, white gold, or the trendier rose, red or pink gold. Next is the selection of karat, wherein 10k, 14k, 18k and 22k are commonly used for wedding rings.
Last but not the least, is to ensure that the ring is comfortable as you will be wearing it forever. Always choose a timeless design that stays in trend forever.
Wedding jewelry is one of the few things that a bride adores the most in her wedding. Jewelry is an important part of bridal attire, which enhances bride’s beauty. Deciding on bridal jewelry is emotional as well as expensive affair which is why it is important to select it cautiously. There are various jewelry pieces a bride can wear on her wedding day, however, if she selects them according to her wedding gown then she can get the perfect look without going overboard.
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Perfect Wedding Jewelry
There is a wide array of wedding jewelry available in the market ranging from wedding rings to bridal tiaras. Wedding jewelry is an element that makes a bride looks beautiful and elegant. A bride can make her choices from various options such as diamond jewelry, pearl jewelry, or other stones. One can choose from precious or semi precious stones, jewelry does not need to be very expensive. Keeping style and looks in the mind can help you land on the right kind of set for your special day.
While choosing jewelry for your wedding, keep the neckline and dress details as the top most consideration. The wedding gown decides whether you should go for simple or more elaborated jewelry. If you have an open neckline gown then wearing a heavy necklace will work beautifully to complete your look. If the gown has high neck then wearing earrings and a bracelet would be enough.
Next, while selecting other accessories for your bridal jewelry, you should consider the color of your wedding gown. Whichever jewel you go for, it should match with your gown and not overshadow it. You would not like to select something which makes your wedding dress less attractive. If you are wearing a beaded and sparkly gown, then go for a subtle necklace and earring, not to take attention away from the gown. The other most important tip is to keep your skin tone and hair color in consideration before making your pick.
Keep it as simple as you possibly can. Simplicity can add elegance and style to your looks. Go for pearls, as they look classic and beautifully complement a white gown. Pearls look simple and flatter easily with almost every type of skin tone. Pearls do not look flashy in day time weddings as other stones may look. Another important tip, choose your jewelry according to the time of your wedding. Go for diamond or stone jewelry to add bling to your whole attire. Vintage jewelry is also in trend right now and can add exclusive dimension to your bridal look. You can also go for rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, precious or semi precious jewelry sets to look beautiful and elegant.
Last but not the least, jewelry is an essential part of you wedding day, but make sure that it does not overpower your beauty. Keeping it subtle and simple can make you look one in a million. You can add earrings, necklace, bracelet, ring, and tiara with your wedding gown. However, wearing all these jewelries at the same time can make you look like a Christmas tree. So, wisely select your jewelry to get that oomph factor and spellbound your groom.
Necklaces, earrings and bracelets have long been a staple of wedding jewelery; however, a less common wedding accessory is the brooch. Brooches come in many different beautiful styles and designs and can really enhance a wedding outfit. Whether you’re having a traditional wedding or something a bit different, the chances are a brooch will work very well with your chosen wedding dress. Here is a guide to some of the different kinds of wedding brooches and how to choose the right one for you.
Choose a Wedding Brooch
Uses for a brooch
Brooches are a very flexible accessory. If your wedding dress is quite simple with little decoration, then a brooch can be worn to add a bit of detail and sparkle to the dress. If you’re getting married in autumn or winter, a brooch can be worn on a shrug or bridal jacket. When the weather gets cooler during your evening reception you can use a broach to fasten a pashmina around your shoulders. Brooches can also be incorporated into bridesmaid and mother of the bride outfits. Brooches also work very effectively when worn in the hair as they can add bejeweled detail to an up-do.
Diamond and crystal brooches
Diamond and crystal brooches can add glamor and dazzle to your wedding dress. These kinds of brooches can be very lavish, with intricate and detailed designs. If you have chosen a neutral palate for your wedding dress, such as ivory, cream, or white, then a diamond or crystal brooch will work very well as the transparent stones will coordinate with the neutral colors. If you ‘re planning for your wedding to be large, lavish affair, then a diamond or crystal brooch can add the dazzling detail needed to compliment a striking wedding outfit.
Floral brooches can add beautiful floral detail to your wedding dress. A wide variety of designs can be found from roses, to orchids, to daisies. A floral brooch is a great chance for a touch of color and can be coordinated to match your bridesmaid dresses or other colors in your wedding theme.
Retro style has been in fashion for years so why not incorporate it into your wedding outfit? There are a huge range of period brooches for sale in a great variety of places. If you like the style of the 1920s and 30s then an angular Art Deco brooch may be a good option for you. For something a bit more opulent you could go for a large Edwardian or Victorian brooch. Vintage brooches incorporate a wide variety of stones and colors so you should be able to find one which exactly matches your wedding tastes.
About the Author: Vanessa Barlow works for www.olivierlaudus.co.uk which specializes in luxury wedding accessories, such as wedding tiaras and wedding ring cushions.
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – C.G. Jung
Rings have been exchanged as a symbol of the bond of marriage for so long, and in so many different cultures, that the origin of the practice is obscure. Certainly, the circle of a ring represents undying love and the continually renewed vows of the married couple. Circles have long been archetypes for not only timelessness, but also wholeness and homecoming. The circle also speaks to the constant round of the heavens, as well as the eternal return of the seasons, marked by cyclical ritual and celebration.
In addition, the circle in rock art, sacred stone arrays, and astrology represents both the Sun and the Moon, themselves astrological and alchemical symbols for the masculine and feminine aspects of the cosmos. This correspondence with the Sun and Moon is emphasized by the frequent practice of choosing gold for one betrothed and silver for the other, as gold and silver are the metals long associated with the Sun and Moon respectively.
Rings in general have a deeply rooted magical significance. Enchanted rings figure in many ancient folk tales. Incantations and spells for the protection of the wearer of rings are common motifs. Today, in traditional religious ceremonies, Christian and otherwise, the wedding rings are blessed by a minister or priest, thus continuing the symbolic practice of imbuing rings with protective powers.
The widespread tradition of embellishing the plain gold or silver wedding band with various designs and patterns has been known since at least 700 AD, in both Pan-Hellenic and Celtic cultures. The quite ancient symbol of the ouroboros, the serpent which consumes its own tail, was a theme used for wedding rings made of iron in Rome. The ouroboros itself is a symbol of the oneness of creation and destruction in renewal, and the life principle which timelessly feeds on its own inspiration. It also represents the hope for a lifelong marriage union that’s continually renewed.
Celtic wedding rings are often gorgeously decorated with geometrically knot work patterns that have a long history and central place in Celtic art. These patterns are strongly vegetative, suggesting tendrils and vines. In fact, in much of Celtic art, including the famous illuminated Bible, The Book of Kells, these Celtic Knots emerge from or transform into vegetative foliage. The beautiful symmetry of these woven patterns is often not square, rigid, or overly formal, but organic, flowing, and a stylized reflection of the curves and spirals found in nature. Indeed, the Celtic Knots that embellish wedding rings herald the ideas of spring, fertility, and the eternal reawakening of the life force- all of which bode well for a fruitful life partnership.
Wedding rings have most commonly been worn on the third finger of the left hand. Speculation has it that this is because the Romans believed that a vein ran directly from this finger to the heart. An alternate suggestion for this tradition is that each finger on the hand is associated with a planet in the ancient systems of astrology, and the ring finger of the left hand was associated with the Sun. In this way, the wearing of a wedding ring on that finger signifies the public proclamation of the union in the daylight, in other words, the conscious and clearly visible world of human community. This correspondence is perhaps even more strongly emphasized by the general tendency to craft wedding rings out of gold, which is symbolically the metal of the Sun throughout folk history and across cultures.
Wedding rings capture the full range of the ceremonial, symbolic, and communal aspects of marriage, and preserve these many levels of significance as a durable and constant reminder. Ancient yet contemporary, steeped in lore and mystery yet almost universally exchanged, wedding rings combine the art of the jeweler, the reverence of the betrothed, and the beauty of love and partnership in a single, resonant symbol.
About The Author: Peter Breslin is musician & teacher and an artist in residence with the Santa Fe Opera’s Student Program. He writes for on the arts The Santa Fe Reporter and blogs on creative music at peterbreslin.blogspot.com. He also writes for , Reflective Images, a ethical jewelry company that sells wedding rings at www.artisanweddingrings.com
Would you feel good about a wedding ring if it was created by maltreated labor or with materials that trashed the environment? Does your expression of love just extend to your intimate ones; or beyond them to the greater human family? It takes real courage for a bride and groom to even consider these issues, but there is a greater danger for those who ignore them.
With the recent controversies of blood diamonds and dirty gold, it is easy to conclude that many in the jewelry industry lag far behind other business sectors in terms of environmental and corporate responsibility. But there are jewelers out there that are passionately concerned about the environment and the fair treatment of the human family. Finding these fair, compassionate, ethical jewelers can pose problems though.
Here are ten points to consider when purchasing such an environmentally friendly piece of jewelry online. The first five points focus on questions you can ask to determine if a ring is fairly and ethically produced. The last five concern the jeweler’s reputation and things you can investigate on their website – they can be applied to the purchase of any wedding ring online.
1. Ask the jeweler where they source their precious metals. It can take up to twenty tons of mining to produce one wedding ring. It is now possible for a jeweler to produce rings made from recycled gold, platinum and palladium, so ask about recycled metals, as well as the actions the jeweler’s taking against using dirty gold.
2. Ask the jeweler what their in-factory environmental practices are at their own location. Jewelers can offset the carbon use of their employees and production from travel and commutes. They can recycle extensively, purchase green sourced energy if available, and use compact fluorescent lighting. They can choose to use less toxic fluxes and chemicals. Any jeweler who is concerned about these issues will be able to talk about them in detail when you ask.
3. If the jeweler is manufacturing internationally, ask what their environmental practices are off shore. First, determine where the piece was made and then find out as much as you can about the practices of that company by searching for them online and even searching for names of current investors or executives in the company. Their past actions will give you an idea of their current practices.
4. What are the environmental effects of the mining of your diamond? This is a difficult question to answer for just about any diamond coming out of Africa, even with the Kimberly Process. Ethical jewelers typically offer Canadian diamonds that bypass the African DeBeers supply chain.
5. Gemstones. There are just a few gemstones available from environmentally concerned mines. A few jewelers are able to source directly from suppliers who work with environmentally responsible sourcing.
6. Research the reputation of the jeweler. A company that you work with online should have some kind of third party consumer advocacy group, such as the Better Business Bureau, that assures you that the company is reputable. Many companies also list testimonials from satisfied buyers, but such listings have more credibility when they have a last name, physical origin and at least a first initial. A brick and mortar store location that has been in business at least ten years gives added credibility.
7. Consider the depth of the line. A jeweler with a reputable line of wedding rings should be able to offer the same style in various widths. The gents sizes are wider and paired with ladies sizes. Most engagement rings are under 4.5mm. That means that they can be worn with a match under 9mm, which is about as wide as two rings can be for the average person. Most men prefer a ring between 6.5mm and 8.5mm. Some men prefer wider sizes, and some ladies, narrower. The width of a ring is really a matter of personal taste.
8. Sizing of the ring and resizing. This point is often overlooked by someone who purchases a ring online. How will the company help you out after you purchase the ring? Some rings have sizing bands and some are made without. Sizing bands make the ring easier to size, which is important because many people will lose or gain twenty pounds during the course of a marriage. Some are comfort fit as well, which means that the rings are convex in such a way that the center of the ring touches the finger instead of the entire ring.
9. Customer Service. After you have reviewed the products, make a list of questions and give the company a call. A company that is concerned about their environmental practices should have sales people who can articulate the practices. You can learn a lot simply by spending some time talking to the person who picks up the phone.
10. The soul of the ring. Some pieces of jewelry really do feel better than other pieces. A wedding ring is the most important piece of jewelry you will own and it will carry irreplaceable sentimental and spiritual value. The rings should be unique and resonate with your own profound, sacred connection and commitment to your beloved. You may well want to ask the company to send you a sample of the wedding ring before you place your order.
By raising these issues, you will be helping to change an industry. If just five percent of the market asked jewelers about environmental sourcing, we will see a huge shift. Do your part and buy an ethical, green wedding ring to celebrate your commitment to your beloved through your commitment to the great human family!
About The Author: Marc Choyt is President of Reflective Images an winning company, www.celticjewelry.com and www.artisanweddingrings.com, that produces fair and ecologically sourced jewelry designs. Marc authors www.fairjewelry.org a movement website for consumers and jewelers supporting green, fair trade, socially responsible business practices in the jewelry industry. He also originated The Circle Manifesto, www.circlemanifesto.com, a business model based on indigenous wisdom traditions.
Engraving Your Wedding Bands? New Jewelry Technology Creates Romantic Possibilities For All Couples
What is more romantic for a bride and groom than looking inside of their wedding bands and seeing a personalized engraving with special meaning for them? There are a few ways to accomplish this task that your jeweler will recommend and now some new processes available that increase the limits of the message that can be created on rings.
Let us review the traditional methods most currently being used in the marketplace.
First, there is hand engraving done by an artisan engraver using a hand tool called a graver. It is not a perfect process and the results will depend on the quality and skill of the craftsman doing the work.
Also commonly used is machine engraving which is much more precise but usually limited to one row of words using up to 20 characters to be engraved on the ring.
Now, a specialty process adapted to a not so new technology, called laser engraving, has opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for wedding couples who are thinking of engraving wedding bands. Wedding bands are now being created with entire messages that are clearly readable and up to 225 character long. This allows the ability to write whole passages, even entire wedding vows, on the inside of the wedding bands. Currently, bridal couples are choosing from civil vows, gay partner vows, religious vows, love poetry, Shakesperean Sonnets, and even writing their own vows.
This sentimental and romantic addition to your engraving wedding bands can forever be a reminder of your love and the commitments made, and add a special and unique touch to your wedding day.
About the Author: Jerry Biern is a well known designer and developer of unique products, especially for the jewelry industry. Rhode Island based, Mr. Biern blends his matter of fact writing style with a thourough knowledge of the bridal industry to bring informative and interesting articles to to all readers. Visit his website Wedding Vow Rings.