Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Diamond Wedding Rings For Men – A New Trend.

For hundreds of years,diamond wedding rings have been used as a symbol of eternal love between a man and a woman. Traditionally the woman would receive an ornate diamond ring and the man would wear a flat wedding band. This is not the case anymore.

Men are now choosing single diamond rings to full diamond-encrusted wedding bands. This trend could be because the work that men do is changing. Men are no longer working the fields 12 hours a day or doing hard manual labor. Additionally, the modern man is becoming more fashion conscious and is viewing the wedding ring as an accessory.

When you hear men’s diamond wedding rings, your mind probably jumps to the picture of a rapper with a big diamond chain and a diamond encrusted ring. When we look at men’s wedding rings, this is not the case.  When we address men’s diamond wedding rings, they are often very tasteful and modest.

Just like women’s rings, men’s diamond wedding rings also come in a variety of materials and price ranges.  Men’s rings come in the traditional gold and silver as well as platinum and titanium. Sandra Looking through Wil's wedding ring.Image via Wikipedia

The selection of diamonds is also as plentiful as women’s rings. Men have most of the great selections of styles and cuts that women do. One thing you may notice is, that most men’s wedding rings will tend to contain a squarer cut, more masculine looking diamond.

Whatever your diamond preference may be, there are certainly enough wedding bands on the market to meet anyone’s tastes.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Be Different! Design Your Own Wedding Rings!

If you are looking to make your wedding day special why not design your own wedding ring? Designing your own wedding way is the perfect way to personalize your wedding and make a lasting impression on the one you love. Now a day, many jewelers will allow you customize just about every aspect of the ring.

There are many different approaches you can take when designing wedding rings. The easiest way is to start with the diamond in mind. If you want to start with the diamond, you have to choose what kind of cut you want.  Some options are:
A scattering of Image via Wikipedia1.    A round cut – a round cut or brilliant cut is the most popular cut of diamond. This cut has been available for hundreds of years. This diamond rates very high on brilliance and is widely available.
2.    A princess cut – This is one of the most popular styles of diamonds due to it’s brilliance and the availability of wedding rings for it. A princess cut is a square shape diamond with pointed corners.
3.    An emerald cut – This large square diamond is beautiful when the clarity of the original stone is exceptional.  If you need to go with a lower quality diamond, make sure you receive the clarity plot to determine what parts are not as clear. The clarity plot will help choose the optimal setting when using an imperfect gem.
4.    Marquise cut – This cut will maximize the size of your diamond, making it look large and brilliant. The marquise diamond is often used on conjunction with a pear shaped diamonds due to the similar shape.

After determining the cut, the only thing left is to pick that wedding band you like. I hope this article helped you design your own wedding ring! 

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Finding Antique Wedding Rings and Wedding Bands

When it comes to finding antique wedding rings, you have a lot of options. With the proliferation of pawnshops, second hand shops and auctions you have limitless opportunities to find a great antique ring. When you are looking for rings, here are a few styles you should be aware of:

1.    Engraved gold bands – Engraved gold bands have been around for a long time. These are typically worn y men and can come with a variety of different engravings. One thing you will notice about these gold wedding bands is that they are a different color than modern gold rings. This difference in color doesn’t mean that the ring is not sturdy. White gold (palladium gold alloy) ring with rh...Image via Wikipedia

2.    Jeweled wedding rings – These striking rings can be either a solid band with a jewel or they can very intricate. Bear in mind that the more intricate the ring is, the more cleaning and attention it will require on your wife’s end.

3.    Solid gold bands – solid gold wedding bands are the traditional symbol of a wedding ring. These are a true icon and will never go out of style.

When searching or antique rings, make sure you a lot your self a reasonable amount to time to look at all the options.  Make sure you have explored all possible outlets such as flee markets, online vendors, jewelry shops and more. Finding an antique wedding ring is not easy because you can’t just look in a catalog – but it is sure worth the hard work!

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Renewing your Vows with a Wedding Ring

An anniversary is an important date to remember, and giving anniversary rings is way to show the one you love, exactly how much you care. For most couples around the world, the anniversary marks a milestone in the relationship. The anniversary signifies another year together and another year of love and commitment.
The most common “major” anniversaries are the first anniversary, the 5th anniversary, the 10th, and then every ten years. For one of the major milestones, a common practice is for couples to renew their vows and exchange wedding rings again. By renewing their vows, couples are reaffirming their love for one another in a public (or private) venue and strengthening their bonds.

HappY Anniversary Momy & DadyImage by *Zoha.N via FlickrOne important thing to think of when deciding to renew your vows or give in anniversary ring is price. Can you afford to hold another reception or rent church? Will you be inviting guests? After deciding you can afford it, the next thing is to pick out new wedding rings. When picking out rings, try to get our spokes input on the selection. The last thing you would want to do is purchase a ring she dislikes. Some couples see renewing their vows as an opportunity to have their wedding the right way since some were unable to have a nice wedding the first time around.

If you decide renewing your vows and having a second wedding is not a reasonable option, anniversary rings are always a good choice.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Gold Wedding Rings: Classic Choice for Wedding Rings

Gold rings have become part of traditional choice for wedding occasions. Choosing the right wedding bands is an important part of the planning which must be given enough time in order to better choose the one that suits the couple’s size, taste and budget. 
There are certain factors that need to be considered in choosing a gold ring and this includes the carat and the quality of gold. For instance, 24k is of basically pure than a 14k gold. The higher the carat is, the higher is the ratio of gold to other alloy contained on a piece of jewelry. Such that in the example, the 24-carat gold is considered to have no other metals present because of its 99.9 percent gold property. However, compared to other lower carat bands, the purer the gold is, the softer is its quality and may not actually be ideal to wear on a daily basis.A Möbius strip employed as a gold wedding band...Image via Wikipedia
According to experts, the best gold wedding rings are usually those that are made of 14-carat due to its firmer gold property which makes it possible even to be worn everyday. Although the quality of 14-carat gold is stronger, it is still considered soft enough to be crafted as bands.
Aside from the carat, it is also important that you choose a wedding band according to its fit. Make sure that you use a ring sizer in order to avoid confusion when it comes to sizes.
Among the popular choice for wedding rings in gold is the 14K gold twisted rope wedding band perfect for both men and women. Two thin bands of gold are woven together to create that twisted rope effect which can be further customized to your choice of either white of yellow gold. This style is available online or from your local jewelry store.
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Celebrate a Milestone with Anniversary Rings

  Thinking of a perfect gift to give your significant other? Anniversary rings are the perfect complement to an enduring relationship and celebrates a particular milestone in your life as a couple. It should be understood that these rings are an ideal accessory to wear everyday due to the simple but elegant design nature of the ring. Most rings ideal for an anniversary gift contain precious or semi-precious stones that could either symbolize a birthstone or an important event. The simple design makes these bands ideal to be worn everyday. Compared to traditional wedding rings, the gemstones are set within the band to avoid protrusions and damage to the stone.
The choice of metal to use is only limited by the imagination. Gold is the ideal choice for long lasting durability but the popularity of other metals such as titanium, platinum, palladium and stainless steel has created a wide variety of colors and designs to choose from. Stainless steel is ideal for the budget conscious individual as it provides durability, beauty and ease of maintenance in a relatively cheap package. Gold and platinum is much preferred by the moneyed folk as the value of these metals will further add to the symbolic meaning o the desired event.
When choosing the perfect ring or band to give to your significant other, take the chance to browse the wide array of anniversary rings available in the market. It would be best to plan ahead and search for the perfect ring within weeks of the special event. Remember to choose a design and color that fits your particular preference. Do not be forced to buy a ring with the low price being the sole consideration. The size of the band should also be considered to produce a proper fit as this is an ideal accessory to add to the bride’s wedding ring set.
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tell the World of Your Love Story Through Your Wedding Rings

The wedding rings naturally form a very important and crucial step in the wedding preparation.  Choosing the right pair to wear for eternity reflects not just the style and preference of the couple but their love story as well.  How will you choose yours today?  Why not try incorporating the story behind your relationship? 
For the Groom
Aside from the practical approach of choosing a ring with the right 4 C's: Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat, choose a ring that will reflect the way you prioritize your wife-to-be in all aspects of your life.  Womens wedding rings come in different shapes and styles.  Which among these rings does your bride prefer?  Does she want gold, platinum or silver?  Does she prefer a matching engagement and wedding ring? 
For the Bride
A couple of 14-carat gold wedding rings. Pictu...Image via WikipediaYou have been dreaming of your wedding for years.  A highlight of the dream probably revolves around the ring you will be wearing on that day onwards, for the rest of your life.  Do you want to wear a bold and flashy ring?  Something that will prompt anyone who sees it to think of the lavish and elaborate way you and your husband love each other?  Or do you want a simple and elegant style that will bring to the minds of others the way you and your husband enjoy the simple joys of life? 
For the Couple
If you take time to assess the intricate designs of available wedding rings in the market before buying one, you are telling the world of how much you value the small and big details of your relationship.  As a symbol of long-lasting love and commitment, your rings should show a reflection of your love story.  Take time to survey all your options and enjoy the joyous occasion of choosing a pair that will embody your pledge of love, devotion and loyalty. 
Several options are available for both men and womens wedding rings.  Cooperate with each other to find the pair that best represents the two of you.  
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Monday, October 4, 2010

Tips When Buying Your Wedding Bands

Wedding bands are important symbolism's of your unending love for each other. They are visible reminders of your sweet vows. Because they are for keeps, you need to give as much attention when choosing them as when you are choosing your wedding gown or your wedding reception. Here are tips to help you in the task.
Set your Budget
Rings vary in price. The first thing to do before you shop around is to set your budget. Generally, they should comprise 3% of your wedding budget. You can go below or beyond the amount depending on your personal choice and the availability of your funds.
Decide on the Style
The choices for the wedding rings are countless. To trim down your options, you need to decide on the style you want. Do you want a single or two tone wedding rings, silver, gold or platinum material, simple designs or embedded with precious gems? Because you will have them for the rest of your life, make sure they are not only representations of your marriage but of your personal style as well.
Research about the Grading
Wedding ringsImage via WikipediaBefore you buy the jewelry, it pays well if you can make a research on how jewelers grade the materials used and the gems added to them. Although your jewelry store can provide you with the data, it is still important to understand the criteria very well. The persuasive sales talk of the seller can easily mislead you if you are not armed with the correct information. For example, two tone wedding rings vary in price depending on the quality of gold or platinum used. Read and be informed before you go shopping.
Always keep in mind that the wedding bands are parts of your early investment as a couple. Include your partner when choosing the right pair. They should represent not only your love for each other but your commitment to work ‘together” for the rest of your life.
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Advantages of Stainless Steel Wedding Rings

Because of the advantage of the material over other kinds of metals including gold, stainless steel wedding rings became popular among men and women recently. Such wedding rings are not expensive and when you are on a small budget, you cannot afford to have a gold or platinum wedding ring. There are those who choose silver because it is cheaper than gold but it is still more expensive than stainless steel. Hence, the material is chosen more than any other ring material on the market today. Stainless steel is also mistaken often for platinum or white gold because of the high shine that it can produce. Cleaning and maintaining the ring is very easy and the shine that it produces remains the same as the first time you bought it.
Wedding Rings HandsImage by rivieramaya26 via FlickrOne of the advantages that you can have on stainless steel wedding rings is that they are hypoallergenic. That means that they are safe to wear even by people that have allergies. Other kinds of wedding rings that are considered not to bring any allergic reactions are tungsten, surgical steel and titanium. Stainless steel is primarily patronized by men but in recent years, there is a shift in the trend as more and more women find the metal attractive and affordable when compared to precious metals.
If you want something that is permanent and beautiful on your wedding but does not have the budget for expensive items, you can make use of wedding rings made of stainless steel instead. Such a solution created another use for the metal which was previously associated with cooking utensils only. There are various designs that you could choose from on the market which would surely be likeable to both you and your partner. Stainless steel wedding rings will last for more than a lifetime so having them on your wedding will give you a keepsake that can keep forever.
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