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My Trio Rings Blog provides useful information about how to experience the timeless traditions of marriage on an affordable budget

Blog entries categorized under Informational

How Are Rings Resized?

by Gillian Burgess Thursday, 09 March 2017 Informational

You shouldn’t settle for anything less than a perfect fit… in a partner, or in a ring! Engagement and matching wedding rings that are too tight are uncomfortable and hard to slip on and off; rings that are too loose move around on your finger and are in danger of getting lost. The ideal fit is snug and secure, without digging into your skin.

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It’s common to get your new rings resized so they fit you just right. My Trio Rings offers an easy and affordable ring resizing service; simply send us the rings you purchased at My Trio Rings, and we’ll quickly resize them and send them back via insured mail. The cost is $30 for one ring, $55 for two rings or $75 for a wedding trio set.

But what kind of magic do we perform when you send us your rings to resize? Let’s take a closer look at how we adjust the size of rings – while maintaining their beautiful shape and style.

How to Make Rings Bigger

Ring fit – the shape of a ring’s interior surface – is available in a few different styles. But while some have sections that are curved or concave, all My Trio Rings feature a flat interior surface. This is the section we can alter to make rings larger or smaller.

To size a ring up, we first measure the ring and the piece of gold we need to add – determining how many millimeters will achieve the correct new size. We then cut the ring on the flat interior surface and, using high heat, solder it back together with the added piece of gold.

The resulting ring is now the correct size, but it is not yet the rounded shape we want. We place the ring on a sizing stick and gently hammer it down to reshape it and round out the edges, making it into a perfect circle again (you shouldn’t be able to see a line where the cut was made). After that, we file down any remaining rough edges and check all prongs or channels to make sure diamonds are tight. Then we add polish and rhodium, and the ring is all ready to send back.

How to Make Rings Smaller

The process for sizing a ring down is identical, except we must measure how much of the gold we need to remove, marking it on the band. We cut this section out, fusing the gold back together with heat in the same way, and proceeding with the reshaping and polishing steps. 

 

How Much Can You Resize a Ring?

Every ring is different, and its design and style will determine how much it can be resized. For many rings, sizing up or down by a quarter- or half-size is possible (and some may even support a full size). But if a ring features a lot of diamonds or has an unusual band design, it becomes more challenging to resize dramatically. 

Learn more about our ring resizing service

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Should You Change Your Name?

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 14 February 2017 Informational

A few generations ago, women were expected to change their last names after getting married. Until the 1970s, some states even required women to use their husbands’ names to vote, get a driver’s license or do banking. But times have changed, and modern couples can decide for themselves how they want to navigate the name-change question.

 

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To Change or Not?

 

There’s no universal right or wrong decision. Some same-sex and straight couples keep their current names. Some hyphenate or combine both last names to create a shared new one. And some women or men decide to take their spouse’s name. Since it’s often an emotionally loaded topic, it’s important to think through your personal preferences and discuss them with your partner in advance. You may find that you both feel strongly about it and have to work through a compromise. Or you may learn that it’s not really a big deal to your partner either way.

By the Numbers


Around 20% of women married in recent years have decided to keep their names, according to a Google Consumer Survey conducted by The Upshot. And another 10% chose an alternative option, such as hyphenating their name. Since gay marriage has only been legal nationwide since 2015, there is not yet much data on the trends for same-sex couples.

For Your Consideration


If you’re not sure if you want to change your name or not, start by asking yourself open-ended questions. Pay attention to any gut reactions you have, and talk about your perspective with your future spouse.

Questions to get you started:

  • What feelings do you have when you think about changing or keeping your name? What do you want to do?
  • How does your name influence your identity? Does changing your name affect this?
  • What factors (personal, political, historical, religious, etc.) are important for you in this decision?
  • If you and your partner want to have children some day, what last name do you want them to have? Is it important for you all to have the same name?
  • Are there any professional or financial concerns you have about changing your name?

 

Choices, Choices


Here are a few naming options to explore:

  • Keep your name
  • Take your spouse’s name, or have your spouse take yours
  • Take your spouse’s name, and use your last name a middle name
  • Hyphenate your two last names
  • Merge your two last names into one
  • Pick a completely new last name

Ultimately there is no one right answer to this question. You and your partner may have differing opinions on this topic, but the most important thing is to give each other the ability and space to share your feelings, and to make a decision based on what you both value together.

 

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How to Shop Online for Budget Wedding Rings this Thanksgiving

by Gillian Burgess Monday, 21 November 2016 Informational

The holiday season is officially here! Thanksgiving is in just a few days – which means you'll soon be able to take advantage of fantastic Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales. If you're planning a romantic holiday proposal or a last-minute holiday wedding, this is the perfect time of year to shop for stunning engagement rings, wedding bands or trio ring sets

Savvy shoppers do their homework for such a big and important purchase. We already shared a list of expert tips for in-store holiday ring shopping – now here are our recommendations on how to get the best value when you buy rings online. Make an educated decision, and save thousands of dollars!  

 

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Tips for Online Ring Buying This Thanksgiving

  • Get a second (and third! and fourth!) opinion. Don't take the retailer's word for it; read reviews that reveal what real couples have to say. Browse updates from social media and the news
  • Clarify the important stuff. Does the website clearly show pricing and delivery dates? (At My Trio Rings everyone gets the best price up front)
  • Prioritize security. Look for SSL certificates or signs of encryption to ensure your payment information remains safe. (My Trio Rings uses SSL encryption & Visa Owned Authorize.net for payment processing)

Find out more about our Ringsgiving Sale – and how you can get huge savings!

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How to Shop In-Store for Budget Wedding Rings this Thanksgiving

by Punit Shah Sunday, 20 November 2016 Informational

It’s that time of year again. Food, family, football and Black Friday Frenzy! There's so much to love about Thanksgiving, and it's coming up fast.

If you’re planning on making an important purchase for a certain big milestone this Thanksgiving (ahem, romantic proposal and engagement announcement), now is is an excellent time to take advantage of holiday sales. Many jewelry stores will be holding Thanksgiving weekend specials on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, so you could find gorgeous trio ring sets or engagement rings on sale for a fraction of their normal price. 

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To get the best deal this Thanksgiving weekend, it's smart to do your homework before you hit the stores and start your ring buying quest. With four generations of expertise in this industry, we've had some time to take notes and develop a few expert tips for holiday ring shopping. After you've had a chance to browse through stores to get a feeling for what you like, head on over to our online buying checklist to learn how modern couples are saving thousands by buying risk free online!

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Cultural Differences: Wearing Bridal Rings on the Left or the Right Hand

by Punit Shah Tuesday, 13 September 2016 Informational

Around the world, wearing a wedding ring sets the tone for the commitment of marriage, as it is a public symbol of one’s wedding vows. The traditional practice of exchanging of rings and wearing them on the fourth finger has a history and significance that has changed over thousands of years. Depending on people’s country of residence and religion, they may wear their engagement and wedding rings on the left hand or the right.

People wear wedding rings on their left hands in many Western countries, such as the United States, Mexico, Chile, Slovenia, Iran, and European nations including the UK, Italy, and France. In Asian countries, people also tend to wear the band on the left hand.

In Northern and Eastern European countries, including Denmark, Norway, Russia, Poland, and Bulgaria, it is more common to wear the wedding ring on the fourth finger of the right hand. In Portugal, Spain, and Greece, this is also the custom. Swedish brides wear unique wedding ring sets of three: the engagement ring, the wedding band, and the ring of motherhood.

Traditional Indian practice is to wear the wedding ring on the right hand, because the left hand is considered unclean. However, modern Indians may wear the ring on the left hand to match the custom in countries such as the United States. Orthodox Greeks also wear the wedding ring on the right hand, in accordance with Roman tradition; the word “left” in Latin means “sinister,” whereas the word for right is “dexter,” the root of “dexterity.”

In Brazil, the fiancé and fiancée wear plain bands as engagement rings on their right hands, and upon saying their vows, they switch the rings to the left hand. It is common in Germany and Netherlands to do the opposite: that is, to wear engagement rings on the left hand and wedding rings on the right.

In the Jewish tradition, the groom slips the ring on the index finger of the bride because it is the most prominent finger. Today, the bride typically moves the band to her ring finger after the ceremony.

Whether one wears engagement and wedding rings on the left hand or right varies by country and religion. However, there are wedding ring sets to suit any tradition, and the customer service staff at My Trio Rings is more than happy to help find the set for you.

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