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How to Shop Online for Budget Wedding Rings this Thanksgiving
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!
Tips for Online Ring Buying This Thanksgiving
- Receive personal attention. Online retailers like My Trio Rings offer 24/7 availability on a massive selection of rings. We are not commission based, and we provide personalized support through phone, email, and live (text or video) chat. Our training is based off four generations of expertise in the industry, and we are here to help!
- See it live. Make sure there's no mystery to what you're buying. Look for an online retailer that shows detailed photos and HD videos that show Rings on Hand from multiple angles.
- Get guarantees. Does the website offer a See it, Wear it, Love it Guarantee, Certificates of Authenticity, and Crafter's Warranty? My Trio Rings sells ONLY real diamonds and gold, so the authenticity of your purchase is guaranteed.
- 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.
- Use buying tools. Does the website offer easy-to-use filters, virtual TryItOn, digital layaway plans or financing, a digital ring size finder, free ring sizers and customization?
- 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!
How to Shop In-Store for Budget Wedding Rings this Thanksgiving
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.
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!
Cultural Differences: Wearing Bridal Rings on the Left or the Right Hand
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 fiancÃ© and fiancÃ©e 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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Lifetime Jewelry Warranties: What's the Catch?
At first glance, having a lifetime warranty on your his and hers wedding bands sounds like a great idea. It promises to give you peace of mind, knowing that your precious rings are protected for life against damage.
But when you look more closely at these lifetime jewelry warranties (also called extended service plans, protection plans, etc.), they aren’t as clear or reassuring. Once you read the fine print, what do these plans actually offer?
Kay & Jared
Extended Service Plan
Kay Jewelers and Jared The Galleria of Jewelry are owned by the same parent company, Signet Jewelers Limited, and offer extended service plans with nearly identical language. (Zales is also a Signet company, but its plan has slightly different wording – more on that below.)
Kay and Jared’s extended service plan advertises that “with one payment, you get coverage for your jewelry for its lifetime.”
If you want to protect your his and hers wedding bands, you pay a one-time fee (based on the cost of your rings) with no deductible, and have access to a repair plan. This “only covers wear during normal wear and use of the merchandise,” and includes labor and parts to maintain jewelry in usable condition. Some of the services included in the extended service plan are:
- Ring sizing
- Prong retipping
- Prong replacement
- Head replacement
- Diamond or color stone tightening
- Chain soldering
- Clasp replacement
Kay and Jared make it clear that this plan covers only repairs, not replacements. The extended service plan does not cover:
- Replacing diamonds or gemstones
- Repairing or replacing materials “resulting from excessive or abusive treatment of the merchandise other than normal wear and tear”
- Loss, theft or damage resulting from “loss, theft, misuse, abuse or Act of God”
For the extended service plan to be valid, you must maintain any requirements detailed in warranties or guarantees. Unauthorized repairs or service (for example, from a vendor that’s not Kay or Jared, or not authorized by the company) can void the plan’s coverage.
This plan only offers to make adjustments or repairs that fall into the “normal wear and tear” category – and what that means still seems to be open to interpretation.
Lifetime Diamond & Color Gemstone Guarantee
Kay and Jared also have a separate plan, the Lifetime Diamond & Color Gemstone Guarantee. It covers repairs or replacements for jewelry mounting for the first 12 months. It also covers the lifetime replacement of a diamond, emerald, ruby or sapphire if it “chips, breaks, or is lost from its original setting during normal wear.” This guarantee is only valid if you bring in your jewelry to a Kay or Jared store for inspection every six months, for life. A recent BuzzFeed story highlighted some couples’ negative experiences with the extended service plan and the diamond and gemstone guarantee.
Zales Lifetime Service Program
The Zales Lifetime Jewelry Protection Plan covers repairs “under normal conditions for the lifetime of your jewelry,” including:
- Prong or mounting repairs
- Stone tightening
- Replacing lost or chipped gemstones and diamonds
It does not cover “theft, mysterious disappearance, loss or damage other than that incurred in normal wear.”
The Zales Lifetime Diamond Commitment will replace chipped, lost or broken diamonds from the original setting; it also requires semiannual inspections at a Zales store, or the plan is voided.
What this means for you:
If a lifetime guarantee sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It’s important to read the fine print to make sure the service plan you’re buying really covers what you need it to. How will it protect your his and hers wedding bands? Will it cover all standard repairs? Will it replace missing diamonds? Will it insist on mandatory inspections twice a year?
The My Trio Rings Extended Service Plan
My Trio Rings has a straightforward extended service plan with excellent, easy-to-understand coverage. It’s valid for five years and completely on your schedule. You’re entitled to send your rings in once a year, but you’re not required to (miss a year, and you’re still covered for the full five years). The plan includes:
- Resizing within two ring sizes
- Rhodium polishing for gold
- Steam and ultra-sonic cleaning
- Updated engraving
- Prong re-tipping
- Stone tightening
- Missing diamonds replacement (up to 1/5 carat, not including accidental damage)
There’s no hidden catch – just reliable protection at an affordable price.