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8 Tips For Buying Wedding Jewelry in 2015
As you delve deeper into this list, you run the risk of becoming overwhelmed by too many choices and burning out.
Don’t let shopping for your wedding jewelry become a symptom of the problem. Note the warning signs at each stage of this cycle:
Excitement: Yay! We’re getting married. This is so amazing. We’re going to wear these rings forever as a symbol of our love, and it’s going to be perfect.
Wonder: Wow, there sure are a lot of choices. Look at this store! And this ring! And this one! There are just so many options.
Overload: THERE ARE JUST SO MANY OPTIONS. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY OPTIONS.
Apathy: I guess I like that one. Sure, round-cut is fine. White gold, yeah. Whatever, let’s just make a decision and get some food.
Exhaustion and Eventual Purchase: Yayyyy...
This is definitely not the experience you want when going ring shopping. Here are 8 tips for making this process simpler, more affordable and a lot more fun.
1. Buy online.
Going into an actual store is much more of a production than, say, browsing wedding jewelry from your phone or tablet on the couch on a Sunday afternoon. When you shop online, you can look at a much wider selection than most stores have in stock. Plus, you can stay in your PJs.
2. Read the fine print.
Do your homework before committing to an online store, and be wary of online stores without clear policies. Does the store offer a certificate of authenticity? What’s its return policy? Does it offer free shipping or any other perks?
3. Read reviews.
This is important if you’re buying wedding jewelry from an online or retail store. Read customer reviews on the company’s website, Yelp, Google Plus or other resources. Pay attention to what customers love about their rings. Do they value the same criteria you do? Be wary of any complaints or red flags that might be dealbreakers for you.
A little-known fact about wedding jewelry shopping is that you can save a significant amount when you buy rings in sets. For example, our trio ring sets – which include an engagement ring, plus two wedding bands – are beautifully matched and can save you up to 65% off retail prices. We also offer flexible plans, including our She Said Yes! special that allows you to buy an engagement ring first, then pick out matching wedding bands later on for a 10% discount.
5. Have a style in mind.
You might be browsing trio ring sets and immediately fall in love with “the one,” but usually it’s best to have a few ideas of styles you’re looking for. By narrowing the options in advance, you’ll spend less time searching through rings you have no interest in. Plus, it’ll push you and your partner to define what you actually like and dislike.
6. Set a budget.
It’s a good policy to set a range of how much you’re willing to spend before you start looking (and fall in love with something you can’t afford!). Have a discussion about it as a couple, and settle on a ballpark figure you’re both comfortable with.
7. Find a flexible payment plan.
It’s understandable if you’re not prepared to pay for your wedding jewelry all in one go. Look for a store that offers a flexible payment plan that will meet your financial needs. My Trio Rings’ payment plan, for example, is totally customizable. You set the schedule, and there are no fees or deposits.
8. Fall in love.
Just like picking your perfect match in a relationship, you want to fall head over heels with your rings before you commit. You’ll know when you can’t wipe that dopey grin off your face.
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Is a Diamond Right for You?
Your Shared Plans
When you and your partner are starting to talk marriage, a lot of important topics come up in conversation. What do you want your partnership to be like? What are your big plans and dreams? How will you spend and save? Where do you want to live? Kids or no kids?
It’s exciting (and occasionally a little overwhelming) to have these discussions as a couple. You explore what you want as individuals and as a unit – and you get stronger as you go.
Of course your engagement and wedding planning form only a small part of this process of building a life together. But this time is a great opportunity to get to the core of your unique preferences and styles. No other couple will do things exactly the way you two do, and it’s important to listen to what you want and not what others expect from you.
For example, what type of wedding do you want to have? A huge, 300-person celebration or a small, intimate affair?
Your Personal Style
Along the same lines, what wedding ring sets are the perfect match for you as a couple? These are the rings you’ll exchange with your vows and wear every day to symbolize your union, so it’s a very personal choice. Do you have visions of a classic, elegant diamond engagement ring and wedding bands? Or are you looking for something less traditional and more alternative?
Maybe you’ve always dreamed of a solitaire diamond engagement ring and complementary wedding rings, but your partner thinks diamonds are a bunch of marketing hype and would rather buy simple silver bands instead.
It’s important to talk through what you both want and why (for you, the rings symbolize your lifelong investment in the relationship; for your partner, they are just accessories) before you make a decision.
A diamond isn't right for you if:
You don’t really care about diamonds. You and your partner just aren’t into diamonds. You don’t want to feel pressured into buying diamond wedding jewelry because you think it’s expected. Instead, you are searching for jewelry that reflects your personal style.
You value the unconventional. You like to do things a little differently than everyone else. Maybe you’d prefer to sport plain titanium wedding rings, emerald-studded bands or tattooed designs. Or perhaps you’d rather opt out of rings altogether and save the budget for a kickass honeymoon or a down payment on a house.
You value tradition. You have always wanted that sparkling diamond on your finger, and it’s part of the narrative you have about your marriage. Maybe you simply love the fairy tale of the proposal with the perfect ring, or you want to follow the example of your parents, who have been wearing their wedding ring sets for 30 years.
You value authenticity and quality. You appreciate the rarity and beauty of an authentic diamond. You think nothing can compare to the wow factor of an expertly mined, cut, polished and hand-set diamond, and you’re happy to invest in jewelry you’ll be proud to show off for years to come.
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6 Gorgeous Diamond Engagement Ring Styles
When you are dazzled by all the different styles of engagement rings, it can be hard to narrow down a short list of your favorites. Are you drawn to more classic styles, or do you go crazy for rings that are more unusual? Patterns or asymmetry? Simplicity or maximum sparkle?
Here are a few of our favorite diamond engagement ring styles - which one captures your personality?
1. Geometric patterns
Symmetry has never been more beautiful. This 3/8 carat engagement ring has a stylish 4.69 mm 14K white gold band and clean, elegant patterns that highlight 36 round and princess-cut diamonds.
2. Floral accents
The floral design of this 3/4 carat ring is both feminine and modern, and the wide band makes the round-cut diamonds stand out.
Wear your heart on your finger with this simple and elegant engagement ring, featuring princess and round-cut diamonds set in 10K white gold.
4. Big bling
This is not for retiring wallflowers. It demands attention in the best kind of way, sparkling with 51 total diamonds set in 14K white gold.
5. Art deco
Channel your 1920s sophistication and wow admirers with this eye-catching 7/8 carat diamond engagement ring - shining with 98 diamonds.
6. Twisted bands
This unique twisted style, created by weaving together three thin bands set with 72 conflict-free diamonds, gives the engagement ring a modern flair.
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Diamond Carat: What to Know When Ring Shopping
For the last few weeks, we have been taking a closer look at the 4 C’s - the most important guidelines for diamond ring shopping. When you are trying to choose the perfect diamond wedding ring sets for him and her, it can sometimes feel overwhelming, but these four standards make the process more accessible. We have already covered color, cut, clarity and finally, we arrive at our final characteristic: carat.
What is a carat?
A common misconception is that carat refers to the size of a diamond. A carat is actually a measurement of a diamond’s weight, defined as 200 milligrams (and there are 142 carats to an ounce).
Each carat can be further subdivided into 100 points, which allows us to measure each diamond precisely, to the hundredth decimal point. For example, you can have a diamond that is .75 or 2.09 carats.
Why do we use carats to measure diamond weight?
The origin of the carat system dates back to early gem traders who used carob seeds - because of their uniform weight and size - to determine the weight of stones. Now we use incredibly sensitive scales to determine a diamond’s weight.
How does diamond carat influence value?
Larger diamonds are more rare, so they usually carry greater value per carat than smaller diamonds. But because carat is only one of the 4 C’s, the value of diamonds also are greatly influenced by color, clarity and cut.
How should you think about diamond carat to find the best value when ring shopping?
Because one large diamond will cost more (sometimes much more) than several stones equaling the same weight, it’s a good idea to shop for wedding ring sets for him and her that are made up of many smaller diamonds, or diamond clusters. These rings have just as much eye-catching sparkle - but they often cost a fraction of the price of rings set with larger stones.
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How to Care for Your Diamond Trio Wedding Ring Sets
You want your beautiful trio rings to be just as sparkling 20 years from now as the day you say, “I do.” Follow these simple steps to care for them, and your wedding jewelry will last a lifetime.
Do’s and Don’ts of Taking Care of Trio Wedding Ring Sets
Maintain and clean your rings.
Take your wedding jewelry to a professional jeweler to be cleaned and inspected (for example, having settings tightened or any damages repaired) once or twice a year. In between visits, use a commercial jewelry cleaner and a soft brush to remove dirt and dust.
Use harsh chemicals while wearing your rings.
Chlorine, bleach and other harsh chemicals can damage or discolor the diamonds and gold in your wedding jewelry. Remove your trio wedding ring sets before cleaning with chemicals or taking a dip in a chlorinated pool or hot tub.
Take off your trio rings when you shower.
Soap can build up on gold jewelry over time, leaving a thin film on the surface. Take off your wedding and engagement rings when you shower to cut down on how often you have to clean them.
Handle your rings harshly.
Your diamond rings are made of resilient materials, but that doesn’t mean you should put them through unnecessary wear and tear. Take off your rings before doing any work - such as auto repair, woodworking or even dishwashing - where you may accidentally knock them against hard objects.
Insure your rings.
Your trio rings are a long-term investment that you want to protect. Have your rings appraised, and create an insurance policy for each of them. The small yearly fee will be well worth your peace of mind.
Find a safe place to store rings.
When you do take off your rings to work, clean or exercise, you’ll want to have a safe location where you can stash them - without fear of losing or damaging them. Find a secure box or safe where you can leave them until you put them back on.
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