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4 Tips for Taking Care of Your Diamond Rings
You and your spouse will wear your engagement ring and wedding rings day in and day out. They are among your most prized possessions, and you’ll rarely, if ever, take them off. Even though your diamond engagement ring and wedding bands mean so much to you, have you taken the necessary steps to take care of them?
Think about the work your hands do on a daily basis. Think about all the situations your diamond rings are exposed to. It’s time to give your wedding rings the attention they deserve. Follow these ring care tips to ensure your rings’ safety and to have them looking brand new for years to come.
1. Insure Them
Wedding rings have great sentimental (and monetary) value. Most people want to make sure these rings last a lifetime, and you might even want them to last several lifetimes so you can pass the rings down to future generations. One way you can safeguard your investment is to purchase ring insurance. However, you need to make sure you understand the policy and its fine print. For instance, some jewelry insurance policies won’t cover ring repairs.
2. Clean Them
Get all that grime off those rings and make them shine! You can take your rings to be professionally cleaned by a jeweler, you can buy jewelry cleaner at the store, or you can simply soak your rings in warm water and mild dishwashing liquid. After the rings have soaked for a while, scrub off all the dirt with a soft toothbrush. If you have a diamond ring, you can also soak it in equal parts ammonia and cold water for half an hour. Be aware: this method can damage your rings' stones if they’re not diamonds.
3. Keep Them Safe
This probably goes without saying, but you should be cautious about what you do with your rings. For instance, never remove your diamond rings in a public restroom where you could accidentally knock them down a drain or leave them sitting on the edge of a sink. You should also avoid doing rough work while wearing your rings. For example, if you know you’re going to be doing yard work or changing the oil in your car, take off your precious rings and store them in a safe place. Also, avoid exposing your rings to harsh chemicals like bleach, which can dull the finish.
4. Inspect Them
Every year, you should take your diamond engagement ring and wedding bands to your local jeweler to have it inspected. The jeweler will be able to make sure there are no loose prongs and that your diamonds aren’t loose, which means you won’t have to frantically search for a dislodged diamond. Plus, your jeweler will usually clean your rings up for you!
Do you have an anniversary coming up? Consider getting a new set of matching wedding bands to commemorate the occasion!
The Meaning Behind 6 Wedding Superstitions
Quick! How many wedding superstitions can you think off of the top of your head? You probably at least thought of one, right? The first one that pops into my head is the groom not being able to see the bride before the wedding.
Here’s another common one: having the bride wear something old, new, borrowed, and blue. Those are two that most of us still follow today, but there are some older wedding superstitions that may have you scratching your head. Ever wonder where these superstitions come from and what they mean? Let’s find out...
1. Seeing Each Other Before the Wedding
You’re not supposed to see each other before the bride makes her aisle debut. Believe it or not, this superstition dates back to the time of arranged marriages. People believed a meeting before the wedding might cause the wedding to be called off. Of course, some couples still practice this superstition, but others are now seeing each other before the ceremony for wedding photos.
2. Blind Men and Pregnant Women
This is another superstition that dates back to the time of arranged marriage. During this time, the groom would send a family member or friend to meet the potential bride. However, that friend or family member had to watch out for this bad omen: seeing a blind man or a pregnant woman on his way to meet the bride.
3. Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue
Each of these items represents something for the bride. “Something old” symbolizes the bride’s past, and “something new” represents the couple’s anticipated bright future. Superstition states that the bride receive her “something borrowed’ from a friend or family member that is already happily married. The bride’s “something blue” signifies love and devotion.
4. Dropping Your Rings
Don’t drop those matching wedding rings! This is another strange superstition: whoever drops a wedding band first will be the first to die, so make sure you and your partner hold onto those rings tightly!
5. Wedding Dress Colors
Most brides wear white or some shade of off-white, which has something to do with the purity of white and what it signifies. But did you know that other dress colors can signify the happiness of your marriage? Check out this superstitious rhyme: Married in red, you will wish yourself dead. Married in black, you will wish yourself back. Married in pink, your spirit will sink. Married in yellow, ashamed of your fellow. Married in grey, you will go far away. Married in green, ashamed to be seen.
6. The Wedding Veil
Wedding veils are beautiful, but they’re also extremely useful, according to an old superstition. In Roman tradition, veils are used to ward off evil spirits who are jealous of the bride’s happiness. Just think about that the next time you’re considering forgoing the veil.
Are you getting ready to walk down the aisle? Make sure you have picked out the perfect set of matching wedding rings!
3 Creative Proposal Ideas for Easter
Luckily for you, Easter is coming up soon, which will give you some much-needed time off and finally allow you to enjoy spring in all its glory. Easter also represents a time of life and rebirth, which makes it a symbolic time for a marriage proposal. Not to mention that it presents some fun opportunities for creative proposal ideas. If you’ve been itching to present your sweetheart with a princess cut engagement ring, plan to do just that over Easter with one of these ideas:
1. Easter Morning
Did you or your partner grow up in a family where the Easter bunny would leave you goodies on Easter morning? This is just one option for an Easter proposal. Get her an Easter basket full of all of her favorite treats. Set it out the night before after she’s already asleep. You can either put the ring front and center so its the first thing she sees in the basket, or you can hide it in the basket and watch while she goes through the basket’s contents. Either way will get that big reaction you’re looking for.
2. Peep Dioramas
Have you heard of Peep dioramas? It’s where people create scenes using everyone’s favorite Easter candy: marshmallow Peeps! If you’ve been looking for a way to flex your artistic muscles, this might be the perfect proposal idea for you: create a Peep proposal diorama. There are numerous ways you could go about this. You could make a diorama of the progression of your relationship. Or you could do a diorama of her favorite television show or maybe even a historial moment that means something to both of you. However you choose to do it, just make sure the princess cut engagement ring makes it in there somewhere!
3. Easter Egg Treasure Hunt
In a past post, I mentioned that an Easter egg hunt would be a cute way to propose. This suggestion puts another creative twist in the mix. Instead of simply hiding the ring in one of the eggs, you can create a treasure hunt. In each egg, hide a clue that will lead her to the next egg. Choosing where to place the eggs will be the fun part-- pick spots that have meant something to you as a couple. You could even retrace all the steps of your relationship by putting an egg where you met, where you had your first date, where you had your first kiss, and so on.
Do you have any creative proposal ideas for Easter to share with us?
4 Diamond Engagement Rings You Can Create
Last week, I told you about our new create your own ring feature. This customizable feature allows you to pick out the stone of your choice (including cut and size), the band, and the type of gold. This new program is just one more way to make sure you’re completely satisfied with your diamond engagement ring.
In last week’s post, I gave you step-by-step instructions to make the process of creating your dream ring that much easier. Now that you know how to create your perfect ring, I thought I’d show you just a few of the many gorgeous possibilities:
1. 1 1/3 CT. Diamond Engagement Ring
If you’re looking for a round solitaire ring that has the perfect balance of elegance and sparkle, you’ll love this 1 1/3 carat ring. The beautiful round solitaire is brilliant all on its own, but when it’s paired with this intricate band, it pops even more. This ring has a total of 31 glittering diamonds, and you can choose whether you want this ring in 10K or 14K gold, as well as either yellow or white gold.
2. 1/2 CT. Diamond Engagement Ring
Looking for something a little more unique? When you select the option that you’d like a cluster ring head, you can choose among four shapes: a flower, a heart, a circle, and an oval. This particular 1/2 CT. ring features a fabulous oval cluster head. The cluster head is offset by a band with smaller, round-cut diamonds. If you’d like to customize the ring further, you can have it made with yellow gold instead of white gold.
3. 5/8 CT. Diamond Engagement Ring
If you like the idea of combining a princess cut with a cluster head, then check out this princess cluster head diamond ring. If you’d rather have a larger cluster head, you can increase it up to a half carat. This particular ring is 5/8 CT. and is made with 10K yellow gold and features white gold accents. The twists on the band near the center would beautifully complEment any stone cut.
4. 1 1/5 CT. Diamond Engagement Ring
Small bands are one of the most popular ring trends for diamond engagement rings right now. If you take a look at this 1 1/5 CT. diamond ring, you’ll see why. Do you notice that the smaller band makes the princess solitaire diamond look larger? And just because the band is smaller doesn’t mean it’s any less magnificent -- the intricacy of the band is stunning. This ring has a total of 21 natural, conflict-free diamonds.
Start working on your own customized ring!
NEW: Create Your Own Diamond Engagement Ring
Do you have a style that’s hard to define? Have you been searching through websites and catalogues for the perfect diamond engagement ring without any luck? If you know exactly what you want, but you haven’t been able to find it, then you’re in luck.
Instead of settling for a ring you don’t love, why don’t you create the ring of your dreams yourself? Now you can create your own perfect fit with the new My Trio Rings custom ring feature! You can also use this brand new feature to create all the diamond rings you’ll need on your special day by building your own trio ring set. The possibilities are truly endless; here's how it works:
1. Choose the type of rings you'd like to browse from our category pages. Click the “view customizable rings” button on the top right of the page.
2. First, you’ll choose your preferred stone cut. You can choose between a round cluster, a princess cluster, a round solitaire, a princess solitaire, and a fancy cluster.
3. After you pick your stone cut, you can choose how big or small you’d like the head to be. For some stone cuts, you simply pick small, medium, or large. For others, like round solitaire, you’ll pick the head according to carats.
4. Next you’ll get a list of all our pre-existing rings that match your desired stone cut and size. From there, search the list and find the one you like.
5. After you’ve found a ring you like, you can click on it and select whether you want white or yellow gold, 10K gold or 14K gold.
Ta-da! You’ve now created the exact ring you've been dreaming of. It’s really that simple. Think about all the different types of rings you can create: a 1 CT. round solitaire with 10 white gold, a 5/8 CT. princess solitaire with yellow 14K gold, or even a 1/2 CT. oval cluster diamond with 10K white gold.
What are you waiting for? Customize your perfect diamond rings.