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5 Questions to Ask When Planning Your Honeymoon
Honeymoon planning is often one of the most enjoyable items of your wedding to-do list (after picking out your trio ring sets, of course!). After all, the two of you get to choose a place where you will travel as a married couple and do whatever appeals to you - whether that’s lie on a beach, go hiking through the mountains or explore an exciting city. At stressful moments during your wedding planning, it can also seem like a beacon of rest and relaxation.
The trickiest part about honeymoon planning is answering the big question: where should we go? There are an overwhelming number of possibilities - from destinations halfway around the world to getaways almost in your backyard. So how do you decide where to when planning your honeymoon? Use these five questions to guide your planning process.
1. How much are you able and willing to spend?
This is an important question to discuss, especially as you start to get a realistic idea of how much your wedding will cost. You may want to take a lavish 15-day cruise around the Caribbean, but your budget requires something more modest. Talk to your spouse-to-be about how much you’d both be comfortable spending on your trip.
2. How long do you want to go for?
Some couples take only a few days for their honeymoon; others take off for months at a time to travel the world. Your situation will depend on your budget, your work, your allotted vacation time and other commitments you have to consider. Talk about the ideal amount of time you would like to spend on your honeymoon, and see what’s possible.
3. What is each of you looking for on the honeymoon?
What comes to mind when you imagine your perfect honeymoon? Are you getting completely pampered in an all-inclusive resort in Hawaii, or are you relishing your independence and taking a train trip through Eastern Europe? Write down what is most important to you about your honeymoon, and share your thoughts with your fiance(e). What kind of weather do you want? What kind of activities do you want to do? What balance of planning and “winging it” do you prefer?
4. How far from home do you want to travel?
Are you both eager to shake off the long hours of wedding planning and get away from your familiar surroundings? Do you want to go to a foreign country where they speak another language? Do you prefer to go somewhere within a short drive or plane ride? Talk about your must-haves and your deal-breakers, as well as any steps you would need to take before going on a trip to a faraway destination (for example, applying for passports or getting immunizations).
5. Do you need help honeymoon planning?
There are a wealth of resources available online to help you with planning your honeymoon, but sometimes professional assistance can make your life easier and save you money. If you are having trouble narrowing down your final honeymoon location or you need help researching hotels and flights, contact a travel agent. He or she will often have insider info on how to get the best rates and can take one more wedding planning item off your plate.
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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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Diamond Clarity: What to Know When Choosing Wedding Rings Sets
With such an important investment on the line, it's essential to do your homework before you go wedding ring shopping. The 4 C's - cut, color, clarity and carat - are quality standards that will guide you to make an educated decision about your wedding rings sets. Let's take a closer look at diamond clarity and how it affects the appearance of your rings.
What is Diamond Clarity?
Clarity is a quality that determines the internal characteristics - called inclusions - and external characteristics - called blemishes - of a diamond. When diamond clarity is evaluated, five factors of these characteristics are considered: size, number, position, nature and color.
Internal Characteristics: Inclusions
Inclusions - structural imperfections that occur inside the stone - can make a diamond appear cloudy or a whitish color. Most inclusions aren't perceptible to the normal eye, though large inclusions can limit the way a stone scatters light. Some types of inclusions are:
- Laser lines
- Internal graining
- Crystals and minerals
External Characteristics: Blemishes
Blemishes appear on the surface of a diamond and can occur when the stone is being cut, polished or worn. Most blemishes are too small to see by anyone but a trained professional. Some types of blemishes are:
- Polishing lines
How Diamond Clarity Works
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has established a diamond clarity grading scale with six different categories:
- Flawless (FL)
- Internally Flawless (IF)
- Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2)
- Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2)
- Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2)
- Included (I1, I2 and I3)
How to Shop for Diamond Clarity
Because clarity is very difficult to determine with the naked eye, it's not necessary to buy rare and expensive flawless diamonds to show off stunning wedding ring sets. Many diamond wedding rings sets have small imperfections that aren't noticeable to observers - they'll look beautiful and be much more affordable.
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