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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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7 Tips for a Dazzling Engagement Ring Selfie
Be honest. You can’t stop looking at your shiny new diamond engagement ring. She’s a beauty, isn’t she? So sparkly and bright. You and your fiancé are still giddy with the news: you’re getting married!
If you haven’t already shouted it from the mountaintops, you’re probably dying to tell your friends and family. Posting social media is a fun and easy way to share the news with your extended circle, but if your Facebook feed has been an engagement explosion over the last few years, it’s worth putting a little extra thought into how you make your announcement.
(Before you read any further: call your mom and dad if you haven’t already. Then all your close friends and family. Trust me on this one. Some old-fashioned conventions are worth keeping. Your sister will not appreciate hearing the news through Instagram.)
The truth is that while your friends and acquaintances will be happy for you, they don’t want to read a moment-by-moment account of the proposal or see 100 pictures of your diamond engagement ring. What you think of as magical and romantic can come off as braggy and obnoxious if you go too far overboard.
Less is more. Share a single, beautifully shot image with a simple caption, and people will be genuinely excited for you. And you can bask in all the likes and congratulatory messages! Here are some pro tips on how to take a fantastic engagement ring selfie: all you need is your phone, your gorgeous ring and a little imagination.
First, use a microfiber cloth to wipe off your phone’s camera lens. A lot of dust and grime can build up there over time. Take a few test shots to get comfortable with your phone’s settings. Turn off the flash, and turn on the grid feature to make it easier to use the rule of thirds. Set up a small, flexible tripod if you have one (and enlist help from a friend if you need it). Remember you can tap the screen to focus and meter on different parts of the image (for example, if you are trying to get just the right focus and lighting on the setting of your ring). Try not to zoom because you’ll lose clarity in the final image.
Find a background more attractive than your laptop or your messy bedroom. This could be the park where you got engaged, a clear blue sky or a colorful scarf you can drape over a table. Think of what background will complement your diamond engagement ring without distracting from it.
Natural light is your best friend when taking an engagement ring selfie. Go outside or find an area inside that has windows that let in a lot of light. Bright, direct sunlight (especially in the middle of the day) will probably be too harsh and wash out your photo. Look for soft, slightly diffused lighting; the morning or evening are often good times of day. Pay attention to which direction the light is falling, and move to illuminate your ring from the best angle.
A photo showing your hand intertwined with your new fiancé’s is simple but meaningful (and it puts the emphasis on your future together… not just your beautiful ring). Take several different shots with your hands in different positions; try to hold hands in a natural way to avoid looking overly posed.
Pick a favorite feature of your engagement ring – setting, cut, size, etc. – and look for photo angles that show it off. Put on a little lotion, and hold your hand up above your head for 30 seconds before taking your ring selfie to minimize the appearance of veins. Relax your hand slightly – if it’s too tense, you won’t end up with a flattering picture.
Photo filters can bring out the color and sparkle in your engagement ring selfie. Test out different options on your iPhone camera, Instagram or an editing app such as Afterlight. Choose one that is subtle and enhances the natural beauty of your ring.
Now that you have your perfect engagement selfie, you’re ready to publish on social media. Add a sweet caption, and celebrate!
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Stalk Her Pinterest Boards to Find the Right Diamond Engagement Ring
But no pressure!
Engagement ring shopping is a stressful endeavor, no matter how well you know your girlfriend’s preferences. It’s a big and meaningful purchase, so you want to make sure she loves the ring. Unless you already have an exact photo of the ring she wants, this means you’re going to have to do a little detective work.
You’re in luck because your girlfriend has already put together an in-depth visual record of her style and taste in pretty much everything.
It’s called her Pinterest profile, and you’d be wise to spend some time getting to know it inside and out. It will help you make an educated decision as you’re browsing affordable engagement rings. If you’re feeling intimidated, ask her sister or one of her close friends to help you interpret the data and crack the code (this is a good rule of thumb for ring shopping anyway).
Obviously, if you find a Pinterest board called “THIS IS THE DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING I WANT," you don’t need to read the rest of this post. But if not, look for any boards or pins that feature jewelry she likes. Pay attention to the captions she includes on pins. Which ones does she gush over or use multiple exclamation points for? Look for trends and themes in the styles she gravitates toward. Does she have a weakness for white gold or vintage accessories or lots of sparkle?
Many women create “someday” Pinterest boards for wedding ideas they love. These will give you valuable insight into her ideal wedding style. Has she pinned a lot of classic, storybook wedding dresses or rustic-chic, laid-back reception venues? How would you define the overall vibe of her wedding pins - elegant, glamorous, simple, vintage, traditional?
Your girlfriend’s clothing Pinterest boards might not have anything to do with affordable engagement rings, but they will give you the inside scoop on what she aspires to wear. What types of clothes are most pinned? Red-carpet ball gowns? Chic pencil skirts? Romantic A-line dresses? Everyday casual outfits? Does she admire the look of certain celebrities? (If these ladies have engagement rings, Google those styles immediately!) Use all these pins to flesh out the style profile you’re putting together.
Browse her other boards - music, books, home decor, travel, etc. - for any other clues. Does she have a long list of 1920s books she wants to read? Is her travel bucket list full of quirky, off-the-beaten-path destinations?
After you complete your Pinterest stalking, you should have a well-rounded view of what your girlfriend’s unique style is and what diamond engagement ring she will love.
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Summer Sale! 4 Trio Ring Sets We Love
If you and your sweetheart are planning a summer wedding, it’s probably a whirlwind of activity right about now as you settle all the last details. The good news is that one of those decisions is about to get a lot easier! My Trio Rings is having a summer sale, offering huge savings on our already affordable ring sets. Our specials run until a set is sold out or until the end of the month, whichever comes first!
Here are just a few of our favorite trio ring sets that are on sale:
The Center of Attention
2 CT. T.W. Diamond Trio Ring Set in 14K White Gold
This his and hers matching ring set makes a big splash with a modern design and 2 carats in total. The wide wedding bands complement one another, and each is set with six round-cut diamonds. But the real eye-catcher is the engagement ring, which features a striking princess-cut solitaire stone and four round-cut side stones.
A Modern Classic
3/8 Carat T.W. Diamond Trio Ring Set in 10K White Gold
This trio ring set combines contemporary and classic styles for a unique design. It features an engagement ring with a gorgeous halo setting and 27 diamonds, plus elegant wedding bands set with round-cut diamonds.
1 3/8 CT. T.W. Diamond Trio Ring Set in 14K Yellow Gold
This affordable ring set has more than a little bit of classic glitz and glamour, showcasing 81 round-cut diamonds. The engagement ring has a stunning cluster head, and the matching wedding bands stand out with angled geometric shapes and round-cut channel stones.
1 Carat Diamond Trio Ring Set in 14K White Gold
This his and hers matching ring set is both dramatic and delicate, featuring an engagement ring with a sparkling flower head and sleek wedding bands with round-cut side stones.
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