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The Facts Behind Your Diamond Engagement Ring
Last night, I watched Inside: DeBeers, a documentary available on Netflix streaming that goes behind the scenes of one of the biggest diamond producers in the world. The documentary provided some interesting tidbits about DeBeers. For example, did you know that De Beers’ employees traveled over 1.3 million miles last year in search of diamonds? That’s almost as many miles as it would take to (literally) go to the moon and back three times!
The family business that started My Trio Rings is a DeBeers Siteholder, and many of our diamonds come straight from the mines through DeBeers before being set in our rings! I found the other facts about diamonds equally fascinating. Have you ever thought about how the diamonds in our wedding ring sets get there? No? Let’s dig in:
A Diamond in the Rough
1. In order to get that sparkler on your hand, those diamonds have to be mined. Millions upon millions of dollars are spent on the equipment used to get diamonds from the ground and onto a diamond engagement ring.
2. Only about 20% of rough diamonds are sold and used for luxury items. The rest are used for industrial purposes. Once you get that 20%, the sorting begins.
3. Diamonds can be classified in more than 12,000 categories, but the most important are the 4 C’s -- color, cut, clarity, and carat.
4. Each diamond is then analyzed by a machine in order to figure out how the diamond should be cut to yield the greatest value.
5. Finally, the stone is cut, polished, and ready to be sold.
Isn’t that fascinating? It’s easy to forget that so much work goes into each stone. Now that you know a little about the diamond manufacturing process, check out these other fun facts!
Diamonds are Forever
1. 43% of the world’s diamonds come from South Africa.
2, Diamonds are found all over the world: deep on the ocean floor, beneath an arctic lake, etc.
3. DeBeers is actually credited with making the connection between engagements and diamonds after their revolutionary “A Diamond is Forvever” campaign.
3. However, giving a diamond engagement ring isn’t the trend everywhere. China and India used to be gold-only markets, but diamonds are now starting to become a part of engagement culture.
4. Diamonds aren’t actually the rarest stone -- rubies are.
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3 Budget His and Hers Wedding Ring Sets
Wedding Ring Sets: ???
If so, we’re about to help you check one more thing off that list. We know you have a ton of things to do in the weeks and months leading up to your wedding, so we try to make it easy and fast as possible to get your wedding rings. Instead of running all over town and looking at showrooms, you can look at our selection of wedding ring sets from the comfort of your own home (which is a priceless perk after running wedding errands all day!). We also are able to get your rings to you quickly and for free! But here’s perhaps the best perk of all: our his and hers wedding ring sets are affordable and fit within your wedding budget.
So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at some of these affordable wedding ring styles that you’ll love:
1. 1/8 CT. His and Hers Wedding Ring Set
If you’re looking for a set that’s simple, elegant, and not too matchy, this 1/8 CT. set might be the one! The ladies’ band is just a simple, narrow band with 21 round-cut, sparkling diamonds that will complement any style of engagement ring. The men’s band doesn’t have any diamonds (which is perfect for guys who aren’t big on flash), but has a beautiful engraved design on the white gold band. You can get this set made with either 10K or 14K white gold. While this set would normally retail for $2,899.99, we sell it for $1,199.99.
2. 1/15 CT. His and Hers Wedding Ring Set
Looking for something a little that’s more matching, a little less expensive, but still is just as fabulous? Check out this 1/15 CT. set matching wedding rings set. The delicate detailing is worthy of attention, and each round diamond sits perfectly in the curved grooves. This set is made with 10K white gold and has a total of 10 natural, conflict-free diamonds, These rings would normally retail for around $1,299.99, but we sell them for $499.99.
3. 1/5 CT. His and Hers Wedding Ring Set
This 1/5 CT. wedding ring set is a happy medium between the first two wedding ring sets we've described above -- the rings in this set aren’t identical, but they both have a similar style. For example, the ladies’ band has three slanted indentions with diamonds, while the men’s ring only has one. These rings are made with white gold, but you can choose whether to have them done in 10K or 14K gold. There are 14 total glittering diamonds in this set, which makes the price even more astonishing: the set is only $699.99!
Looking to browse all of our his and hers wedding ring sets? Check out our entire selection!
Wedding Trends: the Great Social Media Debate
To tweet or not to tweet? Surprisingly, this seems to be a big point of contention for couples planning their weddings these days. It’s hard to argue against the fact that social media has changed the way most of us live our lives on a day-to-day basis, and it can affect your wedding planning process, too. (In fact, Pinterest was practically made for wedding planning, but you can read more about that here.) Let’s take a look at some of the ways social media has caused a shift in weddings and engagements.
How many of you announced your engagement via Facebook? And how many of you invited all of your Facebook friends? I would guess that you wanted to share your exciting news with everyone but won't be able to accommodate your several hundred (or thousand!) connections. That’s just one example of how social media has changed wedding and engagement culture -- you make an announcement, you post engagement photos, you get badgered for an invitation from one of your Facebook “friends” who you never even considered inviting, etc.
Enough about the announcement. What about the actual ceremony? Will your ceremony be pro- or anti-smartphone? Let’s look at a few of the pros and cons:
Pro: You can create your own #hashtag for any pictures taken during the festivities so you can easily track and save them.
Con: There are many flashes going off in your face while you’re exchanging one of our wedding ring sets.
Pro: You could live-stream the event for family members who could not make the event for some reason.
Con: Your friend from college who posts that video of a drunk family member knocking down a table is shared with everyone. Oops.
Pro: Your friends and family will be excited to be involved in capturing memories from the wedding.
Con: All of your professional photographer's photos will feature a sea of guests holding up their smartphones.
Now these are just a few points to consider, but they should definitely get some thoughts brewing about whether or not social media should play a role on your big day. 44% of people in this survey thought digital rules should be in place at a wedding. So, maybe you can strike a compromise: allowing cell phones but asking attendees to follow a set of pre-established rules.
For our super social-media-savvy couples out there who want to make it a huge part of their wedding, have no fear! It looks like something called a “social media concierge” might become a more and more common service. Would you pay for someone to document all your wedding festivities on each social media platform?
What’s your stance on social media and weddings? Post in the comments!
While you’re thinking about that, mosey on over to our wedding ring sets and pick out the perfect set for you and your partner!
Comparing Wedding Costs: the 1930s and Today
Pop quiz: what was the average cost of a wedding in 2013? Did you guess about $30,000? If so, you’d be right! The average is actually $29,548 -- does that shock you at all? Take a second to think about all the things $30,000 could be used for. A new car. A down payment on a house. Even a long, extravagant trip to Europe. Instead, people are spending it on one day. Granted, this day will be one of the most memorable, but after seeing that staggering average cost, you’re probably thinking: when did people start spending this much on weddings?
So, we already know the average cost of a wedding today is $29,548, but what about the 1930s? The average wedding costs back then were $392.30 (which is $6,481 when adjusted for inflation). Now, that might seem like a large difference, but it’s important to keep this in mind: the Great Depression was happening during the 1930s. During this time, unemployment rates ranged from 17% to 20%, so spending this much on a wedding is still significant.
Today, the average wedding cost is about 49% of the median household income. In the 1930s, it was 25%. This just shows that Americans have been doling out big sums for weddings for a long time.
When you start comparing specific costs from today to the 1930s, the cost similarities are even more striking. For example, a bride today pays an average of $1,281 for a wedding dress. And the average cost of a 1930s wedding dress? $1,092 (in today’s dollars). 80 years -- and there’s only a difference of $189! The difference between the cost of present and past grooms' suits is even more interesting. The average groom suit today is $248, down $505 from the 1930s (which is probably due to mass production more than anything else).
Let’s not forget about our favorite topic: wedding ring sets. The cost of the average engagement ring has shot up significantly. The article notes that one-third of engaged couples didn’t have an engagement ring at all. The average cost of one in the 1930s was $1,824 (in today’s dollars). Any idea on how today’s average cost of a diamond engagement ring compares? It’s staggeringly high: $5,600. And if that’s just for the diamond engagement ring, think about what the average for all three wedding rings must be.
Of course, there’s no reason why you should pay $5,600 for just one ring when you can get one of our gorgeous wedding ring sets for less than $1,000 (which is even less than the average of one ring in the 1930s!). We pride ourselves on being able to offer high-quality products at very affordable prices, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t take advantage of it. Think of all the other places you could use that money, Maybe you’ll put it toward the rest of your $30,000 wedding budget. Or maybe you’ll take that trip to Europe after all.
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Buying Your Wedding Ring Sets Online: True or False?
How many things in your house have you bought online? What about the phone, computer, or tablet you’re reading this on now? I’m willing to bet that most of us have purchased something online, whether it’s clothes, books, or a gift for a loved one. Why, then, does buying something significant, like one of our diamond ring sets online seem intimidating?
There is clearly a difference between a book and wedding rings. Wedding ring sets have much more sentimental and monetary value, and you want to make sure you're making the right decision. But just because it’s a more important purchase doesn’t mean that online shopping isn't the right fit for what you need. If you’re skeptical about buying your wedding rings online, we're here to help. Here are some common reservations about buying rings online and why you should shop with peace of mind with My Trio Rings.
1. If I buy online, I can’t try the rings on.
This is true. However, we take every step we can to make sure you know exactly how your ring will fit when you order it. There’s even a rotating, 3D view of each of our wedding ring sets. You can also estimate size based on past rings, print out a sizing chart, or request a ring sizer in the mail from us for free. However, if that doesn’t work, you can always return it... which brings me to #2…
2. If I buy online, I can’t get a refund.
Not true! If you’re not happy with your wedding rings, then we’re not happy. If you don’t absolutely love your rings, you can return them to us for a full refund or an exchange. We have a 30-day satisfaction guarantee return policy.
3. If I buy online, the quality of the rings won’t be as high.
Not at all! We’re proud of the fact that we’re able to offer our rings at such low prices, but let’s make something clear: our costs are lower because we’re an online store, not because we compromise on the quality of our products. Because we don’t have an actual store, we don’t incur the costs that come with a storefront: rent, a showroom, salespeople, etc. That allows us to give you high-quality rings at affordable prices.
4. If I buy online, I might get fake jewelry.
You should always do your research to make sure you know you are working with a trusted retailer. My Trio Rings is a trusted source with many satisfied customers. After all, if we sold fake wedding ring sets, we couldn’t continue to exist as a business! To be able to make a confident decision about where to get your rings from, learn more about us. Learn more through our About Us section, our customer testimonials, and our certificate of authenticity that we guarantee with each purchase.
What are you waiting for? Start browsing our diamond ring sets!