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My Trio Rings Q&A: The Basics of Diamond Rings
When you’re getting married, there are a thousand questions running through your mind about each individual aspect. Take the wedding flowers, for example. What types of flowers will you have? What colors will they be? Will the flowers in the centerpieces be different than the ones in the bridal party’s bouquets? The questions go on and on.
Now, we might not be able to help with floral arrangements, but we can help with all your questions regarding bridal ring sets, diamond engagement rings, and matching wedding bands. If you’ve got a question about wedding rings--we can (and we will!) answer them. This post is just the first in a series of Q&A’s we’ll do to make your decisions a little easier. Today, My Trio Rings is answering three questions about diamonds:
- Why should I buy a diamond ring?
- Should I buy a diamond or a cubic zirconia (CZ)?
- What is the difference between a lab-made diamond and a real diamond?
1. Why should I buy a diamond ring?
Think for a minute: when you see a diamond ring on someone’s left hand, don’t you automatically assume that he/she is engaged or married? Diamond rings have become a cultural norm. However, that’s not the real reason you should buy a diamond engagement ring. The simple fact is this: diamonds are special. They catch the sunlight and sparkle like no other gemstone. If you’re looking to wow passers-by or just simply commemorate a life-changing event, there’s no better choice.
Need more convincing? Here are some more reasons you should by a diamond ring:
- A diamond engagement ring will match every single piece of your fiancee's wardrobe. You can’t say the same about a gemstone.
- Diamonds are thought to be one of the most durable substances on Earth, which means a diamond ring won’t give up on you.
- Because they’re so durable, diamonds are associated with enduring love.
- During the Middle Ages, diamonds were thought to have healing powers. Talk about a bonus!
2. Should I buy a diamond or a cubic zirconia (CZ)?
Cubic zirconia is an often-used diamond substitute. To an untrained eye, CZ indeed looks like a diamond. If you are looking for a long-lasting stone, cubic zirconia is not the ideal choice. Unlike diamonds, CZ will dull and lose its sparkle over time. Cubic zirconia is also more likely to scratch. Although bridal ring sets with cubic zirconia might be cheaper in the long run, you might find yourself paying more money to replace the stones every few years than you would have if you’d chosen a diamond in the first place. Bottom line: a diamond engagement ring is a piece of jewelry that will last a lifetime.
3. What is the difference between a lab-made diamond and a real diamond?
Did you know that scientists can create diamonds in a lab that are virtually indistinguishable from naturally mined diamonds? They have the same physical and chemical makeup as “real” diamonds, and they’re typically cheaper. However, there are some drawbacks. First, laboratory grown diamonds are normally smaller than natural ones. Also, some people find that lab grown diamonds diminish the gemstone as a symbol. Instead of taking millions of years to form, lab-made diamonds just takes days. Currently, lab diamonds must be labeled as such when being sold.
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What's Your Bridal Ring Set Style?
Your wedding rings are an extension of your personality and your style. Think about your personal style for a minute. How would you describe it: traditional, glamorous, understated, or vintage? Or maybe it’s something entirely different. Some people’s clothing style aligns perfectly with their ring style, but sometimes they’re different! Maybe you usually dress more conservatively but find yourself drawn to more glamorous rings.
Don’t know your ring style? It’s simple to figure out. Just think: is there a trend in the rings you feel drawn toward? Maybe every ring you love just happens to have a solitaire diamond head with a simple band. If that’s true, you’re probably drawn to classic-looking wedding rings. Let’s take a look at four different wedding ring styles as well as some bridal ring sets that fit the description.
1. Classic and Traditional
These are the diamond engagement rings you’ll often see described as “timeless”--and for good reason. For example, the ultimate traditional ring is a slender band with a single, round, solitaire diamond. That type of ring will never go out of style. But just because these rings are considered classic doesn’t mean they can’t have a little flair! If you want to mix things up, try a princess cut diamond or even a three-stone ring. Both of these styles give you a little more oomph but still maintain that classic elegance.
If simple is just not your style, you might be looking for a bridal ring set with more bling and sparkle. After all, you only (hopefully!) get to choose these rings once. Why not go all out? Glamorous rings are those that are going to stop passers-by dead in their tracks from the glare off all your diamonds. The best thing about these captivating rings is that they aren’t confined to any one type of ring. For instance, look at this princess solitaire ring. It resembles a classic style, but 1 1/5 CT. diamond and the accent beads and diamonds put it over the top!
Do you not want anything too flashy? Do you care very much about the look or size of your ring? If not, you might lean toward an understated sense of style. It’s possible you may even think of the ring simply as a symbol of your commitment and nothing more. Instead of a traditional engagement ring, you could just opt to wear a simple wedding band. Or,if you wanted just the tiniest bit of sparkle, you might look at something like this simple but beautiful 1/10 CT. diamond engagement ring.
Maybe you’ve always been obsessed with trends and styles from the past. Vintage rings are a trend right now, but like traditional rings, they never seem to go out of style. These rings tend to have beautifully crafted intricate details that distinguish it from other bridal ring sets. One popular trend for this season, halo diamond engagement rings, is actually a vintage styling since it’s reminiscent of rings from the past.
Browse the many different styles of our bridal ring sets
The Cost of Hand Plastic Surgery vs. Affordable Engagement Rings
Plastic surgery for your hands isn’t a new idea. There’s probably not a single part of the body that someone, somewhere hasn’t put under the knife. So while getting a “hand lift” isn’t news per se, the rising motivation behind the procedure is.
Engaged women are dropping big bucks on procedures to make their hands look more youthful.
Because that ring selfie on Instagram has to be perfect, of course!
Hand Lifts for Your Ring Selfies
That’s right. People are paying thousands of dollars for what is essentially Botox for your hands. The procedure, which takes around 10 minutes to complete, isn’t permanent — it lasts only a few months. For a permanent effect, doctors have to surgically graft fat into the hand.
The prices vary, but a single procedure can cost $300, with packages of six running for around $1500. You could buy one of our affordable engagement rings or bridal ring sets (or even multiple sets!) for that price.
This is all in the name of the perfect engagement ring selfie, complete with declarations of #wereengaged and #putaringonit.
Plastic surgeons and dermatologists have seen an increase in those demanding procedures with the rise of social media. People see pictures of themselves (or their hands) on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and find themselves hypercritical of their appearance. Plastic surgery overall has been on the rise, with social media as one possible cause of appearance insecurities.
Which brings us to hand surgery for ring selfies.
Despite this pressure to look perfect, there are better uses for your money. You’re beautiful the way you are! And your engagement should be a source of celebration, not stress. If you worry about the state of your hands for engagement photos, selfies or otherwise, there are tons of DIY hand treatments out there that won’t cost you more than your engagement ring (or your honeymoon, for that matter). Get a manicure or whip up a homemade exfoliating sugar scrub.
When you consider spending more money on hand surgery for a selfie than any number of affordable engagement rings cost, you may want to rethink your priorities.
With our bridal ring sets, you could be paying the same for a lifelong, beautiful ring set that you would for a single, impermanent plastic surgery procedure.
So rock that beautiful engagement ring on that beautiful hand! You look amazing.
Check Out the My Trio Rings Engraving Service!
Did you know that we have an engraving service at My Trio Rings? If you’re looking to add a more meaningful and personal touch to your wedding rings, then engraving them might be the way to go.
We make it easy for you. All you have to do is visit our engraving page and select which rings you’d like engraved:
- Choose between a trio ring set, a bridal ring set, an engagement ring, a ladies’ band, or a men’s band.
- Choose whether you’d like cursive or standard font.
- Write the message you want. Engraving is limited to 15 characters-- so be sure to make every character count!
Engraving wedding rings goes all the way back to medieval Europe when rings were inscribed with romantic poetry. It’s the perfect way to add personalization and deepen the significance of your rings. Just imagine going above and beyond and engraving a special, intimate word or phrase on one of our bridal ring sets or trio ring sets for your sweetheart. Not sure what to get engraved? Here are a few ideas:
- Your wedding date
- The date you met
- A quote that means something to you as a couple
- The nicknames you have for one another
- A romantic secret you share
There are also some common phrases that people get engraved on their wedding rings, such as:
- I love you
- I do
- All my love
- To my wife/husband
Already know what you’re going to put on your rings? Great! Before you place your order, here are a few tips to consider.
1. Unless you want this to be a surprise, it might be a good idea to check with your significant other before making a decision to engrave your rings. These rings will last forever, so you don’t want to make a misstep on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
2. Double check the message you want engraved. Check the spelling. Check the grammar. Read it over and over. Check it again when we email you to confirm the message.
3. If you’re not sure about engraving your rings, then wait. You can always have them engraved later. For example, you could have them engraved after a milestone wedding anniversary.
4 Lovely Same-Sex Matching Bridal Ring Sets
Wedding season is almost here, and we want to make sure all of our customers are ready! Today, I want to highlight some of our most exquisite bridal ring sets for female same-sex couples. All of the rings in this section are matching bridal wedding bands, which perfectly symbolize the union you’ll form at the altar. We have a wide selection to choose from, but here are a few of our current favorite bridal ring sets.
1. 1/3 CT. Matching Bridal Set
Want matching wedding bands that represent your unique style as a couple? Check out this 1/3 CT. matching bridal set. The stylish, almost bead-like design of the rings perfectly complements the 3 columns of 2 diamonds in the middle. This set is made with white gold, and you can choose between 10K gold or 14K gold. Both of the rings have a combined total of 12 round-cut, sparkling diamonds that are sure to catch the sun beautifully.
2. 1/4 CT. Matching Bridal Set
If you’re looking for a classic ring set in yellow gold, this just might be the set for you. These matching wedding bands are simple enough that they would go well with any engagement ring, but also elegant enough to stand on their own. Each of these rings has 9 natural, glittering diamonds. And if you’d rather have them in white gold, that option is available, too! These rings can also be made in either 10K or 14K gold.
3. 3/4 CT. Matching Bridal Set
Do you prefer a thicker band to a thinner one? This set features the wider style and has 3 columns of 2 diamonds on each ring. This design lets the diamonds take center stage, with the grooves on the bands highlighting their sparkle. This matching bridal set is made in 14K white gold and originally retails for double our price.
4. 3/8 CT. Matching Bridal Set
If both you and your sweetheart have an engagement ring with a head that needs to be accounted for when picking out a wedding band, this 3/8 CT. matching bridal set is a good contender. This wedding band would look especially exquisite under a halo engagement ring, and it will slip right under the halo head. This matching wedding band set only comes in white gold, but you are able to choose between 10K and 14K gold. The set has a whopping total of 42 shimmering, round-cut diamonds.
Browse the rest of our matching bridal ring sets for same-sex couples.
4 Bridal Ring Sets for Summer Weddings
Planning on proposing this summer and don’t feel like waiting a long time to walk down that aisle? Instead of buying an engagement ring separate from the wedding band, consider buying them together in one of our bridal ring sets.
This approach has many benefits. For example, buying them together ensures that the rings will match, and it will be one less worry when it comes to planning your wedding. If you’re wanting to propose AND get married this summer, we have some exquisite bridal ring sets that are perfect for the season (and ship quickly).
1. 1/7 CT Matching Bridal Set
Summer is a magical time of year, and few of our bridal ring sets scream "magic" quite like this 1/7 CT matching bridal set. The twisted accents on both the engagement ring and the band give this set a romantic and fairytale-esque feel. Snow White herself could have worn these! These rings can be made in 10K or 14K white or yellow gold. There are 17 sparkling, natural diamonds in this set.
2. 1/3 CT Matching Bridal Set
One of the biggest wedding ring trends this season is a halo engagement ring. This 1/3 CT. bridal set combines that trend with a matching wedding band. This trendy, yet timeless square halo diamond engagement ring looks even more gorgeous next to the wedding band that incorporates the same diamond pattern. These rings are made with 10K white gold, and the set has a whopping total of 61 shimmering diamonds.
3. 1/2 CT Matching Bridal Set
Take one look at this ring set, and I bet you’ll be able to to tell why it's perfect for summer. Figure it out? It’s the elegant flower motif on the engagement ring! The head of the engagement ring on this 1/2 CT matching bridal set has a subtle floral design, which gives a unique spin on a classic cluster head engagement ring. These rings are available in either yellow or white gold, and you can also choose between 10K and 14K gold. You’ll also find a total of 21 conflict-free diamonds in this set.
4. 11/10 CT Matching Bridal Set
Here’s another matching bridal set that has an engagement ring with a floral motif head. We love how the large head is paired with thin bands (which is another wedding ring trend this summer). The thinner bands perfectly complement the centerpiece, while also letting it take center stage. This 11/10 CT. bridal ring set has a total of 50 glittering diamonds, and it comes in both white and yellow gold. You can also choose between 10K and 14K gold.
Plan ahead and get one of our bridal ring sets today!
Best Places to Propose in San Jose, California
Silicon Valley is the home of some of our most innovative digital technology companies (for example, Google, Apple, Facebook, and so on). It might not be the first place you think of when a romantic proposal crosses your mind, but you’d be wrong. San Jose is located in the beautiful Bay Area and has a variety of perfect places for you to get down on one knee and present your sweetheart with a diamond engagement ring. Here are four of the best places to propose in San Jose, California:
1. Redwood Canopy Tours
Want to do something fun and outdoorsy? Take your partner on a redwood canopy tour! The two of you can get the adrenaline pumping as you zip-line through the coast of the redwood forest. The tours are around two hours, so take that into consideration when planning your proposal. Do you want to do it before, during, or after? Whatever you choose, take advantage of the fact that you’ll be 150 feet above ground. I bet not many people can say they were proposed to from that high up!
2. Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve
Despite the name, this vast and beautiful preserve can be found just outside of San Jose (and not in San Antonio). If you want to take your partner on a hike or a picnic, this is the place to do it. You’ll be wowed be the views. Here’s a tip: get there early. This is a popular spot in the San Jose area since it provides an escape from the city, so it can get pretty crowded. If you want a more intimate proposal, take your sweetheart out for a sunrise breakfast picnic or hike.
3. Japanese Friendship Garden
Here’s another beautiful outdoor spot to consider. With over five acres of gardens, you’ll quickly see why this would be one of the most picturesque places to propose in San Jose. You’ll also find a koi pond, fountains, and numerous streams. In fact, this is a popular wedding venue! Imagine having your proposal and ceremony in the same place. That’s the epitome of romance. In fact, you could present her with a sparkling diamond engagement ring and tell her that you want to marry her in this very spot. (Browse our bridal ring sets before you propose, and remember that you can save 10% on your future wedding band purchases with our She Said Yes program.)
4. Plaza de César Chávez
If you’re looking to do a public proposal, this open plaza is the perfect spot. This space hosts a number of different festivals and fairs throughout the year. It even houses the official city Christmas tree during the holidays. Just imagine presenting your partner with a diamond engagement ring under that tree. If you don’t want to propose at an already scheduled public event, try doing something creative of your own!
Do you have any best places to propose suggestions? Share with us!
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Bridal Ring Sets for Every Budget
You’re looking for cheap wedding rings, and so unlike many grooms-to-be out there, you know to shop smart and look for inexpensive trio wedding ring sets or bridal ring sets rather than purchasing each ring a la carte for more money. And if you are looking for beautiful bridal ring sets at a great price, then you have come to the right place.
My Trio Rings offers a wide variety of high quality, cheap wedding ring styles to match any taste and any budget.
1. Option 1
If price is your primary consideration, then you might want to consider a lovely 1/7 carat bridal ring set which includes both a diamond engagement ring and a diamond wedding band crafted from 10 K white gold. The round cut diamonds are clustered on the rings in a pattern reminiscent of leaves and flowers. This gorgeous real diamond ring set is only $305.99, and it includes free shipping and a generous return policy.
2. Option 2
If it is inexpensive bridal ring sets you are looking for, then any of the rings or ring sets that My Trio Rings has to offer will likely cost you much less than a standard diamond solitaire engagement ring at a brick-and-mortar jewelry store. Consider a 3/4 carat bridal ring set which is set in 14 K yellow gold. Its extravagant, ornate design looks like a very expensive designer ring set, but in actuality, it only costs $713.99.
3. Option 3
Even the most expensive bridal ring sets that My Trio Rings sells are only $1101.99, which is less than many men pay for just the engagement ring. For that price, you can get a 3/8 carat diamond engagement ring and ladies’ wedding band, set in either white gold or yellow gold with a modern geometric pattern.
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