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  • How to Shop Online for Budget Wedding Rings this Thanksgiving

    The holiday season is officially here! Thanksgiving is in just a few weeks – which means you'll soon be able to take advantage of fantastic Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales. If you're planning a romantic holiday proposal or a last-minute holiday wedding, this is the perfect time of year to shop for stunning engagement rings, wedding bands or matching trio ring sets.

    Savvy shoppers do their homework for such a big and important purchase. We already shared a list of expert tips for in-store holiday ring shopping – now here are our recommendations on how to get the best value when you buy rings online. Make an educated decision, and save thousands of dollars!

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    Tips for Online Ring Buying This Thanksgiving

    • Get a second (and third! and fourth!) opinion. Don't take the retailer's word for it; read reviews that reveal what real couples have to say. Browse updates from social media and the news.
    • Clarify the important stuff. Does the website clearly show pricing and delivery dates under the add to cart, and checkout steps? (At My Trio Rings everyone gets the best price up front)
    • Prioritize security. Look for SSL certificates or signs of encryption to ensure your payment information remains safe. (My Trio Rings uses SSL encryption & Visa Owned Authorize.net for payment processing)

    Have questions? Click the red chat button on the bottom right of your screen and say hello!

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  • How to Shop In-Store for Budget Wedding Rings this Thanksgiving

    It’s that time of year again. Food, family, football and Black Friday frenzy are around the corner! There's so much to love about Thanksgiving, and it's coming up fast.

    If you’re planning on making an important purchase for a certain big milestone this Thanksgiving (ahem, romantic proposal or wedding), now is is an excellent time to take advantage of holiday sales even if the event is in the coming months! Many jewelry stores will be holding Thanksgiving weekend specials on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, so you could find gorgeous matchign his and hers trio ring sets or engagement rings on sale for a fraction of their normal price.

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    To get the best deal this Thanksgiving weekend, it's smart to do your homework before you hit the stores and start your ring buying quest. With four generations of expertise in this industry, we've had some time to take notes and develop a few expert tips for holiday ring shopping. After you've had a chance to browse through stores to get a feeling for what you like, head on over to our online buying checklist to learn how modern couples are saving thousands by buying risk free online!

    • Compare apples to apples. If you're comparing prices, be sure that the color and clarity of the diamonds are the same. There's a big difference in the look between an I1 and I3! Email us a link of any rings and we will help you compare any styles you're interested in, even if they're not our rings
    • Don't get the credit card. You've likely read about in-store financing program's predatory credit card rates - ask for layaway plans to lock in the price instead!
    • Get the real deal. Authenticity is everything when you're shopping for diamond engagement and wedding rings. Some stores sell all types of jewelry, so make sure they clarify the differences between their lab-made and natural diamonds.
    • Know the policies inside and out. When you are buying during holiday sales, it's especially important to understand all the terms. Be aware of returns and warranty policy terms, if those are not stated clearly on the store's website or your receipt.
    • Get the expertise you deserve. Ask questions to make sure your sales rep has your best interests at heart, and isn't just pushing a style on you to get a commission during the holiday. What's his or her background or where did they get trained? Don't be shy about asking for credentials as you make an important purchase.
    • Be wary of deceptive pricing. As consumers we love seeing slashed price tags, but don't let that fool you into spending more. Jewelry retailers advertise big discounts but keep in mind that these reduced prices are based off of very high markups. Negotiate accordingly

    Have questions? Click the red chat button on the bottom right of your screen and say hello!

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  • Lifetime Jewelry Warranties: What's the Catch?

    At first glance, having a lifetime warranty on your his and hers wedding bands sounds like a great idea. It promises to give you peace of mind, knowing that your precious rings are protected for life against damage.

    But when you look more closely at these lifetime jewelry warranties (also called extended service plans, protection plans, etc.), they aren’t as clear or reassuring. Once you read the fine print, what do these plans actually offer?

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    Extended Service Plan

    Kay Jewelers and Jared The Galleria of Jewelry are owned by the same parent company, Signet Jewelers Limited, and offer extended service plans with nearly identical language. (Zales is also a Signet company, but its plan has slightly different wording – more on that below.)

    Kay and Jared’s extended service plan advertises that “with one payment, you get coverage for your jewelry for its lifetime.”

    If you want to protect your his and hers wedding bands, you pay a one-time fee (based on the cost of your rings) with no deductible, and have access to a repair plan. This “only covers wear during normal wear and use of the merchandise,” and includes labor and parts to maintain jewelry in usable condition. Some of the services included in the extended service plan are:

    • Ring sizing
    • Prong retipping
    • Prong replacement
    • Head replacement
    • Diamond or color stone tightening
    • Chain soldering
    • Clasp replacement

    Kay and Jared make it clear that this plan covers only repairs, not replacements. The extended service plan does not cover:

    • Replacing diamonds or gemstones
    • Repairing or replacing materials “resulting from excessive or abusive treatment of the merchandise other than normal wear and tear”
    • Loss, theft or damage resulting from “loss, theft, misuse, abuse or Act of God”

    For the extended service plan to be valid, you must maintain any requirements detailed in warranties or guarantees. Unauthorized repairs or service (for example, from a vendor that’s not Kay or Jared, or not authorized by the company) can void the plan’s coverage.

    This plan only offers to make adjustments or repairs that fall into the “normal wear and tear” category – and what that means still seems to be open to interpretation.

    Lifetime Diamond & Color Gemstone Guarantee

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    Kay and Jared also have a separate plan, the Lifetime Diamond & Color Gemstone Guarantee. It covers repairs or replacements for jewelry mounting for the first 12 months. It also covers the lifetime replacement of a diamond, emerald, ruby or sapphire if it “chips, breaks, or is lost from its original setting during normal wear.” This guarantee is only valid if you bring in your jewelry to a Kay or Jared store for inspection every six months, for life. A recent BuzzFeed story highlighted some couples’ negative experiences with the extended service plan and the diamond and gemstone guarantee. 

    Zales Lifetime Service Program 

    The Zales Lifetime Jewelry Protection Plan covers repairs “under normal conditions for the lifetime of your jewelry,” including:

    • Prong or mounting repairs
    • Resizing
    • Refinishing
    • Polishing
    • Stone tightening
    • Replacing lost or chipped gemstones and diamonds

    It does not cover “theft, mysterious disappearance, loss or damage other than that incurred in normal wear.”

    The Zales Lifetime Diamond Commitment will replace chipped, lost or broken diamonds from the original setting; it also requires semiannual inspections at a Zales store, or the plan is voided.

    What this means for you: 

    If a lifetime guarantee sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It’s important to read the fine print to make sure the service plan you’re buying really covers what you need it to. How will it protect your his and hers wedding bands? Will it cover all standard repairs? Will it replace missing diamonds? Will it insist on mandatory inspections twice a year?

    The My Trio Rings Extended Service Plan

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    My Trio Rings has a straightforward extended service plan with excellent, easy-to-understand coverage. It’s valid for five years and completely on your schedule. You’re entitled to send your rings in once a year, but you’re not required to (miss a year, and you’re still covered for the full five years). The plan includes:

    • Resizing within two ring sizes
    • Rhodium polishing for gold
    • Steam and ultra-sonic cleaning
    • Updated engraving
    • Prong re-tipping
    • Stone tightening
    • Missing diamonds replacement (up to 1/5 carat, not including accidental damage)

    There’s no hidden catch – just reliable protection at an affordable price.

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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  • Summer Sale! 4 Trio Ring Sets We Love

    trio-ring-setsIf 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.

    Retro Style 

    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.

    Fresh Cut

    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.

    Browse the affordable ring sets in our summer sale

  • Engagement Etiquette 101: Do’s and Don’ts

    engagement-etiquetteCongratulations! You are newly engaged. You might feel both giddy with excitement and a bit overwhelmed as you are sharing your news and planning your wedding. Here are a few basic engagement etiquette tips to set you on the right track.

    Engagement Do’s and Don’ts

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    Tell your family about your engagement before posting on social media.

    Believe me: your mom will be livid if she sees your diamond engagement ring selfie on Facebook before you tell her yourself. It’s normal to want to shout the news from the mountaintops… but tell your family first. If you can, share the news in person. If not, call, Skype or FaceTime them. Then get in touch with rest of your inner circle: grandma, your siblings, your closest friends. Now you’re free to broadcast the news to your wider circle of friends on social media - and enjoy the excitement and congratulations.

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    Talk incessantly about your upcoming wedding in front of people who won’t be invited.

    It’s natural to be enthusiastic about getting married, especially when wedding planning is going to be taking up a lot of your time and energy. But be conscious of who you are gushing to about the diamond engagement ring, the reception venue and the wedding party attire. It would be impolite to talk an acquaintance’s ear off about all your plans if you have no intention of inviting her to the wedding. Keep your sharing to a minimum in front of those not on the guest list, and save yourself some awkward questions down the road. This goes for social media posting as well!

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    Ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to be part of the wedding early.

    Once you start planning your wedding, make your list of attendants one of your earliest decisions as a couple. You’ll want to ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen with plenty of notice. Share any details and logistics you have already - location, tentative dates, attire, any costs you’ll be covering, etc. - and let them know that you’d be honored if they can do it but you will understand if they can’t for any reason.

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    Feel that you have to have an engagement party.

    Plenty of couples want to celebrate their engagement with a party with friends and family, but plenty opt out of this event. If your parents are dying to host a party as soon as you announce your news, go for it and enjoy yourselves. If it seems like another expensive item on your to-do list that you’re not looking forward to, skip it and save your energy for wedding planning.

    Buy an engagement ring, and get 10% off a wedding band set with our She Said Yes! special 

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  • 8 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

    wedding-planning-tipsAt My Trio Rings, we firmly believe that you can plan the wedding of your dreams - from the guest list and the menu to the diamond trio ring sets and the flower arrangements - without cleaning out your savings.

    You and your future spouse want to celebrate a life-changing milestone with the people who are most important to you, but you also don’t want to start your marriage carrying a huge financial burden. Here are a few planning tips to help you save money on your wedding without feeling like you’re missing out on anything.

    Budget Wedding Planning Tips

    1. Shop trio ring sets - which include an engagement ring, a women’s wedding band and a men’s wedding band - to save up to 65% off retail.

    2. Plan a wedding outside of the peak spring, summer or holiday season. Ask the venues you are interested in what time of year is most affordable. You may find that shortening or lengthening your timeline can help keep costs down.

    3. Set a firm guest list number, based on your budget, and stick to it. It’ll be tempting to let the number keep inching up, but hold firm and save yourself future headaches.

    4. Think outside the Saturday evening schedule. This is usually peak time for weddings and other events, so price out Friday nights or Sunday afternoons instead.

    5. Choose flowers that are in season and available locally to cut down on shipping costs. Use more greenery and fewer flowers for striking - but more affordable - centerpieces.

    6. Question the extras that tend to add up in a wedding - the champagne toast, the favors, the top-shelf full bar, the sit-down dinner. Ask yourselves which you have your heart set on and which aren’t important. Cut the latter.

    7. Look at different photography package and shooter options at the studio you choose. Sometimes the principal photographer charges significantly more than an associate photographer who will also take beautiful pictures.

    8. Keep your wedding party small. You’ll have fewer people to coordinate, and you won’t have as many expenses such as bouquets, attendant gifts and hair and makeup costs.

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  • Wedding Etiquette Tips: How to Plan a Child-Free Wedding

    child-free-weddingWedding planning can sometimes be an exercise in walking on eggshells, trying not to hurt feelings or step on toes, while still staying true to what you want as a couple.

    One of the big questions that can cause the most controversy is: do we invite children or not?

    There are many reasons you might want an adult-only celebration. For example, you are planning a glamorous black-tie wedding that wouldn’t be well suited to little ones, or you want to keep the guest list on the small side to keep the catering bill down. It is perfectly acceptable to decide to have a child-free wedding, but it can be a touchy subject with friends and family you’re inviting.

    Here are a few wedding etiquette tips on how to handle the situation both clearly and gracefully:

    Address the invitations carefully.

    Writing “adults only” or “no children” on the invitation can come across as impolite and may ruffle feathers. Instead, address the invitation envelopes with care, writing, “Mr. Tom Figueroa” or “Ms. Amy Schmidt-Fuller and Mr. John Fuller,” without including the children’s names or “and family.” People should gather that it’s not a kid-friendly event, but if you are worried there will be confusion, ask your inner circle of family and wedding party members to spread the word in a subtle way to the wider guest list.

    Plan an evening wedding.

    It’s more challenging to host a child-free wedding at a daytime or more casual event. If you plan an evening wedding, particularly if it is a formal affair, it is easier to explain to friends and family why kids aren’t invited.

    Arrange child-care services.

    If you are having an adult-only wedding, especially if many people are traveling to it from out of town, it is a generous gesture to arrange to have a babysitter (or small team of sitters) take care of the kids while the adults have fun.

    Be consistent.

    Inviting some children and not others can cause problems, so it’s best to pick a rule and stick with it. For example, you may want your sister’s son to be the ring bearer in charge of presenting the trio ring sets at the ceremony, so you could invite kids from your immediate family only. But to avoid hurt feelings, you should hold fast to this rule and not make exceptions.

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  • Should You Buy Wedding Insurance?

    outdoor-weddingYou have a lot of big - and often big-ticket - decisions to make when you are planning your wedding. Some are easier than others - who to include in your wedding party, which bridal ring sets are perfect for your style, what song to play for your first dance - but others are nuanced and complex. One big question for couples is: should we buy wedding insurance to protect against unforeseen crises?

    What is Wedding Insurance?

    The average cost of a wedding in the US in 2014 was around $28,000 - a significant amount for most couples. Wedding insurance safeguards this investment in case something outside your control forces you to change, postpone or cancel your big day, or you suffer property damage or loss.

    What Does Wedding Insurance Cost?

    Policies vary depending on their coverage, but most won’t be more than about $500 for basic protection. Insurance companies like Fireman’s Fund and Travelers offer customizable options for different fees.

    What Does Wedding Insurance Cover?

    Again, policies vary widely, so be sure to ask questions and read the fine print, but these are some common wedding insurance coverage options:

    Extreme Weather: If you have to postpone your wedding because of a hurricane or blizzard, for example, the policy should cover the rescheduling costs.

    Missing Vendor or Officiant: If someone essential to the wedding - your caterer, priest or rabbi, for example - goes out of business or doesn’t show up, you should be able to be reimbursed for the cost of postponement.

    Illness, Injury or Bereavement: If there is a death in the family or someone involved in the wedding - a close family member or member of the wedding party - suddenly falls ill or is injured, you should be able to reschedule and recoup some of the costs.

    Site Problems: Check with your wedding location to see if it has its own insurance, but if not, wedding insurance should be able to cover costs associated with unavoidable cancellation. For example, there is an electrical fire in the kitchen at the reception venue or the wedding site closes unexpectedly the week before your ceremony.

    Wedding Attire and Jewelry: If your wedding gown and tuxedo or bridal ring sets or matching wedding bands are lost, stolen or damaged, the policy should pay to replace or repair them.

    Liability: Most sites have liability insurance, but if you are having your wedding at someone’s home, this would protect you in case a guest were to be injured at the wedding.

    Military Service: If the bride or groom is active duty or reserve status and suddenly has to leave because of work, the policy should pay for the expenses due to rescheduling.

    Note: Cancelling a wedding due to cold feet is not usually covered. Fireman’s Fund has a “change of heart” policy you can opt for, but it only applies if someone calls off the wedding 365 days before the first covered event.

    Do We Really Need Wedding Insurance?

    It’s ultimately a personal decision and one you should make as a couple - along with parents or anyone else helping to pay for your wedding. If you are having a very small budget wedding, you may not feel you need insurance. But if you are spending a moderate sum or more on your wedding, a few hundred extra dollars for a bit of peace of mind may be well worth it.

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