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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!

    Be sure to sign up to the My Trio Rings Newsletter to get the subscribers preview for our Annual Ringsgiving Sale! Up next: View online shopping checklist

     

  • Shopping for Plus Size Rings: Online & In-Store

    If searching for the perfect wedding and engagement rings seems like a daunting task, it’s even more challenging when you need sizes outside the limited range carried by most jewelers.

    We’ve heard this complaint from many of our couples over the years – and it’s one of the major reasons we designed our Full Brilliance Collection. It’s the first of its kind, and it features diamond engagement, bridal and trio rings crafted just for sizes 10 and up. You can find rings in your size that reflect your style, without paying inflated prices or sacrificing excellent customer service.

    But we know there are many ways to shop for engagement and wedding rings, and couples want to explore all of their options before making a decision. So the My Trio Rings team conducted online and in-store research in Summer of 2017 at several leading jewelers to help you get started – and ultimately find your perfect fit!

    Short on time? Skip to What We Learned below!

    Plus Size Ring Shopping Research

    Blue Nile (Normal Selection - Ladies: 9 & Men’s: 13)

    Blue Nile carries women’s and men’s rings up to size 13, but we found that most engagement rings are only offered up to size 9. When we called to ask for an engagement ring in a size 12, the representative said they have nothing in stock in that size.

    We asked about a specific style, to get a better idea of the process and pricing for ordering a custom ring in a larger size. We chose a diamond engagement ring that costs $1,485 and comes in any size between 3.5 to 8.5. When we inquired about ordering a size 12 in this style, the representative said that would entail a nonrefundable special order. It would cost 20%-40% more than the original price, and take 4 to 10 weeks to custom-make.

    Since Blue Nile had nothing in a size 12 in stock, the rep said this turnaround time would be the same for any ring they offer in this size. She said she’d email a more detailed quote within the next 5 business days. Two days later, we received the quote via email. It offered:

    • An alternative but similar setting for $790 ($140 more than the original setting in the standard size)
    Size 3.5-8.5 OnlineSize 12 Custom
    Setting$650$790
    Center Diamond$835$698*
    Total$1485$1488

    * Reversed out from Total & Setting quotes provided.

    • A 4-week turnaround to craft the ring (much better than our expectations were set)
    • Warranty condition: Over the ring’s lifetime it may only be sized up or down half a size, or the warranty will be voided

    The pricing being only $3 more for the final ring was a pleasant surprise to us, however the same center diamond strangely became more expensive in the custom ring.

    Zales (Normal Selection - Ladies: 9 & Men’s: 12)

    Zales offers women’s rings up to size 9, and men’s rings up to size 12. When we called customer service to inquire about a size 12 women’s ring, the representative recommended buying a size 9 and having it resized to a 12 in-store. We called a branch in New York City and told the sales associate we were looking for a size 12 ring. She responded, “Whoa,” (a reaction we did not appreciate) said she’d call us back; she never did.

    After that, we visited a store, and had a much better shopping experience. We asked about resizing a 1/2 carat engagement ring (available in sizes 6 to 9, priced at $1299.99) to a size 12. The sales associate was helpful, and suggested another ring that was larger but more affordable: $999.99, and 3/4 carat total weight for the bridal set. She said it was possible to order the bridal set in a size 12, but it would be nonrefundable (exchanges possible), and cost an additional $600. They indicated that they would have to custom-make a size 10 ring, then resize it to a 12 at their jeweler. The process would take about 3 to 4 weeks.

     Tiffany & Co.  (Normal Selection - Ladies: 6 & Men’s: 12)

    The representative for the Tiffany store on 5th Ave. said you must buy engagement rings in-store, and they all come in a standard size 6. If you need a different size, they can resize a ring in-store within around 3 to 4 hours.

    We asked about resizing a ring to a size 12, and the rep said that shouldn’t be a problem, though that process would go through their service center and take up to 3 days. Some of the simpler wedding bands – plain gold or featuring a few diamonds – are available in sizes 4 to 13 upon request. For more complex styles, rings are offered in sizes ranging from 6-8

    Kays (Normal Selection - Ladies: 9 & Men’s: 12)

    We emailed customer service to ask about ordering diamond engagement rings in larger sizes; the representative responded that generally these rings will go up to a size 9 or 9.5, depending on the vendor. Kays has women’s and men’s rings up to size 14. We also called customer service about buying a size 12 engagement ring, and the rep said we’d have to go in-store to do a special order.

    Walmart (Normal Selection - Ladies: 14 & Men’s: 15)

    While not known for their diamond jewelry online Walmart carries women’s rings up to size 14, and men’s rings up to size 15 (we even spotted one diamond engagement ring in a size 14.75). We attempted to call in to a local Walmart in Secaucus, New Jersey to see what sizes they carried, however were placed on hold for 30 minutes before our own patience ran out. For being the largest jeweler in the country, we’d say it’s a pretty awful and inconclusive experience.

    Super Jeweler (Normal Selection - Ladies: 9.5 & Men’s: 13.5)

    SuperJeweler features women’s rings up to size 9.5, and men’s rings up to size 13.5. The website stocks rings in a standard women’s size 7, and will adjust the ring to sizes 4 to 9 free of charge. If you need a size that isn’t in this range, you can call customer service to see if it’s possible for the ring you want.

    We called SuperJeweler about a size 12 ring in a style priced at $1299.99 and available in sizes 4 to 9.5. The representative needed to check to see if this was possible. He called back and said they could make a size 12 ring for a $100 fee. The process would take 3 to 5 days.

    Ice.com (Normal Selection - Ladies: 10 & Men’s: 15)

    Ice carries women’s and men’s rings up to size 15 from their various vendors who sell on their platform. For the women’s diamond and gold selection however most rings from size 11-15 are simple wedding bands; not traditional engagement rings. Actual engagement rings and more complex styles are available only up to sizes 10 or 11. We did find their ring filter to be very helpful in quantifying their selection at each size.

    What We Learned

    If you’re a bit exhausted after reading all this, you’re in good company! After exploring our options at many different jewelers, our main takeaway is that it is possible to find rings in larger sizes… but that it requires time and persistence and a commitment to the unknown

    • Nowhere in our research did we find a collection of rings which were designed to fit larger ring sizes.
    • The overwhelming majority of retailers seemed to offer only up to a size 9 in ladies, and larger sizes only as custom non-refundable orders.
    • For stores which did not carry larger ring sizes, the option to “size up” was offered – however the final shape and integrity of the ring after it was sized was never brought up. If Tiffany voids their warranty with only a half size change, it’s a pretty good sign that drastic sizing can impact the integrity of a ring!

    We believe there’s a better way to shop for wedding and engagement rings – whether you’re looking for a size 12 or a size 6. You shouldn’t have to choose from a limited selection and take a risk ordering a ring that fits your size.

    Learn more about how we designed our Full Brilliance collection [link to blog post] to be authentic, affordable and matching. We strive to provide a better alternative, one which is judgement free or hassle free. Just beautiful rings that fit like a dream.

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    Summer 2017 marks the collections official launch and more styles will be added in shortly. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed of new releases and to learn more about our Full Brilliance collection and how it continues to innovate!

  • How Are Rings Resized?

    You shouldn’t settle for anything less than a perfect fit… in a partner, or in a ring! Engagement and matching wedding rings that are too tight are uncomfortable and hard to slip on and off; rings that are too loose move around on your finger and are in danger of getting lost. The ideal fit is snug and secure, without digging into your skin.

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    It’s common to get your new rings resized so they fit you just right. My Trio Rings offers an easy and affordable ring resizing service; simply send us the rings you purchased at My Trio Rings, and we’ll quickly resize them and send them back via insured mail. The cost is $30 for one ring, $55 for two rings or $75 for a wedding trio set.

    But what kind of magic do we perform when you send us your rings to resize? Let’s take a closer look at how we adjust the size of rings – while maintaining their beautiful shape and style.

    How to Make Rings Bigger

    Ring fit – the shape of a ring’s interior surface – is available in a few different styles. But while some have sections that are curved or concave, all My Trio Rings feature a flat interior surface. This is the section we can alter to make rings larger or smaller.

    To size a ring up, we first measure the ring and the piece of gold we need to add – determining how many millimeters will achieve the correct new size. We then cut the ring on the flat interior surface and, using high heat, solder it back together with the added piece of gold.

    The resulting ring is now the correct size, but it is not yet the rounded shape we want. We place the ring on a sizing stick and gently hammer it down to reshape it and round out the edges, making it into a perfect circle again (you shouldn’t be able to see a line where the cut was made). After that, we file down any remaining rough edges and check all prongs or channels to make sure diamonds are tight. Then we add polish and rhodium, and the ring is all ready to send back.

    How to Make Rings Smaller

    The process for sizing a ring down is identical, except we must measure how much of the gold we need to remove, marking it on the band. We cut this section out, fusing the gold back together with heat in the same way, and proceeding with the reshaping and polishing steps.

    How Much Can You Resize a Ring?

    Every ring is different, and its design and style will determine how much it can be resized. For many rings, sizing up or down by a quarter- or half-size is possible (and some may even support a full size). But if a ring features a lot of diamonds or has an unusual band design, it becomes more challenging to resize dramatically.

    Learn more about our ring resizing service

  • Should You Change Your Name?

    A few generations ago, women were expected to change their last names after getting married. Until the 1970s, some states even required women to use their husbands’ names to vote, get a driver’s license or do banking. But times have changed, and modern couples can decide for themselves how they want to navigate the name-change question.

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    To Change or Not?

    There’s no universal right or wrong decision. Some same-sex and straight couples keep their current names. Some hyphenate or combine both last names to create a shared new one. And some women or men decide to take their spouse’s name. Since it’s often an emotionally loaded topic, it’s important to think through your personal preferences and discuss them with your partner in advance. You may find that you both feel strongly about it and have to work through a compromise. Or you may learn that it’s not really a big deal to your partner either way.

    By the Numbers

    Around 20% of women married in recent years have decided to keep their names, according to a Google Consumer Survey conducted by The Upshot. And another 10% chose an alternative option, such as hyphenating their name. Since gay marriage has only been legal nationwide since 2015, there is not yet much data on the trends for same-sex couples.

    For Your Consideration

    If you’re not sure if you want to change your name or not, start by asking yourself open-ended questions. Pay attention to any gut reactions you have, and talk about your perspective with your future spouse.

    Questions to get you started:

    • What feelings do you have when you think about changing or keeping your name? What do you want to do?
    • How does your name influence your identity? Does changing your name affect this?
    • What factors (personal, political, historical, religious, etc.) are important for you in this decision?
    • If you and your partner want to have children some day, what last name do you want them to have? Is it important for you all to have the same name?
    • Are there any professional or financial concerns you have about changing your name?

    Choices, Choices

    Here are a few naming options to explore:

    • Keep your name
    • Take your spouse’s name, or have your spouse take yours
    • Take your spouse’s name, and use your last name a middle name
    • Hyphenate your two last names
    • Merge your two last names into one
    • Pick a completely new last name

    Ultimately there is no one right answer to this question. You and your partner may have differing opinions on this topic, but the most important thing is to give each other the ability and space to share your feelings, and to make a decision based on what you both value together.

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  • Cultural Differences: Wearing Bridal Rings on the Left or the Right Hand

  • Quiz: What's Your Dream Engagement Ring?

     

  • 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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    Kay & Jared

    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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  • Convince Your Better Half

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  • 8 Little Things that Show You're a Perfect Match

    If someone asked you to describe what you love about your partner, what would you say? You might start with the big qualities you value – he’s kind, generous and funny; she’s smart, loving and creative. But when you dig down deep into the reasons you fell in love and are ready to slip on wedding bands sets, it’s really the accumulation of a thousand little things.

    UK-based artist Philippa Rice has created a beautiful visual record of some of these small ways you show love in her comic series Soppy. Each illustration captures a sweet, private moment shared between Rice and her boyfriend, and the collection is something everyone in a serious relationship can relate to.

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    Inspired by Rice’s art, here are eight of our favorite little signs that you’ve found your perfect match.

    1. Even the boring stuff is fun when you’re together.

    Grocery shopping, making breakfast, doing laundry. These day-to-day activities can range from mundane to dreadful, but when you’re together, they immediately become more enjoyable. You share a glass of wine while the pasta is boiling, or you make up silly games to cope with that interminable line at the store.

    2. You like doing your own thing, but you also like being in the same space.

    He’s an avid reader, you’re always working on something crafty; she’s a programmer, you’re a gamer. Sometimes you need to do your own thing separately, but sometimes it’s also nice to be in the same room, working on different projects in companionable silence.

    3. You can talk about anything.

    From how you’d handle the zombie apocalypse to where you want to be in 10 years, you two aren’t afraid to tackle the important topics. Even if you’ve been together for years, you still surprise each other and remember why you fell in love in the first place. You make an effort to keep learning about one another, from the silly to the serious.

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    4. You empathize with each other.

    You feel awful when he’s having a bad day, and you’re on his side when he’s coping with conflict. You notice when she’s upset by something, and you listen to understand her feelings. You show each other consideration and compassion in small daily interactions, and you know you have each other’s back.

    5. You’re affectionate in your own unique way.

    Maybe your style is to hug and kiss as much as possible; maybe it’s to hold hands or fall asleep with your legs intertwined. Whatever it is, you show each other affection every day.

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    6. You do nice things for one another.

    You go to the post office to mail a package for him when he has to work late; you make dinner for her because you know she’ll be tired when she gets home. You try to let go of keeping score and instead make an effort to do the things you know your partner will appreciate.

    7. You get past challenges without lashing out at each other.

    When you have to get through something unpleasant together – paying bills, building IKEA furniture, narrowing down your wedding guest list – you take a deep breath and try to do it with good humor. At best, you end up having fun with it; at worst, you’re civil and you can breathe a sigh of relief when it’s done.

    8. You don’t need much to enjoy yourselves.

    Whether it’s hibernating with Netflix and takeout or checking out a new corner of your neighborhood, you two are guaranteed to have a good time. When you’re together, you bring out the best in each other – day in and day out.

    Have you found your perfect match? Find the matching wedding bands sets to show the world.

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