It is said a wedding band has no beginning or end, which represents the boundless love and devotion that a marriage provides. Your perfect wedding band is the emblem of love you show to the world and something you will wear for the rest of your love. With such massive responsibility tasked to a tiny ring, it is no wonder shopping for the perfect ring can be stressful for bride and groom.
However, the right guidance makes this tradition not only hassle-free, but save you cash in the process. Below you will find eight tips that will help your search for the perfect wedding band.
1.) Know your size
This will not only save a lot of back and forth sizing and resizing but it can help cut those costs. Knowing your correct size is the first piece of information needed when buying your perfect wedding band. WeddingBands.com offers a free ring sizing kit to anyone who wants to size their finger from home.
A proper fit for a ring is for the ring to go on with ease, and come off with some resistance. The ring should be comfortable on your finger, but if you’ve never worn a ring before, it may take a couple of days to get used to the ring.
2.) Comfort fit vs. Non-Comfort Fit.
The differences between comfort fit and non-comfort fit rings are minuscule in features but massive in characteristics. Comfort fit wedding rings could be slightly thicker all around the ring and have a curved edge to them so slides on your finger easily.
3.) Find the metal that fits your style and feel.
Everything that sparkles in jewelry is not gold. While the vast majority of wedding bands still sold are made of precious metals like gold wedding bands, palladium and platinum wedding bands. Gold wedding bands stamped as 14K, 18K or 585 and 750 to show the purity of the gold. Platinum and palladium wedding bands stamped as 900, 950 “Palladium” or “Plat”. WeddingBands.com carries only 950- palladium and 950-platinum. Make sure the manufacturer’s trade mark and metal content is stamped inside the ring. Not only will your gold, platinum and palladium wedding band be priceless to you, it will also be priceless to your children.
Recently alternative metals such as titanium, tungsten carbide, and cobalt chrome are being used in wedding bands.
Both traditional and alternative metals have their benefits and detriments. Gold, palladium, and platinum will last longer and can be sized if needed; while titanium, tungsten, and cobalt chrome are budget friendly alternatives and the rings cannot be sized.
The material of your ring can determine not only the cost, but also the weight, color, and overall style. Whether you want a shiny, brilliant or a dull, matte look your metal choice will play a large part in this. Another piece to this is the finish of the metal.
4.) Know the metal finish that best fits your style.
Every ring style can have an infinite number of looks just by changing the finish of the metal. The finish can range from a basic high polish to a hammered finish and everything in between.
A wedding ring’s style can be customized through the metal’s finish. A matte, sandblasted finish can make a plain ring more dramatic. A Florentine or brushed finish can ensure small scratches will not be noticeable. Look through all the possible finishes and talk to your jeweler to ensure they understand the look you want.
5.) Narrow or wide band?
6.) What message do you want to engrave in your wedding bands?
The inside of your band is a perfect place to engrave a secret message or simply the date of your wedding.
7.) Take your time.
A wedding band that will become the most important piece of jewelry you own is not something to compromise on. While most purchases for the wedding last a day or a month; the wedding band will be worn for the rest of your life.
It is recommended to shop for your wedding bands well before the wedding. This will give you time to explore your options to find the perfect wedding bands for you and your partner to wear forever.
8.) Know your diamonds and the 4Cs.
Usually you would see this tip for engagement rings. However, diamonds in wedding rings are seeing a resurgent in the last 5 years so it is important to know what kind of diamonds you are buying.
The 4Cs of diamond buying are simple enough in concept; cut, color, clarity, and carat; but details of each get confusing due to fact that we assign massive value difference to tiny differences in rocks.
To keep it simple for your sanity follow this simple guide. Everything VS in clarity or better looks the same to the naked eye. Some jewelers use lower clarity and charge the same as though they are higher clarity. Make sure you know what you are buying.
Color of the diamonds is graded using letters between D-Z. Where D-J are colorless and near colorless and K-Z color show some tint of yellow and are less desirable. It is difficult tell the difference between colors D to H when set in a ring. The better cut diamonds sparkles more where poor cut diamonds sparkle less. Carat is the weight of a diamond and total carat weight is the total weight of all the diamonds in the ring.
There are many heated discussions, seminars and articles written lately about this subject about diamonds; and some confusing advertisements. As long as the lab grown diamonds can be identified their value will never be the same as rare natural diamonds. In fact, the easier production technologies developed the lower the value will be.
Value comes from supply and demand.
Gem industry is not independent of this relation. That has been tested in Lab Grown Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds and other gems.
Lab grown emeralds or rubies could be better looking gems than natural ones but they are not valued on the same scale.
The same thing is valid for diamonds, coins, and art pieces. A reproduction of a Rembrandt could be as beautiful as the real one; but the value will be a value for reproduction, not the value of a real one. Wedding bands made with moissanite instead of diamonds, could be as beautiful as natural wedding bands; but they will never have the value of the real ones.
We have seen this trend in lab created rubies, emeralds and sapphires too.
So far the lab grown diamonds whether are produced with HPHT or CVD are identifiable; so as moissanites and any other imitation. The price of moissanite and other lab grown gems started high and went down by time. The easier, better cheaper production methods develop; the lower the value becomes. That same process was valid for emeralds, sapphires, emeralds etc. That does not mean lab grown gems are less beautiful. WeddingBands.com can manufacture the diamond wedding bands, anniversary rings or eternity bands using either real or lab grown diamonds. From the experience we have seen in rubies, emeralds, moissanites, etc. we can conclude that lab grown diamonds will always be less valuable. Their value will go down as long as they can be identified; because they are not natural, they are not real, they are not rare.
Real is rare, real is beautiful.
Renewing vows is a popular trend for couples who want to celebrate their anniversary in a special way. Another popular trend is to exchange anniversary bands, to commemorate the years spent together. So, what is special about these bands and how to order anniversary rings for men and women?
Find out by going through the following pointers:
1) Ditch the old rules: There is an entire list of anniversary gifts, which are associated with each milestone anniversary celebrated by a couple. For instance, it is said that they should exchange tin or aluminum gifts on their 10th anniversary and gold on their 50th! Surely, no one is eager to wait that long to get a gift of their choice!
Ditch the age-old conventions and exchange rings with your life-partner whenever you want to, maybe on your third, sixth or even first year together! If you are the one who’s gifting your partner the ring, then this gesture is definitely going to catch him/her off guard and give him/her the best (and perhaps the easiest) surprise ever.
2) Customize it: The anniversary rings are going to remind you of the special bond between you and your partner. Therefore, you need to make sure that a lot of effort goes in choosing the right kind of rings. One of the ways to do so is to customize the rings. Get your partner’s initials engraved on the ring along with the year of the anniversary or opt for a special message or symbol. This will make the ring more special and make it a great gift.
3) Coordinate: You can coordinate the bands to match with your partners. For instance, you can opt for the same style, metal or gemstone for men’s and women’s rings. Alternatively, you can opt for the same ring design as the ones on your wedding and engagement rings.
4) Ask for special packing: An anniversary is a special milestone in a couple’s life. When you gift the rings, make it a point to pack it in a special way for your partner. Ask the store/online store from where you are buying the ring from to wrap it in special packaging. Or you too can get creative and wrap the gift yourself. This will add more value to the gift.
I hope that the information is useful for you to purchase an anniversary ring for your spouse. Do you have any other tips for the readers? Let us know by posting a comment.
Shopping for wedding bands is on the top of the list for engaged couples. They spend days, weeks and even months searching for the perfect bands to exchange at the altar. With an overwhelming number of options available at various jewelry stores & online, it becomes difficult for them to come to a quick decision. More often than not, this happens because they do not have knowledge about the metals, designs or gemstones.
For instance, many couples have no idea about milgrain edging, used in Milgrain Wedding Bands. Let’s take a look at some of the facts behind this technique, which is commonly used in rings.
What is milgrain edging?
Milgrain edging is a detail, which appears in the form of tiny beads or grains of metal on the edges of rings or any other jewelry for that matter. Translated as ‘a thousand gems’, it can be spelt both as milgrain and millgrain.
This design gives the jewelry a decorative effect, which lead to its popularity. An ordinary ring can appear extraordinary and unique with milgrain edging. Created in a variety of ways, this style of edging can be used to create men’s milgrain wedding band.
How is milgrain made?
Some of the ways through which milgrain wedding band can be made include the following steps:
- Tiny metal balls can be created and soldered on a plain band one by one. This process is known as Granulation.
- A tool can be used to create a series of bumps and depressions. These tools are called milgraining or Knurling tools. The designs are then given a final touch up by smoothening, rounding and polishing them on the ring.
- Milgrains can also be drawn by using computers. There are softwares that can create this style on the ring . The milgrain details can be replicated in wax.
Can it be restored?
Yes, it is very much possible to restore the milgrain edging in wedding bands. Even if you have an antique men’s milgrain wedding band, it can be easily restored by an experienced jeweler. It gives the ring a new lease of life, making it appear more valuable with an outstanding visual effect.
Why should you choose milgrain wedding band for men?
Milgrain edging will never go out of style. It can give both a vintage and a contemporary look to any wedding band. You can match them with other designs, say for instance, milgrain diamond wedding band and cherish them forever.
Want more information about wedding band designs? Keep watching this space. We will be back with other informative posts.
It is not difficult to find classic wedding rings. But it is difficult to find the perfect ring that your partner loves and appreciates. One of the best options when it comes to classic wedding rings is a Celtic ring. These rings are quite popular with couples in every corner of the world and can be used both as classic men’s wedding bands or women’s wedding bands.
Celtic jewelry are based on Celtic tradition and history. They have a special meaning and a historical significance. This is the reason why these rings are the perfect choice for couples who are getting married.
Here are some of the most common types of classic wedding rings with the “Celtic” touch.
- The Claddagh ring: The Claddagh ring is a type of ring that consists of clasped hands in its design. A part of ancient Irish traditions, this ring symbolizes love, friendship and loyalty. The three basic design features of such rings include:
- Two hands – These symbolize friendship
- A heart – It symbolizes love
- A crown – It symbolizes loyalty
Dating back to the 17th Century, these rings are perfect for engagements and weddings. You can opt for this design in platinum, white gold or silver. The heart of the ring can include a gemstone of your choice such as – diamonds, sapphire, topaz, ruby or emerald. Similarly, you can opt for other variations of the ring depending upon your requirements.
- The Emerald Ring: Emeralds is a common gemstone used in Celtic wedding and engagement rings. In Irish tradition, the stone represents successful love, a balance and harmony between partners, friendship, infinite patience and unconditional love. You can opt for a number of Celtic ring designs with emeralds, which look unique and can be used as an alternative to diamond wedding rings.
- The Triquetra Ring: The infinity knot is a special feature of many Celtic rings. Triquetra is one of the most famous knots also known as infinity knot or love knot and translates to ‘three-cornered’. The designs in such rings appear as three triangles that are interlaced and seem to form an infinite pattern. The knot can be engraved on a plain wedding band or can appear around a central gemstone.
- The Gimmal Ring: A Gimmal ring is basically a puzzle, which can be broken into three sections. One section is given to the girl at the time of proposal, the second is kept with the groom and the third is given to the priest. During the wedding, these three sections are pieced together and form the bride’s wedding ring.
We find Celtic rings to be very unique, especially due to the rich traditions associated with them. What do you think?
WeddingBands.com started introducing their wedding bands in tarnish resistant silver and palladium in addition to 14K, 18K white and yellow gold, titanium and platinum or combinations of these precious metals.
WeddingBands.com displays thousands of artfully crafted women and men’s wedding rings; from classic to unique modern designs of exceptional originality and spirit. These beautiful wedding rings and diamond wedding bands are the dramatic result of human imagination using the latest Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing.
Manufacture: WeddingBands.com manufacture all their wedding bands using state of art technology, CNC machining system. Our wedding bands are not manufactured by casting but by extruding pipes and our wedding bands are continuous circle.
The diamonds used in our diamond wedding bands, anniversary rings and eternity wedding bands are cut to give the maximum brilliancy and fire. The diamonds used in our diamond wedding bands are VS in clarity G-H in color.
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Just saw this on and thought it was so cute!! The guy takes his girlfriend on an airplane ride and things turn for the “worst” but in the end it turns out to be a great flight!!! Congratulations to the couple! =)))
Mobile Health is a fast growing field where technology brings the doctor and the medical instruments for diagnoses right to where the patient is. This will cut the time, the cost and will help to continuously monitoring the patient’s health.
Are Amulets Becoming Real?
This will be opening the field to developing new sensors used in jewelry, bracelets, pendants, wedding rings etc…
WeddingBands.com Health Monitor-Sensor.
monitoring the necessary functions of the individual and via smart phones and encrypting and sending it to “Cloud Labs” where instruments analyze that information and if necessary under the supervision of the doctors to send a feedback to individual. When the field develops; the new jewelry will be truly like amulets protecting the people from diseases and curing them.
David Kotz at Dartmouth’s Institute, guides a research group whose focus is mHealth. Kotz, professor of computer science, works with a diverse team to develop sensors that can communicate with mobile devices.
24 Hours Monitoring
An IBM team at Zurich Research Laboratory created a health kit that gather data from different devices that can be communicating with a central location. That will make patient monitoring very easy.
The IBM mobile health toolkit eco-system.
What could be better than a beautiful piece of jewelry, like a diamond wedding ring to be used as health monitor 24h hours a day?
We can be sure that the next technological development will be in Mobile Health Field. These developments will include mobile devices, programs and sensors that will monitor all necessary signs for a healthier life; including programs informing us what food to buy, what medication to take or what exercise to do for improving our health.