All About Gems: Aquamarine

All About Gems: Aquamarine

March is a time of renewal, spring is in the air and the effects of winter start to wear off.   What better stone than that of Aquamarine to ring in this time of renewal!  This stone is the birthstone of March.  Its luscious blue hue would make a lovely adornment to any ring.   

The word Aquamarine, itself is a derivative from the 16th century Latin word meaning, sea water.  Mythical tales do not escape this sea like stone either—the origin of aquamarine has said to have been held captive in the deep ocean blue in the treasure chests of mermaids.  The blue and bluish green color of the infamous stone originates from is the miraculous and broad variety of the ocean’s color pallet.  Aquamarine has a color palette that ranges from light to medium blue hues to greenish blue colors.  Aquamarine is the perfect description of the colors that run with this beautiful gem, as it fully covers the full range of colors available.  The darker, more deep ocean like colors are said to be the more valuable shade of this gorgeous gem, but even the sky blue hues make any look priceless. 

Aquamarine has numerous legends and folklore that surrounds the precious stone.  Mainly though this stone is considered and believed to be the stone of happiness and everlasting youth.  This beautiful shade evokes good feelings and the feeling of warmth and love within an individual.  This stone has been said to promote harmony and everlasting relationships, perfect for marriages, as it brings about a happy union. 

While the legend of happiness has been sustained through out the ages it has also been said that aquamarine has the ability to induce sleep in its beholder.  This quality of aquamarine makes it the perfect stone for those who suffer from insomnia. Other popular tales of aquamarine say that if the stone itself is soaked in water it has the ability to reduce eye troubles and cases of the hiccups. 

You must be wondering by now, where in the world is the beautiful stone found, so I can add it to my collection.  Well, the answer is simple!  This stone is found in numerous parts of the world, with the most famous being the exotic country of Brazil.  Over time Brazil has produced some of the largest and rarest of aquamarine gems.   Other places around the globe include Mozambique, Madagascar, Nigeria, Zambia, and India.  To care for these precious stones, simply use warm water and a mild soap to ensure the lasting beauty of your gem. 

With breathtaking color variations and versatility for everyday wear, aquamarine is the perfect gemstone for any and everyone.  It may bring happiness and joy to any relationship or friendship with the beautiful blue aquamarine ring, necklace or any staple piece of jewelry, or it could be a perfect way to bring about an everlasting union by adorning your wedding bands with this beautiful stone. 

Wedding Band Trends of 2010!

Wedding Band Trends of 2010!

Every year passes and trends in weddings and wedding bands changes.  Looking back at 2010, there were many different styles that were popular. Here are 5 of the top trends in wedding bands that were seen in 2010, that are sure to last a lifetime. 

Antique Band

  1. Diamond Eternity Bands:  Diamonds are forever!  What a better way to signify your love for eternity than with a band completely full of diamonds?  This has been a HOT trend for 2010, for both men and women’s wedding bands!  This style adds a touch of glamour and sparkle.  This everlasting sparkle displays diamonds encompassing the band as a whole and will sure to be a trend that will glitter for a lifetime together! Eternity bands are the perfect way to express your eternal love and devotion to one another!  
  2. Antique Wedding Bands:  What is old is brand new again!  Antique wedding bands became rapidly popular in 2010 and will probably continue into 2011.  Antique designs encompass delicate and subtle details such as milgrain designs, pave diamonds as well as scroll like engraving.  This style will offer timeless grace and elegance.
  3. Handmade Wedding BandsHandmade bands incorporate an eclectic style of braided and roped designs, made by expert jewelers with extreme precision and attention to detail.  Offering the individual a unique option to the classical tradition. 
  4. Colored Stones:  Color stones were big this year.  From engagement rings to wedding bands, many couples incorporated rubies, sapphires, and emeralds into their wedding bands.  They also included stones that signified something personal between each other.
  5. Custom Bands:  Many wanted something completely unique and personal to their relationship with each other. Custom wedding rings and engagement rings were another popular trend in 2010 and hopefully continue in 2011. Custom bands allow you to create your own design. The possibilities are endless. 

Whatever your sense of style, fashion or taste, these were 5 of the big wedding ring trends of 2010. Many will continue into this year.

Comfort Fit Wedding Bands

Comfort Fit Wedding Bands

Classic

Are you currently looking for the perfect band with the perfect fit?  Wondering how to create the most comfort in wedding bands?  Wondering why ‘comfort fit’ is comfort fit and different from all other bands out there?  Look no further, we have all the answers to those questions, right here!

Comfort bands, by definition, are exactly what their name states, ‘comfort fit’.  The rings are made with rounded inside edges, in order to slide on the finger better and maintain overall comfort.  The style is popular among men and women who are looking for a little added comfort for their precious band. Another style is heavy comfort fit bands. They are thicker and more rounded comfort fit bands.  It also gives the band more ‘heft’ and weight.  It gives the individual wearing the band security that the band is there, yet the comfort in which they desire.  This is becoming a popular choice among everyone who chooses to wear a wedding band. Comparing the comfort fit and heavy comfort fit with the non-comfort fit bands, there is a difference. Non-comfort fit bands have a straight edge and not rounded.  Although, still stylish and wearable, it does not have the same comfort level as the comfort fit bands.

Comfort fit bands are preferred over non-comfort fit because they provide an ease to wearing rings.  The edges are rounded and do not pinch the skin.  It slides on easily for all day wear.  With this feature, comfort fit wedding bands are the perfect choice for individuals who do not wear jewelry on a daily basis or do not wear any jewelry.  Comfort fit bands are recommended to these individuals. It will add comfort to all day wear of the band.

Contemporary

WeddingBands.com offers heavy comfort fit bands in a range of styles.  There are plain wedding rings, classic wedding rings, contemporary wedding rings and handmade wedding rings with the comfort fit feature.

Whether you’re looking for a comfort fit, heavy comfort fit or even a non-comfort fit band, WeddingBands.com has the perfect solution for you!  Everything from Classic to Contemporary, you will be sure to find the perfect band for you.  Make your big day even more special with the perfect and comfortable wedding band!

The Tradition of Wedding Bands

The Tradition of Wedding Bands

It’s a tale as old as time, and you are ready to make that walk down the aisle to claim your love forever.  But, ever stop to wonder what makes this tradition so special? Or why the exchanging of rings has become the most popular tradition, holding thousands of years of history and tales behind it? We all know the basic traditions of wearing a wedding band.  It goes on the left hand’s ring finger, and it tells the world that you are married.  For men, it usually is a simple metal band and for women it’s a band that can either closely match their engagement ring, or can be a decorative band that can be worn with or without the engagement ring.  So besides that, where does the ‘tradition’ come from in this very much traditional event?

Contemporary Band

Not that surprisingly, it definitely can depend on your culture, and your cultural background of your ceremony that would determine the traditions behind your adornment of the wedding bands.  Many cultures have developed their own traditions surrounding the ceremony itself, as well as the gifting of the rings to each the bride and groom.  Most of the traditions that occur today in ceremonies and gifting rings tie back to the original European culture.  According to some European based cultures and customs, the wedding ring is the final gift in a series between the lucky couple, which usually begins with the engagement ring.  Furthering European traditions, it has become a custom for both men and women to wear wedding bands.  This tradition has only become popular in the 20th century, as it were only women who usually wore the bands prior in history.  In Eastern Orthodox traditions and cultures, the exchange of these rings don’t happen during the wedding service.  Rather, they are exchanged between the couple at the betrothal, or the formal engagement of the couple.

Classic Band

One ancient tradition states that the ring shall be worn on the third finger of the left hand, for both men and women, participating in the tradition.  According to the Ancients, the importance of this finger stems from their belief that it was the holder of the ‘vena amoris’ also known as the vein of love.  Therefore, by encircling the finger, and thus the vein, the eternal love of the couple will reach directly to the heart of the beholder and the love of the couple will encircle the heart as a whole.  This has become a popular tradition because it shows the eternal and everlasting devotion and love that the couple has for one another.  It then becomes a symbolic reference to their love and becomes a symbol for the rest of the world that their heart belongs to someone.

Other traditions believe that the wedding ring should be worn on the third finger of the right hand, instead of the same finger on the left hand.  Some legends have suggested that the left hand carries negative connotations; therefore it should not be the holder of a precious object such as a wedding ring.  Since Ancient Rome, traditionally the right hand is raised when taking pledges or oaths, signifying the individual’s undying pledge to uphold their commitment.  Due to this ideal, the right hand has become a very popular choice among couples upon their marriage ceremony.

The traditions and significance of the bands itself, doesn’t just end with the couple becoming engaged, they carry an immense presence in the ceremony as well.  The wedding bands are usually held secure by a best man, or best woman for the ceremony, until it is time for the couple to exchange the rings.  The gifting of the rings carries a significant meaning, not only for the couple but in significance of the wedding ceremony as a whole.  Once it is time for the exchanging of the rings in the ceremony, each person exchanges the ring as an eternal symbol of love and commitment to one another.  The circle that the ring forms signifies not a beginning, nor an end, rather a lifetime of devotion to one another, and the commitment of your love forever.

Not only did the rings symbolize eternal love, but it also symbolized a trade.  Exchanging the rings was also done as a symbol of exchanging valuables.  Before, marriages were connected to the exchanging of valuables as it was customary of the time to trade items of value, for example land, or money, between the families that were being joined through the marriage.  A contract between the two families was being formed with the marriage. Over time, such traditions have diminished, and marrying your sweetheart for love has long since replaced the traditions of marrying for land or monetary ties.  Therefore, the rings in which one is wed in, have carried an even greater importance than ever before.  The ring now represents the love, commitment, devotion and trust that encircle the couple for a lifetime.  That is why choosing the ‘perfect’ rings have become even more an essential part of the planning process.  Each couple is different, with different standards, ideas of what is their ‘perfect’ band. After all, it will be worn for a lifetime!  Once you and your loved one have selected the perfect bands, now the only question that remains is which hand carries the most significance to bear the band?  After all, it will be there for a lifetime, so what is the ‘right’ answer?  Just like many of the traditions observed by individuals, it depends on your personal beliefs and traditions.  Whether it is ancient beliefs that still hold true or possibly other sacred values that hold personal meaning, the tradition should hold a special significance to the couple. It is completely up to the individual or the individual couple and which tradition they choose to follow to decide where the ring will be worn.

Which ever finger, or ring style, or type of metal you and your beloved decide upon for your personal ceremony, the symbol of the wedding band remains the same throughout, as a symbol of eternal love and devotion between the pair.  It is a symbolic representation to the rest of the world, your eternal commitment to one another.  Ultimately this becomes the most customizable and special event for the couple alone to share with each other. Search for your perfect band at WeddingBands.com!  Browse the wide selection of Classic, Contemporary, and Diamond bands!  Looking for rings that you both will enjoy and have more of a unique look rather than a traditional one?  Check out the Royal Duet line, exclusively at WeddingBands.com Make your day and the rest of your life special and check out the extensive selection from WeddingBands.com!

All About Gems: Sapphires

All About Gems: Sapphires

Ever since Prince Charles gave Diana the stunning 18 carat blue Sapphire engagement ring, surrounded by 14 smaller diamonds, the world has been astounded with curiosity of the wonderful blue stone.  Now, 29 years later, Prince William gave Kate Middleton the exact ring that captivated the world so many years ago.

The stunning blue hue is the most famous and most valuable of all the tones in which Sapphires can take.   This intense and rich blue color is what stunned Lady Diana when Prince Charles proposed in 1981, and sure to stun Kate as Prince William proposed this past October 2010.  This sacred and treasured gemstone has been the choice of Royals, and Kings for centuries.  This beautiful blue stone has been a sign of romance, thus making it ideal for an engagement ring.

Sapphires can occur in all colors, except for red as that is considered a Ruby.  The most popular and traditional version of Sapphire is the blue Sapphire, with all other colors in the spectrum considered to be fancy colored Sapphires. These stones, most notably the blue sapphire, have been adored and loved for centuries.  Sapphires even adorn the British Crown Jewels and have been the symbol for many Royals through the centuries.

Sapphire Ring

Legends have surrounded Sapphires for centuries upon centuries, as they have become the most sought after, and had an array of tales of the powers of this beautiful stone.  Many have held this stone in high regard, as it has become a symbol for romance and faithfulness.  Sapphires are also regarded as the stone of devotion and enlightenment.  Its beauty gave way for it to become one of the most regarded talismans for travelers, as it is said to the ultimate guiding star, often having the ability to guide those to their directed path, or help them along on their journey.

For centuries, Sapphires have carried many legends, as well as it has been the most popular gem for Kings and other Royals, but it has also been a favorite among priests and other members of the clergy to adorn them.  This stone was a popular choice for many of the clergy as it was believed for centuries that the beautiful blue hue of the Sapphire represent Heaven.  One ancient tale suggests that Moses was given the 10 Commandments on stone tablets, made of Sapphire.   Thus making Sapphires an important and sacred stone to all those who behold the beautiful blue stone.

Although, these legends have surrounded the beautiful blue hued stone of Sapphire,  clergymen and royals are not the only stories of this stone, as it carries many other legends as well.  Through the centuries, it had been thought that Sapphires were the ultimate medicinal stone.  By having a Sapphire in your possession, you were able to cure what were thought to be incurable diseases and illnesses.  The use of Sapphires was also said to be able to relieve illnesses that concerned the eyes of an individual.  The blue hued stone was said to be able to remove all impurities.  Sapphires have also been noted as being able to revitalize eye sight, and produce many medical miracles.

Sapphire Ring

So with all these legends surrounding this mythical blue stone, where do these beautiful stones come from?  They are found in various parts of the world, but the most sought after hues are hailing from Madagascar presently.  What makes Madagascar so special?  Due to the rich, velvety hues that are produced in the region, as well as their impeccable quality, make Madagascar the perfect setting for finding luscious blue hued stones.  However, Sapphires can be found in other places such as, Australia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tanzania, as well as a few surrounding countries.

From the beautiful blue hues, to the legends of medical miracles, it’s no wonder that this precious stone has thrived in popularity for thousands of years. Sapphire has been a source of strength as well as love and romance for those who surround themselves with the stone.  Symbolizing truth, sincerity and faithfulness, it is no wonder it has also become a popular choice in rings and other fine jewelry, and of late, in Kate Middleton’s engagement ring! Sapphires also bring its rich and intense hues to the birth month of September, making the stone a perfect gift for a loved one!  Check out WeddingBands.com for their variety of Sapphire rings, as well as their classic and contemporary bands, to make a sure fit to any Sapphire addition!