4 Types of classic wedding rings having the ‘Celtic’ touch

4 Types of classic wedding rings having the ‘Celtic’ touch

Classic Wedding Bands

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?

Sister, Sister star gets married!

Sister, Sister star gets married!

Courtesy of People

The intimate ceremony was attended by about 300 special guests, who are very close to the happy couple.  Set on a vineyard, Mowry walked down the aisle in a gorgeous Carolina Herrera gown.  Accompanied by her twin, mom to be Tia Mowry, the couple exchanged traditional vows, and honored both of their parents in the ceremony. 

The overall feel of the wedding was of love, as Mowry said she was marrying her “best friend”.  The couple opted for a classic, sophisticated yet laid back vineyard look and feel for their guests when enjoying themselves at the reception.  The rustic vineyard reception was a delight, which saw the bride costume change multiple times, each time a more and more gorgeous gown.  The couple gave their guests a late night treat of a taco truck and other various desserts. 

Guests echoed Mowry’s sentiments saying, “You can tell they are best friends”.

All About Gems: Diamonds

All About Gems: Diamonds

Diamonds are forever and relatively speaking, they have been around forever!  The diamonds that are set into your beautiful diamond ring are in fact the oldest thing that you will ever own.  The “youngest” of these precious stones that you could be displaying on your finger would be approximately 50 million years old.  This age range for diamonds could be as old as 2.5 billion years, now that’s an antique!

Diamond

Diamonds through out their lifetime have carried several different and ornate histories.  They also carry numerous myths and legends that are associated with history.  Some outlandish myths about diamonds range from the stone having the ability to perform magic, have healing powers, grant protection for the bearer of the stone and in some instances induce poisoning.  Outlandish and remarkable become an understatement for the myths that surround this stone. Diamond, the name itself comes from 12th Century Greek meaning invincible or unconquerable for its hardness qualities. 

The myths and legendary tales of diamonds began as far back as Roman times.  Those stories were recorded in Roman literature.  Stories suggest that Romans believed that diamonds were in fact tears from the gods and splinters of falling stars.  Myths of this beautiful stone do not end there in Roman literature.  The Romans believed that Cupid’s faithful arrows were in fact tipped in diamonds and thus possessed the ability to have magical powers.  Diamonds also captured the attention of famous philosopher Plato.  He wrote of these gems as living organisms, which possessed celestial beings.  Romans loved to possess diamonds due to the fact that they believed the gem had broad magical powers.  Diamonds, amongst other powers were believed to cure life’s troubles and bring about power, strength, invincibility, bravery and courage to those lucky enough to behold the beautiful gem.

In mid-evil times, kings lead their men into battle donning a breast plate that was to be covered in diamonds along with other gems stones which each had a unique magical power.  Diamonds were important to this plate because they believed diamonds gave magical powers far beyond meaning and power of man.  Therefore, it was essential for kings above anyone else to be donned in diamonds. 

Diamonds were held in particular high esteem from 1214 to 1270 in France, when they were especially designated for use by the king only.  King Louis IX of France established a law that would grant the use of diamonds for the king.  This fact just indicates the rarity of diamonds of the time, and their overall worth through out time.  During this time, diamonds were used for representing honor, strength, invincibility and courage of the leader. 

During the 14th century, a small number of diamonds began to be seen in European regalia and jewelry designs.  Diamonds, at this time, were seen as a sign of love and devotion.  Many of the designs used pearls as an accent gem along with the diamond.  Although the popularity of diamonds was becoming more mainstream, noble and large diamonds were still privileged to Royals and houses of the affluent. 

Since the beginning of diamond’s popularity, they were said to contain numerous characteristics and were able to grant the beholder numerous qualities that they may not have possessed without the stone.  Some virtues that were instilled within the stone were that diamonds are supposed to impart virtue upon its holder, and bring a generous heart to the owner.  Diamonds were also said to bring their owners luck and success.  Diamonds through out their history were talisman, to ward off the potential of poisoning, and overall protection for the traveler. 

Overall the gem of diamond has a full and illustrious history of myths and legendary tales from its inception and its use in cultures.  There is an immense amount of knowledge and characteristics that surround this beautiful stone.  When purchasing diamonds be sure to keep in mind all the myths, legends, and folklore that surrounds this bright, shiny, beautiful gem!

Valentine’s Day Gift Giving Guide!

Valentine’s Day Gift Giving Guide!

Ruby Ring

With love in the air and in your heart, Valentine’s Day is a great way to show your loved one that you care with a spectacular piece of jewelry that they will cherish for a lifetime.  We’ve collected some of the best jewelry trends for your loved one on this very special day!

1. Diamonds:   Diamonds are a classic! The word diamond comes from the Greek word ‘adamas’, which means unconquerable enduring love. Giving diamonds always shows your loved one how much they mean to you.   Plus, they are a girl’s best friend.  This beauty will leave your loved one speechless.  Diamond Eternity bands or Anniversary bands with diamonds encompassing the whole band are perfect gifts for that special someone.

2. Pearls:  Pearls are the ultimate timeless and most classic piece of jewelry you can own.  Both Tahitian and South Sea pearls make great pendants or earrings.  Even add some diamonds to give this classic look a bit of sparkle and flair.  Either way your loved one will love the look of pearls.

3. Colored Stones:  Colored stones add a splash of color to your Valentine’s Day gift.  Colored stones such as sapphire or ruby are the perfect way to give a splash of color that your loved one can wear all year round.  Let your loved one stand out this Valentine’s Day with the fabulous addition of a beautifully colored stone!

No matter what your choice is, these are just a few ideas for you this Valentine’s Day!   Any of these gifts would be the perfect way to show your love and affection for one another and a symbol that could last a lifetime.

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!