Recent Wedding Jewelry Posts
Ring by Simon G.
An engagement ring is probably the most important piece of jewelry you’ll ever own – so it’s essential to start off on the right foot (er, finger?) and take good care of your new bling. Check out our list of engagement ring must-dos.
Get it Insured Before you start wearing your ring in public, it’s a good idea to get it appraised and insured. That way, you’ll be covered in case it gets lost or damaged. You can insure your ring through your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, or as a separate policy.
Get it Sized Even if you think your ring fits, it’s still a good idea to take it to a jeweler to get it sized. Remember, a ring may feel tighter if it’s hot outside, and a bit loose if it’s cold. And while you’re at the jeweler’s, have him/her take close look at the ring to make sure there aren’t any loose stones.
Keep it Clean All you need to keep your ring sparkly and clean is water, mild dish soap and a soft toothbrush for scrubbing. You can also buy a special ring cleaner if you’d prefer. Clean your ring every few weeks, or when it’s starting to look a little grimy.
Keep it Safe Try to keep your ring on your finger as much as you can. If you need to take it off, even just for a moment, make sure you put it in a very safe place (and we don’t mean on a thin ledge right next to the sink!).
Start Researching Bands This is the fun part. Even if you’re not planning on wearing your engagement ring and wedding band on the same finger, they should have a similar style and feel. Check out our wedding bands gallery for some ideas.
But What if I Hate It? If you’re unhappy with the style of the ring your fiance chose, it’s best to be honest about your feelings – as gently and as soon as possible. While your fiance might be a little hurt, he’ll likely understand and want you to be happy and comfortable with something you’ll wear every day. And, some jewelers allow exchanges if they’re done early enough after purchase. But if you’re not thrilled with your diamond’s size or value (meaning, it’s not big or expensive enough for your liking), it’s best to keep your mouth shut. You can always trade up in a few years, if it’s still an issue.
Photo: Natalie Franke Photography
Tis the season to be engaged! Jewelry stores are filled with silver and gold, sparkling with a diamond (or diamonds) awaiting a ring finger to adorn. According to our infographic, 43 percent of couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Hence, why it’s no surprise that more couples get engaged during the holiday season than any other time of the calendar year. Perhaps, it’s one of these top reasons why your significant other proposed:
- You didn’t suspect anything when he/she went out to do some holiday shopping.
- It was the perfect opportunity to ask your parents’ permission.
- Having your family around made it more memorable.
Did your significant other pop the question? Let us know in the poll below.
Photo: Natalie Franke Photography
Men always ponder more on how much an engagement ring will cost and tend to ponder less on the “Four C’s” of an engagement ring–cut, clarity, color and carat. Despite De Beers’ “A Diamond is Forever” 1947 campaign advocating that the average cost of an engagement ring is worth three months’ salary, the average man’s salary today is much higher than it was 30 years ago. The national average salary is $43,000. However, engagement rings are still pricey today as they were back then. The average cost of an engagement ring starts at $3,500. Do you think the average cost of an engagement ring is still worth three months’ salary? Let us know in the poll below.
Photos (from left to right): Simon G and MaeVona
For those art deco lovers out there–try these geometric-shaped engagement rings. An emerald cut ring that features a mosaic white diamond surrounded by pink diamonds or a princess cut, solitaire diamond with a shank cupping one side of the gemstone turns your ring into a non-traditional statement piece. Check out more engagement rings photos in our gallery for even more eye candy.
Photos (from left to right): Simon G. and Hearts on Fire
For those hopeless romantics out there–try these floral-detailed engagement rings. Marquise oval-cut diamonds along the band gives the illusion of petals surrounding a flower whereas having a cluster of diamonds surrounding one larger diamond looks as if it’s a flower too. Check out more engagement ring photos in our gallery for even more eye candy.