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In the market for an engagement ring or wedding bands? Check out this Q&A with ring pro Paula Sands of Allurez for expert advice on ring shopping.
How can a “ring giver” get an idea of the type and style the recipient would like without directly asking?
Chances are if the “ring giver” really listens to his girlfriend, she’s already given him some hints. Did she comment on a friend’s engagement ring? Mention what she liked about it? That’s important information that could lead him to her dream ring.
Another way to get an idea of the type and style ring she might like is to start looking at ads in magazines, and see which ones she gravitates to. Or, go onto a website where you can design your own engagement ring and look at styles that might be similar to other rings she owns and wears.
Perhaps the easiest way is to use what you love best about her personality. If she has a simple personality, she will probably enjoy a traditional solitaire ring. And if you’re girl is flashy, you might want to look at halo settings or side stone accents for that little added bling.
One of the most difficult decisions you and your spouse will make during your wedding planning process is choosing your wedding bands. You’ll be wearing your ring for many years – so make sure you purchase something you truly love. We asked Macy’s Fine Jewelry diamond buyer Liya Shatashvili for her top ring buying tips, and she shared some sage advice.
How far in advance of the wedding should couples shop for their wedding bands?
Allow about four weeks to browse, price and revisit rings that catch your eye. Most jewelers require four to six weeks for custom-made rings, it does take longer if you want your rings engraved.
What types of things should couples think and talk about before shopping for wedding bands?
Many issues affect the type of wedding ring you will get, including if the couple wants to reflect their cultural or religious backgrounds with their rings, or if the couple wants matching bands. You’ll also need to consider the type of metal that best suits your budget – gold, platinum, silver, stainless steel, or tungsten are the most popular options.
What wedding band styles for men and women are hot right now?
The choice of wedding rings is a very personal one – the main thing to keep in mind is comfort. Most women prefer wedding bands that complement their engagement ring. For men, alternative metals like stainless steel, titanium, and tungsten are on-trend.
Must an engagement ring and wedding band be worn on the same finger? Do they need to match at all?
If the wedding ring does not match the engagement ring, the two don’t have to be worn on the same finger. Most will wear the wedding ring on the left hand and the engagement ring on the right.
Are there any shopping tips specifically for men who perhaps haven’t worn a ring before?
The most important thing to consider for a groom is the width of the ring – especially if he is not accustomed to wearing jewelry. Also, keep in mind the groom’s job and hobbies when selecting the ring.
Have you purchased your wedding rings yet? What do they look like? Let us know in the comments!
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
Not only is there a possibility you may receive an antique engagement ring that’s been passed down from generations, but also a possibility you may receive a new engagement ring. Whatever your groom chooses (or you choose), your engagement ring symbolizes your commitment and love for each other. You’re bound to fall in love with its unique style, craftsmanship and character, but what if you got a secondhand ring when you thought you’d get a first rate? Let is know in the poll below which type of ring you would prefer.