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Top 10 Tips for picking the perfect Wedding Ring

By shinychris on May 7th, 2013
Diamond Wedding Ring in white gold

Diamond Wedding Ring in white gold

Picking the perfect wedding ring is an important step for any couple as they are the symbol of eternal love and are likely to be worn for the rest of your life. Vashi Dominguez, CEO of DiamondManufacturers.co.uk offers his top 10 tips on how to choose the perfect wedding bands.

1. His and hers
Do you opt for identical his and her wedding rings or buy different wedding bands for you and your partner? Matching wedding rings doesn’t have to mean that you both end up with the exact same wedding ring.

2. Budget
Weddings are expensive, but a wedding ring is for life. You and your partner will need to decide how much you can realistically afford to spend on your wedding rings. Don’t get carried away by fabulous and expensive rings, but don’t buy wedding rings too cheap either and regret it in years to come. Know your budget and stick to it. Do your research and get the best wedding ring you can possibly buy for your money.

3. Combination
Will the wedding ring be worn alongside an engagement ring? If the answer is ‘yes’, then you may want to consider buying her a curved wedding ring or even one that matches and complements the engagement ring. A curved wedding ring will sit smoothly around the diamond on her diamond engagement ring. A popular choice is to have both engagement and wedding rings designed in the same metal and style.

4. Comfort
If you and your partner enjoy sports and an active lifestyle in general, you may want to opt for wedding bands that are robust, secure and don’t scratch easily. A diamond wedding ring with a whopping great stone looks fantastic, but you may find it uncomfortable in the long run. It may also scratch or get caught in clothing more easily.

5. Setting
A flush or bezel setting for a diamond wedding ring is more secure, but a prong setting allows more light to go through the diamond. In other words, a diamond solitaire ring with a prong setting creates more sparkle. Wedding rings with a bezel setting or a flush set diamond show only the top of the gems with a nice edge around it, making it less likely to catch on your clothes.

Channel Set Diamond Wedding Ring

Channel Set Diamond Wedding Ring

6. Metal
Should you go for white gold wedding rings, platinum wedding bands, silver or for a yellow gold wedding ring? Silver is a relatively soft metal and will tarnish over time. Gold, whether white gold or yellow gold wedding rings, is fine as long as it not more than 18k (pure gold is 24k, whereas 18k gold is made by mixing 75% gold with 25% other metals). White gold is coated in rhodium, a metal similar to platinum, to create a real white look. Unfortunately, this thin layer of rhodium will eventually wear off. To keep a white gold ring looking its best it should be re-rhodium plated approximately every 12 to 18 months. Platinum is the strongest of the jewellery metals, resistant to damage and won’t tarnish, making it a great choice if you can afford it.

7. Style
Remember that you are likely to wear your wedding ring for the rest of your life. A ‘Twilight’ style goth ring may set your pulse racing now, but will it still be a fitting choice twenty years from now?

8. Design your own wedding ring
For something truly unique, why not design your own wedding rings? Although a wide range of beautiful pre-set wedding rings is widely available, you could decide to create your own, very personal wedding ring designs. Just remember though, that you are very likely to be wearing your wedding rings for the rest of your life.

9. Diamonds
It used to be said that the size of a diamond was proportionate to how much you loved your partner. Nowadays we know better. Quality is just as important. When you buy your diamond engagement ring or diamond wedding ring, it pays to read up on “the 4 Cs of diamonds” (cut, colour, clarity and carat weight).

10. Engravings
Engraving your wedding band is the best way to make your rings unique and personal to you. Possibly opt for your names and wedding date, or a message of your choice for a special, personal touch.



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Vintage style wedding-on-a-budget. – 11 cool Etsy ideas from rings to wedding programmes

By Debs Cass on March 7th, 2013

When planning your ‘big day’, anyone in the know or who has done it before, will tell you that choosing a theme which means something to you and your life-partner-to-be is a key first step into creating the most memorable day. The rest is detail – but boy – these dastardly details can rapidly fill up the rest of your planning time (- even if it’s years!) as it’s these little touches which will make up the fabric of your meticulously planned day and will be what makes your wedding day truly yours.

Etsy is a great place to explore for all things wedding related – particularly if you are looking for unique and vintage ideas, or are stuck with a limited budget. With particular emphasis on hand-made and creating an individual look, Etsy can inspire you or help realise your dream theme. Or for those who have done it before – make you wish you could do it all over again with some of the most beautiful hand-crafted and imaginative touches your heart could ever desire!

Art Deco Diamond Daisy Ring £408

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Ok, so maybe the engagement ring comes first.. and if I was proposed to with this ring, there could only be one possible answer! This beautiful art deco ring is c.1920's, with flower shaped design, 18 carat gold, in a platinum setting. The flower is set with a central diamond (approx. 2.5mm or .06pts), surrounded by six diamonds (approx. 1.5mm or .015pts each), with a diamond on each shoulder (approx. 1.8mm or .025pts each). Approximate Size US 7.5 Luxedeluxe



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Planning to propose on Valentine’s Day? Here are 10 great engagement rings from Etsy

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 6th, 2013

Victorian engagement ring £249.38

So guys (and girls, but mostly guys) – let’s talk Valentine’s Day. If you’ve planned to propose to the love of your life next week, but have yet to find the perfect engagement ring, first of all don’t stress. You’re leaving it a bit late but we won’t judge. Perfection, or as close as can be, isn’t found easily. Don’t stress. There are lots of options out there in the world, with lots of jewellers waiting to help you pick the best engagement ring you possibly can. But if you, like us, and your lady like things that are a bit different, unique perhaps, we’d recommend you to take a look at what’s available to buy on Etsy. Most of the sellers there create one-of-a-kind pieces or sell vintage items that are difficult to find. It’s like having the best market in your house. We’ve browsed what engagement rings are currently available, and picked ten of our favourites for inspiration. Now as most of the sellers are based in the US, if you see something you like you best act fast. Happy shopping – and good luck!

 



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Danish brand STORY by Kranz & Ziegler launches bridal jewellery collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 1st, 2013

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Rose Quartz

Danish jewellery brand STORY by Kranz & Ziegler, known for its unique range of men’s and women’s jewellery pieces, has launched a new range for brides. With a strong focus on old craftsmanship and genuine materials, their bridal collection consists of white pearl bracelets, gold heart rings and charms – a STORY trademark – with rose quartz, amethyst and moonstone centres.

Prices start from £22.50 for charms and £27.50 for bracelets. For more information visit www.story-jewellery.com.

STORY by Kranz & Ziegler

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Enchanted Atelier autumn/winter 2013 bridal collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 8th, 2013

We’re having withdrawal symptoms from Downton Abbey, but Enchanted Aterlier‘s autumn/winter 2013 collection might be able to get us past the worst. A stunning range, the romance from eras past is evident in these bridal accessories pieces. Feminine details and delicate designs has been the focus this season on a range that offers beauty and versatility. Some of the pieces can be used as both a headband and a necklace.

We’re definitely enchanted.



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Celebrity proposal and engagement ring predictions for 2013 and how to pick the perfect one

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 7th, 2013

Choosing the engagement ring is as an important a decision as deciding on the name of your first-born. Remember your lucky lady, as your little bundle of joy, will be linked with this decision for the rest of her life (unless she loses it or, worst case scenario, you decide to part ways.

If you get it wrong you might even find her refusing your hand in marriage. OK it mostly happens in films, but I’m sure there’s a lady out there who has declined a marriage proposal because the ring wasn’t right. Not only does it show your commitment but also that you know her. So what to do?

You could always have a look at her current jewellery collection. If it’s all silver, white gold or platinum with a simple feel, chances are she will run for the hills if you pick a massive pink rock set on yellow gold. Remember, she will be wearing this one for a long time so make sure you take your time to find the perfect engagement ring.

So you’ve had a snoop, now why not ask her best friend for advice? This is only recommended if you’re sure they are able to keep the secret.

Still uncertain about which style to go for? Look to the celebrities for inspiration. 2012 was a busy year for the leading ladies of film and fashion as nuptials were announced left right and center. With a little help of celebrity stylist Alex Longmore and the Platinum Guild International (PGI) we’ve put together a little gallery of celebrity engagements we foresee to happen 2013 and their potential engagement rings.

Do you hate your engagement ring? Did you tell him?

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

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With a baby on the way, Kimye may be tying the knot sooner rather than later. True Kim style this will be the wedding of all weddings (remember her last one), and we're sure to see a gigantic rock to seal the deal. All televised of course. Solely Fine Jewellery has this engagement ring with Columbian octagon Emerald for £35,000 (best start saving!)

 

 



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Enchanted Atelier bridal accessories 2013

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 21st, 2012

You’ve found the one, that stunning wedding dress you’ll wear on what is to be the most amazing day of your life. But have you thought about what accessories to go with it? The Spring 2013 bridal accessories collection by Enchanted Atelier offers brides some great pieces, whether you’re after a delicate headband, a bold necklace or a lace cap. Take a look at the collection below.

Enchanted Atelier Bridal Accessories Spring 2013

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Gorgeous wedding jewellery is just one click away with Diamond Boutique

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 12th, 2012

If you, like us, spend most of your time online, including shopping you’ll love this new addition to the jewellery market.

Launched this month, Diamond Boutique specialises in fine, ethically sourced diamond jewellery – with a vintage twist! Set in 9 and 18 carat gold or platinum, have your pick from diamonds as well as precious stones such sapphires, amethysts and rubies.

Whether shopping for an engagement ring or wedding band, you’re certain to uncover some beauties here as you have over 700 to choose from for women as well as a good selection of wedding rings for men.

Prices range from £300 to £9,000.



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Blooming Blake Lively shows off her deco inspired engagement ring – here’s how to get one of your own

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 18th, 2012

Very few details, let alone pictures, have emerged about Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold’s secret wedding a few days ago, but the Gossip Girl star have been spotted wearing her HUGE diamond engagement ring and wedding band. See it here.

Blake debuted her new bling when spotted giving her new husband a kiss on the day following their nuptials. The art deco inspired sparkler is said to have cost Ryan a staggering $2 million!

If you love Blake’s ring, you can get pick up a lookalike piece for a fraction of the price over at QVC.

£52 from QVC



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Brad Pitt’s leading ladies: How does ex Jennifer Aniston’s ring compare to the one Brad presented Angelina Jolie with?

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on August 23rd, 2012

While we patiently await to find out the exact details of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s forthcoming nuptials, everyone is currently talking about Brad’s former wife, Jennifer Aniston’s engagement ring from her new beau Justin Theroux. But so far Jen is being very secretive about her ring – and its design. Reportedly it’s a six carat diamond and platinum sparkler worth $150,000.

But there are two engagement rings we can look closer at: The future Mrs Pitt and that of the former Mrs Pitt.

Jennifer’s ring from 1999 was a swirl design diamond and platinum ring. A round brilliant cut diamond ring was encased by a spiral of smaller individual diamonds, said to be reminiscent of a heart and to symbolise eternity. Oh Brad, how wrong were you.

The engagement ring Brad presented Angelina with not so long ago, is also the choice of Mr Pitt, and it is said he worked with the jeweller for over a year to make it perfect. The emerald cut centre stone sits alongside diamond baguettes, with each diamond being of the highest quality.

Personally I’d not choose any of Brad’s choices for myself (Note to my future husband, more Jessica Biel/Kate Moss thank you), but if you like the style you can get very similar rings at QVC.

Left: £49.00 ; Right: £31.20



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Get a vintage-inspired wedding ring like True Blood’s Anna Paquin

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on June 14th, 2012

With True Blood back on our screens, we thought we’d look at one of the show’s stars, Anna Paquin’s wedding rings – which still has us drooling.

Anna, who married True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer (aka Vampire Bill) in 2010, was sporting both a baby bump and her gorgeous wedding ring at the premiere of the hit supernatural TV-series in LA recently. The blonde actress, who stars as Sookie, was joined on the red carpet by her husband and co-star Alexander Skarsgård, who plays Viking vampire Eric.

Anna’s ring was designed by Cathy Waterman, who can offer brides-to-be a vast choice in sparklers to put on their ring fingers once they’ve said ‘I do’.

Here is a selection of rings by Cathy Waterman…

Cathy Waterman

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Vera Wang spring 2013 bridal collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on April 18th, 2012

Photography: Dan Lecca | Crimson strapless mermaid gown with corset bodice and honeycomb tulle skirt with hand-rolled floral embellished detail

There’s nothing more exciting than when bridal designers unveil their latest collections. And it was no exception when Vera Wang revealed her Spring 2013 Bridal Collection on her blog.

Inspired by the colour of love, red – which is also the traditional Chinese wedding colour – Vera Wang’s latest bridal range is simply beautiful. Offering fairytale-like, ethereal wedding dresses, featuring lots of intricately layered ruffle and corset solhouettes that give you waists to die for. If you’d rather keep to the more classic ivory, each design can be made to suit your taste, but we love the fiery passion in these gowns.

Which one is your favourite?

Vera Wang Spring 2013 Bridal Collection

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Photography: Dan Lecca | Cardinal strapless ballgown with hand-rolled floral detail skirt and horsehair trim



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Introducing Victoria Tryon bespoke engagement rings

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on April 18th, 2012

If you’re looking for a jeweller to create a bespoke engagement ring – like Brad Pitt did for Angelina Jolie – here’s a little gem for you.

Having grown up in a picture-perfect Wiltshire village, Victoria Tryon spent most of her childhood days outdoors, absorbing the beauty of the English countyside. The colours, forms and textures discovered as a young girl has certainly inspired Victoria in her career as a fine jeweller, as she has worked with some of the world’s greatest jewellery houses.

Victoria launched her eponymous brand in 2009 with the aim of producing unique pieces that each have a story to tell. A trained Gemmological Institute of America grader, Victoria will look at discovering the emotions behind each bespoke commission.

Visit www.victoriatryon.com for more information.




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