Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Right Metal for Your Engagement Ring
There is nothing more beautiful than the journey two people embark on when they choose to open their hearts to one another.
The engagement ring you choose serves as a symbol of your lifelong commitment to the most treasured person in your life. It also represents the beauty of your relationship to everyone who sees it. For those reasons, you should weigh your options carefully when shopping for engagement rings.
Recently we talked about the kind of gifts you can consider for your next anniversary, but anniversaries are more than just about exchanging gifts with one another. They’re also a time to show your loved one you care by creating a special experience. Let’s take a look at some of the traditional and not-so-traditional things you can do for your anniversary.
Last month, we posted an article about the different kinds of synthetic diamonds and diamond substitutes available on the market. Many of these are indistinguishable from natural diamonds to the untrained eye.
People often buy diamond jewelry to last a lifetime or even several lifetimes. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right diamonds. You may have read our previous posts on cut, clarity, color, and carat weight; the 4 C’s used to grade diamonds. But there are other considerations that you must know about, namely that the diamonds in your piece may not be completely natural.
If you’ve ever forgotten an anniversary present for your wife, that’s a lesson you don’t want to repeat! But how do you find her a gift that’s unique or meaningful enough to celebrate your love? Here are some suggestions and some history behind this practice.
If you’ve inherited a piece of antique jewelry or found a beautiful piece at an estate sale, it’s worth getting it appraised. An appraisal is an estimation of how much a piece of jewelry is worth based on the opinions of an expert in the trade.
In years past, shopping for an engagement ring was a tough prospect. What you saw on the shelves was what was available. The fear of getting a ring she wouldn’t love was real. The possible number of different engagement rings is quite large when you consider all of the combinations of metals, stones, cuts, and settings.
If you have any antique jewelry or just bought some at an estate sale, don’t clean it right away! Any piece that’s at least 100 years old (the definition of antique for jewelry) will need special care. This might seem strange because the stones and metals used in jewelry haven’t changed too much, but there are some things to consider first before taking out your cleaning equipment.
Have you ever received heirloom jewelry? It’s both a gift and a curse. Your living grandparent might have gifted you a wedding band, or perhaps a bracelet or watch that has been passed down since the 1850s. They wanted to keep the piece in the family.