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Rising Stars in Wedding Band Materials

There was a time when wedding bands meant only silver, gold, and platinum and grooms were hard pressed to make a choice that would reflect their personalities in a distinctive way yet ensure that their choice was durable, attractive-looking, and easy to take care of. However, modern technology and research for industrial applications has yielded a variety of materials that posses amazing physical and chemical properties, and are also wondrous in their appearance. Needless to say, jewelry designers have adapted these space-age materials to a large assortment of contemporary wedding jewelry, including wedding bands. Take a quick tour of what you can discover on the shelves today.

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Ceramic Rings

High technology industrial ceramics are a far cry from the brittle household ceramic cups and saucers that we are all so familiar with. Sporting a rich lustrous jet black color, ceramic rings offer a singular and completely versatile option to the usual assortment of metals used in wedding bands. Alleged to possess the combined qualities of titanium and tungsten carbide, both extremely durable materials preferred for challenging industrial applications, ceramic rings are lightweight, scratch-resistant, hardy, and crack-resistant. Surprisingly affordable, you can get higher performance in variants like Seranite.

The manufacturing process involves the mixing of titanium and tungsten carbide under very high temperature to yield titanium carbide, a very had material that has a rating of 9 on a 10-point Mohs scale used to measure the hardness of minerals. Possessing the tungsten carbide’s hardness and the light weight of titanium, it is now seen in a number of jewelry designs with finishes that range from highly-polished to matte. Seranite offering greater durability and quality involves a proprietary process of manufacturing. While nothing more than a wipe with a damp cloth is required for care, the toughness of the material does not permit resizing.

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Tungsten Rings

Giving hot competition to other jewelry materials is tungsten that is really tungsten carbide formed by mixing tungsten, a rare metal with carbon. Scoring 9 on a 10-point Mohs scale used to measure material hardness; it offers an unparalleled hardness, thus making it extremely durable and scratch resistant. However, direct heavy impact with a hard surface may cause it to crack. This feature, though, comes in handy in case a ring needs to be removed in an emergency, as it can be broken with pliers or a similar instrument. Usually available in signature gunmetal grey shade, there are variants that are completely black and a silvery white resembling platinum or even white gold. Tungsten rings also get a distinctive weighty feel that adds to their allure. Due to their hard nature, tungsten rings cannot be resized but since they cost so less, replacement need not cause any worry. You can download a complete guide on men’s tungsten wedding bands by clicking here or you can visit the genuine tungsten ring site – http://www.tungstenrings.com/

Palladium Rings

An extremely attractive option to the more common white gold and platinum for wedding bands is palladium that jewelry designers have adopted to give a distinct look that combines classicism with a contemporary outlook. A relation of platinum in the hierarchy of metals, it boasts of the same lustrous white color of platinum but is significantly lighter and delightfully less expensive. Originally used as a white gold alloy material, palladium was elevated as a standalone design material as fallout of the scarcity of gold and titanium due to demands by defense manufacturing during Word War II. Not only is it popular for its shiny appearance but also costs less and is great for persons with sensitive skin as it is hypoallergenic. Palladium does not require any re-plating like white gold and its hardness makes it durable as well as corrosion-proof. Now required to be hallmarked like platinum, palladium wedding rings can be resized though with some effort.

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Cobalt Chrome Rings

Cobalt chrome has emerged as a hot favorite of jewelry designers all over the world who are looking to please their discerning customers by offering them the luxurious and classic appearance of platinum or white gold with the advantages of materials born out of contemporary research. The new-generation metal has a lustrous look and is extremely hardy making it crack and scratch-resistant. The other great advantage is that rings made out of this material can be resized, unlike the many other space-age stuff in vogue. Even persons with skin sensitivities can wear them round-the-clock for extended periods without worrying about allergic reactions as the material is hypoallergenic.Many times tougher than gold and platinum, cobalt chrome rings permit fine engravings and decorative work, and are pleasantly more affordable.

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Three Awesome of Wedding Engagement Tips

Believe it or not, the wedding season approacheth! And from popping the question to picking out the ring to donning your groomly attired, the soon-to-be-betrothed proposer needs more than just a checklist for help. Thankfully, the wedding expert and founder of CaratsAndCake.com recently released a quick triplet of tips to help get through one of the hardest parts to planning of a matrimonial proposal: picking the engagement ring. Jess Levin’s three simple rules are:

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Cost is based on the 4 C’S: Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat

It goes without saying that one of the most important costs to pay mind when on the path to marriage is that of the rings (yes, plural). And just because the engagement ring isn’t The Ring, doesn’t mean the accessory first foray isn’t an investment. For instance, the cost of the engagement ring can vary vastly on four components: cut, color, clarity and carat. Consider how rare cuts, like circular, can drive up the price. and color matters since colorless diamonds are the most coveted and expensive. The clarity, and therefore price, of a diamond is measured on a spectrum from flawless to imperfect. Finally, Carat comes down to weight, in this case, the heavier the better.

Insure the ring

Now, seeing how someone can easily spend up to three months of hard earned coin on a piece of jewelry, it is extremely important to insure the ring. Imagine dropping it down sewer accidentally before you even present it – yikes!! You will need to get an appraisal from your jeweler, which you can often get before you pick up the ring! without coverage. Subtip: If you own a home, consider adding the ring to your current policy.

Decide if you want to have an over the top reveal or a simple heartfelt proposal

There are two types of proposals: the fireworks-champagne-rented-limo type and the simple/ straightforward option. And in all honesty, one doesn’t necessarily trump other – just ask yourself what would make the experience authentic and menaingful for your companion. Keep in mind that if you go the extravagant route, you might need to enlist some friends for help or even hire a proposal consultant (a very recent occupation development).

 

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Choosing the Perfect Jewellery for Her at Christmas

Choosing the Perfect Piece of Jewellery for Her at Christmas

Jewellery is a perfect gift for your girlfriend or significant other at any time of year, for a birthday, anniversary, or as a surprise present. But finding a jewellery gift under the Christmas tree can make a magical time of year even more special.

The world of jewellery can be daunting. Whether you have a large or small budget, there are so many types, styles, metals and gemstones to choose from that it can be hard to know where to start. Here’s a list of things to consider before making your jewellery purchase.

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Type of Jewellery

There is a huge variety of jewellery options, from necklaces and bracelets, to earrings, brooches and rings. There are also hundreds of subcategories within each of these categories. A necklace or pair of earrings are a great gift for almost any girl, whether she’s a friend, a sibling, or your mum. But if you’re looking for a personal present for your significant other, a diamond ring is a beautiful and meaningful gift. Whether you’re looking for a promise ring, eternity ring, or planning on popping the question on Christmas day, Chisholm Hunter offer a huge selection of rings.

You know the song, ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend?’ Well, it’s true. Jewellery contains a multitude of gemstones, from diamonds to rubies and emeralds. Consider the recipient’s favorite colors, skin tone and what clothes or jewellery they tend to wear. In addition, many gemstones have associated meanings and some people believe they have health or healing properties.

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Personality and Style

Think about the age and interest of the person you’re buying for. Does your partner love pink? Does she prefer being outdoors and lead an active lifestyle? Or does her life revolve around her love of rock music? A professional woman with a classic taste may prefer a simple bangle, small pendant necklace or traditional diamond earrings. If your girlfriend is self-employed, likes to travel or has a versatile wardrobe, she may prefer a bold or unique piece.

You should also consider metal options. The two most common metals used in jewellery are silver and yellow gold. Both can work great with light or dark skin tones, so it comes down to preference. Take note of the jewellery she normally wears to know which metal to choose. There’s also the option of white gold and platinum for more expensive pieces, such as engagement rings. They are a better option than silver as they won’t tarnish, but bear in mind that white gold will require rhodium plating as it yellows with wear.

Jewellery is the perfect gift for your significant other or female family member. Think about the recipient and make it personal for an amazing Christmas present.

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Swim accessory ideas for Fall 2014

Talking about the runway trends in New York, London, Milan and Paris, it seems like loud chunky metallic and stone jewelry is much in vogue.

Be it sexy beach bikini belly waist charms, lucky charm necklaces, gold body chains, gold rings or funky beaded bracelets, Bikini Luxe introduces its amazing fashion jewelry to walk in style for fall fashion.

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The collection features bold arm and hand fashion accessories that goes with the defining 2014 fall trends. Amazing and chunky gladiator inspired gold bracelet are a part of the upcoming Bikini Luxe fall 2014 trends.

Go for the chunky Sunset Beaded Bracelet with your favorite funky outfit or pair it off with the bright and funky beach prints. Make sure you talk it all bold with Bikini Luxe Jewelry this season!

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Other must-haves for the season are the well-defined chunky stoned rings. You can also check out the Bikini Luxe “Monroe” Ring, the statement jewelry to endorse that much out-there kind of a look.

Keep it bold, keep it funky and keep it well defined!

Let your jewelry do the talking this season by grabbing some of the exquisite, well-finished collection at Bikini Luxe.  The fine edges and the soft finish will surely give you a green signal as far as quality assurance is concerned.

Walk in trend and style by complementing your outfit with the most alluring pieces from the

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Rings For Special Occasions

Society, by default, assumes that rings are automatically purchased in lieu of weddings or engagements. Even if just to say how much you care, there are literally thousands of reasons why you should give the gift of diamond rings. To help inspire you, here are several common occasions where rings are an appropriate purchase.

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Renewing vows

Once couples have hit milestone anniversaries, they’ll entertain renewing their vows which basically reaffirms the same love they promised each other ‘x’ amount of years ago. This would also be an opportune time to give each other new wedding bands to symbolize the reaffirmation of these vows (not to mention your rings are probably pretty worn after 25 years). Platinum would be perfect around the 25 year mark, while gold would probably suffice at your 10 or 15 year affirmation. Anniversaries coincide with renewing vows as you’ll more than likely have your nuptials read at your anniversary party.

Birthdays, of course!

Instead of throwing outlandish parties for someone’s 30th, 40th, or 50th birthday party, why not take them out to eat and offer them a beautifully created diamond ring? Gifts of this magnitude should gradually get better in terms of quality as one ages; a beautifully hand crafted platinum setting for an S1 clarity of diamond would be perfect at the half-century mark of one’s life. Chocolate or strawberry gold would be perfect for a young girl’s 18th birthday party as it symbolizes both a daring and conservative appearance often showcased in our current era.

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Child birthing (the ‘Push’ present)

After going through long, excruciating hours of labor pains then finally delivering a beautiful miracle, what better way to congratulate the newly proud mother than by giving her an exquisite piece of diamond jewelry! Provided she picked the name out prior to giving birth, you could actually purchase the ring with both the mother and child’s name inscribed on the inside of the ring. There is honestly no other more immaculate occasion to give someone a beautiful gift than after the woman brings new life into existence. You can learn more about sizing rings appropriate to her finger size by downloading various ring sizing guides found online today.

‘Just because’

Yet another popular category for purchasing rings casts a wider net even still. Honestly, you really don’t need an excuse to hop down to the jewelry store to purchase a beautiful diamond ring. Giving random gifts to the person who loves you proves how much the love is reciprocated. You could take your loved one to a picnic and surprise them with a diamond ring, leaving rings inside wineglasses then pour your dinner wine, or come up with another creative way to present a diamond ring to this truly remarkable person.

Whether for anniversaries, graduations, birthdays or giving credit where credits due to a new mother, every special occasion is the perfect time to give the gift of precious jewelry. Bonus points to the person that creates their own special occasion and makes the moment the most memorable one yet.

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Medieval Style Rings Are Popular – Again?

So you’re finally engaged, and all that there is left to do now is organize the wedding. However, if your man is like most men, then don’t be surprised if your husband-to-be has plenty of wedding ring ideas to contribute, but not a lot of the action. If this sounds like your man, and you both share an affinity for medieval lore, we’ve got some ideas to share with him.  Oh, and you too.

These rings, much like every other trend from years past, is rising again in popularity.  Be forewarned, ye men with chivalrous intent: not all ring makers are created equally, and the power of social suggestion can help drastically reduce errors in shopping for these ring makers.

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It starts with custom ring makers!

Medieval style rings, when designed properly and fitted comfortably, are as exquisite and amazingly widespread today as they were centuries ago; if you recall, just before gold and gemstones exploded into mainstream shopper’s eyes, hand-crafted jewelry was typically styled in older gothic or plain bands. Today’s foray of custom rings come from custom ring makers that can emulate virtually any Arthurian style or gothic caricature you choose.  Just choose wisely, my male friends, because this ring will become the centerpiece of your (hopefully) everlasting marriage.

With so many options when it comes to purchasing that elusive wedding ring, it is not only important to do your research about potential jewelry makers, but also research the options with respect to the various medieval overtones you wish to maintain throughout your marriage – and on her finger.

The process

Overall, customized jewelry shows more character than your quintessential department store showpieces. Medieval buffs, as a whole, also appreciate having a wedding look that accentuates their attitude, beliefs and can be worn comfortably without taking it off.  Note that many are making platinum custom medieval rings due to their tougher, scratch resistant surface.

Medieval style rings undergo an interesting process to get created properly. First, the procedure commences by arranging a consultation between you and an expert ring design specialist. Next, they’ll normally create a hand-carved impression of the ring style you want out of waxy substances, then take that impression and forge the creation you are expecting.

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Buying medieval style rings that suit your style

While it is no small feat, knowing what you’re likely to face when shopping for that special engagement or wedding ring set will help you cope with the challenges ahead and help you enjoy the full rewards that come from shopping for custom rings.

Leverage the power of Google, social suggestion and subtle hints from your significant other when shopping for that special custom design ring ensemble for your wife-to-be.  Finally, don’t believe everything you see regarding ring shopping from people on television; all the people you see having fun flashing their jewelry are doing so because the person behind the camera directing everything is a professional – and not necessarily the ring maker. Take the opportunity to make this creation yours, after all it’s meant to last forever.

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