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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Eternity Rings

When your wedding day begins drawing closer you’ll need to begin thinking about your wedding bands. Men naturally opt for the plain platinum, silver or gold bands however for women the options are endless and today, thanks to the range of specialist jewellers whether the small local companies or large world-renowned brands; the thought of having even more diamonds are too good to resist.

From claw set to channel set, to princess cut and round cut; today eternity rings are growing becoming a popular alternative to wedding bands. Traditionally meant to commemorate an anniversary or the birth of a child; the symbol of endless love makes it the must have choice.

Not sure whether you want the traditional wedding band option or whether an eternity ring is the best idea? Below are a few basic facts and points that may hopefully help you make the right choice for the special woman in your life…

  • Eternity rings are called so as they are considered a symbol of everlasting, eternal love. In many instances the rings are often even used in place of a standard engagement ring as they are deemed more meaningful.
  • Rings are commonly stone set.
  • Full-set rings are often considered impractical as the diamonds are more likely to chip and be exposed to daily wear and tear
  • Half-set rings are the most popular choice as the diamonds sit perfectly on the top head of the band for maximum show, complimenting the engagement ring and adding additional dazzle!
  • Today it is used in many different occasions but the eternity ring dates back to Egyptian times where it was used as a token of eternal love.
  • The 4C’s are essential when shopping for a ring. The cut, colour, clarity and carat of the diamond should be considered before you make any decisions.
  • Although not essential, choosing the same metal setting as the engagement ring is considered the best choice although in many instances women have opted to mix and match but it really is all a matter of personal tastes.
  • The majority of the rings use princess cut or round diamonds in channel or claw settings of different widths.

Comfort Fit Ring Bands

The main difference between these custom-fit bands and standard ones is their interior. Comfort-fit engagement ring bands use extra metal to make the inside of the ring slightly more domed, allowing it to slip over the finger better, particularly if the wearer has large knuckles. This makes them ideal for men, whose slightly wider and bulkier knuckles often make wearing engagement or wedding rings uncomfortable. Grooms with extra-large knuckles can even opt for ‘heavy domed’ bands, which make the dome even higher, and therefore more comfortable.

Not all comfort-fit bands are domed, however. This style of ring is also available in a ‘flat’ variant, which provides a slightly more understated look while losing none of the comfort or breathing room domed bands provide. These can be a good option for people seeking a slightly different and more elegant type of band, while still wanting or needing the advantages brought about by domed engagement ring bands.

Couples interested in these types of bands are advised to look into tungsten or titanium as the material for their ring, since these metals automatically come fitted with a comfort setting at no extra charge. For more traditional metals such as platinum or gold, this process entails a degree of customization which might make the price go up slightly compared to a ‘standard’ band of the same material. As such, couples are advised to consider what the best option will be prior to placing their order, taking into account their budget as well as each partner’s personal preferences

In short, if you or your partner feels ‘regular’ engagement ring bands are potentially too constrictive or uncomfortable, definitely do look into comfort-fit styles as a likely solution!

Bracelet Clasps Designs

Spring Ring Clasps:

This is a very commonly used type of clasp in jewelry design. Typically, this type of clasp opens when a little lever in a small circular ring is pushed backwards. When it opens, the other end of the bracelet, which can be a loop or a chain, is inserted and the lever is released to snap shut. Such types of clasp use a spring mechanism for the opening and shutting process. They are quite sturdy and easy to handle and hence they are quite popular.

Lobster Claw Clasp:

Just as the name signifies, this type of clasp looks like the claw of a lobster, but they are highly customizable to suit the need of a particular piece of jewelry. They are quite easy to open and close. This type of clasp has a tiny spring in its mechanism, which helps to keep it closed until you push the lever to open it.

Toggle Clasps:

These are widely used in fashionable bracelets and come in a variety of designs. Toggle clasps generally come in two pieces, each of which is attached to one end of a bracelet. Typically, one section of the clasp is a circular ring or similar. The other half is comprised of a T shaped bar that needs to be inserted through the ring and thus secure the bracelet in place. These types of clasps are not as strong as the spring and lobster claw clasps but, since they come in numerous sizes and designs, they are widely used in designing stylish bracelets.

Buy a Fashion Jewelry Ring

When guys are shopping for a fashion jewelry ring there are several questions that enter their minds. Where should I start? How much should I spend? How do I go about choosing the perfect engagement ring? These are all questions that need answers if you are a man who wants to stay out of the dog house with your future fiancĂ©. Most guys know the basics that are needed to choose the best ring, and some even know about the 4 C’s that should be looked at in a diamond. However, some men think too much about the ring and do not spend enough time thinking about the woman they are buying it for.

Shopping for a fashion jewelry ring is about more than just the ring itself. It is also important to consider the woman that is going to be wearing the ring. Taking the time to think about the woman’s taste in fashion and jewelry will go a long way in the reaction she has when you pull the ring out and get down on one knee. Do not get so caught up in buying the ring that you forget all about the woman that you are buying it for.

If you follow these tips and advice you will be able to find a fashion jewelry ring that she will love. No matter whether you are buying a diamond or some other gemstone, you will want to consider her preferences. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make sure that the first thing she sees when you open that ring box is something she likes. There are a lot of great looking rings that are available so keep these tips in mind and you will know how to buy one that will sweep her off her feet.

Venetian Glass Beads

Millefiori glass beads

Although the millefiori glass technique has existed since before the 7th century AD, the technique was really made famous by Venetian glassworkers. The name actually derives from the Italian words “mille” meaning thousand, and “fiori” meaning flowers. The beads are multicolored with very distinct patterns. They are made by producing special glass canes or rods which only display the patterns from the cut ends. Once the rods are sliced, the cut ends will all display identical patterns.

Lattimo Beads

Lattimo beads are made of glass which has had a white or colored dye added to it, so that the glass looks almost opaque. Light can pass through the bead; however it cannot be seen clearly. The beads are known as lattimo which is derived from the Italian word for milk (latte) because they look as though they the glass has had milk poured into it.

Imitation gemstones

These beads are designed to look just like gemstones, but without the high cost. Many designers use imitation gemstones in their jewelry designs when they want a piece to look exquisite, but they also want it to be affordable. Imitation gemstones often weigh less than their real life counterparts, so they can also be used in designs where the weight of the real stone would make the design impractical.

If you do travel to Venice, you can visit the museum of glass to see how Venetian glass has developed and evolved over time. You will also get the chance to see some stunning rare examples of glass pieces. Venetian beads can be purchased online, as can other beads which copy the Venetian style. These beads can be used in a range of projects.

Shopping for Jewelry Online

Easy comparison

Searching for your favorite piece in various tabs helps in another way; it allows you to compare similar items side – by – side. This is not possible in – store shopping experience. To compare it at a traditional store, it might need some assistance and what gets shown might not represent the complete range of options. For instance, a simple gold ring comes with so many variations that no one store can fulfill your requirement. Online, finding the right piece you need is as simple as typing the keyword. Various jewelry retailers make it easy by offering a search bar on all pages. You just have to drill down their category.

Everything will be in stock

This is another area where online shopping for jewelry excels over in – store purchases is in the high probability that the piece you are looking for is in stock and ready to ship. A retailer might run of that particular piece you have set your heart on, but online jewelers are not limited to the stock.

Shopping at your own pace

Buying gold jewelry is potentially a huge – ticket purchase, and feeling rushed to purchase makes for a rewarding experience. Even if your offline store rep is being mannered, there are still a certain pressure to purchase quickly and go, which can end up to hurried decisions. This pressure is avoided when you shop online. Shopping on the web can be done in private, away from outside tension and without any sense of commitment.

Bundling orders together

Purchasing multiple items at once might be a headache in an offline store. Even if the retailer you visit, has that piece you were eying on but you might not be able to find the type of brooch or pendant you are looking for. Purchasing online gets around this situation by letting you purchase for as many pieces as you need and then bundling them together into one transaction with low shipping cost. Online retailers do offer free shipping for orders above a certain amount.

Jump Ring

They are extremely useful as well as appealing to the eyes when incorporated into an artistic jewel design. The most important part to a jump ring when assembling earrings,necklaces and bracelets is to be sure it is closed properly or else your beads and other components with dangle right off the ring.

Jump rings are like “staples” to the jewelry artisan. It is a good idea to have a supply of every size you like using as well as the different materials such as silver, gold, antique copper, silver plated, gun metal and so on. You can find these anywhere you are looking for supplies as they are a basic component.

A jump ring is a jewelry component used to connect other jewelry components together for a finished piece of jewelry. They open and close very simply using a pair of pliers. Most of them are circular and comes in various sizes. You can even make your own. There are also a bit sturdier rings called “split rings.”

Two things to always remember about using jump rings that stay closed are quality and technique. Disconnected rings is a disaster for your handmade projects and one you do not want to have to deal with.

What is good quality? Precision cutting (which may not occur properly if you make your own), Both sides of the ring need to meet with little to no gap in between.

The proper technique to use is to first use is to have two flat nosed pliers, one in each hand. Take hold of either side of the ring with the pliers so the split is in the middle. At the same time move one hand away from you while you move the other hand toward you. Now the ring is opened.

Personalized Rings

  1. Choose a monogrammed ring. Monogrammed rings are a classic type of personalized ring, particularly popular among men. Choosing a block style font is the perfect choice for men, with its masculine look and its sophisticated design. For women, a cursive script is classic and elegant.
  2. Choose a name ring. Name rings are a hot trend in jewelry, with some of the hippest Hollywood trendsetters wearing them on the red carpet. Name rings are ideal for teens and young women who love expressing their individuality.
  3. Choose a personalized promise ring. Promise rings are popular among older teens and college students who want to express deep commitment without getting engaged. To make that ring extra-special, consider having the ring engraved with the names of the couple.
  4. Choose a birthstone ring. Birthstones are a not a new or revolutionary concept in jewelry, and are sometimes overlooked in favor of newer styles. Each stone has its own individual look, and even the semi-precious stones are beautiful.
  5. Choose a family ring. This is a great choice for mothers, especially! You can have a ring engraved with names of the children or grandchildren in the family, or have one set with the birthstones of the children.
  6. Engrave a special message to carry always. Whether a father-to-daughter message like, “Daddy’s Little Girl” or a husband-to-wife “True Love Forever” the message can have a lifetime of meaning and significance to the wearer.
  7. Personalize your wedding ring. One of the times in your life when you purchase a ring for a specific function is when you select your wedding ring. Consider having the date of your wedding or your names engraved on the inner portion of the ring.

Black Diamond Ring

The plain science of black diamonds goes like this: It demonstrates an over-abundance of hydrogen carbon bonds which confirms that they are formed inside a rich hydrogen background like in deep space. In addition, nano diamonds which can be found inside meteorites bare similarities to these black stones. Moreover, unlike normal diamonds which are formed deep in the Earth’s crust, the gas bubbles in the black diamonds could not have possibly been formed here. On the other hand, there is some controversy to this theory and a number of other scientists hold their own theories saying that the origin of these diamond rings might not necessarily occur from outer space. Scientists have long been baffled by the origins of carbonados since they don’t stay on the diamond mineralogy rules and they don’t form where natural clear diamonds occur inside those usual ordinary areas.

Carbonados or black diamonds as they are ordinarily called, are described as wearing the color of charcoal or melted glass with full of bubbles. These stones are understood to weigh thousands of carats and appear in shades from black to grey. Time and again, they crop up in bumpy fragments with a surface which could vary from compact to porous. Barely, selected of these pieces are polished and used in jewelry since often times their surfaces are blemished. Whilst comparing white and black diamonds, engagement rings are typically fit with white diamonds, being single crystals, whereas black diamonds are comprised of clusters of distinctive crystals that form its dark color.

Diamonds on Men’s Wedding Rings

The most popular forms of wedding rings are plain bands. Men are partial to this style. Women, on the other hand tend to prefer designs that are more ornate. The more affluent couples who can afford to add settings with precious stones on their wedding bands may choose diamonds as adornment. From this, the question regarding the appropriateness of diamonds on wedding rings for men now arises.

A primer on male jewelry

Most men do wear no other piece of jewelry other than their wedding ring, if they are married, and a wristwatch. For men who wear suits, cuff links are a necessity. If a man chooses to wear a necklace or a bracelet, it is usually plain and straightforward in design. There are many schools of thought on the art of “manliness,” but in general, social convention dictates that men minimize the wearing of jewelry when they are in public.

Among men, wearing too much jewelry is taboo, and because of this convention, those who prefer to wear one or two additional pieces of accessory limit their choices to simple items made from gold, white gold, platinum, or silver. Still, a man can still be considered well dressed even when he is wearing more jewelry items than considered “appropriate.” This depends on how the person carries himself and whether the choice of jewelry pieces complements the look that the person projects to the world.

Men may not care too much for jewelry, but they know enough to realize that jewelry pieces convey meaning to other people. Moreover, a piece of jewelry may be interpreted by one person in a certain way and the next person very differently. For starters, the choice of jewelry of a person reflects certain aspects of his personality. His peers may think of some men who wear more jewelry pieces than socially acceptable as too flashy or a tad eccentric.

The verdict: Diamonds on a man’s wedding ring

Nevertheless, interpretation is always subjective. On the matter of having a diamond setting on a wedding band, the dominant thought is that men may opt for such a design but keep the setting simple. Diamonds are beautiful and valuable precious stones. If the couple decides on diamonds as a component of the symbolism of their eternal love, then it is their personal choice. However, if they wish to abide by social convention, the ring of the husband to be must be designed in such a way that it will not be perceived by the observer as an ornamental ring fit for the hands of a flamboyant and ostentatious individual.