Six Hot Tips For Choosing Your Rings
The day has arrived and you decide it is time to take the plunge and commit to an amazing person in your life “’til death do you part.”
But what comes next? You face many decisions such as moving in together, choosing “my place or yours,” deciding where to register for china and so on. But no decision is more symbolic of your love than the rings you will exchange. Rings have been a symbol of faith and loyalty throughout the ages. They have symbolized commitment, strength and love, and express before the world that you are in a “relationship.”
The choices for your rings — or the ring with which you intend to surprise your beloved — are endless. Gold, platinum, silver, diamonds, rubies, engraving, band style, and the dollars being spent can feel as endless as the choices. It is therefore wise to start with a plan.
And I recommend that your plan consist of several elements:
A Sound Budget. Determine what you want to spend before you start and try and stay close to that amount. It is easy to get carried away and you don’t want to start a life together with too much debt.
Design. Consider several ring designs, but try and stay loyal to an idea or pattern you have favored from the start. Some couples want clean and simple, others will choose radiant and flashy. All are good, but since selection can get overwhelming, best focus on what attracted you instantly and can’t get out of your mind. Though there is no harm in changing your mind if along the journey you stumble across “the right ones”, I usually find a couple will always gravitate back to a certain choice that speaks to them.
An Informed Start. In today’s world there are endless opportunities to shop for rings. Obviously, the internet is a wonderful source for online shopping, but don’t discount the opportunity of going to local jewelry stores or department stores to try on rings in person. Every hand carries a ring differently, don’t be afraid to see if what you want really suits your hand.
Research. Do it and do it well. Read up on diamonds and what the different qualities mean. Look through magazines and websites at different design selections. Shop around several stores in your community as ring prices can vary considerably.
A Trusted Source. I believe everyone should have a good lawyer, doctor, dentist…and jeweler. Not just for friendship, but also to enjoy a trusting relationship that develops over years. If you are looking to buy a ring and don’t know a jeweler, ask a friend or family member for recommendations. Consider local establishments that have been around for a long time. Most importantly, trust the jeweler or retailer from whom you are making the purchase.
Prepare To Fall In Love. Choose wisely, because, no matter what, you want your ring selection (like your partner!) to be one you will love for the rest of your life. But, I will add that there is no harm in upgrading your rings over time. Just remember that the first rings you choose to symbolize your love will always have a special place in both your hearts.
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In his 25 years experience in designing and creating engagement rings and wedding bands, Rony has dedicated more than a decade of service toward helping same-sex couples translate their sentiments of commitment into meaninful custom rings, symbolizing their unique love.