Diamonds & Diamond Alternatives

Some people want to add a little (or a lot of) sparkle to their rings by incorporating stones. Diamonds are generally the first stone that comes to mind when people picture an engagement ring.  But for reasons ranging from taste to budget to politics, some people are leaving diamonds behind. Keep in mind that rings take a lot of abuse, especially wedding rings since they are typically worn daily.  Not all stones are created equal, so be sure that you consider how your stone choice will hold up so that you can love wearing your ring for years to come.

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How to Care for Your Ring

Rings, no matter the type of metal or karat, will show age with daily wear. As we go about our day-to-day lives, our rings will inevitably collect scratches, marks, and myriad of buildup. (lotion, dirt, makeup, ect.)

Everyone’s rings will wear at a different rate depending on your lifestyle, but all ring will wear with time. I personally like the way that rings age to show the years that we have been together. But some people want to keep their rings looking new for as long as possible. Wear is inevitable but luckily, there are simple and inexpensive solutions to care for your rings and freshen up their finish.

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Ring Warming Ceremony

Incorporating a ring warming into your wedding is such a special way to involve all of your guests in your ceremony. A ring warming is when you give your loved ones the opportunity to hold and imbue your wedding bands with a wish, blessing or prayer for your marriage. By the time your rings make it on to your fingers they will be saturated with the love of your friends and family.

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History of the Wedding Band

Rings in particular are loaded with significance. Throughout history rings were used as personal talismans, in business transactions, as symbols of status, and of course to pledge your love to another.  The story of the wedding ring does not have one clear path; it changes with each religion and country's view of marriage. Some rings strictly marked the legal contract of marriage, while others were clearly crafted in the name of true love. 

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