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Ask The Experts – Bespoke Engagement And Wedding Rings

14/04/2014 | 0

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It has become really important to many soon-to-be married couples to add unique elements to their wedding day in order to truly let their personality shine through at their special event.

 

Creating bespoke engagement and wedding rings is one way to give you a one of a kind design that is distinctive and personal to you as a couple and something you of course will treasure forever after the big day.    

 

The engagement and wedding ring experts from Wedding Rings Direct are on hand to give you some advice on creating bespoke rings and to share some exciting examples of designs that brides and grooms-to-be have conjured up themselves….

 

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Adopting an individual style to your wedding day has become extremely popular over the last couple of years, which has come hand in hand with a trend towards bespoke engagement and wedding rings. Bespoke rings are a brilliant way of setting your wedding apart from any other one that has taken place. You might have a similar dress, venue and car to someone else, but nobody will ever have the same wedding ring as you if you opt for bespoke wedding rings. This is why so many couples are choosing unique rings, instead of opting for traditional rings.

 

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You would probably expect to pay celebrity wedding prices for such creative, modern and individual pieces of jewellery, but a lot of jewellers offer a free design; using your ideas to create something especially for you.

Bespoke rings can start from a sketch, picture or just an idea in your head which can then lead onto a design and the rings being handcrafted in the jeweller’s workshop. Bespoke can also be modifications on existing designs or amalgamating parts of different ring designs*. Some brides also require a shaped wedding ring to fit around their engagement ring for them both to sit perfectly next to each other; depending on the shape this can also be treated as a bespoke design.

You need to bear in mind that creating a bespoke design from start to finish may take a little longer than the non-bespoke route and you should always get a quote from the jeweller prior to them starting work on making the rings.

 

Below are some examples of bespoke rings:

 

  • This lovely customer wanted to frame their pretty vintage style engagement ring. As the cluster setting was quite large we needed to take some of the material away from the edge of the wedding band to make for a snug fit. The customer was keen to keep the vintage feel going so small diamonds were grain set along the edge to echo those along the engagement ring. This gave a really nice contrast and framed the ring perfectly.

 

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Ask The Experts – How To Care For Your Engagement & Wedding Rings

18/03/2014 | 0

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The experts at Wedding Rings Direct have been on hand over the last few months with their top tips with regard to choosing the perfect engagement and wedding rings.

 

This month’s post is slightly different as it focuses on how to keep your beloved engagement and wedding rings clean, sparkling like new and in tip top condition.

 

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Your engagement and wedding rings can come into contact with all sorts of things, whilst you wear them with pride! This post is a helpful guide to taking good care of your precious rings.

 

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We are often asked the question about cleaning your rings at home; the majority of precious metals can be cleaned using shop-bought jewellery cleaner or by soaking it in a warm and mild solution of soap and water. Just gently rub the ring with a soft cloth to dry.

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Ask The Experts – Engagement And Wedding Ring Trends

20/02/2014 | 0

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The experts at Wedding Rings Direct have been on hand over the last few months with helpful hints and tips with regard to choosing the perfect engagement and wedding rings.

 

This month, the topic up for discussion is what’s got the wow-factor in the wonderful world of engagement and wedding rings this year…

 

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So 2014 has begun and with it comes some lovely trends in engagement and wedding rings. So we are here to talk you through what’s hot for brides and grooms in 2014!

 

Rose gold – here to stay!

A key trend for 2013 was rose gold for plain wedding rings and also to create contrast in mixed metal rings. Its stunning pink colour creates a warm tone which also looks beautiful surrounded by diamonds.

 

Yellow gold is back!

White gold has been the popular choice for jewellery since the late nineties, but now yellow gold is making a comeback! The more traditional choice, yellow gold’s comeback has been championed by the Duchess of Cambridge who wears a plain yellow gold wedding ring next to her huge sapphire engagement ring. Whether going for something classic and simple like a gold band or adding diamonds, yellow gold is timeless and back in fashion!

 

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Vintage:

Another trend that is here to stay is vintage! Alongside the desire for brides and grooms to put a vintage twist on their wedding reception, they are extending that look and feel to their engagement and wedding rings. Choosing a vintage style ring that isn’t an antique allows you more choice in style, size and diamonds; getting exactly what you want within your budget.

 

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Ask The Experts – Vintage Styled Engagement And Wedding Rings

16/01/2014 | 0

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There are some things in the world of weddings that you just can’t beat getting expert advice on and so the experts at Wedding Rings Direct have been on hand over the last few months with helpful hints and tips with regard to choosing the perfect engagement and wedding rings.

 

This month they discuss a popular choice of engagement and wedding rings – vintage!

 

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For this months blog post, we’ll be looking at vintage styled engagement and wedding rings.

Vintage themed weddings have been extremely popular over the last couple of years, which has come hand in hand with a trend towards vintage styled engagement and wedding rings. Brides and grooms are either choosing a new ring that has a vintage style, going for a truly vintage ring by scouring antique shops or being given family heirlooms.

 

During the reign of Queen Victoria, the British Empire had access to the diamond mines of the day, including mines in India and South Africa; during this era there was an increase in the amount of diamond set rings and towards maximising sparkle! This style was emphasised further by a mill-grain setting (shown above and below), filling the band to maximise the diamond and making it appear larger.

 

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Modern rings which have been crafted with a vintage style are inspired by the Victorian and Edwardian era of ‘romance’ and sparkle. Brides and grooms can find the vintage style of ring(s) they love and then select their choice of metal, such as platinum, white gold, palladium, yellow gold etc. Selecting a new ring with a vintage twist also allows you to choose the cut and quality of the diamonds in the ring as well as finding a ring which also compliments your wedding or engagement ring.

 

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Ask The Experts – Quick Guide To Choosing Your Diamonds

04/10/2013 | 3

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There are some things in the world of weddings that you just can’t beat getting expert advice on.

So we thought, what better than for us to bring the top wedding specialists to you? We’ll be asking the professionals for insider knowledge and to share their pearls of wisdom in all the need-to-know areas, to help you along your wedding planning journey.

 

Over the coming months, the experts at Wedding Rings Direct will be letting us in on their wonderful world of engagement and wedding rings.

Last month’s feature which was full of helpful hints for choosing engagement ring styles. This month, the experts have some sparkling tips for choosing diamonds – whether you are nearly or newly engaged, or maybe you have your eye on an eternity ring!

So without further ado…

 

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Following on from last month’s post about engagement ring styles, we are now helping you to understand diamonds.

Making sure you choose a diamond that meets your specification and budget can be overwhelming, but this post aims to help you make your purchase easy and simple to understand. The 4 C’s are a good place to start when trying to understand diamonds; Cut, Colour, Carat and Clarity. The most popular diamond cuts are brilliant (round stones) and princess (square stones). There are other cuts available such as emerald and marquise.

 

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The colour of the diamond is measured on a scale from D to Z, D is colourless this allows more light to pass through, giving the diamond more sparkle. As the gradings progress through the alphabet to Z, the diamonds take on a yellowish/brownish tone. Anything up to colour H is considered white, with a hint of yellow appearing in diamonds graded from I onwards.

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Ask The Experts – Engagement Ring Styles

06/09/2013 | 1

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There are some things in the world of weddings that you just can’t beat getting expert advice on.

So we thought, what better than for us to bring the top wedding specialists to you? We’ll be asking the professionals for insider knowledge and to share their pearls of wisdom in all the need-to-know areas, to help you along your wedding planning journey.

 

Over the coming months, the experts at Wedding Rings Direct will be letting us in on their wonderful world of engagement and wedding rings.

Today they are starting at the very beginning, with helpful hints and tips for choosing engagement ring styles for those of you that are nearly or newly engaged.

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You’ve decided you want to pop the question or you’ve both come to a decision to get married. Whatever your budget is for an engagement ring it is a very important purchase that you want to get right as it’s going to be on her finger forever!

This blog post will give you some pointers on the different styles of engagement rings, to help you find the right ring for your right lady! Next month’s blog post will give you a crash course in diamonds to help you understand the different cut, carat, colour and clarity of diamond to choose.

The style of the ring is one of the first things to think about, has your future bride pointed out any rings she likes? Is her style quite classic or does she prefer a vintage look? The style of engagement rings do vary and sometimes people opt for a style that isn’t a ‘usual’ engagement ring but suits the person who will be wearing the ring, for example a band set with diamonds all the way or half way round and not a ring with a single stone.

 

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Another thing to consider when choosing her engagement ring is the kind of wedding ring she will later be wearing with it, some engagement rings are ‘wed fit’ which means a wedding ring can fit perfectly next to the ring; if a single diamond is set high enough for the wedding ring to sit next to/under it. However some engagement rings will need a shaped wedding ring so both the rings sit nicely next to each other.

 

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