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  • Choosing Your Wedding Ring

    If you’re reading this post, you’re probably either engaged or about to be engaged— congratulations! The time between your engagement and your wedding is a special period in your life. It’s a time to bask in the glow of your impending marriage and, of course, plan for your wedding. One of the most exciting parts of wedding planning is choosing your wedding rings. But with so many wedding ring options, how do you know which to choose? Read on to learn everything you need to know about choosing your wedding ring!

    You Don’t Have To Match (But You Can)

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    A classic metal band is a common option for couples who decide to match their wedding bands.

    When you’re shopping for your wedding rings, you have two rings to find. While you can choose a matching set, you should know that it’s actually much more common today for the bride and groom to choose separate designs. There’s no right or wrong choice here, you can choose a set or go with different styles— choose what’s right for you. But you should decide this early so you know whether you’re searching for one or two designs.

    Pick Your Style

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    This classic, yet glamorous, wedding ring style features a row of stunning princess cut diamonds.

    Once you know whether you’re looking for one or two wedding band styles, it’s time to move on to picking your style(s). If you’re going to match, you will likely want to pic a more simple style. But if you’re going to choose separate styles, you can choose whatever each of you likes the most.

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    This brick patterned men’s wedding band is a unique and modern option.

    There are many different styles of wedding rings. There are simple classic rings, sleek modern options, ornate vintage designs, and glamorous diamond studded rings.

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    This vintage-style wedding band is elegant and romantic.

    Do a little browsing and see what you’re drawn to the most. Do you want something simple? Something eye-catching? Something that will complement your engagement ring? Once you know what you’re most interested, you can start narrowing in on the exact ring that’s right for you.

    Budget

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    A wedding ring without diamonds, like this swirling rose gold design, is an affordable, yet still beautiful option.

    Just like when shopping for an engagement ring, it’s a good idea to have a budget in mind before you shop. Wedding rings have a wide price range, with simple metal bands at the lower end and diamond or gemstone bands on the upper end (more, larger, or higher quality gemstones will increase your price). Also, different precious metals can affect a ring’s price, as platinum and 18k karat gold are more expensive materials than 14k gold.

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    14k white gold, used here in this intricate diamond set wedding ring, gives a similar look to platinum, but at a more budget-friendly price.

    There’s no rule on how much you need to spend on your wedding bands. Just consider what the style you’re interested in usually costs and how much you want to spend, then decide on a budget that’s right for you as a couple.

    Find the Right Precious Metal For You

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    A yellow gold wedding band is a traditional precious metal option.

    Wedding bands come in many different precious metals, like platinum, yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold. When choosing your precious metal, you’ll want to consider two things: style and your lifestyle. Different precious metals can drastically change up the style of a ring. For example, yellow gold is has a classic look and platinum is quite modern. So, know that your choice of precious metal will have an effect on the style of your ring.

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    This tungsten carbide wedding band is durable and sleek.

    However, for many people, considering lifestyle is also important. Why does this matter when choosing a precious metal? Certain metals are more durable than others. If you’re a highly active person, you might want to consider choosing a ring made of stronger materials, like platinum or tungsten carbide. Or, if you have your heart set on a gold ring, go with 14k gold instead of 18k gold, as 14k gold is more durable. Of course, if you know you’ll be careful when wearing your ring, you can choose your precious metal solely based on style. All precious metals are durable (even 18k gold), some are just more so than others.

  • Where to Buy High Quality Engagement Rings in Los Angeles

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    A vintage-style Amavida halo engagement ring from Bridal Rings Co.

    When it comes to buying an engagement ring in a major city like Los Angeles, there are many places to shop. However, just as with engagement rings, not all jewelers are created equal. When searching for the best place to buy your engagement ring, there are some things to keep in mind, like the reputation of the jeweler and what services will come with the ring. To help you make a great choice when searching for an engagement ring jeweler, we’ve put together this list of things to look out for during the buying process.

    Prioritize Quality and Certification

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    A dazzling double halo Amavida engagement ring from Bridal Rings Co.

    One of the most important things to look for when buying an engagement ring is high quality, certified materials. This, of course, includes the center stone you’ll be buying. Most people choose a white diamond for their engagement ring, but colorful gemstones are also becoming popular choices. But for both diamonds and gemstones, you’ll want to make sure that your stone comes with proper certification. You should never buy a stone that doesn’t come with official certification from an accredited institution, such as the GIA (Gemological Institute of America). At Bridal Rings, all of our gemstones come with official certification, so our customers can feel comfortable knowing the exact specifications of the gemstones they select.

    Additionally, the quality of your stone is important. Diamonds are graded according to the 4Cs: carat, color, clarity, and cut. Which qualities are most important to you will depend on your personal tastes. One thing that’s important to know when choosing a jeweler is that they should help you understand these qualities and guide you to a stone that you will love. Which brings us to our next point: you should expect nothing less than excellent service from your jeweler.

    Expect Excellent Service

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    A unique and delicate Artcarved solitaire engagement ring from Bridal Rings Co.

    Buying fine jewelry, such as an engagement ring, is unlike any other buying experience. And for many people, their engagement ring is the first major fine jewelry purchase they’ll make. Buying fine jewelry comes with many considerations, like how durable the materials of the ring are, what the exact quality of the ring is, and what styles are available. Your jeweler should guide you through the buying process and help you easily understand your options, as well as help you find styles you like.

    At Bridal Rings, excellent customer service is our top priority. We take great care to make sure each of our customers has the best possible shopping experience. Each of our staff members is a trusted diamond expert who strives to give our customers a concierge experience. We fully guide our customers through the buying process, helping them with everything from selecting their ring to teaching them how to care for it. Additionally, we also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, free lifetime cleaning and maintenance on all of our products, and even include a complimentary insurance appraisal for all of our customers.

    Know Your Jeweler’s History and Reputation

    Another important thing to consider is a jeweler’s history and reputation. It’s crucial to buy from a reputable dealer who has experience in the business and a trusted reputation. If you buy from an unknown dealer, there are many variables that could end up being disastrous. You could end up with a poor quality ring or be unable to get help with any problems you may have with a bad ring, which is simply something you don’t want to risk with something as important as an engagement ring.

    At Bridal Rings, our team of expert jewelers are experienced and responsive. We are a family owned company that has been in business for more than 35 years. Located in the world famous LA Jewelry District, we’ve been providing impeccably crafted jewelry and excellent service to our customers for decades. Additionally, Bridal Rings is also proud of our excellent reputation on Yelp, where we have a five star rating and hundreds of positive reviews.

    Buy From Somewhere With a Great Selection

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    A vintage-style Amavida ring from Bridal Rings Co.

    When shopping for an engagement ring, it’s also important to buy from somewhere with a great selection. There are many different kinds of engagement rings, so it’s important to buy from somewhere with good variety so you can find something that is not only high quality, but also suits your tastes. At Bridal Rings, we’re proud to carry a wide selection of engagement rings from excellent brands, which span an array of styles. We have rings from excellent companies such as Coronet, Gabriel & Co, Artcarved, and more. Additionally, since we also handcraft jewelry in house, we’re able to create custom rings for our customers.

    Get the Best Price

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    A classic and brilliant three stone engagement ring from Bridal Rings Co.

    Lastly, let’s talk about getting a great price for your engagement ring. When it comes to higher priced items like fine jewelry, it’s always a good idea to consider buying from a smaller, family owned jeweler. This is because jewelry from “big name” jewelers often comes with a major mark up. Instead of merely paying for the quality and craftsmanship of a ring, you’re also paying a huge mark up for the name brand of the ring.

    Additionally, in Los Angeles there are some excellent options in the LA jewelry district where, instead of paying for a marked up ring, you can get a wholesale price. At Bridal Rings, we save our customers money by buying our materials wholesale. We directly import materials, saving our customers on middle men costs, to ensure that we can offer excellent prices that are 30% to 70% below retail.

    High Quality Engagement Rings in Los Angeles

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    A custom made halo engagement ring from Bridal Rings Co.

    If you’re shopping for a high quality engagement ring in Los Angeles, we’d be honored to help you find your perfect ring at Bridal Rings. Our customers are our top priority and we value nothing more than ensuring that each of our customers is thrilled with their purchase. Stop into our showroom in the Los Angeles Jewelry District today, where our team of experts will work with you to help you find (or create) the engagement ring you’ve been dreaming of.

  • Tips For Buying an Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

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    Emerald cut engagement rings have a classic glamour. This flashy step cut diamond shape has long been a favorite of glamorous celebrities, from old Hollywood stars like Elizabeth Taylor to modern day icons like Beyonce. If you’re thinking of selecting this gorgeous diamond shape for your own engagement ring, keep in mind that buying an emerald diamond requires some special considerations. To help you make the best pick, check out our tips for buying an emerald cut engagement ring.

    Understanding the Emerald Cut

    The first thing to know before buying an emerald cut diamond is what exactly qualifies as an emerald cut. Emerald cut diamonds have a distinctive look. From the top, they look like a rectangle with cut corners and they feature unique step facets. Step facets are different from the more common “brilliant” style cut, which is what most round diamonds are cut with. Instead of having many varying shaped small facets, step cut shapes like the emerald have larger, rectangular facets that are arranged in parallel lines. These lines reflect and refract light in a “flashy” way, in contrast to the more shimmery effect of a brilliant cut. They also offer a more clear, pure view of the diamond itself, allowing the true beauty of the diamond to shine through.

    The emerald cut is not to be confused with radiant and asscher cuts. Radiant cut diamonds have the same overall shape as an emerald cut (a rectangle with cut corners) but they have smaller facets designed to create sparkle, rather than the flashy step cuts of the emerald diamond. Asscher cuts also have a similar shape to emerald cut diamonds, a square shape with cut corners. Asscher cuts have step cuts like the emerald cut but they also feature a distinctive “X” pattern on the top of the diamond that creates very different light patterns.

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    A simple, yet glamorous emerald cut diamond engagement ring.

    What To Look For When Buying an Emerald Diamond

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    A custom made 18k white gold halo style engagement ring that shows off the emerald cut’s signature step cuts.

    Now that you know the definition of an emerald cut diamond, let’s talk about what you should look for when buying one. Like all other diamonds, looking at an emerald cut diamond’s 4Cs (clarity, cut, color, and carat) is important. But, due to the unique step cut of the emerald diamond, certain aspects of the 4Cs are more important when considering how they reflect on an emerald diamond’s beauty.

    Emerald Cut Diamond Clarity

    Clarity is incredibly important for emerald cut diamonds. While lower clarity can often be concealed by shimmering brilliant cuts, the step cut of an emerald diamond shows imperfections more easily. That makes it important to buy emerald diamonds with high clarity ratings. We’d recommend choosing emerald cuts with VVS1 clarity ratings or higher. The VVS1 rating means a diamonds inclusions (imperfections inside the diamond) cannot be seen by the naked eye. So, your emerald cut diamond will look perfectly clear as long as you choose a VVS1 diamond or better.

    Emerald Cut Diamond Cut

    The cut grading is a measurement of how well a diamond was cut. Something unique about the emerald cut is that it actually does not receive a cut grade when it is evaluated and certified. Instead, they are assigned polish and symmetry grades. So, when considering how well an emerald diamond was cut, know that excellent polish and symmetry grades mean that the diamond has better sparkle.

    Emerald Cut Diamond Color

    Color is one area where evaluating an emerald cut diamond is the same as with any other diamond. Like all white diamond shapes, the color grade of an emerald diamond is a measurement of how little color it has, with D colored diamonds being the most colorless. You don’t have to choose a D (or even an E or F) grade diamond to get a beautiful gemstone, however. How much or how little color you find beautiful is really a matter of personal preference, so go with what looks best to you when considering emerald cut diamond color.

    Emerald Cut Diamond Carat

    Diamond carat is a measurement of its weight. Carat is not a measurement of quality, it’s more a way to help you understand the size of the diamond you’re getting. Additionally the higher the carat, the more expensive the diamond will be. When shopping for an emerald cut diamond, consider your budget and quality desires, then see which carat weights would be best for you.

    Luckily, emerald cut diamonds look larger per carat than round diamonds, due to the large surface area on the top of the shape. So, you will be able to get a larger-looking diamond for the same carat when compared to round diamonds.

    Special Emerald Cut Consideration: Proportions

    With emerald cut diamonds, the 4Cs are an important way of determining quality. But there’s another factor to consider when it comes to a diamonds quality and style: an emerald cut diamond’s proportions. The ratio of an emerald diamond’s length, width, and depth affects both how it looks and how well it reflects light. Ratios between 1.45 and 1.55 are usually considered ideal, but which ratio you prefer is really up to you. Higher ratios create longer, slimmer diamonds, while shorter ratios create more square cuts. Take the proportion of the emerald cut diamond into consideration when shopping and decide which look you prefer.

    Emerald Cut Diamond Settings

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    A gorgeous emerald diamond engagement ring setting with a retro vintage style.

    Emerald cut diamonds can be put in a variety of engagement ring settings. The one you should choose depends on your personal style. Solitaire and halo settings tend to be the most popular choices, as they let the beauty of the emerald cut shine. Vintage style settings are also popular pairings, giving the emerald diamond a classic and romantic look.

    How To Pick Your Emerald Diamond Engagement Ring

    When deciding which emerald cut diamond is right for you, it’s really a matter of personal preference. All emerald cut diamonds have a sophisticated, glamorous look. When choosing yours, simply consider which factors are most important to you, then choose the diamond you love most.

    To get some emerald cut diamond engagement ring inspiration, see our full emerald cut collection. Find out how to choose the perfect engagement ring for you here

  • Grad Gift Guide for Her

    Fine jewelry a lovely gift choice for graduates. When a person graduates, whether its from high school or college, they’re setting out on a new chapter of life. But when a person is a new graduate, they often don’t have much of a budget for the finer things, which is why gifting fine jewelry is particularly thoughtful. Fine jewelry is a luxurious gift that many new graduates want but may not have the budget for. It’s also something that lasts for a lifetime— much longer than flowers or a gift card. To help you pick the perfect fine jewelry piece this graduation season, here’s our grad gift guide for her.

    Athena Necklace

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    There’s no more classic piece of jewelry than a diamond solitaire necklace. This stunning pendant puts a modern twist on the classic solitaire. Here, seven high quality conflict-free diamonds are set together in a 14k white gold setting. The seven diamonds have the same look as a single solitaire would but offer seven times the facets and seven times the sparkle. This necklace is the ideal classic choice for a new graduate. It’s elegant, versatile, and will never go out of style.

    Michael M Ring

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    This fashion ring is a modern beauty. Here, two diamond encrusted bands cross over one another to create a “x” pattern when viewed from above. This modern design of this piece makes it a stand out but the delicate silhouette of the bands keeps the overall design incredibly elegant. This ring is a beautiful choice for everyday wear or to accessorize an evening look.

    Abzu Earrings

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    These dazzling studs combine the practicality of a stud with the glamour of a drop. Each of these radiant earrings features ten white diamonds. The larger set of seven diamonds at the bottom dangles from the ear while the upper two sit delicately above. These earrings are a unique, elegant take on diamond studs that any graduate would be thrilled to receive.

    Michael M Bracelet

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    This beautiful bangle is modern and chic. Here, a simple 18k yellow gold bangle is elevated with a unique design feature, its triangular diamond encrusted accent. This bracelet would be beautiful worn on its own or as a part of a stack. This piece is the perfect choice for a graduate with a contemporary sense of style.

    Heru Bracelet

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    A diamond tennis bracelet is something every woman should have in her collection. This elegant version of the classic tennis bracelet features Coronet’s patented solitaire setting. Each of the circular settings features seven radiant white diamonds, for a total of 3.4 carats, that give incredible sparkle. This beautiful bracelet is something any graduate would treasure.

  • Top 10 Wedding Venues in Los Angeles, CA

    Wedding planning takes a lot of time and preparation. What better place to get married than Los Angeles? Where great weather is almost a guarantee, there are many options to choose from in terms of outdoor and indoor settings. From modern to historic, this incredibly large and busy city has a lot to offer, and wedding venues are just another aspect of it. To help narrow down your venue options, here’s a list of the top 10 places to get hitched in LA.

    1. La Venta Inn

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    Rating: 4.6 stars (200 reviews)

    Capacity: 250

    Price Range: $$$

    Dreaming of a beach wedding minus the sand? This restored 1920s Spanish villa is the perfect match for you with breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean atop the Palos Verdes Estates. You have the option of choosing the lawn or main ballroom for your ceremony and reception.

    1. Taglyan Cultural Complex

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    Rating: 5 stars (114 reviews)

    Capacity: 500

    Price Range: $$$

    Located in the heart of Hollywood, this modern European-themed banquet hall is great for those who’d like a big and bold, formal wedding. With lavish chandeliers and lighting, the grand ballroom is perfect for large parties, while the foyer is suitable for more intimate receptions and/or ceremonies. The outdoor courtyard and gardens are a huge plus, as they’re a beautiful site for picture-taking necessities or cocktail hour.

    1. SmogShoppe

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    Rating: 4.8 stars (80 reviews)

    Capacity: 200

    Price Range: $$$

    For all of our eco-friendly hipsters out there, this unique venue is the most perfect little rustic space you can find in Los Angeles that is actually fully solar powered. Whether you choose the outdoor garden setting or grand hall, every angle of this place is picture-perfect. There’s really no other venue like it.

    1. Skirball Cultural Center

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    Rating: 4.7 stars (74 reviews)

    Capacity: 300

    Price Range: $$$

    Located high upon the Santa Monica Mountains, this versatile event space is not only spacious, but surrounded by architectural and natural beauty. As if the mountain views weren’t enough, the venue includes a lilypad pond, garden patios, and indoor ballrooms to accommodate your wishes.

    1. MountainGate Country Club

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    Rating: 4.7 stars (52 reviews)

    Capacity: 400

    Price Range: $$$

    Tucked away in the beautiful hills of Santa Monica, this private country club is perfect for the nature lover couples who dream of having a picturesque outdoor wedding. The club offers the freedom to customize to any style or size, including indoor options, as well. Their indoor dining space is equipped with panoramic views, while their outdoor terrace is more of a garden-like setting.

    1. The Ebell of Los Angeles

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    Rating: 4.7 stars (51 reviews)

    Capacity: 250

    Price Range: $$$

    This vintage building has been designated as a historic landmark and cultural monument in Los Angeles. This Italian-Renaissance building is a full-service venue equipped with two ballrooms, an art salon, and a beautiful outdoor courtyard garden. There’s little decorating necessary with the building’s incredible architectural design. You can also rest easy with the event team’s ability to customize to your needs.

    1. Kyoto Garden at the Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Los Angeles

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    Rating: 4.3 stars (140 reviews)

    Capacity: 300

    Price Range: $$

    Located in the heart of Little Tokyo, the Kyoto Garden is equipped with two levels of pebbled pondsalong with a few waterfalls and bridges. Indoor settings with panoramic views of the garden are also available options to consider, especially for smaller parties. Couples are also offered many perks, such as a complimentary stay and other package deals. For those on a slightly tighter budget, this large and beautiful space is perfectly suitable.

    1. Vibiana

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    Rating: 4.5 stars (83 reviews)

    Capacity: 250

    Price Range: $$

    The Vibiana is a historic Spanish Baroque-inspired cathedral that’s been turned into a versatile event space. This venue is perfect for creative couples who’d like to design their wedding to their own liking. The natural architecture of the building can also be taken advantage of, in terms of décor and building upon a theme. Indoor and outdoor options are available for both ceremonies and receptions.

    1. The London West Hollywood

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    Rating: 4.3 stars(44 reviews)

    Capacity: 800

    Price Range: $$$

    This modern LA hotel has your dream rooftop wedding on deck. Venue options include the garden, ballroom, rooftop, or penthouse suite. They also offer a full-service experience, including an on-site salon. If you’re looking for an elegant event space to host a large party, this may be it for you.

    1. Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

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    Rating: 4.3 stars (132 reviews)

    Capacity: 400

    Price Range: $$$

    Located right beside Pershing square between the Standard and Perch, this downtown Los Angeles venue is a historic and luxurious building equipped with lush draperies and balconies that resemble an opera. With over 90 years experience in the business, this Italian-Renaissance style hotel offers various rooms to serve your specific needs. If you’re looking for a luxurious indoor venue that includes catering and alcohol, this may be a good option to consider.

  • What does your Bridal Ring say about you?!

    Engagement and bridal rings come in all shapes and sizes. Ever wonder what your ring might be saying about who you are as a person? An engagement ring can suggest a lot about your sense in fashion and wedding style. Here’s a glimpse of what your ring might be indicating about you.

    Diamond Cut

    Round Cut

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    The cut of a diamond refers to the center stone’s shape. The round shape is the most popular of cuts. With this cut ring, you’re probably leaning toward a more traditional wedding (you know, the one you’ve been dreaming about ever since you were a little girl). You’re also not much of a trend setter, but more of a vintage kind of gal.

    Emerald Cut

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    The emerald cut ring suggests you have a simplistic, yet elegant style. You take more of a minimal approach and have an interest in things that will outlast trends.

    Ring Setting

    Halo Setting

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    The setting of a ring refers to how the center stone is positioned or held together. The halo is described as a very feminine setting, so we’re picturing a total girly-girl. And diamond are a girl’s best friend (how fitting)!

    Three-stone Setting

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    The more the merrier! With a three-stone ring, you’re truly a one-of-a-kind woman and a fan of eccentricity. You don’t mind waiting or looking for that special or unique item. You also appreciate the complexity behind things.

    Metal Type

    Rose Gold

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    The metal portion of a ring refers to the material makeup of the band. A rose gold band usually suggests you gravitate toward warmer tones. The pinkish hue of this color indicates that you’re a romantic.

    Yellow Gold

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    Yellow gold is another warm tone, but with reining popularity. One who goes with a yellow gold ring can typically be described as fashionable and one who goes for more of a classic style.

    Color

    Gemstone

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    Colored diamond rings are known for making bold statements. Gemstone rings, however, shows that you’re one with an appreciation of history and tradition. There’s generally a notable amount of meaning attached to a gemstone ring. Therefore, you’re more than likely very intuitive, as well.

    Colored Diamond

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    A colored engagement ring means you’re definitely not a fan of keeping things conventional. You don’t mind being the center of attention and you thrive off your creative side and independence. We’re picturing an exotic destination wedding in your near future.

  • Keeping the Spark Alive, Even after Valentine’s Day

    Keeping the Spark Alive, Even after Valentine’s Day

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    Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to show your loved one how much you care about them. Every February, millions of people rush out in droves to buy chocolate, flowers, and jewelry as they get ready to exchange gifts and spend time with their partners. Most people make an effort to make their loved one feel special on Valentine’s Day. While it is of course, wonderful to have that special day to celebrate your love, it’s important to remember that showing your partner how much you care should be something you do all year long.

    Making sure your partner feels loved and valued is key to keeping the spark in your relationship long term. So, how do you do this? Well, the most important thing to do is consider the things your partner seems to like. For example, have you noticed that they always seem to want more time with you? Or maybe they are elated when you have surprised them with a nice gift, like jewelry.  Figuring out what makes your partner feel loved is hugely helpful in a long term relationship. Here are the five different kinds of actions you can take to show your partner how special they are to you:

    Quality Time: If your partner always seems to want to spend more time with you, they might fall into the quality time category. For some people, spending time with their partner, whether it is at home or out in the world, is the most important thing. Spending time simply being together can get difficult when you have busy schedules. But it’s important to carve out this time for one another so consider scheduling it if necessary. Setting aside time to go out on dates or have nights in together can make a huge difference in your relationship.

    Physical Touch: Physical touch doesn’t necessarily have to be sensual touch, though that is certainly included in this category. Touch can be anything from hand holding, a back rub, or giving your partner a kiss on the cheek as you head out the door. If this is what makes your partner feel most loved, remind yourself to show them some kind of physical affection every day.

    Words of Affirmation: This one is essentially a fancier way of saying “compliment your partner.” This includes things like, “you look beautiful,” “thank you for helping me with that,” and “being around you makes me happy.” Some people simply want and need to hear you tell them your feelings.

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    Receiving Gifts: Once you know that getting gifts is important to your partner, this is one of the easiest things to do. Some people love having a physical representation of love. If this is your partner, you can get them traditional gifts like jewelry and flowers, or give them personal gifts that show you have been thinking of them.

    Acts of Service:  “Acts of service” means lightening your partners load. Everyday things like doing laundry, taking out the trash, or running an errand can make a world of difference for some people. This is because it makes people feel thought of and helped. A simple act like doing the dishes can truly bring you closer to your partner, as it can show how much you care about them.

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    Thinking about these five things can be a huge help to your relationship. Keep in mind that many people want a combination of these kinds of actions so you should consider doing things from every category. And, if you can’t tell what kind of things make your partner feel loved, there’s a simple solution: you should ask them. What makes your partner feel loved doesn’t have to be a mystery. Communication is the bedrock of every great relationship so make sure you understand how your partner is feeling. Then, you can take the time in your everyday life to make sure they know how much you care about them.

  • How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring

    “Come for the price, stay for the quality, leave happy forever” – Bridal Rings Co.

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    The most important decision a couple will make is choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring. Aside from spending months planning the most heartwarming proposal, beautiful reception and wedding ceremony; purchasing a personalized diamond engagement ring is a memory worth sharing together. Such a memorable event requires much attention, especially when the cost is significant, allocating time to research will be an extremely rewarding effort. This also holds true in the case that you are interested in remounting and personalizing an already existing diamond ring.

    Here are some tips to help you navigate your way around your research and specialty diamond ring companies:

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    bridal-rings-11-22pt1STEP1 - Research Information Online: Access to information and support on diamond rings can be easily found on the web through search engines like google. Begin your search by seeking an understanding of what a brilliant diamond is composed of, learn about the 4C’s: color, clarity, cut, and carat-weight. When it comes to color, diamonds are measured on scale from colorless to yellow. Keep in mind most diamonds consist of a slightly yellow tint. In regards to clarity, diamonds are often composed of very minute internal or external characteristics, respectively addressed as inclusions or blemishes. With Cut, diamonds are assessed as excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor by the quality of their proportions. Cut or size is very important as it is the way to maximize that brilliant diamond sparkle. Carat-weight is simply the weight of the diamond measured in carats. Per carat, there are 100 points, therefore a 1.15 carat diamond weighs one carat and 15 points. The purpose of research is to have a learned understanding of what you’re interested in purchasing and to formulate any questions you may have for the designer or company.

    14K White/Pink Gold Twist Contemporary Engagement Ring

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    STEP 2 - Establish a Budget: Know your financial position. Set yourself up with a rough estimate of how much you can afford to spend on the engagement ring and shop smart with that budget in mind. This may change after speaking to your dealer. However, it is good to know approximately what your pocket is prepared to finance. Typically, men are more concerned about the diamond, whereas the attention of women in the style of the mounting. If budget is inflexible consider this alternative and do not settle for just any mounting or diamond ring! Couples may want to focus on the mounting of their dreams and later purchase the diamond of their heart's desire, by obtaining a synthetic stone until finances permit. You can have it all!

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    STEP 3 - Visit Jewelry Stores: Instead of scanning photos on different dealer sites wooed by online deals and images, it is highly recommended that couples visit multiple jewelers in search of the perfect diamond just as you would search for the perfect family doctor. A diamond dealer is a specialist in their field you want to be sure they are trustworthy, dependable, and comfortable to work with. This valued service is not only important concerning dealer companies but also pertains to the designers within the company. We recommend couples to keep their opportunities open as they search for the best suiting designer and prices for their precious diamond engagement ring. The benefits of visiting multiple dealers is the entire physical experience and interaction. By visiting a dealer, you may also find alternative solutions to help finance your dream engagement ring. Bridal Rings Company serves to uphold every customer who walks in with a special VIP personalized service, assisting with easy navigation through the diamond ring purchase process with confidence and care. Offering many custom design services, knowledgeable staff, and step by step guidance to the diamond engagement ring your heart desires.

    14K Yellow/White Gold Nova Ring

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    Further a diamond ring can easily become a “blind item,” one that is hard to understand the proper value of. Therefore, choose a company and designer you have complete confidence in, the 5th C used for crediting diamond purchases. A company that supports your best interest respects your financial pocket, and serves to be transparent in educating and assisting you is a dealer you can trust and have complete confidence in. Come to Bridal Rings Company to find just that.

  • November Favorites: Split Shank Engagement Rings

    The split shank engagement ring design is a clever spin-off from the double shank. As opposed to having two straight bands of diamond arrangements, the split shank features an eminent gap between the bands that eventually coincides with the base of the ring. This style sets the stage for the center stone to have most of the spotlight. Split shanks are also known for their versatility and ability to be personalized, which makes it a popular engagement ring style. Although this is a fairly new trend, many vintage-inspired rings take on this distinctive style. Examples of the many different split shank engagement rings are highlighted below.

    bridal-rings-11-11pt118K White Gold Split Shank Engagement Ring

    Achieve more sparkle with this radiant-cut diamond encrusted halo ring by Gabriel & Co. The classic choice of white gold is anything but ordinary. The subtle diamond pave band, coupled with the split shank setting gives off a top level of sophistication. It is truly enjoyable at every angle, as the details are limitless.

    bridal-rings-11-11pt218K White Gold Split Shank Wedding Ring

    Solitaire Engagement Rings are amongst the most sought after center stone designs. Pairing it off with the exquisite twist split shank in this Gabriel & Co. ring can easily set it apart any outfit from the usual ensemble. An illusion is given off by the fading gap of the band, seeming as if it were doubled the size.

    bridal-rings-11-11pt318K Yellow & White Gold Halo Engagement Ring

    Add a little pop with this engagement ring with its innovative play with colors. Mixing the iridescent shine of the yellow diamond and majestic sheen of white gold, the two colors blend effortlessly together creating this beautiful design. The emerald-cut center stone is what sets the tone of the ring. The decorative halo and split shank setting will surely turn heads when sporting this signature Gabriel & Co look.

    bridal-rings-11-11pt418K White Gold Wedding Ring with 4 Diamonds

    Those seeking a big and bold look will find comfort with this Gabriel & Co. ring. The two shanks undeniably create a larger surface for the center stone. Not only does the ring appear larger in size, but it also seems far more complex and sophisticated with the split shank.

    bridal-rings-11-11pt518K White Gold Wedding Ring with 60 Diamonds

    An ingenious swirl band shows off the endless possibilities of a split shank. Exemplifying such is the above a unique solitaire ring, which is a far stretch from the conventional engagement ring. A brilliant side stone count of diamonds intertwine elegantly to a cushion-shaped center stone.

  • How do I know that I am ready to say, "I Do?!"

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    Pre-wedding jitters are only natural to have with such a big day ahead. Let’s face it, planning a wedding is super stressful. However, getting cold feet and having second thoughts about marriage should definitely be addressed long before arriving at the altar. Here are some vital signs and quick tips to reassure that you’re prepared to exchange your vows and tie the knot with confidence.

    1. You can’t imagine your life without them. When asked where you see yourself years from now, your partner plays a key part of your vision. He or she is in it for the long-run and you can't imagine anything different.
    2. You’re thinking of starting your own family. The idea of having children all of a sudden is not as foreign, or gross as you once thought of it. You imagine yourself experiencing parenthood with your significant other and the thought of raising kids together seems right and worthwhile, rather than tough and problematic.
    3. You know you can get through anything together. Whether it’s the loss of a job or a loved one, you know your partner has your back. You address and solve problems together and choose to support & motivate each other in all decision making aspects.
    4. You don’t want to be with anyone else. The thought of sleeping, yet along laying down with anyone other than your partner is repulsive.  Realizing that cheating is not only disrespectful to your partner, but also to yourself. You have it good and you don’t want to cause any potential harm to your relationship.
    5. You appreciate the little things. There’s no need for a fancy dinner or romantic night out. Running errands and simply spending time together is enough to keep you satisfied. As long as they’re with you and making an effort to be in each other’s presence.
    6. You’ve established a strong sense of trust. There’s no need to question their integrity or whether they’re telling the truth about where they’re going and who they’re going to be with. You have full trust in their commitment to you and your relationship.
    7. You can communicate smoothly. You can talk about anything. An argument is easily debunked after a good talk, even if you agree to disagree, the issues are expressed rather than kept bottled up inside of you. You feel much better after bringing up anything you’re unhappy with to your partner.
    8. You know exactly who they are. You’ve come to figure out their ways and can predict their actions. You know what they want and need, what makes them happy and what doesn't.
    9. You’ve found yourself and know what you want. You’ve worked on yourself by spending time alone, focusing on your own personal well-being. Living on your own and dating around has helped you find what you can bring to a relationship and what you seek in a partner.
    10. Your friends and family approve. When asked what they think about your significant other, there's nothing but positive comments. Your friends and family knows you best, and if they think there's a problem, maybe they're right. None of the guests at your wedding will be opposing, or any objections to your marriage. People are happy for you and know that you two are right for each other.

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