Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wedding Bands and Wedding Rings Buying. Care and Cleaning Guide

Choosing the wedding bands (or rings)
It is not unusual, even in the groom's ring, to find gemstone accents. For example, rather than purchasing an engagement ring with a one carat diamond followed by a simple wedding band, one might purchase for the same price a diamond wedding band that contains four carats total weight of diamonds encircling the finger.

The diamond wedding band then becomes the single focal point and combines the symbolism of the simple round ring with the symbolism of the diamond or other gemstone of choice.

If an engagement ring is given, it is very important to consider how the wedding band will look with it on the hand. (We hope that before making the final decision on your engagement ring, you also give some thought to your wedding band.) It's a good idea to try on different styles of wedding bands with the engagement ring to see how they look together. The width of the band can dramatically affect the way it works with the engagement ring. The width of the wedding band is measured in millimeters. Avoid very wide rings that feel uncomfortable when you try them on.

  • Do you prefer matching bands? 

Most wedding ring manufacturers today offer a wide selection of matching ladies' and men's wedding bands.

  • Do you plan to wear the wedding band without the engagement ring?

If you think you may frequently wear your band without your engagement ring, you may prefer a different type of band. for example, some women prefer to wear only their wedding band at the office some prefer to wear their engagement ring only in social situations. For gem studded bands

  • Should the gemstones completely encircle the ring?

Many prefer that the gemstones continue around the entire finger, while others want the gemstones set only across the top of the ring. - Does the ring fit properly?
Also, for rings with gemstones going part way around, proper fit is critical to comfort because it affects the contour of the portion of the ring.

Caring for your engagement and wedding rings. The following tips should help you in properly caring for your rings.

  • Try not to touch the gemstones in your rings when putting hem on or taking them off. Slipping rings on and off by grasping the metal shank rather than the gemstone will prevent a greasy buildup on the gemstone's surface, which greatly reduces the brilliance and sparkle of a gemstone.

  • To keep rings sparkling, get into habit of "buffing" them. Also, never remove your rings to wash your hands when away from home; all too many rings have been forgotten an/or lost.

Chlorine can cause pitting and discoloration to the mounting of your ring and to your gold or platinum wedding band.

How to clean your jewelry
Keeping your ring is essential if you want it to sparkle to its fullest. To clean your rings, wash with warm, sudsy water. It may take several "soaks" if the ring has not been cleaned in a long time. - To clean your wedding band or any other gold jewelry without gemstones, rubbing with a soft chamois cloth will restore much of the luster. Using a soft toothbrush, brush the rings with this solution, rinse with warm water, and dry with a soft cloth. Never let colored gemstone jewelry soak in commercial cleaners for more than a few minutes. Store jewelry carefully

  • It is important to store your rings carefully, in a dry place. - Keep gemstone jewelry, pearls, gold, and silver pieces separated from each other to prevent scratching. Forcing jewelry into the box can cause damage, such as bending a fragile piece, or chipping a fragile gemstone.

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