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What Finger Do You Wear Your Engagement Ring On?

What Finger Do You Wear Your Engagement Ring On?

The engagement ring is considered a symbol of love and commitment. It signals that the person wearing it is engaged to be married, and that is how the engagement ring was named. It typically appears on the ring finger of the left hand along with the wedding ring. This is why it is common to have a matching engagement and wedding ring as they are worn stacked one over the other on the same finger following the wedding. Before the wedding, in what is commonly identified as the engagement period, the engagement ring is worn by itself.

Why On The Left Hand?
The tradition of proposing marriage with an engagement ring dates back to ancient Rome. The custom at the time was to present the bride-to-be with a ring that served as a promise of marriage at a later date. The choice of the ring finger on the left hand to wear the engagement (and add to it the wedding) ring came from a belief the Romans had. They believed that a vein in the ring finger ran directly to the heart.

What Finger Do You Wear Your Engagement Ring On?

The Wedding Ring Finger
We have already identified the ring finger on the left hand as to where you would wear your engagement ring, and stack your wedding ring with it when married. It is at this point where many people begin to refer to the ring finger on the left hand as the wedding ring finger. However, not all cultures follow these traditions opting to wear wedding rings on a different finger.

Wedding Rings On The Right Hand
Yes, it is not uncommon in many parts of the world to see wedding rings worn on the right-hand ring finger. There happen to be several countries that use this as their traditional ring finger. They include Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, and Spain. As for why the choice to wear engagement and wedding rings on the ring finger of the right hand is used, we can look to India for an answer that relates to their culture. In India, the left hand is considered unclean and impure. However, the right hand is not.

Do You Have To Wear Engagement and Wedding Rings?
This comes down to your personal preference and what you and your future bride (or husband) are comfortable with doing. If rings are not your “thing,” you can choose to display your undying love for your partner with a different type of jewelry such as a necklace or bracelet. It doesn’t matter which way you choose, but it is still an important act to show in some way the promise of commitment you have made to each other.

In Conclusion
The engagement ring is commonly worn on the left-hand ring finger simply because of tradition that dates back several centuries. It is a tradition that is normally followed in Western cultures while other parts of the world use the right-hand ring finger. Both the wedding ring and engagement ring are meant to be worn together on the ring finger however if you prefer, you don’t have to use rings to symbolize your commitment. Any other type of jewelry is fine as long as it meets your personal preference.

Mistakes To Avoid When Shopping For Diamonds

Mistakes To Avoid When Shopping For Diamonds

Shopping for diamonds leading up to your engagement and wedding can be a daunting task. You are expecting to find the perfect ring but are walking into the jewelry store with little or no knowledge about the different aspects of diamonds. Because of this, it can be very easy to make a critical mistake that may end up costing you more than if you had avoided it. Here is a look at some of the common diamond buying mistakes that you can learn from before you visit your local jewelry.

Mistake 1 – Rushing The Purchase
Trying to buy a diamond because you are on a tight schedule is not a good idea. That’s because selecting a diamond should take a great deal of consideration and that takes time. This purchase should be considered as one of the most important things you will be spending money on in your life, so it has to be right. Find a jeweler you like and can work with to make this a treasured purchase instead of a rushed one.

Mistakes To Avoid When Shopping For Diamonds

Mistake 2 – Assuming All Grades Are The Same
Because there are several diamond grading labs around the world, there are no clear standards related to grading. This makes it difficult from the beginning to find consistency. One sign to watch out for is diamonds that do not have grade certificates as those are often overpriced. In addition to grading variations, you have to keep in mind that diamonds of the same color, cut grade and clarity may still differ.

Mistake 3 – Ignoring the Cut Of The Diamond
As if it isn’t confusing enough that standards vary greatly from one place to another, the cut of that stone is one of the most important considerations you should have. A higher cut grade means the diamond will have a brighter, eye-catching sparkle. A good cut also enhances the color, clarity, and carat weight of the diamond. But you don’t have to go to the highest end of the scale to get a good looking diamond. Choosing in the grading zone between D and F will still give you a great diamond at a lower price.

Mistake 4 – Buying Diamonds Online
Where should we start? Diamond shopping is far better if you can see the products in person. That is not to say you won’t find a good seller online, it just means you should talk to a jeweler face-to-face about this very important purchase you are going to make.

Mistake 5 – Looking For A Bargain
Shopping for an engagement or wedding ring is not like going to a flea market. You can’t just go to the next vendor and haggle yourself a better price. Diamond prices are set by De Beers, which means the wholesale price is fixed and the retail price is up to the jeweler selling the product. While large chain stores may have seasonal deals available, don’t expect a major discount. If you encounter one, be wary of it.

Mistake 6 – Thinking All Sellers Are Professionals
Anyone can sell diamonds, you can see that online. This means there are no special qualifications required. Customer service representatives working in retail diamond stores are not certified in any way. This means that whoever you talk to about diamonds may not have a firm grasp on the topic. However, a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) graduate, who are found all over the world, are as close to experts as you will find.

In Conclusion
Shopping for diamonds is a task you should not take lightly. That’s because it is very easy to make a mistake along the way. If you avoid the mistakes noted above, you should find the right stones for your partner to wear.

The Engagement Ring – Which Metal Should You Choose?

The Engagement Ring – Which Metal Should You Choose?

One of the most important considerations for the engagement ring is the metal it is made from. That is because the metal will make up roughly 90% of the ring with the balance being the diamonds or other gems you choose to use. While there is a wide variety of metals used today for engagement rings, we will take a closer look at the four most common selections.

1 – Platinum
Platinum has a naturally lustrous silvery, white appearance. This makes it a beautiful looking metal plus since platinum is hypoallergenic, it is a favorite of many as a metal for jewelry. As for durability, platinum requires little in the way of maintenance. It is corrosion resistant and will not tarnish. It is also less malleable than gold. When you are looking at price, platinum is the most expensive of the precious metals. This is a direct relation to the stunning appearance and superior durability of the metal.

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2 – 18k White Gold
If platinum is outside of your price range, 18k white gold may be a better choice for you. It has the same silvery, white appearance of platinum but if you have an allergy to nickel, you may want to avoid 18k white gold. White gold features rhodium plating which gives it durability but to keep the color looking its best it requires regular replating. Although white gold is more affordable than platinum, there is more maintenance required which may add to the overall cost.

3 – 18k Rose Gold
Made as an alloy of gold and copper, rose gold has a lustrous blush-pink tone. The copper component in rose gold lends its durability to the metal which means maintenance is not a factor. As for price, rose gold is less than platinum but is about the same price as white or yellow gold.

4 – 18k Yellow Gold
The rich hue that gold is famous for can be found in 18k yellow gold. The luster is described as beautiful and most gold rings are yellow gold. The durability of 18k yellow gold comes from the alloys that are added to strengthen the metal. That is because yellow gold is made up of 75% fine gold and 25% other alloys. They combine to create a metal that is suitable for everyday wear. Pricing puts yellow gold at an affordable choice next to platinum and near the same price of rose gold or white gold.

In Conclusion
Your engagement ring should last forever and for that to happen, you have to be selective in the metal it is made from. The list above should help you choose the right metal for your engagement and matching wedding rings. Be sure to ask your jeweler for assistance as there are other metals used today for wedding rings. You may find one of them to be a better choice rather than the traditional selections of platinum, white gold, rose gold, or yellow gold.

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