Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Design Your Own Ring Online: follow your heart

You don’t have to go downtown to get fine jewelry any more; you can design your own ring online. If you spend a little time researching this important investment, you can have a rewarding experience as exclusive as the love you share with your sweetheart. Browse through your favorite magazine, talk to your friends and shop the windows at the mall to see what you like and you don’t like. Try on different styles. You might not think a piece looks very good on you, only to be surprised at how lovely it is on your hand once you are wearing it. The shape of your hand, the color of your skin, they all affect the appearance of this most special item of jewelry.

Next, educate yourself about the four Cs: carat, color, cut and clarity of diamonds. Learn about flaws and inclusions that can affect the cost and quality of your investment. You might opt out of diamonds and choose something different for your ring. Sapphires are a terrific second choice for an engagement ring and graced the hand of the late Princess Diana. Or, consider an emerald. No one can forget the fabulous green on actress Angelina Jolie at the Oscars earlier this year.

Once you select the stone, learn about all the metals that can hold the ring in place. Platinum and gold in yellow or white are the most popular choices for modern brides. Since you’ve decided to design your own ring online, why limit yourself? Combine any of these metals for a one of a kind creation that speaks to the love you share.

Lastly, ask yourself if you would like to accent your central stone with others. A smaller focal point can be enhanced in a truly sparkly way with smaller stones beside it. These stones can sit on either side, or they can cascade all the way around the band for a fiery display. Make sure you keep your wedding band in mind when you go through this process. Some custom rings might not be compatible with traditional wedding bands. You might consider both of these as you explore all the possibilities when you design your own ring online.

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