Choosing The Perfect Engagement And Wedding Rings With Jeulia

The question has been popped and you’ve said yes.  The thoughts now turn to the way that you can show you love and commitment to each other,  the perfect engagement and wedding rings.

Whilst you may allow your partner to make the choice when it comes to engagement rings, it is up to you to decide which wedding ring is right for you. With so many different types of cut, colour, clarity and carat to choose from, it can be one of the most intense and daunting tasks before the big day arrives. Jeulia, who were ranked America’s best trending online jeweller by Newsweek no less, are the first choice when it comes to choosing a beautiful ring, whether it be Promise rings, engagement rings, or wedding rings. 

These are the things you should be looking for when you make that final choice.

Your Rings cut

Out of the four key characteristics of your ring’s stone, cut is the most important. This is because the cut has the greatest influence on the rings sparkle, meaning the better the cut, the more the stone will sparkle on your wedding day.

You should keep in mind that just because a stone has perfect clarity and colour grade, it can still appear dull. The only thing that keeps a stone from looking dull is its cut. Ultimately, what is the point of choosing a beautiful ring if it doesn’t sparkle?

Click here to view   Jeulia Milgrain Three Stone Round Cut Sterling Silver Ring

Colour

These days you no longer have to have a plain band as a wedding ring, or a diamond as your engagement ring, you can add coloured stones to the mix, so you can choose your favourite  colour, match your wedding scheme, or simply choose something that suits your personality and style.

Jeulia has totally taken the style of colour and added it to their range of rings, giving you some glorious style and colour to add to your big day.

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Jeulia Halo Three Stone Round Cut Sterling Silver Ring

 

 

 

Carat

Many brides misunderstand this all-important factor when it comes to the 4cs, the carat weight of the diamond on your wedding ring. Many believe that it refers to the diamond’s size, and not its weight, this isn’t the case – so try to keep this in mind when choosing your ideal ring for the wedding.

Even if your stone is not a pure diamond, you can look at the carat details in order to get the look of the ring that you require. Most sites will give you details of simulated diamonds and stones so you can get the look you want at a budget that you can afford.

click to view Jeulia Three Stone Radiant Cut Sterling Silver Ring

Go-to quick tips

To make sure your ring matches the perfection of your wedding day, take these other factors into considerations when choosing your ring:

  • If carat weight is important to you, consider a diamond with a good cut, with an SI1-SI2 clarity and an I or J colour grade.
  • Keep in mind that based on the size of your finger, the larger the diamond will appear.
  • Not all ring fittings will fit all diamond carats and shapes, so it’s important to consider what type of diamond shape you’d like before choosing its design.

 

The 4 Cs – The Essence of a Diamond Engagement Ring

 

If you are looking to invest in a diamond engagement ring, but know very little about these precious stones, this article was written with you in mind. The ring will be a significant investment, and therefore, it makes perfect sense to learn a little about diamond evaluation, and without further ado, here is a detailed breakdown of the four Cs.

  1. The Cut – The cut is primarily how the stone is shaped, and the many facets are cut in such a way to allow for the maximum amount of light to be reflected back to the eye of the beholder. If the cut of a diamond is too shallow, much of the light is reflected to the bottom of the stone and this is very noticeable, and with the very essence of diamonds being the glitter and glamour, the reflection properties of the stone is entirely down to the cut. If you happen to live in Queensland, check out the largest range of unique diamond engagement rings in Brisbane, from an established online retailer who can also customise rings to the client’s specifications.
  2. The Colour – While diamonds come in just about every hue of colour in a rainbow, people are mainly concerned with white diamonds. A colourless diamond allows all of the light to be reflected, which means the reflection gives a spectrum of colour, and white diamonds are graded from totally colourless to light yellow, with the following scale used:
  • Colourless
  • Near Colourless
  • Faint Yellow
  • Very Light Yellow
  • Light Yellow

These categories are graded from D (Totally Colourless) to Z, which is light yellow, and the method of colour grading diamonds involves many years of hands-on experience, as the differences can be extremely subtle and only a trained eye can spot the difference. For more reading on the topic, there is an excellent article on the Web with a colour chart guide to diamond selection, which should help you to understand how colour is determined.

  1. The Clarity –The clarity of a diamond is determined by the number – and location – of flaws on the stone, and in order to accurately do this, one needs 10X magnification. Tiny birthmarks called inclusions interfere with the light refraction process, and the least amount of inclusions a diamond has, the more valuable it is. A totally flawless stone is indeed very rare, which is reflected in the very high price range, and when looking at diamond engagement rings or lab grown diamond rings, the clarity is just as important as anything else.
  2. The Carat – The weight of a diamond is graded in the unit of a carat, which can be broken down to 100 points, so a diamond with 75 points would weight 0.75 carat. The largest stone sizes are in the 3 carat range and would, of course, be extremely valuable. Unless you really know your diamonds, you are best advised to seek out a reputable jeweller, and one who has a good reputation within the industry.

All diamonds are graded using the 4C system, and if you are looking to pop the question anytime soon, why not browse the extensive online selection of diamond engagement rings? The vast collection would ensure that you will find the perfect ring for that perfect girl.

 

The jewellery market and same-sex marriages

In the UK, civil partnership formations have declined by 85% since 2013; mainly as a result of the introduction of same-sex marriages in March 2014. In the first month of legalisation in the UK, 1,049 same-sex couples wed.

Together with Angelic Diamonds, retailers of bespoke wedding rings, this post looks at the rise of same-sex marriages and how this has affected the jewellery industry.

Legalisation of same-sex marriages

Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in England and Wales in July 2013, the first same-sex wedding took place on 29th March 2014. From this point, 15,098 couples legally married under the new legislation up to 30th June 2015 — 55% of these were between women and 45% between men. In the first month alone of legalisation, 1,409 same-sex couples celebrated their love for each other with a wedding.

Same-sex marriage is now legal in all states of America too. Researchers have already seen an effect of this — it was found that couples spend more on their weddings than they would on a civil partnership, possibly because they see this as a more formal, binding ceremony. Men were found to spend $15,580 more on average and women $9,116. Many wedding retailers are acknowledging this shift in wedding trends and the rise in same-sex marriages by offering bespoke supplies such as his and his (and hers and hers) wedding toppers and signage. It is estimated that the same-sex wedding industry is worth $51 billion (£38.8 billion).

Some countries have taken longer to come around to same sex marriages, surprisingly the first gay wedding in Germany was just last month, October 2017.Northern Ireland, Australia and Italy still haven’t legalised same-sex marriage.

Adapting the traditions

The conventions of heterosexual marriage have been around for hundreds of years; in tradition, the man asks for approval from the woman’s parents, he purchases an engagement ring and proposes. At the wedding, the male has his groomsmen and women have their bridesmaids.

Research found that 81% of gay men didn’t participate in the engagement ring buying. Instead, they purchased substitute gifts, such as expensive watches, and then purchased rings for the wedding ceremony.

As opposed to the, lets be honest, often stag and hen dos, studies showed that gay couples also chose to enjoy a couple’s getaway or a group vacation with all of their friends.

It appears as though same-sex couples have mixed sex bridesmaids and groomsmen too. During the ceremony, the traditional vows are often personalised and the registrar marry the couple with the phrase ‘partners for life’.

There are some traditions that are still followed, however. For example, more than half of all women surveyed said that they did not see each other on the morning of their ceremony — keeping the surprise for seeing each other at the altar.

When walking down the aisle was discussed, some couples reported that they walked down together and others said that they got a parent to walk with them.

How has the jewellery industry changed?

As well as wedding retailers adapting to the rise in same-sex weddings, the jewellery industry must do the same. One thing that was picked up by research was that many gay couples chose to do their shopping online, as they found shopping in store for rings to be an awkward encounter. However, many businesses have embraced the changes by presenting gay couples in their advertising campaigns and welcoming couples to their store.

It does seem that most same-sex couples wait to buy a ring for the wedding day rather than spending money on engagement rings (66% of females and 19% of males purchased engagement rings).

When it comes to choosing the wedding ring, some jewellers offer metal that has multi-coloured features to it — representative of the flag that the LGBTQ community associate themselves with. One jeweller reported that often same-sex couples don’t request matching jewellery but instead want rings that have matching components, such as the same coloured metal or a similar stone.

Sources

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-lindner/how-samesex-marriage-make_b_8039940.html

https://www.theknot.com/content/lgbtq-weddings-study-the-knot