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  • How to Measure Your Own Ring Size

    May 16, 2016
    Though most jewelers can easily resize a ring to make it fit, it is easier to just buy a ring that is already your size. You can have your ring size measured at a jewelry store by a professional, or you can to do it yourself at home. When finding out your ring size, keep in mind that each individual finger is normally a different size, so you will need to measure the finger you want to wear the ring on. Fingers also tend to swell when warm and shrink when cool, so measure your size while your hands are comfortably warm. Ring Size Measurement Steps: Step 1: Start by cutting a thin strip of paper that is long enough to fit around your finger. Use tape to make a paper ring that fits perfectly on your finger. The ring should ...
  • Wedding vs. Engagement Rings: What's the Difference?

    May 13, 2016
    Wedding rings and engagement rings are two very important forms of jewelry because these rings are used to commemorate and celebrate a relationship commitment. Though it can be tricky to tell the two types of rings apart, there are a few key differences between them. Timing Of course, the main difference between the two styles of rings is that one is given to a person right after you become engaged to them, and the other is given to a person during your wedding ceremony. Some women choose to wear their engagement ring stacked on top of their wedding ring throughout their marriage, while others just wear a wedding ring after they get married. Gemstones Traditionally, an engagement ring contains at least one larger gemston ...
  • Pros and Cons of Titanium Wedding Bands for Men

    March 23, 2016
    Over the last decade, titanium wedding bands for men have become a growing trend. Do these rings live up to the hype? It depends on your particular circumstances. If you're considering a titanium ring, it's important for you to understand both the benefits and drawbacks. Luckily, DGSE is here to help. Pros of Titanium Rings Titanium is a silver-colored metal with the unique properties of being both very low density and high strength. These properties are strengths when it comes to titanium's use as a jewelry material. Here are the pros of titanium rings: Lightweight: The low density of the metal makes it a comfortable and lightweight jewelry option for those who don't want to be "weighed" down. Highly durable: Titaniu ...
  • Exploring the History and Tradition Behind the Wedding Band

    March 22, 2016
    Traditionally, couples exchange wedding bands during the wedding ceremony. But why? Why are wedding bands worn by both partners? Who made the decision that a ring would symbolize undying love? Is there really a vein that runs from the fourth finger on the left hand directly to the heart? History of the Wedding Band The ancient Egyptians are credited with beginning the tradition of a groom giving his bride a ring on their wedding day. The circular shape of a ring, with no beginning or end, is said to symbolize eternity and undying love. The Egyptians used reeds or braided hemp as the material of choice for their rings, and it wasn’t until the Romans picked up the custom that metal became popular. The Romans often made t ...
  • The Best and Worst Ways to Propose

    March 1, 2016
    Proposing itself is stressful enough, but making your proposal creative, heart-felt, and romantic can definitely up the ante. How do you know the difference between what’s cheesy and what will sweep them off their feet? Looking at the best, worst, and downright outdated ways to propose will hopefully give you some peace of mind when it comes time to pop the question yourself. The WORST Hiding the Ring in Food This is a big NO. Not only will the ring be covered in whatever your significant other’s dinner choice is that evening, but it could also pose a choking hazard. There’s nothing romantic about that. At a Sporting Event or in Front of a Crowd Take your significant other into account; if he or she doesn’t see t ...
  • Designer Spotlight: John Christian

    January 12, 2016
    Over the better part of the last century, John Christian has become a company dedicated to bringing innovative and unique jewelry design to the popular market. From class rings and to wedding jewelry and other personalized pieces, John Christian has developed a repertoire that, despite roots in the uncertainty of the Great Depression, has managed to grow and flourish well into the 21st century. History John Christian’s jewelry making history began with brothers John and Robert Waugh. The brothers shared a passion for creative jewelry and decided to pursue it as a career. They opened the Waugh Brothers jewelry store in Oklahoma in the 1940’s. Soon, the brothers gathered a respectable following from university students ...
  • How to Find Her Ring Size…Without Her Knowing!

    January 1, 2016
    If you’re looking to take the leap into matrimony and want everything to go perfectly when you pop the big question, ring size is an important piece to consider. The last thing you want is for the engagement ring to get stuck on her knuckles as you’re sliding it on or for her to lose it before the wedding because it’s too big and continuously slips off her delicate fingers! So, if you’re determined to have a surprise proposal, here are a few sneaky ways to figure out her ring size: Ask Her, Subtly. You might think this idea sounds like the worst way to keep the proposal a secret, but there’s a few subtle questions you can ask her without giving it away completely. Pretend that you are buying a ring for your mo ...
  • Should You Go With a Silver Wedding Band?

    December 1, 2015
    Shopping for wedding bands is important; you’re hopefully going to be wearing it for the rest of your life! In the past few years, silver has become a more popular choice metal for rings, especially where price is concerned. We’ve put together some pros and cons of silver wedding bands to help you do your homework. Pros Budget - The price of silver falls well below other metal options for wedding bands like white gold, platinum, or yellow gold. Options - Silver is very versatile. It is a softer metal, so jewelers can create a greater variety of styles and designs from it. This allots for more intricate or unique band design options that are not possible with harder metals. Look - Silver wedding bands can come in a v ...
  • Common Wedding Band Metals for the Perfect Rings

    October 31, 2015
    Found Mr. or Mrs. Right? Great! Now it’s time to start looking for the right wedding band metals that will meet your nuptial needs. Depending on your tastes, wants, needs, and even your occupation, different metals can serve different purposes for you and significant other. Here’s some essential information on common types of wedding ring metals: Platinum Platinum is a popular choice of metal for any jewelry as it is both beautiful and durable. It’s scratch-resistant, hypoallergenic, and maintains its shiny, white hue better than other metals. Although platinum is the rarest, heaviest, and most expensive metal in common jewelry, it’s a great choice if you’re looking for beauty and function. It’s also a good c ...
  • Wedding Bells in Dallas County Ring for Same-Sex Couples

    October 9, 2015
    Wedding season peaked on June 26 this year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage rights. Shortly after, Dallas County began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples wanting to tie the knot. The first pair to be wed that day was 84-year-old couple Jack Evans and George Harris. The couple had been together for 54 years prior to getting married. The ceremony was conducted by a member of their church, Judge Dennise Garcia. Despite being on vacation that day, Garcia went into the courthouse to perform as many weddings as she could. In total, Dallas County issued 170 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in one day. The county even waived the 72-hour waiting period between receiving a mar ...

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