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  • 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 ...
  • 5 Unique Pendant Necklaces for Your Anniversary

    March 21, 2016
    With a new year well under way, it’s probably time to start thinking about an anniversary gift for your significant other. While chocolate and flowers are nice, jewelry almost always tops the cake for a celebratory occasion such as an anniversary. And while your gal or guy may love the bling, it doesn't mean that they want the same cliché heart necklace that every other couple already has. There are many pendant necklaces aside from the traditional heart-shape that can show your love and devotion while offering a more personalized feel and design. Pendants come in a wide variety of styles, from modern-set gemstones to vintage diamond cuts, so it's easier than ever to pick a pendant that your loved one can incorporate ...
  • 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 ...
  • Engagement Ring Trends for 2016

    February 10, 2016

    Planning on popping that all-important question to your special someone in 2016? Stressed about choosing a fashionable ring you know they’ll love? We’ve compiled some of the hottest trends in engagement rings to help you choose a ring your future spouse will adore for years to come.


    Rose Gold

    Rose gold has recently seen a dramatic increase in sales, and you can find numerous accessories that now feature this trendy metal coloring. More and more designers are offering rose gold for engagement rings, and it’s sure to be a top trend in 2016, especially since the color is considered flattering on many skin tones.

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  • What Does Your Anniversary Jewelry Mean?

    January 8, 2016
    For centuries, married couples have given gifts of particular metals and gemstones to their spouses in commemoration of their lasting love. While gifts for each year of marriage can range from cotton to wood, couples also have the great option of selecting a particular gemstone or metal that has special meaning. Let’s take a brief look at milestone years of marriage, which gemstones and metals are said to match up, and why. 1st Year It is commonly believed that gold jewelry is appropriate when celebrating the first year of marriage. While there is no consensus as to which gemstone should be given, most agree that pearl or green peridot is the gemstone of choice for the first anniversary. The stone’s signature green c ...
  • 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 ...
  • Tips for Buying a Engagement Ring

    December 22, 2015
    Are you thinking about proposing this year? With all those resolutions, celebrations and commitments of the New Year, planning an engagement can be a lot to manage. It's time to start the process. Here are three tips for a successful engagement ring buying process: Start Now: Jewelry stores are busy this time of year and you need to allow at least two weeks for purchasing and proper sizing of the ring before the big day. That means you'll need to have your ring choice squared away several weeks in advance. Know Your Budget: Knowing how much money you really have to spend when you walk into a jewelry store can help you focus your search. Think about how much money you have available, as well as if you're getting a bonu ...
  • 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 ...

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