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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 ...
  • Jewelry or Jewellery: Which is the Right Spelling?

    May 9, 2016
    Have you written a word one way, then the other, and thought that whichever way you wrote it, it just looks wrong? Or maybe your spell check program has flagged one spelling or the other, but you feel sure that either is correct. One such word people often get confused about is jewelry – wait, or is it jewellery… The reason that it’s so easy to get confused about the spelling of those beautiful ornaments we like to decorate our bodies with is that there are technically two different correct spellings – although one is primarily used in North America and the other outside of North America. British and American English, as they are commonly known, differ from one another in a number of ways, and one of those ways i ...
  • Designer Spotlight: Tacori

    March 25, 2016
    Fearlessly dream big. As the primary mission of Tacori, this mantra is emulated in what the company does and how it all started. Haig Tacorian, creator and CEO of Tacori, grew up in Europe but left in 1969 to come to the United States with his wife, Gilda. The two settled in California and began creating jewelry inspired both by European elegance and California’s easy style. They credit much of their success to their new beginning in California. Tacorian says, “California has given us the opportunity to bring our own dreams to life.” Tacorian remains as the head of the company, but his son and daughter have taken on major roles as well. His son, Paul, is currently President of Sales and Marketing, and his daughter, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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