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Three Ways to Store Your Wedding Bands When Working a Labor-Intensive Job
04/28/2015

 

Your wedding band is precious to you, so it's only natural that you want to avoid losing or damaging it. I recently read The Patriot Ledger article* from March 25, 2015 about how a few Boston Red Sox baseball players avoid losing their wedding bands.  This article got me thinking about how our customers who have labor-intensive jobs deal with their rings -- risk breaking them at work or possibly losing them from repeatedly taking them off.  The good news is that it doesn't have to come down to a constant cycle of removing and replacing lost rings, such as the case with one of the baseball players.  Here are three ways that married folks with labor-intensive jobs can protect their wedding bands (and their fingers).

 

SOLUTION 1: One of the easiest solutions-- albeit may not necessarily be the easiest -- is to create a consistent routine of removing and placing a ring in the same, secure spot every time. jewelry box holding diamond wedding bandThe key here is constancy. A lot of rings are lost when they're removed and randomly placed in unsecure places such as open pockets, lockers, or next to sinks, and owners forget where they left them or they fall out. For security, place a box, container, or ring holder in your bathroom, nightstand, or somewhere at home and at work, so you have a couple of safe options. Always place the ring in the same protected location every time. For example, one of the Red Sox players puts his wedding band in a hat in his locker. Keeping up with this routine makes it easier to make a habit of keeping your ring relatively safe and avoid replacing it. 


if you can't wear your wedding band on your hand, you can string it along a necklace to wear around your neck.SOLUTION 2: What if you have no reliable place to store your ring? In that case, find a durable chain or leather necklace with a sturdy clasp. String your band along the strand and wear as a necklace tucked inside or outside of your shirt. This way, it'll stay protected, limit any safety risks if a finger injury happens, and be easy to find. The Patriot Ledger article mentions one of the Red Sox players wearing his ring as a necklace, which is a great functional and fashionable idea for both men and women.

 

SOLUTION 3:  As a last resort, store your wedding band in a jewelry box or safety deposit box, and only take it out and wear it on days when you're off work or special occasions. Similar to Solution 1, make a habit of placing your ring back in the same location. This suggestion may be the least popular. However, it'll decrease the likelihood that your ring will be lost or broken.

 

Having to replace lost or damaged wedding bands can be as heartbreaking as it is expensive, and yet, it doesn't have to be that way. You can get in the habit of placing your ring in the same, secured area, wear it as a necklace, or only wear it on days when you are off work. No matter how rough a job may be, men and women can rest assured that their wedding rings will be less likely to be lost or damaged by following these solutions.

 

*Source: The Patriot Ledger article, "Red Sox players vow to hang on to their wedding bands, but it isn't easy," http:/www.patriotledger.com/article/20150325/SPORTS/150327926/2000/NEWS.

 

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Fall-Inspired Wedding Bands
09/24/2014

Autumn is here, marking the start of days growing colder and crisp and producing a magnificent array of golden, reddish, and brownish hues and colorful fruit.  This season offers a plethora of beautiful and fun inspiration that many fall weddings draw from for their overall bridal décor.  While your flowers, wardrobe, favors, and other decorations may integrate this season, many people never think about incorporating those themes into their rings' design.  For all fall brides and grooms, why not draw inspiration when choosing your wedding bands from this season?  Matching the style of your nuptial rings to the season is a stunning and personal way to commemorate your special day. We offer a fantastic selection of wedding bands for men and women that incorporate the season's elements. Reasonably priced, marvel at these quality options that add a dash of the equinox to your eternal commitment.

Wedding Bands for Autumn Weddings

Tri-Color Gold:

The first of the three main autumn wedding band options is the Tri-Color Gold wedding band. The combination of yellow, rose, and white gold reflects the colors of the season. These three shades marry seamlessly and elegantly, and its simplicity makes the tri-color gold ring a splendid choice for autumn brides and grooms.

18K tri color gold wedding band
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Wheat Braid:
Another way to further highlight the autumn season in your wedding is to opt for a wheat braided wedding band. The wheat reminisces harvest time, representing the bounty and sustenance of your relationship. Furthermore, braids symbolize a strong bond, just like the love you and your fiance share. The intricacies of a wheat braided ring make it a striking choice for autumnal nuptials. wheat braid wedding band
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Black:

While many associate fall with golden leaves and harvest, this season reminds people of Halloween [Read Tips on Creating a Halloween Wedding]. For those of you who chose an autumn wedding to hearken to the charm and mystique of the season, a black wedding band might be for you. If you would rather have a more traditional, lighter-colored wedding band, such as silver, gold, or platinum, inlaying black diamonds or stones elicits the same mystical response as a black ring. Black wedding bands and gems suggest the magic, allure, and power of the bond between you and your love. black titanium wedding band

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As the leaves change color, harvest begins, and magic wafts and whispers through the air, you set your date in autumn because you love this time of the year. You can love it all year long by weaving the season into your wedding band design. With tri-color gold, wheat braided, and/or black wedding bands, the beauty of autumn and your wedding lingers close to your heart no matter the season.

 

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Top 5 Best-Selling Wedding Bands
08/16/2014

September has become the second most popular month to get married. Whether it's the changing of seasons signifying the beginning of a new chapter in life or the beautiful warm colors and fallen leaves of autumn, this month is a splendid time to say your wedding vows. If you are getting married next month and still have yet to buy your rings, NOW is the time to get them. You should allow at least 2-3 weeks at the bare minimum to order your rings just in case you need to resize them and/or allow time to make the ring as certain styles are made-to-order. To help you decide on what to buy, we came up with a list of our top 5 wedding bands!

A few of our top selling wedding bands at JewelryVortex

#1 - 8.5mm Woven Handmade 14K Tri Color Gold Band >

The symbol of an everlasting love woven together in a tight bond attracts many people to this wedding band. Plus, its yellow, rose, and white gold braid and handmade cords create a striking design that draws the eye, more so than a plain wedding band. 8.5mm Woven Handmade 14K Tri Color Gold Band
   
#2 - 14K Two Tone Gold 5.5mm Christian Wedding Band >
Shining with yellow gold, this wedding band has elegant white gold carvings featuring Christian symbols, such as the cross and ivy. It has a timeless beauty that attracts many of our male and female customers belonging to this faith. Also, this gold ring's price makes it more accessible for those who want the luxury of gold at a more affordable price. 14K Two Tone Gold 5.5mm Christian Wedding Band
   

#3 - 5mm Satin Double Groove Center Argentium Silver Wedding Ring >

While a traditional, plain ring is common, the matte grooves in the middle of polished edges adds a stylish, modern twist to the classic band. Also, it is made with a more affordable, tarnish-resistant precious metal, Argentium silver. This ring is popular among men and women who want a timeless, designer style at a great value. 5mm Satin Double Groove Center Argentium Silver Wedding Ring
   

#4 - Yellow Gold 14K 9mm Art Deco Cord Wedding Band >

Notice the flourishes reminiscent of art from the past carved into this ring between two hand-woven cords. This yellow gold ring's artistry is simple yet exquisite, enticing many people to choose this ring. Since wedding bands are meant to be worn forever, why not wear a piece of art that you can cherish for years to come?
   

#5 - Pave Set 14K White Gold Diamond Wedding Ring (0.10 ctw) >

This sparkling wedding band is popular among women who want to wear a gorgeous ring that stacks neatly against their diamond engagement rings, especially a halo ring. As a delicate beauty at a price that fits most budgets, many brides select this band to complement their solitaire rings or for its sparkling simplicity. Pave Set 14K White Gold Diamond Wedding Ring (0.10 ctw)

Choose one of these beauties or select from our fine collection of wedding bands.

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Why Are Ceramic Rings Becoming Popular?
07/21/2014
Looking for a new ring that is fashionable and reasonably priced?  Consider ceramic.  Ceramic jewelry is becoming more and more popular over the past couple of years. The sleek and shiny, modern, high-tech look attracts many people who want something eye-catching. More practical folk may opt for ceramic due to the durability and inexpensive price. Some just like an unconventional choice. Many couples choose ceramic wedding bands over traditional choices such as a plain gold band. The wide variety of looks and styles available also contributes to the rising demand for ceramic rings as fashion accessories for men and women.7mm beveled edge ceramic ring

If you are unfamiliar with high-tech ceramic, you may be wondering why anyone would want a ceramic ring. Aren't they fragile? No, these ceramics are nothing like the more familiar ceramics used in pottery and figurines. In fact, ceramic rings composed of high-tech ceramics such as titanium carbide, a combination of titanium and carbon, are very durable. Titanium, aptly named after the Titans of Greek mythology, is used in many applications that require a strong yet lightweight substance, such as aerospace engineering. Carbon, of course, is a major component of diamonds. You may know of titanium carbide's extensive use in cutting tools. The substance's hardness and resistance to wear makes it perfect for that, as well as many other industrial applications. It also makes it perfect for creating tough, shatter-resistant, scratch-resistant, lightweight, and easy-to-maintain jewelry.

silver-inlay ceramic wedding bandCeramic rings are very affordable in comparison to rings made from gold, platinum, and other traditional materials. Yet, unlike most other inexpensive jewelry options, ceramic is high quality and long lasting, making it an excellent value. Ceramic rings are available in a wide variety of styles. The most common are simple black bands, but that is only the beginning. Etched designs, faceted surfaces, and inlays of metals, precious stones, wood, carbon fiber, and many other materials offer an almost endless variety of choices. Ceramic rings may be considered unconventional currently.  Yet, it is easy to see why they are becoming a standard option at fine jewelry stores and likely to continue to be a favorite choice.

Learn more about ceramic rings' pros and cons in JewelryVortex’ Shopping Guide.

See why ceramic rings are sought after in our collection here.
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Make Dreams Come True with Bill Me Later!
08/26/2013

There it is -- the perfect wedding ring or diamond jewelry. Nothing says "I do" like the bold accents of spectacular sparkles, hint of gold, timeless elegance of beauty, and incredible value forged over a millennia of natural forces.

And nothing says it better than diamonds!

You can't put a price on the rush of emotion from a person when presented with such a beautiful gift or that gorgeous ring to symbolize your matrimonial vows. That's why we now offer PayPal's Bill Me Later option.  With Bill Me Later,you can say yes to the dream, the emotion, and the love without the financial pressure of having to pay for the full amount immediately.

With Bill Me Later you can say yes to the dream, the emotion, and the love in the eyes of the recipient of your token of joy, without the financial pressure of having to present immediate payment.

Flexible Payment Options

Bill Me Later is a new service from PayPal that allows you to make your purchase now and pay your for your jewelry order later. It's really a secure, quick, and reusable credit line without the hassle of carrying around plastic.

It's easy to use and comes in mighty handy when you want to make larger purchases for higher-end wedding rings or jewelry for your loved one. The special financing offers you receive give you the extra flexibility to buy more of the things you dream of having as well as choose how you want to pay— either all at once at a later date or over time with monthly payments.

To top it off, you get peace of mind with the Zero Fraud Liability and PayPal's Purchase Protection programs. What can make your buying experience even more pleasant?

Create the Look You Want with Financing Terms You Can Handle

Once you decide on your fashion style for a special occasion, we can help you accessorize your outfit the way you envisioned it.  Do you want funky wedding jewelry? Or are you hoping for a more classical look? A simple piece of jewelry may be all you need to pull it off. If it's a wedding we're talking about, check out our line of engraved wedding bands— easily one of the very most important jewelry pieces you'll ever own. Do it right and make it deeply personal.

Bill Me Later can help you make it all happen. It's quick, easy, and it gives you the extra breathing room you need to handle the transaction.

Happiness That You Can Wear

Bill Me Later is a safer, faster way to make those large purchases of diamond rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. If exquisite, high-end diamond jewelry is what you want, then Bill Me Later is how you want to pay for it.

You can have everything you want with Bill Me Later as your financial tool to help you afford the very best in life. You deserve it, your loved one deserves it, and you both deserve to enjoy it all.

Click Here to get more details on Bill Me Later.

Or find your dream jewelry now!

Buy Now, Pay Later

Fancy Three Stone Princess Cut Engagement Ring Set
Price: $2,039.95

Yellow Gold 14K 9mm Art Deco Cord Wedding Band
Price: $439.95

14K White Gold 0.34 CTW 2 Row Pave Set Diamond Band
Price: $729.95

14K White Gold 0.28ctw Diamond Huggie Hoop Earrings
Price: $579.95

Please Note: These prices are current as of this blog post's publish date.  Prices are subject to change.

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How to Choose Your Man's Wedding Band - Tips From a Guy's Point of View
07/03/2013

We’ve all read plenty of articles about choosing wedding bands for women.  For some reason, everyone assumes that men need a lot of help in this department…let’s be honest, women need just as much help when it comes to choosing a wedding ring for their man. Women, you know what you want in a ring, and you probably also have an idea of what you want your husband to have. But the most important thing you need to know is what he wants to have as his wedding band. Just as you’ll wear your band for decades, he’ll wear his. It should be something he really wants.

Her Men's Wedding Band Pick vs. His Men's Wedding Band Pick

Admittedly, we men are generally not as design-minded as you. We like something simpler. You know your husband or husband-to-be the best, however. Just as he undoubtedly considered your personal style when searching for your perfect ring, do not neglect to consider his fashion sense.

1. Consider what material is best for his needs. Gold is traditional and highly valued for wedding rings, but because of the softness of this metal, it can be easily scratched and bent, making it less ideal for a man who works construction, masonry, or landscaping. The best metal to choose for a man who works with his hands is titanium because it is more resistant to scratches and very strong. For a couple trying to save money, another option is silver, particularly Argentium silver rings. Compared to gold, platinum, and titanium (other common metals for men’s wedding rings), this type of silver is classically beautiful, similar to white gold, and more affordable, especially if you want a bigger ring or want diamonds. 

2. Choose a style. As with metals, there are many to choose from, so considering his needs and style are of upmost importance. Does he feel comfortable wearing a necklace or even a bracelet?  If he feels uncomfortable wearing any type of jewelry, a ring with an intricate design might not be best.  Instead, consider a plain, classic wedding band with no design elements nor sparkling diamonds or gemstones. Consider milgrain or step-down detailing if you want a little bit more flair that is not too flashy. In the reverse situation, an outgoing guy or someone who feels more comfortable wearing jewelry with a bigger fashion sense might want something flashier as something subtle would fade into the background.  Braided rings or scroll design rings are popular styles for men as well as the simpler types.

Milgrain Step Braided
6mm Benchmark Yellow Gold Comfort Fit Milgrain Band Classic Step-Edge Forge Benchmark Titanium Wedding Band 8.5mm Woven Handmade 14K Tri Color Gold Band

3. With stones or no stones? Be very careful when choosing a ring set with stones. You may love large diamonds for your fingers, something to really draw the eye and sparkle, but we usually prefer something less extravagant. Black diamonds in channel settings are really the best way to go. These stones provide some visual interest, while still remaining decidedly masculine.  If you still want to get a diamond band, then rings with small diamonds are best - but the fewer stones the better.

4. Ask your man what he likes.  There’s no harm in asking what type of ring design or metal we’d like. Yet, sometimes, I know some of us men have no clue as to what we like and feel uncomfortable in the jewelry department.  While keeping in mind the tips from above, gather a few pictures of bands you think we would like, show us, and let us pick.  If your man still feels uneasy or clueless as to what he wants, then you just have to take your best guess on what ring to buy.

A man’s wedding band doesn’t have to break the bank. Silver or tungsten can make handsome rings that will take the abuse of a working man’s day to day without emptying your accounts. Really, the most important aspect of the ring is that he feels comfortable in it, isn’t it? Wedding rings are a way for you to show each other your love. It doesn’t have to be a guessing game. He’s your fiancé; chances are, you know him pretty well by now. Just draw on your knowledge of what he wears and what he does for a living. For men, a ring that fits into those two aspects will be exactly what we want.

Visit JewelryVortex' large, fine quality collection of men's wedding bands here.

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Related Blog Posts & Guides: Pros & Cons of Titanium Rings, More Tips on Choosing a Men's Wedding Band.

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Guide To Selecting Your Ring's Engraved Message
01/07/2013

In our last blog, I offered tips on finding diamond engagement rings that fit your budget.  Now, it's time figure out what to put as an engraving in an engagement ring or wedding band.  We have seen a growing trend these days of engraving personalized messages onto rings.  Not too long ago, engraved rings were common, but they usually only contained names, initials, or a special date.  Nowadays we see our customers getting very creative with their engravings and wanting specific messages that mean something to them and the recipient.  Our customers are even adding engravings to gifts to their family members and friends.  Read on to get useful ideas on selecting a special word or phrase to engrave on wedding bands, engagement rings for men and women, and gifts and learn about popular engraving messages.

Engraving Ideas for Lovers

laser engraving samplesEngraving a word or phrase on a ring for your lover is a perfect way to give the ring that special touch and show your partner how much you care for them.  It can be a phrase that is special to the two of you and will make your loved one smile every time he or she puts it on.  Some of the more popular ring engraving messages that we have been asked to engrave include the following:

  • I Love You
  • Together Forever
  • Soul Mates
  • ‘Til Death
  • Forever
  • Love

A growing trend that we have noticed is for a couple to have matching wedding rings.  The same phrase is engraved into both rings, much the same as the “best friends” rings and necklaces that were once so popular, or a romantic phrase is broken up into two jewelry items.  Some of these phrases include the following:

  • Ring One: Forever -- Ring Two: And Ever
  • Ring One: To Love -- Ring Two: And Cherish
  • Ring One: Romeo -- Ring Two: Juliet
  • Ring One: To Infinity… -- Ring Two: And Beyond!

Engraving Ideas for Friends

Giving your friend a ring with a personalized message engraved inside can be a keepsake that he or she will cherish forever.  Some of our most popular ring engraving messages for friendship include the follwoing:

  • Friends Forever
  • True Friends
  • No Distance…
  • Super Friends!
  • I’m Here
  • Partners in Crime

Add some extra personality to your ring with a personalized engraved message and let your recipient know how much you care.  If you can think it, it can be engraved!

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Save During Our July Bridal Rings Event
07/18/2012
It’s summer time, the most popular time to get married.  The longer days and bright sunshine of the season make it an ideal time for couples to celebrate their wedding vows.  In honor of this time of year, we are holding our July Bridal Event Savings!  If you subscribe to our e-newsletters, you saw this announcement yesterday.   By using the promotional code, get $75 off qualifying order and save up to 15% off diamond engagement rings, wedding ring sets, wedding bands for women and men, and matching gold wedding band sets now until the end of this month.

 

Click here to find out how to get $75 off top wedding ring styles and engagement rings now!

Save even more by adding free laser engraving to any of our rings that are marked as “Precise Laser Engraving Available” (a $30 value).  No promotion code is necessary, and there is no expiration date.   It’s easy! 

Remember, if you need help finding the perfect ring, call our Customer Service at (888) 223-7056 Monday - Friday between 9AM - 5:30PM PT.  We’ll be glad to help making your wedding day special.

It’s summer time, the most popular time to get married.  The longer days and bright sunshine of the season make it an ideal time for couples to celebrate their wedding vows.  In honor of this time of year, we are holding our July Bridal Event Savings!  If you subscribe to our e-newsletters, you saw this announcement yesterday.   By using the promotional code, get $75 off qualifying order and save up to 15% off diamond engagement rings, wedding ring sets, wedding bands for men and women, and matching gold wedding band sets now until the end of this month.


 

Click here to find out how to get $75 off top wedding ring styles and engagement rings now!

Save even more by adding free laser engraving to any of our rings that are marked as “Precise Laser Engraving Available” (a $30 value).  No promotion code is necessary, and there is no expiration date.   It’s easy! 

Remember, if you need help finding the perfect ring, call our Customer Service at (888) 223-7056 Monday - Friday between 9AM - 5:30PM PT.  We’ll be glad to help making your wedding day special.
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