First of all – congratulations! Here are some things you need to know before purchasing a ring for your beloved:
It is very likely that during pregnancy your ring size will temporarily change (or shortly, her fingers will get swollen). For most women the change becomes visible around 20th week, for some near 30th, and few women will not see any change at all. Her fingers will come back to the old size soon after your baby is born.
The most important thing to remember is to take the ring off as soon as it starts becoming tight, or it may get stuck on the swollen finger.
For the weeks when she cannot wear it, we suggest wearing another ring and keep the real one in a safe place or to wear it on a chain as a necklace.
The sooner the ring becomes tight, the more spare size you should get. If you see a change in her size during 20th week, then grab at least two-size bigger. If the due date is in the summer then add an additional half size. During warm days the fingers become a bit bigger.
Some jewellery may cause allergic reactions during pregnancy. The best solution is to take off the ring and wear it back after the baby is born.
Do remember, her fingers will get back to their normal size. We strongly advice is to resize the ring only when you want to make the permanent change and do it with a trusted jeweller.
Not sure about her ring size? Here’s our guide
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Hand sanitizer is basically alcohol. Excessive exposure to it, as to other cleaning agents, may cause some damage to your ring. It may result in making a finish on white gold wear a little faster, or dim the shine of gems over time.
Diamonds can take a fair share of abuse, but do be keep an eye on the setting itself which might loosen up at some point.
In any case, we are here to assist and help.
The sapphire is typically known as a blue gemstone. Both sapphires and rubies are derived from the mineral known as corundum, which naturally occurs in a multitude of colors depending on which transition metals are present in its structure. When blue, it’s a sapphire and when red it’s a ruby. ” In addition to this, there are “Parti Sapphires” which feature two tones, all other colors (including pink) of gem-quality corundum are known as “Fancy Sapphires.”
Pink sapphires were considered incredibly rare until discovery of new deposits occurred in the late 1990’s. Today they are still considered rare but are more widely available and increasing in popularity. One of the more notorious and expensive being the Padparadscha sapphire which can cost 20,000 per carrot! However, in general, they are far less expensive than pink diamonds, although prices for the pink sapphire do tend to fluctuate depending on the color, carat, and cut.
Pink Sapphires shades range anywhere from soft ballerina slipper pink to bold magentas. As of late, the pink sapphire has caught the attention of both Hollywood and royalty, and the trend has reached the mainstream of brides to be who are inspired by incorporating soft feminine or floral tones for a unique twist to that pretty in pink theme. Regardless, of which you choose Camellia has a few new additions that will hopefully inspire you for your own Pretty in Pink themed engagement ring.
Now the amazing proposal is done and dusted, now you have to get started on planning the wedding, and ultimately, finding the perfect wedding ring for your loved one. You want something as amazing as your special day will be, something that will make them squeal with delight and represent your love for one another.
With that in mind, you may feel a little nervous about going ring shopping. Choosing the engagement ring was stressful enough but the wedding ring is a whole different scenario. Read on to discover our guide to buying the most stunning wedding ring.
1. Set a Budget
Setting your budget will clearly help you narrow down your selection. It will help you see what you can get for your money – what is achievable and what isn’t. It’s also important to set a budget in case you want any added extras such as engravings for example. Alternatively, you can design your own band for something extra special.
2. The Perfect Match
Carefully matching your wedding ring to your engagement ring, especially in terms of metals, is such a chic look. Your other half will love the fact that your rings are color, or in this case, metal-coordinated.
3. Lifestyle Matters
Taking into account someone’s lifestyle when purchasing a ring is very important. You both are going to wear these rings every single day, so if they have a more hands-on job or are a musician, then the comfort fit with rounded edges and beading to facilitate taking it off will be the perfect ring. If your future bride or groom leads a very active lifestyle, then it is even more important to opt for durable metals such as platinum, and doesn’t show wear and tear as much as its fellow metals.
4. Go for Timeless
As they are going to wear this ring everyday for years to come, you have to get it right. More timeless cuts and effortless gemstones will make you continue to want to wear it. Though of course the ring can be altered, do choose something that you won’t fall out of love with.
5. Get the Right Size
Try on the ring and check it is the right size before the big day, nothing will be more awkward than a ringing slipping off the bride’s finger! Though fingers do swell from all sorts of weather conditions and other circumstances, you need to not give yourself too much room, otherwise you’ll lose your beloved ring in minutes! Check our full Ring Size Guide here
6. Quality Control
Get an expert to look at the rings and make sure they will stand the tests of time. They need to be durable, after all, you’re going to be wearing it from now up until the end of time. Check that your ring is made from high-quality materials and remember the 4C’s! As we mentioned earlier, platinum is one of the most durable metals, along with white gold and tungsten carbide, and make sure the metal is verified!
We all long for our rings to keep that glisten and shine that captured our hearts during the proposal or at the wedding ceremony. We want them to remain as clean, stunning and elegant as that very first day. Cleaning your ring doesn’t have to be a chore, or an expense, it is in fact quite easy, and it’s a good thing to create a weekly routine to keep it dazzling and eye-catching.
Engagement and wedding rings are the most quickly to get clogged up by everyday life – dust and dirt, washing up liquid, beauty products… so many things can cause havoc and make your ring lifeless and dull.
Want to know how to clean your rings and keep them extravagant? Read on to discover our top tips…
1. Know your metal
Each individual metal has its own way of cleaning it, obvious though it may sound, a commercial silver cleaner may make your gold ring’s condition worse. Also pay attention to the gemstone, and that may require specific care too. If you aren’t that savvy, ask an expert to have a look and let you know what you ring is made up for, crisis averted!
2. Know what NOT to use
Ahhh, the internet, the place full of tips, tricks and tutorials to help you with everyday life, but can you always believe what you read? No matter how many websites tell you this, never, and I repeat, never, try to clean your jewelry with harsh products such as toothpaste, bleach or baking soda. The chemicals in these products can damage the metals and gemstones in your ring. The most bizarre tutorial we found was using ketchup – please use specially designed products for your jewelry, and not odd household items, these “life hacks” may save you time, but using the correct products will save you money in the long run (and disappointment)!
3. Good old soap and water
If you are reluctant to purchase the fancy metal cleaners you see online and in store, then the most efficient and safest way to wash your ring is with soap and water. This method works on all metal and gemstone types. Just fill a small bowl with warm water and add basic dishwashing soap before leaving your ring in there for 20 to 40 minutes. Then rinse to get rid of any residue.
4. Choose your products wisely!
If you are opting for a metal cleaner, then read what’s on the box. You want something non-abrasive with very little chemicals to not let your ring lose its shine. Shine Bright is renowned for its gentle approach to your jewelry all whilst getting off all that grime and dirt that you may have put it through.
When choosing gemstones for jewelry, the eye-catching color is generally the most notable physical feature. Each stone has a unique crystalline structure and how this composition interacts with light determines the optical properties of each and every gem and the appearance of its color. It is this uniqueness and the organic nature of gemstones that makes them so precious to own.
There are many traditions associated with the usage and giving of gemstones although these can differ by culture and many of their origins are unknown. For instance, many believe that the agate gemstone protects against the evil eye and pearls are for health, wealth and good luck. Whether you are looking for a birthstone piece of jewelry, commemorate an anniversary or add a special splash of color to your wardrobe, take a look at our complete guide of significant gemstones.
WHAT MAKES A GEM …. A GEM?
Gemstones come from many sources and are comprised of different things. A gem can be a rock, a mineral, or organic matter. The main factor in elevating a rock, mineral, or biogenic substance to gemstone status comes down to two fundamental factors: rarity and beauty.
THE PRECIOUS GEMS
The custom of distinguishing between precious and semi-precious began in classical Greece. The gems we recognize today as precious gems are:
The four precious gems share important factors that contribute considerably to their perceived value:
THE SEMI-PRECIOUS GEMS
All other gemstones except precious gems are considered semi-precious stones. However, this is a commercial based classification and was a distinction that marketers created years ago which gives the false impression that precious stones are more valuable than semi-precious stones. For example, a Tsavorite green garnet is more valuable than a mid-quality sapphire. It’s a concept that often puts misconceived notions of the truth into consumers’ minds. So contextually there is a difference between semi-precious and precious but it is mostly for show and strictly from a commercial perspective.
Semi-precious stones include:
Gemstones are also characterized by their optical properties such as refractive index (how a gemstone bends light) as well as hardness and toughness. Hardness is expressed numerically from one to ten with one being the softest (talc) and ten being the hardest (diamond). This system of classification is known as the Mohs scale because it was invented by a 19th century geologist named Friedrich Mohs. Hardness refers to a gemstone’s resistance to scratching while toughness refers to its resistance to chipping and breaking.
WHERE DO PRECIOUS GEMSTONES COME FROM?
Significant gemstone deposits have been discovered, explored, and often depleted across the globe. A significant portion of gem mining is artisanal, done by hand without a huge environmental impact. Here is a brief list of geographical locales famous for their gemstone mines:
It’s that time, you’re planning to pop the question, and that means you have to get thinking about the ring. Finding the ring that will make them swoon is a difficult task in itself, but getting the size just right is the big issue – you want them to be able to slip it on and show it off, don’t you?
Finding the right ring size without revealing your big surprise sounds like mission impossible – but really it doesn’t need to be! Other than of course, asking your friends and family for a few clues, there are plenty of ways to work round it if you’re planning that surprise proposal.
Make sure your loved one has a ring to remember and a fit to match with our top tips!
Use a Ring Sizer
This is one of the easiest options, most jewelry brands offer to send you a free plastic ring sizer so you can check your special someone’s ring size. It will allow you to get that width just right so it doesn’t sit too tight or too loose on the knuckle – remember that fingers swell with heat so measure it several times as sizes can obviously vary during the day.
Use an Existing Ring
Find a ring that they love and wear regularly to take to the jeweler who can then let you know what size it is. Be sure to let the jeweler know if they’re right handed or left handed as the dominant hand can size up to half a size larger.
Download a Ring Size Guide
With a ring you have borrowed off your loved one, download a ring size guide and line up the ring to the right size to find out which size it corresponds to. This is an easy and efficient way of finding out their ring size, but do take into account the finger swelling so it sits comfortably on the finger.
Look into Comfort Fit Rings
Comfort fit rings run larger and have a rounded inner surface to sit more comfortably on the finger. They also allow you to benefit from a wider band, creating the perfect flattering fit and is perfect for everyday wear. Size down with a comfort ring as they run larger than the average ring.
If your loved one struggles to get their ring over their knuckle once it is on, then sizing beads – those small metal knobs – are the go-to, as they allow you to easily remove the ring all whilst not being too loose. It finds that perfect balance, they also help counter-balance heavier ring styles, so if you’re getting them a blinding sparkler, you should definitely opt for sizing beads for comfort!
Download our practical ring size guide here