When it came time for my husband and I to pick out our wedding bands, we were both markedly clueless about the entire process, let alone knowing anything about jewellery in the first place. The only thing I’d ever been sure of when it came to jewellery preferences was that I did not, nor have I ever very much enjoyed yellow gold coloured baubles. If I was wearing jewellery, it was going to be white gold or platinum. Other than that, I was pretty much walking around in the dark trying to figure out just what exactly one does when buying wedding bands.
That’s why I have always been so happy with retailers who have well-maintained and detailed websites. ReveDiamonds.com is a great example of this. Instead of waltzing into a jewellery store and declaring my utter lack of knowledge and experience, or awkwardly and hesitantly peeking into display cases hoping not a soul would realize my inexperience, I started my education online–comfortably.
Reve Diamonds, for example, has an online gallery of beautiful diamond wedding bands, but it also has very detailed descriptions, and even sections in which the company outright teaches you what you need to know. Explanations about the diamonds themselves, explanations about the different types and styles of band, explanations about engraving and personalization–everything!
By the time my husband and I were ready to actually go shopping in the physical retail world, we didn’t have that apprehension or that creeping sense of inferiority. And knowing what you’re both looking for and looking at is incredibly helpful! No one was pulling the wool over this gal’s eyes, that’s for sure!
My engagement ring is a square setting atop a channel band, so the diamond wedding band option that would be most compatible with my engagement ring is a channel diamond wedding band. Now, with channel bands, the diamonds are usually small and are always inset into the actual band. There are two types of channel bands–a full and a half. The difference being that a full channel band has the diamonds inset around the entire circumference of the band, while the half channel, pretty obviously, only spans half the band.
And because I was armed with this information, I was able to make an informed, reasoned, tasteful, and cost effective purchase, for both me and my husband. My husband’s style is much more traditional. So, he prefers yellow gold, and a solid, expansive, manly-looking wedding band. A small amount of filigree at the very top and bottom of the ring aside, it is a very sturdy-looking ring sans any diamonds, personalization, or engraving. He’s happy, so I’m happy. I’m happy, so he’s happy. And it all started with some good, old-fashioned research on high quality jewelry. Thanks for all the hard work–it paid off, at least for us!
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