Daily Archives: March 17, 2014

Alternative Metals vs Precious Metals for Wedding Bands


A wedding band is not only a symbol of love and commitment, it can be a lasting family heirloom to be treasured from generation to generation. With the surging popularity of alternative metals tungsten (which can break – see picture), titanium and cobalt, more and more men are settling for a lesser wedding band. Whether found in a jewelry store for $300 or online for $30, alternative metals have a place in the working world, but their place in the wedding world may not be as practical. Precious metals have value throughout the years. Alternative metals do not. While most brides would not think about a wedding cake made from a mix in a microwave, many grooms settle for the cheapest wedding band available. By why?

The Argument for Precious Metals
Precious metal wedding bands can be refinished and resized a reasonable amount during the life of the ring.  While gold scratches off, platinum and palladium wedding bands lose little mass when they are refinished. Many jewelers will say that platinum scratches easily. The truth is that the platinum is being pushed around, and a platinum ring will not lose much mass due to normal wear-and tear. Platinum is worth the investment.

Why is Resizing and Refinishing a Ring Important?
According to Fitness.com, most adults’ activity level decreases as they get older, and therefore are more likely to gain weight. In a new study published in the journal Families, Systems, & Health (as reported by WomensHealth.com), men are more likely to gain weight than single guys as they get older as well. Married men surveyed were 25 percent more likely to be overweight; therefore, it can be estimated that one in four men have to be concerned that their finger size will change.

With the above highlighted facts in mind, brides and grooms-to-be (particularly the grooms) should keep precious metals in the front of their minds as their metal of choice. Yes – with men, cost is likely an issue after spending (and in many cases overspending) on the wedding venue, cake, catering, invitations and a laundry list of other wedding-related needs. Many times, a man getting married has spent little on jewelry for themselves, and therefore may be reluctant to spend a lot on a wedding band. But this should change. If it’s cheap, it has its drawbacks. The HuffingtonPost.com illustrates how the average couple spends between $1,000 and $1,600 on their wedding bands. Keeping your wedding band precious metal also has an added incentive – a father can hand his wedding band down to his son or grandson, and it will have value. An alternative metal wedding band has as much value as materials found in Home Depot. Let the hardware store sell you tungsten and titanium for your tools. Let your jeweler sell you platinum, palladium or gold as your bridal jewelry.

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Stories Behind Wedding Band and Engagement Rings


Almost every single day somebody in the world gets married. It is a custom that is part of almost every society all throughout the planet, yet not a lot pf brides and grooms-to-be are up-to-date about stories behind their bridal jewelry. If you are one of those brides or grooms, here’s a few  bridal jewelry tidbits that you may find interesting. You can even use a fact at each reception place setting to get the conversation started among your guests.

Please note: These facts have been compiled from a wide variety of sources, and are presented for entertainment purposes only.

  • The first wedding rings of woven and braided reeds and rushes were exchanged by a new bride and groom in Egypt well over 4,000 years ago!
  • In Ireland it was once thought to be bad luck if your wedding ring was made of any material other than gold.
  • In parts of the world, the superstition goes that wedding rings have to fit perfectly well on the wearer’s fingers or various types of bad luck will visit.
  • The ancient Egyptians and later other civilizations wore their wedding rings on the same finger that is used in many cultures today.
  • In the medieval days, an English groom would say “in the name of the father, the son, and the holy spirit” while putting the ring part way onto the bride’s thumb and next two fingers.
  • Legend has it that the vein in the “wedding ring finger” (third finger, left hand) led directly to the heart.
  • Using metal for making wedding rings became popular over time, but they were usually far from perfectly round and they often had gems put into them.
  • Very early in time, wedding rings were made from brass and copper. However, the Romans preferred to use iron.
  • Back in the old days, if a person was wealthy, they often showed that fact to others by the jewelry they wore.
  • In the 1600s, silver was sometimes being used for rings and some wedding rings were having words of love, hope, and devotion put in them.
  • Until the 18th century, diamond mines were generally only found in India.
  • Most natural diamonds found in mines are one million to three million years old.
  • Diamonds are created deep within the Earth. In many cases – 75 miles or deeper.
  • Diamonds are made of pure carbon. And only a diamond cuts another diamond.
  • 80 percent of the world’s diamonds are not suitable for jewelry – including wedding bands.
  • Black diamonds are made up of carbon atoms and small amounts of hydrogen. This has led some people to believe black diamonds were formed in space, and have literally crashed to the Earth!
  • Platinum is a white metal, but unlike gold it is used in jewelry in almost its pure form (approximately 95% pure).

Happy Wedding!