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Wednesday 29 January 2014

A Honeymooners guide to taking care of jewelry on the move!

It is the season of weddings, of bridesmaids, of bestmen and everything in between. No wedding in India is complete without jewelry. The bride adorned from head to toe in traditional bangles, nose rings and jadau and the groom elegantly dressed in a white suit teamed with a pristine diamond engagement ring. Such are the scenes that unfurl during the wedding season. But what happens to your expensive jewelry when you travel miles for your honeymoon. Just follow these 5 tips to keep your jewelry safe on the move!

1. Sunscreen is good for you, bad for your stones

While sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV radiation, it often forms a coat on your gemstones and jewellery, which reduces refractive and reflective light. This means that your stones won't look so blingy. The best thing to do would be to leave your jewelry safely locked at home when you’re out in the sun or on the beach.

2. Organization is the key while traveling

When jumbled together, your jewelry doesn't always work as a cohesive unit. For instance a diamond can scratch a pearl or a bracelet can get entangled in a necklace. When storing jewelry for travel, make sure to organize the pieces in such a way that they don’t interfere with each others. You can pack pieces in individual soft cloth pouches or lined jewelry boxes to prevent scratching, dulling, and the dreaded tangling of chains.

3. Safety first

Always check if the hotel room you’re staying in has a facility of safe deposit boxes. Never leave fine jewelry unattended in a hotel room, a rental car, or on a lounge chair—even if you’re just popping over to the bar for a mojito.

4. Shopping for something new - Do your research.

Naturally you would have the urge to splurge on some brand new jewelry. Most vacation destinations are also prime shopping destinations. Always make sure that you are buying jewelry from a jeweler thats been in business for several years. When in doubt check the retailer’s reputation online and also check the store’s return policy. Most reputed retailers offer a 30 day money back guarantee wherever you are.

5. Make sure your jewelry is adequately insured.
If you decide to bring an expensive piece to your honeymoon like your wedding ring, a family heirloom or a priey watch consider consulting an insurance agent to ensure a fair replacement if the article is lost, stolen or damaged.

Follow these 5 simple steps and have a worry free honeymoon. Always remember to clean, organize and polish your jewelry from time to time. This will keep your precious stones safe and free from damage.

Monday 20 January 2014

A dummies guide to selecting the perfect wedding ring.

What is the perfect wedding ring? There is no straight answer to this question, but for a ring to qualify as perfect it has to score on two points. One, it must be something that your fiance would be proud to wear and two it must be a symbol of the everlasting love you share with your better half. It sounds simple but it’s a lot harder to pick the perfect ring than it seems. Buying a wedding ring is a costly affair, so you don’t want to go wrong with the choice. So how can you ensure the wedding ring you picked is the perfect one? Read on for answers.

1. Learn all you can about her tastes

All women dream about their perfect wedding from the time they were kids. Women who have been in a long term relationship and are thinking about marriage, often start talking with their friends and relatives about their ideal wedding ring. If she has never told you about her personal preferences, you can ask her close friends and family members. Sisters, cousins, mothers, and best friends can be the very best sources of detailed information on what sort of ring your future fiancée would love to be given.

2. Consider more than the ring

Though the ring is an item you will use to propose, consider additional factors that could influence your decision while buying the ring. Factors like, free or discounted cleaning services, coverage for basic repairs, such as prong tip repair, assistance trading up to a ring with a larger gemstone, resizing services, replacing broken gold elements, such as clasps etc. Online websites like NYDT offer exclusive diamond jewelry for all occasions and the website is a fantastic place to read about the different types of options available. They also offer additional services like returns, lifetime upgrades and free inspections.

3. Become familiar with the basics of diamond jewelry

Learn everything you can about diamond jewelry before you take the plunge. Diamonds are the preferred gemstones for weddings and other special occasions. To get the best value for money make sure you purchase a diamond which is independently graded. Each gemstone is graded according to a particular grade. A diamond is graded on an international standard that measures various qualities of the stone, including the color and clarity.

4. Dont make a hasty decision

There are virtually countless stores and independent designers from where you can buy your perfect wedding ring, but don’t be in a hurry. The only way to have a thorough shopping experience is to give yourself a lot of time to consider all your options. You should take your time; spend a reasonable amount of time in each store and also consider timing your shopping to coincide with major seasonal sales.

Buying a wedding ring is the one decision you cannot regret, so decide on your budget, speak to her relatives and friends, and visit different stores to pick that perfect wedding ring. It will be all worth it, when you see the smile on her face. Happy shopping!

Wednesday 15 January 2014

Eternity rings: An eternal symbol of love.

When you love a woman, tell her that she's the one. She needs somebody to tell her that it's gonna last forever.” The popular lyrics to Bryan Adams hit song, ‘Have you ever really loved a woman’, tells us that if we've found our soul mate, we should not deter from letting her know she's the one. The question is how? How do you profess eternal love? How do you show her you care? The answer is simple, an eternity ring.

An eternity ring is a symbol of eternal love and commitment. It consists of a round metal band usually gold, covered with small diamond stones on the entire circumference of the ring or on one half of the ring. Diamonds symbolizes everlasting love and hence is the perfect stone to say you care.

However that doesn't mean that eternity rings and engagement rings are the same. Eternity rings are usually gifted by husband to wife when they complete a milestone in their relationship. This milestone could be a wedding anniversary or the birth of a child or some other occasion of special relevance. 

Eternity rings must never be gifted without a purpose. Granted women are happy when they receive jewelery, but you want them to be elated and brimming with emotion when you gift them an eternity ring. For instance, one man described why he chose an eternity ring for his bride of 50 years. He realized that each stone could symbolize something important that they'd shared or an adversity that they'd overcome together. He wrote a beautiful poem describing what each stone meant. One was for the first time he laid eyes on her. The next was for their first kiss. Then came marriage, children, their first home, getting through the hardships that they'd faced together with unwavering commitment to each other. So on. Coming up with his own meanings made this eternity ring extremely special to his wife and surely put a smile on her face every time she saw it after that.

A relationship counsellor on condition of anonymity says, "It's difficult to make a marriage last in today's day and age. Couples are realising that making a marriage work is a lot harder than it looks. They are resorting to couples counseling and training sessions. " Perhaps this is another indication of the soaring popularity of the eternity ring.  Until a decade ago, engagement rings were the rage but these days couples understand that it takes something extra special to make relationship work.  An eternity ring is a symbol of that work and commitment.

Eternity rings are available at all New York Diamond Traders outlets and can even be purchased online. The rings are available in several styles and shopping online makes buying an eternity ring a breeze. You can choose from 4 diamond styles based on the cut, Round, Cushion, Emerald and Radiant. With diamonds available from 0.5 carats to 9 carats, NYDT has it all covered. They even allow you to choose the make of the metal band. You can choose from yellow gold, white gold and platinum and once you purchase the ring online it should be delivered to you within 2 weeks.

You must ask yourself these questions before purchasing an eternity ring. What is your budget? What is the occasion? and What is the make? We hope you enjoyed our series of articles on the eternity ring. Leave your comments in the box below.

Monday 6 January 2014

Eternity Rings - History & Buying Tips.

An eternity ring is a lady’s ring, worn on the hand, comprising a band of precious metal set with a continuous line of identically cut diamonds or other precious stones. It symbolizes the eternal love in between a husband and a wife and is usually presented after the couple has been married.

Where did this practice originate?

It is safe to assume that the ancient Egyptians, used rings as a token of both eternal love and life. Early examples found were a rather ordinary circle of metal, set with stones either on the top half of the ring or throughout the entire circumference of the ring.

When did “Eternity Rings” come into existence?

In 1960, diamond merchant De Beers was responsible for starting the concept of the eternity ring. However, the concept was not started with love in mind but was a business decision. At that time De Beers had a secret agreement with the Soviet Union which required the purchase of 90-95% of the uncut gems diamonds produced in Russia. It was fashionable back then for engagement rings to be set with a single large diamond. However the Russian diamonds were small, often less than 0.25 carats. To avoid overstocking, De Beers ran a promotional campaign introducing the eternity ring. A round wedding band which was encrusted with small diamonds on its entire circumference. This was the world’s first eternity diamond ring.

What to consider when buying an eternity ring?

There are a few factors you need to keep in mind when buying an eternity ring. For instance, the occasion, the style and the selection of the stone.

The Occasion

There isn’t an inappropriate time for gifting your better half an eternity ring, however the symbolism of the ring needs to be kept in mind when gifting. A special day, like a 10th anniversary or the birth of a child or your honeymoon, can all be great occasions to surprise your wife with an eternity ring.

The Style

Eternity rings are available in two styles, namely full styles and half styles. To put it simply, full style eternity rings are studded with stones on the entire circumference of the ring. Now what this means is that the stones are a lot smaller and cover the entire ring. Since the ring is completely studded with stones, these rings have a tendency to be uncomfortable to wear, however it all depends on the size, cut and the make of the piece.

Half style eternity rings are studded with stones only on the face of the ring and not on the whole ring. This means that the stones can be a lot bigger than full style eternity rings. Because the entire ring is not studded with stones, these rings are comfortable to wear.

Selection of the stone

Eternity rings are most commonly set with diamonds, but stones such as emeralds, rubies and sapphires also are popular choices. Some rings include a variation, such as diamonds alternating with rubies, all around the ring. The shape of the stones is as important as the type of stone, with oblong or square stones usually being preferred over round stones.

Finally how you wear the ring, is also important. Most women wear the ring on the same finger as their wedding ring often replacing the wedding band with the eternity ring. Of course, the choice is yours and yours alone.

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