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Anniversary Bands: Kick Start Her Heart…Again

After years of marriage, it can become a bit difficult to keep the spark alive. While the love you share is still very strong, how can you show the woman who has raised your children and supported you through years of career changes that she is still just as special to you as the day you bent on one knee and proposed? Fine jewelry is always a good bet but for this anniversary…make the day even more special with a diamond anniversary band.

 

There are literally hundreds of anniversary band styles to choose from. While you might be able to find the perfect band to complement her wedding set, it is a good idea to consult your local professional jeweler to insure the anniversary band will fit correctly with her existing engagement ring and wedding band. Your jeweler will be able to suggest the appropriate band styles for you.

 

A Jaffe Diamond Anniversary Rings

A Jaffe Diamond Anniversary Rings

Eternity anniversary bands are a very popular style today.  Set with diamonds around the entire band, eternity bands symbolize the many years together and the many years yet to come.  Depending on your budget, eternity anniversary bands are available with a single row of diamonds, two rows and even a dazzling triple row of diamonds, any of which are sure to take her breath away.

 

In addition to eternity bands, most fine jewelers carry a broad assortment of anniversary and wedding bands that are beautiful stand-alone rings. While many choose to wear their anniversary band on their left ring finger alongside a wedding set, others are proud to display the commemorative ring on their right hand. Most of the bands you will find at your local jeweler are certain to maintain their brilliance on either hand.

 

While diamond anniversary bands are certainly the most popular of this type of ring, the options available vary from simple to highly ornate. It is wise to consider the taste and style of your spouse in addition to the style of her wedding set. Also consider the anniversary itself. A monumental anniversary such as a 25th or 50th may warrant a ring worthy of the occasion. Fine jewelry is always a great gift idea but when it comes to marking the milestones of a lifetime together, a breathtaking diamond anniversary band could well be the gift that shows just how much she has meant to you for all of those years.

Marking A Milestone

My wife and I will be celebrating our 27th anniversary this year. That may not seem like an important year – and if you consult one of those “which gift is for which year” anniversary charts you’d get the same impression – but for us, it’s pretty meaningful. We were 27 the year we met and got married, so this year marks the point in our lives where we have known each other longer than we haven’t. I wanted to celebrate that by finding the perfect gifts, and I settled on diamond anniversary bands.

 

Diamond Anniversary Ring

Diamond Anniversary Ring

 

As you can imagine, a couple that meets and marries within a year probably doesn’t have a whole lot to spend on the wedding. We certainly did not have much of a budget when it came to bridal jewelry, and the bulk of what we did have went towards shopping for diamond engagement rings. My wife actually seemed a little more concerned with it than I was. She felt bad she was getting this beautiful engagement ring, but the wedding bands we were going to exchange were rather plain. I pointed out she wasn’t marrying somebody known for his flash anyway, but the truth is, as much as I would have liked something like diamond wedding bands, it was more important to save the money for our new life together.

 

Of course, the other fly in the ointment back then was that diamond wedding bands were both pretty rare and rather expensive. Even if we found a pair that we really liked, there was no way we could have afforded them on the money we were making then. Flash forward 27 years, however, and it is a much different world. Now there are hundreds of diamond anniversary bands, all with different shapes, styles and sizes, not to mention a host of different precious metals to choose from. Just as importantly, my income has increased a fair amount as well.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Diamond Jewelry For Him

My fiancé likes to joke with me about shopping for Valentine’s Day. He says that it’s impossible for him to surprise me with anything because I already know that it’s going to be candy, flowers and some kind of diamond jewelry. Compared to me – and women everywhere, for that matter – I think he and most men have it easy. It’s easy to find romantic gifts for women, but I don’t think there’s anything too romantic about power tools, and if I try to give him flowers, I know he’ll forget to take care of him. That’s why I’m going to surprise him with some diamond jewelry of his own.

1/2CTTW Men's Diamond Wedding Band

1/2CTTW Men’s Diamond Wedding Band

 

I’m lucky that he is conscious enough about what he wears and how he dresses that he is always looking for new ways to accessorize. Men’s jewelry has become more popular over the last several years, and I was actually surprised to see how many different styles of jewelry there was to choose from. Most people think men’s jewelry begins with fashion watches and ends with wedding bands, but there are complete lines of diamond rings, bracelets and necklaces to choose from, as well as more traditional items like cuff links and tie tacks.

 

I knew that as adventurous as he might be when it comes to fashion, he wouldn’t want anything too flashy. The last thing I wanted to do was make him think I was dressing him to look like Mr. T. I wanted to make sure that it would be something he would like to wear and that would also be a reminder of me. When I went to my local jewelry store and was talking to the woman working there, she directed me to their collection of men’s jewelry made from aircraft steel.

 

Far from being generic jewelry that could be worn by either gender, these pieces have a very masculine look and feel to them. Plus, I knew the uniqueness of it would really appeal to him. I can’t wait to see the look in his eyes when he opens the gift and sees the necklace I bought him, and I really can’t wait to tell him how easy it was to shop for him.

 

 

Designer Men’s Wedding Bands Set A New Standard

I know it sounds like a cliché, but take it from a man speaking with experience: planning the wedding is truly all about the bride. I certainly had dreams about what I wanted my wedding to be like when I was growing up, but my dreams of eventually watching the Dallas Cowboys win another Super Bowl are far more important to me, so when it came to making decisions for the wedding, I deferred to my fiancé most of the time. Besides, she has a better eye for colors and a better nose for flowers. It’s the same reason I let her decorate the house. I don’t tell her what kind of diamond jewelry to wear when we go out for the night. Do you really think I’m crazy enough to say “I think the sea foam works better than the salmon?” I didn’t even know those were colors.

Vitalium Journey Laser Wedding Band

One of the aspects of our nuptials where I did make a stand, however, was when it came time to shop for the wedding jewelry. I see the wedding bands that my father and uncles wore, and those weren’t enough for me. I knew that I wanted a men’s wedding band that was more than just a simple plain ring. If I was going to be wearing this for the rest of my life (like I planned), I wanted to be sure the ring had a little bit of personality.

 

We both knew that we were going to get married long before I popped the question, so when we were out running errands or just strolling through town, we would stop at jewelry stores and look at the collection of diamond engagement rings and wedding jewelry. My then-girlfriend, now-wife understood that it was important to me that the men’s wedding band we chose be something designer, and that allowed us to pick out an entire wedding set where all three rings matched. One of the best things about loving the ring she would be slipping on my finger was that it made it much easier to nod, smile and say, “Whatever you want dear” when she asked me about the flowers, the seating chart, or anything else. I had her and my designer wedding band. I was happy.

 

Eternal Love

Representing eternity, love and protection, the symbol of the circle reflects the lack of beginning or ending and instead gives tribute to the notion of forever. The sun, earth, moon, inclusion, wholeness and perfection, for the circle can never be broken.

 

The wedding band is the most common use of the circle in jewelry, and one that most embodies the meaning of the circle. Slipping a ring on your beloved’s finger is not to be taken lightly. As a symbol of wholeness and eternity, the wedding band says, “I want to be with you forever.”

 

An explanation from SymbolDictionary.net is, “The circle is also the symbol of boundary and enclosure, of completion, and returning cycles. The circle symbolism most familiar to us is that of the wedding ring which encircles the finger associated in ancient times with the heart. The wedding ring symbolizes not just a pledge of eternal love, but the enclosure of the heart- a pledge of fidelity.”

 

Comfort fit wedding band in yellow gold style influenced by European design. This 2mm wide wedding band was created for one purpose only: comfort and simplicity. Amidon Jewelers takes comfort to a new level by offering this revolutionary design! Both appealing and attractive wedding rings obtain through the process of lathed seamless extruded tubing, compressing the gold to ensure maximum strength and density. Extruded bands polish brighter, are harder and wear longer than the cast rings. This will also provide seamlessly sizing of rings.

Yellow Gold Comfort-Fit Plain Wedding Band 2mm

Gabriel & Company 14K White Gold Victorian Straight Wedding Band WB6707W44JJ style with .20 total carat weight of diamonds. Featured Diamonds have at least G/H color and SI2 clarity.

Gabriel & Co 14K White Gold Victorian Straight Wedding Band

 

Gabriel and Company 14K White Gold Contemporary Curved Wedding Band WB7457W44JJ style with .17 total carat weight of diamonds. Amidon Jewelers is an authorized Gabriel & Co dealer in Tax-free New Hampshire. Featured Diamonds have at least G/H color and SI2 clarity.

Gabriel & Co 14K White Gold Contemporary Curved Wedding Band

 

Used as either an anniversary band or a wedding band, this ring will certainly always remind you of the love you have for each other. Ring embellished with sparkly round diamonds, beautifully arranged in a channel setting, fashioned in 14K white gold. Total diamond weight of 1/2 carat, featured diamonds has at least HI color and I2 clarity. At Amidon Jewelers, we offer a great selection of jewelry and a variety of sparkling Diamonds.

Diamond Anniversary Band 1/2 CT TW Round Cut 14K White Gold

2013 Wedding Trends

Well ladies and gentlemen, despite the cold winter that was still ravishing parts of our country at the end of April and early May, the 2013 wedding season here! For you brides who are still, ironing out the details of your wedding, Amidon Jewelers has summed up this season’s wedding trends to help you out. From flowers to cakes, wedding bands to favors, we are here to make your wedding planning easier.

Color Scheme

This year’s formal weddings are seeing an upsurge in neutral color schemes. From beige to grey, taupe to slight accents of black, the elegance of all your wedding’s ingredients are being maximized through the minimal use of color. If you want to highlight the fact that YOU are the star of your event, you’re your bridesmaid dresses, table linens, invitations and flowers monotone to make sure you make a supersized, elegant impact.

Unlike formal weddings, this year’s less formal weddings are partying it up with patterns that will sweep your guests off their feet! Chevron and stripes will continue to be hot, however this year will see more gingham, paisley and even polka dots. Imagine the fun you could have coordinating the décor and accessories with a polka dot theme! Even grandma may be seen out on the dance floor “moving like jaguar”!

Desserts

Sweets for you and your groom and sweets to share with your guests, wedding cakes continue to be reserved for the bride and groom this season. Order a smaller cake for you and your new hubby to enjoy, while allowing your guests to help themselves to your cupcake bar. Beware, however. We’ve heard cupcakes like to walk off on their own before the cake is cut!

If you’re looking for a fun, festive way to bring color into your dessert station, an assortment of cupcakes in various colors and patterns is a perfect approach. Not only can you try out ALL the hottest patterns of the season with the frosting, you can also use various flavors for the cake batter and frosting to achieve different color combinations.

Wedding Bands and Engagement Rings

Wedding stylists have announced that Platinum is trumping any color of gold this season. From engagement rings to wedding rings, our selection of platinum bridal jewelry will make your mouth water as much as the main entrée at your wedding. At Amidon Jewelers we can happily help you find the perfect ring set for you and your beau. Whether you are wearing a solitaire diamond or an engagement band with side stones, we have coordinating wedding bands for nearly any style.

Favors

It seems that everywhere we turn these days we some more and more products protecting the integrity of the environment. With Earth Day just behind us, now would be a great time to show your support for the environment as well. Show your commitment to sustainability (both environment-wise and in your marriage) by giving environmentally friendly wedding favors to your guests.

Fable Designs

At Amidon Jewelers, we love to add new designers to our fabulous selection of jewelry.  This week, we’re proud to introduce you to Fable Designs.  Specializing in the manufacturing of high-end alternative metal jewelry, their product offerings include jewelry made from Titanium, Tungsten Carbide, Black Zirconium, Black Ceramic and Stainless Steel.

Tungsten Carbide

In its raw form, Tungsten is a steel-gray metal.  Often hard to work, it has the highest melting point of all metals – An astonishing 6,192 degrees Fahrenheit.  Mixed with Carbon, Tungsten Carbide is the only metal that can be permanently polished and scratch-free.  It is 10 times harder than 18K gold, 5 times harder than steel and 4 times harder than Titanium.

Titanium

Represented by “Ti” on the Periodic Table of Elements, Titanium is the 9th most abundant element in the earth’s crust and the hardest natural metal in the world.  Three times stronger than steel, it is stronger than gold, silver and platinum, and 100% hypo-allergenic.  Surprisingly light-weight, it is also shockingly strong, and more scratch, dent and bend-resistant than both gold and silver.  When oxidized, Titanium offers a range of color selections ranging from blue to purple to black.

Black Zirconium

Initially discovered in 1789 by German chemist, Martin Heinrich Klaproth, Zirconium wasn’t prepared in its pure form until 1914.  Represented on the Periodic Table of Elements by “Zr”, it is very difficult to obtain in pure form, and is used widely and mostly in nuclear reactors for fuel rod protection, due to its corrosion resistance.

Black Zirconium is one of the world’s foremost scratch resistant metallic substances.  Black due to elaborate processing, it has a Moh’s rating of 8.2 – 9.2.  In comparison, steel has a rating of 6, and it is second only to diamonds which have a rating of 10.  Interestingly, Zirconium is found in S-type stars and has been identified in the sun and meteorites.

Black Ceramic

Created by combining ceramic with exotic alternative materials like Zirconium as well as specialized bonding agents, Black Ceramic is a superior material which remains polished indefinitely.  Often compared to Tungsten Carbide due to its extreme hardness, it doesn’t scratch, discolor or fade.  Lighter in weight than Tungsten, Black Ceramic is hypo-allergenic and contains no Cobalt.  Unlike Black Tungsten which is black due to a coating, Black Ceramic is black all the way through.  In the event that a Black Ceramic ring did scratch, the scratch would only expose more of the black color underneath.

Offering all of the finishes mentioned above and more, Amidon Jewelers is thrilled to present Fable Designs as one of our esteemed jewelry designers.  As always, our incredible customer service team is available to help you during any stage of your jewelry buying process.

Designer Diamond Engagement Rings Offer Artisan Beauty to Last a Lifetime

AJaffe diamond rings

 

Choosing your diamond engagement ring is a once-in-a-lifetime affair, and one you want to know you’ll be happy with for the rest of your life. There are many options for purchasing a diamond engagement ring, and many-brides-to-be draw inspiration from some of today’s most magnificent diamond engagement ring designers.

 

An engagement ring from A. Jaffe, for instance, is a finely crafted artisan piece of jewelry in the old school tradition. Fine jewelry artisans create intricate bridal engagement rings, wedding rings and anniversary bands that are recognized for their quality, craftsmanship, and high quality diamonds. A Jaffe uses palladium-based 18k white gold and Platinum 950/ Iridium, the purest of all platinum for their rings settings, guaranteeing a lifetime of wear with no tarnish or color change.

 

A. Jaffe rings all come with a signature shank designed to insure that every bride’s ring fits properly. Their unique shank design helps prevent the ring from turning on the finger, insuring the most comfortable fit and a lifetime of durability.

 

Alishan Halebian, another original jewelry artist is a talented self-taught goldsmith whose is a master in his treatment of precious metals. Alishan uses sophisticated techniques to create diamond engagement and wedding rings that seem weightless, while maintaining textures within the precious metals for a truly elegant and inspiring look.Alishan diamond rings

 

Since he began his jewelry career in 1970, his talent was recognized almost immediately. Alishan started his jewelry career in 1970 and soon thereafter, private clients recognized his artistic talent. The California-based designer is an award winning jewelry designer whose diamond engagement rings and wedding rings are as remarkable for their bold and beautiful use of precious metals as they are for the magnificent diamonds set within.

 

Maev diamond engagement ringScottish designer and artist MaeVona creates diamond engagement and wedding rings that express her love for details. Inspired by the lines of Celtic artifacts growing up in Scotland, Maeve learned the art of goldsmithing and jewelry design as a teenager, and fine-tuned her craft over the years. An award-winning engagement and wedding ring designer and jeweler, she completed traditional training and earned two degrees in jewelry and goldsmithing from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, and a master’s degree from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London.

 

She worked in a family-run retail jewelry store while she was completing her studies, and it was the diamond engagement rings that most influenced her passion. She said she learned to anticipate which designs worked with brides, and she learned to relish the rewards that go with making a bride feel special through the design of her ring.

 

There are plenty of options when it comes to purchasing a diamond engagement ring that feels personal and unique. But it pays to look at the designers who devote a lifetime of artistry to creating some of the world’s most spectacular diamond engagement rings and wedding rings.

 

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Yellow Gold, White Gold, or Platinum for Your Diamond Engagement and Wedding Rings?

bride wearing diamond ringsWhen it comes to choosing between gold and platinum for your diamond engagement ring setting and your wedding rings, many soon-to-be brides and grooms aren’t sure if they should be choosing one precious metal over the other. Gold and platinum are the two precious metals used most often in diamond and gemstone jewelry, particularly bridal jewelry.

 

Platinum is morePLATINUM ENGAGEMENT RING expensive than gold because it’s rarer.  Additionally, precious metals are bought and sold by weight, and platinum is almost twice as heavy as gold. In the U.S., most platinum jewelry settings are 95 percent pure, while 14 karat gold is only 58.5 percent pure. Platinum is more expensive per ounce than gold, and it’s also more difficult for a jeweler to work with, which also increases its cost.

 

DIAMOND AND PLATINUM WEDDING BANDIn platinum’s defense, it’s stronger, longer wearing, and more durable than gold. Platinum never needs plating to retain its original white color.

 

Gold is a softer metal than platinum; in fact 24 karat gold, which is pure gold, is rarely used in fine jewelry because it’s just too soft. 14 karat and 18 karat gold are most often used; 18 karat gold is 18/24ths or 75 percent pure gold, and 14 karat gold, the standard alloy for fine jewelry in the U.S., is 14/24ths or 58.5 percent pure gold. Yellow gold is bright, sunny yellow metal that polishes easily. Yellow gold is beginning to make a comeback after taking a back seat to white gold and platinum over the past 20 years.

 

White gold is held to the same karat rating and contains the same gold content as yellow gold. Jewelers add certain alloys to yellow gold to turn it white, or almost white. Most white-gold alloys must be plated withyellow gold diamond engagement ring rhodium (a member of the platinum group of metals) to gain a bright white appearance. With a ring that experiences a lot of wear and tear, the plating begins to wear off after about a year, so the re-plating becomes necessary periodically to keep most white gold jewelry looking its best.

 

Some jewelers today are using white gold alloys that have a natural white color with no yellow in them. These newer alloys don’t need to be maintained with rhodium plating, and give a color very similar to platinum. If you find a jeweler who uses this type of alloy, you can avoid one of the major negative aspects of having a white gold setting instead of platinum. Check with your jeweler to see if they use these new types of alloys in their custom designs, or if the manufacturers they purchase from use them if you’re buying a preset diamond engagement ring ring.

DIAMOND AND YELLOW GOLD WEDDING BAND

Platinum is a true white-colored precious metal, and a favorite for many because it will last longer that gold and never needs plating to retain its bright white appearance. Platinum is stronger and denser, but slightly softer on the surface than gold.

 

Platinum has historically been more expensive than gold, but recently the price per ounce of both gold and platinum is much closer than it used to be.

 

When you are shopping for a diamond engagement ring, you probably will need to decide whether you want a gold or platinum setting, especially if you are designing your own engagement ring. Many preset diamond engagement rings only come in gold or platinum, so the choice may not be yours to make with a preset.

 

white gold diamond engagement ringKeep in mind too that although gold and platinum are the most common and popular choices in precious metals available, there are other options such as tungsten, silver, palladium and titanium. These metals are more readily found in men’s rings and other jewelry, so you probably will not run into any of these options in your search for a diamond engagement ring and matching or complimentary wedding band.

 

Gowhite gold wedding bandld, both white and yellow, is the most popular metal choice for diamond engagement rings and other jewelry. Gold is rich, shiny, and easily polished. When you’re considering gold for your rings, your first thought will go to color –white gold or yellow gold? For some women, they know in advance which color they want, but for others the decision isn’t so easy. Believe it or not, some diamonds and gemstones look better in yellow gold, and others look better in white gold. Also, you want to be sure the gold you choose works with your skin tone. Ultimately, you should pick yellow gold or white gold because you love it. It can boil down to personal taste, and you should always go with the one that appeals the most to you.

 

If you prefer the look of white gold, you may need to decide between it and platinum to get the ring that most closely suits your lifestyle. As mentioned earlier, white gold can wear down and needs occasional re-plating. But because it is so soft, scratches to both white and yellow gold can easily be polished out.

 

Since platinum is so hard, it doesn’t scratch like gold but it can get pits, which can be very noticeable and can create a patina – a dull, uneven appearance. Pits in platinum can be polished out by a jeweler, but polishing platinum is much more difficult than polishing gold. Keep in mind too that the weight of platinum may or may not be desirable to the wearer – some women like the feel of platinum’s heaviness, while others do not. Weight should be a major consideration in which precious metal to choose for your diamond engagement ring and wedding band.

 

Regardless of whether you choose gold or platinum, either metal will provide you with a beautiful diamond engagement ring and wedding band that can last you a lifetime with just a bit of maintenance along the way. Have fun choosing the beautiful diamond engagement ring and wedding band you’ve always dreamed of, and you will enjoy them for a lifetime.

 

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Boho-chic Bridal Jewelry Speaks to Her Spirit

boho chic bride

There is something so romantic about a boho bride, a light and airy beauty that combines the elegant style of the  Great Gatsby with a late 1960’s flower child ease. Today’s jewelry artisans are happily incorporating the boho influence in their modern wedding jewelry, beginning with the engagement ring.Marco Biego diamond rings

 

Earthy styles and precious metals, hand crafted to free-spirit perfection. Some boho brides are choosing gemstones over diamonds for their engagement Amethyst and silver wedding and engagement ringsand wedding rings, or combining diamonds with a birthstone or a favorite gemstone.

 

The look is an understated Bohemian chic that transcends time, and varied enough to give every boho bride the ability to make it her own.

 

Hand crafted necklaces and bracelets utilizing the earth’s precious metals in some remarkably hand crafted jewelry in silver and gold woven into lace, sculpteGurhan stacking engagement ringsd into wildflowers, and pieced together with gemstones and other elements found in nature to create tomorrow’s vintage pieces.

 

Lois Hill silver cross pendants

In the meantime, boho brides can wear their wedding jewelry every day after the ceremony.

 

Bohemian brides are finding artisan jewelry made of a variety of  metals and gemstones colors, which makes choosing her wedding day jewelry even more fun.

 

Color and texture are the heart of boho chic wedding jewelry. It’s up to the bride to devise her own look, which can complement a wedding theme or

Sara Blaine bracelet

encompass a range of beautiful colors – blues and browns, yellows, pinks, and oranges. Against white gold, yellow gold, pink gold or silver settings, your boho-chic wedding jewelry will capture more than just a style – it will capture your spirit.

 

sARA bLAINE BRACELETJewelry sculpted into florals are hot and perfect for the boho bridal look. Bridal jewelry artisans are combining gemstones and metals for some of the most exquisite jewelry on the planet. Each piece makes a bold statement, whether its soft and muted or bold with Marco Biego Necklacevivid gemstones. Some brides choose a necklace to become their “bold statement” piece, and accessorize with other pieces. Depending on the look she is going for – chic simplicity or all-out gypsy, the boho bride doesn’t have to fear replicating any other bride’s look, since it’s all about self expression here.

 

Sara Blaine amethyst pendantBy combining multiple metals and gemstones into one piece, jewelers are also exclaiming that nature has many elements to offer that are just as precious as diamonds.  Sometimes all it takes is the right pop of color, or a special stand-out cuff bracelet or pendant to bring the bride to her own “ah-ha” moment, when she knows she’s achieved the look she had in mind.

Nothing is more expressive than than the perfect bridal jewelry.

 

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