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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.

 

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.

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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Surprise Him With a Titanium or Steel Bracelet, Band, or Gift Set This Father’s Day

June 17th is fast approaching, and finding the perfect Father’s Day gift may have you scratching your head. If you’ve already bought him as many ties, power tools, and golf clubs as he can possibly use, this year why not get him something truly personal and heartfelt?

 

Three mens bracelets

 

Amidon Jewelers offers a selection of men’s steel and titanium bracelets that give  him an opportunity to accessorize subtly whether he’s dressing up or dressing down.

 

Men’s bracelets have a long and fascinating history as both symbolic and fashion accessories, dating back to ancient Egypt.  The  Old Testament tells us that Moses received bracelets made of gold and silver from his appreciative soldiers upon returning unharmed from battle.

 

In contemporary times, men’s ID bracelet hit the American fashion scene in the 1950’s and 1960’s, beginning as a teen trend and growing in popularity with adult men.  By the 1990’s, Italian fashion houses were turning out a new generation of bracelets for men, artistically crafted in a variety of metals with a heavy weight  and masculine artistry that gave men permission to embrace fine jewelry  in the 21st century.

 

Designs incorporating cultural influences are a rising trend, as are the new metals, like steel and titanium, that are making designer-styled men’s bracelets more durable and economical than gold or platinum.  A cool steel and leather bracelet against the cuff of a dress shirt is the height of urban chic for men this season. Titanium bracelets have the heavy look of steel or tungsten, but they’re actually lighter weight and hold up well when exposed to sun and surf. Not only is titanium tarnish-proof, it is hypoallergenic too, so if he couldn’t tolerate gold or silver, titanium could be the perfect choice for him.

 

mens wedding bands

 

Titanium wedding bands are also growing in popularity, and there’s a tremendous variety of them available today.  If Dad doesn’t wear his wedding ring because its gold or silver base causes discomfort, consider surprising him with a titanium wedding band for Father’s Day, in any one of the hip new styles that may appeal to his inner bohemian. Of course, there are plenty of traditionally styled titanium bands available for those devoted to classic style, and a good sampling of titanium bands that are a little bit of both.

 

For gift givers looking to play it safe but still want to give Dad quality accessories, Amadon’s Jewelers also offers a modern, cool, stainless steel gift set that includes cufflinks, key fob, money clip and tie clip, or a pair of stacked black and steel cufflinks elegant enough for black tie accessorizing.

 

It’s not always easy to find the perfect jewelry gift for Dad, but this Father’s Day Amidon’s Jewelers has plenty to choose from if you’re looking to surprise him with something truly special.

 

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Choosing your wedding rings is much more personal today than it was when your parents were planning their wedding. In the past, the bride’s engagement and wedding rings came as a matched set, and often the groom’s wedding ring was pre-designed to match her set. Choices were fairly limited, and there was little room for any serious self expression in the rings’ designs.

 

Lucky for you that’s all changed now, and both brides and grooms can find the perfect wedding ring to suit their taste and styles. And thankfully, the bride’s engagement ring, her wedding ring, and the groom’s wedding band are three separate entities. No matchy-matchy necessary, which means the options can be limitless.

 

In fact, you could say the biggest trend today in choosing a wedding band is making it your own. While many brides still want the traditional wedding band with diamonds, more brides are stepping out of convention and choosing a gemstone band to layer against the engagement ring. Emeralds, sapphires or garnets, alone or  combined with diamonds in channel, pave, or garland styles, for example – brides have never before had so many choices.

 

Grooms are faring much better as well, with bands in a wide array of widths, metals, colors, and gemstones. Amidon has a range of  gent’s wedding bands in gold, steel, titanium, some with diamonds – masculine, intricate rings, each as individual as the man wearing it.

 

Amidon’s Fable Designs take men’s band choices to a whole new level, with vivid colors, rich designs and unique touches that can be as personal as you want them to be.

 

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As the price of gold continues to go up, new materials are surfacing including zirconium, cobalt, and ceramic tungsten. As a result, more options are becoming available for grooms than ever before.

 

If your engagement ring was chosen separately from your wedding ring, you can find a wedding ring with complementary diamonds or gemstone that maintains the classic look of the engagement/wedding ring set, without being stuck with a design that you may not be crazy about. Some brides choose to pass on the engagement ring altogether and select a wide, ornate diamond wedding band, which is practical and chic. Still others are choosing to wear their engagement ring on the left hand and their wedding band on their right hand, allowing each ring to stand alone.

 

Of course, with all the choices out there, brides and grooms who like certain aspects of different rings may want to create their own ring designs. Amidon’s “Design Your Own Ring” option allows brides and grooms to purchase a diamond and have it set to suit their own tastes and budgets.  This may be the perfect answer to finding a man’s wedding band that compliments the bride’s.

 

Like every aspect of your wedding, you want your rings to reflect who you are, and your love for each other. Your relationship is unique, your tastes are unique, and your rings  should reflect nothing less.

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