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Way’s To Wear Your Rings

There are few things more beautiful than the sparkling engagement ring sitting on your left ring finger, but as your wedding day approaches, you may be wondering how you should be pairing it with your wedding band. While there are no “rules” to how you should wear your rings, there are a few traditions, some dating back hundreds of years, which many brides follow.

Placed on the fourth finger of the left hand during your wedding ceremony, the wedding band is a sign of commitment and eternal love. Tradition states that it should be placed below the engagement ring, closest to the heart, leading many brides to switch their engagement ring to their right ring finger on the morning of the wedding. This way, after your vows have been said and the wedding band is slipped on your finger, you can place the engagement ring above it.

WEDDING BANDS

Molded from gold then detailed with diamonds, etchings and engraved messages, the wedding band is a beautiful and ornamental piece. But did you know that these rings weren’t always made of metal? The earliest wedding ringswere exchanged in Ancient Egypt more than 4,000 years ago and were created from twisted reeds. Both the circle created by the reeds and the hole within had important meanings in ancient cultures, symbolizing eternity and a door leading towards the unknown. When slipped on a woman’s finger, the ring shows you commitment to a future of never-ending love.

ENGAGEMENT RINGS

engagement ring and wedding band togetherA promise of marriage, the engagement ring is a more recent addition to marriage trends than the wedding band. First given during the Middle Ages, engagement rings came about after Pope Innocent III instituted a mandatory engagement period between betrothal and marriage. Precious stones like emeralds, sapphires and rubies were gifted for many years, and it wasn’t until the engagement of Archduke Maximillian of Austria to Mary of Burgundy in 1477 that diamonds became the stone of choice. A symbol of eternal love, the diamond is a beautiful stone to pronounce your love with.

While traditionally, the wedding band and engagement ring are worn together, there are other options for wearing your rings. The recent stacked wedding band trend has led many brides to transition their engagement ring to the right ring finger, leaving room for a set of glimmering bands on the left finger.

Regardless of how you decide you wear your wedding and engagement rings, Reeds Jewelers is here to help you find your perfect pair. Browse our online selections or visit the location nearest you to start shopping today!

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Where Do Reeds Diamonds Come From?

Our cases are full of stunning diamonds and gemstones, but ever wonder where they came from or how they were selected? Clients can be sure that each and every stone has been inspected and hand selected by Reeds’ owner Jeff Zimmer. Here is a first-hand account from his recent trip to India to find and buy diamonds and gemstones.

“Four to six times a year, I travel to India to purchase diamonds. I just arrived home from my latest trip last week. Larry Dautch, the owner of the gift side of our businesses, was turning 70. The trip coincided with his birthday, so I invited him to accompany me.

We landed in Mumbai on Monday evening, and we were in the hotel by 10:45 pm. I met Larry at the bar to have a drink and wish him Mazol Tov on his birthday at midnight.

Bright and early on Tuesday morning, we met for breakfast and then took the quick walk to the diamond bourse. I was hoping to find hundreds of diamonds that have GIA grading reports. Unfortunately, I didn’t do so well. I will only purchase diamonds that meet my standards for quality and value. At one point, I looked at over two hundred diamonds with grading reports, but I only purchased two.

Larry was able to experience our rigorous procurement process first hand. He could not believe how dedicated we are to selecting only the best diamonds and colored gemstones for our stores. Since returning home, he has shared the experience with family and friends.

Since I am only in India quarterly, I have to rely on my relationships there to keep me informed of marketplace trends. I was repeatedly told that my dissatisfaction with the stones being presented was due to the fact that rough stones are currently more valuable than polished diamonds. Thus, vendors were sitting on the rough stones until the polished prices caught up. What was left, for the most part, was what I considered to be undesirable, picked through diamonds.

Everyone is familiar with the national diamond e-tailers. These companies do not own their diamonds, but rather, accept lists of diamonds from the exact same vendors I use. They are not personally inspecting or selecting the stones. Consumers are essentially purchasing the report, not the diamond. On the contrary, Reeds diamonds and gemstones go through a rigorous screening process, and I personally hand pick the stones. This is why our diamonds of a comparable grade should look better to the naked eye and under magnification than our Internet competitors’ stones.

Our pricing is positioned to compete head-on with the Internet players. Most importantly, our customers can trust that we have beautiful, great value stones in stock that have been personally reviewed and selected by myself.”

Hopefully, this gives you a little more insight into our unique stone selection process. We also hope that you will allow us to assist you with all of your diamond needs.

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