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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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The Five Best Places to Get Engaged in Buffalo

From the city’s historical architecture to its tree-filled parks and lively harbor area, there are so many great locations throughout Buffalo, many of which you probably have made great memories at with your soon-to-be fiancé.

Here at Reeds Jewelers, there is nothing that makes us happier than a well-planned, romantic proposal, which is why we have created a list of our five favorite places to get engaged right here in Buffalo, New York.


ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY

Located on Elmwood Avenue, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery looks like something out of another time period, built with beautiful marble columns reminiscent of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. With ever-changing outdoor art exhibits, the grounds offer a unique and artistic backdrop for your proposal.

Albright-Knox Engagement


DELAWARE PARK

Home to the historic Rose Garden, an expansive golf course, playgrounds, trees and the spectacular Hoyt Lake, Delaware Park is the Central Park of Buffalo; a natural gem amidst city buildings and busy streets.

Hoyt Lake is one of the most popular spots to visit in the park and is especially gorgeous during the snowy winter months. Whether you find a quiet park bench or walk down from the Albright-Knox, there are plenty of romantic spots to get down on one knee and ask your partner, “Will you marry me?”

Hoyt Lake Proposal


MCKINLEY MONUMENT

Erected in the center of Niagara Square in front of City Hall, the McKinley Monument is a beautiful marble structure dedicated to President William McKinley. 96 feet tall and surrounded by sleeping lions and a fountain filled with dolphin and turtle sculptures, the pillar is one of Buffalo’s most memorable sights and a great spot to propose.

McKinley Monument Engagement


CANALSIDE

One of the most exciting places to spend a day in Buffalo, Canalside boasts an array of fun activities and events regardless of the season. From summer concerts to winter ice skating on the canal, we can’t think of a better place to get engaged if you are looking to do something bold and unique.

Engaged at Canalside


ANYWHERE OUTDOORS

Not only is Buffalo home to some amazing buildings and monuments, but it is also home to plenty of gorgeous outdoor areas. If the backdrop of your dream proposal includes pine trees dusted with snow and undisturbed winter white ground, there are many bike paths and parks throughout the Buffalo area perfect for your engagement.

Buffalo Outdoors Engagement


With so many captivating and delightful places to propose throughout the area, all you have to do is find the perfect ring and make your plan! Regardless of what style engagement ring you are searching for, Reeds Jewelers can help make your partner’s dreams come true.

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