Beryl Jewelers https://www.berylfinejewelry.com Fri, 05 Jul 2019 16:55:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.4 Turning Your Old Jewelry into Beautiful Custom Pieces https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/turning-your-old-jewelry-into-beautiful-custom-pieces https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/turning-your-old-jewelry-into-beautiful-custom-pieces#respond Fri, 05 Jul 2019 16:55:57 +0000 https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/?p=1593 When you want that exclusive original diamond ring, gold necklace or platinum bracelet, call a custom jewelry designer in Stuart Fl – one who can take your dream and make it a reality. At Beryl Jewelers, our designesr have spent countless hours honing their talents in the use of 3-D graphic design. As premier Beryl […]

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When you want that exclusive original diamond ring, gold necklace or platinum bracelet, call a custom jewelry designer in Stuart Fl – one who can take your dream and make it a reality. At Beryl Jewelers, our designesr have spent countless hours honing their talents in the use of 3-D graphic design. As premier Beryl jewelry designers, we utilize the power of 3-D graphics to blend structural integrity and beauty in the item being designed.

Our owner, Shae has experimented and developed her craft, training the eye and mind to work in tandem as he creates one-of-a-kind pieces. She knows exactly how to bridge the gap between the virtual screen image and the psychical wax model. It has taken our designers years to reach this pinnacle, where almost anything is possible. Our customers are only limited by the extent of their imagination.

At present, we design all types and styles of jewelry, but a high percentage of our work includes diamond jewelry, engagement rings and wedding rings. We also create designs using blends of platinum , silver and gold. We offer unique earrings, pendant & charms.

www.berylfinejewelry.com

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Gemstone Engagement Rings or Diamond Engagement Rings https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/gemstone-engagement-rings-or-diamond-engagement-ringsgemstone-engagement-rings-or-diamond-engagement-rings https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/gemstone-engagement-rings-or-diamond-engagement-ringsgemstone-engagement-rings-or-diamond-engagement-rings#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 16:54:34 +0000 https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/?p=1589 It’s no secret that many brides-to-be are choosing to go a more untraditional route in regards to their engagement rings. The first notable example of gemstone engagement rings was Kate Middleton’s sapphire blue engagement ring. Since their engagement in 2010, the gemstone engagement ring trend hasn’t slowed down. If you’re considering a gemstone engagement ring, it’s […]

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It’s no secret that many brides-to-be are choosing to go a more untraditional route in regards to their engagement rings. The first notable example of gemstone engagement rings was Kate Middleton’s sapphire blue engagement ring. Since their engagement in 2010, the gemstone engagement ring trend hasn’t slowed down.

If you’re considering a gemstone engagement ring, it’s important to know all the pros and cons of this stunning piece of jewelry. As Stuarts most trusted jeweler for over 27 years, we’re experienced in gemstone jewelry as well as engagement rings, and we’re here to offer our expertise to help you choose the best ring for your needs.

DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Diamond engagement rings have been a symbol of love and commitment for centuries. The first diamond engagement ring was created in 1477, and became a trend amongst European aristocracy and nobility. Diamond engagement rings have clearly stood the test of time and echo a lifestyle of tradition, luxury, and timeless beauty.

DIAMOND CARE & MAINTENANCE

Diamond engagement rings, like other fine jewelry, need consistent care and cleaning. We recommend a professional cleaning at least every 6 months, to ensure that the diamond is at its utmost sparkle and strength. However, with regular cleaning and inspections, a diamond ring can sustain its beauty for generations.

DIAMOND STRENGTH & DURABILITY

Diamonds are among the strongest materials on earth, and very few things can break a diamond. However, diamonds are not impervious to scratches and dullness, so it’s important to have your diamond engagement ring carefully stored in a jewelry box when not worn. A professional jeweler can clean and repair the scratches in a diamond.

DIAMOND COST & VALUE

While diamond value tends to fluctuate with the supply and demand in today’s marketplace, a quality diamond is a significant investment. However, compared to a gemstone, a diamond usually sustains its value over time. If you take careful steps to preserve and protect your diamond, you’ll help to ensure that it will retain and possibly gain value.

GEMSTONE ENGAGEMENT RINGS

There’s really no wonder as to why gemstone engagement rings have become more popular. Gemstones offer a beautiful and unique expression of commitment, and with the variety of rings to choose from, there’s a special ring for every bride. Many younger couples are increasingly choosing to opt for engagement rings with colorful stones such as rubies, emeralds, and sapphires.

GEMSTONE CARE & MAINTENANCE

Like any fine jewelry, gemstone jewelry needs consistent care including cleaning and repair. Gemstones aren’t quite as strong as diamonds, and although rubies and sapphires are quite durable, they are more susceptible to scratches and cracks. Be especially careful with especially fragile stones, like opals and pearls.

GEMSTONE STRENGTH & DURABILITY

Be discerning about the kind of gemstone you choose for your engagement ring. Certain gems are not suitable for engagement rings because their mineral structure is too weak. They could chip, break or get surface damage while you take a shower, clean the house or expose them to heat.

As a general rule of thumb, you should stick to rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Their mineral structure gives them the desirable durability that will hold up longer. You can find these gemstones in a variety of shades, so you are not limited to red, blue, and green.

Avoid pearls, garnet, turquoise, and amber, as they are too soft to make viable engagement rings. These gemstones are better suited for fashion jewelry that is worn on occasion, not every day.

GEMSTONE COST & VALUE

Gemstones generally cost less than diamonds, although prices are beginning to rise dramatically for certain gemstones. Gemstone jewelry that well cared for can retain its value in the long term, but it is not considered investment jewelry. If you decide to buy a gemstone engagement ring, you should do so because you want to and it suits your style, not because of the investment.

WHICH ENGAGEMENT RING SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Now that you’ve seen a little bit of the difference between the two choices, you’re probably wondering, “Which one is right for me?” We’ve outlined a few considerations to help you make your final verdict:

CHOOSE A DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING IF…

  • You value tradition, luxury, and timeless beauty
  • You need a durable stone that will withstand everyday wear
  • You want an heirloom investment
  • You want a stone that will go with any outfit

CHOOSE A GEMSTONE ENGAGEMENT RING IF…

  • You want a colored stone that reflects your unique style
  • You want a bigger stone for the money
  • You value fashionable and experimental design
  • You eschew from tradition and carve your own path

Check out our engagement rings

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15 Hidden Secrets and Astonishing Facts About Magical Pink Tourmaline https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/15-hidden-secrets-and-astonishing-facts-about-magical-pink-tourmaline https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/15-hidden-secrets-and-astonishing-facts-about-magical-pink-tourmaline#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2018 16:52:58 +0000 https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/?p=1587 With its gorgeous color and purported mystical powers, Pink Tourmaline has played an intriguing part in both royal history and the healing arts. While sought for its beauty, it has masqueraded as ruby and fooled kings. Since ancient times, Shaman and healers credit this gem with great power to heal and enlighten. Tourmaline, with its […]

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With its gorgeous color and purported mystical powers, Pink Tourmaline has played an intriguing part in both royal history and the healing arts. While sought for its beauty, it has masqueraded as ruby and fooled kings. Since ancient times, Shaman and healers credit this gem with great power to heal and enlighten. Tourmaline, with its unique physical properties, has amazed and delighted people for centuries. Here are some of the 15 hidden secrets and astonishing facts about the magical  Pink Tourmaline and its fascinating family of gems.

Gem Family Name

The name “Tourmaline” originated from the ancient Sinhalese, a language still spoken by Sri Lankans. It is believed to be derived from either the word “tourmali,” meaning a precious mixed-color stone or “turamali,” meaningsomething small taken from the earth.

Location

Although it can be found throughout the world, the significant Tourmaline mines are located in Afghanistan Pakistan, Russia, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka, the United States (California and Maine), Madagascar, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Malawi. Truly fine quality Tourmaline gems are rare and expensive.

Fascinating Color Properties

Widest variety of colors among all gemstones.

The Tourmaline family exists in a wider variety of colors than any other gem. It can be transparent or opaque. Its rainbow of colors includes colorless (Achrolite,) white, yellow, green, orange, brown (Davite,) gray, black (Schorl,) deep pink/red (Rubellite), blue, blue-greenish blue (Indicolite,) purple, and multi-colored. Transparent Tourmaline can achieve exceptional brilliance when facet cut, whereas opaque Tourmaline often looks best cut as cabochons or made into beads.

Raw multi-color Tourmaline.

Multi-color tourmaline.

Multi-colored Tourmaline is quite exotic. “Watermelon” tourmaline has a pink center with a green exterior. “Mohrenkopf,” (named in reference to a popular light and dark colored German cake,) has an almost colorless midsection with black at each end. The curious “Cat’s Eye” Tourmaline is a highly polished, cabochon cut stone. In its finished state, it resembles a feline’s eye.

Raw Pink Tourmaline, Watermelon Tourmaline, and Indicolite.

Unique color properties.

One of its most remarkable ad unique characteristics is that tourmaline gems are often dichroic. When held at different angles, the color in a single gemstone can vary in intensity, change to different color, or even change to several completely separate colors.

Tourmaline can have many brilliant colors – all in one gem!

Tourmaline As Birthstone

In 1812, the National Association of Jewelers (renamed Jewelers of America) revised their official list of birthstones. The new list was named the “modern” list, and it’s predecessor was renamed the “traditional” list. The birthstone lists of several ancient cultures – Arabic, Hebrew, Hindu, Italian, Polish, Roman, and Russian – became part of a single “ancient” list.

Two gems were designated for the month of October – Tourmaline and Opal. Pink is the color most often associated with this birthstone. The truth is that Pink Tourmaline shares this distinction with its entire tourmaline family. All of hues of tourmaline qualify equally as October’s birthstone. As a stand-alone color, the lovely Pink Tourmaline did not make it to anyone’s list.

Pink Tourmaline is commonly considered to be the October birthstone.

Ruby or Rubellite?

Because of its deep, rich pink/red color, the semi-precious Rubellite has been mistaken for precious Ruby. Although slightly pinker, Rubellite can be virtually indistinguishable from certain shades of Ruby. The most notable of these mix-ups occurred in one of history’s most extraordinary jewelry collections.

In 1777, Swedish King Gustavus III gave Catherine the Great a pendant set with the magnificent gem known as “Caesar’s Ruby.” His intention was to curry political favor with his exceptional gift. This stunning 250-carat gem became part of the famous Romanov jewels.

The Great Royal Imposter.

Early 1926 the “Caesar’s Ruby” necklace was included in the multi-volume catalogue of the Russian crown jewels. Later that year, Professor Alexander Fersman, the catalogue’s chief editor, made a startling discovery. The famous pendant was not a Ruby. It was a Rubellite Tourmaline from Burma. Even with its false identity unmasked, it the gem lost none of its prestige. It is still considered one of the most spectacular pieces of the Romanov jewel collection.

Many jewels, historically thought to be rubies, are now believed to be Rubellite. With modern technology, gemologists can correctly identify it.

Pink Tourmaline exists in colors ranging from soft pink to deep red/pink color, known as Rubellite.  With its rich color, Rubellite has been frequently mistaken for Ruby.

Influence on Jewelry Design

Before the late 1800s, colored gemstone jewelry was extremely uncommon in the United States. In 1876, jeweler and mineralogist, Dr. George Kunz, sold a breathtaking specimen of Green Tourmaline to Charles Lewis Tiffany, the founder of Tiffany & Co. From this source of inspiration, American jewelry designers began adding colorful Tourmaline to their designs. Tourmaline jewelry became wildly popular. It created a demand for colored gemstone jewelry that continues to grow.

Really Bizarre Science

Electrical Charge.

One of the most intriguing and unique qualities of Tourmaline comes from its complex molecular structure. It becomes electrically charged when warmed by heat (pyroelectric) or by friction from rubbing (piezoelectric). Either method results in a negative charge and a positive charge at opposite ends of the stone. In its charged state, Tourmaline will attract lightweight particulate matter like dust and small paper scraps.

During the late 1600’s or early 1700’s, Dutch traders discovered Tourmaline in Italy. The Dutch introduced the stone throughout Europe as they traveled. Having noticed one of its singular properties,  they used warmed Tourmaline to draw out the ash in their Meerschaum pipes. The Dutch named the stone “Aschentrekker,” meaning ash puller.

Mystical Properties and Healing Benefits

Ancient Beliefs.

The ancients attributed Pink Tourmaline with remarkable powers. In India, Rubellite was associated with fire, the sun, and positive energy. It was believed to bring insight to those seeking goodness and reveal any blockages to achieving goodness. It would give its users awareness of any unsuspected dangers. Romans used Pink Tourmaline as an aid for stress reduction and troublesome sleep. In the 1800s, artists used it to stimulate their creativity.

Modern Uses.

Contemporary African, Native American, and Aboriginal peoples wear Rubellite as a talisman, drawing on its powers of protection and healing. Crystal healers believe Pink Tourmaline, promotes both physical and emotional healing. It is used to gently remove emotional pain from those suffering from heartbreak or any form of abuse.

It is said to renew vitality; strengthen self-confidence; attract passion; and enhance sensuality. The fiery deep-red/pink Rubellite is considered the color of the Life Force. In its lighter hues, Pink Tourmaline is said to reduce stress, anxiety, fear, and depression.

Fascinating History

The captivating story of Pink Tourmaline includes intrigue, adventure, and mysticism. With its beautiful color and rich history, this dazzling gem continues to be treasured in jewelry design. Come into our store in Pinecrest, Florida, and take a look. Even if October is not your birth month, you might find the magical Pink Tourmaline becoming one of your favorite gems!

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Tips to Help You Learn How to Buy Diamond Jewelry https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/tips-to-help-you-learn-how-to-buy-diamond-jewelry https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/tips-to-help-you-learn-how-to-buy-diamond-jewelry#respond Sun, 23 Sep 2018 16:51:32 +0000 https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/?p=1584 Since you probably don’t buy diamond jewelry every day, you certainly want to know how to pick something that’s not only beautiful but also of high quality. You want to find something really special, especially if you’re buying it for your loved one. You want the diamond to reflect their unique personality. Whichever the case, […]

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Since you probably don’t buy diamond jewelry every day, you certainly want to know how to pick something that’s not only beautiful but also of high quality. You want to find something really special, especially if you’re buying it for your loved one. You want the diamond to reflect their unique personality.

Whichever the case, leave all your worries behind. Following these tips will guide you on your search and help you buy stunning, high-quality diamond jewelry.

Metal Types

First, you need to decide on the type of precious metal for the jewelry. The most common precious metals used in diamond jewelry are gold, silver, and platinum.

Gold

Gold is known for its high density and luster and it has always represented grandeur and luxury. It remains the most popular precious metal for all jewelry, as it adds a touch of class and style.

You can choose from yellow, white and rose gold. White gold is stronger and more durable than the other two types. The bigger choice here definitely lies in your own personal sense of style, or the person you’re buying the jewelry for. Whichever gold you go for, you can be sure that the jewelry piece will be timeless.

Silver

Silver is also very popular, mainly because it’s more affordable. However, it’s less durable than gold and more susceptible to scratching and denting.

Platinum

Platinum is more expensive than gold, but it’s also four times more durable. Being one of the purest precious metals used for jewelry, platinum has become the synonym for luxury.

The 4 C’s of Diamond Grading

As all diamonds are unique, it can be a bit difficult to choose the right one.This is especially hard if you have no clue where to start or what to look out for. That’s why you should learn about the 4 C’s of diamond grading before you make a purchase. They’re what sets the quality of a diamond and the price. The 4 C’s that will help you choose the perfect stone are color, clarity, carat, and cut.

Stone Color

The color of a diamond greatly impacts its value, but choosing the color is often a simple matter of taste. The rarest and most valuable diamonds are colorless, but those with a hint of color can rarely be distinguished from one another. They can look the same to the untrained eye. This is why they are graded with letters representing the absence of color.

The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) color-grading scale, sets the industry standard. The scale goes from D for absolutely colorless to Z for light yellow or brown. However, everything lower than M has low quality. Again, the differences in color are very subtle, but they significantly impact the price.

Stone Clarity

The clarity of diamonds is vital because it greatly determines the price of a piece of jewelry. This is a characteristic that is not visible to the naked eye. The experts use 10x magnification to analyze the stones and give them a clarity grade.

They look forinclusions and blemishes (internal and external marks) created during the forming of diamonds. The GIA International Diamond Grading System has a clarity scale as well, grading diamonds from Flawless to Included. Flawless being the most transparent and valuable diamonds. Included having the most obvious inclusions when observed under 10x magnification.

Stone Carat

Many people associate carats with the size of a diamond, when carat actually refers to the stone’s weight. A 1.0 carat diamond weighs 200 milligrams (0.2 grams) and, naturally, the more carats a diamond has, the more valuable and expensive it is. This is because bigger diamonds are quite rare.

Now, carat weight doesn’t determine the size of a diamond. For instance, a diamond that weighs 0.98 carats may have the same shape and size as a diamond weighing 1.03 carats. However, that slight difference in weight translates to a considerable difference in price.

While carat weight is an important factor to consider when buying diamond jewelry, it shouldn’t be your top priority, because it doesn’t have anything to do with the brilliance of a diamond. For instance, you may find a 2.5 carat diamond that doesn’t shine as brightly as a 1.0 carat diamond. Therefore, consider the other factors before considering the carat weight.

Stone Cut

A stone cut doesn’t refer to the shape of a diamond, as many people think. The diamond cut is the style used for shaping a diamond symmetrically. The diamond is proportioned and polished to create beautiful and visually appealing stones. It refers to the brilliance of a diamond and directly affects its ability to sparkle.

This is why the stone cut is the most important factor to consider when buying diamond jewelry. Even if you find a colorless diamond with flawless clarity, it may be cut poorly, which would dull it’s sparkle.

The GIA Diamond Cut Grading System for round diamonds is based on a diamond’s:

  • brilliance (contrast and brightness)
  • fire (the prismatic effect)
  • scintillation (sparkle)
  • weight ratio
  • durability
  • polish
  • symmetry

All these components determine the cut of a diamond.

According to the GIA’s cut scale, there are five cut grades: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor. Each grade represents a wide range of proportions and face-up appearances. The AGS (American Gem Society) includes one more cut grade for round stones – the Ideal cut.

Inspection Process

Inspection is a very important part of buying any kind of jewelry. You don’t want to buy a piece of diamond jewelry only to lose your precious gem before you even get home because the stone was loosely set. You can do a safety check on your own and make sure the diamonds are fixed in place and there are no bent or broken prongs.

However, find an expert to carefully inspect the jewelry using proper magnifying tools. Professionals have a trained eye that can detect any kind of jewelry issue, no matter how slight. They will help you purchase high-quality jewelry and get the most bang for your buck.

With this detailed guide, you can be sure that you will easily be able to pick the most beautiful diamond jewelry, no matter the budget you’re working with.

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Sapphire: Septembers Birthstone https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/sapphire-septembers-birthstone https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/sapphire-septembers-birthstone#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 16:48:35 +0000 https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/?p=1581 Sapphires. Rich, sparkly, cornflower blue. When most people think of sapphires they think of blue sapphires. And indeed, the most popular sapphire gems are blue. Even the Latin name, “Sapphiru,” means blue. Blue sapphires are sought after, especially in engagement rings, as are engagement rings accented with blue sapphires. But sapphires come in every color […]

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Sapphires. Rich, sparkly, cornflower blue. When most people think of sapphires they think of blue sapphires. And indeed, the most popular sapphire gems are blue. Even the Latin name, “Sapphiru,” means blue. Blue sapphires are sought after, especially in engagement rings, as are engagement rings accented with blue sapphires.

But sapphires come in every color of the rainbow. Pink sapphires range from pale pinks to hot pink sapphires. Yellow sapphires range from lemony yellow to golden orange. Sapphires even come in violets, purples, greens and whites! The rare and famous pinkish orange sapphire is the Padparadscha.

Sapphires have become one of the world’s most popular gems, being the birthstone for September, Virgo’s gemstone, and the 5th and 45th wedding anniversary gem.

Sapphires are the hardest gemstone apart from diamonds, so they are a perfect choice for engagement rings, or any jewelry that will receive a lot of wear. But sapphires can scratch, usually from being rubbed by another sapphire or diamond, or direct and hard knocks to the gem.

Sapphires come from many parts of the world, but the most prized sapphires come from Myanmar (Burma), Kashmir and Sri Lanka.

Sapphire gifts symbolize pledging loyalty and trust; therefore they are the perfect engagement ring. Or pledge loyalty and trust to yourself, and give yourself the gift of a sapphire!

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Engagement Rings Styles & Settings https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/engagement-rings-styles-settings https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/engagement-rings-styles-settings#respond Sun, 26 Aug 2018 16:47:05 +0000 https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/?p=1578 There you are, you’ve finally decided to pop the question. All that’s left is to purchase a ring and plan how you’re going to ask. You thought the hard part was to commit to a relationship, but then you go into a jewelry store and you ask them to show you engagement rings. First question […]

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There you are, you’ve finally decided to pop the question. All that’s left is to purchase a ring and plan how you’re going to ask. You thought the hard part was to commit to a relationship, but then you go into a jewelry store and you ask them to show you engagement rings. First question they ask you is what style/setting would you like. Seems simple right? With so many choices of styles and settings it can become overwhelming. First you must choose the setting, which is really important because that’s what the diamond will be sitting on. Then you have too decide on a diamond cut and shape.

Below is a list of different engagement ring styles and settings to help make this magical time easier and more smooth.

Prong Setting:

Prongs are a metal claw that grip the diamond and keep it in place. Prong settings come in different shapes and counts. Some are round, pointed, flat, or v-shaped. With mostly four or six prongs holding onto the diamond. This setting is the most traditional and known setting. It is the most simple and famous of all, showcasing a diamond that is tightly held in place. This setting is a great choice with an eternal look. The only downfall of this setting is that the prongs may become less tight with time, which means that this type of ring requires upkeep to make sure everything is in tip top shape,

Tiffany Setting:

The Tiffany setting is a 6 prong setting solitaire that has been trademarked, which makes it impossible to purchase from anywhere besides their store. Of course you can find different variants of the same design at other jewelry shops, but nothing that is an exact replica.

Pave’ Setting:

Pave’ is a French word, which means “to pave”. This is an accurate description of this ring setting. This setting makes the diamonds look like they are a trail of endless sparkle. This is a great choice if you want the beautiful sparkle of diamonds, at a lower cost. Since the diamonds are smaller it is a more affordable ring. You get the shine without wiping out your bank account clean.

Halo Setting:

This setting is the exactly what you would imagine. A group of small diamonds surrounding a larger diamond in a circular shape. This setting is a great option if you have a small center diamond which will accentuate the larger diamond, making it seem larger. This is a great way to purchase an affordable ring that sparkles with a less carat diamonds.

Channel Setting:

This setting has no prongs or anything to hold the diamonds. They diamonds are placed between a metal channel. This is a great way to showcase the diamonds no stop around the ring without anything separating them.

Bezel Setting:

A bezel setting style ring takes the diamond and surrounds it with a metal creating a smooth edge around the diamond keeping it safe and secure. This type of setting is the second most popular setting after pave’. It has a unique look that even with the toughest of tasks is safe.

Tension Setting:

This unique setting style ring is called the tension setting because of the pressure the metal band places on the diamond keeping it firmly in place. This style uses lasers to ensure the placement of the metal on the diamond. Even with this technique to hold the diamond in place, more measure of placing prongs or bezel on the sides of the diamond are used.

Cathedral Setting:

This setting and style copies that of a cathedral, with the way a cathedral uses arches framing the diamond and making sure it is the focal point of the ring. This setting and style portrays a sense of elegance and classical grace. This type of ring uses different types of setting like prongs, bezel, and/or bezel.

Bar Setting:

As you have noticed most of these settings can be defined by their name. Bar Settings set diamonds between bars of metal. This setting is a great choice for affordable rings, as well as safety. The metal bars hold the diamonds securing them in place. This setting is very close to the channel setting. The only difference is that this setting leaves two sides of the diamond exposed unlike the Channel setting that covers all sides of the diamond.

Flush Setting:

This setting is perfect for men, or highly active individuals. With this style the jewelers take the diamond and fit it into the ring, by drilling a hole into the ring for the diamond to sit in. This setting is simple with a classic look, that ensures the highest level of safety in knowing that it is doubtful that the diamond will ever fall out. With that being said the visibility of the diamond does decrease since part of it is inside the ring.

Three Stone Setting:

The three stone setting ring which is commonly know as the trilogy ring or trinity ring is really special in what it represents. The three diamonds represent friendship, love, and fidelity. Again with this ring there are more options that a single diamond solitaire ring that is much more expensive. You can mix and match different stones as well as different diamonds, while still keeping it easy on the pocket.

Antique Setting:

This setting is specific to certain eras of time. There are different styles that are portrayed through the different artwork that is shown on the ring. The ring will have delicate metalwork that gives it a vintage look. The rings have a certain Jene Sequa to shows character and elegance.

Cluster Setting:

With the cluster setting small diamonds are “clustered” together to look like a large diamond. This can be done with a finish larger stone in the middle or with just a cluster of different diamonds of equal size. This is a great setting since with a lower cost you can look like you have a ring that has a large size diamond that is uniquely presented.

Split Shank Setting:

This whole article we have been talking about diamonds and what they are sitting on. The shank on the other hand is the part of the ring that encompasses your finger. Most shanks are usually round, however they do come in other creative shapes as well. A split shank is a ring where the shanks split in the middle before encompassing the diamond. This provides a unique style to the ring.

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11 Romantic Ways To Propose https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/11-romantic-ways-to-propose https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/11-romantic-ways-to-propose#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:45:47 +0000 https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/?p=1575 Great proposals are all about the two people getting engaged. What is amazing for one couple is simply not going to work for the other. While it is possible to go over the top with just about any proposal, it is always better if it means something and relates to the history of the couple. […]

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Great proposals are all about the two people getting engaged. What is amazing for one couple is simply not going to work for the other. While it is possible to go over the top with just about any proposal, it is always better if it means something and relates to the history of the couple. Tailoring a proposal is all about customizing the proposal instead of using the one-size-fits-all approach. Everyone has heard about the dinner proposal or dropping the ring in her drink approach. Those are fun, but they are the same as everyone else. This is a story that is going to be told for decades to children, family and relatives over and over, so it is important to make it as special and unique as possible. Of course you must first be 100% certain your are ready for enagement and marriage.

Ready to get engaged? Make it a special event! Here are a few suggestions as to when and how to pop the question…                    

1)     Make it a surprise!  Everyone loves a surprise and your gal is probably no exception! This may or may not help you to decide to do it on Valentine’s Day, or her birthday, your anniversary of your first date, etc. If you feel that she strongly suspects it on a certain day; perhaps do it a week or a day early.

A proposal is all about surprising the other individual. If they see it coming, it ruins part of the fun. One individual can say they are going on a business trip and have to leave for a week or longer. After a few days, the person staying at home needs to receive a phone call, asking if they’d like to do just about anything (it doesn’t matter what) with a friend. The friend then drops the person off in a park at night but only sees the flickering of torches. When they approach, they can see the other person, standing at the end of the torches, music playing while they stand on a carpet, waiting for the individual to walk to them so they can propose.

2)     It is important to decide the “flavor” of the proposal. You want this to be memorable for both of you; how do you want those memories to feel? Intimate? Large, loud and proud? Wild and crazy? Warm and fuzzy? Think about the best times in your relationship and take a cue from that.

3)     One thought is returning to the scene of your first date.  If it was a restaurant; try to arrange for the same table. If your first date was at a sporting event with 60,000 other people and you want an intimate proposal; then scratch this idea.

4)     Looking for an idea that is very romantic and yet fun? Take a romantic walk in the city; first arrange with a street artist to meet at a certain location and time. Have a romantic drawing done; when he shows it to you both there are two word bubbles. Yours reads “Will you marry me?” Hers is blank waiting for her answer.

5)     Do you want the proposal to be noticed by everyone in the place? Take her out dancing but speak to the DJ ahead of time. Arrange that during “your song” he will pass you the microphone so you can “pop the question” while everyone turns and stares.

6)     Prefer the other extreme? Do it at home just the two of you. Perhaps turn out all the lights and have a trail of candles and rose petals lead her to you.

7)     Playful? How a about a game of charades? Or hangman? The answer of course being the question “Will you marry me?”

8)     Jokingly? You could get a ring sizer. Ask her to check her size. She will already be thinking “I guess he is getting ready to shop for a ring” but of course she won’t expect a ring at that moment. When she says “I think this one fits”; say “Here’s another one to try on.”

9)     Romantic? Take a late night walk on the beach. Arrange to find a message in a bottle along your walk with your proposal inside. Extra points if you can write it as a love poem.

10) Social media proposal? Video your proposal and post it on YouTube. You can even get family and friends involved; have them leave well wishes on the video before you show it to her.

11) The movie loving couple is the couple that just likes to get out and see everything that hits the theater. Regardless of what it is, they are the couple who knows the plot line of every movie and what is coming out soon. It also makes for the perfect proposal location. To do this, the person proposing needs to reserve the theater for just the two of them. There are a few ways to go about doing this. They can pay the purchase price to buy out the theater, or they can find out if there is a block opening in between showings and try to work something out here. The individual then needs to create his or her own little movie trailer of the two of them. It is best if it includes the green “Approved for All Audiences” tag at the beginning of it, so it looks authentic. So, when the couple sits down and nobody is in the theater, then a trailer or two plays before the created one, it is truly going to take the other person by surprise and be an incredible story to tell.

Gentlemen; whatever way you go with your proposal; remember a couple of things. First, ask for permission from her father. I don’t care what your ages; respect goes a long way! Secondly, even if you go with an outrageous proposal in front of a stadium full of people; remember the romance! Get down on one knee, pull out the diamond engagement ring and speak sincerely from the heart. And arrange for someone to take pictures; doesn’t need to be professional. The staged “engagement photos” can come later; get some candid natural shots…

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August’s Birthstone Peridot’s Color & MeaningAugust’s Birthstone Peridot’s Color & Meaning https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/augusts-birthstone-peridots-color-meaningaugusts-birthstone-peridots-color-meaning https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/augusts-birthstone-peridots-color-meaningaugusts-birthstone-peridots-color-meaning#respond Sat, 04 Aug 2018 16:44:22 +0000 https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/?p=1572 AUGUST BIRTHSTONE COLOR It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green color. It was once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. BIRTHSTONE FACTS & FOLKLORE Peridot has been found in volcanic lava in Hawaii and in meteorites that have fallen […]

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AUGUST BIRTHSTONE COLOR

It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green color.

It was once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele.

BIRTHSTONE FACTS & FOLKLORE

Peridot has been found in volcanic lava in Hawaii and in meteorites that have fallen to Earth.

In the 1700s, a meteorite that landed in Siberia contained many peridot crystals that were large enough to be used for jewelry.

When set in gold, this gem was said to protect the wearer from nightmares.

Peridot is believed to help depression. If you dream that you find a peridot while digging in the garden, you will have an unexpected visitor.

PERIDOT GEMOLOGY

Peridot is a rare gemstone that only occurs naturally in one color. It is a form of Olivine (think olive green), a mineral composed of magnesium and iron. With the inclusion of outside elements, certain gemstones can occur in every color of the rainbow. The August birthstone, however, only comes in subtle shades of green. It will never be blue, red, purple, orange, or anything else! It is unique in its specificity.

All peridots came to exist on Earth in one of two ways: they either formed deep underground at high temperatures or caught a ride on flaming meteorites (called pallasite meteorites). Peridot from asteroids is extremely rare and valuable, but lucky for us, the United States has a steady supply of peridots made underground. Brilliant Earth sources our stunning peridots from the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona, where Native American community members revere the land and use low-impact mining techniques. These gemstones provide Native Americans with safe, secure livelihoods in an otherwise isolated area.

PERIDOT BIRTHSTONE HISTORY AND MEANING

Peridots have been steeped in myth for thousands of years. Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD), an ancient naturalist, first recorded the existence of peridot on a small island off the coast of Egypt. He originally called the stone “topazios” and described it as a gem that was commonly green but also occurred with yellowish tones. He named that island Topazios, after the gem, but it was later renamed St. John’s Island or Zabargad. This island was closely guarded by the ancient Egyptians because it was thought to be the site of priceless treasures. It is widely believed that some of Cleopatra’s famous emeralds were actually peridots!

The Egyptians called peridot the “gem of the sun,” and some thought that it protected against nightmares. It was also believed to bring the wearer confidence, power, and general good luck and health. Peridots are also closely connected to the Hawaiian culture—they are thought to be the tears of the volcano goddess Pele. The sand on the Big Island’s Papakolea Beach is a rare and beautiful green hue due to a high content of crushed olivine.

AUGUST BIRTHSTONE JEWELRY

Peridot ranges in color from yellowish lime green to deep, earthy olive tones, making them a very sought after jewelry choice. These gemstones are a wonderful option for those who love green gemstones but are looking for an option at a lower price point than emeralds. Certain shades of peridot can easily be confused with emeralds! When set against lustrous sterling silver, peridots can show off their fresh, vibrant sparkle.

If you are looking for a piece of unique jewelry for someone born in August (even if that’s you!) consider our Silver Peridot Twist Pendant or our Silver Peridot Stud Earrings.  One famous fan of peridot earrings is the Duchess of Cambridge, or Princess Kate, who has frequently been seen in a pair of peridot, blue topaz, and diamond earrings.

VINTAGE PERIDOT JEWELRY

Vintage peridot jewelry is frequently found from the Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Nouveau eras. King Edward VII (for whom the Edwardian era is named) declared it his favorite gemstone, which made it a popular choice for his subjects. Art Nouveau era jewelers favored colorful, semi-precious stones such as peridot.

CARING FOR PERIDOT

Peridot is durable enough for everyday wear in jewelry, but should be treated with care to avoid scratching. Clean your peridot with mild soap and warm water.

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Engagement Rings 101: Terms You Should Know https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/engagement-rings-101-terms-you-should-know https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/engagement-rings-101-terms-you-should-know#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:43:10 +0000 https://www.berylfinejewelry.com/?p=1569 Have you and your significant other been thinking about taking the next step together? Maybe you’ve started to talk about life as a married couple. As you begin to plan your future together, you’re filled with eager anticipation as you look forward to this next exciting adventure you’ll take as a couple. For many couples, […]

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Have you and your significant other been thinking about taking the next step together? Maybe you’ve started to talk about life as a married couple. As you begin to plan your future together, you’re filled with eager anticipation as you look forward to this next exciting adventure you’ll take as a couple.

For many couples, one of the first steps in this process is going ring shopping together. But this can be an intimidating process, especially if the jeweler begins using confusing terminology and referencing grading scales you’ve never heard of before. What is a carat, anyway? And who knew there were so many different cuts for a diamond?

Ring shopping should be a fun, exciting and rewarding experience for the two of you to share. Rather than have your experience spoiled by confusion about the ins and outs of engagement rings, why not do a little research before you go out? It might even be a good idea to bring a cheat sheet with you, with some of the most important information written on it.

To help you out and get you started on the right foot, we’ve put together a guide with everything you’ll need to know to begin shopping for engagement rings. We hope this will help keep the process easy and enjoyable for you and your future spouse. With this extra knowledge, you’ll be able to communicate more clearly about what you’re looking for.

The Anatomy of an Engagement Ring

Here are the basic parts of an engagement ring and the types of materials they can be made with, the setting you can choose, and the stones you may consider.

THE BAND FOR YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING

The band is the section of the ring that goes around the finger. Even though this might seem like a standard piece with not a lot of variety from ring to ring, there are actually a wide range of styles.

First, you’ll have to decide what type of metal you want the band to be made from. The most common options are:

Gold

Gold is the most typical choice for an engagement ring. It usually comes in three different shades — white, yellow and rose.

Platinum

Platinum will have almost the same appearance as white gold, but it’s stronger, more durable and will last longer.

After you’ve chosen the material your band will be constructed from, there’s also the ornamentation to consider. You might choose a standard, all-metal band with no decoration. You might decide to have the band inlaid with any number of diamonds or adorned with intricate carvings (see designers like Tacori and Kirk Kara) or milgrain detailing (with tiny metal beadwork along the edges). A fun spin on engagement rings is the split shank, in which the band splits off toward the center stone.

The Setting for Your Engagement Ring

The setting is the part of the ring that holds your center stone in place. It rests on the band and is positioned on top of the finger. It must be functional, as it holds your center stone securely, but it also can be decorative, adding a little extra beauty and ornamentation to your ring.

With that in mind, here are some of the most popular styles of settings for engagement rings:

Prong

This style of setting features a set of claw-like arms that form a basket-like shape and hold the stone firmly in place. The arrangement might be four prongs that sit at each corner, six prongs that form a star shape around the diamond or any other number of prongs and patterns.

Cathedral

This style of setting features slopes of metal that gently rise up on either side of the center stone to hold it in place. This type of setting might also be called a contour setting.

Bezel

In this setting type, a band of metal entirely surrounds the center stone and secures it in place.

Channel

This type of setting is common with engagement rings that feature a band of diamonds. It uses a band of metal running down each side of the row of diamonds. The outside metal bars protect the diamonds and hold them in place without using metal to separate the individual stones.

Bar Channel

Bar channel works exactly like the channel setting, except it employs extra bars between the individual diamonds to help hold them in place more securely.

Pavé

Tiny metal beads or prongs are used in pavé settings to give the illusion that the shank is covered in diamonds.

The Stone for Your Engagement Ring

It might seem pretty self-explanatory. But there’s actually a bit of terminology that comes along with the stone, as well. We’ll brush up on these basic terms before moving on to some more in-depth information.

Center Stone

This is the largest stone in your ring, the one that immediately draws the eye. It’s the centerpiece of the ring and what the rest of the ring is designed around. Everything else that goes into the ring, whether it’s extra stones or ornamentation of the band, is all designed to complement the center stone. There’s no requirement that this center stone must be a diamond, but this is by far the most traditional choice.

Solitaire

This style of ring features one single diamond that sits alone on the ring. This style is simple but elegant since the lack of other stones draws the attention solely to the single stone. The band may or may not be ornamented.

Three Stones

This describes a style of ring that features one center stone prominently, but also features one smaller stone on either side of the center stone. These are not simply part of the band, but are stones in their own right. This is also known as a sidestone style.

Halo

This is a term that describes a circle of smaller stones surrounding the center stone in a halo-like effect. The result is that the center stone appears larger than it actually is.

Let’s Talk About Your Center Stone: The Four Cs

There are four main categories by which diamonds and other stones are evaluated. These are known as the Four Cs, which are color, clarity, cut and carat. Jewelers evaluate each of these Cs separately, on their own different scales. Taken together, they determine the ultimate value of any diamond.

By familiarizing yourself with all four of these categories, you can become more informed on the value of the stone you choose for your engagement ring.

  1. COLOR

All diamonds are rated on a color grade scale. Less noticeable color means the diamond is more valuable.

Diamonds are ranked on a 23-point scale that ranges from D to Z, with D being a pure, colorless stone, and Z being a light brown or yellow color. Obviously, the difference between a D and a Z stone will be clearly visible to the casual observer. On the other hand, the difference between a D and an E stone — or even a D and an F stone — will be far more subtle. Only a trained diamond grader — including our Beryl Jewelers diamond consultants — will be able to spot the differences between these letter grades.

This color grading comes into play mostly when one considers the quality and pricing of a diamond. Diamonds that are the most chemically pure and have the most perfect structure are absolutely colorless.

Because of this, the highest-quality diamonds are those with a D grade. These also are the most costly diamonds, although the three other Cs also play into the price and value of a diamond.

DIFFERENT SHADES OF DIAMONDS

Of course, not every diamond is colorless, or a pale yellow or brown. Diamonds come in other shades such as red, blue, pink and purple. These tend to be much rarer than colorless or yellow diamonds, and are known as fancy color.

All fancy-color diamonds are rare, but some are rarer than others. For example, a brown diamond is more common than a green diamond. Fancy-color diamonds are not rated on the same structured, methodical D-Z color scale explained above. However, their value is still determined by how saturated the color is. The more saturated the color, the more valuable the diamond.

  1. CLARITY

This category refers to any imperfections that may be present in the diamond. As you might expect, the fewer imperfections present in a diamond, the more value the diamond has.

These imperfections have to do with how diamonds are formed. Diamonds are the natural product of carbon that has been exposed to immense heat and pressures deep within the earth. This is an intense process, and the result is that no two diamonds are the same. Some are clear, some are colored, some are big, some are small and almost all come with tiny imperfections.

These imperfections are often the result of miniscule crystals created as the diamond was formed. If these imperfections are on the inside of the diamond, they’re known as “inclusions.” If they appear on the outside of the stone, they become “blemishes.”

EVALUATING A STONE’S CLARITY

When it comes to evaluating a diamond’s clarity, a jeweler will have to consider the number of these imperfections, as well as their size, location, nature and overall effect on the appearance of the stone. Of course, no diamond is perfectly pure, but the closer a diamond comes to purity, the more valuable it will be.

Diamonds are examined by jewelers under 10x magnification and then rated for their clarity on a scale with six main categories. Although the differences between some of the adjacent categories might be impossible to see with the naked, untrained eye, they make a significant difference in the quality and price of the gem.

The categories are as follows:

  • Included — The diamond has inclusions that are plainly noticeable and may affect the overall brilliance of a diamond. Also called I1, I2 or I
  • Slightly Included — The diamond has detectable inclusions. Also called SI1 or SI
  • Very Slightly Included — The diamond has detectable inclusions that can be observed with some effort, but these inclusions are still minor. Also called VS1 or VS
  • Very, Very Slightly Included — The diamond has some detectable inclusions, but they are so minimal even a skilled grader struggles to see them. Also called VVS1 or VVS
  • Internally Flawless — The diamond has no detectable inclusions. Also called IF.
  • Flawless — The diamond has no detectable inclusions or blemishes. Also called FL.
  1. CUT

The diamond’s cut refers to two different elements of the stone. Firstly, the term “cut” references the shape of the stone itself. Some examples of popular cuts include round, princess, cushion, oval, emerald, pear, marquise, radiant, heart, Asscher and trillion.

However, in the context of the Four Cs, “cut” actually refers to a third way to evaluate diamonds based on the way they’re cut. In this situation, the cut has less to do with the physical shape and more to do with the way the diamond’s facets reflect light.

This category is the most challenging and the least standardized when it comes to assigning an actual ranking or number to a diamond. Ultimately, all diamonds are ranked on a five-point scale, ranging from an “excellent” ranking at the top of the scale to a “poor” ranking at the bottom.

  1. CARAT WEIGHT

You might have seen the term “carat” in writing and wondered if it’s different than the term “karat.” You’d be forgiven your confusion, since the two words have the same pronunciation. But they actually refer to entirely different things. Karat is a way to measure the purity of gold, whereas a carat is a unit of measurement to determine the weight of a diamond or other gemstone. Here’s a primer on carats:

  • A carat is equal to 200 milligrams.
  • The carat can then be subdivided into 100 points. This allows for exact precision when it comes to measuring the weight of diamonds.
  • Some diamonds that are below one carat are only referred to by their point value. An example would be a .50 carat diamond, which a jeweler would refer to as a “50-pointer.”

The difference between single points on the scale is almost impossible for an untrained eye to see. But it can make a noticeable difference, particularly when it comes to the quality and price.

Carat weight certainly factors into the price of a diamond, since larger diamonds are more expensive than smaller ones. But the other three Cs factor in, as well. Because of this, two diamonds that have an equal carat weight might end up being vastly different prices due to differences in color, clarity and cut.

Putting It All Together: The Ideal Engagement Ring

By taking into consideration all the different pieces of an engagement ring — the band, the setting and the stone — you can be better prepared to ask for what you want. And with all the knowledge of how different diamonds are rated and graded against one another, you can be more informed about what you’re looking for. By keeping all these things in mind, we hope you’ll be able to shop with more confidence, enthusiasm and excitement.

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We’ve all heard the phrase “the more, the merrier.” The same can be said about the newest trend in wedding jewelry: stackable wedding rings. You can upgrade the way you showcase your engagement and wedding rings with this fashionable and meaningful trend.

THE NEWEST TREND?

Stackable Rings

While this trend may seem new to many of us, stackable wedding rings are the standard for many countries around the world. In Scandinavia, it’s common for a woman to have three rings on her left ring finger. These rings symbolize engagement, marriage, and then motherhood. The symbolism that stackable weddings represent adds to the appeal.

THE MEANING BEHIND STACKING

While stackable rings are eye catching, there’s a lot more to this trend than meets the eye!

FASHIONABLE

An obvious reason for stacking is that it’s very stylish. Stacking and layering jewelry is a trend seen on many runways. You can showcase your personality and style with different metals, gemstones, and width of rings. Stackable wedding rings can be rose gold, pavé, vintage-inspired, or even classic platinum. Grouping rings together can add even more sparkle!

SYMMETRY

Another reason many choose to chose to stack is the symmetry that it entails. The most common way to stack is to have three or five rings, with the engagement ring in the middle. This symbolizes that your love is “sealed in” and it’s aesthetically pleasing to have the largest, prominent ring in the middle.

TELL YOUR STORY

The most meaningful part of choosing stackable wedding rings is that they tell your story. As mentioned before, life’s big moments can be remembered by adding another ring to your stack. Great times to add a ring include anniversaries and the birth of a child (often called “push presents.”) Stacking can start on your wedding day and begin to tell your “love story” with every ring you add.

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR STACK

Now that you know why you should stack, it’s important to know how to create your own stack.

THINK ABOUT YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING

Your engagement ring will determine how you stack. Depending on the size and style, it’s important to choose rings that complement your engagement ring. Bigger engagement rings can mean smaller, skinnier wedding rings or less rings in your stack. If you feel like your left ring finger is getting overwhelmed, you can always add rings to your right ring finger to balance it out.

EMPHASIS ON BALANCE, RATHER THAN MATCHING

Balance is so much more important than matching when it comes to stackable wedding rings. Rose gold wedding rings are a great option when you want to mix metals. You can experiment with different widths of rings too! Don’t focus on making every ring identical. Having complimenting and unique rings makes your stack stand out!

BEST WAY TO BUY STACKABLE WEDDING BANDS

Fortunately, there are so many stackable wedding bands available today. If you are looking to start your stack, it’s smart to buy your first two wedding rings together because it’s actually more cost effective to buy a set, rather than one at a time! You can find beautiful stackable wedding rings from www.berylfinejewelry.com

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