Saturday, December 27, 2014

Product Spotlight: Yotimo Black Walnut Wood Inlay Beveled Black Ceramic Ring

The Yotimo Black Walnut Wood Inlay Beveled Black Ceramic Ring offers the perfect fit of old world charm and new world style. This ring is an ideal fit for the couple looking to stand out uniquely in the crowd.


Created from high tech scratch proof black ceramic and gorgeous dark walnut inlay this exotic style from our Black Ceramic Rings line is truly as unique as it is alluring. The inlay is made of 100% real wood and you can tell by the grain of the wood going from side to side. If the grain runs around the ring, this would be a sign of fake wood. The design combines the newest and oldest materials to be used in fine jewelry making.

This comfort fit wedding ring features beveled edges and is ideal for couples looking for matching sets as its available in 6 mm, 8 mm, and 10 mm wide. This is the perfect ring to represent the strength of your love and unique character. As always the Yotimo is backed by our free lifetime sizing and manufacturer's warranty , in addition to our 30-day money back guarantee. - 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Uncovering Tungsten Wedding Band Myths

Uncovering Tungsten Wedding Band Myths – Advantages of this amazing precious metal
Tungsten men’s wedding bands are quickly becoming one of the most popular wedding rings for men. Tungsten rings have many advantages over traditional wedding rings or bands made from platinum, gold or silver. We will look at some of these differences and highlight the benefits of tungsten carbide wedding rings for the man in your life.
Myth #1 – Tungsten cannot be removed in case of an emergency
A common concern for many considering a wedding band made from tungsten is that it will not be able to be removed easily in case of an emergency. This myth abated when doctors and jewelry shops spoke out debunking this myth. Tungsten bands are designed to break under the correct pressure and emergency rooms and jewelers are equipped with the equipment to facilitate such a removal without harm to the wearer. In fact, tungsten carbide wedding bands are considered to be safer than a band made from softer metal because tungsten bands do not bend. In a critical moment the band will break into pieces rather than bending and applying painful pressure or causing further damage, such as gold tends to do.
Myth #2 – Tungsten is not gold and weddings bands must be gold
                Tungsten carbide wedding bands are growing quickly in the bridal jewelry industry due to the strength of the metals and its considerable resistance to being scratched or dented. The rings are roughly 10 times harder than 18k gold and 4 times harder than titanium. On the hardness scale for metals, gold ranks 2, tungsten 8, and diamonds 10. In addition to its classy look and high polish many men are attracted to its technical nature. Men who work with their hands usually do not want to wear rings that will easily be pitted or scratched. Tungsten will maintain its luster and look even with the most challenging professions. Many men in construction, woodworking, plumbing, or any profession that relies on using one’s hands, prefer these rings for their manly nature and endurance to what is thrown at them.
                Allergies have also caused many men to forgo wearing a wedding band and caused the wives sadness that their husband cannot enjoy the ring that symbolizes their union. Tungsten alloy is special and valuable due to the hypoallergenic nature of the metal. Those with allergies to gold, silver, or nickel will be able to wear these rings and enjoy having them as their status symbols like the rest of the world. The jewelry industry enjoys putting certain metals on a pedestal, but the reality is that any metal that you choose to symbolize your love is valuable.
Myth #3 – Tungsten bands can be resized
                Unfortunately, this myth is true. Tungsten wedding bands cannot be resized in case your finger size changes. However, many people never find a need to have their wedding bands resized. My parents have had their original wedding bands for 30 years. If you did find yourself in the position of needing a smaller or larger size, you will need to order a new ring. The best bet is to purchase your rings from a jewelry site that has a lifetime guarantee on their rings, which fortunately, http://uniquetungstenrings.com has!
                To find your ring size, please use our RING SIZE FINDER document. Download the Amazon Ring Size Finder PDF file, print it and follow the instructions. However, for the most accurate ring size measurements, visit any jeweler and have them size your finger and then use those measurements when ordering. We at http://uniquetungstenrings.com have a guarantee that if your ring does not fit you can send it back for one that does!
In Conclusion – Why choose Tungsten for your wedding band?
1.       Tungsten rings are affordable! In this economy, more people are becoming practical with their selections and not turning to traditional overpriced metals.
2.       Tungsten is the most durable precious metal for those who work with their hands.
3.       Tungsten rings maintain their shape and polish, even under the most intense pressure.
4.       Tungsten rings do not scratch; thus will not need frequent polishing to stay classy looking.
5.       Tungsten Carbide is heavier than most metals because of its density and feels solid.
6.       Tungsten rings are hypoallergenic.
7.       Tungsten weddings bands will not tarnish or turn your finger green.
8.       Tungsten wedding bands are as unique as you and come with a wide selection of colors and unique inlay options.
9.       In case of an emergency, tungsten rings will not cause additional or further damage to the wearer’s hand.
10.    On your 80th anniversary your tungsten wedding ring will still look new!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tungsten carbide rings are known for their durability. It’s why so many people choose to have these rings. They are scratch resistant, do not fade, or tarnish no matter how much of a battering you subject them to. There’s no way better to demonstrate your eternal love for someone on your wedding day.
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The main drawback of such a high level of durability is the fact they can’t be re-sized. If you happen to lose or gain weight, you might have to get your ring replaced.

Tungsten Carbide Properties

Tungsten carbide has a rating of 8 out of 10 on the Moh’s hardness scale. To put that in perspective, an 18k gold ring has a rating of 2 and diamond has the maximum hardness rating of 10.

Many jewelry sites mention that tungsten rings can be up to ten times as hard as an average gold ring, and four times harder than titanium. It also has a very high melting temperature of 6170 degrees Fahrenheit.

Why it’s Impractical to Re-Size

Since the only way to change a tungsten ring after it’s been made is to melt it, there’s no chance of retaining the same decorative qualities as before.

Assuming that the ring is simple and without any customization, it would still be impractical. The cost required to produce these temperatures would be so high it would be cheaper to simply purchase another ring. In the absence of any other options, re-sizing isn’t worth it.

You also have to consider additional alloys. We’re only talking of tungsten itself when we refer to the hardness of the metal. You can’t combine an alloy and a base metal and reduce it back into a workable alloy and base metal again. Add in treatments like cobalt and all you’ll get is one big mess.

In many cases, the reaction that takes place in the furnace is irreversible.

The easiest way to avoid the problem of having to re-size your ring is to place a custom order. Have your ring finger professionally measured and place an order for this size of ring. Now you’ll know your ring will be of the correct size.

Make sure you never place a custom order if your weight is in a change of flux. If you go on a diet after ordering your ring.

Warranties from the Jeweler

Jewelers do other warranties on re-sizing. If you ever need to re-size your ring, your warranty will cover the purchase of a new ring. Order online and you’ll have to send the ring back to the retailer. They’ll send a new ring to you. Your old ring will most likely be resold on the second-hand market.

Not all jewelers offer these warranties, and many will carry an additional charge.
However, since you already found us, you won’t have to worry about any of the things mentioned above, because uniquetungstenrings.com  provides a top of the line lifetime manufacturer’s warranty and lifetime free size exchanges with each and every ring.

How To Take Care Of Your Tungsten Ring

Silver, gold, and platinum are classics, but if you’re considering wedding bands or want a ring to truly symbolize your personality, then a Tungsten ring might be the right option for you. Tungsten carbide rings (more commonly referred to simply as “tungsten”) are a gorgeous choice that lasts a lifetime and allow those who wear them to distinguish themselves with truly phenomenal jewelry designs. With a beautiful weight that their fans love for its character and an occasional reminder of a ring’s presence to its wearer, tungsten is an outstanding choice for wedding bands. Harder than more traditional options and even stronger than titanium, tungsten rings are great for active lifestyles and long wear. Few natural substances other than diamonds themselves have the ability to mar tungsten, so it’s a safe bet for jewelry-- like wedding bands-- that you are certain to wear day in and day out.

While tungsten rings do not scratch or bend, and you may never see a blemish from regular wear and tear on your ring, your new tungsten ring does require some minimal care. Here are a few important factors to keep in mind when cleaning a piece of tungsten jewelry:

Warm water and mild soap combine to make the best cleaning solution for tungsten.  Avoid chemicals, bleaches, and traditional jewelry cleaners that may damage the finish of your tungsten ring, by sticking with the basics. You’ll love how well simple soap and water work on your wedding band and that there is no need to buy an expensive cleaner to keep it in tip-top condition.  If your ring is ever exposed to harsher chemicals, it’s best to wash it with soap and warm water as soon as possible.

Buff your ring using a soft cloth dipped in the soap and water solution. 
For best results, wash your ring with a soft cloth—many prefer cotton or micro fiber—and buff to create a soapy lather and remove any dirt or debris from your ring. The process takes only minutes and your ring will look as good as new with just a little elbow grease!

Rinse well and dry for the grand finale. Rinse your ring in clear, warm water and dry with a separate, soft cloth to enjoy the original finish of your jewelry.  

Always wash your ring by hand. Your tungsten ring won’t require frequent cleanings and should always be washed by hand, never tumbled or put into any sort of ultrasonic cleaning machine, as tempting as that may be. Tumbling your ring may result in undesirable effects on the finish and strength of your ring.

When you choose a tungsten ring for your wedding band, you’re choosing a beautiful, high quality material that will last much longer than those traditional precious metal rings you see on left hands around the world. Take good care of your tungsten wedding band and enjoy not only its unique characters, but its own timeless qualities of strength and resilience.
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5 Fabulous Ways to Save On Your Wedding

There’s no doubt you want your wedding to be both amazing and memorable, but if money is an issue, costs can mount up quick, and it’s all too easy to go beyond your budget with too little to show.  Here are five wonderful ways to keep your wedding both fabulous and cost-effective:

Use your network. Take a moment to think about all those talented and gifted people in your life—the ones you will likely invite to your wedding—and what they do both for a living, and in their spare time. Is there an amateur photographer or DJ in your midst?  Does your best friend love to decorate?  Does the groom’s mom pride herself on her baking abilities? It’s time to put those talents to use!  

Make a list of all the products and services you will absolutely need for your big day, and then scan the guest list to see who might be able to provide. Explain to those folks from whom you make special requests that you are on a budget, and offer to pay up --but ask if they might give you a discount as their wedding gift to you. You may be surprised at just how generous those who want to share your special day will be.

Choose a single venue. Choose one venue for both your wedding service and your reception, so that you are paying only one fee for using space. You may also find that if you hire a band or disc jockey for music during the ceremony, your performer(s) can stay at little additional cost to provide reception music. This tip comes with an added benefit for your guests, because they won’t have to worry about transportation from the service to the reception hall. You’ll be saving time and money and the party will begin as soon as you say, “I do.”

Keep it intimate and comfortable. Your wedding is about you and your significant other, so keep guest lists small and invite only close friends and family, then choose inexpensive but fun favors and a few great comfort foods to share with your guests. Choose to spend your big day with the people you care about the most and plan a time they can enjoy, and you’ll save money in the process while eliminating all the potential stress that can come with dramatic wedding guests or too-fancy food choices that never turn out quite the way they were meant to.  

Go against the grain. Choose an off-peak date and time for your wedding. Once you know the geographic location of your wedding, check with vendors to see when their slower times of the year occur. They want your business even more when there are fewer couples knocking down their doors, and many will be obliged to offer significant discounts for venue rental, décor, setup and breakdown, etc.

Choose a single kind of in-season flowers. Extravagant bouquets can be beautiful, but bouquets crafted from a single type of flower are often nothing short of striking. A timeless option that will make for beautiful photographs and a truly elegant look and feel for your event, bouquets of your favorite in-season flower save money by allowing your florist to buy in bulk at market prices, a savings that will be passed on to you in total décor savings.

Keep your eyes open for great deals and enjoy the wedding planning process. For many people, this is an once-in-a-lifetime shot at making memories that will last forever. Be true to your personality and budget and start your new life together off on the right foot.
 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Wedding Cake Trends For 2014

by bridalmusings.com
Choosing the design and flavor for your wedding cake can be a stressful task - albeit a decidedly tasty one! The options are seemingly endless and it can be a tough call deciding whether to go traditional, unique, colorful or plain. Year upon year brings us countless new cake designs and trends and already 2014 is looking to be no different. That said, here’s some of the leading cake trends that 2014 has shown us so far…

Go Naked

As odd as it may seem, an increasing amount of couples are choosing to divert from the traditional regal icing or the creamy butter icing to top their wedding cake with. In fact, they’re shying away from any icing at all. Instead, they’re taking a more simple route and choosing to serve simple sponge and filling. While this idea may seem odd at first, it’s actually incredibly beautiful and never fails to make the mouth water. This design shows off the glorious layers of sponge, curd, jam and buttercream inside the cake, flaunting them for all the guests to see. You’d be hard pressed to call this style of cake plain either seeing as they’re usually generously decorated with fresh fruit or flowers, adding to the natural look.



by frenchweddingstyle.com
Statement Cakes

Of course, we’re no doubt all familiar about what a statement cake is, they’re pretty hard to miss and impossible to forget after all. They’re a great choice for any wedding and will make a great talking piece to make the day truly unforgettable for your guests. Year after year, cakes are becoming ever more flamboyant as baking becomes more of an art than a talent, making for some tremendous cakes. Some are intricate sculptures, some seemingly defy gravity while others are statuesque wonders.






Desert Tables

by teatimecakes.com
While some happy couples are opting for cakes with no icing and others are opting for cakes that can be classed as works or art, others are choosing to host their reception with no cake at all. Instead, many couples are breaking from tradition and and are replacing the usual centrepiece with a vast table, filled with various sweet treats. These dessert tables are often made up of fine chocolates, cupcakes, home-made sweets and most anything else the bride and groom think people may fancy. Dessert tables may seem odd at first but in fact they’re often much less costly to set up than a traditional cake and much more likely to cater to everyone’s tastes.



While these three wedding cake trends may well be at the very height of style as we enter 2014, it’s worth pointing out that they are merely the tip of the iceberg. Each wedding cake designer can offer couples something completely different, something suited to their unique tastes and personalities, thus it’s rare that any two wedding cakes are the same. Remember that choosing your wedding cake is all about personal taste, not what’s in style or what’s traditional, so be as imaginative as you can.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How To Accessorize Your Wedding Dress

You probably thought that when you chose your wedding gown the hard part was over. Think again. While your wedding dress may be by far the most important item you need to get right on your wedding day, it doesn’t mean that everything that goes with it is no less important. You can spend endless hours choosing your wedding dress but ultimately if you accessorise it wrong your whole look may be spoiled.

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When it comes to choosing your wedding jewelry, your shoes and anything else you’re planning on walking down the aisle in, it’s important to remember that your accessories should be an extension of your personality and the dress itself, not a distraction from them. You don’t want to overwhelm your dress.

Here’s some other important points to consider while accessorizing your wedding dress…

Match Your Necklace To Your Neckline

When accessorizing their wedding dress, most brides tend to think first of what necklace they’ll wear. If this sounds like you, take a minute to consider the fact that different necklines of dresses require different shaped necklaces to go with them. Here’s some examples…

Scoop-neck and V-neck dresses are great because they allow you to wear virtually any type of necklace, without spoiling your look. Delicate pendants, strings of pearls, embellished chokers, the choice is yours. If you’re wearing this style of dress however it’s advised you stay away from any neckwear that’s too chunky or heavy as this can easily overpower the delicacy of your dress.

Necklaces are best avoided if you’re wearing a halter and high-neck dress but that doesn’t mean you can’t compromise. If this is the style of your dress, you’d be better accessorizing it with a pair of statement earrings, thus not taking away from your beautiful gown or clashing with it but still adding a bit of sparkle.

Spaghetti-strap and strapless dresses give you the most freedom when it comes to choosing your neckwear. You can wear absolutely any type of necklace you please and it’s unlikely it will spoil your flawless look, just be sure to follow the other rules to follow…

Choosing The Color Of Your Jewelry

To keep your look consistent, it’s important that you stick to just one color of jewelry whether it’s gold, silver or rose. When choosing which color to go with, consider the color of your wedding band. It’s the most important piece of jewelry you’ll ever wear so it makes sense that your other accessories should match in color, thus complimenting it instead of clashing with it.

Features First

Every bride wants to look flawless on her special day and one of the most effective ways to do this is by highlighting your best features with accessories. If your face is your best feature, be it because of your smile or your sparkling eyes, go for a pair of delicate yet eye-catching earrings.  Perhaps your bust is your best feature? If so, following your neckline as outlined above is a sure way to highlight your assists. 

Whatever feature you’d like to accentuate, you can do so by focussing on the piece of jewelry that sit’s closest to it. Be sure to choose something eye-catching yet petite so you won’t overpower the feature and you’ll find yourself looking dazzling.

Of course, every bride is different and will have her own unique, personal tastes when it comes to accessorizing her wedding gown and what suits some may not compliment others. When it comes to choosing the jewelry for your own special day, remember to be true to yourself. After all, it needs to feel right as well as look right when you’re wearing it. Take your time when choosing and enjoy it, you only get to do this once after all.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Do's And Don’ts For Planning An Outdoor Wedding

Romantic, beautiful, memorable and scenic - there’s no denying that an outdoor wedding captures all these traits and many more. If they’re organized right, outdoor weddings can be absolutely stunning. Imagine taking your vows before the glowing sunset or dancing beneath the stars, it really does make for a wonderful picture. If they’re organized wrong however, outdoor weddings can quickly turn from a dream to a nightmare so it’s important that you follow these simple dos and don’ts to ensure that all goes to plan and you get the celebrate the wedding of your dreams.

Don’t Forget To Decorate

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A big pro for outdoor weddings is that couples often save themselves a small fortune in decoration bills. Perhaps the venue has a picturesque mountain behind it or perhaps it’s a garden lined with flowers in bloom. While the venue may already look fabulous, it’s vital that you don’t forget to decorate however. While this may not mean the same as it would for an inside wedding, it’s still worth considering. Visit your venue a week before you wedding day to see if anything needs done. Do you need to line the trees with lights for nighttime? Are the flowers in bloom or starting to wilt and do you need more? Has the grass been mowed? Will the venue do this for you? These are all simple questions but make a big difference come your special day.

Don’t Forget Your Permit

If you’re to be wed in a public space such as a local park or beach, you should always contact your local authority to check if you’re allowed to do so and if you require a permit to go ahead. While you’re looking into these details, you should also ask about the rules concerning photography of the location, lighting fires and candles, bringing electric lighting and setting up marquees or tents.

Do Consider The Suns Position
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It goes without saying that if you’re planning and outdoor wedding your keeping your fingers crossed for sunshine. A bright sunny day will allow you to snap some fabulous pictures and will make the day even more enjoyable for you and your guests. When you’re relying on the sun, you need to think about more than just the weather forecast however. It’s vital that you consider the suns position during your wedding. You don’t want your guests to be blinded by the sun so they can’t see you take your vows so seat them with their backs towards it.

Do Have A Bakup Plan

The most important thing to consider when planning an outdoor wedding is your backup plan. Firstly, make sure you have one. Consider all the things that could go wrong, namely the weather. What will you do in the case of rain or terribly strong winds. Make sure you have either a marquee you can set up for such an event or, if possible, ask whether your venue will allow you to celebrate indoors should the weather be adverse.


These dos and don’ts may be simple but all too often they’re overlooked in the stress of planning. Take just a minute to consider all of them and you’ll find your wedding is as memorable and perfect as ever.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Choosing The Perfect Honeymoon

With all the stress and excitement that comes with planning a wedding, no doubt when it’s over you and your other half will be looking forward to simply taking some time to yourselves and relaxing. What better way to do just that than to jet off on a fabulous honeymoon as Mr. and Mrs? In it’s own way, planning a honeymoon can be just a stressful as planning the wedding, especially you and your other half have different ideas on where to go and what to do. To help you choose your perfect honeymoon, here’s some ideas to get you thinking and some suggestions to make it the escape of a lifetime.

Go On An Adventure

by Whitney Coy
Okay, so this suggestion may not exactly help you unwind after all the stress of planning your big day but it will certainly make for an unforgettable honeymoon. What could be more exciting than starting off the adventure that is marriage by going on a real life adventure? You could do anything, there are so many amazing options out there. You could dare a safari through the plains for Kenya, hike to Machu Pichu or explore the great rain forests. Don’t be put off by the lack of relaxation these holidays provide either - just because you’re going on an adventure doesn’t mean you can’t have the best of both worlds. You can still stay each night in a luxury 5 star hotel before you set out each morning.

Hit The Beach

This is perhaps the most popular honeymoon choice for newly weds seeing as it allows
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them plenty of time to unwind, relax, soak up the sun and enjoy each others’ company. Hitting the beach means couples get to spend their first few weeks of married life walking on glorious white sands, swimming in aqua blue waters and soaking up the blissful heat. Greece, Mexico, Egypt, Australia - the choices are endless! And here’s a neat little tip: there are lots of hotels out there that cater for adults only so be sure to ask your travel agent to ensure you escape to absolute, quiet bliss.

Citybreaks

It may not be the usual honeymoon, but lots of couples are choosing to escape to a fabulous city for a time to celebrate their marriage. Exploring a city for your honeymoon is a
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great way for couple to soak up the culture, try some foreign foods, see some local wonders while adjusting the married life in style. A weekend city break can be relatively cheap, something many couples are looking for after the costs of the wedding are paid, so it’s a great option for newly weds. If you and your partner are city lovers, you might also consider purchasing a rail ticket that allows you to city-hop for a time too. It’s a great way to see more of the world while never leaving the convenience of a city behind.

Honeymoons really are a personal affair so, when choosing where to go, all that matters is what you and your partner would like to do and experience. And remember, your honeymoon is under no circumstance an ordinary vacation. You only get to do it once so make sure to indulge yourselves and enjoy every second of it.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Characteristics Of Tungsten Wedding Bands

More and more people are choosing tungsten as the material for their wedding rings. Indeed, it is becoming so popular that it is overtaking the more traditional gold material, and even the more modern materials like titanium or platinum. But just what is tungsten? What are its characteristics?

What Is Tungsten?

First of all, you must learn to understand the material that is tungsten.

"Tungsten Carbide is a warm gray-toned metal usually with a high polished finish. Tungsten Carbide is scratch resistant through normal wear and consistently looks new and polished throughout time. It is a heavy metal, more so than its Gold and Platinum counterparts. It is the hardest metal in the world that is used for jewelry."

It is stronger than any other material out there and it is also one of the most durable. Indeed, the only material that compares to it in terms of durability is a diamond. Added to this is the fact that it never loses its shine and this makes it incredibly popular for a wedding ring, in particular for men who often use their hands more than women.

How Strong Is Tungsten?

The key to tungsten is its strength and it really is unsurpassed.

"Tungsten rings are durable enough for every-day use and keep their original polish and luster for life. Tungsten carbide can only be scratched or damaged by extreme measures, like abrasion from diamonds or corundum."

It is for this reason that they are so popular. There is literally nothing you can do to cause scratches on the material of your ring. It will last a lifetime, and many people are choosing these rings because they can become family heirlooms over time. 

The Weight

A lot of people still choose titanium over tungsten due to the fact that titanium is so lightweight. Indeed, tungsten is not as light, but this doesn't mean you will have an unmanageable weight on your finger either.

"Tungsten is known for its weight. In many of its applications, the weight of tungsten is one of its more beneficial characteristics. Tungsten rings for men and tungsten wedding bands are no different."

At the same time, it is heavy enough to make you realize that you are wearing a ring. For some people, this is a drawback. For others, however, it is further testament to the sanctity of marriage, something that literally weighs heavily on their hearts and minds.

Hypoallergenic

Tungsten is generally not hypoallergenic. This is due to the fact that they often include cobalt in the material. However, more and more jewelers are now choosing to use nickel instead, which has the same properties but is hypoallergenic. It is very important to speak to a jeweler and ask about whether cobalt or nickel is used. If they don't know, you can assume with some certainty that it will be cobalt, which means that you may not be able to wear it if you suffer from allergies.

The Price

Finally, one of the greatest characteristics of tungsten is the price. It is a much cheaper material than the traditional gold or platinum. Silver and titanium are generally not too expensive either, but tungsten tends to be the cheapest of the lot. This does not, by any means, mean that it is a cheap and tacky material, however. Indeed, tungsten is absolutely beautiful in its shine, and as technology progresses, various other inlays and insets can be added to make it even more beautiful. For instance, if you want something that is both completely unique and completely affordable, you could choose a tungsten and ceramic ring. Very few others will have something like this.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Various Styles Of Tungsten Wedding Bands

When Tungsten wedding bands were first released, they were generally very simple band designs, without any specific details. However, as their popularity has grown, demands on design has grown as well. As a result, there are now various styles of tungsten wedding bands available. Let's take a look at the different styles that exist.

1 - Black Tungsten Rings

Black tungsten rings are some of the newest models out there. They are absolutely stunning in design, being one of absolute blackness that never loses its shine or color. They are truly unusual and will make your rings stand out from the crowd. 

"Black tungsten wedding bands feature a deep midnight black tungsten finish made of a black titanium coating combined with the raw strength of tungsten carbide."

The other option is to choose a tungsten ring with black ceramic. This is because regular black tungsten uses a coating of black titanium alloy, which isn't as scratch resistant as regular tungsten. When opting for black ceramic, however, you do get the durability and resistance that tungsten is so famous for. Either way, your ring will be of a beautiful and classy black color.

2 - White Tungsten Rings

White tungsten rings are particularly popular. They have the look of white gold & platinum, which gives them a more traditional look. However, they continue to have the durability of regular tungsten. In order to achieve the white look, these rings are bonded with rhodium. Rhodium is from the platinum group of metals, which is what creates the beautiful and classical color.

3 - Gray Tungsten Rings

Finally, there is gray tungsten. This is just tungsten as it is, meaning that nothing has been added to change its color. However, you do have to bear in mind that a gray tungsten ring does have nickel or other similar material in it, which is what gives it shine as well. Gray tungsten, however, is more often used in industrial processes, rather than in jewelry designs.

Other Things to Remember

Besides the colors, it is also possible to have rings with insets or inlays. For instance, tungsten rings may often have an inlay of another material, most notably black ceramic, silver, gold, palladium and platinum. These rings are particularly popular.

"This 8mm tungsten wedding band features highly polished beveled edges and a brushed seamless inlay of 18K rose gold embedded into brushed tungsten carbide, creating a stunning combination of valuable and exotic metals."

Additionally, it is possible to add diamonds or other stones to the rings as well. If you do decide to use an inlay or a stone, then you must understand that these parts of the ring will not have the same durability and hardness as the tungsten rings. Only tungsten has these properties, so you may find that the inlay of your ring starts to look worn at some point. However, this can be avoided with suitable maintenance.

Finally, you could think about engraving options. When tungsten was first released, engraving was virtually impossible and would only leave a highly faded impression. Now, however, lasers are used for engraving, which has opened up a whole new world of possibilities. Fantastic and intricate designs can be included in the rings so that they look even more unusual and beautiful. Engraving should not affect the integrity or durability of the ring itself. However, it is very important that you speak to your jeweler about whether or not they will require specific maintenance or regular cleaning. It is unlikely that they do, but there are exceptions and it is best to ask and know than to find yourself with a faded ring.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Why Hire A Professional Makeup Artist For Your Wedding?

On your wedding day, you should look flawless. You deserve to look and feel like a princess, you
should get the chance to be pampered and adored. What’s more, all this should start before you even arrive at the ceremony. Despite all this, countless brides are still asking themselves if it’s worth investing is a professional makeup artist. If that sounds like you, let me stop you right now - the long and the short of it is yes, you absolutely should.

Of course, it’s completely understandable for brides to be somewhat skeptical about hiring a professional makeup artist for their wedding day. You do your own makeup on a daily basis so why should you pay someone to do it for you just because you’re getting married? It’s worth remembering that your wedding day is the most memorable day or your life, it’s no ordinary day so therefore surely nothing about you should be ordinary either.

A professional makeup artist will be able to make you look absolutely flawless. They’ll be able to advise you in what colours best suit your skin tone and will glow alongside your dress. They’ll be able to paint your eyes so they dazzle and will be able to give you expert advice on whether or not you’d benefit from a set of fake eyelashes etc. Remember, more often than not, makeup artistry is a makeup artist’s passion. Making women look gorgeous is what they do day in and day out, it’s what they’ve trained for years to do, so rest assured they know their trade.

The makeup you wear on a day to day basis simply won’t cut it when it comes to your wedding day either. It’s designed to be worn in natural light, not the dazzling light of your photographers flash, and likely won’t compliment you quite the same once you’re dressed all in white. If you hire a professional makeup artist however they’ll come with their own vast collection of makeup, all of which are far from your ordinary mascara and blushes and are designed to make you look your best. These professional cosmetics stop your skin from appearing washed out or shiny in photographs and will last all day and all night meaning you’re not having to vanish for a touch up every so often.
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By hiring a professional makeup artist you may well be placing your face in someone else's hands but it doesn’t mean you’re losing control of your looks. It simply means that you get the benefit of a professional’s expertise and artistic hand while still being able to decide whether you wish to look traditional, natural or chic.

For those of you who still aren’t convinced that hiring a professional makeup artist is the way forward, consider this point again - you deserve to look and feel like a princess, you should get the chance to be pampered and adored. Your wedding day only comes around once so be sure to make the most of every second of it. Be pampered. Be adored. Be gorgeous!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Advantages Of Tungsten Wedding Bands Over Other Kinds Of Wedding Rings


Whenever you go to a jeweler, you will notice that a new material is hailed as the best of the best. Once upon a time, wedding rings were made out of gold, but we have soon switched from that to stainless steel, to platinum, to titanium and now to tungsten. Tungsten is said to be the hardest material on the planet, which leaves the rings fully scratch resistant. Indeed, the only material that is as resistant to scratches as tungsten is diamond. Let's take a look at the advantages of tungsten wedding bands over other kinds of wedding rings.

1 - Durability
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The main advantage of tungsten carbide is that they are so durable. They won't scratch and fading is minimal, although this depends on whether cobalt or nickel has been used in the finishing of the ring. Indeed, tungsten wedding rings can become true family heirlooms, being passed down from generation to generation.

"In terms of durability tungsten carbide rings are top notch. Tungsten carbide is roughly 10 times stronger than gold and 4 times stronger than titanium."

2 - Safety

Because the rings are so strong, people worry about whether or not the ring could be cut should they ever have a medical emergency, or if they put on a lot of weight and the ring becomes stuck. However, for all its strength, it can still be cut. Additionally, because of its durability, it won't change shape as a gold band can do, which means that it also won't put pressure on your fingers. As such, it is a safer option as well.

"Tungsten carbide wedding bands are much safer than bands made from other metals. Tungsten bands do not bend. So in a critical moment the band will break in many pieces without harming a finger."

Therefore, the myth that you would have to have your finger removed in case of an emergency is completely untrue.

3 - Cheap Maintenance

If you have any jewelry at present that isn't made from tungsten, you will know that you have to spend money on maintaining it. If you don't regularly have it polished and cleaned, it will start to lose its shine and it won't look as nice as what it really could. Tungsten, on the other hand, never loses its shine.

"Tungsten bands do not lose their shine, once they are polished and remain brilliant and sparkling for a long time. As tungsten rings stay the same for a long time, many people opt for them as their wedding rings because it symbolizes the marriage vows of long-lasting love and devotion between the husband and wife."

It should be clear why people are choosing to wear tungsten rings nowadays. It is also a myth that they are only suitable for men due to their rugged look and material. The designs are incredibly beautiful and can be created for men and women alike. They can also have additional materials included to give certain details, including precious gems or entire bands of other materials. As such, they can be made in such a way that is unique and special to you. 


Most agree that tungsten really is the most appropriate material to demonstrate the love between two people. The only material that may be better is a diamond, but it is not possible to make a ring solely of diamonds. Instead, you could decide to have a diamond fitted on a tungsten ring, which is particularly suitable for women. That way, the couple can wear a matching set, one with diamond and one without. The rings will last forever, as will your love for each other.

Monday, March 17, 2014

How Should A Tungsten Wedding Ring Be Worn?

More and more people are choosing tungsten wedding rings over the traditional gold bands. This is because this material has a huge amount of benefits compared to other rings. The main reason is that tungsten is almost fully resistant to scratches, making it perfect for those who work outside. "Denser than other jewelry metals, tungsten is best known as an industrial metal.

Before the tungsten carbide alloy was introduced, tungsten was used to make everything from heating elements to engine nozzles because it retains its shape even at extremely high temperatures." Indeed, there is only one material that is as resistant to scratches as tungsten, which is diamond. As such, a tungsten ring can always be worn, regardless of the type of job you do.

Some people worry about whether or not the ring could be cut if there is ever a medical emergency, but there is no need to worry about this at all. "In any situation where there might be a medical necessity to cut off or remove a tungsten ring--for instance excessive weight gain, hand injury, etc.--removing a tungsten ring doesn't pose much more of a challenge than cutting through a gold or platinum wedding band."


Who Can Wear Tungsten Rings? 


It seems as if most tungsten rings are designed specifically for men. This is probably because the majority of jewelry designers create quite broad rings, which are manly in appearance.
However, there are no rules to say that tungsten is a purely male material, and more and more jewelers are starting to create beautifully designed rings specifically for women as well.

"The same qualities that make tungsten carbide rings so great for men make them great for women as well. The strength and beauty of tungsten carbide matches well to a woman's own strength and beauty."


The Importance of Size 


There is one downside to tungsten and its extreme hardness, so that it cannot be resized. This is why it is hugely important that you purchase a ring that fits and that you can leave on comfortably. Unfortunately, that also means that if you were to lose or gain weight and this translates onto your fingers, unless your jeweler offers a lifetime replacement guarantee, you will have to purchase a new ring.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Weddings: Who Pays For What?


Planning your wedding is an exciting affair. Your main priority is to make everything perfect as you choose the cake, the flowers, the dress and everything else that will come together to make your day as memorable as ever. One of the biggest problems couples have when planning their wedding however is money. Even a small wedding can cost a small fortune which gets a lot of couples wondering just who pays for what? It’s an issue that can turn planning your wedding into a stressful struggle opposed to the dream it should be. To make things a little easier for you, here’s a brief guide of who should pay for what.

Who Pays For What Traditionally?

In times gone by, the bride’s parents have been the ones to pay for the majority of the wedding. Everything from the dress to the cake, the venue to the band were left to the bride’s parent’s, often leaving them with a hefty bill to pay come the special day. The groom’s parents on the other hand got off much lighter seeing as all they’re expected to pay for is clothing for the groom and his party and any travel and accommodation expenses they may incur. Traditionally, the bride and groom themselves were left with incredibly little to pay for. The happy couple would be left to pay for the honeymoon, gifts for both sets of parents and, in a small majority of cases, any unforeseen expenses that may have exceeded the original budget.

What’s The Modern Take On Things?

If you’re a parent of the bride reading this, don’t panic. The traditional way of paying for weddings is fast being forgotten. With the growing cost of weddings, it’s completely understandable that one set of parents simply cannot afford to pay for virtually everything. Now there are numbers ways for the happy couple and their family to split the wedding cost of the wedding and each of them are highly acceptable.

Who pays for what in modern weddings differs depending on each family’s financial situation and desires. In some cases, both sets of parents split the cost equally between them while in other cases the bill is split three ways with the bride and groom contributing too. Of course, there will be times when our families or parents simply can’t afford to take on half or even a third of the bill and so they volunteer to pay for just one or two key elements, such as the cake or the dress. Parents or other family members may simply donate a set amount of money for the bride and groom to spend as they see fit.

If financially possible, it’s becoming an ever more popular option for the bride and groom to pay for the wedding themselves. It puts no financial pressure on their parents and is also a great way for them to show their independence as they enter into married life.

In the modern world, the options for who pays for what really are endless so couples need not feel pressured to do things the traditional way. It really is a case of who can afford what so be mindful of this and be thankful for every kind donation towards your wedding day.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Are Tungsten Carbide Rings Hypoallergenic?

Tungsten carbide, often just called tungsten, is an exciting jewelry material that is gaining in popularity. The metal was identified in the last half of the 1700’s, and has been used in industry, ammunition and medicine for over a century. Just over 20 years ago, designers recognized its jewelry potential and it became available to the general public. 
Tungsten is one of the strongest metals around. It is stiffer than steel, denser than titanium, and 10 times harder than 18K gold. Only diamonds or similarly super hard substances can be used to successfully finish and polish it, which means it is exceptionally resistant to scratching. Once polished, it will remain brilliant forever, and won’t tarnish. 
Its strength and durability make it particularly well suited for use as rings. Initially, tungsten rings were primarily marketed to men and sold as wedding bands because they did provided comfortable, everyday wear that also looked great. Now there are wedding sets made of tungsten, and other ring designs for women to enjoy the same features.
Another area where tungsten excels is cost. Tungsten can cost 10 times less than similar designs in platinum. They are always hundreds of dollars less than gold and can even be cheaper than silver. The outstanding wear and low cost combined with recent global financial concerns has caused the demand for these rings to skyrocket. No longer seen as an edgy alternative, tungsten is often seen as the smart choice.
Naturally, when it comes to rings and wedding bands consumers still want to compare. Advances in processing now allow tungsten to come in a multitude of colors beyond the traditional gunmetal grey. It can be a stunning black or shining silver that rivals platinum, titanium and white gold. Because it looks like these more expensive options, but costs less and lasts longer, it is often a clear winner. One additional area of comparison that is increasing important to consumers is biocompatibility, or whether or not a ring will cause a reaction in wearers with allergies or sensitivities.
Most metals used in rings are alloys, or combinations of various materials. Pure, or 24K, gold is one exception. Combining metals allows jewelers to craft items with desired qualities like color, malleability, durability, harness or shine. Most people who have allergic reactions are reacting to one of the elements that the alloy is comprised of. For example, white gold is often crafted using nickel. It is estimated that up to 10% of the female population and 1% of the male population suffer from nickel allergies. These people would likely have some sort of reaction to white gold.

Tungsten carbide is actually 50% tungsten and 50% carbon. It can be mixed with different metals to mitigate features like brittleness. It can cause a reaction if it is mixed with cobalt. Cobalt can cause oxidation and skin reactions in some people. Anyone who suffers from cobalt sensitivity should first ensure their tungsten rings do not contain these materials. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Stainless Steel Rings vs Tungsten Rings

Tungsten carbide rings and stainless steel rings have both gained in popularity since people started to look beyond traditional gold rings. Whether you’re looking for a ring for a special occasion or just because you want something new for your wardrobe, these are two of the most desirable rings amongst men and women.

Which ring should you choose, though?

Scratch Resistance

Both rings are difficult to scratch. It takes a hard material to cause any serious damage to either one. The steel ring will start to dull over time, though. Plus, it’s slightly less scratch resistant than the tungsten ring. The only material harder than tungsten (for a ring) is diamond. And it never loses any of its sheen.

Emergency Removal

If you have to get rid of the ring quickly for any reason, steel comes off best. Tungsten rings can’t be cut off. They’re so tough that only a diamond cutter would work. Instead, you’ll have to crack it and cause it to shatter, and thus ruining the ring completely.

Resizing

You can’t resize a stainless steel or tungsten ring. They’re too tough to be resized easily, and it would be impossible to preserve any decoration. In fact, it would cost so much to resize either of these rings that it would be cheaper to simply buy a new one.

Look into resizing warranties in case you do need to change your ring size. Many online and land-based jewelers offer them these days.

Allergic Reactions

Some people have allergies to specific metals. With tungsten, you’ll have no such problems. It’s a completely inert substance that won’t react to skin or anything else. Steel rings can cause allergic reactions if they contain nickel. If you have a nickel allergy, make sure you buy a ring that doesn’t use nickel. For example: White Tungsten Rings.

Weight

Tungsten rings are much heavier than stainless steel, but they are comfortable.

Finding a Ring

An often forgotten aspect of comparing rings is actually finding a ring from a jeweler. Stainless steel rings are more difficult to find because there wasn’t much demand for them until recently. Consequently, a lot of jewelers don’t sell them.

Since tungsten rings are little more expensive, you’re more likely to find them in the window of your local jeweler. Stainless steel rings don’t command the same price, so a lot of the high-end stores simply aren’t interested in them.

Social Value

If you’re purchasing a ring for a wedding, always stick with tungsten. No woman has ever dreamt about her wedding day and imagined a piece of steel wrapped around your finger. It also won’t win you any recognition with the girl’s parents. Tungsten is more socially acceptable because the cost demonstrates how much you value the event.

In many ways, tungsten also shows your commitment to the relationship due to how durable it is.

Overall, whilst stainless steel does have its place, tungsten is always the best ring to have if you happen to have the money available.