Monday, April 25, 2011

Fab fridays: Find-your-perfect-ring

Finding the perfect wedding ring is not as easy as it sounds. Given the budget factor,traditional circumstances (note that muslim men can only wear platinum, silver or titanium (no gold allowed) and personal preference makes it more harder to get the right wedding bands. Moreover it is unlikely that both the bride and the groom will like the same style of rings, so it is important to find a compromise that would make both sides happy.
Although this might go against some tradition, but shopping for a wedding ring together as a couple makes more sense. This way both of you can see available styles, and find something that each other likes.
  1. What are your choices for wedding rings?

When it comes to wedding rings, choices are endless. Modern jewelers offer a great variety of materials and styles that can make you go confuse. You can get rings made of yellow or white gold, platinum, titanium or sterling silver. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages.
  • Yellow gold is a classic wedding ring or band material. 
  • Titanium is durable, modern and fashionable, but along with 
  • Platinum titanium rings are awfully expensive. 
  • Sterling silver is the cheapest, but it is not very durable, so if you plan to wear your wedding band on daily basis silver is not a good choice. 
  • White gold on the other hand seems to be more in trend nowadays catching up to the demand of yellow gold - its latest design settings gives more of a platinum feel & classy look. 
  • Rose gold is the next trend in line giving a rustic yet classic feel.

There are many styles as well - plain bands, antique and vintage wedding rings, Celtic style bands. You can get rings without any gem stones, or with jewels. Most popular of course are diamonds, you can get a single diamond ring or a diamond-encrusted band. And not forgetting the 4C's (cut, color, clarity, carat)  and the types of preferred designs which you need to know first hand when buying a diamond ring. There are plenty to go about from single-stone setting to multiple settings in variety ranges of designs.

However, after researching & window shopping - if yet you both can’t agree on the style that both like, do consider buying unmatching wedding rings. After all, everybody has different taste, and you will have to respects another person’s preferences. Besides its no harm getting different wedding bands as it becomes more popular recently; as this way each person can get the ring she or he likes the most.

2. Buying wedding rings at reasonable price

Wedding rings are not hard to find items; every jewelry shop always has plenty to offer. Most stores have hundreds of different styles and catalogues for you to order your rings. So be prepared to go shopping for your rings in advance, so you have time for ordering the bands you like, rather than buying what is available in the store. Shopping in advance not only can save your pennies but also can buy you more time for resizing & engravings services.

The best would be to do your research first to find out what are the likes, the styles, the materials and the designs you like best. Researching can be by asking-around, window shopping, brochures-looking and even by browsing wedding rings online. There are many jewelry stores that sell wedding bands online and you can research the types setting you desire by just sitting in your chair, instead of running all over the town chasing jewelry shops. After you find the material and the style of ring you like, always compare the prices. If you want to purchase online, do check the store's credentials. Take your time and compare the prices with other retailers too. By researching, not only you will narrow down your search when you do your ring-shopping, also you wont be easily blinded into buying the available blings blings paraded at the store. Also to keep in check with your budget always.

If you would like to splurge more your wedding rings; regularly check on Sales & Promotions of major jewellery retailer stores so that you can get the best buys and the best bargains. Of course dont be shy to ask for discount as you may be entitled for it if you purchase withthe store's merchant bank credit cards (eg HSBC, Cimb etc) And always keep your eyes open for Mega Sale (Malaysia's Mega Huge sale comes in Apr & Sept annually) and Annual jewellery exhibitions & fairs. Like that you can compare the prices and spend more wisely!

For those of your ring-shoppers; check out Habib Diamond Fest Prmotion going on from 1st April to 2nd May. Lots of best buys too!

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