how to find the perfect wedding ring

  • Why Forevermark?

    I’ve been asked many times, “Why is this Forevermark Diamond better than the GIA diamond I found online?

    My response; “That’s a great question!

    Well, let me start by saying… GIA is not a brand it is a report and just an opinion. I repeat… Just an opinion. Forevermark Diamonds are graded far beyond the 4’c, and who better to grade the diamond then De Beers. No one has touched, seen, or mined more diamonds in the history of the earth than De Beers. Each diamond has been carefully selected for its natural inherent beauty.

    Another question that comes up from time to time. “Is this a conflict diamond (blood diamond), and what does this do to the environment?” 

    Forevermark, as a part of the De Beers Group of Companies is committed to ensuring that each diamond from rough to polish has met strict standards and guidelines along its journey. With responsible business practices, the advancement of women, and protection of the natural world. For example, the 3 to 1 rule... For every 1 acre mined, 3 acres are set aside for conservation and natural wildlife sanctuaries.

    Recently a friend asked me, "Ray, how do I choose the perfect diamond?"

    In my opinion, it’s always best to purchase a diamond by looking at the diamond and multiple comparisons. Buy the diamond that speaks to you, never purchase a diamond by just reading its grading report. Two diamonds with the same 4c’s can and will look completely different. There is always a reason one is more valuable than the other. In most cases, you’ll be able to see that difference.

    Forevermark is committed to ensuring that you will see the difference.

    That’s why Days Jewelers is proud to be partnered with De Beers, and selected to be a part of that journey to offer the world’s most responsibly sourced, and most carefully selected diamonds.

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    Blogger:
    Ray Peare
    South Portland Sales Associate

     

  • Announcement! New Styles Available for Your Man

    Guest blogger: Jessi Eyre, Marketing & PR Specialist at Lashbrook

    Attention brides and grooms! We have the coolest gent’s rings now available at Day’s Jewelers. These new styles from Lashbrook are truly one of a kind. Check them out below!

    Meteorite.

    These Meteorite rings by Lashbrook feature authentic Gibeon Meteorite. Gibeon Meteorite exploded upon entering Earth’s atmosphere, landing in the desert of Namibia, Africa in scattered pieces over an area 171 miles long and 62 miles wide. The Namibian government banned the export of Gibeon Meteorite, as any newly discovered pieces are automatically protected as national monuments. This means that any meteorite specimens in circulation are of increasing value and incredibly limited supply.

    This rare type of meteorite is composed of metals which were formed in a super-heated state and cooled over the course of four billion years. This slow cooling settled the molecules in a unique crystalline structure, similar to what you’d see in a diamond or gemstone. Because Meteorite is a natural material, each Meteorite ring will be unique with now two rings being identical.

    These new Meteorite styles look cool regardless of what the base metal is. Pictured from left to right: Cobalt Chrome, Rose Gold, black Zirconium, Cobalt Chrome.

    Damascus Steel.

    Damascus Steel rings by Lashbrook are made by hand, mimicking ancient metalsmithing techniques originally used to make samurai swords. Using two alternating types of stainless steel, Lashbrook master craftsman heat, bond, twist and fold the metal layers together to produce vivid patterns. After patterning the metal, there can be up to 100 layers in each piece of finished Damascus. Because it is handmade, each Damascus Steel ring is unique – no two designs will look exactly alike.

    These Damascus Steel styles hold that ‘wow’ factor and are going to be a crowd favorite in no time. Pair your favorite style with precious metal, such as the White or Rose Gold inlays.

    Hardwood.

    Lashbrook uses ethically sourced Hardwood for wood rings. Each piece of hardwood varies slightly in character, color, and grain pattern, ensuring every wood ring is truly one of a kind. Wood’s raw, organic nature and inherent beauty is both rustic and refined. Its rich origin and exclusive markings speak to its distinctness amongst traditional metal wedding bands.

    These slick hardwood bands are for the guys that want to stand out. Pictured: black Zirconium with Leopard wood, Cobalt Chrome with Honduras Redheart and Damascus Steel with Mexican Cocobollo wood.

    Check out the whole Lashbrook series!
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    Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment below!
  • Tips for Finding the Perfect Wedding Band - Men's Edition

    Tips for Finding the Perfect Mens Wedding Band

    You did an awesome job selecting the engagement ring. She has probably asked you 100 questions about the wedding venue, photographer and DJ. Now it's time to find your wedding band. This is the part of the wedding that is all about you!

    Personality 

    rwbf2355Are you the more laid back, relaxed, simple kind of guy? A classic style wedding band may be your best option.

    Or are you more outspoken, bold, and daring? Think about mixing metal types or finding a wedding band with a bold design.

    Perhaps you are the more fashion forward, trendy guy. This means that you may favor a wedding band with diamonds or gemstones. Your ring can make a statement in today's fashion industry.

    Lifestyle

    rwbf1323_1While your personality plays a big role when picking out a wedding band, your lifestyle (especially your line of work) does too.

     

    If you work in contruction or a job that is mostly hands on, you will probably want to look for a more durable wedding band. Alternative metals are great for these types of professions; tungsten, titanium, platinum. You will learn more about these metals below.

    If you work in an office, or a job that is not hands on, you can probably wear just about any style of wedding band in any metal. However, if you are going to be wearing it daily, always make sure to find a metal and style that will be best for that.

    rclad0068_1_1Maybe you are into sports and fitness, or you are a professional athlete. We would suggest you not wear your ring while you are rock climbing or engaged in any contact sports as the ring could get lost or cause injury to your finger. However, if you are the husband that vows to never remove your ring, we suggest a durable wedding band that will be able to sustain the wear (again, alternative metals are great for this, or a heavy gold band). There are many cultures that determine what you will wear as a wedding band, or will help in selecting what style to go with. Many Irish heritage men will wear a celtic or claddaugh ring, while you will see many Italian men with gold diamond wedding bands.

    Metal Type

     

    Platinum is incredibly resistant to chemicals and heat and is a wise choice for people working in professions that often deal with cleaning products, chemicals, or open flame. Platinum is also very durable and does not wear down easily. It is excellent for everyday wear. Platinum is nearly impossible to crack and should not thin much even after many years of wear. This means that the shank (or part of the ring that circles your finger) should retain its strength and durability for a lifetime.

     

    Tungsten is the manliest of all the metals. Recognizable for its heavy weight, tungsten is the most durable and reliable of all jewelry metals. Its durabilty shows everyone that only the toughest and best are good enough for you, and that you can’t wear a ring that bends easily. Tungsten designs are a mix of modern lines with traditional comfort. Tungsten rings, because of the solid nature of the element, cannot be sized by traditional methods and must be ordered to fit.

    Nearly impossible to wear down, tungsten can be placed in almost any chemical or under any heat and come out looking brand new. It is scratch resistant and tough; if you work with your hands, tungsten is an appropriate metal for daily wear and abuse. Due to its extreme density tungsten is commonly found in weights, darts, bullets, saws and ballast keels for yachts.

    Titanium is as strong as steel but only 60% as dense. However, all of this strength demands that your wedding bands be forged especially for you in the correct size from a solid block of metal. As such, a titanium ring cannot be resized. You will see more men’s bands made from titanium than you will women’s bands due to titanium’s lack of soldering capabilities. Despite its unusual strength, titanium can still be safely cut from your finger in case of an emergency or be polished back to a high luster should you happen to scratch your ring. Titanium is the ultimate metal for the active individual. Incredibly hard and difficult to scratch, titanium weighs only 1/3 of what gold does. Titanium allows its wearer extreme comfort and freedom. Its unique properties remove any worries that one might have in regards to wearing a wedding band, watch or bracelet for the first time. Titanium is commonly used in golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets, camping gear, lacrosse sticks, and bicycles; items that prove that it can really take a beating.

     

    Gold is very resistant to tarnish, rust and corrosion but should still not be exposed to chlorine or abrasive cleaning products. If exposed regularly to these chemicals gold will lose its natural, shiny, yellow color. Rhodium, a very hard white metal, is often used to coat white gold so it maintains its white luster. If white gold begins to show a yellow tint, it is probably because the rhodium finish has worn off. In this case, the piece of jewelry may be easily re-coated with rhodium to bring it back to its original appearance.

     

    Comfort

    You will be wearing this ring for the rest of your life. So we want to make sure it is comfortable for you. There are many different cuts that are available for wedding bands. Be sure to try on a few before you purchase one. Know what feels right. Many men prefer a comfort fit band as it has rounded inner edges and is made to feel like it isn't even there.

    Matching Bands

    Just like the rest of the wedding, you may not have any say in what your ring looks like. All kidding aside, she may come to you and say, "My engagement ring and wedding band have a matching mens ring and that is what I want you to wear." Are you going to say no to the woman you are going to spend the rest of your life with?

    Gemstones or Diamonds

     

    rwbd1806Having a wedding band with diamonds or gemstones is a personal preference and really depends on your lifestyle and personality. If you are going to get a wedding band with colored gemstones we recommend bands with sapphires or rubies, as they are durable stones and can sustain every day wear. This does not mean that you shouldn't get a wedding band with other gemstones. All gemstones and diamond bands should be cleaned, cared for, and inspected regularly. This is when a jeweler can check for any problems that may occur, and fix accordingly.

    Engraveable

    You should consider engraving the inside of the band with your name, date of the wedding, or even a special saying between to you and your wife to be. Enraving will commemorate your relationship as the ring is passed on to your children. A ring engraved with your name or initials has a better chance of being returned as well, should it happen to get lost or left somewhere. Be sure to talk to your jewelry associate about engraving your wedding band so they can find the right style wedding band to do so.

     

     

     

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Your jewelry purchased from Day's Jewelers is warranted for a lifetime against defects in materials and craftsmanship. To be eligible for this warranty, your piece of jewelry must be inspected at any Day's store at least once every six months. If you should live in an area where there is no Day's store located, we would be happy to recommend a reputable jeweler to perform the required semi-annual inspections. Day's also offers a low cost extended care plan that covers normal wear and tear of items not deemed as defective.

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