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With this Ring, I Thee Wed

  |   By Mai Trac

For Christmas this year, Bojan and I decided to shop for our wedding bands.  We’ve searched online at many different sites (bluenile.ca is awesome for education and selection by the way) but we wanted to visit a few jewellery stores before making any final decisions.

Because I don’t currently have an engagement ring, we weren’t sure what direction we wanted to take.  Should I go with an engagement ring and matching band?  Maybe a flashier wedding band with diamonds instead of just metal?  Or should I completely break with tradition and just get an engagement ring that will serve as a wedding band?

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With this Ring, I Thee Wed

When you shop for major jewellery for the first time, it requires a lot of education.  Colour, and clarity, and carats, OH MY!  My least favourite C would have to be cost.  I think most brides-to-be (myself included) want to find a perfect design and worry about other details later.  Besides, compromises in diamond quality can always be made to reduce cost.

After dumping the kids off at Grandma’s for the evening (that’s right, DUMPING.  After you have your second child, you don’t just drop them off, you dump them off to get some much needed relax time), we visited six jewellery stores (yes, it sounds like overkill but we really wanted to make sure we selected the perfect pieces). Jewellery is completely about personal taste and everyone under the sun has weighed in on what they think would suit us best.  I personally love the jewellery salesperson, “Oh, this ring would be perfect for you.  No?  You don’t like it?  Me neither. Here’s a different option,” approach to handling customers.  And is it just me or is it always the last day of a promotion or sale?  I don’t like major decisions to be made on the spot.  I always need time to deliberate so the pressure from pushy salespeople can be overwhelming.  I must admit though, jewellery shopping is extremely fun and it’s great to have attention lavished on you.  Every salesperson didn’t even bother to seek approval from Bojan because they knew once I was sold, then he would have no choice but to bite.  It’s great being a woman!

What I originally thought would look nicest on my ring finger and suit me the most (a simple wedding band with small channel set diamonds) was quite boring.  Even a solitaire diamond didn’t quite do it for me.  So I’ve narrowed it down to the following:

1)     An eternity band with diamonds all the way around, or

2)    A three-stone diamond ring with a slightly larger centre diamond

They’re both roughly the same price, fairly similar in terms of quality (who would really know the difference in diamond quality anyway, unless of course, they were walking around with a magnifying glass!).  I would show you actual pics but they wouldn’t let me take any in store.  Here are similar examples.  Thoughts?  Bear in mind that I have long and skinny fingers.

Side note:  We’ve made some headway on where to hold the ceremony.  I am slowly breaking him down.  More details to follow in the next blog!

This article was originally published on Jan 25, 2010
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