Wedding Bands and Engagement Rings

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Jewish Wedding Ring

The wedding band has replaced the gold coin as a symbol of commitment in a Jewish wedding ceremony. Tradition states that a Jewish wedding ring should be solid metal, without patterning or decorative stones, which represent the hope for a smooth and harmonious marriage.

During the wedding ceremony, the wedding band is placed on the bride's right index finger. The index finger represents love. Most brides move the ring to their left ring finger at the completion of the ceremony.

Create your own engagment ring

When purchasing the engagement ring and wedding bands, it is important to work with a reputable jeweler. Ask trusted family and friends for recommendations. Whatever stone you chose, make sure it has been certified by the GIA Gemological Institute of America. Most diamonds, over one carat in size, should be certified. When selecting a stone it is important to choose quality over size and keep the four C's in mind.

Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat

What you chose to spend on the engagement ring is a personal decision. If you're just getting started and your wedding budget is tight, start small. The wedding ring can always be upgraded at your tenth or twentieth wedding anniversary. Remember, an engagement ring is a gift from the heart.

Consider your fiancé's lifestyle when selecting an engagement ring. If she leads an active lifestyle, consider a low set ring. High set rings are beautiful to look at, but they tend to catch and snag.

Some couples chose to accent a diamond engagement ring with either one or both of their birthstones.

January - Garnet

February - Amethyst

March - Aquamarine

April - Diamond

May - Emerald

June - Pearl

July - Ruby

August - Peridot

September - Sapphire

October - Opal

November - Topaz

December - Turquoise

Start shopping for your unique wedding ring!

Visit several jewelry stores checking for quality and price before making a decision. After purchasing an engagement ring, be sure to have it formally appraised. Get two copies of the appraisal,one for your records and one for the insurance company that will be insuring the ring.

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