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The Schultzes

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Posted: Thursday, Apr. 02, 2009

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From rings to necklaces, cufflinks to earrings, marriage often brings with it priceless accessories. While your fiancé might have shopped solo for your engagement ring, the two of you can enjoy the experience of selecting your wedding bands together. Do you want your band to match his, or is your wedding band part of a matching set with your engagement ring? Tungsten carbide rings are a trendy, more masculine alternative for him, while perhaps you prefer the more traditional gold or platinum.

Yellow gold, though less popular today, is the most traditional of metals. Like diamonds, its quality is specified in terms of karats (14K, 18K or 24K) and usually can be found imprinted on the inside of the band. Those who work with their hands should shy away from 24K – although it is the most pure, it is also the softest and most prone to scratches.

White gold has become quite in-demand, as it resembles platinum, without the cost. Platinum is the strongest metal, making it an excellent symbol of eternal love. Because it is not an alloy, platinum is safe for those allergic to the metals commonly used to strengthen gold.

If you would like a band with diamonds to match your engagement ring, be sure to select stones of the same quality. You don’t want the diamonds in one to detract from the brilliance of the other. An experienced jeweler would be more than happy to help you find the perfect match.

Whatever you choose, be sure to select something that is timeless, practical and comfortable. This is, after all, the one piece of jewelry you will be wearing for the rest of your life.

Check out our list of Jewelers.

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