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Top 3 Travel Jewelry Essentials

The weather’s getting warmer, and you know what that means – it’s time to start planning for those warm-weather vacas! We don’t know about you, but for us, the hardest part of vacation (other than having to come home) is packing. We’ll admit that we’re slight over packers, but hey, we’re working on it, and over the years we’ve gathered a few great packing tips. Here are three travel jewelry essentials to pack for that upcoming vacation.

Jewelry Basics – Since you’ll most likely be traveling with a number of different outfit options, try to pack some basic jewelry pieces that will match with the majority of your outfits. For instance, bring along a pair of simple studs or a plain bangle. Depending on where you’re going, you might also want to consider packing less expensive pieces that you can easily replace if they’re lost or stolen. Take a look at our suggestions in the photo below, and shop for your own jewelry basics at Jewelry.com. 

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Statement Jewelry – Vacation is a special occasion, and statement jewelry is always perfect for a special occasion. Make sure to pack one or two fun pieces of statement jewelry, like some colorful earrings or that cocktail ring you haven’t taken out of the box. We have some great suggestions in the photo below that can be purchased at Jewelry.com.

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Wedding Band & Engagement Ring Alternatives – If you’ve got a clunker of an engagement ring or an expensive wedding band, it might be a good idea to leave them at home, and wear an alternative ring while on vacation. Of course this depends on where you are traveling to, but it’s always smart to be extra cautious when traveling with your favorite jewelry pieces! Rock a gemstone or Swarovski ring, or a simpler band. Check out our suggestions in the photo below, and get your ring-alternatives at Jewelry.com.

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Happy and safe travels!

Prince William’s Wedding Band Diss

What gives, Wills? I’ve been bombarded with reports that the King of England-to-be will (gasp!) NOT be wearing a royal wedding band.

Kate Middleton, of course, will be putting the pedal to the metal with a Welsh gold band bequeathed by the Queen, but her famous fiance is rejecting the most hallowed of bridal traditions for no other reason than – he just doesn’t have a taste for jewelry.

Yeah, neither does most of the warm-blooded male population, but they suck it up and wear the universal symbol for ‘I’m taken’ just the same. Just sayin’.

“It was something the couple discussed, but Prince William isn’t one for jewelry,” a St. James Palace aid tells the Daily Mail. “It really is just down to personal preference.”

It’s a bold decision for any groom to make, royal or no. Even Will’s father, Charles, wears a wedding band beneath his signet ring. But according to insiders, the Prince has Kate’s blessing.

What do you guys think of William’s wedding band balk? Is it OK for guys (any guy – not just the most famous groom on the planet) to take a pass on the wedding band tradition? Or is it all’s fair in love and ring fingers? Thoughts?

The Jewelry Insider

June 29, 2009

While traditional gold bands will never go out of style, modern brides and grooms are opting for more unique options in the wedding band department these days. Here are a few tips to keep in mind and important links to Jewelry.com’s treasure chest full of affordable and fashionable options.

Although gold is still the metal of choice for wedding rings, platinum has become extremely popular as a bridal metal. The allure of platinum is its unparalleled strength, durability and purity. Many wedding rings also combine the warmth of yellow gold with the cool white of platinum, providing a contemporary twist to a traditional classic.

For those who like the look of platinum but can’t afford it, there is always white gold. White gold, which is pure gold that has been mixed with nickel, zinc, silver or other white metals, costs considerably less than platinum, but is also less durable.

Not only can today’s brides and grooms choose from a dizzying array of fashionable solid metal bands, but they can also opt for wedding rings with diamonds or colored stones. Channel set bands – rings with a line of small diamonds set in a groove, or channel, along the band – are particularly popular.

An increasing number of men are choosing wedding rings with diamonds, as well. One word of caution, however: when buying either a men’s or women’s diamond wedding band, make sure the stones are small enough so they don’t overpower the engagement ring.

Other considerations for buying a wedding ring include:

Consider your lifestyle. If you or your spouse are athletic, outdoor types or work with your hands, pure gold (24 karat) probably isn’t the choice for you because it’s scratches and shows wear easily due to its softness.

Consider your existing jewelry. Look at the kind of jewelry and watches you already wear, and consider how your wedding band will look next to them. A bride-to-be also needs to consider whether she’ll wear her wedding band and engagement ring on the same finger, or whether she will move her engagement ring to her right hand and just wear the band on her left. If she plans to wear them together, she’ll need to choose a wedding band that matches the engagement ring and sits comfortably against it.

Establish a budget. Plain gold bands can be bought for less than $150, but fashion comes with a price. High-fashion bands with diamonds or other gemstones can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, depending on the size and quality of the stones and the workmanship of the piece. Also keep in mind that a men’s band tends to be more expensive than a woman’s, because it tends to be larger, wider and denser.

The Jewelry Insider

August 12, 2008

We’ve all had moments of panic when we realize we’ve lost our wallet or washed our diamond ring down the drain. We all don’t, however, have to play an Olympic beach volleyball match in front of an audience of millions once the dread sets in. Kerri Walsh, the lanky half of beach volleyball’s hottest duo, blocked a spike at the net on Sunday, when her coveted wedding band flew off her finger into the sand.

Luckily a staff of 20 volunteers was at the ready to help her look for it. Perhaps not so lucky was the fact that they had to comb through 17,000 tons of sand and wait nearly six hours so the day’s matches could finish. Needle meet haystack.

With help from metal detectors and video footage, volunteer Song Zhendongdug found the gold band under the net after about 20 minutes. A thankful Walsh met the volunteer personally on Monday to retrieve it and gave him some souvenir pins and signed memorabilia for his trouble. What? No cash?

This will most likely not be the last gold item handed over to Walsh in Beijing. She and partner, Misty May-Treanor, won the gold in Athens and are expected to make a repeat performance this time around. Just put some tape on your bling, Kerri. Ok?

The Jewelry Insider

August 12, 2008

We’ve all had moments of panic when we realize we’ve lost our wallet or washed our diamond ring down the drain. We all don’t, however, have to play an Olympic beach volleyball match in front of an audience of millions once the dread sets in. Kerri Walsh, the lanky half of beach volleyball’s hottest duo, blocked a spike at the net on Sunday, when her coveted wedding band flew off her finger into the sand.

Luckily a staff of 20 volunteers was at the ready to help her look for it. Perhaps not so lucky was the fact that they had to comb through 17,000 tons of sand and wait nearly six hours so the day’s matches could finish. Needle meet haystack.

With help from metal detectors and video footage, volunteer Song Zhendongdug found the gold band under the net after about 20 minutes. A thankful Walsh met the volunteer personally on Monday to retrieve it and gave him some souvenir pins and signed memorabilia for his trouble. What? No cash?

This will most likely not be the last gold item handed over to Walsh in Beijing. She and partner, Misty May-Treanor, won the gold in Athens and are expected to make a repeat performance this time around. Just put some tape on your bling, Kerri. Ok?