Accessorizing with jewelry is an easy way to elevate your outfit and express yourself. We’re all aware of wardrobe essentials such as the little black dress and blue jeans, but what about jewelry staples? Staple pieces allow you to go from day to night effortlessly and still look polished. Here are 10 classic jewelry staples every woman should own.
1. Diamond Studs
Diamonds studs are truly a must-have accessory. These studs can be for whenever and wherever – from day to night, for work, school or special occasion. You never need to take these off!
Diamonds complement every outfit. This easy to wear necklace is one you can wear all day, every day; you can dress it up or down. The go-with-everything necklace is an elegant addition that adds the right amount of understated glamour to your ensemble.
Hoop earrings frame your face while making a style statement. Make sure you pick a pair that are scaled to your features; the ideal size is usually between 1 to 2 inches, depending on your facial shape. Simple hoops can instantly dress up your jeans-and-a-tee look or add a glam to your evening look when paired with an up-do.
We’ve been doing this for years with our bridal sets, but this staple also extends to fashion rings. The right mix of rings can complement each other when you wear varying sizes and metals. Add rings over the years to mark milestones like anniversaries to grow your collection.
Find necklaces with a long chain so you can layer it with other necklaces. This 23” necklace will make a great layering piece. Not sure how to layer your necklaces? Go for variety. Pair your delicate, shorter chains with slightly chunkier, longer necklaces. For example, start with your shortest chain (14” works best), and start adding chains in a variety of lengths, weight, and metals.
Bangle bracelets never seem to go out of style. Wear one alone or stacked with other bangles – they’re super easy to mix and match. They’ll make a great addition to your jewelry box because they can be worn from day to night.
There are few accessories more iconic than pearls. This accessory transcends time and doesn’t care how old you are; a simple strand of pearls can take you through all the major moments of your life with elegance. Much like the layering necklace, a strand of pearls can instantly dress up a more casual look. Easily go from day to night switching to a little black dress; the contrast between black and white will make those pearls pop!
The beauty of simple studs: look effortlessly chic in a flash. Simple stud earrings can pull together your entire look or add a simple touch of style for every occasion, day or night. They’re easy to mix and match with other earrings if you have multiple ear piercings.
These statement rings are not just for cocktail parties. A cocktail ring can add a “wow” factor and sparkle to any look for day or night. For sizing, stay proportional to your hands – if you have small hands, go for a dainty ring; if you have larger hands, go big or go home!
So, you’ve decided to make it official — and what better way to commemorate your commitment to each other than with matching wedding ring sets? Some couples may be wary of this concept, but with so many awesome wedding rings out there it’s easy to find something you’ll both love. Allow yourselves to be as creative or classic as you both want. Here’s some inspiration to get you started!
Couples often choose wedding bands that have interesting details, like the rings above which feature carefully carved vertical lines. If you’re looking for something a little more trendy than a plain wedding band, this is a great option for you and your partner.
You and your partner can experiment with varying ring widths to suit your hands – it’s okay for your rings to not be completely matching. If you have smaller hands, you may feel a 2mm wedding band looks better on your finger while someone with larger hands may prefer a 5mm band.
Wedding rings are becoming increasingly versatile. Some couples are even moving away from the traditional diamond. Choosing rings with matching stones, whether it’s a diamond or another precious stone, is a striking way to seamlessly execute the matching pairs concept. While the wedding bands above don’t completely match, the same black diamonds are featured on each ring — let’s call it a “conscious coupling” of both your styles.
You can also match each other by choosing a band with the same number of stones, for example, a five stone band.
This is easily the most sentimental way to pair your wedding rings because it’s the most meaningful and personalized way to do it. Engraving your anniversary or a symbolic, short quote on your rings is a beautiful way to implement this trend. It also makes for a great conversation piece!
Hand engraving is the preferred way to go but may cost more than machine engraving. Be prepared to plan ahead as ring engraving can take anywhere from one day to one month depending on which vendor you use.
To find out more about Ritani’s complimentary wedding ring engraving services, call 1.888.9RITANI to speak with an expert.
Opting for matching metals for your wedding bands is an easy and straight-forward way to match with your partner. Wedding band metals range from palladium, gold, and platinum to sterling silver. Add your own personal flavor to each band, such as stones or designs, while keeping the metals aligned.
If you really like yellow gold but your significant other loves white gold, why not go for both? Two-toned rings are distinctive and provide a compromise between both of your tastes.
Your wedding rings tell a story — a story of love and commitment. Choosing to go with a matching wedding ring pair is a meaningful way to commemorate that narrative. Whichever style you choose, make sure it reflects you and your partner’s ideal version of happily ever after.
Choosing your wedding band should take careful thought – after all, you’re probably going to be wearing your band every day. You’ll want to consider your lifestyle, personal tastes, and more. A lot of people are under the impression that men’s wedding bands only come in gold and silver, but this is not the case. There are plenty of unique men’s wedding bands out there! If you’re looking for which men’s wedding band to choose, you’ve come to the right place. Here is our guide to men’s wedding bands.
There are lots of different metals to choose from for your wedding ring. Some people like to choose their ring’s metal based off of their skin tone. Your skin tone is either cool, warm, or neutral. To determine your skin tone, examine your wrist in natural light. If your veins appear blue, you have a cool skin tone. If your veins appear green, you have a warm skin tone. If your veins appear to be a mix of both blue and green, you have a neutral skin tone. Those with cool skin tones generally look best in lighter colored metals such as platinum, white gold, and silver. Those with warm skin tones tend to look best in warm metals such as yellow gold and rose gold. If you have a neutral skin tone, you’ll look great with either type of metals. The precious metal you choose is ultimately about your personal preference. Here are some common precious metals to choose from for your wedding band.
Yellow gold is a classic choice for men’s wedding bands. It’s been the go-to option for wedding bands for the last several decades. It’s loved for its warm, rich glow. Yellow gold is the most durable and hypoallergenic of the gold family. It has an average lifespan of 20-30 years.
Another classic men’s wedding ring option is white gold. While white gold is beautiful, it will become dull and lose its color over the years. A white gold ring will require rhodium plating over time to restore its original beauty and help protect your ring.
White gold isn’t a hypoallergenic metal because it often contains nickel. It’s also less durable than yellow gold with an average life span of 7-12 years. It may not be a good option for someone who works with their hands because of its low level of durability.
Rose gold has become more popular over the years for its soft brilliance. Because rose gold contains higher levels of copper than other golds, it can cause issues for more sensitive skin. However, its high level of copper makes it very durable. Rose gold has an average lifespan of 20-30 years.
Strength meets beauty in platinum wedding rings, which are heavier and longer-lasting than their white gold counterparts. They’re hypoallergenic and have a lifespan of 30-40 years. Platinum is 30 times more rare than gold. It’s a great option for someone that works with their hands for its extreme durability.
Cobalt is even more durable than platinum. It’s one of the most scratch-resistant metals available and rarely requires replating, making it a hassle-free men’s wedding band. Cobalt is also a great hypoallergenic option.
This metal will be either silver or black in appearance. If you’re looking for a bold, moody ring, this is a great option for you.
2mm vs. 5mm band
Men’s wedding bands come in varying widths. Do you want a wider or a thinner band? Men with larger or longer fingers generally prefer to get a band with a wider width whereas smaller hands will look better with a thinner ring. Keep in mind that if you opt for a wider band, it will have a more snug fit on your finger – make sure our ring size is measured correctly so that your band is comfortable and fits.
At Ritani, our best selling men’s bands are 6mm in width, followed by 5mm.
Wedding bands come in varying fits. Choose a ring that is both comfortable and meets your tastes.
A comfort fit wedding band will have a slightly rounded inner edge. This is great for someone who isn’t used to wearing rings because you’ll barely notice it on your finger.
This wedding band has a smooth, square outside edge. This creates a sleek, modern look.
Beveled edges are stylish as well as comfortable.
The finish of your ring describes its texture and appearance.
A classic look for wedding bands, a polished finish is a ring with gloss and shine. Rings can also come with high polish for extra gleam.
Textured finishes add extra dimension to your ring. Examples include hammered rings (above), scratched finishes and sandpaper finishes.
A matte ring features little to no shine. A matte finish is perfect for someone who doesn’t want a ring that is overly flashy.
Other Style Choices
There are dozens of different styles for men’s wedding bands out there, but here are some that we find particularly eye-catching.
Diamonds add a sophisticated look to men’s wedding rings. Two-Toned Rings
Looking for a unique men’s wedding band? Opt for a two-toned ring. Men’s wedding bands also come in dual finishes, meaning there are two different textures on the ring. The ring above features a sandblast finish in the center and a high polish rim.
Do Our Rings Need to Match?
Whether you would like to get matching bands with your partner is entirely up to you. Plenty of couples get matching bands, but some choose not to. There are lots of valid reasons to not get matching bands – maybe you got your partner a rose gold engagement ring, but you’re sensitive to copper. Or maybe you just have separate tastes! Choose whatever band feels right for you.
Having trouble finding a ring you love? Ritani offers custom ring design services. Tell us what kind of ring you’d like and we’ll create a free 3D rendering of your ring and give you a quote. There’s zero obligation to buy.
Andrew knew right away that Regina was the one when they met at their church’s youth group. “I knew right away before I even asked her out. She just has the most big, amazing personality coming from this very short girl. What sealed it was the night she met my nieces and nephews and I saw her love for children and family,” said Andrew.
For their first date, he took her to his prom. From there forward, their relationship grew even more.
Andrew decided it was finally time to propose, but first he needed to find a ring as unique and beautiful as Regina. He had a ring in mind that he was looking for – he knew his fiancée loved Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, so he wanted to find a dual-toned ring that resembled the Enchanted Rose. He began his search by looking at engagement rings in brick-and-mortar jewelry stores. “In all my time shopping, it seemed like most of the stores were copycats. I felt like I had seen the same rings in every store. Jewelry is supposed to be beautiful and get you noticed,” Andrew said. He decided to move his search online to find better options and avoid sales tax.
Fortunately, Andrew stumbled upon Ritani. “I looked on websites and review sites and it was clear Ritani had not only quality but the detailed work of an artist,” said Andrew. He knew Ritani was the right place to get his engagement ring when he discovered Ritani’s quality standards. The customer service representative he spoke to informed him that Ritani couldn’t use white gold and rose gold together for his two toned ring because the alloys could interact and ruin the color of the ring. “At that time, I had been to dozens of jewelry stores in several states and no one told me that. Every dual toned ring I had looked at was white gold and rose gold. Other stores were happy to say crazy lies to pressure me into buying something,” Andrew said. Ritani crafted him a ring using platinum and 18kt rose gold instead so he would be happy with the color and quality of the ring in years to come.
His ideas were shared with a Ritani jewelry designer who was able to bring the concept of the Enchanted Rose ring to life. “The results were magical,” Andrew said.
Once Andrew got his beautiful custom ring, it was finally time for him to propose. To ask her to marry him, he gave her a Christmas ornament to unwrap that said, “Mr. and Mrs. Anderson ’20?” while he got down on one knee. At the time the proposal was a complete surprise to Regina, but she knew he would ask her to marry him eventually.
We asked Andrew if he had any proposal advice for others. “Just do it. If you’re thinking about it, chances are she’s been waiting too long for it already,” Andrew said.
Andrew and Regina plan on tying the knot in June 2020. Congratulations to this lovely couple! We wish them all the best!
Your wedding band is one of the most important and sentimental pieces of jewelry you will purchase in your lifetime. Shopping for your wedding bands will be much easier if you go into it knowing exactly what you’re looking for. Follow our guide on how to buy a wedding ring to make sure you get it right.
Start Looking Early
Give yourself time to browse all of the different styles and prices available. You should start looking for your wedding ring at least 2 months before the wedding. Don’t wind up picking the first ring you see just because you’re on a time crunch. You’ll want to have enough time to resize your ring if need be.
Set a Budget
According to a Brides 2018 American Wedding survey, couples on average spent $1,890 on wedding bands. Before you shop for your ring, make sure you set a realistic budget. We suggest examining your total wedding budget and deciding how much you both feel comfortable allocating to your jewelry. Luckily, wedding bands are generally more affordable than engagement rings. Don’t go into debt on a ring, but make sure it’s something you’ll love for years to come.
Getting your ring sized at a jeweler’s is the most accurate way to determine your ring size. Some rings cannot be resized, like tungsten rings because they are too hard or eternity bands due to their structure, so it’s important to get an accurate ring size. Your fingers will be the smallest during the morning. Try to get sized during the afternoon or the evening when your fingers expand for an accurate ring size. Once the jeweler measures your ring size, write it down so you don’t forget it.
If you measure your ring size at home, you should still measure your finger towards the end of the day, but measure it several times from the afternoon to the evening to get an accurate reading. You can get a free ring sizer shipped to your home here.
Keep your lifestyle in mind when choosing your wedding band. Do some research on a metal that is right for you – for example, if you work with your hands or are rough with your jewelry, you may want to invest in a cobalt or platinum wedding band, which are incredibly durable. If you have sensitive skin, choose a hypoallergenic precious metal for your wedding band. Platinum is also a great hypoallergenic option. You can explore different metal options here to determine which one is right for you.
Remember that your ring doesn’t have to match your partner’s. Figure out what style you like the most and choose a ring that is special to you.
When you browse different wedding band styles, ask yourself if this is something you will still like in 10 years. After all, you’re going to have it for the rest of your life!
Here are the most common wedding band styles that you’ll come across in your search.
Classic rings are generally considered the most timeless. They are often plain and feature minimal detailing.
Wedding bands with diamonds create sparkle and dimension to your ring.
Modern rings feature unique designs and textures, creating a fresh look.
Eternity bands are usually the most expensive style of wedding ring because they feature diamonds set all the way around the band.
Inspect for Quality
The inside of your ring can tell you a lot about its quality. Look for the hallmark – the inscription on the inside of your ring that indicates the quality of the metal that was used. For example, gold jewelry will usually have an “18k” or “14k” inscription on the inner shank for the ring. Platinum will often include “Platinum,” “PLAT,” “PT,” or “950” inscribed inside of the ring.
You should also be able to see a manufacturer’s trademark inside of the band. This trademark is important to look for because it shows the manufacturer stands behind their work.
Insure Your Ring
If you are interested in buying a more expensive wedding band, you should consider jewelry insurance – especially if you’re prone to misplacing things. Jewelry insurance will protect you financially in the event of loss, theft, or damage to your ring. Learn more about jewelry insurance here.
With graduation season around the corner, it’s time to start planning ahead for what gifts you’re going to give – especially if they’re handcrafted and made-to-order like Ritani’s jewelry collection, which can take several days to complete. Whether they’re graduating high school or college, these are thoughtful gifts for all ages to celebrate such a big achievement.
Graduation Gifts for Her
Consider gemstone jewelry featuring your graduate’s university or high school colors. It’ll be a great reminder of where they’ve been or where they are going. Fortunately, Ritani carries dozens of gemstone pieces, so you’ll be sure to find the colors you are looking for.
The North Star helped travelers orient themselves for centuries. This gorgeous pendant will help your loved one always find their way. The white and yellow gold on this pendant will accessorize easily with any other jewelry they wear. See it on Instagram.
This dainty horseshoe pendant will give your loved one good fortune wherever they go.
Hoops are currently trending. Let your graduate make a statement with these unique earrings.
Pearl earrings are a wardrobe staple. These elegant earrings are perfect for job interviews, formals, and more.
Graduation Gifts for Him
These unique cufflinks will add a refined finishing touch for your loved one’s future special occasions. Useful for interviews, date night, work, and more, cufflinks will make a great graduation gift.
Personalize this ring by getting engraved. Did you know Ritani offers free engraving?
Signet rings often get passed down for generations – you could start a new family tradition.
These blue cufflinks will add a tasteful pop of color to their suit.
Make their graduation memorable by engraving their initials or class year on this stunning pendant set in sterling silver. See it on Instagram.
Because they are both classic and versatile, diamond studs make the perfect gift – even if they are a present to yourself. However, with such versatility, the style options for diamond stud earrings are practically endless. It can be hard to know exactly which diamond shape, what level of diamond quality, and which setting style will suit your or your loved one best.
Use this handy guide to buying diamond stud earrings to help you find the perfect pair.
Quality Guidelines for Diamond Stud Earrings
As you may have heard, the quality guidelines for diamond studs are not quite as strict as those for engagement rings. The reason is simple: engagement rings are more out in the open than diamond studs. People are more likely to ask to look at the diamond close up when it’s located on your hand for everyone to see. On the other hand, diamond stud earrings are often hidden by hair, and most people aren’t going to stick their face in your ear to inspect your earrings.
So, “eye clean” means something different when it comes to diamond stud earrings. In terms of the 4C grades, clarity and color are not as important to diamond studs as they are to engagement rings. This is especially true for clarity; small inclusions and even some tiny external flaws will not be as visible on an earring. You can also get away with a lower color grade, depending on one’s tone of skin and hair color.
The one 4C grade that you don’t want to skimp on with diamond studs is cut. Ultimately, a diamond’s cut has the most significant impact on its appearance and sparkle.
Diamond Cuts for Studs
The most common diamond shapes used for stud earrings are round, Asscher, and princess cut diamonds. Basically, any diamond cut that has more equal proportions is well suited to be a stud earring. That is why the circular shape of the round and square shapes of princess and Asscher are so popular.
On the contrary, marquise and pear shaped diamonds are the least common diamond cuts used for studs. Due to their distinctive shapes, it is too obvious to tell when pear and marquise cuts don’t have matching proportions. So, it’s difficult to find two matching stones that would be suitable for a pair of diamond stud earrings.
Fortunately, any diamond shape will look flattering on your ears, so the shape you choose is really all about your personal preference.
Diamond Studs & Carat Weight
You may be wondering what size diamond earrings you should buy. The carat weight that you choose is mostly up to your budget. However, if you have drooping earlobes, you may want to consider a smaller carat weight. Earlobes can stretch after years of wearing heavy earrings, so a larger carat weight may weigh your earlobes down even more.
Keep in mind that if you are looking at a pair of diamond studs online, the “total carat weight” listed is for the two studs combined, not each stud. So if you are looking at 1ct earrings, each stud is .5 carats. Luckily, since you can save money on other 4C grades such as clarity and color, you may find room in your budget for a larger carat weight.
Certifying Diamond Stud Earrings
How does diamond certification come into play with diamond studs? Many jewelers don’t provide grading certificates for pre-set pairs of diamond studs. At Ritani, we offer our customers a thorough value appraisal of their diamond studs.
However, if you are creating your own pair of stud earrings and starting with loose diamonds, you should definitely seek out a GIA or AGSL certificate. All of the loose diamonds in our collection at Ritani are certified, so you can design a pair of diamond studs with two certified stones.
Fancy Colored Diamond Studs
If you look hard enough, you can find a pair of fancy colored diamond studs in any shade. If we’re talking in terms of what’s popular, yellow or black diamond stud earrings will be easiest to find in stores and online.
Other shades of fancy colored diamonds – such as pink, blue, or green – are so rare and high value that typically they are used for jewelry pieces other than earrings. Earrings are hands-down the most frequently lost type of jewelry, so diamond cutters would rather invest in a colored diamond pendant or ring.
Diamond Stud Earring Settings
Aside from the diamond shape, settings and backs are the main style factors for stud earrings. Prong and basket settings are the most common for diamond studs.
Both of these setting types are classic, minimalist, and will showcase the diamond. For added sparkle, many of our customers who purchase diamond stud earrings opt for a halo setting. A diamond halo will help to enhance earrings with a lower carat weight.
Another popular earring setting is the martini setting. A martini setting generally has three prongs holding the diamond in place. The setting is narrow at the bottom, resembling a martini glass, and allows the diamond to sit closer to your earlobe than other settings such as prong or basket settings.
You’ll also want to consider the precious metal that you use to set your earrings if you have sensitive ears so that you can actually wear and enjoy your earrings. 18kt yellow gold and platinum are generally the safest choices for those with sensitive ears or nickel allergies.
Stud Earring Backs
When shopping for diamond earrings, you’ll want to make sure to find earrings with a safe, secure backing – you don’t want your earrings to fall out and get lost!
If you have valuable and/or sentimental diamond earrings, you may want to consider getting them insured – check out our blog post on jewelry insurance here.
The most common earring backing is the push backing – also called a butterfly backing or a friction backing. They’re popular because they’re secure and uncomplicated to put in or remove.
Some earring lovers prefer screw backs. Screw backs are thicker in diameter and are the most secure option for stud earrings. If you or your loved one are concerned about the diamond studs falling out, screw backs are the best option. However, for those who don’t wear them often, putting in or removing screw back earrings can be very painful and a little more time-consuming. Sensitive earlobes beware!
Our final piece of style advice is to make it about the wearer. Pay close attention to skin tone, hair color, ear size, and the proportions of the face to work out which carat weight, diamond shape, and setting style will look the best. The upside of having such versatility with diamond stud earrings is that you can easily customize them to fit anyone’s personal style, so let that be your guide.
It’s a common misconception that “hypoallergenic” is used to describe something that is free of allergens – however, this is not true. “Hypoallergenic” is a term used for a product that carries a low risk of giving someone an allergic reaction, but an allergic reaction is still possible.
Nickel, copper, and lead are common allergens found mixed into jewelry. Nickel allergies are actually quite common – according to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is estimated that over 18 million people in North America are allergic to nickel. Nickel allergies often develop from using products containing nickel such as belt buckles, buttons, and zippers.
If you’re wearing something every day like an engagement ring or a wedding band, you’ll want to make sure it’s it will be completely comfortable for your skin. Here are 5 hypoallergenic precious metals for your engagement ring or wedding band.
Platinum is an incredibly safe option for sensitive skin. Platinum rings are never 100% platinum. Look for 950 platinum for your ring. It’s 95% platinum and 5% another metal – usually iridium.
Aside from being hypoallergenic, platinum is incredibly durable and will last for generations, making it perfect for heirloom pieces. The downside to platinum is that it can be expensive – but it’s worth it for your comfort.
Palladium is very similar to platinum in terms of durability. It’s even more rare than platinum and even harder, making it another great hypoallergenic option. On the Mohs scale, palladium falls at 4.8 while platinum falls at 3.5. It’s also less expensive than platinum.
Another advantage to palladium is that it’s super lightweight. Many palladium-wearers report not even noticing it on their finger. To learn more about palladium, check out our blog post here.
18kt Yellow Gold
18kt yellow gold is the most hypoallergenic of the yellow gold family. 18kt gold is 75% gold (18 parts gold, 6 parts alloy.) It’s commonly mixed with copper and silver. To read our tips on buying a yellow gold engagement ring, check out our blog post here.
18kt yellow gold is even more hypoallergenic than white gold, which is often mixed with larger amounts of nickel in order to give it a silver appearance.
18kt yellow gold is even more hypoallergenic than white gold, which is often mixed with larger amounts of nickel in order to give it a silver appearance.
Cobalt is another great hypoallergenic metal option. Outside of jewelry, it’s trusted as an alloy in dental and orthopedic implants for its hypoallergenic properties and strength. Cobalt is incredibly durable, scratch resistant, and less expensive than platinum. It wards off oxidation, so it rarely requires replating. It’s become increasingly popular for men’s wedding rings.
It can be difficult to find a sterling silver engagement ring or wedding band because they aren’t durable enough for long-term, everyday wear, but they are another hypoallergenic option. Sterling silver has a lifespan of 12-20 years. Look for 925 sterling silver, which is 92.5% sterling silver and is less likely to give you an allergic reaction because of its high silver content.
Possible Causes of Irritation
Sometimes people believe they are having an allergic reaction to their ring’s metal when the irritation is actually a result of something else. Moisture from washing your hands can be the culprit of irritation – water can get trapped underneath your ring and irritate your finger. This can also occur from swimming, exercise, or any vigorous activity that makes you sweat. Debris and lotion trapped under your ring can also cause irritation. Take your ring to get professionally cleaned and make sure your fingers are completely dry so you can rule out allergies. If you continue to have irritation from your ring, consult a doctor.
If you’re already aware of a metal allergy that you have, you can contact Ritani customer service to make sure the alloys in the ring you’re interested in are safe for you to wear. Ritani also offers a 30-day return policy so if you discover your ring is giving you an allergic reaction, you can return it for free.