To Jewel Or Not to Jewel

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Diamonds are not only a girl’s best friend, but they are practically synonymous with marriage. We all know that this is due to them being the gem of choice for wedding rings, something else associated with marriage. Despite how common diamonds are for married people, they may not be for everyone; many couples opt for simple metal bands instead. Although this option is not as glamorous as its gem-clad counterpart, there are many advantages to having a stoneless ring to represent your bond. 

Pros 

Let’s get this out of the way: a plain gold, silver, or platinum ring is WAY, WAY cheaper than a metal ring with one or multiple jewels placed on or into it. Everyone likes saving money, but you could spend it on various useful things. This money could go toward many things including but not limited to:

  • A more extravangant wedding (nicer venue, nicer dress, better food, etc.)
  • Down payment on house/deposit on an apartment
  • Savings account
  • Retirement
  • Children’s college fund
  • Student loans
  • Investments

These are only a few things you can do with the extra money. Maintaining a band ring is much cheaper as well. Polishing a ring is cheaper when there’s less ring; Also, jewels can chip, especially if they have pointy ends, like a teardrop or marquise cut. Sure, you can get nicks in a metal ring, but it will take less money fix or replace. Even if you wanted to engrave a special word, message, or symbol, the design would still cost less than a gem. A metal band looks great and will last years, but they may not be the best option for everyone.

Cons

Even though a simple wedding band has less for you to deal with in terms of upkeep, you still have to put effort into the ring. Over the years, metal gets less shiny, which requires polishing. Also, metal gets scratched, which may require professional help to cover or replace the ring. Repairing a band does not cost as much as a jeweled ring, but it also does not have the same “wow” factor as a diamond ring. 

Let’s be real, a strip of metal does not look anywhere near as glamorous as a polished ring with a gem sticking out of it. Shiny metal looks pretty by itself, but it looks even better when a classic white (or colored) diamond is placed on it. Also, diamonds are usually the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “wedding ring,” which will make you maritaal status more obvious. 

We all love a good wedding ring, but the definition of a good wedding ring is subjective. Some people may prefer bright and flashy diamonds to represent their marriage, while others may not need so much shine. Bands are better for your budget, while diamonds are easy on the eyes. Whether you’re getting the plainest band or biggest diamond, all of us at Goldie’s hope that your big day is wonderful and that the marriage is even better. 

 

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