Choose the right engagement “Ring”- Part 1 !

The shopaholic is back from theknotstory. Well it was the last month that a close one decided to get married! And who do you think would have hopped on the shopping responsibility?? No prizes for guessing mah’ name! Don’t even get to think what my name is! Okay aren’t we drifting from the title a wee bit?

The marriage is incomplete without its ring! The engagement and in some cases the wedding band! This is a lifelong investment! This ring remains with you till the grave they say. Choosing on your engagement ring can be really catchy. But if done with the utmost care and love makes your loved one happy! In my case I still regret not being able to have the ring I always wanted :() I sincerely hope my husband takes a hint n gets me that ring 😉 ;))

choosing your engagement ring.

I am personally always curious if a person chose his or her own ring or it was someone else s choice. This does not have to be a traumatizing experience. I can imagine how difficult it is for a guy to choose a pair of jeans leave alone a perfect engagement ring! But no fear theknotstory is here!  This entire process can be very easy; all you need to do is get your basics right and co-ordinate with your spouse!

You should know:

  1.  What you will be asked for when you go shopping:   When you go to the store the shop keeper might ask you to few things and if you appear clueless chances are he might totally fool you or you might get something which similar but not what you intended to by!  So research thoroughly on few words BAND, SETTING, GEMSTONE, 4 C’s (cut, clarity, carat, color of the GEMSTONE), COST. (We will be doing separate posts on each of the characteristic )
  2.  Your budget:  This is the most important thing while shopping anything for that matter. If you know your budget things become easy for you and the salesperson. He knows what to show you and you have limited options to choose from avoiding excess confusion. Also avoiding any temptation to spend extra is always good during your wedding shopping. Because everything you shop for is of equal priority. Also refrain yourself from the very famous line “A man should save 3 months of his salary saved to buy the perfect engagement ring”. All that matters is that you buy a ring in your budget that is loved by you to be fiancé!
  3. Your fiancé’s choice:  The thought of surprising your spouse with the ring is a very tempting thought, but a very risky one at that. So better to know what he/she likes to avoid any kind of awkward situations. And always better to avoid any kind of exchanges, returns or adjustments. Always remember the ring stays with you always. So take him/her along with you or just be smart and gauge what they want. Trust me even they want to tell you what is his/her choice 😛 😛  You could ask their friend to take them to a ring store just for fun and know exactly what they want. Just in case always check the return policy of the store if surprising is on your mind!
  4. The right Jeweler:  The ring, the diamond and the gold is something which the naked eye cannot tell if pure or not. So ask around friends to get an idea of good Jewel stores. Experimenting while buying wedding ring is not really a good idea. Also look for store suiting your budget to avoid disappointment over looking at stuff you cannot afford.  Online shopping on legitimate website like the Bluenile or Bluestone or Suratdiamond might be a good idea. It’s a great deal if you like a little less trying on for a reasonably good discount.  Also look for jewelers who custom design your engagement ring.
  5. The perfect engagement ring: The perfect engagement ring is the ring which suits the style, persona and taste of your fiancé. The ring should be big enough to pass through her work place and not too small that the visibility is an issue! Also check for the design that does not get stuck in the clothes or even scratches your face.
  6. Buy certified engagement ring: Always look for certified rings as the certification by your jeweler is really not reliable. So before you pull out your credit card ensure the certificate is right.

Last but not the least enjoy every bit of your wedding. For any assistance email us at theknotstory.com@gmail.com

xoxo ~~ Theknotstory

All that Glitters is Gold – Wedding Jewelry!!!

All that glitters is not gold..

Indian weddings, now mostly addressed as Big Fat Indian weddings, the term derived from the glamour & glitz seen in Indian weddings. Once you enter a wedding venue, the first thing which comes in front of you is the decor, and then comes the wedding dresses and then the glitter. In any wedding the most expensive part of course is the wedding jewelry.

Traditionally, Gold and silver is widely used in India as the wedding jewelry.  Now a day’s diamond and platinum have conquered the bride’s heart as well as the jewelry market. Our modern North Indian brides prefer to wear jewels with latest designer work and expensive stones which match their bridal dress. As a person who got a chance to attend south and north Indian weddings, I have noticed that as you go towards south, gold is vastly used in wedding jewelry. The North Indian bride prefers designer diamond wedding ring and mangalsutras. While a South Indian bride still chooses their traditional Thali (mangalsutra) categorized upon their respective caste. They may purchase a set of diamond jewelry of latest fashion to be a part of the wedding jewelry, but the amount of gold they wear during the wedding will remain large as it depicts the status symbol of the family in the society.

The gold wedding jewelry purchased is considered as an asset, but during the wedding this purchase needs a lot of planning. Both Bride and Groom have to Shell out money for this purchase including what parents intend to gift you. Bride’s family has to do the major purchase though. Indian jewelry is always known for its unique and artistic design and that’s the reason why it’s famous worldwide. Earlier we used to wear jewelry from head to toe, as time passed by the traditional style of wearing all these jewels has become rare and now jewelry is used mostly during the weddings.

    Believe it or not! The bride in south India wears up to 3 kg gold during the wedding :O :O . However this gold is considered as an asset gifted by her parents to make her future safe and secured.

Below are few traditional gold jewels worn by our bride as a part of their wedding jewelry:

The Bengali brides wears theirs traditional jewelry like nath, paati haar, taaira, tikli, choker, kaan baala, chur etc. whereas the Tamil and Telugu brides wear Oddiyanam, maanamaalai, vanki, jhiki, mattals etc. The Malayali brides wear a lot of gold jewelry during the wedding. Some of them are kaasumaala, maangamaala, poothali, nagapadathali, Jhimki, thoda and lot more. In the other parts of India gold jewels are comparatively less used during weddings. The gold is used along with diamond, platinum and other expensive stones.

Watch out for more details about traditional Indian wedding jewelry in our coming blogs 🙂

Theknotstory tip: Always purchase gold from an authorized jeweler and also check for BIS 916 Hallmark which is the symbol of purity. Some jewelers give an option where you can pay a certain amount and book jewels for that day’s price and later purchase it paying full amount. So be on a look out for the low price days and book you gold  for the wedding jewelry!

 

Happy Shopping,

~~xoxo

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