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The Best Time To Buy Your Wedding Bands

When you find that special someone to share the ultimate love with, the beautiful moment is celebrated with a promise, represented by your first keepsake – your engagement ring. It is a precious moment ‘frozen in time’, only equaled by the exchange of wedding bands
It is so important to select what you absolutely love. This is not a time to make a hasty decision. I hope to never again see a bride come to me, sobbing, saying that she hates her wedding band, asking my advice on how to change it without hurting the groom’s feelings. So, how do we avoid this pitfall and head toward marital bliss? It all starts with this simple, but vital advice I offer at the time of the engagement ring purchase:

“Do not buy your wedding bands at the same time you purchase your engagement ring.”
This statement is almost always met with reactions ranging from astonishment to confusion. The most common replies from the gentleman, or couple that have just chosen their engagement ring are:

“I love the quality, design and value of this engagement ring. Why don’t you want to sell us our wedding bands?”
“I trust you. I want to buy from you. Why are we waiting?
“I am so in love, and found who I want to share the rest of my life with. We’re ready to move ahead with all the planning and details. There’s so much to do. Can we just get this checked off our check list?
I explain that waiting is entirely in their best interest. Now that I have piqued their curiosity, and have their complete attention, it is time to offer my recommendation on the best time to buy their wedding bands and why.
The best time to buy your wedding bands is berween three and four months prior to your wedding. In the case of a shorter engagement period, the mid point between engagement and wedding is best; as long as it is six to eight weeks before the wedding
The primary reason not to purchase too soon is the same reason why the store selling you the engagement ring is pushing hard for you to buy immediately. The chances of the bride knowing the wedding band design she ultimately desires is very small at the time of engagement. Most brides think they know, but that opinion changes the vast majority of the time. This is because she has never worn a diamond ring of this significant magnitude on a daily basis before in her life.

She will need time to get a feel for her beautiful ring by wearing it for many weeks to months before making this next big decision. It is amazing to witness how most of the women who are so sure they want one design ultimately switch to a totally different style. From diamond eternity band to classic platinum band, from an eternity to partial diamond band, from a matching band to a completely unique style. Furthermore, both partners need to have sufficient time to be able to provide educated input on each others rings.
 
You are probably now beginning to realize why the jewelry store in the mall, or on Main Street offer such wonderful ‘discounts’ when purchasing the matching wedding bands in conjunction with the engagement ring. They are well aware of the very high probability that your fiancee will ultimately decide against a matching band, and that their ‘discount’ in the long run will provide you no savings at all, while they profit off your change of heart. You may not even realize yet, that their discounted price is actually a high retail price that can be beat by 50% or more at a true wholesaler. So many couples are mistakenly advised on the timing of their wedding band purchase, even by the many bride’s magazines. These publications feature articles that completely miss the point by suggesting the best times to buy wedding bands are Christmas, Valentines day, and the end of the month when stores are trying to make their sales quotas.
 In reality, Christmas and Valentines Day are the times when prices are the highest, making them the worst times to make a purchase. The advertised ‘holiday sales’ are a ruse where prices are first marked up, then a percentage discount is offered. The actual purchase price is higher than off season regular prices, in most cases. The end of month suggestion exhibits a ‘retail mentality’. A smart shopper with time can find a true jewelry wholesaler or distributor in their town, where prices are a fraction of retail.
Now, why is it best to purchase at least three to four months in advance of your wedding day? There are many answers to this question, but two equally significant primary factors are:
1. There are so many unpredictable variables that will come up the last few weeks before the wedding. Giving yourself a suitable amount of time, knowing that the bands are chosen, purchased and in your possession, relieve unnecessary stress as ‘the big day’ approaches.
2. Some wedding bands need to be custom designed, and that process can take many weeks. At the conclusion of the design process, both of you must be available for pickup to check sizing, and confirm that all the workmanship is perfect.  Your time becomes so very precious as you approach the wedding day, making both your availabilities far from a given.
Having been in this business for two and a half decades, there is an endless stream of advice that it is my pleasure to pass on regarding weddings bands, but I will just just touch on two more here. The first is in response to advice published in Martha Stewart’s Bride 101 guide. She offered this advice to brides in reference to the engagement period, “A natural place to start delegating is with your groom, tradition dictates he has the task of purchasing the wedding bands.” My goodness, this is such misplaced advice. The decisions made about your matrimonial jewelry will stay with you for a lifetime.  The engagement ring purchase involves the romantic element of surprise (hopefully he has picked up on your cues or asked your best friend for advice!). However, the wedding band decision is for the couple, together.
The second tip is for the groom. So many men come to me and say they are not ‘jewelry people’, and are not really inclined to wear a wedding band. I have and will always strongly advise them to reconsider. Every newly-wed and forever-wed woman loves a man who wears a wedding band with all her heart.  It’s something they will always notice right away. Women feel it’s a very special sign and recognition of a man’s commitment to her, and her to him.
As your wedding bands represent your promise to each other, they are a keepsake of your eternal love. Over the years, as you share your love, you will celebrate many joys. Every time you see and wear your precious rings, they’ll take you right back to that  magical moment when you said, “I do.” and began your ‘love story’ together.%Jeweler NYC %NYC Wholesale Diamonds

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NYCWD’S LATEST FIVE STAR GOOGLE REVIEW

Thank you Bob for your extremely kind review on Google. It was awesome meeting Jackie, and designing her custom Diamond Eternity Wedding Band will be a thrill.
It is hard to put into words how exceptional of an experience it has been to purchase both a stunning engagement ring and wedding band from Keith at NYC Wholesale Diamonds! He is an absolute master at what he does: sourcing a great and extensive collection of beautiful diamonds, designing custom jewelry to complement the perfect diamond, patiently and thoroughly educating his customers, showing care and concern for your budget, desires and any thoughts you have about diamonds / jewelry … the list summarizing Keith’s great qualities and capabilities is endless. To put it simply, what makes Keith different is that he is both a (i) world-class diamond and jewelry expert and (ii) a genuine, good guy that cares deeply about his customer’s experience and satisfaction (as if he was a small-town jeweler relying on deep relationship with a small customer-base). I highly recommend you giving Keith a call if you are looking for an engagement ring, wedding band or any diamond / jewelry purchase. Prior to meeting with Keith, I had no experience buying a diamond, working with a jeweler or buying any fine jewelry. The incredible care and patience of Keith helped me transition from a clueless beginner to someone buying an engagement ring with great confidence. After having such a great experience purchasing an engagement ring last year, just yesterday I visited Keith with my fiance to purchase a wedding band. Over the past year, I told my fiance, family and friends about how great Keith is and how lucky I was to find him, which certainly set the bar high for our meeting. As expected, Keith exceeded my fiances expectations: she heard all about the process Keith and I went through to craft her perfect engagement ring (which Keith remembered in impressive detail), found the perfect matching wedding band and received a complimentary deep cleaning of her engagement ring. She was very impressed with Keith and is thrilled about her matching engagement ring. The punchline is no matter what your experience or budget, give Keith a call, you will be thrilled with your decision!
Robert W. Moyer III
FIVE STARS
12/24/20
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Ring with 12,638 Diamonds sets a Guinness World Record

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How many diamonds can fit in a single ring?
The answer, according to the new Guinness World Records book, is 12,638.
Harshit Bansal, founder of Renani Jewels in Meerut, India, set the record with his impressive design on December 21, 2020.
The ring, named the Marigold, or “The Ring of Prosperity,” has a circular band with an ornate floral design, complete with thousands of 38.08 carat natural diamonds, according to Guinness. The ring weighs a little over 165 grams or 5.8 ounces.
The previous record — 7,801 diamonds in a ring — was also set in India by the Hyderabad-based jeweler Hallmark Jewellers
Bansal told Guinness that he was first was inspired to break the diamond-studded record in 2018, while studying jewelry design in Surat, India. Two years later, his company completed the ring design on November 30, 2020.

 

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Diamond Industry Insider Update

Positive sentiment as US holiday season begins. Consumers show willingness to spend on spirit lifting gifts after challenging year.
Covid-19 continues to spread , with concerns over crowded shopping areas.
China recovery gaining momentum

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Another NYCWD Magnificent Proposal

NYCWD sends our congratulations to Jo on his magnificent proposal. We hope you both enjoy your spectacular Diamond Engagement Ring in happiness, success and good health together always

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THE BEST METHOD FOR CLEANING YOUR DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING AT HOME

I am thrilled to make our first NYCDiamondBlog.com post since Covid hit us all. It has been quite a challenge, but I am sure we will be stronger with an even more incredible appreciation for life when we soon get to the other side%Jeweler NYC %NYC Wholesale Diamonds

The best way to get things started again here is to reprint my most published article. Enjoy, and know I am always here for you all at KS@NYCWD.com and (212)719-2214 our direct line for 32 years!

The most effective method of keeping your diamond engagement ring sparkling clean may sound odd at first. Just place your ring, or other diamond jewelry in a boiling pot of water, adding 5 to 10% ammonia for five to ten minutes. Always let the water cool before removing the ring. Then place the ring in a cup of cool water for another ten to twenty minutes. This allows any remaining ammonia to diffuse off the ring eliminating the possibility of a film. Just wipe the base of your ring dry with a napkin, or paper towel and once again enjoy its beauty!

An alternative, although less effective method is to just drop your ring in an ammonia jewelry cleaning solution overnight. In the morning, take the ring from the solution and use a soft, clean toothbrush to brush it in order to remove leftover dirt accumulated over the week. One should be careful while scrubbing the fragile settings of the stones with a toothbrush; diamonds always love the soft touch. Afterwards, wash the stones with water (or let them sit in a cup of cool water for 20 minutes) and wipe with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Harsh cleaning solutions can damage your diamonds. Strictly avoid contact with chlorine or abrasives when cleaning diamonds, especially those that are set. The metals often used in diamond settings will be eroded by these harmful cleaning agents, and the prongs may come loose. Some of them are strong enough to even  dissolve the metal completely, and your jewelry is ruined.

Many scientifically advanced jewelers use ultrasonic cleaners to remove dirt and grime that have collected on diamonds. The machine sends high-frequency sonic waves through a detergent solution which causes the fluid to vibrate to remove the encrustations. Amateurs can buy these machines too, but its best used by a professional jeweler since the sound  waves can also shake the diamonds loose from their setting, especially if the work is delicate and fragile.

My Very Best,

Keith

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