Archive for January, 2016

How to Keep Your Marriage Strong Beyond the Newlywed Phase

Posted on January 19th, 2016

We all fall in love and marry with the best intentions. This is particularly evident in those cherished early days when merely seeing one another can be euphoric. But relationships always come with challenges. There is no way to avoid it.

If you really want to keep the marriage strong, partners have to support each other. Here are some tips that will strengthen a relationship even if the shine has varnished.

Learn to be patient

The more time you spend with a person, the easier it is to get frustrated by even the most minor quirks. It’s easier said than done, but we need to remember this is someone we love and want to be with. If we give it thought, the small stuff shouldn’t come between us.4142-3

Remember … you’re in love

After the wondrous build up to it, we tend to settle into married life. We’ll turn our focus to careers, children, the mortgage and forget a relationship needs constant nurturing. Put as much effort into your spouse as you did when you were dating. You’ll find it’s not as hard as you think once you see your efforts reflected in their eyes4140-1D54054_119_080_18k

Why do we have to be right?

During the first year of marriage, which is usually pure bliss, couples may begin to find conflict in almost anything. This can be the result of realizing compromise is a personal struggle that we’re not used to. Try to find ways to communicate without getting heated. At the end of any disagreement, try to understand the other’s intent and do not have conversations that just go in circles.4112-1D1210028_1007_155_PLAT

Think partner first

This is a tough one. It can be hard to put someone else before yourself, but this is a critical component to a healthy relationship. If your partner does not believe you are fully committed to their best interests, the relationship will always be lacking. We’re not saying give up what gives you pleasure, but don’t necessarily dismiss theirs.4116-2

Be grateful for your partner

It’s easy to take something for granted when it’s always right there. Gently remind your partner how much you care about them and how aware you are of what they contribute to your life4119-3

Keep your marriage strong by making a Mark Broumand statement

Whether newlywed or long-married, all parties have to be attentive, patient and caring. These are major components to any strong relationship. One of the best ways to show that you care is to surprise your loved one, from time to time, with something as precious as a piece of fine jewelry.

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How to Choose a Wedding Band that Complements Your Engagement Ring

Posted on January 7th, 2016

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting moments in life. Brides and grooms may find it challenging to choose an engagement ring that is beautiful, symbolic of their love, and is a style they will want to wear day in and day out. An additional point of stress can be finding a wedding band that complements and sits flush to the engagement ring. But with the right kind of support and expertise, you should have no problem finding an engagement ring and band that look beautiful together.

How do I know what type of wedding band I need?

First determine whether a straight wedding band will sit flush with your engagement ring. If your ring has a center gemstone that is elevated and sits above the band, then you can likely choose a wedding ring that is straight. Mark Broumand has many stunning straight wedding bands that will sit close to your engagement ring. Your engagement ring may be part of a matched set as designers often create wedding bands specifically for certain engagement rings.3616-3

What if a straight band won’t work?

If a straight wedding band will not work with your engagement ring, then a contoured wedding band may be the right option. This type of band matches the curvature of your wedding ring. It is contoured at the front and straight in the back in order to match the contours of your ring. Contoured wedding bands are quite common, allowing your rings to sit flush on your finger, and work well with many different styles of engagement rings.3525-5

Notched wedding bands are another option for a great fit with an engagement ring. Rather than bending around the ring like the contoured wedding band, a notched band allows the rings to fit together like the pieces of a puzzle.2940-1D12683_105_18K

When your ring has very fine details around the gemstone or the center stone is an elongated shape such as oval, marquise or emerald, then you may want to go with a band that is contoured and notched.3436-6

Are there other options?

Mark Broumand will always make sure your ring needs are met; it’s possible that a custom band may be the ideal choice for you. Though the process of creating a custom band requires time, you will end up with a beautiful band that complements your engagement ring. Visit today to see all of the options for rings you will want to show off for years to come.