Posted on November 18th, 2015
Men’s wedding rings are a relatively new tradition, historically speaking. While there is some archaeological evidence that women have been wearing wedding rings for thousands of years, men only began wearing these symbolic ornaments in the early 1900s.
A Romantic Gesture That Caught On
The tradition of matching bride and groom wedding bands
began when soldiers who were leaving to fight in World War II wore rings to remind them of their wives back home. Now, the romantic gesture that began with soldiers has become popular among almost all married men.
Today, men’s wedding rings are so commonplace that married men who do not wear them are seen as breaking tradition. When Prince William decided to forego a royal wedding band, the decision sparked public discussion. Men’s wedding bands are seen as a symbol of fidelity that married men are expected to wear.
Wedding Band Choices for Men
Men today have abundant wedding band options to choose from when they get married. From classic unadorned gold bands to ornate diamond bands, an engaged or married man can select a ring that is perfectly suited to his personality and style. At Mark Broumand, we offer an array of men’s precious metal wedding bands and men’s diamond bands.
One of the most important considerations for a man’s wedding ring is the material that the band is composed of. If a man has an active lifestyle or does a lot of work with his hands, he may want a durable wedding band made of platinum, titanium or palladium. While gold and silver bands are popular, they are not as resistant to scratches as other types of bands and so should be chosen with care.
No matter what type of wedding band a man chooses, the band should reflect his personal style and complement his bride’s wedding band. Bride and groom wedding bands do not have to match exactly, but subtle similarities in the metal color or engravings can make the two rings look well suited to each other, symbolizing the union of the rings’ wearers.
Posted on November 15th, 2015
People in all cultures have worn jewelry since before time was recorded. In fact, our ancestors may have decorated themselves with jewelry before they wore clothes. They made their ornamentation from bones, feathers, seeds and other natural materials. Rings today are just as unique, especially when custom designed by expert jewelers.
Rings Represent Eternity
Historians believe rings were the first types of formal jewelry. Because circles have no beginning and no end, they came to symbolize eternity. The first rings were likely worn as talismans and may have had magical powers attributed to them. Later, rings were used for identification as well as religious and commemorative purposes. They were even sometimes intended to be seen by the public and convey a message of eternity.
An Engagement Ring Is a Promise
Prior to the second century B.C., one ring sufficed for both engagement and marriage. Around this time,
ancient Romans began giving their brides-to-be two rings. One was a gold band to be worn in public, and the other was an iron band to be worn at home. Whether gold or iron, the betrothal ring represented a pledge to marry. Historians once thought that ancient engagement rings served as part of the bride price in which girls were purchased and owned by their husbands-to-be, but that is now regarded as a fallacy.
Engagement rings came into greater use in the Middle Ages as church authorities mandated that couples wait until marriage banns had been posted. As wearing an engagement ring spread to other cultures through the ages, the rings evolved from simple bands of metal. Colored gemstones were fashionable until contemporary times when beautiful, clear diamonds became signs of love and promise.
The Promise of Diamonds
Now, nearly all engagement rings include one or more diamonds. Each diamond is unique, but it takes an expert to facet the uncut stone so that it flashes with light. The faceted diamond is then placed in a setting that further enhances its beauty. The sparkling engagement ring is then given to another as a promise of lasting love.
Posted on October 13th, 2009
Before we start, we want to assure you that ALL diamonds sold by Mark Broumand are conflict free. That said, this article will provide facts on the current state of the jewelry industry with respect to conflict diamonds. The concept of Conflict or Blood Diamonds entered the public arena when news broke that the revenues earned by the mines in Africa being used to fuel bloody conflicts throughout the region. The sudden rise in public awareness led to the development of the “Kimberly Process Certification Scheme”, organized by the UN in 2003, designed to certify the origin of rough diamonds in the trade.
The Kimberley Process requires that each time a rough diamond is traded, it is accompanied by a certificate with a legally binding guarantee that it is from a conflict free source. Participant countries or jewelry traders that do not comply with the Kimberley Process are breaking the law.
As a result of the strict guidelines by 2004, the Canadian Government, as chair of the Kimberley Process, cited that 99.8% of the world’s rough diamonds are certified to be from sources not involved in funding conflict.
You can find out more about the Kimberly Process at http://www.kimberleyprocess.com/
Interested in buying a loose diamond? Check out our unique selection of certified loose diamonds, individually photographed for you to review.