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Shopping for jewelry and rings online; give your loved one a ring to remember!
There is no better way of telling your loved one just how much they mean to you, than by giving them a beautiful ring. And it’s so easy to find a beautiful ring that will demonstrate your love and commitment.
The internet has made shopping for jewelry online easy. Whether you’re looking for a promise ring to confirm a relationship, an engagement ring to accompany a romantic wedding proposal, or a gorgeous gemstone or birthstone ring to commemorate an anniversary or a birthday, the gift of a ring will make the recipient feel loved and truly adored. And there is so much to choose from by shopping for jewelry online.
We are all aware of the blue sapphire engagement ring given to Princess Diana – now called the Diana Ring. Nowadays, we can have our own version of this wonderful ring, without having to pay the $60,000 that was paid for the original.
If you want a traditional diamond solitaire ring, there is a wide range of choice available – as well as a host of affordable engagement rings and other jewelry. If your budget is limited, there are cubic zirconia rings that are practically impossible to distinguish from real diamonds. Or why not choose a gemstone ring … a ruby, an emerald, a sapphire or one of the lesser known stones. There are so many colorful gemstones that you can look at and buy online.
To help you choose the ring that is just right for you, we have examined the rings offered by some of the best known jewelers around. We have then hand picked a selection of these that we believe you will like. Whatever your budget, we are sure there will be something on the following pages that will delight your eye.
At one time, the wearing of jewelry was limited to kings, queens and members of the nobility. Nowadays, everyone has the opportunity to wear rings, bracelets, necklaces and other forms of jewelry.
Although jewelry has been usually worn purely for adornment, customs and traditions have grown up around gemstones and jewelry.
Certain gemstones have been imbued with mysterious and magical powers. At the same time, jewelry has often been used to signify an agreement. For example, the giving and receiving of rings dates back at least 6,000 years. Archaeologists in the Middle East have unearthed rings from ancient civilizations such as the Hittites and the Ancient Egyptians that date back to around 3,000 BC.
Although rings have been admired for their own sake and worn purely for adornment, the giving of a ring has been used to demonstrate a commitment. Promise rings, Engagement rings and Wedding rings (bands) have been associated with the act of betrothal. Friendship rings and Purity rings have signified other forms of commitment.
In this website, we examine the different rings that are now available and have hand-picked a selection of rings from some of our favorite jewelers to showcase for your attention. We hope you like the choices we have made.
Rings shown above:
1) Copy of Egyptian Scarab Ring – Adin Antique Jewelry
2) Reef Knot Ring – Aigina, Greece 1850-1550 BC – British Museum
3) Byzantine Gold Wedding Ring: Christ uniting bride and groom, c 7th Century – Wikipedia/Musee de Louvre
4) Antique Gold Wedding Ring c 1500 AD
5) Modern day 14CT Round Diamond and Gold Wedding Ring
In these days of the internet, it is now possible to do your shopping for jewelry online. Every jeweler has a website, where you can browse through their collection and take your pick of the options available. You can choose your own gemstone metal – its shape, cut and setting. And then there is the band itself; do you prefer platinum, yellow gold, white gold or rose gold – increasingly popular.
In order to help you in your decision, we have created this online jewelry store. We provide information on the different types of rings available to you; we tell you the things you should look out for when shopping for jewelry online. But most important of all, we have created a hand-picked selection of the very best of the rings offered by our favorite jewelers: rings for women and rings for men … rings, rings and more rings.
There are Promise Rings, Friendship Rings, Cladagh Rings, Purity Rings …. all available with a gemstone of your choice and in whatever setting you like. Some examples of these are shown below:
Claddagh Ring Atlantis Eternity Band Morganite Engagement Ring My Heart Beats Ring
Common to all the cultures is the symbolic role taken on by rings as an expression of love and commitment: one interpretation being that the unending circle represents unending, eternal love. Whereas a Promise Ring is seen as the first step on the journey that a couple will take together, an Engagement Ring represents a more formal statement of love and commitment.
In Western societies, the custom of a man giving a ring to his betrothed (future wife) as a symbol of their agreement to marry can be traced back to early Roman times; similar customs exist in other societies. In Europe, the practice is well documented from the 14th, 15th and 16th Centuries…. but it is in the 19th Century that the practice became widespread. This can be seen in the selection of vintage rings below.
Designers of jewelry in the period since the 19th Century have produced some of the most beautiful engagement rings imaginable. Victorian rings, Edwardian rings and Art Deco rings have their own distinctive characteristics and this has made Vintage Rings and Antique Rings so highly collectable – and highly valuable.
Many of the more popular designs have been copied and it is now possible to obtain a Vintage or Antique style ring at a fraction of the cost of a real antique.
It is only well into the 20th Century that it became popular practice to give a diamond engagement ring – more a tribute to modern marketing methods than anything else.
These marketing techniques have proved so successful that, if you ask anyone today, they will tell you that a solitaire diamond ring is the only traditional form of engagement ring. Diamonds engagement rings therefore tend to dominate the pages in the catalogues of major jewelers – see those from Zoara below.
Now worn by Kate MIddleton, this is a Blue Sapphire ring. Other members of European Royal Families have chosen a variety of gemstones for their engagement ring – ruby, pearl, opal, emerald and amethyst rings have all been given as engagement rings at one time or another.
Princess Diana’s blue sapphire engagement ring.
Apart from the 4 major gemstones – Diamonds, Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds – there are so many gemstones available that you can choose your own Birthstone as the centerpiece of your ring.
See our Birthstone Chart to see which gemstone is your own birthstone. You can compare the birthstone that is traditionally associated with your birth month with the gemstone associated with your Zodiac Sign – your Zodiac Birthstone; they are usually not the same. That means you can choose the gemstone that you prefer.
You can even design your own ring. Start with your chosen gemstone; select your preferred shape and cut; then decide on the metal you want for the band and the setting for the stone. Or you can select one of our jewelers that allows you to customize your ring: they do the work for you.
A wedding ring is seen as the last in the sequence of gifts that a man gives to his betrothed and symbolises the state of marriage. A plain yellow gold wedding band has been used in Western society as a symbol of married status for over two thousand years.
During the latter part of the 20th century, other metals such as white gold, platinum and titanium started to be used in wedding bands by both men and women to signify their married status: white gold, platinum, titanium, etc. At the same time, wedding bands became more decorative as shown by the selection below from Gemvara, Sea of Diamonds and Allurez.
Gold Desert BandSea Spray BandTwo Tone GoldChampagne Diamond
Other special and romantic occasions:
Of course there is nothing more romantic than giving a ring as a gift to mark other special events – maybe a birthday or anniversary ring. And then there are other times of the year when the gift of a ring would be most welcome: for example St Valentine’s Day and of course Christmas.
Rings have become a popular symbol of love, affection, appreciation and commitment. So why not cast caution to the winds and buy your loved one a ring to remember.