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Heart Jewelry

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Hearts, as a romantic symbol, have been used in almost every culture throughout the world. Hearts are a sign of love, friendship, commitment and betrothal, depending on what the intent was in the gifting of the jewelry item. Because hearts are relatively easy to fashion, even very hard stones such as diamonds can be made into the heart shape for a truly lovely presentation. One of the most historical and culturally rich heart-shaped jewelry piece is the Irish Claddagh ring. This ring, which is always a heart held by two clasped hands topped with a crown, has stood for love, friendship, loyalty and faith for over 300 years. It is interesting that traditionally the way that the Claddagh ring was worn symbolized which of the meanings of the ring it was intended. This tradition is not as closely followed as it was in the past, but if you want to wear the ring correctly you do need to know what you are indicating.

Worn on the left hand with the heart facing outward means that the wearer is engaged but not yet married. Worn on the right hand in the opposite position, heart facing inwards, the ring symbolizes that the wearer has had their heart captured by someone else but it has not been formalized. Wearing the ring on the right hand with the heart facing outward means that the wearer is free and available. If this all seems a bit complicated, don’t worry too much as unless you are of strong Irish heritage and really well versed in these things as it is just the beauty of the ring you will be focused on anyway.

Typically hearts in jewelry are seen on items for women, however hearts in engraving or detailing on wedding bands can be seen on both men’s and women’s styles. One of the most unique aspects of hearts, regardless of the type of jewelry, is that they are a shape that can be very large and bold or very tiny and delicate without distorting the shape. If you stop and think about it the symmetrical aspect of the heart shape makes it perfect for balancing jewelry items and for working into other shapes and designs. A common jeweled heart pendant or earrings will take full advantage of this symmetry and have either one larger center jewel or smaller jewels in equal balance on either side of the heart.

Heart shapes have been stylized over the years with longer more artistic hearts very popular in many different jewelry styles. Traditional heart shapes are also seen in both older and more modern and classic styles, making them very versatile as well as collectible. Lockets, traditionally in the shape of a heart are perhaps the best known of the jewelry styles to focus on the heart shape in very traditional ways.

Antique Engagement Rings

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Victorian Engagement rings are designed in style that reflects what was popular in the later part of the 19th century. The name Victorian derived from Queen Victoria. Today you can buy both antique Victorian rings and modern ones designed in a Victorian style.

The Victorian engagement ring most people know as an antique one because of the design and style. These rings are known to be the engagement rings of people who are romantic since during the era of Queen Victoria, she and Prince Albert had a strong romantic love for each other. They are know to be the symbol of true love.

Victorian style rings have an alluring design and style. In this kind of ring, not only diamond gemstones can be used. Colored gemstones such as rubies, topaz, amethyst, sapphire, aquamarine, emerald, etc can also be used in this kind of ring style.

Victorian designed rings vary widely. Here are just some of the few designs or style, namely:

* Victorian romantic Rings: The gemstones were used in this kind of engagement rings were colored gemstone such as rubies, emerald, topaz, amethyst.
* Victorian half-loop rings: Are also vintage engagement rings. It is a simple design with small diamonds surrounding the center gemstone.
* Colorful late Victorian rings: These are rings with 3 diamonds at the center surrounded with colored gemstone such as rubies in the form of oblong shape. Rubies were again surrounded with small diamonds with oblong shape design.
* Antique Victorian diamond garnet gold rings: It has an antique design with simple style.

But the most well-known Victorian engagement rings were the ones with a 2 serpent design in which Queen Victoria herself liked. The 3 stone rings was also popular in the era of Queen Victoria.

Many women dream to have a Victorian engagement ring design because of the romantic history of it. As mentioned earlier they are known to be the symbol of true love, that is why men who truly love their bride-to-be also want to give this kind of ring.

If you really dream to give a Victorian ring to your bride-to-be to show your true love to her, then you have to shop from one jewelry shop to another, not only to compare the price but to look for the different style or design of the ring that suits your future bride’s taste.

But first, you have to see to it that you have the budget for the ring itself in case you can find one. If you are too tired to roam around shops, then try to go online and shop through internet.