By Tanya Dukes, INSTORE Magazine, Guest Editor
Fairy tales and Jane Austen novels usually end with a wedding ceremony. Getting to “I do” marks the beginning of a brand new story. Most of a couple’s memories will be made after the nuptials end and those moments deserve to be celebrated, too. Even if the big bash with friends and family is a once-in-a-lifetime event, the gift of jewelry is a special, intimate way to honor your love and commitment after the wedding day. Stacking rings, anniversary bands and updated engagement rings as key options to consider.
All Together Now
“Happily ever after” means more than a wedding. It applies to all of the triumphs — big and small — that come along after tying the knot. Building a stack of rings alongside an engagement ring and wedding band is a tangible (and stylish) way to celebrate some of the special times that come along after the ceremony. Whether it’s the arrival of a child, opening a new business or any other personal victory that you want to recognize, a ring can be a reminder of the achievements that you’ve made together. Get creative by composing a collection of rings that’s all your own. There are no rules, really, though it makes sense to maintain a consistent aesthetic sensibility: geometric, rustic, contemporary or traditional, for example. Feel free to mix metals, textures or bring another gemstone into the mix.
Change Is Good
Just because your spouse is a keeper, your very first engagement ring doesn’t have to be. As time goes by, taste evolves. Chances are your haircut, wardrobe or furniture got an overhaul once you’d been married for a while, so don’t be surprised if you eventually feel like making a change to your engagement ring too. There’s no rule that you have to be wedded to your first engagement ring for eternity. Maybe your sense of style has changed. Maybe you’re renewing your vows. Maybe you have a bigger budget than you did when you first wed and you’d like to get the ring of your dreams. You can update and upgrade your engagement ring for any reason at all. Having worn your first engagement ring for a while, you’ll have a better sense of how jewelry fits into your lifestyle. It’s a do-over that lets you make tweaks like adjusting the shape of the central stone, adding a halo (or taking one away), going simpler or more ornate. And if you’re feeling sentimental, remember the diamonds in your original ring are forever. You can hold on to them as heirlooms for the next generation or have them reset in another jewel.
As Times Goes By
Every year of a marriage is a remarkable achievement and anniversary bands are jewels created precisely for marking the passage of time in a happy union. They can be worn alongside an engagement ring and wedding band or—especially if they’re wide and oversize — on another finger altogether. The options are infinitely varied, so let personal style and lifestyle be your guide. Ordinarily, they’re associated with major milestone anniversaries — 5 years, 10 years, 20 or more — but, to be honest, no one is going to turn down a gleaming diamond band because it’s not on the schedule. Why not decide on the best timing based on what feels right for you?