December 28, 2011
JCK Releases Their 2012 Trend Predictions
On December 27, 2012, JCK (Jewelers Circular Keystone) released their predictions for what will be trending in the fashion world for 2012. After compiling a years worth of market research based upon the runway, new designs lines for spring, and celebrity sighting award shows, they found a hot emerging trend is geometric, angular jewelry, a look to take notice of in the coming months and year.
“Geometric shapes and tribal effects. Angular pieces like square rings and bangles will work well with column dresses, while horn and leather accents will speak to tribal accents in fashion.”
All the top designers of contemporary metals have been adding unique faceted and geometric styled jewelry to their tungsten lines, setting the stage and answering the call of demand for the latest and hottest trends in mens tungsten wedding bands. See for yourself the hottest new designs in tungsten rings.
A Cut Above the Competition
December 22, 2011
Jewelry lovers, (unfortunately for us) are not the only ones vying for the rights to tungstens unique properties. In a previous blog, Tungsten Rings Demand Nearly Exceed Supply, I reported that stockpiles of the worlds tungsten supply had dwindled, due to a key supplier tightening its exportation to other countries. To give you an idea of how much tungsten carbide is used by the U.S., Europe, and Japan, these areas consume 55% of the worlds supply, but at present, only produce 5% combined. This is according to a December 19,2011 report found on TungstenInvestingNews.Com. Because of these events, prices of tungsten have doubled over the last 16 months, while many other commodities have seen decline. While this does put pressure on industrial uses, it does bode well for lovers of tungsten jewelry. Not only do wearers of mens tungsten rings have beautiful, scratch resistant, and durable jewelry, but they are growing ever more valuable. Not too shabby.
This has however, created a growing concern among industry leaders to create a reliable source of tungsten in North America. The good news is that 4 desirable high-grade tungsten deposit locations have been located, and are in the process of being cultivated. Because of the unique characteristics of tungsten there are few substitutes. This goes beyond the desirable properties, consisting of durabilty, scratch resistance and indefinatley lasting shine, so sought for by artisans of fine jewelry. Tungsten has become invaluable to such industry applications as LCD screens, breakthroughs in nanotechnology, carbide drills and cutting tools, and the list continuously grows.
As has been repeatedly reported, mens tungsten wedding bands make up nearly 20% of the mens wedding bands industry. Tungsten is considerably less expensive than precious metals such as gold, platinum or silver. However that being said, its significance was illustrated the following way, in the above mentioned report. “Tungsten is an essential industrial product but typically insignificant on a cost basis. Like the salt in a bag of potato chips – the price of salt could triple and the bag of chips would only increase a penny. But you can’t sell chips without salt.”
December 15, 2011
Tough I Know, (sigh) But Someone’s Gotta Do It
This has to be one of my favorite things to do. To shop and ogle over beautiful jewelry, make out my own wish lists and then go and find the same great styles for almost always less than half of what the precious metal versions cost. Not to mention the fact that my favorite tungsten creations of these great styles are going to stay glamorous for much longer because of the scratch resistance that tungsten has, while white gold, platinum and palladium will scratch much more easily. I love winning, don’t you?
Brides.Com released an awesome slide show that shows some of the most popular styles in mens bands. So that’s where I began my own comparisons. First off…
A palladium wedding band by Novell for $1000. Beautiful, I then found that high end designer, Benchmark has a line of mens tungsten wedding bands, two of which I included in my comparisons.
I absolutely love both of these bands, the satin finish next to high glossy polish of the inlay is stunning and not to mention being $800 less than the palladium version. Yes! Next up…
An absolutely gorgeous 14k white gold and diamond wedding band by Simon G. Jewelry, price tag $1760 Fabulous and breathtaking, but their are options if you want them.
I think these are fabulous, TYSON, has the high gloss shone that you can only get from tungsten and the setting of the diamond in my opinion completely shows that feature off. KENTON, has a masculine, chunky appeal and the diamonds are a nice, softening touch. Continuing on…
Lastly, I greatly admired a white gold, gold and diamond band by designer Natalie K., however once again, it was $1600. Not a bad price at all considering the variety of gold and diamonds. But for a more conservative amount, see what I found.
TAHAGI by Heavy Stone Rings has the setting of diamonds, inlaid amidst the red gold. I love the warmness of the contrasting tones. BORDO has the brilliant sun gold inlay, that really adds fire to the polished glow of the tungsten
You Can Have It All
These are just a few of the comparisons I’ve found, it is no wonder that tungsten rings make up nearly 20% of the entire mens wedding band market. Find your favorites!
December 11, 2011
Black is Back
The success of tungsten rings is widely known and uncontested. Tungsteninvestmentnews.com related this fact in a recent article, confirming that tungsten carbide rings now represent nearly 20% of the mens wedding bands market. Due to its affordability and success among lovers of fine jewelry, designers are passionately pursuing new and exotic ways to sustain the growing adulation of mens tungsten bands enthusiasts.
The predominate trend in mens jewelry, is anything big, black and bulky. Black diamond jewelry has answered the call of men wanting a look uniquely their own, stylish yet unpredictable. It’s also possible to obtain black titanium-coated tungsten rings, that are both affordable and beautiful. There is a slight snag in this prospect, however. Titanium is a softer metal than tungsten, and while the tungsten itself will not crack or scratch, the black titanium-coating eventually will. So over time, with consistent wear, inevitably, the luster, and deep, dark black of the band will fade. There are jewelers who claim to carry black tungsten, but the undeniable fact of the matter is that tungsten is not black. It is a smoky gray, polished to a luminescent shine. The black, is a titanium-coating and there is no getting around it. However, there is an equally attractive and longer lasting alternative.
Rock On, Live Long
The irresistible attraction behind mens tungsten wedding bands, is the durability and fabulous glossy glow of the metal. These bragging rights are diminished, if you have a tinted coating that begins to scratch off, the longer you wear it. A brilliant alternative is Seranite. Seranite is a heat hardened and rock solid, ceramic based, non metallic fusion, that is perfect for use in jewelry. This is not your grandmothers ceramic, with which you make flower vases and figurines. Modern uses for industrial strength ceramics include ballistic protection in the form of bullet-proof vests, bio-medical implants and construction of jet engine turbine blades. The valuable non-aesthetic qualities of these hard-core ceramics include being extremely light-weight, wear-resistant, and scratch resistant. The plus side, when you are concerned with aesthetics, is of course, the high glossy appearance, and combined with the a-fore mentioned scratch resistance, you have a material that would seem to have been created and designed solely for use in designer jewelry.
Double The Pleasure
When the light-weight black ceramic is united with the heaviness of tungsten, the smooth sleek mirror-like blend is striking. An great example is REISS by Benchmark, this mens tungsten wedding band has two high profile ridges of tungsten, lining the borders of the band and black seranite ( a ceramic based material) as a glossy inlay. So unlike a black titanium-coating over tungsten, the entirety of this ring is scratch resistant and highly durable. ZURNOV by J.R Yates is another fabulous example of a successful union between tungsten and black ceramic. This time the roles are reversed and the tungsten takes center stage amidst the glossy black ceramic border. Be on the look-out for these styles gaining ground in the ranks of popularity in the coming months.
FORGE by Benchmark is perfectly named, as it forges through the more traditional white diamond settings. This is an example of black diamonds making the distinct contrast of color with the brilliant sheen of the tungsten band. More men are interested in their wedding ring having a strong and distinguished tone to it, and black diamonds are just the ticket. Although, the marriage was not as durable as the ring, Kris Humphries, (in the unlikely chance you haven’t hear of him) the ex of Kim Kardashian, opted for a wedding band of black gold consisting of over 100 black diamonds. The marriage may be over, but there was certainly no problem with his taste in jewelry.
There are so many new designs available using the combination of black ceramic or black diamonds in conjunction with mens tungsten wedding bands, prepare to be dazzled with all of the available selections. Designers, such as Benchmark, Heavy Stone Rings, Art Carved, J.R. Yates, just to name a few, have widened the playing field, when it comes to tungsten rings. Find your favorite look and feel free to indulge yourself.
December 8, 2011
A Typical Wedding
According to theknot.com, the average engagement ring costs upwards of $7000, and the average wedding, will set a bride and her groom back nearly $27,000. Many of these couples are choosing to make the most of the money they have budgeted, by hiring the services of a wedding planner. If that much money is going to be spent, or even half that amount, its best to know that you have a person who has already acquired the contacts of the best possible vendors. Brides and grooms obviously take the lead in selecting their own wedding bands, but what about other considerations? Such as venue, invitations, flowers, photographer, engagement dinner, wedding cake, and the list goes on and on. Headache? Two words, no, its not Las Vegas, try again. You’ve got it… wedding planner.
Rings Down, One Million Choices To Go
Your initial concern naturally, is choosing a seasoned wedding planner who has plenty of experience, not learning the ropes on your walk down the aisle, not to mention one with whom you feel you communicate well. Interview a few before you make your final selection. Make sure you feel comfortable with them and their team. After all, this is your day, not there’s, your not paying them to give themselves the wedding they never had or the one they want to re-create, so make sure you are on the same page and put your wishes in writing. Once you have found your planner in shining armor, you will truly be able to enjoy your engagement and wedding day, soaking it all in, while focusing on your families, yourselves and your future together.
We Just Cant Swing A Wedding Planner
What if after sitting down as a couple, and punching the numbers, your come to the realization that a professional wedding planner is just not in the budget? Speak to your friends, who you anticipate asking to be in your wedding party, or a trusted family member and then delegate. Put in on paper, and don’t try to handle everything yourself, it cannot be done. How do we know? Watch a few episodes of Bridezilla’s and you’ll agree soon enough. It may be entertaining to watch, but no one really wants to be that bride, do we?
If you would like some helpful suggestions in finding a planner, or successfully coordinating and delegating your own special day, visit theknot.com, use their wedding checklist as a basis for your own, and take advantage of the experience of those who have gone before you.
December 1, 2011
The Party’s Just Getting Started
Now that you have experienced the lasting brilliance and durability of tungsten rings, you cannot wait to add to your jewelry case. The choices and affordability extends far beyond merely mens tungsten wedding bands. Did you know that you can get tungsten bracelets and watches to coordinate with your ring? Here are some pieces you can mix and match, that have the same remarkable properties that drew you to choose your tungsten band in the first place.
Designer, Titanium Jewelry has created fabulously iconic collections of both mens and womens tungsten bracelets. The mens jewelry has a definate chunky feel, masculine to the core, and looks great paired with any tungsten ring. The mens bracelet that I think matches Darcy by Triton, to perfection, is Hercules by Titanium Jewelry.
Not Into Bracelets? Try A Watch
Don’t feel ready to expand your horizons with a mens tungsten bracelet, or perhaps you want to add more than one piece at a time to that jewelry case? No problem. Designers who specialize in contemporary metals, have created a style for every taste and occasion. Designer, Adajio creates a Black Chronogragh Tungsten Carbide Watch that pairs great with Zurnov by J.R. Yates.
Just like your ring, a tungsten watch is also scratch resistant, which is why men who normally forgo wearing a watch, due to the daily wear and tear love tungsten watches. Wearing a watch is not just about needing the time of day. We have i-phone’s, laptops, and a number of other high tech gadgets for that. No, wearing a watch gives a man an appearance of being put together. Most men don’t necessarily wear a tie to the office any more, so I consider wearing a wrist watch as that little tell-tale sign that he takes care about his appearance before leaving the house in the morning, and adds to first impressions of character. Tungsten rings are wonderful a spring-board into a whole world of brilliant styles of jewelry.