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Thursday, 25 February 2016

The Nuptial Series (xix) - Shopping for Wedding Bands

Finally, it is time to go hunting for the Wedding Bands (aka rings).

Not having participated in shopping for the engagement ring, I wanted to share in the excitement of shopping for the Wedding Band. Having said that, there are several brands in consideration, in order of preference. These brands all fall within our allocated budget, but we don't know what design to go for....  Here we showcase some of the wedding rings pending consideration.


1. CARTIER
Photosource: http://www.cartier.sg/collections/bridal/wedding-bands

We love Cartier for its historical association with class, luxury and elegance, and all the romantic notions that come with it. Moreover, they have a huge collection of wedding bands to choose from - from simple wedding bands to engraved one, from 3-gold collection to creative designs. Their rings start from as low as SGD$900.00 and go all the way to 5-6 digits, depending on what you are looking for. I am quite keen on one of the 3-gold ones... but we shall see.  Who knows what else might catch our eye when we are at the shop next week?


2. TIFFANY'S AND CO

Photosource: http://goo.gl/h0WDz5

Always one of my favorite jewelers, especially when it has been endorsed with my favorite actresses Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn before. Classically timeless and favoured by most ladies, the Tiffany's bridal collection blows one away with many colours and exquisite designs - at shockingly affordable prices, starting from SGD$850.00 and gradually ascend to the more luxurious ranges.  I really wouldn't mind adding (a few more) of these to my collection.


3. BVLGARI
Photosource: http://www.bulgari.com/en-sg/products.html?root_level=315&product_detail_one=235&sign=48

Known their beautiful watch collection, Bvlgari jewelry is also gorgeous and innovative. I love their Serpent watch and 3-toned gold studded bangles. It doesn't look like they have a huge wedding band collection online, but one could easily tell that the intricate details of each ring is of top quality and beautiful artistic creation.   I remember my good friend and her husband have a pair of stunning rose gold ones, but I am not able to locate it on the website (not that I would get the exact same one, of course).


4. PIAGET
Photosource: http://int.piaget.com/wedding/wedding-rings

I forgot what's the allure with Piaget - other than the fact that I love and wear a couple of their timepieces. I believe their collection was mentioned in some bridal forum or featured in some magazines before, but their online website store does not contain much information such as pricing and available designs at Singapore stores. Hence, we would need to make a trip down to see what's in-store for us.


5.  CHOW TAI FOOK
Photosource: http://www.chowtaifook.com/en/collection/perfect-love-collection

Being a lover of most-things Hong Kong, and attracted to some of the exotic jewelry at their MBS store whenever I visit, I would like to check out their wedding collection as well. What's featured online seems exquisitely pretty, though not as wide in selection as Cartier or Tiffany's, and there is no price so I cannot update you yet... but their rings are known for craftsmanship and quality.

Now you ask, what about local brands? What about Soo Kee, SK, Citigems, Lee Hwa, Poh Heng, Goldheart, Taka Jewelry, Love & Co. etc? What about other jewelers such as Vivo Diamonds or Jann Paul? Well, let us take a look at what 3 have them have for brides and grooms to be, just for research and interest's sake.

6.  SOO KEE
Photosource: http://www.estore.sookee.com/Setting/Collection/Finished/Eternity-Ring?SubJewelleryType=40

The renowed Soo Kee Group also owns SK Jewellery and Love & Co. Their wedding band collections are striking, close to the heart and very reasonably-priced.  Better yet, they have many outlets around the island, making it easy to peruse and purchase your dream band.


7. POH HENG
Photosource: http://www.pohheng.com.sg/cherish

Poh Heng is an old, trusted brand of local-based jewelers that has been around for more than 6 decades, and they were the first major jewelers to enter HDB estates. Their wedding band series is non-fussy, simple, succint, down to earth, and comes with these sweet ring pillows - no price is stated on website. They are so endearing, it touches the heart and makes me yearn to support our local jeweler suddenly.


8.  LEE HWA
Photosource: http://www.leehwajewellery.com/occasion/wedding

Last but not least, Lee Hwa Jewellery, which began as a goldsmith and first opened its doors in 1970. Today, it has expanded to owning many exclusive brands such as Buddha Diamonds, Forevermark, Destinee, etc - bringing together brilliance and high fashion together in a jewelry collection. Their website was a little hard to navigate, and information is vague. Collection is wide and varied, and designs are sophisticated. For your information, Lee Hwa Jewellery is now under the ASPIAL GROUP who also owns GoldHeart Jewellery and its wallet-friendly brand Citigems.

After researching and studying so many "circles of love and trust", I am about to go round in circles and my eyes are dazzled by the beauty of it all. Which brand to go for, which design, which material?


For the rest of the Nuptial Series:
Part (i)  - The Proposal
Part (ii) - Solemnisation procedure
Part (iii) - Solemnisation venues
Part (iv) - Finding the right photography studios
Part (v) -  Hunting for the suits and gowns
Part (vi) - Bespoke (tailored gown) - Review on Kelly's Bridal
Part (vii) - Pre-wedding photoshoot in Vancouver, Canada
Part (viii) - Pre-wedding photoshoot in Singapore - Loov Production
Part (xii) - Decorating the Wedding Banquet Ballrooms
Part (xiii) - Guest Lists and Inviting the Guests
Part (xiv) - Dowry and Demands Discussion
Part (xv) - Food Tasting for Banquet Dinner Menu
Part (xvi) - Meeting the Solemniser
Part (xvii) - Shopping for the Bridal Shoes 
Part (xviii) - Other Background Preparation



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