Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wedding - #4 Choosing the Right BANDwidth

With so many choices in the market nowadays, jewellers are definitely spoiling all wedding couples. However, with a fixed budget, it will definitely get you somewhere or rather 'restrict' other choices. We started without a budget. I know I know! We are crazy people. And because my proposal ring was already of a certain price, we thought that our wedding bands combined will never amount to that much. So without much ado, let me introduce you to some of the jewellers which we went, browsed, chatted with, and of cos share their prices. The most important component of all when choosing a ring.

Fairy's Inc (if you want customised rings at affordable prices)
Address: 402 Orchard Road #03-03 Delfi Orchard
Tel: 6235 5570 Fax: 6235 5030
Mondays - Fridays 1pm till 8pm
Saturdays 1pm till 6pm

This little local jeweller [i highly recommend them if you want customised rings] Both ladies at Fairy's Inc are very thoughtful and 'personal'. They actually care for customers! and love what they are doing. They spend quality time with individual couples and so please make an appointment with them if you want to schedule a timing with them to see their rings and prices. Because i was on my bridal hunt at Delfi Orchard, Mr Goh and I just popped in to see their little shop. We didn't make any appointments with them so we didn't expect them to gave us much attention. However one of the ladies was really helpful despite that they had 2 couples with them and there were only 2 of them in the shop to talk to each couple. She showed us a few trays of their customised rings and let us try many rings by ourselves while she attended to the other couple. So Mr Goh and I just amused ourselves in their shop for awhile. We didn't mind it actually. So thumbs up for their service really! Fairy Inc diamonds are of at least C colour and VS2 if I'm not wrong. Their prices range from $800 [plain bands] to $2000 plus for small pave diamonds. They also do embroidery on their rings [quite their signature] and they even do fingerprints [OMG right!] on rings, cartoons or caricature on rings! Anything , everything. As long as you know what you want, I'm sure they can materialise something for you.
I almost got my wedding band from there because I fell in love with their braided ring series which is a double band with an empty slot where you can insert your engagement ring. If you do not want to put your engagement ring in, you could customise a small pave diamond ring instead. How lovely! Finally, just don't take too long to decide cos i think they need 2 months to get the rings ready for that big day.

Bvlgari Monologo Rings (if you want something fancy)
Price $2475 and above (prices ranges from yellow gold being the lowest, followed by white gold and pink gold; most expensive being the ones with diamonds.)
You can find Bvlgari rings at:
Ngee Ann City Tower A
391A Orchard Road #02-1/3

The Bvlgari at Paragon does not cover rings.
Bvlgari Monologo Rings were our first choice actually. And because we already checked out their prices. So we sort of set aside $5000 for our wedding bands. And still within budget. However when we got to the store and tried on these rings. We realised that although they looked really pretty but they were too fashionable for wedding bands. Just too funky! It was those rings which you wore to a gala party or to a fashion show to SHOW. Just wearing it to work everyday makes it too conspicuous. Beside this fact of being abit too showy, the ring was also quite bulgey and when you wear it, you won't be able to 'close' your middle and pinky finger together with your ring finger. *sigh*

Cartier's LOVE ring (Very simple and elegant)
Ngee Ann City
# 01-33 & # 02-02-04
After a visit to Tiffanys, we went over to Cartier one weekend. We, or rather I decided that since my engagement ring was from Tiffanys, I really wanted something different on my other finger. I'm not that a total die-hard Tiffany fan.
At Cartiers, Mr Goh tried the Love ring for men which is the thicker version; cost $1955. Hey hey, i though to myself, it's quite affordable. While i tried on the mini Love ring which is EVEN cheaper! Cost $1215 because it was the thinnest band. It gets pricer as the band gets thicker.
If you wondering how much does the mini Love with 1 Diamond cost. Hey hey again, cheaper than Bvlgari's Monologo rings. mini Love with 1 diamond embedded right in the centre cost $2215. And the same goes for Cartier like Bvlgari. Yellow gold is the lowest followed by pink and white gold. The price which i quoted above are for the yellow gold series. We tried the white gold ones, although it looked much more modern compared to their yellow counterparts but somehow they looked like they can be gotten from perlini's silver!!!! They really look like SILVER! + cheap (sorry if i offended anyone here)

Below: A series of Cartiers's Love series
And you can see the varying thickness of the rings.

Cartier Love Ring - suitable for men

Cartier Love Ring with 1 Diamond - suitable for ladies!!! (of cos ladies get all the bling!)

Piaget's Possession Rings (Hmm...)

The Possession Outlying ring MOVES! This ring has an outer band. The 2 bands are inseparably link, turn freely around each other in pepetual motion. It is an invisible mechanism , unique in the world of jewellery design!!! Prices start from $6,750 (WHOA + jawdrop) for the diamond ones while the plain band starts from $3750. Yellow gold plain band will start from $2k grand and above.

Celebrity Buzz on the rings:
Eva Longoria’s diamond wedding band from Piaget, features two rows of round diamonds separated by a row of 27 Asscher cut diamonds down the center (total of 107 diamonds). Tony’s wedding band from Piaget is a timeless and elegant 18kt. white gold wedding band. Per the couple’s request, both wedding bands have a personalized French engraving on the inside of the shank.

Somehow, I didnt have much of an affinity to their rings. I dunno why. It's like marrying a guy. You know it when the time comes. SO does the ring.

Ring a bell?

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