The Real Meaning of Jewelry

A lady who came into the gallery yesterday pointed to a simple gold band on her ring finger and said, “This ring belonged to my grandmother.”  We were talking about the jewelry she was wearing and this comment came up spontaneously. The ring itself was a classic gold...
Matching Wedding Bands

Matching Wedding Bands

Wedding bands are often an afterthought, ​because the engagement ring is considered more important.  But consider that wedding bands are worn by both parties for their entire wedded life and show the world that they are married. To discount the importance of wedding...

Engagement Ring Choice: Surprise or Joint Decision?

In the movie version, the one presenting the engagement ring surprises the recipient with a ring, asking the question “Will you marry me?”  We have seen this movie many times and it is romantic, but practically speaking perhaps not the best choice. A more...

Shopping for Engagement Rings

How much should you spend to get an engagement ring?  There are two ways to go wrong: one, you can spend too much and two, you can spend too little. As to the first error, remember that when you are married, debts as well as everything becomes common property.  So if...

Zen Ring

The Zen Ring is inexpensive, but has excellent engagement ring symbolism. First, any ring is a symbol of unending continuity: it has no beginning and no end; it just goes round and round.  So the Zen Ring starts with that feature. The stone is a real diamond–small,...

Why choose Ricco to make your rings?

You can buy a ring in any number of stores or online shops. But if you want a ring that truly expresses your individuality, then you should opt for one that is custom-made. Why?  Because you personally influence how a custom-made ring looks, as opposed to merely...

Men’s wedding band trends

Looking at what’s being offered online in the way of men’s wedding bands shows a lot of trendy new materials: titanium, tungsten, wood, antler, etc.  Many of these rings have in common a strongly machined finish, which I think is supposed to be manly....

Wedding ring sets

Probably the most typical way to buy wedding rings is to get the engagement ring first and the matching band some time later, but the fit between the two rings may not always work out.  A better approach is to design the two rings at the same time and save the wedding...

Ring safety

Ring safety is a topic we’d prefer to ignore, but that would be irresponsible.  Ring injuries can and do happen, as exemplified by Jimmy Fallon’s recent accident.  Rings injuries occur when the ring catches on something and you can’t pull...

How to choose a good engagement ring.

There are lots and lots of engagement ring designs to choose among, as anyone shopping for one well knows.  So many designs, so little time.  How to choose?  When shopping for a ring, consider these iquestions: Will the ring last a lifetime?  Is it durable?  Is it...

Engagement ring: luxury or practical?

They say millennials are all about experiences.  They will spend big money on the wedding and honeymoon, for example, before they’ll spend on the wedding rings.  Thus, rings are luxury items and weddings are experiences. Before finalizing your wedding ring...

Laboratory Grown Diamonds

Diamonds can be created using advanced technology, with either HPHT (high pressure high heat) or CVD (chemical vapor deposition).  As you might expect, these processes require equipment and expertise that is expensive and demanding, so it’s not exactly a free...

Antique Diamonds

By antique diamonds I refer to diamonds cut by hand before there were electric machines to do the job.  An extremely laborious task due to the hardness of diamond, every effort was made to remove just the smallest amount of material necessary to make the stone...

About Diamonds

The nuts and bolts of diamonds are summed up in what is called the 4 C’s: color, cut, clarity, and carat weight.  You probably already know about these names, but if not, google it.  There’ll be more than you’ve got time for, be assured. I just want...

Choice of metal with Wedding Rings

With a custom-made ring, one of the options is choice of metal–gold, palladium, platinum are some common choices.  If cost is paramount, silver is an option too.  So you have a lot of choices when it comes to metal type. Gold is the most common metal of choice,...

Diamond Engagement Rings

“A Diamond is Forever” is the DeBeers slogan that has been around since the mid 40s and why today about 8 in 10 people get engagement rings with a diamond.  There is a reason why the slogan resonates and that is because a diamond symbolizes purity,...

How NOT to buy an engagement ring

There are many ways to acquire an engagement ring:  online, in stores, eBay, pawn shop, from your mother, etc.  But stop and consider this: it’s your marriage and your life, and the ring is a symbol of something super important in your life.  So be careful with...