The bling! Quite possibly one of the best parts of becoming engaged is the ring or rings.  Well, that and the fact that you get to spend the rest of your life with the one that you love! We are talking engagement rings – that pretty little sparkler you get to wear everyday. (I still remember the first time that I put on my engagement ring and how strange it felt to have something on that finger!) Today, we have Matthew Rosenheim, president and part owner of Tiny Jewel Box, to give us some tips for wedding ring shopping. Tiny Jewel Box is an iconic jewelry boutique in the heart of downtown DC and the Rosenheim family has owned it since it’s inception over 80 years ago. Take it away, Matthew….


Photo credit: Cassidy Duhon Wedding Photography from Krista and Jonathan’s wedding

The Diamond.
There are many shapes and sizes that diamonds come in, but the most popular today are round, cushion, square and rectangular.  Each shape can come in a variety of facet arrangements that will alter the appearance of the light reflections so it is best to work with a professional jeweler who can show you the various shapes and cuts and explain the differences.  Diminutive differences in the color, clarity, cut or weight of the diamond can make significant differences in the price without altering the appearance of the stone.  Seek the guidance of a trained jewelry professional to find just the right diamond for your budget.

The Mounting.
There are a wide variety of styles available for your diamond, but for both beauty and durability we always recommend platinum as the metal of choice.  In selecting just the right mounting remember that there is no other item of jewelry that you will be wearing every day for the rest of your life so a more classic style will always stand the “test of time”.  Additionally, if you want your band to fit next to your diamond ring then make sure you take that into consideration when you make your selection.  You would be surprised at the number of engaged couples who go to select a band and find that there is an unacceptable gap between the rings.

Nothing Replaces Touch and Feel.
The internet is a wonderful place to do your research on diamonds and mounting styles but pictures and certificates don’t tell the whole story.  How your diamond looks in various lighting conditions and how your mounting of choice looks on your finger can only be experienced firsthand.

Visit the Store.
When having a firsthand experience at a store with a seasoned professional, you can assure yourself that you can get exactly the ring that will make your heart beat a little faster.  Generally, mountings can be customized so that you can achieve exactly what you want, not just what is in the jeweler’s showcase or website.  A skilled professional can gently lead you through what can be a confusing process and make suggestions that can allow you to even exceed the fantasies you began with.

Rarely does a couple walk into a store and walk out with the ring of their dreams on the same day.  Finding just the right diamond and just the right mounting can take some time.  Once the diamond is selected it can take anywhere from a few days to six weeks to finish the mounting depending on your special needs.  At Tiny Jewel Box, we will always advocate to get you your ring at the desired time but it’s best to plan ahead and allow for the process to be unrushed.  Our utmost desire at Tiny Jewel Box is for your experience to go smoothly; to be enjoyable; and to always be memorable.  GOOD LUCK!!


Thank you so much!  If you are in the market for a wedding ring, be sure to check out Tiny Jewel Box on Connecticut Avenue in DC. They also have a great bridal section on their website as well as a buying guide for more information.

For more advice, check out our full list of tips and tricks from the local DC, MD and VA wedding professionals.

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