Peak wedding season is right around the corner, and for the bride or groom wanting to capture the beginning of a lifetime with a special gift, Cumberland Diamond Exchange - located at 2800 Cumberland Blvd. in Smyrna - offers platinum gift advice.
Selected by Platinum Guild International as one of the top Bridal Jewelers in the United States, CDE has passionately engaged relationships since 1982. "We're in a relationship business," said Mark Jacobson, who owns CDE along with his wife, Rhonda Jacobson, and brother, Wayne Jacobson. "The true benefit of being a jeweler is the relationship and opportunities we have to be a part of so many people's lives."
Selected for We TV's "Get Married" series promoting platinum jewelry that aired in February, CDE shares their advice for the bride and groom when choosing a wedding gift.
"The wedding gift is something special in addition (to the wedding band), just between the two of them," said Beverly Williams, a 20-year senior jewelry specialist with CDE. "It's an additional thing above and beyond the wedding band."
Traditionally exchanged in a private moment before the ceremony or during the rehearsal dinner, the wedding gift symbolizes the wedding day. For an added surprise, the groom often sends the gift to the bride's door while she's dressing.
"It's basically jewelry-related, and she wears it from that moment on and it symbolizes that day to her," said Williams who was selected for the We TV series after secret shopper evaluation scored CDE and Williams a perfect 100 percent on showroom experience.
"Every time she looks at that piece of jewelry, she's going to remember her wedding," Williams said.
For the bride, Williams suggested right-hand rings, pinky rings, simple to jeweled necklaces, bracelets, earrings and charms in different metal choices. "You can go as simple or ornate as you want, taking into account the personality of the wearer," she said.
Gifts in jewelry are also appropriate for the groom and chosen according to how jewelry savvy he is. Williams recommended classic signet rings, cufflinks, rings or necklaces, bracelets and medallions.
Engraving personalizes the piece making it an heirloom that can be passed from one generation to the next. For the bride and groom on a budget, gifts in sterling silver with platinum overlays may be more affordable choices.
"Just remember, it's one of the most important and happiest occasions of your life and little, special things make a big difference," Williams said.
For more information, visit www.cumberlanddiamond.com or call (770) 434-GEMS(4367) or (866) 599-GEMS(4367).
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