Engagement Rings and Other Murky Areas: Should the man surprise the woman with an engagement ring of his choice?

August 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Engagement Rings and Other Murky Areas

With so many conflicting ideologies on the do’s and don’ts of proposals in the modern age, there can often be grey areas on what is proper etiquette.

Should the man surprise the woman with an engagement ring of his choice?

In a perfect world, a man would know the woman he is going to marry so well that he will magically pick the engagement ring of her dreams, and genuinely, pleasantly surprise her with that little velvet box. But in the real world, that is not always the case. Remember, this is the ring that will adorn her finger for the rest of your lives, why not begin your marriage as you mean to continue it, together. Surprises are always welcome, but it is perfectly acceptable to include your bride-to-be in the selection process. This will ensure her happiness and cut out the hassle of resizing. But is this proper etiquette? Yes. As times have changed, so have the rules.

Does a man ever wear an engagement ring?

In most cultures, it is only the female that receives an engagement ring to solidify their betrothal, but there have been some notable exceptions.

When international soccer star David Beckham became engaged to his wife Victoria Beckham, he presented her with a 3 carat marquise cut diamond engagement ring, flanked by baguette diamonds on each side. And then presented himself with a matching male counterpart; a band adorned with 7.5 carats worth of diamonds.

Most recently, Canadian singer Michael Buble decided to honor his fiancé, Luisana Lopilato, by wearing an engagement ring of his own. In Argentina, Lopilato’s homeland, it is tradition for the couple to exchange rings for an engagement, much like during the wedding ceremony.

So gentlemen, it is perfectly proper to wear an engagement ring of your own, and can be a beautiful way to display your commitment when your fiancé is not on hand. But sorry Beckham, at least make sure you lady has the bigger diamond.

Who buys the groom’s wedding band?

Here is another tradition that has changed with the times. Traditionally the groom would purchase the engagement ring and subsequently the bride’s wedding band as well. However, unless the groom is planning on using a family heirloom for himself, it was up to the bride to select and purchase his band.

Today it is much more common for the couple to purchase their wedding bands together, just like any other part of the wedding preparations. With so many different styles of wedding bands, who can blame a person for wanting to participate now that the surprise factor is over?

So whether you have the engagement ring, or are just beginning to look, remember that traditions are always changing and nothing is set in stone. Just forget what you should do, and do what you want to do.

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Spotlight on…Barry Verragio by Engagement 101

April 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Verragio Relaunches Website of Designer Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands

July 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

Verragio, designer of engagement rings and wedding bands, is proud to announce the relaunch of the new and improved Verragio.com (http://www.verragio.com).

New York, NY -July 22, 2009 — Verragio, designer of engagement rings and wedding bands, is proud to announce the relaunch of the new and improved Verragio.com (http://www.verragio.com).

Verragio.com aims to provide visitors with an ease of use and a sneak peek into the new styles associated with each of Verragio’s engagement ring and wedding band collections, including the new Couture Collection, as well as the Paradiso, Insignia and Classico and Eterna Collections. The redesign incorporates new colors, crisp photography to show discreet design details, and new navigational tools.

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“Our online visitors will now experience a more vibrant and seamless view of the Verragio Collections,” says Barry Verragio, president and head designer. “With multiple product views and new product selections, the online experience is intended to be the closest thing possible to actually seeing the product live in a retail establishment.”

In addition to an expanded library of engagement rings and wedding bands, the new site enables visitors to bookmark and share their favorite engagement rings, through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Digg, Delicious and StumbleUpon. With an advanced search option, visitors can also opt for specific engagement ring attributes such as diamond shape, ring style and price range, to develop a ring choice associated with their specifications. The new site will appeal to those who not only are already familiar with the Verragio name, but for those who are looking to be educated on the form and function of the designs which have made Verragio the brand name they are today.

About Verragio:
Verragio specializes in engagement rings and wedding bands of the highest quality and beauty. Verragio is the creator of the Lumino Setting, a revolutionary setting technique that reveals all sides of a diamond, opening up every facet to light. Available in platinum, gold and palladium, Verragio offers designer engagement rings, wedding bands, men’s wedding bands and eternity bands that can be seen only in carefully selected, authorized retail establishments. Verragio has been featured in fashion publications such as InStyle, Elle, Marie Claire and W magazine as well as trade publications such as INSTORE, INDESIGN and JQ.


W Personal Shopper Guest Guru – Barry Verragio

July 23, 2009 § Leave a comment



BARRY VERRAGIO With a vision inspired by a passion for art and innovation, a distinctively different line of engagement rings and wedding bands was born. From time honored pieces to cutting edge designs, Verragio sets the standard for bridal jewelry with breathtaking clarity.

BARRY VERRAGIO Recommends…

Insignia Collection 7010P
18K White Gold and diamond engagement ring from the Insignia Collection. Also available in platinum and palladium; Retail price $3,200




Insignia Collection 7043
18K White Gold and diamond engagement ring from the Insignia Collection. Also available in platinum and palladium; Retail price $2,900


Classico Collection 0363

18K white gold and diamond engagement ring from the Classico Collection. Also available in platinum and palladium; Retail price $1,900


Insignia Collection 7037

18K White Gold and diamond engagement ring from the Insignia Collection. Also available in platinum and palladium; Retail price $2,800



Insignia Collection 7005
18K White Gold and diamond engagement ring from the Insignia Collection. Also available in platinum and palladium; Retail price $3,400

About Verragio: Verragio specializes in engagement rings and wedding bands of the highest quality and beauty, crafted to bring out the inner radiance of any diamonds. The exclusive Lumino Setting suspends the diamond, exposing all facets to light. It creates the perfect setting for any diamond. Consisting of fashion forward designs while still maintaining a classic foundation, the Verragio Collection evokes a feeling of style transcendent of time. Each Verragio style is individually hand-crafted with the attention to detail and styling synonymous with the Verragio name.

Designer Barry Verragio explains: “A beautiful mounting should only enhance the beauty of a diamond in the same way a beautiful dress makes a woman even more beautiful.” This philosophy is reflected in all Verragio rings.

IN DESIGN Magazine – Designer Profile: Barry Verragio

May 27, 2009 § Leave a comment

IN DESIGN Magazine’s Designer Profile featured Barry Verragio of Verragio known as a leader in designer engagement rings, diamond wedding rings and bridal jewelry.

Barry first learned the craft of creating jewerlry as an apprentice. To enhance his natural designing abilities, Barry studied at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Having mastered the ring design, Barry eventuallt paved his way to establsihing his own company, based on the development of his exclusive diamond settig technique.

Barry Verragio is the innovator and creator of the exclusive Lumino Setting, a revolutionary setting technique that suspends the diamonds, exposing all facets to light. Utilized in over 95% of Verragio engagement rings and wedding rings, Lumino Setting technique truly makes each Verragio engagement ring as unique as the woman who wears it.

“When you see that type of reaction to a ring,” Barry says, “You know that you have played a role in one of the most momentous occasions in a live. You will forever be apart of their memories.”

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