The 411 on Resizing

What is ring resizing?

Ring resizing is the process of making a ring smaller or bigger to fit your ring finger and it can be done on most metals. 

The need to resize your ring may arise due to weight loss or weight gain and sometimes it’s done simply because of wanting to wear it on another finger.  

“The ring resizing process can be completed in as little as a few hours, or it can take several weeks (or anything in between). It all depends on the metal, the intricacy of the ring, and the jeweler you are working with.” Honey Co

Ring Resizing And What You Need To Know — Enji Studio Jewelry

What Metals can be resized?

  • Platinum
  • Gold
  • Sterling Silver

Platinum

Platinum is a precious silvery white metal that has very recently become a popular choice for all types of jewelry.It’s extremely durable and will last forever. Platinum is also one of the most expensive metals because of its rarity and density. 

Gold

Gold rings are not always 100% pure because pure gold is too soft to shape into complex designs. It is often mixed with alloy metals to strengthen it. 

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% of silver and 7.5% of other metals, usually  copper.

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Effects of Ring Resizing

When a ring is resized, the place where it was cut and then soldered (a joining process used to join different types of metals together by melting a metal alloy) becomes weak. It doesn’t help that these cuts are made from the bottom part of the ring, which is usually subject to the most stress. 

And if you exert pressure on the place where the ring is soldered it can bend or break, however, if the resizing is done well the risk is minimized.

In some cases, when the jeweler has not soldered the ring back together with care when resizing, the joint will be more likely to break in the future.

We do not currently offer the resizing service, however we do have ring adjusters in-store to help adjust the size of a bigger ring. Please ask us and we’ll be happy to send you one. They are K230 inclusive of delivery.

Ring Size Adjuster | Etsy

Any questions?

Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations in Zambia

Planning a wedding can be stressful and the honeymoon is a welcome break from all the drama. Honeymoons are also a great way to create new memories, while you trust each other and explore each other’s unfamiliar territories. Your honeymoon destination is just as important as the wedding and a lot of thought should go into it. 

Below are our top ten honeymoon destinations in Zambia.

Sindabezi Island Lodge

Sindabezi is a unique Zambian Island and rated by Fodors as one of the top 10 lodges for ecotourism in Africa. Sindabezi is privately owned and the only luxury bush camp in the Victoria Falls region. The rates range from $195 per person sharing to $635 per person sharing, inclusive of accommodation, all meals, select drinks and river activities. However it is important to note that rates quoted on their website serve as a guideline only and can be subject to change without notice.

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Tongabezi Lodge

Tongabezi Lodge is a romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi River just upstream from Victoria Falls. Recognized for its unusually thorough responsible travel practices and adored for giving guests what they really want, their rates range from $400 to $1070.

Beautiful River Viasta at Tongabezi Lodge

Mfuwe Lodge

Mfuwe is located just inside South Luangwa National Park, less than an hour drive from Mfuwe International Airport. As soon as you arrive you’ll understand why it has been voted as the best Lodge in Zambia. Mfuwe lodge is a perfect place to enjoy game viewing and the rates range from $200 to $250 inclusive of pick up from the Airport.

Luxury in Zambia at Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa

Avani Victoria Falls Resort

Whether it’s for family fun or a business trip, Avani Victoria Falls Resort offers contemporary comforts and uncontested convenience for only K2450 per night inclusive of breakfast. It is located in Livingstone.

AVANI Victoria Falls Resort

Lower Zambezi Lodge

If you are looking for self-catering accommodation offering premium furnishings & amenities, at affordable rates, you are in for a treat. The Lower Zambezi Lodge is situated within the beautiful Chiawa GMA on the banks of the Zambezi River, nestled at the foot of the Zambezi Escarpment. The rates range from $50 to $ 130 inclusive of boat cruise.

Enjoy a Luxury Safari in Lower Zambezi National Park an Stay at Royal Zambezi Lodge

Chiawa Camp

1989, Chiawa Camp opened up as the first photo safari operation in the Lower Zambezi National Park. The camp’s first-class reputation has gone on to make travel headlines around the world as a great safari lodge for both families and African honeymoons. Prices for accommodation and other activities start from $331 per person per night sharing, activities include, bush walks, cruises, fishing, Jeki Airstrip etc.

Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi | Zambia In Style

South Luangwa National Park-Nsefu Camp

Nkwali is certainly one of the better known camps in the Luangwa and with exceptional guiding standards you cannot be let down. The setting is stunning – the views are absolutely beautiful rates start from $195 person plus $5 for Luangwa conservation.

Falcon Safaris |Nsefu Camp

Royal Zambezi Lodge

The lodge offers the perfect combination of contemporary, simplistic style and extreme comfort while providing a pure wilderness experience. Accommodation rates range from $110 to $164 per person per night inclusive of all the meals, but if you want to enjoy other activities you spend an extra amount of K40 per activity such as boat cruise, canoeing etc.

Royal Zambezi Lodge | Audley Travel

Siavonga: Kariba Inns

Lake Kariba Inns is a hotel in Siavonga that features an outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi. If you want a simple fun honey moon getaway Kariba Inns is the place for you. Rates start from as low as K1800 inclusive of full English breakfast.

Samfya-Chita Lodge and Resort

Chita lodge is a beautiful place, with a nice scenery and boasts of cool breeze on the terraces. Perfect place to visit especially if you want to have some good time at the beach, accommodation ranges from K650 to K2500 inclusive of Breakfast.

Chita Lodge Samfya - Houses for Rent in Samfya, Zambia

Your Guide To Metal Sensitivity

Metal sensitivity is considered a disorder of the immune system where the skin is irritated by metals like jewellery,. It is a common condition that affects 10% to 15% of the population. It can produce a variety of symptoms, including rashes, swelling, or pain due to contact with certain metals (MedBroadcast.com).

The most common metal people are allergic to is nickel. Nickel is a natural hard, silvery-white metal, and it is often mixed with other metals.  Contact with jewellery containing nickel causes an itchy rash and possibly blisters at the site of contact. The skin reacts when it has been exposed for a period of 24 hours or more, especially with rings. 

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What metals are safe if you have sensitive skin?

1.Sterling Silver 

Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper.  Pure sterling silver is too soft to mold into complex jewellery designs. Sterling silver is an affordable precious metal, it is durable and is usually 100% hypoallergenic metal. In some instances, nickel can be one of the components in sterling silver so when making a purchase ensure to ask if the item is nickel free. All our sterling silver rings are nickel free.  

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2.Tungsten Carbide Rings

If you have any metal allergies, be assured it won’t happen with tungsten as long as it’s nickel free.  It will never bend and is perfect for those who love heavy metals. Tungsten is also scratch resistant and requires little maintenance. It’s only downside is revealed when it sustains a fall from a height, it could crack or break due to its hardness. Most couples choose tungsten bands to symbolize the strength of  their love and commitment.

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3.Gold

Gold is one of the oldest, most adored metals that has been known to symbolise wealth. In its pure form, it is a bright, slightly reddish yellow, dense, and soft. It has three alloys: yellow, white and rose gold and is measured in karats. Karat is the measure of the purity of gold. To view our gold collection, please visit our website: www.eternaljewelleryz.com

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Top Tips:

  1. Avoid strong beauty care products, they may react with the metal and cause a skin reaction. Use gentle products like handmade natural soaps. For example: https://www.facebook.com/baobabswirls/
  2. Avoid plated rings.
  3. Use the right products to clean your rings and have your ring  cleaned professionally at least twice a year. Eternal Jewellery offers 2 FREE polishes in a year under the warranty and to benefit from this service the receipt must be presented.

NOTE: A rash caused by a nickel allergy can be treated with antihistamines. There is no cure for an allergy to metals. The best way to prevent a reaction is to avoid the allergen.

We hope you found this article helpful, it’s important to note that a metal allergy can develop unexpectedly. If you suspect you may have a metal allergy, when making a jewellery purchase always ask if the jewellery is nickel free and ask for further advice on your choices. 

The Top 5 Decor Companies in Zambia

TOP 5 DÉCOR COMPANIES

Decor sets the mood, creates the ambiance, expresses the theme and adds to the ultimate experience of an event. It is important to note that an event may look lifeless and uninteresting without décor.

When deciding what you would like for your event, there are certain elements that you should not overlook such as:

  • Theme
  • Flowers
  • Colour scheme
  • Table centrepieces
  • Lighting

If you are looking for a décor company that will transform your event into an unforgettable one, here are the top 5 décor companies to pick from:

1. Glorious Touch Events and Tours (is a wedding planning service event company that guarantees to give you nothing but fresh works that you have never seen before)

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https://www.facebook.com/Glorious-Touch-Events-Tours-445202862252360/

2. ID Creations (Is an event planning and décor specialist that will actualise your imagination into reality)   

https://www.facebook.com/ID-Creations-2098798233781540

3.Pearl Haven Farm (Pink Champagne Events) are specialised in planning milestone parties, birthdays, bridal and baby showers.

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https://www.facebook.com/PinkchampagneEventPlanners

4.Function Junction Events and Décor (They are specialised in weddings, kitchen parties and all corporate functions.)

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https://www.facebook.com/Serenity-Creations-Garden-Events-and-Decor-101027718699796

5.Serenity Creations (For a joyous and colourful event Serenity Creations)

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https://www.facebook.com/Function-Junction-Events-Decor-408728496132517

Do you agree with our list? Who are your favourite local decorators?

6 Secrets to a Successful Surprise Proposal

In order to pull off a successful surprise proposal, you first need to find out her ring size.

Here are some tips:

1. If your girlfriend regularly wears rings on her ring finger, see if you can sneak in to her jewellery box and pinch one to take to the jewellers to get it sized.

2. Get a piece of paper and when she isn’t home trace round the inside of her ring so the jeweller can get an idea of her size.

3. Ask your friends or family to do a bit of digging, or find out your girlfriends ring size for you.

4. Treat her to a day out with friends and make sure they take her to a jewellery store to browse and eventually find out her ring size and let you know discreetly.


5. Buy a ring sizer and when your partner is fast asleep gently measure her ring finger, if she is a light sleeper this might not be the best option for you but if she sleeps like a log you should be able to take her size without her ever knowing!

6. Sometimes it’s hard to find out her ring size, she may catch on to what you are up to and ruin the surprise! So, if all else fails there is always one important rule to follow – go bigger. It’s easier for a jeweller to make a ring smaller than to make it bigger, there is more material for them to work with so when guessing a size it’s always playing it safe to get the next size up rather than one down.

7. You’ll also need to plan the proposal, if you want an elaborate proposal and need help we provide a Decor Proposal Service inclusive of Photography – for more information 0974583423

You can now browse and shop through our website: https://www.eternaljewelleryz.com/product-category/engagement-rings/

 

The 7 Myths of Wedding Planning

Wedding planning is surrounded by a number of myths and like a lot of myths, some have their roots in old truths whilst some have come about more recently due to societal changes.  

Myth 1: It takes at least 12 months to plan a wedding 

With the right budget, organized and focused mind, you can plan a wedding within 3 months. If you put your energy and mind to it, why not? You can still have the wedding of your dreams. Although this could give rise to questions like how long the couple have known each other and have been engaged.  

Myth 2: Everything about your wedding should be personal and unique 

Not everything at your wedding has to be creative or different to create a great day because experience and memories ultimately don’t come from personal touches or creative details, they come from you. Additionally, excellent planning, execution and the right vendors will ensure your wedding is beautiful and enjoyable.

Myth 3: Unless you wear a white dress and cut a wedding cake it’s not really a wedding! 

This is probably one of the oldest myths that you’ll be hearing from your parents, older family members or even some friends when you excitedly tell them your plans. Society’s view is that unless you have a wedding cake and wear a white wedding dress, it is not really a wedding. 

Times have changed, weddings have evolved, you can create your own wedding style and remove elements that do not have any meaning for you or that work best with your budget.

 

 Myth 4: You have to wear the same rings for your entire marriage  

Choosing the perfect rings can seem like a tough and stressful process, especially when there is so much variety at great prices. Not to worry, if you choose something and feel you could also have chosen another design, no fear you can come back for the other design on your next anniversary. All in all, you are not limited to wearing the same ring for the rest of your marriage.  

Myth 5: Seeing each other before the ceremony is bad luck

Many people believe that it is bad luck to see each other before the wedding on the wedding day. The reality is marriage takes work and mutual effort; it is not dependent on luck. If you want to see each other before the ceremony, consider a creative and special reveal.  

Myth 6: The Bride should be overly reserved at the wedding 

Your wedding is something that you are likely to experience once in a lifetime. Get out of your shell and enjoy your wedding, it is yours after all. Of course, we are not advocating disrespect and unpleasantries, do what works best for you, your partner and families.   


Myth 7: There are people that you have to invite/include

When you start writing your guest list, it’s easy to start adding everyone you know. Once you start making that list you might become overwhelmed especially if you are working on a smaller budget. Ideally it is your wedding and you have to invite the people you are comfortable to be with at your wedding, you can use the below tool to help you navigate the guest list.

The Complete Guide to Making Your Guest List: 

https://www.brides.com/story/people-to-cross-off-your-wedding-guest-list-and-why

The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Buying Rings

1. They don’t discuss their preferences

  • Couples often don’t discuss their partner’s preferred stone or design
  • Purchase what your partner would like to avoid tension and requesting an exchange past the policy time because of being unhappy with the choice.
  • Discuss what you would like and exchange pictures, decide on top four designs so that it’s much easier to make a satisfying purchase

2. They guess sizes

  • Buying rings is like buying a dress or shoes, you need to know the right size prior to making a purchase
  • The only way to know your accurate ring size is by visiting a jewelry store or using a ring sizer service like the one Eternal Jewellery provide where we send you a sizer to check your size.
  • When you know your ring size, you are assured your purchase will be smooth and quick
  • If you would like to plan a surprise engagement do your best to find out the ring size to avoid disappointment

3. They don’t take time to ensure they are buying the right size

  • When buying your rings in store, make sure you are 100% happy with the fit
  • It’s not possible to be sure of the size instore then a few hours later say it’s not the right size
  • If you are making a purchase instore you have the advantage of trying the ring on, make sure it fits right before you leave.
  • Avoid insisting on being your preferred designs available size and demand an exchange when it doesn’t fit

4. They disregard company policy

  • All companies have policies that both consumers and staff need to respect.
  • The customer has the right to a satisfactory service as much as the staff have to ensure they follow company policy.
  • To avoid dissatisfaction, listen to staff when they advise the policies and also check your receipts for the policies and adhere to them.
  • This will save you a lot of dissatisfaction, for example you’ll know how long you have to exchange a product and do it within the specified time.

5. Lose receipts immediately after purchase

  • Keep your receipts safe
  • To make use of services like exchange or warranty you need to produce a receipt.
  • Most companies have that policy and it applies when buying rings too

The 5 Reasons Why Wedding Rings are Important

Thousands of years ago in Egypt, the ritual of putting a ring on every bride’s finger was considered a symbol of eternity and love between the couple. Today, various cultures across the world still hold the same belief and both men and women now wear them. Married or intend to marry?

Here are some important reasons for wearing a wedding ring:

  1. Symbol of respect and commitment to your spouse
  • Couples exchange wedding rings as a symbol of commitment to their marriage. 
  1. Status Symbol
  • It sets you apart from people who have not made a commitment to a loved one.
  1. Symbol of attachment
  • Wearing a wedding ring is also a symbol of attachment. It is believed that once you wear the rings on your ring finger, you both are connected by hearts and no one can split you into half until eternity.
  1. Your ring is a first line of defence against infidelity
  • Whether or not you’re wearing a ring is one of the things people notice when they meet you and they’ll often make assumptions about your availability and your commitment to your marriage based on the ring’s presence or absence.
  1. Your ring is a visible symbol to your children and the people you serve that your marriage matters
  • People may look at how you wear your rings and make inferences about your personality, relationship status, and other factors. For instance, maintaining the image of a perfect presidential marriage is paramount in most countries, hence the president and first lady should probably wear their wedding rings in public.
  • Within the Zambian context, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and the first lady Esther Lungu are usually photographed wearing their rings. And if on any occasion their rings are absent on their fourth fingers there are usually speculations as to whether their relationship is stable or not, this is a confirmation that rings can be a pleasant way to indicate the stability of your relationship, however it does not mean that those who never take off their rings have a stable relationship.

At Eternal Jewellery, we believe in an eternal kind of love and a ring as one of the signs of that love. If for some reason your ring is absent because it is lost, has become too tight or loose we’ve got you covered with our offer of exquisite designs and unbeatable after sale services.

Nevertheless, the world is bordered across different cultures and ideologies and there is always that option of not wearing a ring at all.

What are your thoughts?

EJZ

The secret to choosing the perfect engagement ring…

When it comes to choosing the perfect engagement ring, educating yourself on a few key pointers will help you find the right one. An engagement ring is a once-in-a-lifetime investment, and like all investments, you want to be knowledgeable so that you are confident in your decision.

Sometimes picking an engagement ring can be overwhelming, Eternal Jewellery is here to guide you through the experience. You don’t need much to get started. All you’ll need to know before you start ring shopping is detailed below:

Ring Size

Know her ring size, this is the starting point for buying an engagement ring. If she wears rings, borrow one she already owns. Discreetly get hold of that ring because it can be used to determine her ring size when presented at any jewelry shop. You may also ask someone close to her, you may be lucky enough that they already know the answer from previous conversations. And if not, ask them to subtly work the question into a conversation.

Another way to find out her ring size is while she sleeps, this one can be very tricky and can spoil the surprise if she is a light sleeper, carefully wrap a piece of string around her finger while she rests and the circumference measurement in millimetres can be converted into her ring size using a ring size chart.

Jewellery Preferences 

What kind of jewelry does she wear? Is she more classic or modern? Feminine or sophisticated? Does she wear more silver or gold? Do her pieces tend to be more delicate or chunky? Simple or ornate? Too plain or very busy? Always have these preferences in mind when considering buying an engagement ring. If you buy something similar to what she already likes, you can’t go wrong.

P.S Do not get a huge rock for her if she loves subtle jewellery, it’s highly likely she may not fancy the ring a hundred percent.

Ring Style & Stone Shape

Are her preferences hard to pin down? Notice the shapes of her pendants, fashion rings, or earrings. (Are they round, heart-shaped, emerald, or radiant, etc.). Always avoid the awkwardness of choosing an engagement ring that’s more to your taste than hers. She needs to be the focus…

Hint Hint 

Ladies have a special superpower; “hinting”. A gentleman needs to pay attention to the clues thrown at him, sometimes she’ll accidentally send you pictures, upload a ring picture on her Facebook and WhatsApp story, tag you on a Facebook post, or even send you screenshots of her friend’s engagement ring. Pay attention to the details that accompany these hints.

 Cost Saving

Do you have a tight ring budget? It could be a good idea to purchase a two-piece ladies’ set, use the engagement ring to propose, and add the band on the wedding day. A few days before the wedding, the engagement ring can be good as new with the amazing free polishing services under the Eternal Jewellery warranty. Purchasing a set is cost-efficient and ideal for couples on a tight budget.

TIPS TO CONSIDER

If she prefers clean, modern lines in furniture, it’s likely she’ll react well to the same aesthetic in rectangular or square shapes, like the Emerald Cut or Princess-Cut.

If she tends towards the traditional, a Round shape or Solitaire would be a hit. More bohemian types tend to favour unusual shapes, like Trilliant or Marquise.

Happy Shopping!

Too young to marry?

Last year, Cosmas married Carol and there were concerns by the social media public about their age. This morning we woke up to Facebook buzz about Enock Mwepu’s age and people are up in arms again with a lot of negative chatter; he is too Young to Marry they say…

 

By what criteria are they too young? How does one know when they are ready to marry? 

Some of the most common ways to know are:

  • Maturity – When you realize that the world does not revolve around you; and are able to empathize with the needs of others. Maturity does not always come with age, it’s deliberate.
  • Content with the person you have chosen – Are you still searching for better or this is it for you?
  • Self-knowledge – Know yourself, the general direction you would like your life to go and love yourself so you can still be an individual in your marriage.
  • Financial Literacy (stability) – You have to be financially responsible to help build and maintain a home which comes with financial expenses.

As social media public, we are unable to fully assess these couples and make an absolute and objective conclusion about whether they are too young to marry or not, ready or not. Time will tell, but they do not need unnecessary pressure from us, life is about growth and learning through decision making. Only an undecisive individual forfeits progress for fear of failure.

These couples are to be commended in contrast to their older counterparts who are putting off marriage till much later in life, some well into their late 30s for some absurd reasons like fear of commitment. Yet they show commitment at their jobs and hobbies; football and betting to name a couple…

There are other conversations we could be engaging in as the Zambian public that directly impact us, like child marriages. According to UNICEF statistics from 2017; 5% of girls in Zambia are married by the age of 15 and 29% by the age of 18. World Vision, also states that Zambia has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world. Sexually transmitted infections and even HIV/AIDS and complications of early motherhood affect the social wellbeing of girls who go through child, early and forced marriage, denying them the right to enjoy their childhood. Let’s jump on this conversation and find ways we can help make a difference for many young people forced into marriage because of poverty, it affects the productivity and health of our country.

 In conclusion, we hope when you think “Too Young to Marry”, it’s in line with Zambia’s child marriage problem and not a grown couple’s mutual decision to marry. At Eternal Jewellery, we celebrate love; to find genuine, reciprocal, lasting affection is a blessing and we wish both couples the very best in their unions.

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