Getting married is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. The symbol of this tremendous commitment is the solid metal circle you place on each other’s fingers during your vows.
You’ll be wearing this ring for the rest of your life so you want to choose something beautiful and timeless to boot.
Here we will give you our pointers on how to choose a phenomenal ring and the best LGBTQ friendly jewelers to buy from to bring your wedding ring dreams into reality.
Quality Over Pizzazz When It Comes to Wedding Rings
Since you’ll rarely, if ever, remove this ring it’s not necessarily the time to make a statement. You’ll want this ring to go with every outfit, during every occasion, forever. Consider, instead of bling and pizzazz, to go for simple elegance and high-quality materials.
The money you save on gemstones can be used to buy platinum instead of silver or white gold. Add tasteful details like strong line work but forego making the ring be audacious on its own.
You can always wear accessory rings on other fingers or layers in more fabulous rings for certain occasions but it’s hard to pull off a statement piece in every part of your life.
The Different Types of Bands
When you’re looking for wedding bands you’ll come across a few main types. For women, you’re going to be looking at more traditional silver, gold, and platinum bands that are simple enough to pair with your gorgeous engagement ring.
Men have more options with new materials like tungsten and even certain rubbers to make your ring more durable.
Make sure you look at all that’s available to find something timeless that also speaks to you personally. There are different colors and feels, some with stones and some without, and even more custom details you can add.
Our Top Places to Buy A Ring in St. Petersburg for an LGBTQ Couple
These jewelry shop are family owned and operated businesses that value their community and all who reside in it. They take great joy in making sure your wedding ring is as special as your love is.
Diamonds Direct Fine Jewelers*
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Gary Sanchez has been in the jewelry business for over 25 years. He is passionate about quality craftsmanship and design and wants to get you the perfect ring.
Their shop in Downtown St Pete is right along beautiful Beach Blvd and they are happy to show you their beautiful collection of wedding bands. They also offer stunning engagement rings for both men and women.
Click here to check them out for yourself.
Golden Sails Jewelers
This institution has been around since 1983. They have been crafting handmade pieces and selling beautiful to the public all along.
Ryan and Suzanne Larrison own the shop and with Ryan being a certified gemologist and their ability to melt all metals they can do anything. They have a motto of if you can dream it we can make it.
Check them out here for a truly unique ring customized to you as a couple.
Bernie’s and Son Jewelers
Bernie’s and Son prides themselves on specializing in creating custom pieces for you and your partner.
If you ask for it they can find the components and build it for you. They also do repairs and jewelry cleaning if you have any heirloom pieces you were considering using as part of your wedding bands.
Contact them here to learn more about your options.
RockShop Fine Gems and Jewelry
Carlos Lopez, the founder of the RockShop and his team put the rock and roll back into gemstones and fine jewelry.
Carlos is a graduate gemologist from Chicago who moved down here to St. Petersburg and opened his dream jewelry shop on Central Ave. Their beautiful shop speaks to the passion behind the pieces.
Check them out and read their full story here.
No Matter Where You Buy The Ring Make Sure You Get What You Want
All of these shops would be great choices but it all comes down to how you feel. You want to have a nice comfortable feeling in the place where you’re buying your wedding ring. It should be a wonderful memory.
Make sure all is well and you aren’t being pressured into anything. You’re the customer and you’re right so, be clear about what you want and choose somewhere else if something seems off or you’re clashing with the clerk.
Looking for more amazing and wonderful vendors to take care of you on your magnificent wedding day? We wrote a whole guide on LGBT friendly wedding vendors!
From cake to photography we have you covered. Check out the full list here!
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Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.