Brides typically worry about every single detail when it comes to their wedding. The cake, the invitations, the dress, and their shoes all have to be perfect. There is so much pressure on a bride today to create the perfect event that often each bride will obsess unnecessarily on the small things as well. When it comes to wedding shoes, there should be no obsessing. Wedding shoes are such a minor part of the entire wedding event that brides should feel no pressure at all when it comes to their shoes. While bridal stores may make it seem like the shoes are part of the dress, the truth is that most people never even see your shoes when you have a long skirted dress with a train. So, don't fret over choosing your shoes and use these tips while shopping.
Comfort Is Important Without argue, the most important factor in choosing wedding shoes is comfort. You want your wedding day to be one where you can focus on your partner, your guests, and the event in general. You certainly don't want to worry about getting a horrible blister from your shoes. Many brides choose the wrong shoes and are miserable throughout the ceremony. They typically take their shoes off at the reception, which is great if your reception is inside. If you have one outside however, you may be stuck in those horrible shoes. Brides today are being smart about their wedding shoes. They are option for ballet shoes or for white tennis shoes instead of heels. Some brides even buy white house slippers for their big day. You can always choose to wear those fancy heels for the ceremony and then change right into your comfortable white shoes for the after party. There is no reason you should not be able to dance the night away on your wedding day so choose a great pair of comfortable shoes, no matter what style they are. Just be sure they are a pastel color so they won't steal your show.
Style Counts - But Not Much Many brides obsess about the style of their bridal shoes. The truth is that unless you are wearing a short dress, most people will have no idea what type of shoes you have on underneath. If you are someone who only feels as fancy as your shoes however, you might want the dressiest pair around. But, be realistic and know that you should not worry as much about style as you should about comfort. When you are planning a wedding there are a million things to focus on at length. Don't let your shoes be one of them!
Inexpensive Doesn't Mean Ugly Today's weddings are costing an average of $6000 to $25,000 each. At these expensive prices, there are some things that you should be thrifty on. While you should never buy cheap wedding shoes that are uncomfortable, you should not run out and buy a pair that costs $500 either. Remember that you will only be wearing these shoes once. Most brides save their wedding shoes after their big day because they never want to wear them again. Besides, there are not many women brave enough to wear white shoes on any other occasion than their own wedding. Just because they are inexpensive does not mean they are not comfortable and appropriate. So, save your father a buck or two and don't spend a bundle on your wedding shoes.
So, as you are choosing your wedding shoes, keep these things in mind. Comfort comes first! You should do whatever it takes to stay comfortable during your wedding day. If you stay comfortable, you will have much more fun. If you force yourself into pretty but uncomfortable shoes, you will likely be miserable. Remember that you can really wear whatever you want under that long dress and no one will likely know any different. So, don't focus too much on style and choose something that feels great. If you want to keep with the style for the garter removal, consider buying a pair of inexpensive heels for that part of the party. Lastly, be sure to keep money in perspective when shopping. It is your wedding, and you are entitled to have a lavish affair, but don't be unrealistic about it all.
Diamond jewelry clarity is a quality of diamonds relating to the existence and visual appearance of internal defects of a diamond called inclusions, and surface defects called blemishes. Clarity is one of the four Cs of diamond grading, the others being carat, color, and cut. Inclusions may be crystals of a foreign material or another diamond crystal, or structural imperfections such as tiny cracks that can appear whitish or cloudy. The number, size, color, relative location, orientation, and visibility of inclusions can all affect the relative clarity of a diamond. A clarity grade is assigned based on the overall appearance of the stone under 10x magnification.
Most inclusions present in gem-quality diamonds do not affect the diamonds' performance or structural integrity. However, large clouds can affect a diamond's ability to transmit and scatter light. Large cracks close to or breaking the surface may reduce a diamond's resistance to fracture.
Diamonds with higher clarity grades are more valued, with the exceedingly rare "flawless" graded diamond fetching the highest price. However, minor inclusions or blemishes are sometimes considered to have some value, as they can be used as unique identifying marks analogous to fingerprints. In addition, as synthetic diamond technology improves and distinguishing between natural and synthetic diamonds becomes more difficult, inclusions or blemishes can be used as proof of natural origin.
Inclusions and blemishes
There are several types of inclusions and blemishes, which affect a diamond's clarity to varying degrees. Features resulting from diamond enhancement procedures, such as laser lines, are also considered inclusions and/or blemishes. Inclusions
Included crystals or minerals
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), as well as other diamond grading agencies including the European Gemological Laboratory (EGL), American Gemological Society (AGS), and the International Gemological Laboratory (IGL) use a sliding grading scale based on descriptive terms of overall clarity. These grading agencies base their clarity grades on the characteristics of inclusions visible to a trained professional when a diamond is viewed from above under 10x magnification.
The diamond clarity rating in common use are :
FL - "flawless" in that no inclusions or blemishes are visible under 10 times magnification.
IF - "internally flawless" with no inclusions visible under 10 times magnification, only small blemishes on the diamond surface.
VVS1 and VVS2 - "very very slight" inclusions that are difficult to see under 10 times magnification. VVSA denotes a higher clarity grade than VVS2.
VS1 and VS2 - "very slight" inclusions and visible under magnification but invisible to the naked eye.
SI1 and SI2 - "slight inclusions" that may or may not be noticeable to the naked eye.
SI3 is a grade sometimes used in the industry, originally popularized by the European Gemological Laboratory (EGL). While intended as a range to include borderline SI2/I1 stones, it is commonly used to mean I1's which are "eye clean", that is, which have inclusions which are not obviously visible to the naked eye. Neither the GIA nor the American Gemological Society (AGS), assign this grade.
I1,I2 and I3 - "imperfect", with inclusions clearly visible to the naked eye. For I3, the inclusions impact the brilliance of the diamond and are large and obvious.
All grades reflect the appearance to an experienced grader when viewed from above at 10x magnification, though higher magnifications and viewing from other angles are used during the grading process. In "colorless" diamond, dark inclusions will tend to create the greatest drop of clarity grade. In other colors pale inclusions may have greater relief (may stand out more) and may cause a greater drop in grade.
Beyond the clarity grading terms, other considerations include the type, size and location of the "inclusion". Inclusions near or on the surface may weaken the diamond structurally. Depending on where the inclusion occurs in the cut diamond and how it is to be used, it may be possible to hide the inclusion behind the setting.
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