Zales Becomes First Jewelry Chain To Stock LGBT Rings

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    Jul 11, 2016 3:09 AM GMT
    Zales Becomes First Jewelry Chain To Stock LGBT Rings

    http://www.newnownext.com/zales-becomes-first-jewelry-chain-to-stock-lgbt-rings/07/2016/
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    Jul 11, 2016 5:29 AM GMT
    Interesting. Thanks for sharing.
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    Jul 12, 2016 6:47 PM GMT
    That's great! I have to admit, when my husband and I were ring shopping we were really surprised just how little men have to chose from, to begin with. We ended up getting our rings from a Shane Company. I think they're original to my city. They were cool with us, and gave us a good experience.
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    Jul 12, 2016 9:50 PM GMT
    They're incredibly gaudy, especially the ones with the sex symbols.
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    Jul 13, 2016 12:35 PM GMT
    Not bad at all. Personally I wouldn't wear these designs, but I'm glad that those who like them now have many options from which to choose.
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    Jul 13, 2016 1:32 PM GMT
    Thanks. Maybe Zales will start a trend. But as I posted to this news site, after I had seen the offerings and read some other comments:

    "Actually I'm proud I can proclaim that I have a husband, not a wife. But at present we've gotta go with cheap costume jewelry stuff, so this could be welcome.

    At the same time, someone should tell them that we're all not Liberace. Something that's gay AND masculine wouldn't hurt."

    And frankly, some of these rings don't say "gay" to me at all. Just gaudy nonsense I could never wear, unless I was doing drag. But I suppose more gems improve the corporate bottom line.

    BTW, a shortened version of a story I've related here before, from when my late partner & I were on our "honeymoon" in 2002.

    We had gotten inexpensive matching rainbow rings, with colored glass "stones". As we checked into our room in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the desk clerk noticed my partner's ring with 6 rainbow-colored stones.

    "Isn't that lovely, you have 6 children! And each born on a different month!" A few minutes later she noticed my own ring. "And you have 6 children, too!" she gushed. She actually thought these were birthstone rings. OK, well, it was Iowa. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Nor did she seem to connect that our handicapped room had only 1 queen bed we'd be sharing. For 2 men with different last names.

    That was the one thing I had worried might be made an issue. It wasn't, but when she first pulled our reservation she said to my partner to confirm, in hotel-speak: "OK, you're the non-smoking, handicapped queen." I had to flee the desk to hide my laughter like a coward, leaving him there alone to suffer through it on his own.

    I still have his rainbow ring, BTW, the same one the hotel clerk noticed. I always put it in my bicycle handlebar bag when I do the HIV/AIDS charity ride to Key West. It's a tradition that you carry with you some personal object as a memento of a person who died of AIDS, as he did.
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    Jul 13, 2016 2:38 PM GMT
    goto a few local brick mortar stores and get an idea what ring sizes work for you guys. Just get a plain, maybe platinum, wedding band. Platinum is nice but difficult to re size

    shopping for a ring online works really really well:
    -bluenile.com is super well known, nice customer service. their product is well made.
    -worth mentioning my husband's ring is from a brick mortar consignment jewelry store Pippin Vintage Jewelry, while we were on vacation. Likely a 1920's design.
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    -my ring is from an online store in nyc. took them a few tries but it worked out:
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