LaRog Brothers, one of Portland’s oldest, and certainly most trusted jewelry store, says of the Carlex line:
“Designed with today’s most innovative tools, Carlex brings us a collection of truly magnificent rings. Known for the unique designs and expert craftsmanship, these men’s band include multi-layered and diamond studded designs. We are proud to carry such an outstanding collection of hand-finished rings for men, and know you will enjoy looking through these beautiful styles.”
Glowing testimonials such as that, from a highly respected source, justify the large investment that CrownRing (Carlex is the flagship line of rings for this Montreal based manufacturer of fine bridal jewelry) has made in expanding its plant and purchasing state of the art equipment for fabrication.
LaRog also writes that “The greatest compliment is a happy customer”. Purchasers of Carlex wedding bands have expressed complete satisfaction with their product.
Barry’s Jewelers writes:
“Carlex Collection, A Symbol of Love
A name synonymously known throughout North America for its unique design, quality and craftsmanship. Every piece is a symbol of perfection bearing the Carlex signature.”
The highest vote of confidence came from the JCK 2011Trade Show in Las Vegas, where Carlex, pitted against some of the largest jewelry manufacturers, won the award for best Platinum Wedding Band. Carlex is a collection of men’s wedding rings, uses only platinum, 18k gold and top quality diamonds in their wedding bands. The Platinum Guild International USA received over 180 entries which were initially reviewed by editors from the leading bridal magazines and publications. The final vote was given to the retailers displaying during the JCK show.
Windsor Diamonds writes in their description of what they refer to as “Carlex’s “architectural ring:
“Each ring has a personalized serial number and comes with a Lifetime Warranty. The ring has been manufactured with a Comfort Fit and has been designed and constructed to the highest standards in the industry.”
Let’s see how the design of one will give you a hint as to what he will like in the other.
They are both forms of jewelry, one having more of a functional base, and one having a symbolic base. Unless the wearer is left-handed and therefore sports his watch on his right wrist, these two items are probably displayed closely on the same arm.
For many men, these are the only items of jewelry that they wear every day. This was a very important factor in the design parameters of the Carlex line of men’s wedding rings. Thierry Bellisha, one of the founders of CrownRing, the company that launched the Carlex collection in 2008, explains:
“We wanted to create a really sleek wedding ring for men, who are 90 per cent of our customers, and I realized the one piece of jewelry a man wears with confidence is a wrist watch.”
If a man chooses a steel link timepiece such as the Rolex DateJust, he is perhaps demonstrating his preference for structured mechanical pieces that contain straight lines, multiple layers, while maintaining an air of elegance. The Carlex collection contains many platinum and 18k white gold rings that would compliment a classical but masculine watch such as this.
If his taste runs to the Rolex Submariner, he might be attracted to the intensely masculine link monochromatic model that defines the Carlex Generation 1 collection (Carlex Mens Designer Ring Item #WB-9123-5).
Watches that contain diamonds, either mounted around the crystal in the Bezel, or in some cases loose under the crystal, are generally the choice of men who are comfortable in a boardroom or at an elegant cocktail party. Carlex’s Generation 2 award winning platinum and diamond men’s wedding ring (Item #WB-9851WW-S) would complement the luxury design of that time piece.
Carlex rings are also manufactured in 18k yellow and rose gold. These designer men’s wedding rings are well suited to yellow or the much less common rose gold watches.
The first generation of a design defines the structure, style and brand of the item. The second generation should push boundaries of the original ideas, exploring new design features to be integrated into the qualities of their first endeavor.
When it happens that the first generation is perfect the way it is, then designers might want to challenge themselves by creating something new and exciting, to exist alongside the original.
Carlex, the luxurious high-end collection of men’s wedding rings, was launched by CrownRing in 2008 to meet and surpass the discerning tastes of fashionable men everywhere. Careful research was conducted into the style of wedding ring that would appeal to such a man. An obvious customer would be a man who would also wear an elegant bracelet or one of the finest watches on the market. Rolex, Omega, Tag Huer, Cartier all spring to mind.
The first generation of Carlex men’s wedding bands reflected the masculine style of these watch bands, but added elements such as layering, texture, and color to the complex structure and appearance of the wedding rings. The sophisticated design of the men’s rings more than satisfied their clientele.
G1 was a success. It was classic. With their second generation collection, (G2) they created new and exciting styles. You could still recognize the distinct Carlex touches in each ring. They are all crafted from 18k gold (gold, white, or pink) and platinum, as each ring was in the G1 line. They all captured the masculine, interconnection of mechanical looking links.
First of all, if the men’s wedding ring comes from a manufacturer such as CrownRing’s Carlex line, the high-end designer ring may not be suitable for his workplace. The rings are durable as well as beautiful, but for some professions jewelry is a liability.
A Carlex ring is a luxurious item and should usually be insured separately from your household goods. Therefore, if your daily situations involve in having to constantly remove your ring, such as washing your hands etc, then most men would consider leaving their bands for their off-duty events.
Does the wedding ring fit? Is it comfortable? Comfort can be a big issue, especially men who aren’t used to wearing any type of ring. As spectacular as a designer wedding ring can be, it remains a foreign object on the finger. Most men must remember that there is a “training period” for their fingers to get used to this new and foreign object!
Perhaps weight gain or water retention (yes men get that too) might have rendered his wedding ring too small. If that’s the case, a high end manufacturer of men’s wedding rings such as Carlex will surely work with you as to ensure that the ring remains comfortable. Their wedding rings do come with a lifetime warranty, which provides their clientele with a lifetime loyalty.
Allergies can also be an important factor when choosing your ring. As a general rule, the alloys in some gold can cause a reaction with some skin types. Although Carlex is only produced in high quality 18K gold or platinum, you might consider their platinum rings if skin allergies are an issue.
There are men who have no interest in the symbolic meaning of a wedding ring. They feel married with or without a wedding ring. A most recent and popular famous example would be the wedding of Prince William, who openly announced that he would not be wearing one, as he feels that there is no need to advertise the fact. There probably isn’t a cure for this one!!! Wearing a men’s wedding ring is a fairly new custom, dating back only to WWII. Before that, male adornment, other than a watch, was frowned upon. While the majority of men do wear wedding rings today, there are still some hold-outs.
"The boy also wears the engagement ring (in Argentina)," Bublé said, displaying the silver band. "That's what she tells me anyway."
(Joseph Brannigan Lynch, Stop The Presses!)
Bublé was not one to depart from tradition even in his proposal to his future bride. Her engagement ring was exclusively designed by him and his proposal was made in front of her family.
What does a man’s engagement ring look like? In South America the rings are usually silver, replacing them with gold at the ceremony. In North America, where men’s engagement rings are a story in progress, there are a few different alternatives. And while “man-gagement” rings have gained popularity in North America, in countries such as Sweden and Norway, they are common.
As a general rule the ring is a band with a single small diamond or a number of diamond highlights. For a good example, take a look at Model# WB-9587WB-5 in the Carlex G2 Collection. This innovative band from their “Carlex’s second generation” line of men’s ring is a unique looking design in 18K gold with a black cobalt finish. This very masculine representative of the Carlex line of men’s wedding rings can be worn as both a man’s engagement ring and a man’s wedding ring. The black finish and 18k white gold base and detailing make this a very handsome ring, whatever the reason for wearing it symbolizes.
The large solitaire diamond mounted with prongs above the band level will not have an appeal for the average male customer. The diamond (or diamonds) are always set level with the band in a man’s engagement ring.
Some people refer to these rings as “commitment rings” on the behalf of the male. Because they resemble a man’s wedding ring so closely, they make a clear statement that the bearer is clearly “off the market”. Some women questioned the fairness in their wearing a symbol of their commitment to marriage, while their male counterpart wore no indication of his status.
Women, will usually add the wedding band to her left hand “ring finger” along with the engagement ring; it is unclear what the male should do with his ring. Many times, the ring merely changes status with the man, becoming a wedding ring after the ceremony. Or he may move it to his right hand and add a man’s wedding band to the left.
With gender related differences in taste, it is not surprising that men’s jewelry should be very different in appearance. Just enlarging the female design of a wedding ring is not necessarily going to appeal to a man, unless it is a very plain wedding band.
What are the main differences? As a rule, female tastes run to sparkly, smaller, and more delicate. Men prefer pieces that are more sedate and larger in size. Therefore, doesn’t it make sense for a man to turn to a line of designer wedding rings that are made especially for men?
CrownRing, who manufacture quality bridal jewelry including engagement rings, wedding rings for both men and women, and anniversary (eternity) rings, introduced its high end designer Carlex collection for men in 2008. And it is a men’s only club.
Despite the illusion that jewelry is a female domain, in fact 90 per cent of the CrownRing customers are male. It is this target market that Carlex exclusively caters to.
The owners were after a particular “look” for their new line. Theirry Bellisha (who founded the company with Haimy Mann) saw inspiration in the interlocking mechanical design of watch bands. Since watches where the main stay of most male jewelry, that turned out to be an excellent place to start.
“We wanted to create a really sleek wedding ring for men…and I realized the one piece of jewelry a man wears with confidence is a wrist watch,” explains Bellisha.
Since the inception of the line, it has become a major award winner at the JCK trade show in Las Vegas. The Carlex collection is the ultimate in high end designer wedding rings for men. Every model is an excellent example of masculine taste and quality production. The rings are fashioned with architectural lines that are appealing to the male eye. They are large enough to be impressive on any size hand, but are also available in smaller widths for a more delicate hand. They are carefully designed to suit the ruggedness of some men, and the executive elegance of the boardroom.
Of course, the presence of a man’s wedding ring tells a pretty specific story. The lack of one is not quite as definitive when it comes to assessing marital status. Wedding rings for men only became widely used after WWII, and some men still resist wearing any kind of personal adornment.
For example, although Kate Middleton wears a wedding band hand made from Welsh gold, William made the decision not to wear a ring at all. A spokesman at the palace told People magazine, “There is only going to be one ring, in accordance with the couple’s wishes.” Obviously the absence of a wedding ring was not so that William could masquerade as a single man; there are very few people outside of remote areas that are not aware that he is married.
His father does wear a wedding ring, but as he did with his first wife, he wears his wedding band under a signet ring on the pinky of his left hand. This seems to be, if not common, often done among the upper classes in Britain. The Duke of Edinburgh has never worn a ring, but since his bride is fairly well known, like William this is a matter of personal preference not an effort to hide his marital status.
According to Miss Manners, since the male wedding ring is a fairly new custom in North America (in Europe it is a more widely established custom), that it has been in practice for only a few generations, as was the wearing of most male jewelry. Men of that time period, unused to wearing rings of any kind, probably found the new trend to be uncomfortable and irritating. There is no doubt that there is a “training period” for a finger that has never had a ring on it.
As men’s wedding rings have gained greater popularity, the styles have evolved. The rings are now designed to fit a male hand, with a wider band, and more masculine styling. Comfort and durability are important elements, especially when the man is employed in a field where they must make rough use of their hands.
For those who spend most of their time in the boardroom, designer high-end rings now include diamonds and two tone coloration.
“To me, Masculine Art is more structured. It obeys the rules that professors like to teach. A Masculine painting will be in the realistic style with proper lighting and composition. A Masculine film, novel or play will be plot-driven with a strong hero, a good villain, and a neat and tidy ending. Masculine dance will have a plot as well. It will tell a story. Etc.
Masculine Art appeals to the brain. Its skills can be taught, learned, and repeated. Feminine Art appeals to the heart.”
This reflects psychological theory in relation to expressions of empathy between males and females. A man will want to DO something to correct a problem. The female often just wants to vent about the issue. This supports the image of man as the builder, the logical thinker, someone who appreciates and needs structure.
Carlex, a manufacturer of trendy and luxurious men’s wedding bands, referred to their designs as being: “when art meet architecture.” Keeping in mind that the structured fundamentals of architecture that are already a part of masculine art, their line of designer wedding rings have the look and feel of steel, of interlinked symmetrical links and gears (see Item# WB-9123-5 in the Carlex collection).
Instead of colorful gems stones, the wedding rings rely on layers, sharp cuts, straight lines and rich textures for their intensely masculine feel. These high end wedding bands look strong; strong enough to last a lifetime just as the vows that are made over them.
They are made with the highest quality metals, 18k gold and platinum. Platinum was once considered the only metal fit for a king, and is classified as “noble” because of its rarity and strength.
The addition of rounded corners (Item # WB-9464RW-S), colored gold in two-tone configurations (same Item #) and diamond accent stones (Item # WB-9797YW-S) introduce the female element to the ring designs. There are many men and women that can appreciate a designer wedding ring that can integrate the two and still retain the masculine element for the most part.
The men’s wedding bands by Carlex are created only from the highest quality of metal suitable for jewelry, especially for setting gemstones: 18k gold and platinum. These metals will ensure a solid infrastructure for the detailed designs of the rings, and provide the necessary security for the diamonds that are set into some of the models. Carlex wedding bands are luxury jewelry at its best, and keeping the rings looking their best does take some care.
Be careful not to expose your gold wedding ring to chlorine or other abrasive substances. Remove any gold jewelry that may come into contact with chlorinated (bleach) cleaning products, and heavily chlorinated swimming pools. Also be careful about exposing your gold wedding ring to perfume and cologne. The majority of men will not be using makeup or hair spray, but these are also to be avoided.
Men who enjoy intensely physical exercise, or have job that entail their gold wedding rings to be subjected to excessive moisture and perspiration should either remove the ring or clean it regularly with a soft cloth. Use lukewarm water and mild detergent to wash your wedding band, and to prevent lint from affecting the brilliance of the finish, use a hair dryer to dry it.
Platinum is a very durable metal and does not scratch easily. However it can be marked by diamonds with certain claw settings and other platinum pieces. If you need to store the ring temporarily, do so separately. Cleaning instructions are the same as for any 18k gold men’s wedding band.
If your ring is a two-tone combination of gold and platinum, then take care for it as if it was entirely gold.
If your men’s gold or platinum fine quality designer ring should need re-polishing due to regular wear and tear, please contact the retail outlet where you purchased your wedding band, or write to CrownRing Carlex Division. The company prides itself on making sure your men’s wedding band maintains the same beauty and quality for the life-time of the piece.
Carlex is a luxury line of men’s fashion wedding bands. Your choices include masculine monochromatic metal rings, to multi-toned rings set with diamonds.
The Carlex designs are equally stunning in the 18k gold version or the platinum wedding bands. But there are differences between the two metals.
Color is one important element. Gold can be alloyed with other metal to create a variety of colors. The metals used, well as their concentration affect the resulting color. But one of the real advantages of using gold in a ring is the malleability of the material. Some cheaper alternate metals are so hard that it is difficult to reproduce the fine detailing that makes a uniquely elegant men’s wedding ring. Carlex use only 18k gold, no matter what the color, to ensure the infrastructure is solid enough to last for years of daily wear. All Carlex wedding bands are guaranteed to last a lifetime.
18k gold in both the yellow and white versions is the most popular metal used for men’s wedding bands.
The only reason that platinum is less popular is because of its price. The metal is very dense so a design executed in Platinum will weigh more than the same design in gold. The weight of a men’s wedding band is very important, as the rings are generally bigger and bulkier than a woman’s wedding ring so the added weight can affect the comfort level of the ring as well as its price.