In many ways, the symbolic high point of the wedding ceremony is the moment whenthe wedding rings are placed on the bride and groom's fingers, publicly signifying that these two individuals are now joined as one. And just as every couple is unique, wedding bands can also be unique.

Couples can pick and choose from a number of variables to create the bands that uniquely suit them: the cut of the diamond, the type of metal and the color choices that both offer.

The bride and groom aren't the only ones eligible to receive jewelry at weddings. Everyone involved in the event, from the mother of the bride to the flower girls and everyone in between, qualifies for special treatment, and jewelry is the perfect expression of that. In fact it's always appropriate for all the special people in your life.

In some cultures the tradition has been to shower the bride and groom with gold, in part as a hedge against any possible lean times in the future. While that is still an acceptable course of action, friends and relatives nowadays are able to choose from a huge number of jewelry options which will retain their value while bringing a sparkle to the recipient's eye. Gold itself comes in a variety of hues. Other metals like platinum are considered just as appropriate as gold. And all of these can be brightened with a virtual rainbow of color from precious gems of every hue and size. Pearls are also a thoughtful gift at weddings.

One key point to emphasize is appropriateness. It's okay to give the bride just about any type of jewelry that means something to both the giver and recipient, whether that be a pair of earrings or bracelet or necklace. For grooms, items geared specifically to men are the order of the day -- cuff links, shirt studs and the like. Bridesmaids and groomsmen are often gifted with a jewelry memento of the day but it should be one that does not outshine the bride. After all, it's her day. And flower girls are also given jewelry to mark their participation in the day's activities. What seems most popular for them are yellow gold rings, pendants, earrings or bracelets with motifs like hearts, butterflies and even teddy bears. It's practically guaranteed that they, like the bride and groom, will always remember the day when they put on this special jewelry.