February 01, 2018

The Look , The Couch

What Is a Claddagh Ring? Discover Celtic Jewelry

Claddagh Ring and a Celtic Jewelry tradition

The Claddagh has a rich history dating back over 300 years to a small fishing village in Galway, Ireland, for which is also it's namesake, Claddagh.  There are two Galway legends that are believed to be the origin of the ring.  What legend do you believe?

Legend of The Claddagh: Richard Joyce's Love
One legend says that, Galway native, Richard Joyce had been captured by East Indie pirates who sold him into slavery at a plantation in Algeria.  It was there that Richard learned the art of metal smithing.  After escaping or being released he returned home to his true love.  It is said that before he left the plantation he took some of the precious metal dust from which he would craft his true love the first Claddagh ring to show her his love, friendship, and fidelity throughout his absence.

April Birthstone Diamond: A Desired Stone Throughout Time 

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In addition to being one of the most sought after gems on the planet, diamonds are also the birthstone for those lucky enoght to be born in April!  From their lusterous prismatic flashes to theor enchanting legend and lore, diamonds are gift to be treasured!

Birthstone Jewelry: From January to December Birthstone History and Symbolism


The tradition of wearing stones to represent the month you were born in, has a long and rich history that has crossed cultures, geography, and time.  Today we call them 'birthstones.' 

March Birthstone Aquamarine: Science, Lore, & Beautiful Jewelry

March Birthstone Aquamarine

In addition to being the March birthstone, aquamarine is one of the most beloved gemstones today.  From the enchanting blue color, to it's rich history in legend and lore, aquamarine is always a top choice for jewelry shoppers!

September 21, 2017

The Bells , The Couch

Love Wedding Florals?  Flower Wedding Ring Designs, Wedding Dresses, and More

 Flower Wedding Ring

What would a wedding be without flowers? While bouquets and center pieces are the typical go-to for bridal inspiration, don't forget about incorporating florals into non-traditional aspects of your wedding; floral wedding ring designs, wedding dresses, cakes, and invitations.  Let's look at some of my favorite wedding floral ideas:

September 07, 2017

The Bells , The Couch

A Romantic Flower Wedding Ring For Any Bride

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I LOVE flower wedding rings.  They are like a bouquet that will never wilt away; making them perfect for your wedding.  Plus, there are endless flower wedding ring designs to choose from, including garland bands in mix metal and traditional engagement rings with flower embellished sides.  The right ring is just waiting for you!  Here are my favorite designs from our Bella's collection:  

September 07, 2017

The Bells , The Couch

Better Than Antique Ring Settings

Alternatives to Antique Ring Settings

Getting engaged is a special time; filled with romance and priceless moments.  However, if you are considering antique engagement rings, then I briefly need you to step out of that fairy tale for a moment and think long term.  When you do, unfortunately the magic of authentic antique ring settings may disappear.  Why? Simple, because you are buying used jewelry that carries with it all the baggage of worn and abused jewelry: cracked prongs, chipped stones, and worn shanks.  Unfortunately, unless those gorgeous antique ring settings that you love so much are die struck, you may end up looking at a lifetime of expensive repair and restoration bills, as well as replacing the entire ring if the repairs are too extensive.  

September 06, 2017

The Bells , The Couch

4Cs Diamond Rings and What You Need To Know

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The 4C's of Diamonds are a brilliant (no pun intended) means of evaluating, understanding, and discussing the characteristics of a diamond.  It breaks down the 4 most important characteristics into easily digestible topics that are easy for anyone to understand.  

This is important because without the 4C's you wouldn't have a way of communicating what you want or understanding what you are getting for your investment.  Granted, each category is still very complex, but if you take some time to study each of the categories you will be sure to find the perfect stone!   

August 31, 2017

The Bells , The Couch

How Long Does It Take To Buy An Engagement Ring?

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Did you know that it typically takes 3 months to buy an engagement ring?  Does that sound like a long time?  Believe it or not, some grooms can spend up to a year preparing to buy a ring.  If you are asking "why?"  The answer is simple, when it comes to an engagement ring, being an educated shopper is far more involved than you think.  Not only do you need to learn the 4cs of diamonds, but you need to know how to balance these characteristics within your budget.  Plus, you need to find a mounting that highlights the beauty of your stone.  I have prepared the following engagement ring shopping FAQ to help get you started:

August 21, 2017

The Bells , The Couch

Wow Factor Antique Style Engagement Rings (PLUS Affordable Engagement Rings in Gemstone)

affordable antique style engagement rings

Long gone are the days of cookie cutter engagement rings (though, I must confess I still love a simple solitaire).  Today, virtually any ring can be used as an engagement ring making fans of antique ring settings very happy!  Here is a lovely collection of antique style engagement rings that will leave you inspired, excited, and ready to say 'Yes"!!!  Plus, several of these styles are under $2,000 and are set with luxurious gemstones.