September 21, 2017

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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.

August 10, 2017

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What Is The Most Important C In Diamond Buying

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You may find this hard to believe, but all the 4C's of diamonds are equally important.  No one 'C' is more important than another.  Therefore, you will need to prioritize your needs by balancing color, clarity, and cut in your ideal carat size.  If you focus on just the Carat and ignor the other C's you will end up with a big ugly diamond.

August 03, 2017

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Engagement Ring Shopping Myths DEBUNKED (4C's of Diamonds Included)

diamond buying myths.jpgI once helped a groom who insisted on buying a "flawless diamond with a certificate."  In his mind, only flawless was beautiful.  He also thought a certificate was for the sole purpose of guarding against 'blood diamonds.'  He could not have been further from the truth.

What Are The Most Important Diamond Qualities?

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When it comes to finding the perfect stone, all the 4Cs of diamonds are important; and therein lies the challenge.  I have a feeling that you, like countless other fiances-to-be, are overwhelmed with the complexities of such a little stone.

"How can that tiny rock have so much going on!?!"  

It truly is a daunting task to find a stone that will take her breath away at a price you can afford.  Therefore, before you begin researching the 4cs of diamonds or doing any form of shopping, I believe it is important to have a basic understanding of the importance of the 4Cs and why you need to include all of them in your search:

Top 5 Diamond Buying Mistakes

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When it comes to buying her a diamond, do you find yourself in unfamiliar territory?  If so, you are not alone.  Hopefully, these quick tips will save you the time, money, and frustration that many others have gone through by helping you...

  • Acknowledge your lack of knowledge
  • Put aside your assumptions
  • Make sure you budget enough time
Following the following 5 common diamond buying mistakes and learning how to avoid them will not only take the stress off you, but ensure that you buy a diamond she loves that you can afford: