How To Buy Engagement Rings: A Step-By-Step Guide to Engagement rings

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There is more to buying an engagement ring than simply shopping for a pretty ring that fits in your budget.  Of course, you will want it to be pretty and in your budget, but there is so much more to it.  Only by educating yourself can you know that you are getting the best ring possible.  It's easy to become an educated shopper by learning some simple jewelry terminology and having a basic understanding of the 4C's of diamonds

However, buying an engagement ring is about more than just the business of buying a ring.  This is an opportunity to show how well you know fiancé.  You will need to become a super sleuth in your relationship, gathering vital clues and data that will help you find the perfect ring.  

This guide is designed to take you step-by-step through the process of buying an engagement ring and give you the confidence you need; from selecting the perfect stone to preparing for the proposal.  After all,  the ring you buy is not only a large financial investment but and emotional investment as well.  This is the ring that will be admired for generations to come.  This is the ring that will be desired above any other piece of jewelry, antique, or keepsake.  Do your homework, learn the language, and find the perfect ring.  

 

June Birthstone Pearl: Science, Lore, & Beautiful Jewelry

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If you were luck enough to be born in June, then you have the distinct privilege of claiming pearl as your birthstone!  These lustrous spheres have been lauded throughout history for their beauty and cultural symbolism.  

May Birthstone Emerald: Science, Lore, & Beautiful Jewelry

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Did you know that the May birthstone, Emerald, has been a beloved stone of royalty throughout history?  The earliest record mining of Emerald was in Egypt in 330 B.C. and it was one of Queen Cleopatra's favorite stones.  Rome's Pliny The Elder described it's color as "nothing greens greener."  Learn more about Emeralds below...  

February 01, 2018

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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

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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

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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.