September 05, 2018

The Bells , The Couch

Pumpkin Carving Ideas For Fall Marriage Proposals

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Planning a pumpkin perfect proposal is possible!  From letting the pumpkins speak for you or making the carving part of the proposal, the possibilities are endless!  So, grab your engagement ring and check out my top 5 pumpkin carving ideas for proposals!

August 06, 2018

The Bells , The Couch

Engagement Rings Tips: How To Plan A Destination Proposal

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Destination proposals escape the ordinary for a moment that is extraordinary!  These romantic proposals are an excellent way to celebrate your relationship by removing yourselves from routine distractions. 

However, destination proposals take extra time and require careful planning, making planning the proposal a journey in itself.  The following tips will help you get started as well as plan for any unforeseen issues you may encounter.

August 02, 2018

The Bells , The Couch

Engagement Rings Tips: 10 Fall Proposal Ideas

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"How do I plan a fall proposal?"

Fall is a beautiful time of year to propose.  The rich and vibrant colors of autumn's foliage and picturesque farms offering scenic back drops are undeniably romantic.  There are endless places for you to propose with that beautiful engagement ring you have worked so hard to get.  Here are my top 10 favorite ideas for an autumn proposal. 

Plus, in this blog I have provided links to all the talented photographers, locations, and artists that helped make these proposals a reality!  If it were not for their talent, enthusiasm, and dedication, these memories would never have happened.  Thank you for making and capturing these moments and inspiring all the soon-to-be brides and grooms who will read this article.

Top 5 Round Halo Engagement Rings

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One look and it's no wonder why round halo engagement rings are so popular!  These retro Art Deco designs are absolutely stunning.  Plus, they are also budget friendly.  The hallmark of this design is a center stone surrounded by a halo of small diamonds and it is because of this halo that an illusion of a larger ring is created.  Therefore, you can get away with the look of a big ring while doing so with the price point of a smaller and more affordable diamond.  

How Much Do Engagement Rings Cost?

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Are you trying to decide "how much should I spend on an engagement ring" or "how much do engagement rings cost"? These are tricky question.  First, engagement rings can cost any where from a nothing if you have a free family heirloom engagement ring to a multimillion dollar ring.  Therefore, identifying what you can afford and what ring your fiancé wants are important first steps in shopping for the perfect ring.

In this blog I will help you learn to shop for the perfect engagement by discussing:

  • How Do I Make An Engagement Ring Budget
  • How Much Do Engagement Rings Cost
  • How Do I Choose An Engagement Ring
  • What Are The Pros and Cons of Engagement Ring Styles
  • How Do I Buy A Diamond with Confidence

 

Engagement Rings 101: 5 Tips To Save Your Budget

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Finding the perfect ring can be overwhelming especially if your are shopping for engagement rings on a budget.  From selecting a metal to making sense of the 4C's of Diamonds, there are so many places you can loose sight of your budget.  In this blog we will go over our top 5 tips for keeping you on budget so you can find the perfect ring.  

 

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

The Look , The Couch

What Is a Claddagh Ring? Discover Celtic Jewelry

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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.