So you are newly engaged. It is a time of celebrations and joy, until you realize your new responsibility of taking care of your partner. Your fiancé? No, we are actually referring to that stunning ring resting on your left hand. We all go into marriage preparing to care for our future husbands or wives, but how many brides-to-be know how to care for their diamonds? Many sites recommend a combination of steps to protect your beloved ring, so read on to find out how to keep it in the best of conditions.
Accidents happen so the first step in ring care is insurance. MarthaStewart.com recommends either adding the ring to your homeowners insurance or taking out a separate policy, just to be safe. Click here to find out more about the process.
Much like you would go to the dentist or doctor every 6 months, your ring also needs a regular checkup to ensure everything is secure. Read more about the pros of this step here.
General everyday precautions are also recommended. Taking you ring off (and storing it somewhere safe) while gardening, cleaning or swimming can help to prevent a frantic search for it later on, or common wear and tear, like scratches or loose prongs. Educate yourself about this step here.
The trends for Spring are officially underway! The runways this year were filled with black and gold statement pieces, winter whites, touches of pearls and dramatic collar pieces. Click here to see all the fierce images from the shows, courtesy of The Gem Standard.
Here are a few ways to incorporate the newest trends into your wardrobe, or just to get some inspiration!
The Tahitian Chocolate Necklace from Laura Preshong is a unique twist on a traditional strand of pearls.
Buffalo Skull Pendant from Rachel Atherley makes a bold statment with any outfit.
This multi colored cuff from Midori Ferris-Wayne is a fun way to mix metals and draw attention to your wrist.
April: the month of blooming flowers, greening grass, sunshine and diamonds! The birthstone for this springtime month, is none other than a girl's best friend, the diamond.
April babies enjoy a rich history behind their birthstone, which is thought to increase balance, clarity and inner strength. One of the most durable substances on the planet, diamonds were considered in ancient times, to have been formed with lightening bolts or to be tears of the gods. There were widespread rumors that heating the stone and taking it to bed would cure ailments stemming from the brain and crippling the body.
The stone comes in a wide range of different colors and shades, making it a wonderfully unique gift to give anyone born in this month. Why not gift a pink diamond ring? A pair of yellow diamond earrings? Or a set of white diamond studs. Whatever your loved one's style, there is a diamond to fit it! Shown is the infamous Hope Diamond.
We all know men could use a little help sometimes, especially when it comes to planning something like an engagement surprise! Never fear- there’s an app for that! In fact, there are several. Below is our list for the best rated gizmos to help you pop the question!
Your Proposal Pal
This smartphone app promises to help you propose in the perfect way. It asks men questions about what kind of person their bride-to-be is and what kind of proposal they envision, and then uses the answers to generate unique proposal plans, with step-by-step instructions on how to execute each. Plus it’s been tested on thousands of women, so you know the ideas are female-approved.
Proposal Pro by Helzberg Diamonds and Rosetta Stone
This app helps reduce a man’s stress about popping the question with lots of helpful tips about how to choose the perfect ring, how to ask her parents, even how to write the perfect proposal speech. The whole thing is even set on a timeline of the users choosing- Perfect for the man who loses track of deadlines!
This app is perfect for the brainstorming stages, when you want to make lists, save voice reminders or keep web pages organized. This app will keep track of all the little ideas you have in the beginning and then best part- it automatically syncs to your other devices.
101 Marriage Proposal Ideas
Less specific than Proposal Pal, this app offers 101 inspirational ideas for proposing, along with step-by-step instructions and additional tips to help men along. Whether or not they use the ideas or just read through to get inspired, this is one app that doesn’t hurt to download!
This is just too cute to not share!
Josephine D. shows off her Laura Preshong engagement ring to her two very estactic daughters! Josephine became engaged this past weekend with Laura's martini setting band with a champagne diamond and her daughters seem to approve! Best wishes for the happy couple!
The 86th Red Carpet was rolled out Sunday and as is tradition, the biggest and best names in the business showed up and showed off. The path to the show was certainly lined with all that glitters from sparkling diamonds to yellow gold and opals, so sit back and enjoy our favorite pieces from the Oscars.
Roberts rocked a lacy peplum but our eyes were drawn to the stunning Bulgari earrings inlaid with baguette, emerald and round cut diamonds. The variety of shapes gave the pieces a unique, Art Deco type quality. She topped the look off with a 1955 statement bracelet, also Bulgari.
The Best Actress winner blew us away with a pair of Chopard drop earrings featuring 62 white opals, set with a white diamond pave in 18K white gold. The stones, brilliant in the light, were a wonderful way to branch out from traditional red-carpet diamonds.
Lupita nailed the yellow gold trend Sunday, with a little help from jeweler Fred Leighton. The Best Supporting Actress winner kept things simple, with a diamond and gold headband, and yellow gold rings and bracelets inlaid with opals, turquoise and diamonds.
By far one of the best-dressed (and accessorized) attendees of the evening, Charlize paired her dramatic Christian Dior Haute Couture gown with an elegant Harry Winston diamond pendant necklace worth a reported $15 million dollars. The piece featured a 31-carat emerald cut diamond flanked by a diamond cluster and containing a jaw-dropping 155 stones.
We love a good rebel, and Amy delivered on Sunday, straying from traditional diamonds and rocking a look all her own. The American Hustle actress accessorized her navy blue Gucci gown with Tiffany’s earrings featuring cabochon rhodochrosite, lapis lazuli, turquoise and diamonds, a Tiffany’s 18K yellow gold and fancy yellow diamond bracelet and a ring set with fire opal, pink sapphire and yellow diamonds also courtesy of Tiffany and Co.
A new year brings with it new trends and new engagement rings. Here are our favorites for 2014 and they're all available in our Wedding Collection.
Solitaire Settings are making a comeback in a big way and have been spotted on the hands of celebrities recently. Lauren Conrad shared the happy news of her engagement with a photo of her Tiffany Solitaire Ring set with a round brilliant diamond. Even under the weight of a 15 carat stone, Kanye West selected a Solitaire setting for the ring he presented to Kim Kardashian late in 2013. The solitaire is simple and elegant, allowing your center stone to take the spotlight.
Yellow Gold is back! With many brides favoring classic styles, both yellow and rose gold seem to have a cult following. Look for this trend to stick around: as the jewelry market continues to trend towards yellow gold, women will look to complement the trend in their engagement rings.
With some help from a certain royal (ahem, Kate Middleton), Sapphires still have a firm grip on the engagement market. Not only are they typically less expensive than the traditional diamond, they are also a stunning choice for brides who want an alternative center stone.
East- West Settings
The East-West setting trend makes any center stone look larger and works with oval stones, emerald cuts etc. It’s also eye catching and sure to have people stopping to look.
Unique Colored Center Stones
For the bride who wants to stray from tradition, uniquely colored center stones are the way to go. Right in line with the Sapphire trend, the engagement market is seeing a higher demand for different colored center stones and tinted diamonds such as Laura’s Rose Diamond Solitaire Ring below.