'Green' wedding jewelry client review on Best Cape Cod Weddings.
"I cannot say enough amazing things about Laura Preshong. My now husband found them for my engagement ring, knowing that I would not want a mass-produced, traditional ring. The ring he found is absolutely gorgeous, and absolutely me (halo paved with champagne diamond, hammered band). It is from recycled materials with a fair trade diamond. For a girl who did not think she even cared about a ring, he managed to find one that I am completely obsessed with. :) I get complements on it all the time. So of course I went back to LP for the wedding band. It fits perfectly with my engagement ring, and they tailored the ring so that it would match. If the uniqueness and gorgeousness of the jewelry isn't enough, the service was stellar as well. They remembered my fiance's name almost 8 months after the engagement when I came in to look at bands. Every employee that I have met or spoken with has been friendly and incredibly helpful. It's clear that they take pride in the beautiful work. Love everything about this store & products!"
The Boston Public Library houses an inspiring collection of more than 350 vintage travel posters from the 1920's to 1940's. These colorful, stylised posters are housed in the print department of the library and with the 6 degree weather outside, this Seaside vacation looks perfect.
To see some of the collection on Flickr click here or head on over to the Boston Public Library to experience these works of art up close and personal. Enjoy.
Choosing a setting for your future engagement ring can be a beautiful representation of your personal style, and is an important factor in enhancing the look of your diamond. These eco-friendly, socially responsible engagement styles below can help you decide on your perfect setting.
A recycled gold, bezel set Twig ring features a thin "collar" of 18k yellow gold metal surrounding the the diamond. Bezel setting is one of the oldest gemstone mounting techniques yet is still looks very modern and streamlined. This style of setting is labor intensive, the bezel must be formed to fit the exact size and shape of the diamond and folded over smoothly to hold the stone in place.
A gorgeous pave set recycled white gold 'Odessa' ring by Laura Preshong Ethical Wedding Collection is a fine example of a hand done pave setting. Pave attempts to cover the desired surface with small brilliant cut round diamonds to create a "paved" affect. Tiny diamonds are placed in small holes drilled into the setting surface, tiny bits of metal are then pushed over the edge of each diamond, forming tiny beads holding them in place.
Halo set is a border of small stones surrounding a single large center stone. This contemporary take on a classic Edwardian style ring enhances the center stone by surrounding it with the brilliance and fire of multiple pave set diamonds.
Prong set is one of the most common methods for holding a stone since it puts the emphasis on the diamond rather than the ring holding it. Prongs are the 4-6 metal claws rise out of the band that bend over the edge of the stone holding it securely in place.
Cluster set diamonds are when several smaller diamonds flank a large center diamond or other gemstone. There are many unique options for how custer rings can be arranged, but often the designs are stylized floral or simple geometric patterns.
Flush set diamonds are sunk into the band until they are nearly level or flush with the ring surface. Only the table of the diamond and some of the facets on the crown are exposed. Subtle and contemporary this setting style has become very popular even though it does not allow maximum light to enter the diamond.
Shared Prong Set is simply another style of prong setting, and as the name implies several diamonds are set side by side sharing the same prongs. This setting technique uses less metal than pave setting which allows more light to shine through the diamonds for maximum sparkle.
You can barely see it...my Flower Halo ring in the "A Colorful Affair" feature in the Spring/Summer 2013 edition of Boston Wedding Magazine.
Which of these handmade inspirations is your favorite?
Handmade Lino Block Wallpaper by Martha Armitage London. Gasp.
Ah...my beloved Breton stripe pattern on a platter by Paula Greif Ceramics. All of the dishes in my house are handmade, three complete sets from different artists, they last , friends love them, and I feel special at every meal.
Handmade 18k gold ethical engagement ring by Laura Preshong. This ring is entirely handmade using mine-free gold sheet and wire. The gold is handformed, hammered, sanded, soldered and the diamonds set.