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    Wedding Inspiration: 1920's Paper Moon Photobooth


    I stumbled across these Paper Moon Photobooth images from the 1920's on a blog called Adventures in Sustainable Design. Love it! We have an event coming up in the gallery this May 10th 'Pink Rocks and Rose', a benefit for Dress for Success Boston. I would love to make one for our clients to have fun with.


    Laura Preshong in Improper Bostonian

    Check out the labradorite and goldfill station earrings from Margaret Elizabeth, used in the 'Frill Seeking' feature of last week's Improper Boston.

    The earrings are available in the gallery for 160.00.


    Ethical Wedding Jewelry for Christina and Ben

     What's to say? They're adorable (and really nice people)! Oh yes, the ethical fine jewelry earrings and pendant I custom made for Christina look good too!






    Laura Preshong Wedding on La Vie En Rose Blog


    Diamond Cutting : Vintage Diamond Cutting Illustration


    Source: via Laura on Pinterest



    Wedding Jewelry Review. Happy Clients, Happy Gallery. 

    '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!"


    Rachel Atherly's Animalia Jewelry

     I love Animalia, from the eagles of the Georgian era, to the butterfies and lizards of the Victorian era. Welcome to our Boston gallery East Coast jewelry designer Rachel Atherly with her falcons, owls and bulls...oh my.



    Click any image to visit Rachel's Shop page.


    Boston Public Library's Vintage Travel Posters 

    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.




    Setting Styles: A Guide to Choosing your Perfect Engagement Setting

    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.


     The Bezel Settiing

     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.


    The Pave Setting

    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.


    The Halo Setting

    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.



    The 4-Prong Setting

    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.

    The Bezel Setting with Stone Clusters

    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.

    The Flush/Gypsy Setting

    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.

    The Shared Prong (French) Setting


    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.





    Laura's Rings in Boston Magazine! Wedding Spring/Summer 2013

    You can barely see Flower Halo ring in the  "A Colorful Affair" feature in the Spring/Summer 2013 edition of Boston Wedding Magazine.

     The Flower Halo ring, up close and personal. A contemporary classic fabricated by hand in 14k mine-free white gold with a cornflower blue sapphire. Shown with the Flora, bud and leaf band.