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10 Times When You Should Take Off Your Engagement Ring

There’s a good chance your engagement ring is the most precious and important piece of jewelry that you own. It’s a beautiful symbol of the love you and your partner share and it exemplifies the promise of your forever. And who are we kidding… you LOVE staring at how beautiful it is! Who can blame you!? But it’s actually really important to be aware of when you should take your engagement ring off.

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Jewelry Organizer Ideas: How to Organize Your Jewelry

We all hear from the experts that we should be organizing our belongings to better reduce stress and get more things under control. This is the same idea with your jewelry! Are you one of those people that have your rings, necklaces and earrings all over the place? Maybe some in the bathroom, some in your closet, a ring on your nightstand...and just some you have no idea where they are at? It is time to change all that by organizing your jewelry for 2021! 

Organize Your Jewelry

One of the easiest ways to declutter your jewelry is with a jewelry organizer. And the best type of jewelry organizer? The jewelry box. Jewelry boxes are something that have been popular for decades. They allow you to organize all your jewelry in one place so that everything is together and everything has a place. Jewelry boxes come in a variety of colors, sizes and designs. They can match your furniture, your closet and just your entire style. Most jewelry organizers have slots for all your rings, places for your earrings and even area to hang necklaces without getting them all tangled up next time you want to wear them!  And these jewelry organizers aren't just for jewelry; many are for watches too! Many men have watch organizers that help store watches, especially if you are the type of man that doesn't wear anything other than your wedding band. It is so refreshing going to look for a piece of jewelry to wear and knowing that everything is in one place. This makes it extremely simple to not only try on different jewelry, but to take inventory of everything you have. Especially over the years, do you really remember every piece of jewelry you have purchased or been given?

Types of Jewelry Organizers

Other types of jewelry organizers include hanging, wall mounted and over the door. While these are used quite a bit, they don't offer the style and safety that a jewelry box can. Jewelry boxes can be hidden, and while many do have locks, this offers little protection if the entire jewelry box is found. But can help, if you often have people in your home. Some of our customers store their jewelry boxes in their closest, some in their bathroom, others have stands and cabinets just for them right in their bedroom. We even have some DIY customers that have created make up vanities that are include a jewelry box as part of it. So many different things you can do here. Whatever idea you come up with, decluttering your jewelry can make life just a little more easier on yourself!

Top Selling Jewelry Organizers

 

Top Selling Watch Boxes

 

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Top 7 Diamond Shapes & What They Say About You

What does your choice in diamond shape or enagement ring shape say about you?

Often the first step in choosing an engagement ring is determining the shape (round, princess, marquise, etc.) of the diamond you like best.

Shape describes a diamond's form, primarily as viewed from above; and although a round, or brilliant-cut, diamond is the most popular, there are many others to consider. 

Did you know that the shape of diamond you prefer may reveal something about your personality, style or love life?

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Design My Own Custom Engagement Ring

Your love with your partner is unique and personal. It’s something only the two of you share, which means you probably want a unique engagement ring that reflects these defining principles.

If you haven’t been able to find the perfect ring yet, it may be time for you to look into creating your very own customized engagement ring. 

The task of creating a piece of jewelry from scratch may seem like a near-impossible task. We’re here to tell you that it’s not! With the help of professionals (and the combination of specific personal and industry research), creating a one of a kind ring for your partner will be easy. All you’ll have to worry about is how to ask them! 

Read on as we break down everything there is to know about designing and crafting the perfect, custom engagement ring. 

 

Things You Should Know Before Designing A Custom Engagement Ring

Before making any crucial step in customized ring shopping, there are three pieces of information about the ring you should know and present (or show) to the jeweler. 

  1. Future Fiance’s Stone Preferences: The type and shape of the stone can be a very personal preference. Do they want cushion or round cut? A diamond or sapphire? These are all preferences that are very tailored to your partner’s wants when it comes to picking out the stone. Whether you talk directly with your partner or a friend, it’s important to seek out these details before going through with ring development. 

  2. Type of Metal: Just like stone preferences, knowing what color or style metal your partner prefers is a vital component of a ring. Some examples could be 14K gold, white gold, rose gold or even platinum. 

  3. Ring Size: Whether you find out from friends and family, or you use our guide on how to (discreetly) measure ring size when choosing a ring, it’s best not to guess. Depending on the band, it may be hard to alter later. 

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How Do You Make Custom Engagement Rings?

Thankfully, the act of creating your customized engagement ring doesn’t come down to your drawing ability or your connections in outsourcing metal and stone. By working with the right individuals, you’re better able to make the ring one that reflects what you and your partner both want. By shopping at the right jewelers, setting a particular timeline and budget, as well as knowing your preferences and research; you’d be surprised to learn how easy and possible it is to customize your own piece of jewelry. 

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Where Can I Design My Engagement Ring?

A big question when it focuses on engagement rings, where can I go? This is a decision that requires peer review, trust, and overall good report. There are two options, try booking an appointment with a local jeweler (with good reviews), or try trusted online retailers that will make it a point to cater to your needs during the creative and logistical process. Additionally, it’s okay to book several consultations and shop around. Not only do you want to make sure your jeweler understands your creative vision, but that your rapport with one another is strong.

How Much To Spend On A Custom Engagement Ring?

There’s back and forth discussions on how much one should pay for an engagement ring (even with the idea of customization). While the old rule of thumb was a two-month salary, couples are making their own rules. Overall, pay what you’re comfortable paying. Our guide on how much to spend on an engagement ring might also help.

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Implementing Other Stones Into A Custom Engagement Ring 

Many engagement rings are saying goodbye to diamonds and embracing other beautiful and colorful stones. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with a classic diamond, talk to your partner about their interest in a potentially different stone. Not only can it impact the cost of a customized engagement ring, but it also plays up the unique nature of a customized engagement ring. Some stones couples use for their engagement rings include rubies, sapphires, morganite, and emeralds

How Long To Design A Custom Engagement Ring? 

Many factors come into play when creating an overall timeline for a customized engagement ring. Some examples include access to stones, intricate design, review period and cost. This process can take anywhere from several weeks to several months. Below we’ve broken down a typical timeline of the logistical process to give a better understanding of the amount of time, energy and effort that goes into creating your perfect ring.  

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The Timeline

Step 1: Engagement Ring Consultation.
This usually takes anywhere from a half-hour to several hours, this is where you’ll set up an appointment with the jeweler and discuss designs, output, and next steps. Having your background information, budget and projected timeline as soon as the first consultation can guarantee smooth sailing for the remainder of the process. 

Step 2: Select The Ring’s Stone
This can be done in addition to the initial consultation or done afterward. This is where you discuss with the jeweler what stone your partner may prefer for their ring. 

Step 3: See A Digital Rendering
Depending on the jewelers' timeline (staff, outsourcing, etc) it may take anywhere from five days to two weeks to see an online CAD rendering of your customized jewelry piece. From here, you either give your ok and move forward, or go back and forth until the ring fits your creative vision. 

Step 4: Mock Ring Design
Once the digital rendering is given the ok, the jeweler will then create a mock ring, typically made from wax. It’s here where you’ll be able to feel and interact with the ring in person. Just like the creative process with the digital rendering, you’re allowed to give creative feedback and alter if need be. 

Step 5: Engagement Ring Casting
The final step! Once the mock ring is given your stamp of approval, the ring is then cast in your metal of choice with your desired stones. 

Step 6: (Optional) Take it a step further and have your custom engagement ring engraved to signify your wedding date, a word that has meaning to only the two of you or anything that makes this ring extra special.

Know Your Engagement Ring Lingo

Before you walk into your consultation appointment (step one), it may be wise to brush up on some engagement ring terms. For a brief lesson on common terminology, we’ve provided a glossary below: 

  • The 4Cs Standing for Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat.
  • Round Cut Comprising of 58 facets, this popular cut of stone gives the ring a dazzling sparkle. 
  • Cushion-Cut A rounded (or softened) square-shaped stone often referred to as a pillow cut diamonds.
  • Princess-Cut A perfectly square stone, this particular cut engagement ring is one the most popular.
  • Pear-Cut Otherwise known as teardrop (with a more positive name), this particular cut. resembles a half oval shape with an alternate pointed edge.
  • Emerald-Cut A wide rectangular stone with dramatic edges (with facets resembling stairs).
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Top 5 Favorite Celebrity Engagement Rings Of 2019

There have been some hot celebrity couples get engaged this year and we can’t help but swoon over their engagement rings.

Celebrity engagement rings are unique, over-the-top and flat out stunning.

Below we give you the scoop on five of our favorite celebrity engagement rings of 2019 along with how you can show off the same style (without spending celebrity money).

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Sapphire Birthstone Guide | History & Meaning

September’s birthstone (the sapphire) is said to be one of the most sought after gemstones for the majority of human civilization.

It represents qualities like sincerity, faithfulness and truth.

One of the most romantic and royal stones on planet earth, the sapphire has earned itself quite the reputation. Read on to find out more about the sapphire’s important past and promising future.

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Peridot Birthstone Guide | History & Meaning

Were you or a loved one born in August? If so, you may be familiar with the August birthstone, the Peridot. But did you ever wonder why this month is represented by the Peridot and what it means? Read on as we break down this glistening green stone and what makes it unique. From its extremely long past, to the stone’s reported healing properties, it’s truly one of a kind.
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What You Need To Know About Rubies, The July Birthstone

Birthstones are a fun, prevalent and imaginative introduction to the world of gemstones. They appeal to audiences around the world regardless of gender, age, nationality or religion. Birthstones carry secrets, characteristics and lore that are unique to each gemstone.

Ruby jewelry shines a profound & attractive red hue symbolic of the passion and energy. As the official birthstone of July, ruby has long been associated with life force. 

Shopping for ruby, the July birthstone? Learn about its history, origins, and where they can be found in order to help you pick the right one for yourself or a loved one.

Read on, as we divulge everything there is to know about the ruby and why it came to be the July birthstone.

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How Will It Look: Diamond Carat & Pearl Size Charts

We’ve also created handy charts that let you compare all of the most popular diamond and pearl earrings sizes at once. Generally, the more carats a diamond is, or the larger the pearl, the more expensive it will be. But bigger isn’t always better. Try to get a feel for the size of earrings your wife usually wears. Are they small and dainty or big and flashy? Choose a size that best fits with her usual style.
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Your Month-By-Month Jewelry Checklist Guide

The start of each year is a time of new beginnings, New Year’s resolutions and plans for how to be better in the coming months.  While thoughts of upkeep on your home, car and body may be top of mind; your jewelry collection is another asset that benefits from yearlong upkeep, care and special attention.  Follow our month-by-month guide for a checklist of ways to keep your jewelry in tip-top condition! 

  • January: Make Your Jewelry Resolution
  • February: Add a Heart, Make Something Special
  • March: Check Your Watches
  • April: Diamond Inspection Time
  • May: It’s Time to Redesign
  • June: Restring Pearls
  • July: Travel Tips (necklaces never tangle again!)
  • August: Cleaning The Right Way
  • September: Be Smart, Get Insured
  • October: Cash in Old Gold
  • November: What’s My True Size?
  • December: Get A New Shine

Read below for details on each month with complete inspiration, ideas and how-tos!

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