If you’re one of the lucky people who unwrapped a piece of jewelry over the holidays, you may be wondering how to keep it looking new and shiny for as long as possible. “As the saying goes, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’” says Kim Henry, Manager at Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry in Lafayette, Louisiana. “While most metals can often be restored to their original brilliance with a little TLC, some gemstones and other delicate materials can bleach, fade, cloud, or loosen with improper treatment or care.”
When it comes to picking the right engagement ring, there are thousands of diamonds to choose from. From metal choices to styles to the size and type of the center stone, engagement rings are as varied as the women who wear them. The shape of the diamond is often what sets the tone for the ring—so how do you know which shape is right for you?
Finding the perfect dress is a lot like finding the perfect mate. The right one should complement your personality, bring out your favorite features, support you when (and if) needed, and give you plenty of room to be yourself. That being said, a wedding dress is still a dress; while your gown will make you stand out as the bride, it is your wedding jewelry that will make you stand out as yourself.
“Will you marry me?”
It’s the sort of question you should already know the answer to, but still get a little nervous thinking about. Rather than focus on “what if she says no,” turn your attention to making sure both she (and you) are ready to make the big step in your relationship. If all signs point to yes, then chances are, her answer will be, too. Here are three tips to get you started with those hints she’s been dropping. Of course, the actual act of proposing can be one of the most beautiful—and stressful—moments to plan. While you take care of the personal details, we’re happy to help you pick out the perfect engagement ring.
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage. And a mortgage, a job promotion, another baby, a 10th anniversary, and a vacation timeshare. Life is full of milestones small and large. You started off with wedding rings, but how do you commemorate everything else?
For many people, finding the right engagement ring isn’t like shopping for a car or a new refrigerator; you can’t just do a ton of research online, compare reviews and pricing, and then ask for word-of-mouth referrals. Engagement rings, and jewelry in general, is an intensely personal purchase whether you are buying for yourself or someone you love. Given that fine jewelry comes with its own language and hundreds of designers, it can get overwhelming quickly. The only way to make that process easier is to find the right jeweler.
In the ancient story of love coming full circle, the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond ring to signify their engagement in 1477.
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.