Posts Tagged ‘Anniversary Gifts’

Q&A With Celebrity Jewelry Designer Erica Courtney

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Erica Courtney has built one of the most recognized fine jewelry brands in the industry today and was named one of the top 10 jewelry designers in the world by United Brands just this year. In 2006, inspired by her son’s engagement, Erica launched the Gorgeous and Engaged® bridal collection. The line consists of the most distinguished and exquisite engagement rings and custom wedding bands created in platinum. Many of the designs feature initials engraved or paved into the setting for an extra special romantic touch.

Erica Courtney

Erica Courtney

We asked Erica about her wedding jewelry collection.

What is your biggest inspiration when designing a new jewelry piece?
The stone really inspires me and for my custom pieces, I get inspiration from getting to know the person. I like to learn where they’re from, what they love and what kind of lifestyle they live. 9 out of 10 times it’s in a gorgeous platinum setting.

How did your son’s engagement inspire the Gorgeous and Engaged bridal collection?
He (Josh) didn’t give me any direction when it came to designing Jesse’s (daughter-in-law) ring except he wanted it in platinum. It basically opened up the design floodgates for me.

Aqua Pendant Erica Courtney

Platinum jewelry from Erica Courtney. Images courtesy of Erica Courtney.

Out of your collections, which piece is the most significant to you?
My 113 CT Aquamarine and platinum pendant necklace because, for one, it’s absolutely gorgeous and it’s also my precious grandbaby, Brooklyn’s, birthstone. When I want to showcase an amazing colored gemstone, I typically set it in platinum since it’s a naturally white metal so it maximizes the brilliance of my colored stone.

In all your years of experience, what would you say is the most important element in buying an engagement ring/wedding band? Why?
Be clear on what you want and don’t settle. This is the most romantic piece of jewelry you may ever buy, make it super special.

Jesse Ring Erica Courtney

Platinum jewelry from Erica Courtney. Images courtesy of Erica Courtney.

Do you have any tips for men who are looking to purchase an engagement ring? Or couples purchasing wedding bands?
If there’s any time to splurge, now’s the time! I also tell my customers to think about choosing platinum since the setting will hold the diamond most securely. And lastly, if you get a great deal, don’t tell anyone.

What are your thoughts on Erica Courtney’s jewelry designers? As a bride or groom, do these pieces look like something that might be a fit for you? Let us know in the comments section below.

flower basket earrings erica courtney

Platinum jewelry from Erica Courtney. Images courtesy of Erica Courtney.

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What’s Fair is Fair: Anniversary Gifts For Men

Monday, January 31st, 2011

man with gift

By Michael O’Connor, Jewelry & Style Expert

We’ve all seen the story played out on numerous television sitcoms: Poor guy finds out that today is actually his wedding anniversary. Guy realizes that it’s only a few hours before he’s supposed to meet his wife at a dinner she’s planned for them at a romantic restaurant.  Guy panics trying to find the most amazing gift for her while covering up the fact that he didn’t remember the date. It’s a familiar story.

Well let’s cut guys some slack, Guy’s aren’t the only people to forget dates! And when it comes down to it you’ve already purchased her the most amazing gift – her platinum and diamond engagement ring- a gift that probably cost about two months salary. So when is it YOUR turn?

The objective of an anniversary is to commemorate the history of a couple and to celebrate the future that they both look forward to together. Therefore, anniversaries are the perfect opportunity for the giving of mutual gifts that are precious, rare and symbolize both past and future.

Platinum anniversary gifts for men

On the left: Stuller Platinum Cufflinks for Men. One the right: Platinum Tie Accent From CliQ Jewelry

These days, one of the most popular trends in giving is to buy gifts that will truly be used and enjoyed, things that may be worn daily. For many men who spend a good deal of time in the office, items such as platinum cuff links or tie accents, platinum neck chains or a platinum bracelet make a perfect gift that ideally fits the bill for anniversary giving.

The reason that platinum jewelry is perfect is that platinum is one of the most durable, precious and rare of all jewelry choices. It will stand up to a lifetime of wear while continuing to look good, through your future together. Unlike some other white jewelry, platinum won’t fade or change color over time and won’t corrode. The purity of platinum means that it is not only white now, but in time it will never lose its natural whiteness and turn yellow. It’s the ideal “men’s metal”! Over time, platinum will actually develop a rich finish, called a patina which creates a unique sheen on a platinum piece that many view as a romantic recording of life’s many precious moments.

Trends today toward a more casual office attire also mean that open collars with a neck chain and shorter sleeves with a bracelet have become the “norm” in office wear. Unique pieces of platinum jewelry allow men to express individuality in an elegant and understated manner. Platinum is preferred by the world’s finest designers so it’s easy to find masculine pieces to suit every guy’s individual style. Many designs start for as little as $1000.

So when it comes to giving anniversary gifts, isn’t it only fair that you should expect a gift that is precious, rare and durable? For more information on platinum or to see a wide selection of platinum jewelry styles go to www.preciousplatinum.com/designgallery

Michael O’Connor is one of America’s leading voices on jewelry, style and accessories and has become the “go-to” resource for editors and producers seeking information on current trends and celebrity information.  O’Connor as been involved in the luxury, jewelry and fashion industries in a career that spans over 25 years. Connect with Michael on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

What type of platinum jewelery would you want as an anniversary gift? What would be “fair” based on the jewelery you’ve purchased for your fiancee/wife?

Alison Rowe on Anniversay Gifts For Your Bride

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

anniversary-gift

By Bridal Expert Alison Rowe

Searching for the perfect anniversary gift doesn’t have to be a stressful process. Whether it’s an inexpensive, romantic token or an elegant gift that she will wear and treasure every day for the rest of her life, the key is to keep it meaningful.

If you are still newlyweds, or watching the purse strings, be inspired by what you used to do when you were first dating. Perhaps make her a playlist—today’s equivalent of a mixed tape–of the songs you danced to at your wedding reception, or cook her a meal inspired by your wedding reception’s menu. If cooking isn’t your thing, try channeling your inner Shakespeare and write her a love letter full of reasons why she’s “the one”-just like men used to before the days of email and texting!

Tacori Engagement Ring - $2,950

Tacori Platinum Ring – $2,950

Another perfect option is a beautiful piece of platinum and diamond jewelry. Platinum mirrors the qualities she is looking for in her marriage as it’s the most durable of all the precious metals, the rarest and the most enduring. Pair that with a diamond, the strongest gemstone (the word diamond comes from the Greek word adamas, which means ‘unconquerable’), and your gift will be one she can wear forever. It’s no wonder platinum and diamond jewelry has become synonymous with love! If you want some inspiration on styles, check out the design gallery on PreciousPlatinum.com.

Or, why not opt for the quintessential, breathtaking anniversary gift that makes every woman’s heart skip a beat: A diamond eternity band. This is definitely something she’ll be proud to wear everyday for the rest of her life, right alongside her engagement ring and wedding band. Whether you decide on a channel or prong setting, platinum is the perfect option as it will not only hold the diamonds more securely than any other metal, but allow them to give off their maximum brilliance, too.

Whatever gift you choose, your significant other will appreciate it because it is coming from her man.

Light a Fire with Adam & Eve’s Fantasy Suite Lover’s Kit

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Do you have your sights set on a hot and steamy honeymoon or anniversary celebration? Let Adam & Eve help with their brand new Fantasy Suite Lover’s Kit.

adamevefantasykitValued at over $240, the package is currently going for a ridiculously low price of $119.95.  Here’s what you get:

3 Pillar Candles & 50 Tealights, Romantic Music CD, His and Hers Matching Satin Robes, Champagne Bucket & Matching Flutes, Scented Silk Rose Petals, Warming Massage Oil, Heart Massager , Chocolate Body Paint & Paintbrush.

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