Posts Tagged ‘Engagement Rings’

Let Little Bird Be Your Engagement Ring Shopping Wingman

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015


If you’ve watched any football or baseball playoff games over the last month, you’re probably aware that something called “engagement season” is upon us. It’s the time of year where jewelers launch marketing campaigns targeting men who may be thinking of popping the question over the holidays. These ads often make the engagement ring shopping process seem like a breeze. The truth is, however, that it rarely is. It can be a daunting task if you’re going at it alone — which is where having a helpful little bird can come in handy.

We hire accountants, real estate agents and wedding planners to assist with some of life’s biggest moments — why should the engagement ring purchase be any different? This is where Little Bird Engagement Ring Consultant comes in. Little Bird’s co-founders, Danielle and Lia, are diamond and style experts who have guided men all over the world through the complex process of engagement ring shopping. The last thing you want to do is make an expensive mistake, so Little Bird is very thorough in their process. They take the time to get to know you, help design the ideal ring and find it at the best price. They’ll save you countless hours of research time, meet your proposal deadline and save you money. What’s not to love?

OBB Lia in the field

Little Bird’s Lia in action

Here are Little Bird’s top three tips for guys thinking about popping the question this holiday season:

1. Please, please get started early. Did you know that 33% of engagements happened on Christmas Eve last year? That means that there are thousands upon thousands of people shopping for rings between September and December. As you can imagine, things get pretty crazy. Prices jump, good options get snapped up and inventory starts to dwindle as the months go by.

2. Give yourself time to do your research. Every diamond is slightly different, but you can do some sleuthing and figure out equivalent prices for a diamond with similar characteristics to the one you have your eye on. Have this knowledge ahead of time so when you see a ring you really like you have the confidence to act quickly. Keep in mind that inventory turns over very quickly this time of year. If you’re looking at an exceptional diamond, you can bet you’re not the only one.

3. Don’t feel bad if you’re confused or overwhelmed by the amount of diamond info out there. We built up our level of expertise over years of industry experience and had to spend months at the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) to absorb the vast amount of detail that goes into analyzing a diamond. The average guy can’t be expected to teach himself all this in a few weeks before he goes shopping. That’s why you want an engagement ring consultant. Little Bird’s experts guide you through the process and educate you specifically on the subjects that are most relevant to your search. You don’t have to get a gemology degree to get a great ring for a stellar price.

For more advice on the best way to shop for an engagement ring, connect with Little Bird on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. They also have an amazing blog full of photos and inspiration!

The Best of the Web for Grooms – August 28, 2015

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Want to create the ultimate wedding video? If you’re a habitual one-upper, you’ll have your work cut out for you after seeing this. These newlyweds managed an impressive feat by recording an 8-minute group dance video with their 250 reception guests — all in a single take.

PrimeStyle offers a wide selection of popular engagement rings, wedding sets and men's bands with lifetime warranty and free returns within 30 days.

Looking for an engagement ring or wedding band that won’t break the bank? We recently discovered PrimeStyle, a diamond jewelry manufacturer that eliminates the middle man and sells direct to customers at prices up to 50-78 percent off retail with free U.S. shipping. PrimeStyle offers a wide selection of popular engagement rings, wedding sets and men’s bands with a lifetime warranty and free returns within 30 days.


Who says flower girls have to be under the age of 10? If you’re looking for a unique way to incorporate special family members in your wedding ceremony, this may be the best idea we’ve seen. Instead of simply being escorted down the aisle, these two adorable grandmothers had a ball taking on the flower girl role.

You'll be the MVP of the tailgate with this handy 2-in-1 engraved NFL team money clip bottle opener.

Want to be the MVP of the tailgate? Vow to never go searching for a bottle opener again with this handy 2-in-1 engraved NFL team money clip bottle opener.

Feel like you just have to get in a good workout on the wedding day? You’re not alone. This Norwegian groom, who met his bride on the water, swam across a fjord to make his grand entrance at their ceremony.

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Make Your Holiday Proposal Rich With Meaning

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

a newly engaged couple holds red christmas mugs full of cocoa and candy canes.

The holidays are one of the most popular times of the year for engagements. In fact, there may be no time of year as perfect for popping the question. The crisp air, the beauty of falling snow and the twinkling lights provide the most romantic backdrop for a proposal. And it’s also usually a time when families get together, making the engagement announcement memorable. But even the most creative holiday proposal can be derailed by an engagement ring that doesn’t “wow” her.

These days, according to The Knot, almost 2/3 of brides are involved in some way with the ring purchase, but her focus is aimed primarily on the style of the ring. There are two more elements that you need to think about when choosing a ring so it will have visual appeal and be emotionally charged: quality and meaning.


1/2 ct Halo Diamond Engagement Ring from LVE

To ensure quality in any product, it’s always wise to seek out a trusted leader in any field. This is even more vital when it comes to something as important as a diamond engagement ring. One of those leaders is LVE™ Diamonds, a part of Schachter & Co, the leading producer of fine diamonds in the world . The company’s founder, Leo Schachter, originated some of today’s most popular and brightest diamond cuts.  As a testimony to this precision, each LVE round-brilliant diamond is certified by the American Gem Society, as “AGS Triple Zero”, the highest grade for cut, polish and symmetry. LVE fancy shape diamonds are accompanied by a GIA report supporting their quality.

Every piece of LVE beautifully designed diamond jewelry is the culmination of passion and craftsmanship, achieved with the experience of four generations of artisans. When it comes to symbolizing meaning in an engagement ring or wedding band, LVE designs include an iconic thread, the symbol of the brand.  This proprietary design element is something you will not find in any other piece of jewelry and it represents a couple’s unique voyage together.


Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring from LVE

For the most romantic backdrop for your proposal, think about the holidays. If you want her to have a sparkling engagement ring of impeccable quality that wows, look no further than LVE Diamonds. To see a full selection of styles visit

About the author: 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 Facebook and Twitter.

Is proposing during the holidays a good idea? Tell us why or why not in the comment section below.

Beyond 4Cs: Educate Yourself Before Buying Her Ring

Monday, November 17th, 2014


As many men can attest, the diamond buying process can be pretty daunting, to say the least. With so much information (and misinformation) out there, it can be tough to cut through the clutter and find the best tips to really prepare you for this major life purchase: her engagement ring.

That’s where Beyond 4Cs comes in. Created by a GIA diamond graduate, the informational website walks readers through every important step of the diamond buying process, including the four Cs and why they’re so vital, how diamonds are graded, the different diamond shapes available (such as the popular cushion cuts), major jeweler reviews and guides, and even how to properly care for diamonds.


Education is key, especially when it comes to a purchase as important as this one. If you plan on shopping for her engagement ring soon, check out the Beyond 4Cs step-by-step diamond buying guide. It’s a great place to begin your research before you ever set foot inside a jewelry store.

What diamond shape are you planning to purchase? Tell us in the comment section below.

The Best of the Web for Grooms – September 17, 2014

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Who needs another choreographed wedding party dance when you can invite this little boy wonder to dance at your wedding reception? This young man clearly marches to the beat of his own drum, and it’s awesome. Check out his killer dancing skills here, first spied on TIME.


Photo: Tina Fineberg, The New York Times

One wedding trend we firmly stand behind is injecting the groom’s personal style into the big day. Penguin suits are no longer de rigueur for the groom and his groomsmen. This groom, for example, wore an off-white dinner jacket to his wedding, which coordinated nicely with the bride’s ivory gown. We love the idea of grooms breaking the traditional mold and wearing something a little less expected that matches his personality on the wedding day, whether it’s a different colored suit that helps him stand out from the groomsmen, a short-sleeved button-down and suspenders, or fun accessories, such as colorful socks and Converse Chucks.


This groom gave his bride the moon – literally. At this Burning Man wedding, the groom presented his beloved with a custom, 3D-printed ring boasting a piece of a moon rock. While this kind of celestial ring may not appeal to every bride, this grooms scores major points for originality and personality. Top that, gents.


You’ve heard of a cash bar, but believe it or not, pay-to-eat weddings also exist. Apparently, in some areas, such as Quebec City, Canada, this is considered normal. There’s no word on this becoming a trend in the U.S. anytime soon, and “let’s hope not,” said every wedding guest ever. There are certainly plenty of other ways to cut wedding costs, without putting the onus on your guests.

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