Posts Tagged ‘Engagement Rings’

The Best of the Web for Grooms – June 20, 2014

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

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To capture her amazing, candid reaction to the big question, our friends at bridal jewelry retailer Robbins Brothers and photography company Paparazzi Proposals have teamed to offer special pricing on proposal planning and engagement photos. Through the partnership, Robbins Brothers is offering its engagement ring customers exclusive pricing on any Paparazzi Proposals Package. Several future grooms have already taken advantage of the packages.

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Want to take your wedding day look to the next level? Enter the Wonderbund, a reversible tuxedo cummerbund that’s “business” in the front and “party” in the back (just like the infamous mullet ‘do), for the groom and groomsmen. Perfect for the ceremony, one side of the Wonderbund is traditional black satin. When it’s time to cut a rug at the reception, it flips over to reveal a variety of fun patterns, such as a gold-encrusted “Champ” wrestling belt, American flags, mustaches, lobsters, sharks and more. Go ahead now, show off your wild side.

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Ever wonder about the origins of the blessed game of beer pong? And what exactly are the official rules anyway? We’re a little foggy on that, too, for some reason. Depending on where you live in the United States, the answers can often vary. Our friends at the Thrillist break it down for you, once and for all.

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[Giveaway] Pop the Question with an Eco-Friendly Engagement Ring

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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Want to propose with a gorgeous, yet eco-conscious engagement ring? We recently discovered Ecoura’s engagement ring collection available at REEDS Jewelers, which offers not only eco-friendly, but beautifully designed rings created with renewed gold. These stunning rings have the identical look and feel of newly mined gold without sacrificing quality and craftsmanship, so you can feel good about your purchase.

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While most gold comes from earth-destructive mining processes, renewed gold already exists in the world and is collected, melted, refined and churned into fresh bars of gold. A single gold ring produced this way helps save between five and 20 tons of environmental waste. Ecoura’s engagement ring collection also meets Renewed Gold Pact requirements. Additionally, the eco-friendly bridal ring line contributes to reforestation by planting a tree to celebrate each engagement ring sold.

Right now, GroomsAdvice readers can enter below to win a $50 REEDS gift card toward the purchase of an Ecoura ring of their choice. To enter, perform the social media actions listed below. Each action results in an entry (up to six). On Thursday April 10th, we’ll randomly select a winner and notify them via email or Facebook. Good luck!

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Why Today’s Bride is Looking for the “Wow” Factor

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

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There was a time when guys had it easy when it came to getting engaged and married. Once he’d made the decision on the right girl, it was simply a question of buying a beautiful white diamond in a round, “brilliant-cut” shape in a classic solitaire setting and then summoning up the courage to actually pop the question. Today’s millennial brides (ages 18 – 34), however, are looking for something that sets them apart from their friends and says more about their personal sense of style than a simple solitaire set with a white round diamond. They’re looking for color!

While the traditional white diamond engagement ring still represents the majority, there’s a growing trend underway for today’s brides to choose natural color diamonds. This trend, has been seen unfolding on our favorite celebrities who we’ve seen get engaged with diamonds in a variety of gorgeous colors. Additionally, the red carpet of most awards shows is filled with celebrities sporting natural color diamonds. The result is that today’s women are aware and educated about these diamonds and inspired by their favorite stars. Many hope to one day own the beauty and rarity of a natural color diamond for themselves.

Other significant influences for today’s women are fashion runways, magazines and textiles where they are seeing browns and beiges highlighted (It’s being said that “brown is the new black”) along with a rainbow of brighter colors. The luxuriously rich neutral colors of champagne and cognac diamonds provide her with versatility, as they will compliment all the other neutrals and colors in her wardrobe today, and in future – no matter what her style.

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Engagement Rings by Phyllis Bergman for Mercury Ring/Interjewel

For those of you guys who are now loosing color in your face thinking about how much these beautiful stones may cost – relax! The affordability of natural color diamonds, especially in the color ranges of champagne to cognac means that these diamonds, and jewelry set with these diamonds, has never been more accessible to a larger group of people.  Additionally, this is a diamond purchase that you can feel good about. These beautiful stones come from The Argyle diamond mine in Australia, whose diamonds are ethically mined and recovered in cooperation with the traditional owners of the land, using sustainable and responsible practices.

And finally guys, think about it this way. You’re setting yourself up for a lifetime of success. After the engagement ring and wedding band you’ll have many years of anniversaries, holidays and special moments that will need that perfect gift. Give her the ultimate gift of a diamond, combined with the exclusive rarity that a natural color diamond provides. It’s the “Wow” factor she’s looking for. At the same time reward yourself for being a smart and ethical shopper. Some of the most important designers in the world are working with these beautiful gems, and, in fact, some national retail chains are offering Argyle diamond jewelry starting at $200.00 and up. Learn more about these rare diamonds, their unique stories by visiting www.diamondswithastory.com.

Has your bride-to-be shown interest in natural color diamonds? Leave your comment below.

2013′s Hottest Summer Engagement Ring Styles

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

 

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By Sharon, Genesis Diamonds

Perhaps the title of this blog is a little misleading. Engagement rings are not pieces of clothing that are bought every season according to a new hotter color or trend. Engagement rings are for life and as a rule cost a heck of a lot more than your average piece of clothing. Consequently, engagement ring styles for spring/summer will be the same as those for autumn/winter.

When it comes to selecting an engagement ring it is a totally subjective matter. There should be one rule and one rule only – buy the engagement ring that your fiancé loves within the constraints of your budget. Thankfully there are a number of designers who specialize in the manufacture of engagement rings. They offer a comprehensive range of rings to suit every taste and budget and due to their ability to buy in bulk they can afford to pass on the savings from their economies of scale.

If you are looking for classically designed rings with a modern twist and incredible attention to detail than look no further than Tacori engagement rings. It is these attributes that make Tacori engagement rings among the most popular on the market. And with over 200 ring designs in their catalog, there is sure to be something your fiancé will love.

If by chance there is nothing that your fiancé loves than it may be styles like Ritani that take her fancy. Ritani engagement rings are renowned for their intricacy and beautifully adorned designs. And if there is an idea that your fiancé has for that dream ring, the designers at Ritani will work with her to create a custom ring to her exact specifications.

It may be rings such as Simon G. rings that take her fancy though. Wildly popular and highly sought after, Simon G. engagement rings mix classical design with modernity and refinement to create a ring that will look as fresh and appealing at your 50th wedding anniversary as it did when you first bought it. Simon G. also has a celebrated line of men’s engagement rings, so perhaps you can find something else that you have in common – a love for Simon G. engagement rings.

Whereas Ritani is the master of cutting a diamond to maximize its brilliance, Simon G. uses almost exclusively a diamond from Botswana – the patented Swana Diamond. These diamond have an 89 facet cut that displays an immaculate eight-pointed star in the heart of the diamond that amplifies the stone’s brilliance. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Diamonds have been around for millennia and engagement rings for centuries. The styles of ring settings may have changed and evolved over the years but you will find similar styles today to what was manufactured over a century ago. Classical elegance is always in vogue – irrespective of the season.

Planning on popping the question this summer? Which of the engagement ring styles pictured above fits your girl’s style the most? Tell us in the comment section below.

5 Steps to Designing Your Own Custom Wedding Rings

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

joseph jewelry custom ringsLet’s face it, guys. Shopping for jewelry probably isn’t too high on the list of wedding planning activities you’re most looking forward to. This is probably due to jewelry shopping horror stories you’ve heard from friends and families. It’s a fair point, but one that doesn’t have to hold true. One of the most intimate ways you can get involved in wedding planning is actually designing your own custom wedding jewelery.

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We recently had the opportunity to talk with Seattle’s Joseph Jewelry about just how simple it can be to design your own engagement ring or wedding bands. Joseph Jewelry specializes in creating custom jewelry that fits your style and budget. Instead of going to the obligatory chain store and browsing hundreds of rings that were designed with the mass consumer in mind, YOU get to work directly with Joseph’s professional designers to truly craft the ring(s) of your dreams. The process may sound complex but it’s anything but. Here’s the quick five-step guide on how it works:

Step 1: Design Your experience begins with an initial (free) consultation where you’ll meet with one of Joseph’s skilled jewelry artisans to discuss style ideas and view finished examples. If you’re a tech guy, you’ll enjoy viewing computer generated images that will show what your end product will look like. This consultation is all about forming a personal bond with the artisan who will be creating a piece of jewelry that you’ll wear for the rest of your life.

If you’re on a solo custom engagement ring shopping trip, don’t forget to go have a solid idea of what her preferences are BEFORE heading to the consultation.

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Custom Filigree Diamond Engagement Ring

Step 2: Quote Joseph Jewelry prides themselves on crafting beautiful, custom jewelry that stays within your budget. Once your design and choice of gemstone and metal quality are decided on, an estimate will be provided.

Step 3: 3D Modeling Now the fun can begin. Using your custom design, a 3D model of your ring will be created. Changes can still be made to the piece throughout this process — without a price change, in most cases. Once the 3D model is completed, it’s sent to you for edits and approval.

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Custom Men’s Mokume Wedding Band

Step 4: Wax Molds The next step is using  stereo lithography technology to create a wax version of your custom design. This version is to scale, so you’ll be able to get the look and feel of the real thing (only in wax). For your convenience, this model can be viewed at Joseph Jewelry or mailed worldwide.

Step 5: Production Your creation comes to life! Production times vary, but plan on the processing taking 3-4 weeks. After you receive your jewelry, your relationship with Joseph Jewelry doesn’t have to end. They offer an array of additional services including appraisals, certifications, repair work, engraving and more.

Learn more and being the ring building experience by connecting with Joseph Jewelry on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter & Google Plus.

Have you considered going with custom rings?  How would your perfect engagement ring or wedding band look? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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