Buying Jewelry for Yourself: The Ultimate Guide

Why wait for a gift? Get your dream piece of jewelry now! A guide for everything you need to know to treat yourself. As a woman of the world, you’re independent — you know what you want, and you go after it. Whether it’s a great job, a fantastic vacation or an amazing apartment, you don’t wait for things to come to you. The same should go for jewelry — you don’t need a lover or a relative to decide to give you jewelry as a gift. If there’s a special piece you want to have, you can — and...

30th Birthday: Jewelry Gift Ideas

Tips on how to find the perfect gift for a 30th birthday. Thirty is often the first transition into “real” adulthood for many people, leaving the more carefree, college-tinged 20s behind. Careers and relationships typically are maturing, and so is a person’s style and taste. A 30th birthday is a perfect time for a significant other or parent to give a fine jewelry gift that will complement their loved one’s current style while helping them build a jewelry “wardrobe” that will serve well into the future. The most important consideration when choosing a jewelry gift for a 30th birthday is...

Considering a Custom Design

Want your engagement ring to be a story starter for years to come? Learn the process, pros and cons of custom designing your own special ring. Let’s get this out of the way first: Every committed relationship and the love it stems from is unique. You can and should find an engagement ring that is uniquely fitting to both that love and the finger that will carry it, well, for a lifetime. The specifics of that distinctly perfect ring vary from couple to couple because — you got it — every one of us is unique! Many will find the...

Asking for the Blessing: Tradition Bounces Back

Some engagement traditions have fallen by the wayside, but one is coming back into vogue. For years, engagements and weddings were enrobed in tradition, and anyone who veered from the expected path could expect some side-eyes, if not outright battles. But now you can get married in a barn as easily as you could a church, and you might trade the catered buffet for a gathering of food trucks. Happily, just about anything goes. The throwback But there is one tradition making a comeback. Surveys show that, surprisingly, the number of grooms asking the bride’s father for permission has grown...

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Land the Job: Jewelry to Wear on an Interview

You've got an interview — congratulations! Now figure out what to wear and how to accessorize with jewelry. The general advice for job seekers, whether it’s your first step in your career after graduating or working your way up the ladder, is to dress like you’ve already got the job you want. When it comes to your apparel, that choice can depend on your industry, your locality and the norms of the workplace. It also applies to your jewelry and other accessories. This article is intended to be pretty broad advice. If you’re already familiar with the company culture where...

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5 Tips for Finding Your Most Beautiful Diamond

Knowing and weighing all your options will help you find the most beautiful diamond for your engagement ring. You can make yourself crazy trying to read all the information about diamonds and how to find the one you want. But sometimes you may not have the time to go through it all or you need a way to quickly remind yourself of everything you’ve learned. When you’re looking for the most beautiful diamond for your engagement ring, keep these five things in mind. 1. Cut Experts agree, the diamond’s cut and polish are the most important considerations when it comes to its...

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Wedding Band Basics: What’s Out There, What to Look For

Wedding Band Basics: What’s Out There, What to Look For From the style to the shape of wedding bands, from the choices of metals to greener options, we’ve got “Wedding Band 101” covered. Are you planning on tattooing your wedding bands on your ring fingers? It’s an option sometimes seen on celebs and “regular” folks as well. But there are definitely beautiful — and far less painful — wedding band options worth your consideration. In case you haven’t made it to the engagement ring portion of the process yet, you can buy matching engagement rings and wedding bands, called “bridal sets.” You’ll have a perfectly matched...

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Buying a Diamond: Does Size Really Matter?

Buying a Diamond: Does Size Really Matter? Hung up on size? Get the scoop on how to buy a diamond that expresses how big your love is. How big? It’s often the foremost question in the minds of nervous diamond engagement ring shoppers, yet you’ll notice jewelry store salespeople have a hard time answering this question. It depends, they tell you. You have to work within your budget. That’s technically the right answer. The “it depends” approach actually gives you a lot of flexibility when buying a center stone diamond for an engagement ring. The 4Cs of diamond buying — carat weight, cut,...

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The Right Ring for Your Budget

There are engagement ring options to fit any budget. It’s just a matter of figuring out what’s right for you and your bride-to-be. “Spend two months’ salary on an engagement ring.” You’ve heard it, everyone has — and sometimes you’ll even hear it bumped up to three months. Some people think it’s an etiquette rule, and some may even believe it’s a law or something. It’s not. It was a guideline developed on the heels of World War II by diamond giant De Beers’ advertising agency. It’s marketing — really impressive marketing. But it’s not a hard and fast rule....

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Engagement Ring: The Guide to Getting It Right

Engagement Ring: The Guide to Getting It Right Engagement Ring Shopping With Your Fiancée-to-Be. You want to choose the perfect engagement ring. Here’s how to enlist your bride-to-be to make sure she gets the engagement ring of her dreams. Getting engaged is a time-honored tradition practiced by couples since … well, forever. These days, some guys take the elaborate proposal route: choosing an eye-popping location and an over-the-top-will-you-marry-me speech complete with balloons, flowers and an engagement ring they chose all by themselves. Even if the two of you have discussed getting engaged before, asking for her opinion will likely strike...