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Bringing Back the Big Ring

How you can make the classic fashion ring work for your individual style. Great fashion classics eventually come back around to be enjoyed again, which is certainly the case of the big, bold ring. A statement piece initially popular in the 1920s and then again in the ’40s and ’50s, the big fashion ring — also known as a cocktail ring — is hot again. This type of ring is no shrinking violet. It’s meant to be seen and flaunted and admired. Best tip if you wear one: get or give yourself a manicure first! Your hands and nails will...

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Classics with a Twist

Spice up your favorite classic jewelry styles, with variations or touches that still work with any look. They’re called classics for a reason. They are the jewelry styles so timeless they’re the go-to gift for life milestones and the must-haves for every woman’s jewelry box. They’re the necklaces chosen by female politicians who want to demonstrate their broad appeal, the earrings that can transition from day to evening without batting an eye or the bracelet that adds just a touch of no-nonsense feminine class to the black suit in the boardroom. Yet once most women acquire the classics, where do...

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When to Consider a Custom Design

If you can’t find exactly what you want, here’s how to go about getting a custom jewelry design. Do you turn left when your friends go right? Are trends trivial to you? Do you march to a different beat? If so, you’ll appreciate jewelry that’s not available to everyone. You’re a candidate for custom jewelry design. The same is true if you’ve searched jewelry stores and websites and still not found a gift for that truly special someone — something that represents your unique relationship. It’s also entirely possible you are the special someone — and can’t find the right piece that...

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How To: Stacking Bracelets

Get more mileage from your bracelet collection by mixing and matching them. If you want to partake in this wearable trend, but not sure you can “pull it off,”- keep these tips in mind and let the fun begin. Bracelet stacking 101 Jewelry stacking of all kinds has gained a strong following, such as wearing lots of rings together and layering a variety of necklaces. Given how you can swap jewelry pieces in and out to suit your mood and outfit, this is one trend we don’t see getting old any time soon. So, why should your wrists and arms miss out on...

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Non-traditional Engagement Rings: Part 2

Engagement ring options beyond the diamond solitaire First of all, what are we talking about when we say “traditional engagement ring?” When most Americans hear the words “engagement ring,” they usually think “diamond” and most likely, envision a solitaire setting. But what if you or your special someone is in the minority camp of engagement ring shoppers? You want something a little different. But what? There certainly are a lot of options  to choose from, which can be liberating – but also a little overwhelming. So, here’s a general overview of some options to get you started. Continue reading at: http://www.jewelrywise.com/engagement-wedding/article/non-traditional-engagement-rings

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Bridesmaids’ Jewelry to Suit Your Party

Just because they’re all in the wedding party doesn’t mean they’re the same. Feel free to mix and match bridesmaids’ jewelry. One of the biggest (and best) departures from wedding traditions in the past few years has been the move toward different styles of bridesmaid’s dresses within the same wedding party. The bride picks a color (and sometimes a material), and her attendants can each choose a dress that suits them —their style, their comfort and their body type. Think about doing that when picking bridesmaid’s jewelry. Why does everyone have to get the same design or piece of jewelry?...

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...