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Three Stone Rings: Modern Versions

A three stone ring can be very modern. There are many three-stone options for those who want a more contemporary, edgy look.

Adiamor has created some great modern three stone rings with geometric side stones like trilliants and tapered baguettes.

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Marquise center stone with trilliant side stones.

 

 

 

 

 

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Three stone ring with radiant center and tapered baguette side stones.

 

 

 

 

This ring features double claw prongs holding the center radiant cut diamond- we loved it!

 

 

 

 

 

Adiamor also has three stone styles for fancy shapes other than round:

Three stone with princess cut diamonds.
Three stone with princess cut diamonds.

 

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The Importance of Ring Size

Finding your future fiancé the perfect ring is a special, and once in a lifetime occasion. If only buying an engagement ring was easy. You need to find the right quality diamond, determine your fiancé’s taste, and get everything for a price that’s affordable. While keeping all this in mind, most people forget an often overlooked detail: the ring size.

It may not seem terribly crucial when buying an engagement ring, but ring size is actually an important factor. Most overlook it because it’s assumed that the ring can always be resized later. And of course, trying to determine the perfect size beforehand would ultimately ruin the surprise involved in proposing. The issue here is that not all rings can be resized. This is a little known fact that can be detrimental to the proposing experience.

For minor enlargements, the ring can sometimes be stretched. This is ideal, but isn’t always a possibility. Some rings require larger adjustments. If this is the case, the ring needs to be cut and either a piece is removed, or an additional piece is added on. Once either of these two processes is finished, the ring is welded back together, polished, and buffed to hide any evidence of an alteration. While it seems simple, there are two reasons it’s not always possible.

For one, depending on what kind of metal the ring is, the jeweler may not be able to add to it. Antique rings are particularly difficult as it’s not easy to determine what kind of metal it is. When metals are mismatched, they can cause a stained or spotted look to the ring when either the metal is different, or even when it is welded back together. The second reason why rings cannot be re-sized is due to the reshaping and buffing involved. Rings that have specific designs or other diamonds and jewels in the band can be affected during this process.

In an ideal world, you’d like to surprise your future-fiancé with the perfect fitting ring. While there may be opportunities to help fix minor size inconsistencies, don’t leave this important detail to chance. If you can’t find out the recipients ring size before you purchase the ring, be sure to ask your jeweler if it is possible to adjust the size at a later date.

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Kristin Cavallari Returns Engagement Ring

Everyone who was waiting with baited breath to see if the Cutler-Cavallari split would go the same way as the Williams-Daniels debacle (in which the football player actually sued his former beauty queen girlfriend to get back the $76,000 diamond ring he sent her in the mail) can now breathe a sigh of relief. Cavallari, who reportedly loved her 5.2-carat, Asscher-cut engagement ring, has nonetheless offered it back to former fiancé Jay Cutler, Chicago’s quarterback. And the jerk took it. After reportedly breaking her heart, you think he’d at least give her a consolation prize (fact: diamonds are forever, even if relationships clearly are not). But no, sources say she offered and he took it.

This is just the latest in a recent spate of celebrity breakups that have made headlines concerning the return of the engagement ring. First there was Hugh Hefner, who magnanimously allowed fiancé Crystal Harris to keep her $90,000 engagement ring despite the fact that she called off the nuptials just a week before the wedding date (apparently Hef was just happy to have dodged the bullet – he let her keep the Bentley, as well). Then, of course, there was the scandal over Brooke Daniels, who apparently told former boyfriend Roy Williams (that’s right, they weren’t even engaged!) that she had lost the $76,000 ring he used to propose (it was later discovered in her father’s possession).

But Cavallari has outclassed the whole lot by giving back the ring, something that a spurned woman is rarely required to do. In the other cases, the recipients should have returned the rings as a matter of course since they were either turning down or breaking the engagements. Cavallari, who did not renege on her promise to marry, was the only one out of the bunch who had reason to keep the ring, and yet, she opted to return it. Of course, simply having it around probably produced a gamut of negative emotions, so she’s surely better off without it. Still, it must have been a hard thing to do considering the nature of her breakup. In any case, she is well shed of both man and ring. Now she can move on to a man who truly deserves her, and a ring that will be with her for the rest of her life.

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Hiring a Proposal Planner

If you’ve been racking your brains to come up with a way to ask for your honey’s hand in marriage but you continue to fall short despite your best effort, then perhaps you simply aren’t cut out for the demands of planning a truly spectacular proposal. In this case, you may want to do what you can to create a lasting impression by hiring someone who does this sort of thing for a living. Sometimes the best you can do is to hire the best! Here are just a few things such a professional can help you with.

1. Choosing the ring. Before you can even think about asking for someone’s hand in marriage you ought to be prepared with a ring to seal the deal. A planner can ask you pertinent questions to find out what your partner likes in order to help you choose the perfect ring to ensure that the answer to your burning question is a resounding yes.

2. Location. Once you have the ring in hand, you’ll want to choose a locale for the proposal that is special to your special someone. It could be a sporting arena, the restaurant where you had your first date, or even a world-famous monument. As long as the location puts your honey in the mood for love, it could be considered an excellent spot to pop the big question.

3. Setting. Not to be confused with location, the setting includes both the ambiance surrounding your proposal as well as who else is present. You’ll need to decide if the deed should be done in front of a room full of strangers, a flash mob, your closest family and friends, or if it should be just the two of you. A planner can help you choose the best option for you and your soon-to-be-betrothed.

4. Timing. Knowing when to propose is almost as important as knowing where and how to propose. Here, again, a proposal planner can help you. Perhaps your significant other is stressed out at work, essentially creating a bad atmosphere for a proposal. Maybe you’ll want to plan a little vacay to ensure that your partner has a clear head and good attitude (as a way to up the odds of success).

5. Wardrobe. A marriage proposal is a life-changing moment. In fact, it could be seen as a moment of clarity in some cases, in which your future is laid out before you. So do you really think it’s appropriate to show up for such a crucial moment wearing ragged, ripped jeans and a faded concert tee? You probably do, don’t you? That’s why you need a proposal planner.

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How Well Does Your Partner Know You?

When it comes time for that special person in your life to get you the ring of your dreams, the one that bears the promise of a lifetime to come, you want to be sure that your partner knows exactly what you want. As callous as it may sound, you’re the one who has to wear it for the rest of your life, so it had better be something that suits your taste and sensibilities. For example, not every girl wants a Kardashian-sized engagement ring. But you definitely want a diamond that you don’t need a microscope to see. In short, you might be asking yourself just how well your partner knows you when it comes time to start looking at engagement rings.

The funny thing about significant others is that most of them are not mind readers. This means if you want something specific, you’re going to have to ask for it. There are a number of ways to go about doing so. You may want to drop subtle hints by leaving photos lying around or your computer desktop open to a pic of a ring you love. You could also enlist the aid of family members that your partner is likely to ask for advice (tell them exactly what you want). Or you could simply let your soul-mate know, in no uncertain terms, that when it comes time to pop the question, there is a specific ring you have in mind (and leave it at that…no pressure!).

On the other hand, you’re going to have to trust this person at some point, and maybe leaving the engagement (and the ring) to chance is just the way to see how your partner performs (as in, how well your loved one actually knows you). You might be pleasantly surprised to see that the ring awaiting you is just what you would have picked for yourself. And if you’re not fussy, you might find that even a ring that you wouldn’t necessarily choose is even better because your future spouse picked it with you in mind. If, however, you are just a bit picky when it comes to your personal style, your best bet is to simply come out with it so that you don’t end up disappointed (and disappointing your fiancé).

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Why Not a Diamond Ring for a Push Present?

If you’re wondering just what a push present is, you’re not alone. Although this type of gift is far from unheard of, the term may be unfamiliar to you because it is one that has spread largely by word of mouth rather than corporate advertising. In essence, it’s a gift that is given by a father to a mother either before or after she goes through labor (sometimes even during) as a way to commemorate the birth of a child. Although some see such a present as materializing what would otherwise be a non-gifting occasion, the truth is that it’s no different from any other type of celebratory gift. And the traditional item chosen for the mother is diamonds.

In most cases, a push present is diamond earrings. This trend started just a few years back with a jewelry company that ran a campaign with the slogan, “She delivered your firstborn, now give her twins.” And while every woman can certainly use a pair of diamond earrings, you have a lot of latitude with what you choose to give the woman that brings your child into the world. Tennis bracelets are also a favorite for this occasion. The reason for this is that a diamond bracelet is not necessarily linked to any particular event, traditionally. In addition, whereas a diamond necklace would be impractical for a woman with a baby (for obvious reasons), a tennis bracelet can be worn daily without having to worry that the baby is going to tug at it or put it in his mouth.

However, earrings and bracelets are not the final word for diamonds when it comes to this intimate gift. You clearly don’t want a necklace, but if you’d rather flout tradition, why not go for a diamond ring? Certainly she already has one on her ring finger, from the day you got engaged. But in the same way the engagement ring symbolized your union as a couple, you can offer her a complimentary piece to represent your new status as members of a larger group: a family. In this respect, you could go for a ring with a solitary stone, for your child, you could get a three stone ring (one for each of you), or even an eternity band to symbolize the everlasting love created by the familial bond. Whatever you choose, she’s sure to love it.

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What Does a Promise Ring Really Mean?

You may have heard of this phenomenon of men giving promise rings. They’re not engagement rings (and they’re not worn on the third finger of the left hand), and yet, they are supposed to symbolize the intention to marry, or at least to become engaged (at some point). In short, they’re a pre-engagement ring, if that makes any sense. But what does it really mean when you receive such a promise?

Not to rain on your parade, but all it really says is that your man isn’t serious about getting married yet. You’ve probably been talking about marriage. Maybe you’ve been together for a while and you’ve started to actually hear your biological clock ticking (possibly making you a little pushy on the topic of marriage). Perhaps you’ve even hinted that your relationship “isn’t working out”, hoping that he’ll get the clue. Or maybe you simply feel that he’s the one, despite the fact that you’ve only been together a short while. The truth is that he’s probably giving you this ring in order to appease you without actually having to propose. A promise ring may hint at a future, but an engagement ring is a bold declaration of the intention to commit.

Of course, there could be other factors. Perhaps he simply doesn’t have the money to give you the engagement ring and wedding that he thinks you deserve. Wouldn’t it be nice if that were actually the case? Or maybe he really does love you, but just isn’t quite ready to commit (although he is beginning to think along those lines). It may also be part of his religion, given to symbolize his commitment to you and only you, or a promise to practice abstinence until the wedding. There are all kinds of reasons one might give a promise ring, but generally, you can bet that it has to do with a certain amount of hesitation to actually propose.

On the other hand, you do get a nice piece of jewelry out of the deal that you have no obligation to return if the relationship doesn’t pan out (whereas an engagement ring you would almost certainly want to give back). And at least he’s starting to think along the lines of marriage (even if he is putting off the engagement to some degree). So take him at his word, wear his promise on your right hand, and consider this as evidence that he’s starting to crack (meaning it’s time to push a little harder!).

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Engagement Ring Symbolism

You’re probably aware of the fact that an engagement ring is a symbol of the willingness to commit to spending your life with the person you give it to. It is a material manifestation of the love and devotion you feel for that special lady in your life; in short, it’s a promise in the form of a glittery gift. But it can also denote wealth and status for the woman wearing it, as well as her personal style. And originally, the engagement ring may have come into the marriage from the bride’s family, as part of her dowry rather than a gift from her betrothed (and it doubled as her wedding band in most cases, especially since the groom didn’t necessarily sport a ring). But an engagement ring is so much more than the sum of its parts. When you deconstruct it and look at the individual pieces, you’ll see that they have their own inherent symbolism.

Let’s start with the band, which is most often in the shape of a circle (yeah, there are some weirdo ones out there that are square, hexagonal, octagonal, or even triangular, but they don’t tend to fit very well). The circle is indeed functional, fitting well on the finger, but it also carries a heavy symbolism. It has been used to indicate eternity, perfection, and completion (as in the perfect and everlasting love that is supposed to result from marital union). But the material the band is made from may also have significance. The metal used will not only speak to a certain era (since trends change) but also the value of the piece. Silver is relatively inexpensive while gold and white gold cost more. And platinum, which is the most expensive, is also the toughest, withstanding both tarnish and damage for the most part.

Then there is the stone used in the ring. Most commonly it is a diamond (or multiple diamonds) and this is not accidental. Not only are diamonds instantly recognizable as holding monetary value (since they are only found in relatively limited supply); they are also the hardest natural substance on Earth, making them virtually indestructible (except for flaws). In fact, most diamonds are cut and polished with tools made from other diamonds. They symbolize longevity and strength, which every marriage can benefit from.

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5 Signs it’s Time to Get Engaged

It’s not always easy to know when the time is right to pop the big question. You might not be able to gauge the interest of the lucky lady in question, you may not want to mess with a good thing, or maybe you’re just not ready. But as time goes by and the pressure mounts, you may begin to wonder if the “right time” is just a myth concocted by happy couples to hide the fact that they, too, were unsure about the proper moment for presenting a ring. Whatever your reason for waiting, you certainly don’t want to put off that next step too long or you may find yourself alone while the love of your life runs off to Las Vegas to marry your best friend. Here are a few hard-to-miss signs that it’s time to get to one knee and solidify your future with a diamond engagement ring.

1. She’s pregnant. If your girlfriend is sporting a baby bump as an accessory instead of a ring, it’s time to man up and remedy the situation. Bringing a child into the picture is a pretty clear sign that you’re moving towards a permanent partnership, so stop stalling and get the ring already!

2. You’re already married under common law. If the law says you’ve been together long enough to be married, maybe it’s time you took the hint. At the very least, you’re missing out on a monster tax break. If you’ve been living together for several years as a couple, you’re already married in spirit anyway, so why not make it official and give her the day she’s been dreaming of since she was a child. After all, if she stayed with you, she kind of deserves it.

3. You’ve been together more than half of your life. This is a no brainer. If you’ve been together more than half the time you’ve been alive, you’re probably not going to be moving on to greener pastures any time soon. If you’re in it for the long haul, then for goodness sake, make the commitment.

4. She’s started looking at rings. This is a sure sign that she’s ready, so unless you want to lose her to the next guy to offer her a shiny bauble for her third finger, you’d better start planning for the purchase of your life. Otherwise she’ll be planning it without you.

5. Her bags are packed and she’s thrown the gauntlet. Uh-oh! When it gets to ultimatum time, you may already be too late. Don’t suffer the knee-jerk reaction of telling her to go unless you’re sure that a life without her is just fine with you. Probably she’s already told you a few times and you just weren’t listening. So before you blame her ambush for the break-up, think about your own role and consider if you should have proposed marriage a lot sooner.

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Proposing to Him? Here’s How to Do It

If you think guys have it tough trying to come up with clever and personal ways to propose, you’re absolutely right. And if you decide to relieve your special stud of his duty by doing it yourself, you’re going to find out just how difficult it is. Not only is it hard to find the exact right words to say and the perfect set-up in which to voice them, but you are probably more prone to emotional outpouring than your man, meaning you’re bound to be on an emotional roller coaster leading up to the big event. But with a great plan in place, you can control your excitement and stop sentimental outbursts (so as not to tip him off that something’s up before you pop the big question). Here are a few tips to help you get it together.

You’ll want to start with finding a ring. The most important part of any proposal (aside from the question) is the ring, so it has to be imbued with special meaning. While some people go for the gag and present a ring-pop to elicit a laugh, you’re better off taking the time to find something that truly suits your man (since he will have to wear it). Think about what he would like in terms of size, style, comfort, and design, and don’t forget to consider how it will look with a wedding ring.

The next step is to plan the proposal. Don’t just go for the tried-and-true dinner, ending with you taking a knee. If you’re going to do dinner, at least have the ring box brought out on a platter with his favorite desert. You could also make it special by taking him to the site of your first date as a way to stage the proposal. Or you could find out his dream travel destination and arrange a trip. You could even get tickets to a sporting event and make the proposal public. The truth is, as long as you make a personal gesture that speaks to your shared history and mutual love, you could ask for his hand in marriage anywhere (your favorite restaurant, the Eiffel Tower, or the privacy of your own bedroom).

Finally, consider ways that you can keep your little secret to yourself until the timing is right. You don’t want to blow it by letting your strong emotions trip you up. So think about doing some yoga, meditation, or other form of relaxation leading up to the big night. Basically, just keep yourself calm and focused if you want your plan to go off without a hitch.