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Winter Weather Brings Couples Together!

Even though the icy weather across the country has been wreaking havoc with people’s Valentine’s Day plans and our shipping schedules, our customers are still managing to have wonderful holidays!

We love when people use the weather as an excuse to spend some quality time together. It’s easy to stay inside when our diamonds sparkle even more than the snow outside! We are very inspired by all of our customer stories of winter engagements and romantic gifts for loved ones on Valentine’s Day.

Speaking of snow, one of our customers recently sent us this wintery picture of her R2940 with a 1 ct cushion cut diamond in the snow. What a way to brighten the gray days of winter!

R2940 looks good in this customer's photo in the snow!
R2940 looks good in this customer’s photo in the snow!
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Styles We Love for Valentine’s Day!

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we are loving romantic jewelry. Vintage touches like engraving and the warmth of rose gold are our inspirations of the season!

Check out some of our favorites for a dreamy Valentine’s Day!

R2932, the twisted pave halo, and the wedding band R2941 in rose gold.
R2932, the twisted pave halo, and the wedding band R2941 in rose gold.

Combining the golden blush tones of rose gold with a twisted, vine-like design, this set of rings is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Custom Men's Band with Black Diamonds paired with R2929 in rose gold.
Custom Men’s Band with Black Diamonds paired with R2929 in rose gold.

This matching set includes a split shank engagement ring, R2929, and a custom built men’s band with black diamonds, which add a touch of masculine edge to the rose gold design. What a great pair!

Stay tuned for more of our favorites!

Shop all rose gold rings here.

 

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Flying Solo on Valentine’s Day? 5 Great Ways to Keep Your Spirits High

Nobody likes to spend holidays alone, and the special day devoted to couples in love is one of the worst for those without a partner in their life. You could go out solo on Valentine’s Day, but you’ll be faced with nothing but cooing couples eating opposite ends of a single strand of spaghetti (ending in a lip-lock). Well, maybe not, but you will have to watch a lot of people in love, with you the proverbial odd man out. Of course, ordering out for pizza and crying over rom-coms is no way to spend the night, either. So why not try one of these great ideas for making the holiday fun, even if you’re flying solo?

1. Single’s mixer. Many establishments throw bashes aimed at the unattached, so consider visiting a local bar, club, or restaurant that’s set up for singles who are looking to get hit with Cupid’s arrow (or simply dance the night away).

2. Throw a party. Forget about spending the night alone with a bucket of bon-bons. Throw a party for your friends (couples and singles alike). Everyone can have great time and you don’t have to spend the evening wallowing in self-pity.

3. Spoil yourself. You may not have that special someone in your life to buy you flowers, chocolates, and cards, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer a gift-less Valentine’s Day. Instead, spoil yourself a little. Book a spa day (massage, facial, mani-pedi – the works!), do a little retail therapy at your favorite clothing store, or get those diamond earrings you’ve had your eye on.

4. See a friend. You likely have at least one good friend who’s just as lonely as you this Valentine’s Day, so re-affirm the bonds of friendship by making a nice meal, renting some movies, and basically taking the time to appreciate a special relationship that isn’t necessarily romantic.

5. Enjoy being single. Most people in a relationship are obliged to jump through a number of hoops on Valentine’s Day in order to make a statement of love to their significant other (secure a reservation, show up looking fantastic, and spend beaucoup bucks to say “I love you”). You, on the other hand, can eat what you want, take a long, hot bath, and spend the evening dominating the TV remote. In the future, you may not have the luxuries that being single afford you, so enjoy it while you can!

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Romantic Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day

It’s not always easy to come up with that perfect idea to make Valentine’s Day special for the one you love, especially if you’ve already come up with some really good ones in years past. But you don’t have to top yourself year after year to make your partner feel the strength of Cupid’s arrow. By simply planning a romantic evening that’s all about the person who completes you, there will be no doubt about the way you love them (whether you count the ways or not). Here are a few ideas to get you on the right track.

1. In bed. Take a long weekend by opting out of work on Monday this year and laze the day away in the comfort of your love nest. Plan for your partner’s favorite meals (delivered to the boudoir by you), rent a couple of rom-coms, or spend the day gazing into each other’s eyes and remembering why you fell in love in the first place.

2. On holiday. Nothing will allow you to get away from it all and focus on each other more than a spur-of-the-moment vacay. So pack bags for both of you and be ready to go when your partner gets home from work on Friday. If you’re not too keen to spend half of the weekend on an airplane to an exotic locale, simply drive to the nearest remote wilderness location (ski resort, nearby lake, etc.) and rent a cabin for the weekend. Even a local hotel can provide a change of scenery and a little alone time (spring for the room with the spa tub).

3. Wine tasting. Instead of doing the restaurant thing (who can get reservations at this late date?!) check out a local tasting room to try some local vintners or get a taste of France. By the time you get home, you’ll both be in the mood for amour. If they won’t be open for Valentine’s Day, go in ahead of time, get some advice from the sommelier, and have a tasting of your own at home.

4. First date spot. Sometimes the best way to say “I love you” is with a little trip down memory lane. So take your partner to your first date spot (impressive) and order the same meal you had that night (spectacularly impressive).

5. Dinner and dancing – at home. Why fight the madding crowd on the most popular date-night of the year? Instead, set up your dining room like the restaurant your partner would love to visit, complete with his/her fave food choices. Then put on a little soft music and dance the night away.

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You Can’t Go Wrong with Diamond’s on Valentine’s Day

There are few gifts that say “I love you” better than diamonds. After all, diamonds are forever; and so is your love. But if you’re not sure diamonds are the way to go (maybe you’re in a new relationship and you don’t want to scare her off by moving too fast, or maybe you don’t think you have enough dough to get her a stone that will adequately express the depth of your feelings for her) then here are just a few reasons to quell those nagging doubts and go ahead with a diamond purchase for Valentine’s Day.

For one thing, you CANNOT go wrong with a gift of diamonds. Women love diamonds. It doesn’t matter if they’re diamond studs, a pendant, a tennis bracelet, or a full diamond necklace. Whatever you give her, she’s sure to see it as a declaration of love, regardless of size. Just the fact that you went to the effort and expense to buy her a beautiful piece of jewelry says a lot about your feelings for her. Of course, you can always go the extra mile and get a diamond ring, but you’d better be prepared to follow through on the implied offer behind it!

If you’re new to the relationship or you don’t have a lot of cash on hand, go for a simple pair of diamond studs or a small pendant. By choosing a smaller stone, you’re saying that you like her enough to get her something special, but you’re not demanding that she reciprocate in some way (you know…). This way she’ll view you as sweet instead of sleazy or pushy. Of course, if you’ve been together for a while and you do have the money for something larger, don’t hesitate to go all out. Once you’re past the initial uncertainty of a new relationship, you can make a bigger gesture without her wondering about your motives.

If you’re not sure about style, go for a heart. You can either get a stone that’s cut in the shape of a heart or you can choose a heart-shaped setting that’s diamond studded (or encrusted). This is the perfect accessory to present her with on Valentine’s Day. After all, it’s an apt representation (and a constant reminder) of the love that drove you to buy her such a timeless gift in the first place.

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Top 5 Romantic Films for Valentine’s Day

For the couple in love, romance is always at the forefront. All you see when you walk out the door is the beauty and joy that is in your own heart. You see older couples strolling down the street and imagine yourself in their shoes one day. You see other young couples canoodling and smile knowingly, as if you share a secret that everyone else is missing out on. And of course, the only movie posters that draw your eye are those with a happy couple on the front. If you’re looking for a few flicks to make your Valentine’s Day special and reflect the love you’re feeling, here are some that will fan the flames.

1. Casablanca (1942). When you opt to enjoy one of the greatest love stories of all time, you’ll also get a dose of spy drama with this timeless classic. It’s got a little something for both the ladies and the gents, so don’t think you have to suffer through a sappy chick-flick to get romantic with your movie choice for this lovey-dovey holiday.

2. Say Anything (1989). If you haven’t seen the iconic climax where young-and-in-love Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) holds up the boom box blaring Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” outside Diane Court’s (Ione Skye) window like a modern Cyrano de Bergerac, then you are missing out on one of the most romantic moments in cinematic history. Make this a must-see for Valentine’s Day and your own lady love will be like putty in your hands.

3. Love Actually (2003). Love is messy, as you’ll see in this look at the romances that make up many different lives. Sometimes you end up kissing the prime minister at a children’s play. And sometimes you meet a super-model mom that looks like Claudia Schiffer (schwing!). Then there are times when it turns out the love of your life is your fat manager (who else has been through it all with you?). This film explores the many facets of love in a refreshing and often humorous way.

4. Immortal Beloved (1994). With stunning visual tableaus and the tempestuous music of Beethoven to fuel this romantic drama, you’ll be transported into the world of the virtuoso who couldn’t hear a note he composed and the tortured soul of a man who lost the only woman he ever truly loved. If you thought Gary Oldman ruled as Dracula, just wait until you see this lesser-known portrayal of the life and love of Ludwig van Beethoven.

5. The Notebook (2004). This movie is both poignant and powerful. It explores the lifelong love of two people who are torn apart by circumstance but find their way back to each other again and again.