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What Are New Bridal Trends for 2014?

Spring has sprung, which means wedding season is official open! Certain bridal trends are already emerging as the most popular for 2014.

Seasonal

Wedding planners are paying a lot of attention to which season and time of year of the wedding. For spring weddings, brides are choosing light colors, outdoor settings and citrus flavored cakes. For fall and winter weddings, brides are wearing fur capes and boots and serving deep flavor like chocolate with indoor décor which is rustic and candlelit.

Fall Wedding Inspiration
Fall Wedding Inspiration image via Rock My Wedding

Themes

Vintage continues to be an inspiration in many forms. Tea length dresses and sweet romantic details recalls mid-century celebrations while full-on gilded glamour references the Gatsby era. Weddings can also have a specific book, genre, or movie theme with everything from the music to the table decorations adhering to that idea.

Gatsby Color Scheme
Gatsby Color Scheme images via Green Wedding Shoes

 

 

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Three Stone Engagement Rings: Classic Versions

The holiday times always find us nostalgic and looking to the past for classic design inspiration. One of our favorite flattering designs is the three stone ring. This timeless look is wonderfully versatile, and we love creating three stone engagement rings for our customers. The understated three stone ring with round diamonds is an enduring design which will always be in style.

At a client’s request we customized this R2814 by keeping the band smooth instead of adding pave diamonds, and this was the result! In this trellis setting the prongs intertwine under the diamonds, giving it a unique look from the side.

I want!
Customized three stone trellis engagement ring from Adiamor.

 

R2710 tapers as it nears the side stones:

Gorgeous!
Adiamor three stone engagement ring.

 

One variation of the three stone ring is to add pave side stones down the band of the ring, like R2814. This adds extra sparkle!

Golden goodness!
Adiamor’s three stone trellis ring with pave diamonds on shank.

 

 

Three stone engagement rings are traditional without being stodgy or old-fashioned; it is a lasting, elegant style which is simply beautiful. This is why it will always be a wonderful choice for an engagement ring!

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Men’s Wedding Bands Don’t Have to Be Boring

Women have many options when it comes time to peruse the ring counter for the perfect wedding band. She can go with a plain band or find one studded with diamonds to match her engagement ring. She can choose an infinity band or even take the central stone from her engagement ring and have it set into a wedding band of her choice. Any way you look at it, she’s going to get just what she wants. But when it comes time for the man to choose his band, he may find the selection rather, well, boring.

For years society has dictated that a man’s wedding band be plain, simple, and supposedly masculine. It’s not really that surprising considering that the man band is a relatively new concept. While women have worn ring’s to denote marital status for centuries, wedding bands for couples only really started a few decades ago (gaining popularity during WWII when soldiers wanted a token of marriage to take with them to war). But these days the ideas about what is and isn’t appropriate for a man when it comes to the band are changing.

More and more men are demanding that they be given the same amount of options as the fairer sex when it comes to what could be the only piece of jewelry they wear. Although most men don’t expect anything as fancy as what a woman might prefer, they seem rather keen to embrace new metals, mixed metals, different shapes, and even embellishments like diamond studs. And as long as these extra adornments are kept to a minimum, the ring can provide for both a unique statement piece and a truly masculine expression of love and commitment.

So if you find that you’re just not satisfied by the plain, boring selection at some jewelry stores, think about heading to a nearby jewelry district for more options (if you live in an urban area) or simply start looking at online retailers. This is not only a great way to find a larger range of options in the way of men’s wedding bands; it can also save you a ton of money over brick-and-mortar locations (which factor the price of operations into each sale).

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How Your Engagement Ring Expresses Your Personality

Most women feel that their engagement ring speaks to their personal style, but what if it’s saying more than you think? In truth, the ring a woman chooses to wear (or helps her fiancé to pick for her) can say a lot about her personality, whether she low-key, high-brow, ostentatious, or more of a wallflower. A ring can speak volumes about the wearer. So what is your ring telling others about you? Here are just a few examples.

1. Round cut. Beautiful, traditional, and practical, this is the cut overwhelmingly chosen by the bride-to-be (you can thank Tiffany for that). The woman with this cut has both common sense and a desire for longevity. A smaller stone denotes that the woman is not too fussy while a larger stone shows a certain amount of confidence.

2. Princess cut. This is a ring that says high maintenance. You’ve no doubt heard of bridezillas, and the girl who picks this cut may just turn out to be one. This is not to say that every woman with a princess cut aims to be on a pedestal, but you’re definitely going to find a strong personality lurking behind this glamorous, prominent, and less-than-practical sparkler (with pointy edges, you’re going to have trouble performing normal daily tasks with this ring on, like getting dressed, for example). This is a woman used to getting her way.

3. Emerald cut. This old-school cut is not for the faint of heart. The woman who wears it knows her diamond lore (since the large table requires a practically flawless stone) and she wants to display her culture. She needn’t be flashy or loud; she has class and she knows it.

4. Pear shaped. The woman who chooses this off-kilter cut likes to color outside the lines. She is a fun-lover and enjoys a touch of the fantastic. She may be a lot to handle, adventurous as she is, and she doesn’t always look before she leaps. But one thing is certain; life will never be dull with a girl who selects this diamond for her engagement ring.

5. No stone. An engagement ring without a diamond may seem antithetical, but the bold woman who wears one is proclaiming her independence. She a slave to neither sentimentality nor the constructs of man. Although she is more than happy to show her devotion to a fiancé, she is bound and determined to do it on her own terms and without bowing to the social pressure to conform.

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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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What’s Your Engagement Ring Style?

Guys have an understandably hard time picking out engagement rings. Without a lifetime of jewelry-buying to bolster their knowledge of stones and settings, it’s no wonder they find themselves floundering when it comes time to purchase the most important piece of jewelry you’ll ever wear. However, the process may become even more complicated if you, yourself, have no idea what style you prefer. If your jewelry collection is as eclectic as Madonna’s catalog of albums, then perhaps you should take the time to sift through the many styles you’ve embraced over the years and pare down your preferences to an easily identifiable set of markers that will have your honey picking the ring of your dreams. Here’s how to peg your personal style.

Once you have chosen the stones you like and the metal you find most appealing, you’ll have to select a style. Do you want a simple band, or one adorned with filigree? Is a single stone enough, or do you need accents on either side (or a pave halo)? And do you think a large central stone fits your aesthetic, or is something less ostentatious to your liking? Would you prefer something straight from a retailer, an authentic antique, or a custom-made creation? All of these questions are important if you’re trying to pinpoint your personal style.

A good bet is to consider your long-term aesthetic. Since you’re probably planning to wear your engagement ring for the rest of your life, you’ll want to choose something that will suit you as well ten or twenty years down the line as it does today. Take into account not only styles that you have appreciated in the past, but also what will continue to match your personality down the road. If you are a quiet and reserved person, for example, you may want to choose a style that is more traditional and enduring, such as the classic Tiffany solitaire. If, on the other hand, you prefer something that is off the beaten path (and you always have), you might opt for a style that is a bit more indicative of your penchant for individuality.

Only you can determine the style that will suit you best, but by taking the time to work out your basic aesthetic when it comes to jewelry, choose the type of ring you want, and plan out the components, you have a much better chance of receiving an engagement ring that will continue to take your breath away over the long years. As a bonus, you’ll also earn the eternal gratitude of your husband-to-be by telling him just what you want.

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Versatile Diamond Jewelry: Pieces You Can Wear with Jeans or a Dress

Diamonds are an extremely versatile gemstone that can be paired with any number of outfits for a variety of occasions. But you wouldn’t wear an expensive diamond necklace with a tee shirt and jeans, dangly drop earrings to go to the gym, or a handful of diamond rings to dig in your garden. However, there are a number of pieces that any woman can add to her collection that will provide her with the options needed to dress up any ensemble. Whether you’re attending a black-tie event or hitting the grocery store, these pieces can be worn day or night as a way to present a look that is classy and pulled together (even if you’re wearing yesterday’s jeans).

1. Diamond studs. No matter the occasion, the right pair of diamond studs can be paired with any outfit. As long as they’re not too ostentatious, you can get away with wearing them to work, to a fancy dinner, or even to run errands. And they’ll look just as good with your LBD as they will with a hoodie and jeans.

2. Tennis bracelet. This classic band of diamonds to encircle your wrist is generally understated enough that you can wear if for just about any occasion without having to worry about being perceived as flamboyant or flashy. However, it’s still dressy enough to wear as an accent for your evening gowns.

3. Eternity band. This symbol of unending love is not only fitting for you to wear on your finger, it can actually be paired with absolutely anything. While you might want to take it off for messy tasks (like forming a meatloaf or cleaning the tub), you are well within fashionable parameters to wear it any other time (including trips to the gym).

4. Diamond pendant. The right pendant can go with every ensemble, but the key word is “right”. You don’t want anything too big or gaudy; otherwise it will only be good for special occasions. Instead, opt for a stone that is a bit smaller, but has better color and clarity or a unique cut or setting. This way you can wear it even if you don’t have a particular event in mind.

5. Engagement ring. Regardless of size or style, this is one item that you never have to remove from your person. It is always acceptable to wear your engagement ring, no matter what you are wearing or where you are. And the same goes for your wedding band.

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What Women Want in a Diamond Engagement Ring

Men often assume that they can gauge what a woman will want in an engagement ring by checking out her jewelry collection. Actually, this is as good a bet as any when it comes to trying to choose the ring of her dreams. And while many women have particular tastes when it comes to jewelry (antique or modern, silver or gold, a rainbow of gems or a signature stone, etc.), there are a few things that all women, across the board, will be looking for when they open that box and unveil the one ring they will never take off.

1. Size. Unfortunately, size does matter. She may tell you that she prefers jewelry that is small and unobtrusive, and she may even believe it, but if you give her a stone that she needs a magnifying glass to admire, she may be a touch disappointed.

2. Sparkle. Aside from having some bulk, women want a ring that sparkles. Brilliance has a little to do with the actual stone and a lot to do with the cut. Generally, the best cut for colorless diamonds is round. This multifaceted look tends to catch the most light and create enough glitter to wow any girl.

3. Color. Colored diamonds are in vogue now, and your gal may even profess to love pink or blue diamonds. But when it comes right down to it, colorless stones are the classic standard. To give her a ring that has a timeless beauty, opt for something that is as close to colorless as possible.

4. Setting. This is where most guys get into trouble since it is often difficult to pinpoint her style and avoid trends, which come and go. If you have no idea what she might want, you can’t go wrong with a simple solitaire in white gold. It is flattering to any skin tone and will cost you less than other options (such as diamond-studded or baguette settings). That way if she doesn’t like it, you can simply put the stone in a setting of her choice at a later date and you won’t be out a ton of cash).

5. Bragging rights. If you’re girl doesn’t want to show off her ring to her friends and family, you know you’ve made a grievous error. If you think you’re apt to make a blunder, enlist the help of a trusted gal pal to shop with you…any woman should be able to tell you if the ring you’ve chosen is unsuitable.

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Classic or Trendy: Which Engagement Ring Style is Right for You?

When it comes to buying an engagement ring, women have many different criteria. But when contemplating the basic style, there are those who lean towards classic, while others gobble up every passing trend. If you’ve surveyed your girlfriend’s jewelry box but you’re still unsure about what to get her, there are a few things to consider before you buy the ring she’ll wear for the rest of her life.

The most important thing is the stone. Obviously, you’ll want to get a diamond. The setting, including any the band and any accents, are really only there to display the central stone, so that’s what you should focus on first. So you must address the four Cs. Color is a good place to start. While colored diamonds (pink, yellow, blue, even black) have become very popular in recent years, and they can be extremely beautiful, there are a few problems. For one thing, they can be rare and subsequently, carry a heftier price tag. In addition, they will most likely go in and out of fashion, so you can’t expect them to hold their value. Even beyond that, color preference is subject to individual taste, so if you’re considering this as an heirloom piece that will be passed on to your daughter or granddaughter, you may want to ensure that it’s something any woman would wear. Of course you should take your soon-to-be-fiancé’s feelings into account. If she has her heart set on a pink diamond, you’d better get her what she wants. But if you’re unsure, you really can’t go wrong with the traditional, classic, colorless diamond.

If you do decide to go classic, it will probably give your budget a little wiggle room, so use your extra cash to go for a larger stone (higher carat), or better clarity, which will ensure the stone holds its value over time. As for cut, there are several options, but deep, round-cut diamonds offer the most brilliance, which is why they are the staple of the diamond solitaire ring. As for setting, you can go modern or traditional, with a simple band or loads of baguettes, depending on her taste, since it is easy enough to re-set the stone if she changes her mind.