[E]ngagement season is upon us, and you know what that means: beautiful new engagement rings popping up all over the place! We love sharing the most gorgeous, custom-made engagement rings around, which is why we couldn’t help ourselves when Kristin Coffin made this little gem. The twig and leaf engagement ring is ideal for the nature-lover, the bride-to-be who loves nature inspired jewelry paired with an exceptionally unique rose-cut diamond. As Kristin puts it, “It is a celebration of our environment and a great alternative to a traditional engagement ring.” It is a perfect everyday piece and one you’ll get compliments on for years to come.
[I]f you’re shopping for the perfect engagement ring, don’t forget about handmade engagement rings! A handmade engagement ring is custom-made just for her, can be personalized with accents that she’ll love (like a twig-style band, a uniquely shaped stone, or a particular gemstone instead of a traditional diamond), and is made with two hands. If the search for the perfect engagement ring is underway, you’re sure to find an incredible one in today’s post: we’re sharing eight beautiful designs by Kristin Coffin! Take a peek at what she’s been working on in her studio…
Handmade Engagement Rings
So, what makes handmade engagement rings different from the others? For starters, you can request custom designs, swap certain stones for others (artisan willing), have unique band detailing (like twigs, which we’ll show you below), and it is made just for you by two hands. That’s pretty incredible. Here’s Kristin’s studio just to give you a glimpse of the work that goes into each piece.
Handmade Engagement Rings
Made with two hands
On to the list!
2. Emerald Cut Moissanite
3. Moissanite with Twig Style Band
4. Pear Shaped Sapphire
5. Budding Twig Diamond Ring
6. Diamond with Twig Band
7. Princess Cut Moissanite
Bands, Alternative Stones + More!
You can see more at Kristin Coffin. If you love handmade and want to see more engagement rings, visit these! We work with an incredible team of handmade artisans in our exclusive Handmade Wedding Shop.
Last week, we talked about alternative wedding ring ideas and we loved the feedback we received! Today we’re sharing seven alternative engagement ring ideas you will absolutely love. If you’re getting engaged soon, vaguely hinting at, or popping the question soon, this is the post for you! We know diamonds are the most popular engagement ring option, but remember… a diamond is certainly not your only option. And, handcrafted engagement rings? They’re totally custom and made just for you. In this post, we’ll show you how the lovely Kristin Coffin has redefined the engagement ring world with her collection of unique, handcrafted engagement rings. If you thought you were a traditional diamonds-only girl, think again: these designs might totally change your mind. (P.S. If you’re vaguely hinting at your favorite design, just leave this post open on his browser or pin these images like crazy on your Pinterest boards. He’ll get the hint.) Read on to be inspired… and share your thoughts after the post!
7 Alternative Engagement Ring Ideas
Ready to be inspired? Let’s begin with one of my favorites: the emerald Moissanite twig engagement ring. This is gorgeous.
1. Emerald Moissanite Twig Engagement Ring
Like many of Kristin’s designs, this engagement ring is cast from a real branch for a ‘twig’-like appearance. Unlike any ring you’ve ever seen, this emerald moissanite engagement ring is made with a sparkling radiant-cut and emerald-shaped Moissanite. I love the vintage-inspired beaded bezel setting (perfect for vintage-loving brides!)
You HAVE TO see the side view of this ring. It’s incredible.
2. Red Diamond Twig Engagement Ring
The red diamond engagement ring is made from rose cut diamonds, which have been individually hand-cut (so each is one-of-a-kind!) This entire ring is handcrafted from start to finish and is perfect for everyday wear.
3. Pear Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold
The rose cut rustic pear diamond is made from a solid recycled white gold band. It has a cool color palette and a bold, secure bezel. The sparkling facets make this piece a stunner from the aisle to forever after.
4. Chocolate Diamond Engagement Ring
I’ve never seen or heard of a chocolate diamond before, so this engagement ring totally stood out to me. In this ring, you’ll find a sparkling chocolate diamond surrounded by Kristin’s signature Twig Halo ring. The thick Halo is a bold setting, which gives you a vintage feel. Can be worn by itself or stacked for maximum wow-factor.
Here’s what this one looks like stacked with a twig band:
5. Diamond Halo Engagement Ring with Twig Band
The diamond halo engagement ring has a soft and earthy aesthetic. It features a natural untreated diamond with a rustic quality and gorgeous faceting. This one is set in a band cast from a real branch in solid recycled yellow gold.
6. Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
If you’re a bride who loves a pop of color, the blue sapphire engagement ring is the one for you! (It’s easily your ‘something blue’, also.) For this feature, I had trouble picking between the blue sapphire engagement ring set in the ‘Halo’ band and Kristin’s other sapphire rings… but this is one of my all-time favorites. It features a ceylon blue sapphire which is bezel-set and surrounded by the signature Twig halo band. This sapphire is a dark, vibrant cobalt blue color.
7. Oval Moissanite Engagement Ring
And, last but not least, take a peek at the oval Moissanite engagement ring. This ring has the look of a traditional oval diamond ring, but it’s anything but ordinary. This ring features a large sparkling oval Moissanite set on a gorgeous twig engagement band.
Check out the side view:
Holy cow. Seriously, I don’t know how one could pick between these… and there’s plenty more where these came from! To see the full collection, head over to Kristin Coffin. And… tell us below: which of these alternative engagement rings is your favorite?
Hey, nature-loving brides: this one’s for you! Have you seen the incredible ways nature can be tied into jewelry pieces today? I mean, you already know how awesome handmade is, but these particular pieces are awe-inspiring. If you’re planning a nature-filled wedding, love the great outdoors, or just happen to be looking for a pretty nature inspired jewelry piece for spring, we’ve found six of ’em. Read on to see what we’ve uncovered PLUS enter for a chance to win one of the lovely items shown below!
Nature Inspired Jewelry Pieces
1. Moss Necklace
Who says moss is limited to decor alone? The fantastic Mr. Lentz has created a new way for moss to steal the show as a jewelry embellishment. This moss necklace is one of our favorite finds to date.
Next up: rock stud earrings. Crafted with love by the inspiring Andrea Bonelli, these new pebble earrings are a favorite of ours from her new collection. These earrings are hand-carved from wax and made to resemble the facets of rock. In case you’re wondering, they’ve also been hollowed out in the back to reduce weight (so you can wear ’em everyday). See ’em in silver…
Who says twigs have no role in the fashion world? Kristin Coffin turned an everyday twig into a daily fashion statement with these twig stud earrings. These real twigs are cast in solid recycled 14k gold.
If you’re hoping for a nature inspired engagement ring, we’ve found it! Have you considered a twig engagement ring? Check out this lovely one made by Barbara Nichelle Jacobs, whose love for nature inspired jewelry is reflected in nearly all of her pieces. This particular ring is one of my favorites: it is made of 100% recycled gold and is cast from real branches, formed into golden rings, and accented with a white diamond. Gorgeous.
You’ve seen leaf bracelets in the past, but this one is a favorite of ours for two reasons. First, it’s a pretty accent for your wedding day (especially with the addition of pearls) but it also works well for everyday wear, too. It’s handmade by the lovely ladies of Rustic Gem Jewelry and is our favorite from their collection.
Between 1/24-1/30/14 (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win a pair of silver rock stud earrings by Andrea Bonelli Jewelry! Prize value: $62. No cash value. Measure 8mm. Winner randomly selected and announced on 1/30/14. Winner must respond to winning email within 72 hours or a new winner will be randomly selected. No purchase necessary. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Use entry form below to enter. Winner must ‘claim’ prize within 6 months. Good luck!
Reduce, reuse, recycle. Waste not, want not. Buy local. Support handmade. It’s not hard to do, yet it gives back to the environment and local business. Today we’re inspiring your green side with eight easy eco wedding ideas to try. Each of these ideas – all handmade! – are designed to support small business and leave a smaller (but just as fabulous) bridal footprint. Read on to see which eco wedding ideas made the list…
Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas
1. The Diamond
A handmade eco wedding wouldn’t be complete without an eco-friendly diamond ring. This one was spotted at Kristin Coffin. It’s real, and it’s spectacular.
2. The Dress
Fair trade and natural fabric is where it’s at! Check out the loveliness that Solitary Pearl is crafting up in their shop such as this beautiful wedding dress.
3. The Bouquet
If you purchase one bouquet (made of organic cotton), you can save it forever. I love this organic bouquet by Autumn and Grace Bridal as one option.
4. The Bridesmaid Gift
I admire Stefania’s shop, Twice Creations, which specializes in “eco-elegant” jewelry. These earrings would make a perfect gift for your bridesmaids… or a something blue for you!
5. The Flower Girl Dress
This organic flower girl dress is one of my favorite eco wedding ideas. Comfy for her — and cute, too! By Olive and Fern, photo by Kali Norton.
6. The Shoes
If you’d rather wear flats instead of heels, check out these vegan bridal flats by HydraHeart. They’re 100% certified organic and are available in custom colors.
Start the wedding off on eco footing with an eco invitation suite, like this one spotted at AmpersandInk Designs.
8. The Favors
And, last but not least, my favorite of the eco wedding ideas is giving guests seeds as favors. Instead of something plastic they’ll throw away, give them something they’ll actually use — and it goes right back into nature. These seed packets are by The Little Ragamuffin.
Brides: Are you using any of these eco wedding ideas? Have any others to share?
Hello, loves! Today we’re talking about modern ideas for something blue. We’ve all heard of the same tried-and-true ‘blue’ finds, like a wedding garter or a blue ribbon sewn into your gown. While lovely, we’re ready for something fresh + new! We’re tossing out the traditional playbook and sharing eighteen modern ideas for something blue. These finds will prove that this vintage tradition is anything but old-fashioned. Read on to see which ideas made the cut and find out how you can win something blue (or gifts for your bridesmaids) for your big day. Enjoy!
Modern Ideas for Something Blue
When I started searching for modern something blue ideas, I was amazed at the beautiful items I found. Some of the most unique ideas include a temporary tattoo, blue soled sandals, an iPhone case (for your phone in your wedding clutch), a navy blue bolero, a feminine navy blue bra, and yes — even “borrowed & blue” nail polish. I love the light blue locket (#7): I picture it wrapped around one’s bouquet and worn after the wedding. There’s a little something here for everyone… and, if I had to pick a favorite, I don’t think I could. Can you?
Ah, I love them all! To find out more about any of the products shown, click on its image above (or find the link below). I only wish I knew of these modern something blue ideas while planning my own wedding! Check out the vendors list below and scroll down for the attached giveaway – you won’t want to miss it!
Our friends at Love of Pretty are offering two gift certificates to two lucky Emmaline Bride readers! One reader will receive a $50 gift certificate and a second reader will receive a $25 gift certificate towards anything in their shop! Enter between 7.19.13 – 7.25.13 (11:59pm EST) using the entry form below. Good luck!
Planning a woodland wedding? You’ll need this — it’s chock-full of rustic details, along with other themes to inspire you.
Do you dream of a wedding in the woods, exchanging vows underneath trees and enjoying a reception off the beaten path? Today’s woodland wedding inspiration post is for you! A wedding in the woods is a romantic venue; nature is beauty in itself and makes a perfect backdrop for exchanging vows. And, your friend Mother Nature will take care of most of the decorating herself, which means all you have to do is add a few unique touches to make the space your own! It requires a bit more in terms of setup for catering and seating, but we think the result is well worth the extra work. Read on to find out how to plan a chic wedding in the woods with hand-picked inspiration including handmade wedding items & Real Wedding examples from real couples like you! Enjoy!
Nature is already beautiful, so the ceremony location ought to be easy to spot. Make sure it’s open and large enough for guests to sit comfortably. Then, design your ceremony space where you’ll recite your vows.
To make the space more enjoyable for guests, provide plenty of seating (the more comfortable, the better!) with eclectic chairs, vintage couches, and more. While not entirely practical (I’m imagining myself dragging couches out into the woods), it certainly makes for a memorable event.
One way to tie in your woodland wedding theme after the “I Do” is with a nature inspired wedding ring. Whenever you admire the band, you’ll recall your beautiful day. This band with leaf imprints is our favorite for the groom, handmade by Magic in the Grass…
The best way to inspire your creativity from the start is with a woodland wedding invitation suite. This suite was a DIY by Wood and Grain. It is one of the prettiest we’ve seen yet! It even includes a ‘field guide’ with local trees, plants, and bugs. This is a great way to get your guests excited for the fun party you have planned.