Category: rings

8 Sapphire Engagement Rings Just as Beautiful as Diamonds

While you may already have an engagement ring, perhaps you have a friend who is looking at rings or you know someone who is thinking about popping the question — so this one’s for them! Feel free to subscribe and pass it on!

We know that diamonds are known as a girl’s best friend, but sapphire engagement rings (along with other diamond alternatives) are emerging as a new trend. In fact, I know a handful of newly engaged ladies who are sporting non-diamond rings including sapphires, emeralds, and pearls. This proves that rings are never one-style-fits-all: the ring you select should reflect the ring recipient’s unique style! Today we’re inspiring you with our favorite sapphire engagement rings in sparkling shades of blue. These rings can also double as your “Something Blue”, so, hey, another thing to cross off that never-ending list. :)

Which of these (all handmade, of course) engagement rings is your favorite?

Sapphire Engagement Rings

P.S. This first ring is our handpicked #HANDMADEADAY find! It is handmade by Kristin Coffin.

The Latest Spring Jewelry Trends

Want to know what’s “in” this season for the latest spring jewelry trends? We’ll show you! Emma here and today we’re going to tell you about the latest spring jewelry trends for bridal jewelry and everyday wear, thanks to the team at Simon G. jewelry. Which of these trends is your favorite, and which one will you be wearing all season long? The layered look mentioned as trend #3 is my favorite – I adore personalized pieces. Read on to find out more…

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Latest Spring Jewelry Trends

Vintage-Inspired

When it comes to trends of the season, vintage-inspired is leading the way. From romantic accents and Art Deco designs (think The Great Gatsby and 1920’s inspired looks), Simon G. has seen a resurgence of vintage style stones such as baguettes and marquise cut diamonds as custom-requests from brides.

Geometric Design Diamond Earrings | Latest Spring Jewelry Trends | http://emmalinebride.com/jewelry/latest-spring-jewelry-trends/

Geometric Design Diamond Earrings (LP4296)

Geometric Halo Diamond Right-Hand Ring | Latest Spring Jewelry Trends | http://emmalinebride.com/jewelry/latest-spring-jewelry-trends/

Geometric Halo Diamond Right-Hand Ring (MR2636)

40 Best Handmade Wedding Bands

Are you looking for the perfect wedding band to accompany your engagement ring? Look no further! Emma here and recently I was chatting with a friend about wedding bands. We talked about what style looked best, how much one should spend, where to buy it, and when to start looking for the perfect ring. And I realized that you always read about engagement rings, but wedding bands — not so much! And yet, your wedding band is an integral part of your wedding day and is a symbol of your lifetime commitment. So, today, we’re sharing forty of the best to inspire your search for the perfect ring. But, I’m curious… which of these is your favorite? Mine is a tie between #21 and #33, although I love them all!

Handmade Wedding Bands

1. Diamond Arc Twig Band

diamond arc wedding band | handmade wedding bands | http://emmalinebride.com/jewelry/handmade-wedding-bands/
by kristin coffin

2. Bark Texture

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by andrea bonelli

3. Leaf Twig Band

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by kristin coffin

4. Heart Ring

These bands come together to form a heart.

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by cadi jewelry

5. Mobius Ring

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by lily emme jewelry

Beach Wedding Rings for Bridesmaids Gifts

Are you planning a beach themed wedding? This post is for you! Be sure to subscribe for posts straight to your inbox.

Hi, lovelies! If you’re planning a wedding on the beach this summer, there’s one themed gift that bridesmaids will enjoy for years to come. We spotted these beach wedding rings over at The Manerovs, maker of insanely gorgeous handmade (and hand-sculpted) jewelry. Their stacking rings are some of my favorites, especially their sea-inspired finds resembling coral, seashells, and starfish. There are even some gorgeous raw gemstones. These beach wedding rings would make wonderful gifts for your bridesmaids this season, and don’t forget a little something blue or sea-inspired for yourself, too.

Beach Wedding Rings

If I had to pick a favorite, it would be this entire stacking set. Take a look at that raw gemstone — it’s gorgeous.

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See More

To see more beach wedding rings, hand-sculpted jewelry, necklaces, and more, check out The Manerovs.

There’s more coming up next!

xo
-E.

How To: Buying Engagement Ring on Etsy / Online

Are you thinking about buying an engagement ring online? Here’s what you need to know to do it right. Be sure to read the post below (and get on the list to stay in the loop).

Hi, loves! We’re curious: are you considering buying an engagement ring on Etsy, Big Cartel, Artfire, Amazon, or another retailer with an independent owner? Or, should you buy in-store because you are not sure that buying online is a good idea? Well, here’s the honest truth: buying an engagement ring online is just as good as in-store, as long as you take a few precautions. Since we’re The Handmade Wedding Blog, we’ve had the honor to work with handmade artisans on a regular basis, as well as couples on the search for handmade everything for their wedding — right down to the perfect engagement ring.

pear moissanite ring | via How To:  Buying Engagement Ring on Etsy / Online

by andrea bonelli

And along the way, we’ve learned how awesome it is to work with handmade artists. Plus, they offer so many custom options you’ll never find in-store (like band width, settings, diamond shape, size, pricing, style… just to name a few). You get to speak directly to the maker of the ring. And your ring is made, just for you (or your soon-to-be spouse). We think that’s pretty incredible.

So, if you’re looking for the perfect engagement ring online, don’t let fear get in the way. Instead, read these important tips so you can buy with confidence. Oh, and be sure to get the proposal on camera because we love when couples do that.

proposal on camera
photo: jaclyn l photography

Ready to get started? Here are the top tips, along with a few of our favorite handmade engagement rings. And we want to know… would you buy a ring from Etsy / online? Why or why not?

eco friendly handmade engagement ring via How To:  Buying Engagement Ring on Etsy / Online

by andrea bonelli

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by lily emme jewelry

Buying Engagement Ring on Etsy / Online

1. Read reviews.

When you are buying an engagement ring on Etsy or online, make sure you read PLENTY of reviews before you buy. An engagement ring is too important of a jewelry piece to leave to chance, so make sure others have dealt with the seller and have positive reviews.

2. Do your homework.

It’s great to see positive reviews, but make sure you look a little bit further. For instance, when you see five star reviews, read into it and see how many sales, how long the seller has been in business, and whether the reviews are legit. Some companies will have a 100% rating, but only three or less reviews in a short period of time (which leads us to believe the reviews could be fabricated). Look at the timestamps on the reviews, too. Many companies that are reputable won’t open a shop and have a ton of sales with 5-star reviews within days. You get the idea.

3. Check out their certifications.

A reputable jeweler will mention GIA certifications, what types of metals they use, gemstones, diamonds, etc. This is very important, since you’re most likely purchasing a diamond ring, since you don’t want to buy a faux diamond.

4. Get in touch with the seller first.

If you have any questions on particular pieces, custom designs, or need a rush order, make sure you get in touch with the seller directly. If you go to their ‘About’ page, or ‘Contact’ page, you can usually find an email address or phone number to speak with someone. Before you order anything, talk to the seller first.

5. Make sure you take accurate measurements.

Use a ring sizer to get an accurate size. (If you’re reading this and plan to propose as a surprise, use one of her rings with the ring sizer. It’s a sneaky way to get the right size without ruining the surprise.)

6. Find out about return policy / warranty.

Always read the fine print.

7. Save all of your paperwork and communication.

You may need to refer to warranty information, exchange information, or certification details in the future, so make sure you save those emails and statements.

Engagement Rings to Inspire You

Now that you know some tips to buying an engagement ring online, here are some beautiful options we’ve found!

sparkly round engagement ring

by jamie kates jewelry

custom handmade engagement ring

by andrea bonelli

white sapphire engagement

by alchemy house

petite engagement ring
by torchfire studio

rose cut diamond ring

by andrea bonelli

by andrea bonelli

rose gold princess cut
by jamie kates jewelry

by elizabeth scott botanical jewelry

diamond engagement ring rustic twig

by kristin coffin

P.S. See, when it comes to ordering custom rings, you’re not limited to traditional engagement rings alone. Since you can work one-on-one with the artist, you can custom create your perfect ring. It doesn’t even have to be a diamond, if you don’t want it to be. For instance, check out this topaz ring. It’s stunning, yes?

topaz ring

by andrea bonelli

xo
-E.

Top Tips on Picking an Engagement Ring

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The holidays are almost here, and that means engagement season is upon us, too! If you’re getting engaged soon, or you’re thinking about popping the question, you won’t want to miss these top tips on picking an engagement ring from Engage Diamond Studio. Read on to find out more…

Top Tips on Picking an Engagement Ring

1) Deal with a diamond professional.

When you’re picking an engagement ring, work with someone who has genuine diamond knowledge. It’s always helpful to deal with an expert… someone who can give you solid answers to your questions so you don’t have to just rely on your own research for answers. The folks at Engage Diamond Studio are certified diamontologists, so you can rest assured they know their facts.

2) Get a GIA or AGS certified diamond.

Diamond grading laboratories are not created equal… some are more lenient than others in their grading and so it is fairly common for many diamonds to be graded with higher grades than they truly deserve. GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and AGS (American Gemological Society) are the most strict in their grading standards and thus the most respected certifications in the diamond industry.

3) Make sure it comes with a warranty.

Verify your engagement ring’s warranty policy. Engagement rings are one of the few things people wear everyday and being on your hand, they will face a lot of wear. A solid warranty will help ensure your ring can remain looking brilliant and perfect no matter what happens.

For instance, if your ring from Engage gets dull over time, they’ll actually restore the original polish. These extras are things to consider when picking out an engagement ring that’s perfect for her.

4) View your diamond under a microscope.

Always request to view your diamond under a microscope. If you’re given a jeweler’s loupe (the eyepiece that jewelers use), don’t bother with it…it takes proper training to see a diamond properly through this.

A gem microscope will allow you to see your diamond clearly at 10X magnification or greater so you know exactly what you’re buying with no training required.

5) Work with a top-notch company.

A company that puts customer service at the forefront is important: it means you’ll have a more personal experience. Also, pick an engagement ring from a company that only carries the top diamonds. Engage Diamonds only carries the top 10% of diamonds in the world, guaranteeing a brilliant sparkle. They also offer a custom approach, working one-on-one with diamond cutters and suppliers to ensure all protocols are followed properly.

6) Trust your intuition.

Go with your gut, as they say! Picking an engagement ring is an exciting and important time. Make sure to research before you buy so your purchase is as perfect as your proposal.

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Shop for Diamonds in a New Way

Engage Diamond Studio does diamond rings differently. Find out why in their video where you’ll get an inside look into their business and why they’d love to work with you.

This is a sponsored post by Engage Diamond Studio.

Branch Engagement Ring >> Photo of the Day

This branch engagement ring caught my eye, and I thought maybe it would catch yours, too. Because sometimes a diamond isn’t everything… and an amethyst stone with a branch setting can be quite the alluring engagement ring. What do you think?

branch engagement ring

At the very least, it makes one heckofa beautiful gift.

branch engagement ring inspiration

It’s handmade, too, which means it’s 1000x cooler than most rings you’ll find anywhere else. That’s because it’s made to order. Made just for you.

branch engagement ring idea

Branch Engagement Ring

Spotted at Firefly Collections.

xo
-E.

8 Incredible Handmade Engagement Rings

handmade engagement rings

If 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.

On to the list!

1. Halo

diamond halo engagement ring

2. Emerald Cut Moissanite

emerald cut moissanite twig engagement ring

3. Moissanite with Twig Style Band

moissanite twig style ring

4. Pear Shaped Sapphire

pear shaped sapphire engagement ring with twig band

5. Budding Twig Diamond Ring

budding twig diamond engagement ring with twig style band

6. Diamond with Twig Band

diamond ring with twig band

7. Princess Cut Moissanite

princess cut moissanite engagement ring

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.

xo
-E.