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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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?
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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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.