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…
Latest Spring Jewelry Trends
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
At the very least, it makes one heckofa beautiful gift.
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.
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.
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?