Selecting the perfect Engagement Ring

Once you've found the peanut butter to your jelly, that person you want to spend the rest of your life with you'll need to find that perfect piece of bling! 

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Decide on a budget

While we firmly believe an engagement ring’s worth comes from the meaning behind it, money does play a major role in determining which ring to propose with. Deciding on a budget early can allow you to fully explore all your options when it comes to center gem characteristics and ring designs. There is no hard and fast rule about how much you “should” spend on an engagement ring, other than that you should spend what feels comfortable for you.

Style

This may take some cleverness on your part, you may want to brush up on some 007 spy work for this. Look at their pinterest boards, what do they save? Talk to their friends see if they have any insight. But if you're set on not telling anyone, pay attention to the jewelry they wear. Are they more of a platinum/silver person than a yellow-gold one? Do they gravitate to vintage as opposed to simple, classic pieces? Watch them for a couple of weeks and take mental notes to size up their style.

Pick the Band

If you were a good spy you may know what type of metal they want. If not here are the advantages to some of metals.

Platinum is an extremely durable metal and will last a long time. However, it dulls much more quickly than gold, and it’s harder to bring back the initial luster it once had.

Gold, on the other hand, is  shinier than platinum, and because it’s a soft metal, it’s easier to buff and polish it to get back the ring’s original luster. Gold’s advantage over platinum is also its weakness. Because it’s a soft metal, gold wears down faster. In about 15 to 20 years, the engagement ring may have to be reshanked because it’s worn too thin.

While you may be interested in the durability of the engagement ring band, your future spouse is probably more interested in the way it looks. Right now, silver-looking engagement rings are the most popular. If your fiancé stays on top of the latest fashion trends, go with a platinum or white gold band. If they are more of a classic type, go with the traditional yellow gold band.

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Picking a diamond

Here we go… The 4 C’s Color, Cut, Clarity, and Carat. Though it goes against everything you learned in school, a "D" grade (which is defined as "colorless") is a top mark when it comes to diamonds. Cut speaks to the precise shape and positioning of a diamond's facets, which is the most important factor in determining a stone's beauty. Clarity is how jewelers describe inclusions or flaws in the diamond. (The most perfect, secondary to flawless, is "IF" or "internally flawless.) Carat is really all about the weight of the diamond; though it's important to note that it is not the soul factor in determining a diamonds value or brilliance. Shape is also part of the picking. Pick a shape that compliments them, oval is becoming more and more popular these days but stay true to your fiancé get what best reflects them. 

Buy That SHIT!!! 

Now Protect that SHIT!!!

It’s important to protect your investment from the unexpected with jewelry insurance. Jewelry insurance protects your ring from circumstances that most homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies don’t cover. Talk to your insurance agent for more details on that

Now that you have the ring you have to Pop the question!! Check out our blog post on creative ways to Pop that question!

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Finding the Perfect Photographer

Finding the Perfect Photographer

Although not thought of until months after your wedding day, your photographs will be your most treasured keepsake from your big day - you’ll immediately want to show your friends and family; whether that be sharing your online gallery, posting on social media, showcasing artwork in your home showing the love you had for each other on that day, to the heirloom album you will look at from time to time reliving the first kiss, the look you both had in your eyes when you saw each other for the first time…