December 23, 2019

5 Ways to Care for Your Engagement Ring

Engagement rings are usually made of durable materials, like gold and diamonds. But though engagement rings are built to stand the test of time, they do require a bit of maintenance if you want them to look their best year after year. Wondering what you can do to take care of your engagement ring? Read on to see 5 jeweler-approved ways to care for your engagement ring!

1. Get a Professional Cleaning Twice a Year

Getting your engagement ring regularly cleaned by a professional is extremely important. At a professional cleaning, your ring will, of course, be thoroughly cleaned, which will make it look brand new. But then, additionally, the jeweler who is cleaning your ring will inspect its structural integrity. They will examine your ring’s settings under magnification to make sure they’re secure, which will help your gemstones stay firmly within your ring when you wear it.

Wondering how often you should get a professional cleaning for your engagement ring? The general rule is to get your ring cleaned twice a year.

2. Clean Your Ring At Home, Gently

In between professional cleanings, you can clean your ring at home to ensure it looks bright and brilliant. The best way to clean your ring at home is to use the simple, jeweler-approved soap and water method. To use this method, first soak your ring in a dish soap and warm water solution for 20 to 30 minutes. Then, gently scrub your ring with a soft toothbrush. Finally, rinse your ring and either pat it dry with a soft cloth or let it air dry. If you think your ring still looks a bit dim or dull, simply repeat this process.

We recommend using this soap and water method because it’s simple, effective, and gentle. Gentle is a key word here, since there are many harsh ways people may try to clean their rings at home, which can end up damaging their jewelry. To avoid damaging your engagement ring when you clean it, never use harsh chemicals to clean your jewelry, which can damage both precious metals and gemstones. Then, also never use anything physically abrasive, which can leave unsightly scratches on your ring. And lastly, we recommend that you do not use at-home ultra-sonic cleaners to clean your engagement ring. These machines can loosen gemstone settings, leaving you at risk of loosing a stone.

3. Don’t Wear Your Ring in Potentially Dangerous Situations

There are certain activities that put your engagement ring at a high risk or being damaged or lost. For example, going out on a boat or swimming in the ocean. Being out in the open water is freeing and fun— but if your engagement ring slips off into the ocean’s depths, you’ll almost certainly never see it again. Then, to give another example, many common activities put your ring at risk of getting extremely dirty or even damaged. Playing sports, working out at the gym, and even doing certain types of chores (such as gardening) can put your ring at risk of getting grimy or damaged.

So if you’re going to be engaging in any situation where your ring could easily get damaged, lost, or even especially dirty, what should you do? We recommend that you leave your engagement ring safely at home. If you’re ever unsure whether or not a particular situation would be risky for your ring, we also recommend erring on the side of caution and leaving your ring at home to keep your ring safe and sound.

4. Rock a Backup

So, we mentioned in our last tip that you should avoid wearing your ring in potentially dangerous situations. However, we know that some people just really want to wear an engagement ring all the time. And if you’re one of these people, we have another tip that’s perfect for you: get a backup ring.

If you want to wear an engagement ring during a potentially risky situation, you can keep your real engagement ring safe by rocking a backup. There are many department stores that sell costume jewelry rings that look very much like engagement rings. Also, if you want to wear a backup ring made that looks just like your engagement ring, a jeweler that does custom work can easily make you a faux version of your ring using non-precious materials.

By having a backup available, you can still wear an engagement ring whenever you want— but also protect the monetary and sentimental value of your real engagement ring.

5. Get Your White Gold Ring Re-Plated When Necessary

If you have a white gold engagement ring, eventually it’s going to start looking a bit yellow. This is because white gold is actually yellow gold that has been plated in an exceptionally shiny white metal called rhodium. With regular wear and a bit of time, rhodium plating will always start to wear off. And at that point, your white gold ring may start to look yellow.

But if your white gold ring is starting to get a golden glow, you can easily just have it re-plated with rhodium. Rhodium plating is a standard maintenance treatment that’s simple and fairly inexpensive (on average, it costs between $60 to $120 have a ring rhodium plated). And after your ring gets a touch up with a rhodium plating, it will look bright white, shiny, and brand new again.

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December 4, 2019

The Holiday Engagement List of What to Do and Not to Do

Holiday engagements can be incredibly magical. The holidays are a beautiful time of year: lights are twinkling, snow is falling, and there’s simply a feeling of joy in the air. Then, the holidays are also a time when we tend to start thinking of the year ahead and planning for the future. These elements make the holidays a perfect time to propose, which is why so many people choose to pop the question in the winter months.

However, if you’re thinking of proposing during the holidays, there are some things you should think about to make sure your proposal goes off without a hitch. Because, though the holidays are a lovely time of year, getting down on one knee during the holidays isn’t always a foolproof plan. There are many things to take advantage of that can make your holiday proposal incredible— but also a few pitfalls to avoid. To make sure your holiday proposal is as perfect as you dream of, read on to learn the do’s and don’ts of holiday engagements!

DO: Use the Magic of the Season to Your Advantage

Proposing with an icy blue topaz engagement ring can add a magical, fairytale-feel to your holiday proposal.

The holidays are an incredibly beautiful time of year. The scenery is stunning and the holidays are full of fun and special activities. So, be sure to use the magic of the season to your advantage when you plan your proposal.

There are many ways to amp up your proposal with a bit of holiday magic. For example, you could propose in front of a gorgeous holiday display, like in front of the most festive Christmas display in your city. Or, you could incorporate the snow into your proposal by writing “will you marry me?” in a snowy bank. You could also incorporate a fun seasonal activity into your proposal by proposing while decorating your Christmas tree or while on a sleigh ride.

The key to using the magic of the season to your advantage is to get creative. Think about your sweetheart’s favorite things to do during the holidays and find a way to incorporate them into your proposal.

DON’T: Propose in Front of Family (Unless You Know She’d Love It)

Proposing in front of your girlfriend’s family can be a wonderful idea. But it can also be a terrible idea. Some people have awkward or unpleasant family dynamics. And these family dynamics can be heightened by the holidays. So if you’re thinking of proposing in front of your girlfriend’s family, we would advise you to seriously consider whether or not that’s a good idea.

If she absolutely loves being around her family during the holidays and everyone in her family always seems to get along, then proposing with her family there could be a great idea. But if there are some negative dynamics in her family (say, she has anxiety or frustration after being around her family, she has divorced parents who argue, or perhaps she has an unhappily single relative who would be overtly jealous of a proposal), you might want to reconsider proposing around them.

DO: Propose Before the End of the Holiday Season

A halo engagement ring is a glamorous and classic option that will be the center of attention at every holiday gathering.

Proposing early in the holiday season is not a requirement. However, it is a great idea, since it will make the rest of the holidays even better. If you propose before the very end of the season, you and your new fiancé will get to celebrate your engagement as you make the holiday rounds. Your friends and family will all be able to celebrate your engagement with you, which will make for many happy holiday memories.

DON’T: Make Her Wait A Long Time if She’s Expecting a Proposal

Some proposals come as a total surprise. But, sometimes, she may be expecting it. And if you think your girlfriend may be expecting a proposal during the holidays, you shouldn’t make her wait and wait. As every holiday event or activity passes by, she could get more and more frustrated if she’s expecting a proposal— but it never seems to come. So if you think, for any reason, that she could be expecting a proposal during the holidays, make sure to plan your proposal for early in the season. Use your best judgement and pick a time and date when she’ll still feel excited (rather than frustrated or annoyed) about your proposal.

Final Thoughts

A vibrant green peridot engagement ring is a unique engagement ring she’d adore receiving any time of year.

There you have it: our holiday engagement do’s and don’ts! Keep in mind that these holiday engagement tips are just guidelines. At the end of the day, you know your partner best and you should always go with your gut instinct when planning your perfect proposal.

P.S. If you’re still shopping for the perfect ring to propose with this holiday season, be sure to browse our beautiful selection of handcrafted engagement rings!

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November 25, 2019

November’s Warm Birthstone: The Citrine Gemstone

November babies are blessed with one of the most beautiful birthstones: the gorgeous, sunny citrine! Citrine is a warm yellow orange gemstone that’s not only stunning, but also more affordable than many other gemstones. So if you’re looking for some November birthstone jewelry, you may find that you’re able to go big and bold with your beautiful citrine jewelry and still stay within your budget!

In this post, we’re celebrating November’s warm birthstone, the citrine gemstone, by taking a closer look at its makeup and meaning. Throughout this post, we’ll also be highlighting some of our favorite citrine birthstone pieces to show you just how gorgeous the November gem can be!

The Makeup of November’s Birthstone Citrine

citrine engagement ring

Citrine is both beautiful and durable, so it’s a great gemstone for jewelry that gets regular wear, like an engagement ring.

Citrine is a pale yellow to orange variety of the mineral quartz. This gem gets its sunny color from traces of iron within its crystal structure. In the past, citrine was often confused with topaz (another November birthstone), which occurs in a similar yellow-orange color.

Like other types of quartz, citrine is quite durable, which makes it great for everyday wear in pieces like earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and even rings. While some other birthstones are too soft to be practical for an everyday ring, citrine ranks in at an 8 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, so it’s a great option for fashion rings and engagement rings.

The Meaning and Symbolism of November’s Birthstone Citrine

Citrine jewelry, such as the breathtaking halo set citrine ring pictured above, is associated with health, wealth, and imagination.

Like many other gemstones, citrine has been associated with powerful meanings and symbolism throughout the ages. Since ancient times, this vibrant gemstone has been associated with the sun, thanks to its cheery yellow-orange hue.

In addition to being associated with the sun, citrine is associated with good health. Many people believe that wearing citrine can help to add vibrance to the body and aid in physical healing. Citrine is also associated with wealth. Citrine has been nicknamed “the success stone” and “the Merchant’s Stone.” since many people believe that citrine radiates positive energy and that it can attract money to the wearer.

In modern crystal healing, citrine is associated with imagination, personal will, and manifestation. Crystal healers believe that citrine stimulates the solar plexus chakra, the power chakra. It’s believed that wearing citrine can awaken creativity, stir the soul into action, and help the wearer make their dreams a reality.

When worn as a birthstone, citrine is also thought to bring good luck to the wearer. Many people believe that wearing your birthstone will bring good luck and ward off negative energy.

Final Thoughts on November’s Warm Birthstone Citrine

Citrine is a beautiful, meaningful option for birthstone jewelry or an engagement ring

Whether you wear citrine because you love its many positive associations or just because you find it beautiful, wearing citrine jewelry is a great way to add a bit more vibrant beauty to your day. Citrine jewelry is also a stunning, personal, and thoughtful gift to give for a November birthday present!

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October 4, 2019

How to Find Out Her Ring Size Without Her Knowing

Many people want their proposal to have an element of surprise, so the proposal will be even more exciting! But there’s one thing that can make a surprise proposal particularly challenging: figuring out her ring size. When you go to order an engagement ring, you have to order it in a specific size. And since ring size basically never comes up in a casual conversation, most people don’t know their sweetheart’s ring size. So how do you sneakily figure out this crucial piece of information before you pop the question? Read on to learn our top tips on how you can find out her ring size without her knowing!

1. Borrow a Ring

One way to find our her ring size without her knowing is to borrow one of her rings, then get it measured by a jeweler. If you use this strategy, know that it’s very important that you know which finger she wears this ring on. All of our fingers are slightly different sizes. So if she doesn’t wear the ring you sneak away with on her left ring finger, be sure to note which finger she does wear it on. Then, tell that info to the jeweler (also be sure to tell them which hand is her dominant hand, which can affect finger size) so they can make an educated guess on her engagement ring finger size.

2. Imprint or Trace a Ring

If you’re worried she may notice if you borrow one of her rings for a while, you can also try tracing one of her rings, then taking your tracing to a jeweler for measurement. Draw an outline of one of her rings on a piece of paper or put it on your finger and mark where it sits with a pen. If you’re concerned that your tracing skills will be inaccurate, you can also try the classic strategy of making an imprint of her ring in a bar of soap.

3. Sneakily Use a Ring Sizer at Home

Another way to figure out her ring size without her knowing is to use an at home ring sizer. This printable ring sizer allows you to measure one of her rings by aligning it with a circular ring size chart. It also includes a printable paper sizer that is a bit harder to use sneakily. But to learn how you can, read on our next idea!

4. Use the Sleeping Beauty Strategy

If your sweetheart is a very heavy sleeper, you can measure her ring size when she’s sleeping. Use a paper sizer, like the printable one mentioned above, while she’s in a deep sleep. Or, alternatively, try measuring her ring finger with a piece of string or fishing line. While this strategy only works if she’s a deep sleeper, this is a great option (that’s usually highly accurate!) if she is.

5. Ask Her Friends or Family

Another way to sneakily figure out her ring size is to ask around. If you’re getting close to engagement, it’s very possible that your girlfriend has told her friends or family her ring size. Also, it’s possible that her family has bought her a ring in the past, so they might know her ring size even if she hasn’t mentioned it recently. While her friends and family may not always know her size, this strategy is always worth a shot!

If one of her friends or family doesn’t know her ring size, you can also ask them to do a bit of intel for you. If she has a close friend or family member who is a good actor (and can keep a secret), you can ask them to help you discover her size. They can pull the classic “try on my ring so I can see how it looks on you” move. Or, if she has any loved ones who are close to engagement themselves, you can ask them to go ring shopping with her (for the friend or family member) and note her size while they shop.

General Tips for Guessing Ring Size

The most accurate way to find out her ring size is to ask her directly or go get her professionally sized together. But, of course, many people don’t want to do that, since it would ruin the element of surprise. While the tips above are great ways to figure out her ring size, some of them require a bit of guessing. If you do have to guess her approximate size, we have a few tips!

First, know that the average women’s ring size is a size 6. So if you’re guessing based on no information and her fingers look average in size, size 6 isn’t a bad place to start with your guess. Then, also know that it’s generally better to go with a slightly bigger size than a size that is too small. Most engagement rings can be resized but it’s usually easier to size down rather than size up. Plus, for the proposal itself, you’ll want to make sure you can actually get her engagement ring on her finger. Finally, if you’re completely unsure about her size and really don’t want to guess, know that you can always get a temporary proposal ring. You can propose with a plain sterling silver or gold band, then order that real, spectacular engagement ring after she says yes!

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September 24, 2019

Storing the Ring Before the Proposal: Safe Places to Hide Your Engagement Ring

You’ve found the one and the ring— but where do you hide that ring before the proposal? Making sure your partner doesn’t find the engagement ring can be a little tricky. You don’t want them to stumble across it, since that would ruin the surprise! And finding a great hiding spot can be challenging, especially if you already live together or if your partner spends a lot of time at your place. But we’re here to help! Read on to learn our top tips on where you should store the ring before the proposal.

In Your Stuff (That They Don’t Have Interest In)

A lot of hobbies come with a good amount of supplies or gear. And if you have a hobby that your partner isn’t at all interested, hiding the engagement ring in your personal supplies or gear can be a great strategy. Consider tucking the engagement ring away in your baseball memorabilia collection, in your golf bag, in your craft supplies, or in whatever other stuff your partner never looks through (and would never want to).

In Your Luggage

If you aren’t going on a trip any time soon, hiding your engagement ring in your luggage is a great strategy. Luggage is something that tends to just sit in a closet until it’s time to jet off. Since luggage is something most people rarely think about until it’s time to go on a trip, it’s very unlikely that your sweetheart would stumble across the ring if you go with this hiding spot.

In Holiday Decorations

If you have holiday decorations stored away (and that holiday isn’t coming up), consider hiding your engagement ring in a holiday storage box. Unless you live with your partner and they’re having a decluttering moment, it’s very unlikely that they’ll search through your off season holiday decor and find the ring.

Up High in a Hard to Reach Spot

When people search for things, they tend to look look under or below things. So if you think your partner may search around your place, consider putting your engagement ring up high in a hard to reach spot. You can hide the ring on a tall shelf, at the top of a closet, or in a high cabinet.

This strategy works even better when combined with some of our other hiding spot tips. If you normally store any luggage, hobby equipment, or holiday decorations up high, it’s even less likely that your partner will find the engagement ring hidden away up high in something they never normally look through.

At Your Office

If you have a private office at work, your office is a great place to hide your engagement ring. Your partner is pretty unlikely to be at your office without you, so it’s very unlikely they would find your office hiding spot. If you use this hiding spot idea, just remember not to keep your ring in an area other people you work with (or other people who have access to the building) could easily access. Engagement rings are valuable, after all, so the best hiding spot within an office is in a private locked drawer or private safe.

With a Trusted Friend or Family Member

If you have a friend or family member who is trustworthy and can keep a secret, it’s a great idea to give them the engagement ring for safekeeping. If your engagement ring is safely tucked away at a secure second location, there’s virtually no chance of your partner discovering it.

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