Care Of Your Engagement Ring

Do you know how to take care of your engagement ring?  There’s more involved than just cleaning it. When my daughters became engaged, the first thing I did was buy them a ring holder.  There are so many options, from the darling framed one below, to the more traditional “Waterford Crystal” style.

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Next,  I offered my best advice to the girls…and I’ll share it with you…Your engagement ring belongs in only two places – either on your finger or on your ring holder.  No exceptions, ever.  If you employe this practice, you won’t loose your ring.   You’ll always know where it is.

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Get your ring inspected frequently, at least as often as recommended by the purchasing jeweler.  Many companies will offer a replacement program if you have your ring inspected, AND you loose your stone from the setting.

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Get your ring insured!!  It is a huge investment for your fiancé.  Second to your home and car, it’s probably then next big ticket item.  You’ve insured those, insure your ring as well.  If you’re lucky enough to own a home at this stage in your life, don’t go through your homeowner’s insurance. There are companies who specialize in insuring jewelry, and their rates are more competitive.  I use Jewelers Mutual. Thankfully, I’ve never had a claim.

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When cleaning your ring, I’d advise a professional solution sold at a jewelry store…or you may want to try this: (although I have not and can not attest to it’s safety)

“Rumors are not always true, and that goes for home ring cleaning tips too. Lathering your engagement ring in toothpaste or dusting it with baking soda and putting it in the oven is a mistake. If you want to clean your ring at home, try one part dish soap and five parts warm water. Soak your ring for five minutes, take it out and scrub it with a soft-bristled toothbrush dipped in the solution. Rinse, dry, and marvel at the sparkle.” from blot.shaneco.com

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And the ring below…just because it’s GORGEOUS!  🙂

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Bridal Hair Accessories

Bridal hair accessories – don’t discount their importance.  Second to your wedding gown, your headpiece is your most memorable item.  It frames your face, and pulls your entire wedding ensemble together.  Even if you wear a veil, consider having a hair ornament under it.  Chances are good that you will want to remove your veil after pictures and before the reception.

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The brides below chose to forgo the veil and wear fresh flower wreaths instead.  I love this look, although I’m a traditional girl and like a veil and a veil OVER the bride’s face while she walks down the aisle.

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The headpiece and veil above is my own.  Both of my older daughters wore it with their own veils on their wedding days.  I can only hope to keep the tradition going, and that the younger two girls will follow suit.  Am I reaching too high?  🙂

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No, veil, no fresh flower wreath, but you desire a truly special look?  How about either the option above or the headbands below?  I think they’re spectacular.  The intricacy of the rhinestone embellished gold chain above lends the air of a medieval princess.  I think one could get away with wearing a veil over this look.  And what a statement the bride would make when she removed her veil.  If you decide to wear a hair ornament under your veil, remember to take it with you when you get your hair done so your stylist can properly place it.

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Although the above headbands wouldn’t be the vision I’d select for myself, I think it’s lovely.  One of my sorority sisters from college wore a such a piece at her wedding and everyone loved it.  It was “her”.  Remember, be true to yourself and your individual style.

Ice – How This Simple Household Staple Can Spice Up Your Wedding

A common kitchen staple can make your wedding sparkle!  Ice is something we take for granted. But it can add some pizzazz to your reception. Take a look at the frozen blocks below. They are designed to take the place of bags used for chilling beverages.  Interested?  Read one bride’s simple instructions below.

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“Months before the wedding my mother started collecting plastic bottles. She filled them with water and [fake] flowers and put them in the freezer. The morning of the wedding we cut off the plastic to reveal the blocks. They were both pretty and took the place of having to buy bags of ice for an outdoor summer wedding.”

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Interested in pretty EDIBLE cubes?  Martha Stewart has the recipe for that!

  1. “To suspend flowers in cubes, work in layers: Fill an ice tray (one that makes large cubes so it will last longer) a quarter of the way with water, add flowers facing down, and freeze. Add more water to fill halfway, and freeze. Fill to the top, and freeze again.

  2. For ice that’s especially clear, use distilled water that has been boiled and then cooled. This limits impurities and air bubbles, which make ice cloudy.

  3. Use only edible flowers, such as orchids, nasturtiums, pansies, and snapdragons, that have been grown to be eaten (to ensure they haven’t been treated with chemicals).”

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The rose above encased in it’s frozen world is a lovely and original centerpiece.

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Truly, could you find a more beautiful wine holder than the one above?  I love LOVE this!

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I am not sure where the photo above was taken, but it is spectacular! The photo is unique, beautiful and is the perfect setting for a winter wedding photo opp. I think it was brilliant that that bride chose a mauve colored dress to offset the starkness of the frozen backdrop.

 

Vintage Engagement Rings

Vintage Engagement Rings…If I had it to do all over again, would I opt for a vintage setting?  Perhaps.  But I actually DID do it again.  For our 15th anniversary, my husband upgraded my engagement ring.  I went from an emerald cut to a larger pear cut.  Guess I like the “Fancy Cut” stones.  When I went from gold to platinum, my better half did likewise, so I wear his original gold band next to my wedding ring. (Photo below – Hannah Rachael Colt)  In this photo, I am wearing the vintage engagement ring of my grandmother on top of my own ring.  Keeping it safe until I can give it to my oldest daughter, as tradition dictates, on her wedding day. I am ceremonially buttoning KK’s wedding dress).  If you’d like to read that story, click on the following link to be directed to the post.  Advice To My Daughter 

But…If I had to do it AGAIN, (I won’t), I would perhaps choose a vintage setting.  They are so classic, so lovely.

The chart below gives a nice glimpse to the engagement styles from different eras.  I must say, I like the combinations of colored stones and diamonds.  I think I might go that route if I were ever to change my set.

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Back to that ring of my grandmother’s…here it is above nestled in a bloom from Kathleen’s bouquet with KK’s own engagement ring next to it.  I love this photo.

Above is daughter number two’s wedding set. It has a vintage feel, don’t you think?  Photo creds: Stephen Wang.

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The diamond and pearl ring above is just gorgeous.  You just don’t see the combination of semi-precious stones and diamonds in rings very often.  It works here, though, doesn’t it?

My only concern is that the pearls might be too delicate for everyday wear.  Maybe for a right hand ring?  But that’s a whole other blog post…  🙂