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Quiz: What's Your Dream Engagement Ring?

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 26 July 2016 Informational

 

Best Places to Propose in Miami

by Melia Dicker Monday, 13 June 2016 Proposal

From Little Havana to South Beach, Miami is full of life and culture. No matter what type of romantic experience your sweetheart would enjoy, you'll find it here. Pick out a trio ring set and choose where you'll propose.

 

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On the Town 

 

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Tonight's the night you ask her to marry you, so give her an evening she'll never forget. At Catharsis in Little Havana, enjoy Latin and Italian dishes and a romantic ambience, with sconces glowing on whitewashed walls. On Saturdays, enjoy live music. If your lady is the adventurous type, keep your eyes out for one of the "Dining in the Dark" events and make a reservation for a dinner that you eat while blindfolded. 

Miami is famous for its lively bars and dance clubs. Magnum Lounge takes the energy level down a few notches, creating a softly lit atmosphere. The European style piano bar has the velvet decor of an old-world cabaret, and the outdoor shack bar serves excellent cocktails.  

In a Beautiful Garden

 

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is the perfect place for a nature-lover. Wind through a two-acre rainforest lush with orchids, palm trees, and waterfalls. Visit the Fairchild Arboretum, which is filled with more than 700 species of tropical flowering trees, as well as gorgeously colorful tropical flowering vines. For a creative proposal, take a walk through the butterfly garden and get down on one knee as butterflies flutter around you and your bride-to-be. 

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens was built in the Jazz Age of the early 1900s to be the winter residence of a wealthy American industrialist. It was designed to look like an Italian estate, with surrounding gardens that took seven years to perfect. Enjoy admiring the expensive antiques and furnishings in the 34 decorated rooms. Then enjoy a walk around the lovely gardens and present her with a ring as breathtaking as the backdrop.

 

On the Water

South Beach is known for its calm, clear blue waters and soft white sand. It's about two miles long, bordered by a boardwalk, perfect for a sunset stroll. If you'd like to plan an extra creative proposal, consider hiring a company like Team Sandtastic to create a sand sculpture that incorporates "Will you marry me?"

South Pointe Park on Miami Beach, set on the outlet of the port of Miami, is a lovely place for a picnic on the shore. If your lady loves the water, take her on an adventure on the deep blue sea. Plan a sunset cruise with a company like Play Time Water Sports, where you can reserve a cozy spot on a catamaran and enjoy an open bar and snacks.

Or go for simple elegance like real-life couple Brian and Nicole. The pair, sweethearts since their freshman year at Kent State University, knew they were meant to be together. Nicole loves the beach, so Brian planned a romantic vacation to Miami with the plan of proposing on the shore. As they were walking on the beach, he dropped to one knee and asked Nicole to marry him with a gorgeous diamond engagement ring.

 

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Proposal pictures and story sponsored by Paparazzi Proposals

When booking, enter code mytriorings$100 to receive $25 off the standard proposal photography package and $75 off a photo voucher for prints.

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Best Places to Propose in Chicago

by Melia Dicker Wednesday, 01 June 2016 Proposal


If you're ready to propose, Chicago is a city that's brimming with possible settings for your special moment. The city has made it easy for you to scout out places to propose: It has a great variety of online tours of Chicago, with themes ranging from Parks to Music & Art. 

 

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When you've picked out the perfect diamond engagement ring, consider popping the question in one of these romantic places.

Where to Propose in Chicago

 

Over a romantic dinner or drinks

  

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North Pond is a favorite for many locals and visitors in Chicago. Nestled within Lincoln Park and set beside a pond, the restaurant has a romantic view of the city skyline. The menu at North Pond sources fresh ingredients from local farmers. Splurge on the seasonal tasting menu for your special occasion.

There are few meals more romantic than fondue, and Gejas Cafe doesn't disappoint. Choose from the extensive wine list and enjoy dinner with live flamenco music in the background.

Take her breath away with a view of the Chicago skyline at night from the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center. You'll love the premium martinis and gourmet menu, which will complement her diamond cluster ring perfectly.

 

On a lighthearted adventure

 

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If your lady loves cheesecake, take her to the famous Eli's Cheesecake for a tasting. If you call ahead and explain that you're ready to propose on-site, you may be able to convince the staff to prepare a couple of slices with "Will You Marry Me?" written on them in icing.  

A boat tour of lake Michigan is a beautiful excursion by day or night. There are so many companies and routes to choose from that you're sure to find a trip that she'll love.

Catch an evening comedy show at the renowned Second City, which has graduated performers including Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey. The actors are so accustomed to improvisation that they may enjoy incorporating your proposal into a skit. If you know that your lady will be thrilled by receiving a diamond cluster ring onstage before an audience, then this is the opportunity of a lifetime!

In a beautiful outdoor setting

One of the most popular spots in the city is Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. The fountain lit up at night is breathtaking. 

Millennium Park also offers a number of charming places to propose. Consider a leisurely stroll in Lurie Garden, or visit Cloud Gate, a giant public sculpture nicknamed "The Bean." It reflects the city skyline in its face of polished stainless steel. Stand under the archway of The Bean together when you pop the question. The reflection of the diamond engagement ring in the metal sculpture will dazzle her!

Lincoln Park has many lovely spots for those who are ready to propose. Lincoln Park Zoo is free of charge and open 365 days per year. It features a full calendar of special events, including tours of the beautiful gardens. Take a walk to the Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pool or pack a picnic to enjoy at sunset by Lincoln Park Lagoon and get down on one knee in the grass. 

Find a quiet spot by North Pond where you can admire the city skyline, the way Wes did when he proposed to his girlfriend Holly. The two met in a class their senior year of college; Holly fell for Wes’ smile, and Wes loved how Holly could light up a room. He had been running by the same spot in Lincoln Park for the past three years, and he knew he wanted to share this beautiful view with Holly for the rest of his life. He got down on one knee and proposed, and she said yes!

 

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Proposal pictures and story sponsored by Paparazzi Proposals

When booking, enter code mytriorings$100 to receive $25 off the standard proposal photography package and $75 off a photo voucher for prints.

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Lifetime Jewelry Warranties: What's the Catch?

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 31 May 2016 Informational

At first glance, having a lifetime warranty on your his and hers wedding bands sounds like a great idea. It promises to give you peace of mind, knowing that your precious rings are protected for life against damage.

But when you look more closely at these lifetime jewelry warranties (also called extended service plans, protection plans, etc.), they aren’t as clear or reassuring. Once you read the fine print, what do these plans actually offer?

 

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Kay Jewelers and Jared The Galleria of Jewelry are owned by the same parent company, Signet Jewelers Limited, and offer extended service plans with nearly identical language. (Zales is also a Signet company, but its plan has slightly different wording – more on that below.)

Kay and Jared’s extended service plan advertises that “with one payment, you get coverage for your jewelry for its lifetime.”

If you want to protect your his and hers wedding bands, you pay a one-time fee (based on the cost of your rings) with no deductible, and have access to a repair plan. This “only covers wear during normal wear and use of the merchandise,” and includes labor and parts to maintain jewelry in usable condition. Some of the services included in the extended service plan are:

  • Ring sizing
  • Prong retipping
  • Prong replacement
  • Head replacement
  • Diamond or color stone tightening
  • Chain soldering
  • Clasp replacement

Kay and Jared make it clear that this plan covers only repairs, not replacements. The extended service plan does not cover:

  • Replacing diamonds or gemstones
  • Repairing or replacing materials “resulting from excessive or abusive treatment of the merchandise other than normal wear and tear”
  • Loss, theft or damage resulting from “loss, theft, misuse, abuse or Act of God”

For the extended service plan to be valid, you must maintain any requirements detailed in warranties or guarantees. Unauthorized repairs or service (for example, from a vendor that’s not Kay or Jared, or not authorized by the company) can void the plan’s coverage.

This plan only offers to make adjustments or repairs that fall into the “normal wear and tear” category – and what that means still seems to be open to interpretation.

Lifetime Diamond & Color Gemstone Guarantee

 

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Kay and Jared also have a separate plan, the Lifetime Diamond & Color Gemstone Guarantee. It covers repairs or replacements for jewelry mounting for the first 12 months. It also covers the lifetime replacement of a diamond, emerald, ruby or sapphire if it “chips, breaks, or is lost from its original setting during normal wear.” This guarantee is only valid if you bring in your jewelry to a Kay or Jared store for inspection every six months, for life. A recent BuzzFeed story highlighted some couples’ negative experiences with the extended service plan and the diamond and gemstone guarantee. 

Zales Lifetime Service Program 

 

The Zales Lifetime Jewelry Protection Plan covers repairs “under normal conditions for the lifetime of your jewelry,” including:

  • Prong or mounting repairs
  • Resizing
  • Refinishing
  • Polishing
  • Stone tightening
  • Replacing lost or chipped gemstones and diamonds

It does not cover “theft, mysterious disappearance, loss or damage other than that incurred in normal wear.”

The Zales Lifetime Diamond Commitment will replace chipped, lost or broken diamonds from the original setting; it also requires semiannual inspections at a Zales store, or the plan is voided.

What this means for you: 

If a lifetime guarantee sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It’s important to read the fine print to make sure the service plan you’re buying really covers what you need it to. How will it protect your his and hers wedding bands? Will it cover all standard repairs? Will it replace missing diamonds? Will it insist on mandatory inspections twice a year?

The My Trio Rings Extended Service Plan

 

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My Trio Rings has a straightforward extended service plan with excellent, easy-to-understand coverage. It’s valid for five years and completely on your schedule. You’re entitled to send your rings in once a year, but you’re not required to (miss a year, and you’re still covered for the full five years). The plan includes:

  • Resizing within two ring sizes
  • Rhodium polishing for gold
  • Steam and ultra-sonic cleaning
  • Updated engraving
  • Prong re-tipping
  • Stone tightening
  • Missing diamonds replacement (up to 1/5 carat, not including accidental damage)

There’s no hidden catch – just reliable protection at an affordable price.

 

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Where to Propose in Kansas City

by Melia Dicker Wednesday, 25 May 2016 Proposal

Kansas City, a metropolitan area on the border of Kansas and Missouri, is known for its barbecue and jazz. It's a favorite destination for hip budget travelers, often ranking on lists like Travel + Leisure's "Most Affordable Getaways" "Best Cities for Foodies."

 

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And while it's not expensive to explore Kansas City, it offers plenty when it comes to romance. Here are a few of the best places to propose in Kansas City:

In an Elegant Restaurant

When one Yelp reviewer posted a question asking her peers for a romantic restaurant recommendation in Kansas City, nearly every reply that she received said, "Le Fou Frog." It's authentically French in the food and the experience, where dinner can stretch out leisurely over a period of hours. The charming waiters will periodically stroll through the restaurant and enthusiastically serenade diners with Broadway show tunes. If asked in advance, they may even sing your sweetheart's favorite song to her and set the stage for you to present her a sparkling diamond engagement ring. Now that's a creative proposal idea!

 

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For New American food, try the popular Bluestem Restaurant. Choose a meal of three, five, or ten (!) courses, and splurge on the wine pairings for your special occasion. A typical dish is diver sea scallop with sweet potato, brussels sprouts, bacon, maple gel, and pretzel salt. It's creative, fresh, and memorable. Diners describe the ambience of this restaurant as cozy, like a large living room, with couches and armchairs pulled up to the tables and dozens of mirrors lining the walls. Make a reservation to ensure that you get a seat.

 

At a Beautiful Fountain

 

Kansas City is called "The City of Fountains" because the number of fountains within its limits is second only to Rome. Here's a creative proposal idea: Stop at a fountain to make a wish with your sweetie, then to get down on one knee with a diamond engagement ring and tell her that you wished to spend the rest of your life with her.

 

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Take a look at Kansas City's fountains and choose one that your lady would love. The JC Nichols Memorial Fountain features high arches of water and sculptures of rearing horses, and it's breathtaking when it lights up at night. Behind it sits the Girada Bell Tower, a replica of the Cathedral of Seville in Spain. The Diana Fountain depicts the Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon surrounded by cherubs. It sits in front of one of the largest manmade waterfalls and is encircled by flowers in the spring.

 

In a Lovely Garden

If your bride-to-be loves the outdoors, take her to one of Kansas City's gardens. Powell Gardens is just outside of Kansas City, in Kingsville, MO, and it will not disappoint. It's open year-round and features a meadow full of wildflowers, a rock and waterfall garden, and a lake full of lily pads. Check the calendar before you plan your visit for events like the summer butterfly festival and cooking demonstrations by local chefs. Cafe Thyme is a wonderful place to eat fresh salads and sandwiches made from produce grown onsite. 

Loose Park Rose Garden is stunning when its flowers are blooming. Take your lady for a walk under the trellis-covered walkways and stop in front of the lovely fountain - you'll feel like you're royalty taking a stroll around your chateau. Find a peaceful moment and pop the question in front of the fountain like Robert did with his sweetheart, Kristi. 

 

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Proposal pictures and story sponsored by Paparazzi Proposals

When booking, enter code mytriorings$100 to receive $25 off the standard proposal photography package and $75 off a photo voucher for prints.

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