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4 Diamond Engagement Rings You Can Create

by Kirsten Clark Monday, 07 April 2014 Wedding Rings

diamond engagement rings Last week, I told you about our new create your own ring feature. This customizable feature allows you to pick out the stone of your choice (including cut and size), the band, and the type of gold. This new program is just one more way to make sure you’re completely satisfied with your diamond engagement ring.

In last week’s post, I gave you step-by-step instructions to make the process of creating your dream ring that much easier. Now that you know how to create your perfect ring, I thought I’d show you just a few of the many gorgeous possibilities:

1. 1 1/3 CT. Diamond Engagement Ring

If you’re looking for a round solitaire ring that has the perfect balance of elegance and sparkle, you’ll love this 1 1/3 carat ring. The beautiful round solitaire is brilliant all on its own, but when it’s paired with this intricate band, it pops even more. This ring has a total of 31 glittering diamonds, and you can choose whether you want this ring in 10K or 14K gold, as well as either yellow or white gold.

2. 1/2 CT. Diamond Engagement Ring

Looking for something a little more unique? When you select the option that you’d like a cluster ring head, you can choose among four shapes: a flower, a heart, a circle, and an oval. This particular 1/2 CT. ring features a fabulous oval cluster head. The cluster head is offset by a band with smaller, round-cut diamonds. If you’d like to customize the ring further, you can have it made with yellow gold instead of white gold.

3. 5/8 CT. Diamond Engagement Ring

If you like the idea of combining a princess cut with a cluster head, then check out this princess cluster head diamond ring. If you’d rather have a larger cluster head, you can increase it up to a half carat. This particular ring is 5/8 CT. and is made with 10K yellow gold and features white gold accents. The twists on the band near the center would beautifully complEment any stone cut.

4. 1 1/5 CT. Diamond Engagement Ring

Small bands are one of the most popular ring trends for diamond engagement rings right now. If you take a look at this 1 1/5 CT. diamond ring, you’ll see why. Do you notice that the smaller band makes the princess solitaire diamond look larger? And just because the band is smaller doesn’t mean it’s any less magnificent -- the intricacy of the band is stunning. This ring has a total of 21 natural, conflict-free diamonds.

Start working on your own customized ring!

NEW: Create Your Own Diamond Engagement Ring

by Kirsten Clark Thursday, 03 April 2014 Informational

alt Do you have a style that’s hard to define? Have you been searching through websites and catalogues for the perfect diamond engagement ring without any luck? If you know exactly what you want, but you haven’t been able to find it, then you’re in luck.

Instead of settling for a ring you don’t love, why don’t you create the ring of your dreams yourself? Now you can create your own perfect fit with the new My Trio Rings custom ring feature! You can also use this brand new feature to create all the diamond rings you’ll need on your special day by building your own trio ring set. The possibilities are truly endless; here's how it works:

1. Choose the type of rings you'd like to browse from our category pages. Click the “view customizable rings” button on the top right of the page.

2. First, you’ll choose your preferred stone cut. You can choose between a round cluster, a princess cluster, a round solitaire, a princess solitaire, and a fancy cluster.

3. After you pick your stone cut, you can choose how big or small you’d like the head to be. For some stone cuts, you simply pick small, medium, or large. For others, like round solitaire, you’ll pick the head according to carats.

4. Next you’ll get a list of all our pre-existing rings that match your desired stone cut and size. From there, search the list and find the one you like.

5. After you’ve found a ring you like, you can click on it and select whether you want white or yellow gold, 10K gold or 14K gold.

Ta-da! You’ve now created the exact ring you've been dreaming of. It’s really that simple. Think about all the different types of rings you can create: a 1 CT. round solitaire with 10 white gold, a 5/8 CT. princess solitaire with yellow 14K gold, or even a 1/2 CT. oval cluster diamond with 10K white gold.

What are you waiting for? Customize your perfect diamond rings.

 

Best Places to Propose in Phoenix, Arizona

by Kirsten Clark Monday, 31 March 2014 Proposal

ING 18990 00008 Phoenix, Arizona has a unique charm to it. It might have something to do with being situated in a valley or in the desert, but the sky seems more vast, and the sunsets are out of this world. If you’ve been searching for a place to propose that manages to combine nature and culture seamlessly, Phoenix might be the place for you. The weather is beautiful almost year round, so consider taking a trip here when you know you’ll be freezing at home. Here are some of the best places to propose in the capital of Arizona:

1. Hot Air Balloon Ride

If you’re looking for a proposal idea that’s romantic and intimate, this one is perfect: take a hot air balloon ride. Imagine seeing the valley from high in the sky while you hold your partner close. To make the venture even more romantic, schedule your hot air balloon ride for sunrise or sunset. You can even arrange to have champagne during your flight. After you’re up high and wrapped up in the moment with your sweetheart, pull out one of our solitaire diamond rings and ask her to be your wife.

2. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort

If you’re taking a trip to Phoenix and you’re planning to propose, consider saying at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort. The scenery is breathtaking, so you'll have ample opportunity to propose the way you want to. They also have a spa, so if you're really feeling like pampering your partner, arrange for her to have a spa day and surprise her with it one morning. Then, after a long day of relaxation, you can ask her to marry you on your room's balcony.

3. Piestewa Peak

Are you and your girlfriend active outdoors people? If so, consider hiking to the top of Piestewa Peak using the Summit Trail. Pack your own picnic or pick up her favorite meal from her favorite restaurant. Once you reach the top, lay out your picnic blanket and enjoy the view of the city. As always, this option would be the most romantic around sunset, so youplan accordingly. Trailheads are open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., but the trail stays open until 11 p.m.

4. Kai Restaurant

If you’ve always imagined proposing in a fancy restaurant, a superb choice is Kai Restaurant, which is located within the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort. This is a Forbes Five Star Award and AAA Five Diamond Award Signature Restaurant, and its wonderful food and ambiance make it one of our best places to propose in Phoenix. Once you’re here, you’ll savor every bite of Native American food that’s procured locally. Just make sure you make a reservation in advance. 

Propose with one of our solitaire diamond rings, then take advantage of our She Said Yes deal and get 10% off a future weddingn band purchase. 

4 Sweet Viral Proposal Videos

by Kirsten Clark Wednesday, 26 March 2014 Proposal

ISS 0893 04928 Gentlemen, if you need a little inspiration for your upcoming proposal, take a look at some of the most watched proposal videos on the Internet. Ladies, watch these and be prepared to swoon.

I’ve been searching the internet for the cutest viral proposal videos out there, and I’ve rounded them up for you below. These videos illustrate some of the most elaborate and heartfelt proposals I’ve ever seen. All of them use a different tactic: a movie trailer, a lit up skyscraper, and more. I dare you to not crack a smile while watching these:

1. Movie Trailer

Matt told Ginny he had to work on a Saturday and got Ginny’s brother to take her to see a movie. As she’s watching the previews for the movie with her brother, she hears familiar voices and realizes that she’s watching a trailer for her own proposal. This movie trailer proposal incorporates romance, comedy, action, and drama. After Matt approaches the theater in the trailer, the camera moves to real time as he asks Ginny to marry him and presents her with a diamond ring.

2. Skyscraper

In this adorable video, Marzo asks his girlfriend, Lisa, to talk to a friend of his on the phone. She says hello and her name, and then the person on the other end hangs up (rude, right?). Then he asks her to look at the building they’re standing in front of, and it starts to light up with his proposal, “Lisa, will you marry me?” It takes a couple of minutes for her to calm down and actually accept his proposal, which is one reason this video is so darn cute.

3. Live Lip-Dub

It looks like Issac went through a whole lot of trouble to put this live lip-dub proposal together to Bruno Mars’ “Marry You.” It starts with Isaac’s brother telling the girlfriend he wanted to play her a song. The shenanigans start from there. Fun fact: it took more than 60 people to carry out this fun proposal!

4. Memes

Talk about creative-- this guy almost exclusively used memes to propose to his girlfriend. Standing outside of the restaurant she was eating at, he holds up cards and asks her to marry him. After she says yes, he goes into the restaurant with flowers, gets down on one knee, and gives her a real speech.

If you're planning on proposing soon, make sure you have the perfect diamond ring!

Engagement Proposal Traditions from Around the World

by Kirsten Clark Tuesday, 25 March 2014 Informational

02G66568 When you think of a marriage proposal, what immediately comes to mind? Probably the same things that come to mind for most other Americans.Typical proposals in the US involve getting down on one knee and presenting your sweetheart with a diamond ring, but have you ever thought about what the rest of the world does when proposing marriage? There are a range of different traditions from around the world. Let’s take a look at how our customary approach compares to the engagement proposal traditions from other parts of the world:

Japan

After a Japanese couple is engaged, it’s customary for the families of the engaged couple to exchange nine gifts, including a folded fan and kelp. This exchange of gifts typically happens at an elaborate engagement ceremony, which is called the “yuinou.” In Japanese culture, marriage isn’t just about the commitment between two people; it’s also about the connection between two families.

Spain

In Spain, a man will present a diamond ring to his love in much the same way an American man would. It’s what comes next that’s a little different. After the proposal, the woman will go and find an engagement wristwatch for her fiance.

Germany

In Germany, you’ll find both the man and woman wearing an engagement ring on their left hands. (The practice of a man wearing an engagement ring is not altogether uncommon in America. Learn more about the rising popularity of mangagement rings.)

Egypt

After a couple becomes engaged in Egypt, both the man and the woman wear rings on their right hand to signify their engagement. After they’re married, they move the rings to the left hand.

Pakistan

In Pakistani culture, the family of the bridegroom proposes to the family of the bride. In very traditional families, it’s possible that the potential bride and groom aren’t involved at all. If the bride’s family accepts the proposal, a party is thrown where the groom-to-be formally proposes to the bride-to-be.

Kenya

In some tribes in Kenya, engagement proposal traditions involve a strand of beads. A man will send the beads to the woman he would like to marry. To accept the proposal, the woman simply keeps the beads. If she sends them back, she rejects the proposal.

If you’re interested in mangagement rings, be sure to check out our other blog post about the subject!

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