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  • The Time is Right for a Wedding Ring Set

    It seems as though romance is in the air this week, ascreative
    proposals go viral on the internet. Is it time for you to get inspiredfor a marriage proposal of your own?

    1. Lip Dub Proposal

    It doesn’t get much more romantic than this creativeproposal,in which a few dozen people lip synch and act out the lyrics to Bruno Mars’ssong “Marry You” for  a beautifullychoreographed musical
    proposal. “Don’t say no, no, no, no, no, Just say yeah,yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, And we’ll go, go, go, go, go, If you’re ready, like I’mready,” the couple’s family and friends sing in flash mob style to the nowbride-to-be in the back of a slowly-moving
    SUV. We may not all be nearly ascreative as this, but it is sure to get you in the mood for love. I just hopehe remembered to buy a wedding ring set!

    2. First DateProposal

    One less successful proposal in the news this week was thefirst date proposal by a man who hoped to have an arranged marriage. Pallavi Reddy’s
    parents hopedto arrange a marriage for her with a successful man of common heritage. Whenshe finally agreed to a date with the man of their choosing, it became quicklyclear to her that she could not marry him. Before the date was over, however,he proposed
    marriage without the answer he had hoped for. The lesson? Hold offon purchasing a wedding ring set, no matter how inexpensive it may be, untilyou are certain that her answer will be yes.

    3. Brainy BeachProposal

    This past week, a brilliant young brain surgeon decided topropose to his girlfriend on their trip to the
    beach. His idea was to bury theengagement ring in the sand and have his bride-to-be dig it up. Several hourslater, with the help of several beachcombers and a metal detector, the ring wasrecovered. Fortunately, she thought that the whole thing was quite
    funny, andshe said yes. It was certainly a proposal to remember, and at least he didn’tbury the entire wedding ring set.

    Pick Your WeddingRing Set!

    Photo credit: Renee V

  • Best Places to Propose in Brooklyn and the Bronx

    Whether you are on the West Coast,the East Coast,or somewhere in the middle,the
    best places to propose are not necessarily the places that are the mostexpensive or picturesque. The My Trio Rings Best Places to Propose seriescontinues this week with a peek into Brooklyn and the
    Bronx,with a little bit of a walk on the wild side.

    If you live in or around
    New York City, you have a wealth of finedining and amazing culture right at your fingertips. But not everyone needs toget engaged during high tea at the Plaza Hotel. If you’re hoping to propose ona budget in boroughs such as Brooklyn or the
    Bronx,you may wish to consider a few less traditionally romantic places for a uniqueand memorable proposal.

    1. The Bronx Zoo

    Step into another world when you enter the steamy, tropicalparadise that is the Bronx Zoo butterfly garden.Without spending the money on an exotic
    vacation, you will find yourselftransported to a virtual
    Eden.For only $3 above the standard zoo admission, this striking exhibit offers anexcellent location to propose on a budget. Just find a hidden corner as youmeander through the lush foliage, and get down on one knee to pop the question.

    2. The New York Botanical Garden

    For the last 120 years, the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx has been one of New York's most beautiful places. Plan a walking tour through different gardens and exhibitions using the NYBG app,
    then propose in the fragrant Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden or one of the four colorful "rooms" of the Perennial Garden

    3. Coney Island

    Coney Island is a long-standing
    Brooklyn landmark, and itoffers a wide variety of options as you consider the best places to propose.You can choose to propose on a blanket on the beach under the fireworks onsummertime Friday nights. You might find it romantic to propose
    at the top ofthe Wonder Wheel at sunset, or perhaps your spouse-to-be would prefer a morehigh-speed proposal on the Cyclone roller coaster (if you choose that option,it might be best to pull out the diamond cluster engagement ring after the ridehas
    come to a complete stop!). Or perhaps the best moment of all will be whenyou are walking hand-in-hand along the boardwalk.

    Which ring will you choose?

    Photo Credit: BlueGoa

  • Your Affordable Diamond Wedding Jewelry Questions, Answered

    Are you looking for an inexpensive
    wedding ring set? Ifyou’re like many couples, then you may feel confident in your choice of mate,excited about your life together, but uncertain about the process of buyingaffordable diamond wedding jewelry. If this sounds like you, then you mightbenefit
    from the help of common questions that couples in search of aninexpensive wedding ring set ask.

    1. If I order a ring or rings online, how will it get to me?

    If you order affordable diamond wedding jewelry from My TrioRings, then your ring will arrive at your doorstep in a beautiful ring box viainsured FedEx shipping. This service is included with your order for free. Ifyou are unsatisfied with your purchase
    for any reason, such as if theinexpensive wedding ring set doesn’t fit properly, then you have 30 days toreturn your purchase and get your money back.

    2. What if I have questions about my affordable diamond weddingjewelry order?

    One of the many benefits of ordering jewelry online from MyTrio Rings is the lack of pushy salespeople. However, if you have anyquestions, a staff of experienced and helpful customer service representativesis ready to assist you through a live online
    chat or by telephone.

    3. Why are these rings so inexpensive? Where do they comefrom?

    My Trio Rings is able to sell affordable diamond weddingjewelry for a couple of reasons. First, it is an online retailer that does nothave the over head costs of maintaining a high end brick and mortar retailstore. Second, My Trio Rings sells rings in
    coordinated sets, which saves onmarketing and manufacturing costs. Lastly, My Trio Rings features many diamondcluster rings, beautiful wedding jewelry made from clusters of high qualitydiamonds in smaller sizes for a similar visual impact but much lower
    cost thandiamond solitaires. And My Trio Rings has privileges at the Kimberley Processcertified De Beers mines and owns its own factory in India, so you can becertain that your jewelry is ethically sourced.

    Start shopping for your rings today!

    Photo credit: ilovebutter

  • My Trio Rings CEO weighs in on "Show rooming" on CBS and FOX News!

    Major retailers across the country including Best Buy and Target stores have recently denounced a long standing practice among price conscious consumers who visit physical retail stores to preview a product and purchase at home from other online retailers.  But should consumers who are looking for the best deal really be to blame? Should companies like Best Buy and Target focus on innovating further to offer additional services and unique products? Our CEO Vipul Lakhi was called upon to share how we’ve helped customers find the lowest price, often after they’ve already visited a local jewelry store franchise.
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    (Source: CBS Philadelphia - Showroom Showdown, See below for additional broadcasts across the country)

    While show rooming is typically associated with physical stores, it is quite common for online retailers as well. At My Trio Rings, we must maintain a digital showroom that enhances the buying experience and better educates customers while differentiating from online competitors in the same industry. We’ve served thousands of customers by focusing on educating our customers, and providing shopping benefits like 30 day returns, free shipping, no fee layaway, online promotions, and even free ring sizers by mail. Online retailers face the same show rooming practices as brick and mortar retailers.

    In the jewelry industry, high-end retailers have placed dizzying markups on diamond and gold jewelry, often creating a barrier for everyday Americans' to experience the traditions of marriage with authentic jewelry. Companies who innovate on their business models will be the only ones who can continue to operate. Our prices are 65% lower than in store retailers because we’ve focused on innovating in every aspect of the business model, from procurement and manufacturing to eCommerce and efficient inventory management. What will remain constant in the world of retail is that whether a customer is in a physical or digital showroom, they will always buy from the retailer offering the lowest price for the best quality and service. This has been a consumer practice since commerce and trade originated and it will continue to impact how physical and online retailers market in today’s mobile internet age. 

    See below for additional broadcasts of Vipul's interview below!
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    (Source: ABC LA)

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    (Source: WPRI Providence)

  • Best Places to Propose in Cleveland

    propose in ClevelandThis post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which introduces you to the best places to propose around the country.

    When you think "Cleveland, Ohio," what probably comes to mind first is American manufacturing, or perhaps the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But there's also a romantic side to Cleveland, full of restaurants and natural spaces -- including a few prime spots to propose marriage. Here are a few.

    1. Against a natural landscape

    There's nothing like being surrounded by flowers and greenery to put you in a romantic mood. The Cleveland Greenhouse, which was built at the turn of the 20th century, is the perfect setting for a relaxing day with your fiancee-to-be. Explore 270 acres of outdoor gardens, spending time in the lovely Japanese garden and admiring the vibrant orchids in the tropical garden. If you're ready to propose around the holidays, consider asking for her hand in the indoor gardens bursting with colorful poinsettias. 

    Pack a picnic and head to the beach at Edgewater Park before sunset. Take a stroll on the sand, then find a spot to lay down a blanket and sit awhile. Sip some wine and watch the sun sink low over Lake Erie and the city skyline. When you present your love with a diamond cluster ring, the twinkling stars and city lights will make it sparkle.

    2. At an upscale restaurant

    Lola, a classy bistro owned by celebrity chef Michael Symon, has been rated by Zagat as the most popular restaurant in Cleveland. Select a bottle of wine from the extensive list (which your server will present to you on an iPad) and browse a menu full of fresh, local ingredients.

    If you're ready to propose, consider spending an evening romancing your lady in Little Italy. Osteria Di Valerio & Al is full of charm, with happy guests drinking wine and dancing to Frank Sinatra tunes played by a live band. 

    3. At a classy bar

    Stepping into The Velvet Tango Room is like traveling back through time. The sconces on the wall softly illuminate the roomy couches and dark wood, while live jazz and black and white movies play in the background. Make sure you're dressed to the nines, like your fellow ladies and gents will be. Order a martini or a lime fizz, which chef Michael Symon raved about on Food Network as the best thing he ever drank. As you toast to your love, surprise your lady with a diamond cluster ring. The entire evening is sure to be unforgettable.

    Plan an evening in Ohio City, Cleveland's walkable artisan neighborhood, which is dedicated to creating a thriving community of local merchants. The Market Avenue Wine Bar has a funky charm, with exposed brick walls, soft lighting, and a blend of antique and modern decor. In the spring, request a seat on the patio and enjoy people-watching as you relax with a drink. The servers are knowledgeable about the wine selection and can recommend food pairings (try a fruit and cheese plate or the baked brie with warm bread).

    Get ready to propose by finding a stunning, affordable engagement ring at My Trio Rings.

    Photo courtesy of Flickr user joshuarothhaas

  • Planning a Wedding on a Budget – With Food Allergies

    One of the easiest ways to deraila grocery budget – or a wedding budget! – is cooking for people with foodallergies. Products that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and the like can besignificantly more expensive. If you are planning a wedding on a budget, thenyou will want to think carefully about how to handle your food choices in sucha way that will fit your needs and wants while also staying within your budget.

    Budget Wedding Food Scenarios

    Scenario 1: You havesevere food allergies or specific dietary needs,but your guests don’t.

    If you have a strict diet forreligious reasons, moral choices, or food allergies, then you already know howto cater to your own diet. But will you ask your guests to eat the same way?There are two basic choices in this scenario. One option is to serve yourguests a meal that adheres to your vegan diet, your kosher diet, yourgluten-free diet, or the like. This is the preference of many couples, but itcan also become very expensive to create a meal based around special diets, andit might be out of your price range if you are planning a wedding on a budget.Another choice is to offer more standard fare to your wedding guests but tohave a special meal prepared to suit the dietary concerns of the bride andgroom.

    Scenario 2: You eat astandard diet, but some of your guests have strict dietary concerns.

    This is a tricky scenario to dealwith, because you want your guests to be happy and comfortable, but perfectlymeeting everyone’s different dietary needs and preferences perfectly at yourbudget wedding just isn’t possible, especially if you are having a large wedding. Not everyonecan eat dairy or gluten. Not everyone chooses to eat meat. Many people avoidcarbs or sugar like the plague. So what is the savvy bride to do? Fortunately,most people with food allergies or strict diets know how to manage their owndiets when they are eating out. They may choose to eat before they come, orthey may pick and choose what foods best fit their dietary needs. One of themost practical food options for a group of guests with diverse dietary needsmight be to offer a buffet with a variety of food choices and small cards thatlist the ingredients in each dish, to assist those guests with dietaryconcerns.

    Are you planning a wedding on abudget with diverse dietary needs? Share your tips with us!

    Photo credit: mattlemmon

  • Best Places to Propose in Seattle

    My Trio Ringscontinues to bring you information about the best places to propose around thecountry. Thispost is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which uses Mashable's 
    Top10 Cities for Getting Engaged

     list for inspiration. 

    If you live in
    Seattleand love the romance of a grey day, or galoshes in the rain, then you safelypropose at any time of year. But if you would like to propose marriage in thesunshine, then summer is the time to do it, when you can count on many warm andsunny
    Seattledays.

    The Best Places toPropose in Seattle

    1. Check on the forecast, grab your diamond clusterengagement ring, and head to


    Pike Place
    Market
    .Hold hands as you wander the shops and stalls in search of the freshest fruit,baked goods, cheese, and wine for an al fresco lunch along the
    Puget Sound that includes a surprise course – diamonds!

    2. For a more weather-proof dining destination, considergetting reservations at the popular restaurant Maximilien,near Pike Place Market. If the weather is nice, you can
    sit on the patio andenjoy the waterfront. If the weather turns, you can still enjoy a romantic mealindoors, with regional specialties prepared with a French twist.

    3. If sitting down for a meal together at a nice restaurantdoesn’t land on your list of best places to propose,then you may wish to consider walking
    around the shops and galleries ofhistoric Pioneer Square or thebookstores and antique shops of the QueenAnne neighborhood, then finding an appropriate bench. Or you may prefer
    theidea of bringing your diamond cluster engagement ring along on a horse-drawn carriage ride along the stunning
    Seattle waterfront.

    4. Does your girlfriend make you feel like you are on top ofthe world? Your ideal proposal spot may be at the top of the


    Seattle
    Space Needle
    , 600 feet above thecity. Call ahead to find out the least busy times to visit this popular touristdestination, and make a plan to pop the question surrounded by gorgeous viewsof the Seattle city scape.

    Do you live in the Seattle area? Share your proposal story with us!

    Choose a diamond cluster engagement ring and start planning your perfect proposal today!

    Photo credit

  • 5 Ways to Stay Sane While Planning a Wedding on a Budget

    planning a wedding on a budgetMy husband and I were married last winter, after a year of planning and decisions and details. Because we were saving for a home and investing in our small business, we were committed to planning a wedding on a budget. At the same time, we wanted our wedding to be one of the most beautiful days of our lives, and one that was as free of stress as possible. I'm happy to say that we accomplished our goal to stay sane throughout the planning and the wedding day, and we learned these five things in the process.

    1. Remind yourself frequently, "Our wedding is a stress-free zone."

    You wouldn't believe how many times I said this to myself, silently and out loud. Remember that your wedding is about celebrating your love and commitment to your partner, so it would be a shame to let worries about money and logistics steal your joy. If you feel yourself getting anxious or upset about something, take a deep breath and put it out of your mind for a while. Before you come back to it, recommit to making your wedding a stress-free zone. 

    2. Decide where to save and where to splurge.

    My husband and I decided to invest in the items most important to us -- photography, food, and music -- and seek out inexpensive options for most everything else. We bought affordable wedding rings, reasonably priced wine, and a beautiful wedding dress on closeout. To finance our honeymoon, we encouraged guests to donate to our Honeyfund account instead of sending us a gift. It wasn't important to us to provide wedding favors, so we simply skipped them. Make a list of items you want for your wedding and rank them in order of priority. Splurge on the items at the top of the list, and save on the ones at the bottom.

    3. Limit your guest list to close friends and family.

    Given the astronomical costs of the average wedding -- currently more than $25,000 -- people will understand not being invited when they hear that you're keeping your wedding small. Let's put it this way: Are you willing to pay around $100 for your second cousin once removed to eat a sit-down dinner? Although I couldn't afford to invite my extended group of local friends to my wedding, I wanted to include them in the celebration. I sent an email early in the planning process to let them know that I was keeping my wedding small, but I'd love for them to join me at the after-party. Guess what? They completely understood. Plus, those who were planning a wedding on a budget themselves didn't feel obligated to invite me.

    4. Find vendors through your network.

    I live in a small community, and my husband and I made good use of our local connections to find vendors for our wedding. A few traded labor with my husband; for example, he designed a website for someone in exchange for professional lighting at our reception. Other vendors knew that we were planning a wedding on a budget and liked us enough to give us a good rate on their services; in turn, we recommended them to others as often as possible. We asked two dear friends to play music during the ceremony as their gift to us, and they were honored to be part of our big day. Think about your own connections, and the skills that you could trade with wedding vendors, or loved ones who have similar talents.

    5.  Make decisions by asking yourselves, "What do we want for our wedding?"

    You'll get tons of unsolicited advice from friends and strangers (Exhibit A: this very blog post!), and you'll probably feel pressure of some kind from your families. Take other opinions into consideration if you like, but keep coming back to what will make you and your partner happy on your wedding day. If you're lucky, it'll be the only one you ever have, so tune out the noise and make your own decisions. 

    Stay within your budget by finding affordable wedding rings at My Trio Rings.

    Photo courtesy of Flickr user sinksanctity.

  • Diamond Cluster Ring or Affordable Solitaire Engagement Ring?

    If you’re looking for anengagement ring on a budget, you have a variety of choices. Your standardsolitaire engagement ring in a brick-and-mortar jewelry boutique is likely tobe quite expensive. However, My Trio Rings now offers both diamond cluster ringsand affordable solitaire engagement rings to fit into your wedding budget. If you thought that a solitaire diamond ringwas out of your reach, consider the new line of affordable solitaire engagementrings from My Trio Rings.

    1. Did you ever think you couldget a solitaire engagement ring for as low as $349.99? Consider this ring,a 1/3 carat solitaire engagement ring set in 10 K white gold. The ring featuresa central solitaire diamond nestled between two smaller diamond clusters shapedlike leaves.

    2. For $599.99, you can choose an affordablesolitaire engagement ring with 14 K white gold band, a central round-cut solitaire diamond, and a ring ofsmaller diamonds in a straight line around the band of the ring. The totaldiamond weight for this beautiful ring is 1/2 carat. If you are interested,each of these diamond solitaire rings also can be paired with a matchingwedding band set for an affordable price.

    3. If you are hoping to pick asolitaire ring over a diamond cluster ring, you might consider this 1/2 carat ring from My Trio Rings which features a 14 K yellow gold band, a solitaireprincess-cut diamond, and a small line of clustered diamonds on either side ofthe solitaire head.

    Start shopping for affordablesolitaire engagement rings today!

    Photo Credit: My Trio Rings

  • Best Places to Propose in Milwaukee

    This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which uses Mashable's Top 10 Cities for Getting Engaged list for inspiration. 

    best places to propose in Milwaukee

    Milwaukee may be known more for its beer than its romantic destinations, but if you're ready to propose, the lakeside city just might surprise you with all that it has to offer. 

    Where to Propose in Milwaukee

    Against a beautiful outdoor backdrop

    Milwaukee Riverwalk is one of the city's most beautiful walkable areas. Three miles long, it stretches through the heart of downtown and features public sculptures, scenic views, and restaurants and breweries. Take a 360-degree tour online and pick out the spot where you'll present her with a stunning diamond cluster engagement ring.

    Consider bringing an evening picnic to watch the sunset at South Shore Park in Bay View. Eat a romantic dinner together at one of the picnic tables and go for a leisurely walk on the beach. When the moment is right, kneel down in the sand and pop the question. 

    If you're ready to propose in the spring or summer, Bradford Beach is a perfect choice. Enjoy the sunshine together, sip a tropical drink at the tiki bar, and splash around in Lake Michigan. Take a stroll on the soft sand and find the right moment to ask her to marry you.  

    During a romantic dinner

    Lake Park Bistro is well known as one of the most romantic restaurants in Milwaukee. Reserve a lake view table at sunset and choose from the extensive wine list. Whatever you order from the menu of French cuisine is sure to be delicious, whether it's filet mignon or fresh fish. The terrace is a beautiful place to present a diamond cluster engagement ring after the meal and ask for her hand.

    A three-course dinner cruise on Lake Michigan is a beautiful place to propose. The Edelweiss has several options for two-hour cruises, where you'll enjoy a three-course meal with wine while gazing at spectacular views of Lake Michigan at night.

    If you're ready to propose to someone who loves Italian food, make a reservation at The Pasta Tree. The restaurant has won many awards for Best Italian Food and Most Romantic Restaurant in Milwaukee. The homemade pasta melts in your mouth, and the secret garden patio will make you feel as if you're actually in Bella Italia. 

    Before you propose in Milwaukee, select a diamond cluster engagement ring that she'll love -- without straining your budget.

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Monthly Archives: May 2012

  • The Time is Right for a Wedding Ring Set

    It seems as though romance is in the air this week, ascreative
    proposals go viral on the internet. Is it time for you to get inspiredfor a marriage proposal of your own?

    1. Lip Dub Proposal

    It doesn’t get much more romantic than this creativeproposal,in which a few dozen people lip synch and act out the lyrics to Bruno Mars’ssong “Marry You” for  a beautifullychoreographed musical
    proposal. “Don’t say no, no, no, no, no, Just say yeah,yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, And we’ll go, go, go, go, go, If you’re ready, like I’mready,” the couple’s family and friends sing in flash mob style to the nowbride-to-be in the back of a slowly-moving
    SUV. We may not all be nearly ascreative as this, but it is sure to get you in the mood for love. I just hopehe remembered to buy a wedding ring set!

    2. First DateProposal

    One less successful proposal in the news this week was thefirst date proposal by a man who hoped to have an arranged marriage. Pallavi Reddy’s
    parents hopedto arrange a marriage for her with a successful man of common heritage. Whenshe finally agreed to a date with the man of their choosing, it became quicklyclear to her that she could not marry him. Before the date was over, however,he proposed
    marriage without the answer he had hoped for. The lesson? Hold offon purchasing a wedding ring set, no matter how inexpensive it may be, untilyou are certain that her answer will be yes.

    3. Brainy BeachProposal

    This past week, a brilliant young brain surgeon decided topropose to his girlfriend on their trip to the
    beach. His idea was to bury theengagement ring in the sand and have his bride-to-be dig it up. Several hourslater, with the help of several beachcombers and a metal detector, the ring wasrecovered. Fortunately, she thought that the whole thing was quite
    funny, andshe said yes. It was certainly a proposal to remember, and at least he didn’tbury the entire wedding ring set.

    Pick Your WeddingRing Set!

    Photo credit: Renee V

  • Best Places to Propose in Brooklyn and the Bronx

    Whether you are on the West Coast,the East Coast,or somewhere in the middle,the
    best places to propose are not necessarily the places that are the mostexpensive or picturesque. The My Trio Rings Best Places to Propose seriescontinues this week with a peek into Brooklyn and the
    Bronx,with a little bit of a walk on the wild side.

    If you live in or around
    New York City, you have a wealth of finedining and amazing culture right at your fingertips. But not everyone needs toget engaged during high tea at the Plaza Hotel. If you’re hoping to propose ona budget in boroughs such as Brooklyn or the
    Bronx,you may wish to consider a few less traditionally romantic places for a uniqueand memorable proposal.

    1. The Bronx Zoo

    Step into another world when you enter the steamy, tropicalparadise that is the Bronx Zoo butterfly garden.Without spending the money on an exotic
    vacation, you will find yourselftransported to a virtual
    Eden.For only $3 above the standard zoo admission, this striking exhibit offers anexcellent location to propose on a budget. Just find a hidden corner as youmeander through the lush foliage, and get down on one knee to pop the question.

    2. The New York Botanical Garden

    For the last 120 years, the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx has been one of New York's most beautiful places. Plan a walking tour through different gardens and exhibitions using the NYBG app,
    then propose in the fragrant Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden or one of the four colorful "rooms" of the Perennial Garden

    3. Coney Island

    Coney Island is a long-standing
    Brooklyn landmark, and itoffers a wide variety of options as you consider the best places to propose.You can choose to propose on a blanket on the beach under the fireworks onsummertime Friday nights. You might find it romantic to propose
    at the top ofthe Wonder Wheel at sunset, or perhaps your spouse-to-be would prefer a morehigh-speed proposal on the Cyclone roller coaster (if you choose that option,it might be best to pull out the diamond cluster engagement ring after the ridehas
    come to a complete stop!). Or perhaps the best moment of all will be whenyou are walking hand-in-hand along the boardwalk.

    Which ring will you choose?

    Photo Credit: BlueGoa

  • Your Affordable Diamond Wedding Jewelry Questions, Answered

    Are you looking for an inexpensive
    wedding ring set? Ifyou’re like many couples, then you may feel confident in your choice of mate,excited about your life together, but uncertain about the process of buyingaffordable diamond wedding jewelry. If this sounds like you, then you mightbenefit
    from the help of common questions that couples in search of aninexpensive wedding ring set ask.

    1. If I order a ring or rings online, how will it get to me?

    If you order affordable diamond wedding jewelry from My TrioRings, then your ring will arrive at your doorstep in a beautiful ring box viainsured FedEx shipping. This service is included with your order for free. Ifyou are unsatisfied with your purchase
    for any reason, such as if theinexpensive wedding ring set doesn’t fit properly, then you have 30 days toreturn your purchase and get your money back.

    2. What if I have questions about my affordable diamond weddingjewelry order?

    One of the many benefits of ordering jewelry online from MyTrio Rings is the lack of pushy salespeople. However, if you have anyquestions, a staff of experienced and helpful customer service representativesis ready to assist you through a live online
    chat or by telephone.

    3. Why are these rings so inexpensive? Where do they comefrom?

    My Trio Rings is able to sell affordable diamond weddingjewelry for a couple of reasons. First, it is an online retailer that does nothave the over head costs of maintaining a high end brick and mortar retailstore. Second, My Trio Rings sells rings in
    coordinated sets, which saves onmarketing and manufacturing costs. Lastly, My Trio Rings features many diamondcluster rings, beautiful wedding jewelry made from clusters of high qualitydiamonds in smaller sizes for a similar visual impact but much lower
    cost thandiamond solitaires. And My Trio Rings has privileges at the Kimberley Processcertified De Beers mines and owns its own factory in India, so you can becertain that your jewelry is ethically sourced.

    Start shopping for your rings today!

    Photo credit: ilovebutter

  • My Trio Rings CEO weighs in on "Show rooming" on CBS and FOX News!

    Major retailers across the country including Best Buy and Target stores have recently denounced a long standing practice among price conscious consumers who visit physical retail stores to preview a product and purchase at home from other online retailers.  But should consumers who are looking for the best deal really be to blame? Should companies like Best Buy and Target focus on innovating further to offer additional services and unique products? Our CEO Vipul Lakhi was called upon to share how we’ve helped customers find the lowest price, often after they’ve already visited a local jewelry store franchise.
    {youtube}UFygD2KlNO8{/youtube}
    (Source: CBS Philadelphia - Showroom Showdown, See below for additional broadcasts across the country)

    While show rooming is typically associated with physical stores, it is quite common for online retailers as well. At My Trio Rings, we must maintain a digital showroom that enhances the buying experience and better educates customers while differentiating from online competitors in the same industry. We’ve served thousands of customers by focusing on educating our customers, and providing shopping benefits like 30 day returns, free shipping, no fee layaway, online promotions, and even free ring sizers by mail. Online retailers face the same show rooming practices as brick and mortar retailers.

    In the jewelry industry, high-end retailers have placed dizzying markups on diamond and gold jewelry, often creating a barrier for everyday Americans' to experience the traditions of marriage with authentic jewelry. Companies who innovate on their business models will be the only ones who can continue to operate. Our prices are 65% lower than in store retailers because we’ve focused on innovating in every aspect of the business model, from procurement and manufacturing to eCommerce and efficient inventory management. What will remain constant in the world of retail is that whether a customer is in a physical or digital showroom, they will always buy from the retailer offering the lowest price for the best quality and service. This has been a consumer practice since commerce and trade originated and it will continue to impact how physical and online retailers market in today’s mobile internet age. 

    See below for additional broadcasts of Vipul's interview below!
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    (Source: ABC LA)

    {youtube}341SY2M43P0{/youtube}
    (Source: WPRI Providence)

  • Best Places to Propose in Cleveland

    propose in ClevelandThis post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which introduces you to the best places to propose around the country.

    When you think "Cleveland, Ohio," what probably comes to mind first is American manufacturing, or perhaps the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But there's also a romantic side to Cleveland, full of restaurants and natural spaces -- including a few prime spots to propose marriage. Here are a few.

    1. Against a natural landscape

    There's nothing like being surrounded by flowers and greenery to put you in a romantic mood. The Cleveland Greenhouse, which was built at the turn of the 20th century, is the perfect setting for a relaxing day with your fiancee-to-be. Explore 270 acres of outdoor gardens, spending time in the lovely Japanese garden and admiring the vibrant orchids in the tropical garden. If you're ready to propose around the holidays, consider asking for her hand in the indoor gardens bursting with colorful poinsettias. 

    Pack a picnic and head to the beach at Edgewater Park before sunset. Take a stroll on the sand, then find a spot to lay down a blanket and sit awhile. Sip some wine and watch the sun sink low over Lake Erie and the city skyline. When you present your love with a diamond cluster ring, the twinkling stars and city lights will make it sparkle.

    2. At an upscale restaurant

    Lola, a classy bistro owned by celebrity chef Michael Symon, has been rated by Zagat as the most popular restaurant in Cleveland. Select a bottle of wine from the extensive list (which your server will present to you on an iPad) and browse a menu full of fresh, local ingredients.

    If you're ready to propose, consider spending an evening romancing your lady in Little Italy. Osteria Di Valerio & Al is full of charm, with happy guests drinking wine and dancing to Frank Sinatra tunes played by a live band. 

    3. At a classy bar

    Stepping into The Velvet Tango Room is like traveling back through time. The sconces on the wall softly illuminate the roomy couches and dark wood, while live jazz and black and white movies play in the background. Make sure you're dressed to the nines, like your fellow ladies and gents will be. Order a martini or a lime fizz, which chef Michael Symon raved about on Food Network as the best thing he ever drank. As you toast to your love, surprise your lady with a diamond cluster ring. The entire evening is sure to be unforgettable.

    Plan an evening in Ohio City, Cleveland's walkable artisan neighborhood, which is dedicated to creating a thriving community of local merchants. The Market Avenue Wine Bar has a funky charm, with exposed brick walls, soft lighting, and a blend of antique and modern decor. In the spring, request a seat on the patio and enjoy people-watching as you relax with a drink. The servers are knowledgeable about the wine selection and can recommend food pairings (try a fruit and cheese plate or the baked brie with warm bread).

    Get ready to propose by finding a stunning, affordable engagement ring at My Trio Rings.

    Photo courtesy of Flickr user joshuarothhaas

  • Planning a Wedding on a Budget – With Food Allergies

    One of the easiest ways to deraila grocery budget – or a wedding budget! – is cooking for people with foodallergies. Products that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and the like can besignificantly more expensive. If you are planning a wedding on a budget, thenyou will want to think carefully about how to handle your food choices in sucha way that will fit your needs and wants while also staying within your budget.

    Budget Wedding Food Scenarios

    Scenario 1: You havesevere food allergies or specific dietary needs,but your guests don’t.

    If you have a strict diet forreligious reasons, moral choices, or food allergies, then you already know howto cater to your own diet. But will you ask your guests to eat the same way?There are two basic choices in this scenario. One option is to serve yourguests a meal that adheres to your vegan diet, your kosher diet, yourgluten-free diet, or the like. This is the preference of many couples, but itcan also become very expensive to create a meal based around special diets, andit might be out of your price range if you are planning a wedding on a budget.Another choice is to offer more standard fare to your wedding guests but tohave a special meal prepared to suit the dietary concerns of the bride andgroom.

    Scenario 2: You eat astandard diet, but some of your guests have strict dietary concerns.

    This is a tricky scenario to dealwith, because you want your guests to be happy and comfortable, but perfectlymeeting everyone’s different dietary needs and preferences perfectly at yourbudget wedding just isn’t possible, especially if you are having a large wedding. Not everyonecan eat dairy or gluten. Not everyone chooses to eat meat. Many people avoidcarbs or sugar like the plague. So what is the savvy bride to do? Fortunately,most people with food allergies or strict diets know how to manage their owndiets when they are eating out. They may choose to eat before they come, orthey may pick and choose what foods best fit their dietary needs. One of themost practical food options for a group of guests with diverse dietary needsmight be to offer a buffet with a variety of food choices and small cards thatlist the ingredients in each dish, to assist those guests with dietaryconcerns.

    Are you planning a wedding on abudget with diverse dietary needs? Share your tips with us!

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  • Best Places to Propose in Seattle

    My Trio Ringscontinues to bring you information about the best places to propose around thecountry. Thispost is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which uses Mashable's 
    Top10 Cities for Getting Engaged

     list for inspiration. 

    If you live in
    Seattleand love the romance of a grey day, or galoshes in the rain, then you safelypropose at any time of year. But if you would like to propose marriage in thesunshine, then summer is the time to do it, when you can count on many warm andsunny
    Seattledays.

    The Best Places toPropose in Seattle

    1. Check on the forecast, grab your diamond clusterengagement ring, and head to


    Pike Place
    Market
    .Hold hands as you wander the shops and stalls in search of the freshest fruit,baked goods, cheese, and wine for an al fresco lunch along the
    Puget Sound that includes a surprise course – diamonds!

    2. For a more weather-proof dining destination, considergetting reservations at the popular restaurant Maximilien,near Pike Place Market. If the weather is nice, you can
    sit on the patio andenjoy the waterfront. If the weather turns, you can still enjoy a romantic mealindoors, with regional specialties prepared with a French twist.

    3. If sitting down for a meal together at a nice restaurantdoesn’t land on your list of best places to propose,then you may wish to consider walking
    around the shops and galleries ofhistoric Pioneer Square or thebookstores and antique shops of the QueenAnne neighborhood, then finding an appropriate bench. Or you may prefer
    theidea of bringing your diamond cluster engagement ring along on a horse-drawn carriage ride along the stunning
    Seattle waterfront.

    4. Does your girlfriend make you feel like you are on top ofthe world? Your ideal proposal spot may be at the top of the


    Seattle
    Space Needle
    , 600 feet above thecity. Call ahead to find out the least busy times to visit this popular touristdestination, and make a plan to pop the question surrounded by gorgeous viewsof the Seattle city scape.

    Do you live in the Seattle area? Share your proposal story with us!

    Choose a diamond cluster engagement ring and start planning your perfect proposal today!

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  • 5 Ways to Stay Sane While Planning a Wedding on a Budget

    planning a wedding on a budgetMy husband and I were married last winter, after a year of planning and decisions and details. Because we were saving for a home and investing in our small business, we were committed to planning a wedding on a budget. At the same time, we wanted our wedding to be one of the most beautiful days of our lives, and one that was as free of stress as possible. I'm happy to say that we accomplished our goal to stay sane throughout the planning and the wedding day, and we learned these five things in the process.

    1. Remind yourself frequently, "Our wedding is a stress-free zone."

    You wouldn't believe how many times I said this to myself, silently and out loud. Remember that your wedding is about celebrating your love and commitment to your partner, so it would be a shame to let worries about money and logistics steal your joy. If you feel yourself getting anxious or upset about something, take a deep breath and put it out of your mind for a while. Before you come back to it, recommit to making your wedding a stress-free zone. 

    2. Decide where to save and where to splurge.

    My husband and I decided to invest in the items most important to us -- photography, food, and music -- and seek out inexpensive options for most everything else. We bought affordable wedding rings, reasonably priced wine, and a beautiful wedding dress on closeout. To finance our honeymoon, we encouraged guests to donate to our Honeyfund account instead of sending us a gift. It wasn't important to us to provide wedding favors, so we simply skipped them. Make a list of items you want for your wedding and rank them in order of priority. Splurge on the items at the top of the list, and save on the ones at the bottom.

    3. Limit your guest list to close friends and family.

    Given the astronomical costs of the average wedding -- currently more than $25,000 -- people will understand not being invited when they hear that you're keeping your wedding small. Let's put it this way: Are you willing to pay around $100 for your second cousin once removed to eat a sit-down dinner? Although I couldn't afford to invite my extended group of local friends to my wedding, I wanted to include them in the celebration. I sent an email early in the planning process to let them know that I was keeping my wedding small, but I'd love for them to join me at the after-party. Guess what? They completely understood. Plus, those who were planning a wedding on a budget themselves didn't feel obligated to invite me.

    4. Find vendors through your network.

    I live in a small community, and my husband and I made good use of our local connections to find vendors for our wedding. A few traded labor with my husband; for example, he designed a website for someone in exchange for professional lighting at our reception. Other vendors knew that we were planning a wedding on a budget and liked us enough to give us a good rate on their services; in turn, we recommended them to others as often as possible. We asked two dear friends to play music during the ceremony as their gift to us, and they were honored to be part of our big day. Think about your own connections, and the skills that you could trade with wedding vendors, or loved ones who have similar talents.

    5.  Make decisions by asking yourselves, "What do we want for our wedding?"

    You'll get tons of unsolicited advice from friends and strangers (Exhibit A: this very blog post!), and you'll probably feel pressure of some kind from your families. Take other opinions into consideration if you like, but keep coming back to what will make you and your partner happy on your wedding day. If you're lucky, it'll be the only one you ever have, so tune out the noise and make your own decisions. 

    Stay within your budget by finding affordable wedding rings at My Trio Rings.

    Photo courtesy of Flickr user sinksanctity.

  • Diamond Cluster Ring or Affordable Solitaire Engagement Ring?

    If you’re looking for anengagement ring on a budget, you have a variety of choices. Your standardsolitaire engagement ring in a brick-and-mortar jewelry boutique is likely tobe quite expensive. However, My Trio Rings now offers both diamond cluster ringsand affordable solitaire engagement rings to fit into your wedding budget. If you thought that a solitaire diamond ringwas out of your reach, consider the new line of affordable solitaire engagementrings from My Trio Rings.

    1. Did you ever think you couldget a solitaire engagement ring for as low as $349.99? Consider this ring,a 1/3 carat solitaire engagement ring set in 10 K white gold. The ring featuresa central solitaire diamond nestled between two smaller diamond clusters shapedlike leaves.

    2. For $599.99, you can choose an affordablesolitaire engagement ring with 14 K white gold band, a central round-cut solitaire diamond, and a ring ofsmaller diamonds in a straight line around the band of the ring. The totaldiamond weight for this beautiful ring is 1/2 carat. If you are interested,each of these diamond solitaire rings also can be paired with a matchingwedding band set for an affordable price.

    3. If you are hoping to pick asolitaire ring over a diamond cluster ring, you might consider this 1/2 carat ring from My Trio Rings which features a 14 K yellow gold band, a solitaireprincess-cut diamond, and a small line of clustered diamonds on either side ofthe solitaire head.

    Start shopping for affordablesolitaire engagement rings today!

    Photo Credit: My Trio Rings

  • Best Places to Propose in Milwaukee

    This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which uses Mashable's Top 10 Cities for Getting Engaged list for inspiration. 

    best places to propose in Milwaukee

    Milwaukee may be known more for its beer than its romantic destinations, but if you're ready to propose, the lakeside city just might surprise you with all that it has to offer. 

    Where to Propose in Milwaukee

    Against a beautiful outdoor backdrop

    Milwaukee Riverwalk is one of the city's most beautiful walkable areas. Three miles long, it stretches through the heart of downtown and features public sculptures, scenic views, and restaurants and breweries. Take a 360-degree tour online and pick out the spot where you'll present her with a stunning diamond cluster engagement ring.

    Consider bringing an evening picnic to watch the sunset at South Shore Park in Bay View. Eat a romantic dinner together at one of the picnic tables and go for a leisurely walk on the beach. When the moment is right, kneel down in the sand and pop the question. 

    If you're ready to propose in the spring or summer, Bradford Beach is a perfect choice. Enjoy the sunshine together, sip a tropical drink at the tiki bar, and splash around in Lake Michigan. Take a stroll on the soft sand and find the right moment to ask her to marry you.  

    During a romantic dinner

    Lake Park Bistro is well known as one of the most romantic restaurants in Milwaukee. Reserve a lake view table at sunset and choose from the extensive wine list. Whatever you order from the menu of French cuisine is sure to be delicious, whether it's filet mignon or fresh fish. The terrace is a beautiful place to present a diamond cluster engagement ring after the meal and ask for her hand.

    A three-course dinner cruise on Lake Michigan is a beautiful place to propose. The Edelweiss has several options for two-hour cruises, where you'll enjoy a three-course meal with wine while gazing at spectacular views of Lake Michigan at night.

    If you're ready to propose to someone who loves Italian food, make a reservation at The Pasta Tree. The restaurant has won many awards for Best Italian Food and Most Romantic Restaurant in Milwaukee. The homemade pasta melts in your mouth, and the secret garden patio will make you feel as if you're actually in Bella Italia. 

    Before you propose in Milwaukee, select a diamond cluster engagement ring that she'll love -- without straining your budget.

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