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Monthly Archives: July 2015

  • 7 Tips for a Dazzling Engagement Ring Selfie

    Be honest. You can’t stop looking at your shiny new diamond engagement ring. She’s a beauty, isn’t she? So sparkly and bright. You and your fiancé are still giddy with the news: you’re getting married!

    If you haven’t already shouted it from the mountaintops, you’re probably dying to tell your friends and family. Posting social media is a fun and easy way to share the news with your extended circle, but if your Facebook feed has been an engagement explosion over the last few years, it’s worth putting a little extra thought into how you make your announcement.

    (Before you read any further: call your mom and dad if you haven’t already. Then all your close friends and family. Trust me on this one. Some old-fashioned conventions are worth keeping. Your sister will not appreciate hearing the news through Instagram.)

    The truth is that while your friends and acquaintances will be happy for you, they don’t want to read a moment-by-moment account of the proposal or see 100 pictures of your diamond engagement ring. What you think of as magical and romantic can come off as braggy and obnoxious if you go too far overboard.

    Less is more. Share a single, beautifully shot image with a simple caption, and people will be genuinely excited for you. And you can bask in all the likes and congratulatory messages! Here are some pro tips on how to take a fantastic engagement ring selfie: all you need is your phone, your gorgeous ring and a little imagination.

    hero-image

    prep-your-phone

    First, use a microfiber cloth to wipe off your phone’s camera lens. A lot of dust and grime can build up there over time. Take a few test shots to get comfortable with your phone’s settings. Turn off the flash, and turn on the grid feature to make it easier to use the rule of thirds. Set up a small, flexible tripod if you have one (and enlist help from a friend if you need it). Remember you can tap the screen to focus and meter on different parts of the image (for example, if you are trying to get just the right focus and lighting on the setting of your ring). Try not to zoom because you’ll lose clarity in the final image.

    set-the-scene

    Find a background more attractive than your laptop or your messy bedroom. This could be the park where you got engaged, a clear blue sky or a colorful scarf you can drape over a table. Think of what background will complement your diamond engagement ring without distracting from it.

    go-natural

    Natural light is your best friend when taking an engagement ring selfie. Go outside or find an area inside that has windows that let in a lot of light. Bright, direct sunlight (especially in the middle of the day) will probably be too harsh and wash out your photo. Look for soft, slightly diffused lighting; the morning or evening are often good times of day. Pay attention to which direction the light is falling, and move to illuminate your ring from the best angle.

    put-your-hands-together

    A photo showing your hand intertwined with your new fiancé’s is simple but meaningful (and it puts the emphasis on your future together… not just your beautiful ring). Take several different shots with your hands in different positions; try to hold hands in a natural way to avoid looking overly posed.

    get-your-good-side

    Pick a favorite feature of your engagement ring – setting, cut, size, etc. – and look for photo angles that show it off. Put on a little lotion, and hold your hand up above your head for 30 seconds before taking your ring selfie to minimize the appearance of veins. Relax your hand slightly – if it’s too tense, you won’t end up with a flattering picture.

    play-with-filters

    Photo filters can bring out the color and sparkle in your engagement ring selfie. Test out different options on your iPhone camera, Instagram or an editing app such as Afterlight. Choose one that is subtle and enhances the natural beauty of your ring.

    share-the-good-news

    Now that you have your perfect engagement selfie, you’re ready to publish on social media. Add a sweet caption, and celebrate!

    Browse our men's and women's matching wedding bands 

  • Stalk Her Pinterest Boards to Find the Right Diamond Engagement Ring

    So you’re on a mission to find the perfect diamond engagement ring to complete your romantic proposal… while trying to keep the whole thing a surprise, of course.

    But no pressure!

    Engagement ring shopping is a stressful endeavor, no matter how well you know your girlfriend’s preferences. It’s a big and meaningful purchase, so you want to make sure she loves the ring. Unless you already have an exact photo of the ring she wants, this means you’re going to have to do a little detective work.

    You’re in luck because your girlfriend has already put together an in-depth visual record of her style and taste in pretty much everything.

    It’s called her Pinterest profile, and you’d be wise to spend some time getting to know it inside and out. It will help you make an educated decision as you’re browsing affordable engagement rings. If you’re feeling intimidated, ask her sister or one of her close friends to help you interpret the data and crack the code (this is a good rule of thumb for ring shopping anyway).

    Jewelry

    Obviously, if you find a Pinterest board called “THIS IS THE DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING I WANT," you don’t need to read the rest of this post. But if not, look for any boards or pins that feature jewelry she likes. Pay attention to the captions she includes on pins. Which ones does she gush over or use multiple exclamation points for? Look for trends and themes in the styles she gravitates toward. Does she have a weakness for white gold or vintage accessories or lots of sparkle?

    pinterest-engagement-rings

    Weddings

    Many women create “someday” Pinterest boards for wedding ideas they love. These will give you valuable insight into her ideal wedding style. Has she pinned a lot of classic, storybook wedding dresses or rustic-chic, laid-back reception venues? How would you define the overall vibe of her wedding pins - elegant, glamorous, simple, vintage, traditional?

    pinterest-weddings2

    Fashion

    Your girlfriend’s clothing Pinterest boards might not have anything to do with affordable engagement rings, but they will give you the inside scoop on what she aspires to wear. What types of clothes are most pinned? Red-carpet ball gowns? Chic pencil skirts? Romantic A-line dresses? Everyday casual outfits? Does she admire the look of certain celebrities? (If these ladies have engagement rings, Google those styles immediately!) Use all these pins to flesh out the style profile you’re putting together.

    pinterest-fashion2

    Other Interests

    Browse her other boards - music, books, home decor, travel, etc. - for any other clues. Does she have a long list of 1920s books she wants to read? Is her travel bucket list full of quirky, off-the-beaten-path destinations?

    pinterest-travel2

    After you complete your Pinterest stalking, you should have a well-rounded view of what your girlfriend’s unique style is and what diamond engagement ring she will love.

    Browse our affordable engagement rings

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Monthly Archives: July 2015

  • 7 Tips for a Dazzling Engagement Ring Selfie

    Be honest. You can’t stop looking at your shiny new diamond engagement ring. She’s a beauty, isn’t she? So sparkly and bright. You and your fiancé are still giddy with the news: you’re getting married!

    If you haven’t already shouted it from the mountaintops, you’re probably dying to tell your friends and family. Posting social media is a fun and easy way to share the news with your extended circle, but if your Facebook feed has been an engagement explosion over the last few years, it’s worth putting a little extra thought into how you make your announcement.

    (Before you read any further: call your mom and dad if you haven’t already. Then all your close friends and family. Trust me on this one. Some old-fashioned conventions are worth keeping. Your sister will not appreciate hearing the news through Instagram.)

    The truth is that while your friends and acquaintances will be happy for you, they don’t want to read a moment-by-moment account of the proposal or see 100 pictures of your diamond engagement ring. What you think of as magical and romantic can come off as braggy and obnoxious if you go too far overboard.

    Less is more. Share a single, beautifully shot image with a simple caption, and people will be genuinely excited for you. And you can bask in all the likes and congratulatory messages! Here are some pro tips on how to take a fantastic engagement ring selfie: all you need is your phone, your gorgeous ring and a little imagination.

    hero-image

    prep-your-phone

    First, use a microfiber cloth to wipe off your phone’s camera lens. A lot of dust and grime can build up there over time. Take a few test shots to get comfortable with your phone’s settings. Turn off the flash, and turn on the grid feature to make it easier to use the rule of thirds. Set up a small, flexible tripod if you have one (and enlist help from a friend if you need it). Remember you can tap the screen to focus and meter on different parts of the image (for example, if you are trying to get just the right focus and lighting on the setting of your ring). Try not to zoom because you’ll lose clarity in the final image.

    set-the-scene

    Find a background more attractive than your laptop or your messy bedroom. This could be the park where you got engaged, a clear blue sky or a colorful scarf you can drape over a table. Think of what background will complement your diamond engagement ring without distracting from it.

    go-natural

    Natural light is your best friend when taking an engagement ring selfie. Go outside or find an area inside that has windows that let in a lot of light. Bright, direct sunlight (especially in the middle of the day) will probably be too harsh and wash out your photo. Look for soft, slightly diffused lighting; the morning or evening are often good times of day. Pay attention to which direction the light is falling, and move to illuminate your ring from the best angle.

    put-your-hands-together

    A photo showing your hand intertwined with your new fiancé’s is simple but meaningful (and it puts the emphasis on your future together… not just your beautiful ring). Take several different shots with your hands in different positions; try to hold hands in a natural way to avoid looking overly posed.

    get-your-good-side

    Pick a favorite feature of your engagement ring – setting, cut, size, etc. – and look for photo angles that show it off. Put on a little lotion, and hold your hand up above your head for 30 seconds before taking your ring selfie to minimize the appearance of veins. Relax your hand slightly – if it’s too tense, you won’t end up with a flattering picture.

    play-with-filters

    Photo filters can bring out the color and sparkle in your engagement ring selfie. Test out different options on your iPhone camera, Instagram or an editing app such as Afterlight. Choose one that is subtle and enhances the natural beauty of your ring.

    share-the-good-news

    Now that you have your perfect engagement selfie, you’re ready to publish on social media. Add a sweet caption, and celebrate!

    Browse our men's and women's matching wedding bands 

  • Stalk Her Pinterest Boards to Find the Right Diamond Engagement Ring

    So you’re on a mission to find the perfect diamond engagement ring to complete your romantic proposal… while trying to keep the whole thing a surprise, of course.

    But no pressure!

    Engagement ring shopping is a stressful endeavor, no matter how well you know your girlfriend’s preferences. It’s a big and meaningful purchase, so you want to make sure she loves the ring. Unless you already have an exact photo of the ring she wants, this means you’re going to have to do a little detective work.

    You’re in luck because your girlfriend has already put together an in-depth visual record of her style and taste in pretty much everything.

    It’s called her Pinterest profile, and you’d be wise to spend some time getting to know it inside and out. It will help you make an educated decision as you’re browsing affordable engagement rings. If you’re feeling intimidated, ask her sister or one of her close friends to help you interpret the data and crack the code (this is a good rule of thumb for ring shopping anyway).

    Jewelry

    Obviously, if you find a Pinterest board called “THIS IS THE DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING I WANT," you don’t need to read the rest of this post. But if not, look for any boards or pins that feature jewelry she likes. Pay attention to the captions she includes on pins. Which ones does she gush over or use multiple exclamation points for? Look for trends and themes in the styles she gravitates toward. Does she have a weakness for white gold or vintage accessories or lots of sparkle?

    pinterest-engagement-rings

    Weddings

    Many women create “someday” Pinterest boards for wedding ideas they love. These will give you valuable insight into her ideal wedding style. Has she pinned a lot of classic, storybook wedding dresses or rustic-chic, laid-back reception venues? How would you define the overall vibe of her wedding pins - elegant, glamorous, simple, vintage, traditional?

    pinterest-weddings2

    Fashion

    Your girlfriend’s clothing Pinterest boards might not have anything to do with affordable engagement rings, but they will give you the inside scoop on what she aspires to wear. What types of clothes are most pinned? Red-carpet ball gowns? Chic pencil skirts? Romantic A-line dresses? Everyday casual outfits? Does she admire the look of certain celebrities? (If these ladies have engagement rings, Google those styles immediately!) Use all these pins to flesh out the style profile you’re putting together.

    pinterest-fashion2

    Other Interests

    Browse her other boards - music, books, home decor, travel, etc. - for any other clues. Does she have a long list of 1920s books she wants to read? Is her travel bucket list full of quirky, off-the-beaten-path destinations?

    pinterest-travel2

    After you complete your Pinterest stalking, you should have a well-rounded view of what your girlfriend’s unique style is and what diamond engagement ring she will love.

    Browse our affordable engagement rings

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