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Monthly Archives: September 2015

  • Fact or Fiction? 5 Die-Hard Myths about the Diamond Engagement Ring

    The down-on-one-knee, diamond-engagement-ring proposal is a huge part of our culture that we see everywhere – in movies, in our own proposals, in our friends’ Facebook selfies.

    But how much do you really know about the diamond engagement ring? Can you tell fact from fiction in this list of common beliefs? Test your knowledge!

    fact copyfiction copy
    A popular symbol of marriage for centuries.Fiction
    Use as insurance for a broken marriageFact
    A clever marketing ployFact
    A waste of moneyFiction
    Difficult to tell if it's real or fakeFiction

     

    1. It’s been a popular symbol of marriage for centuries.

    fiction copy

    While engagement rings have been around for a long time. But the iconic diamond ring is a pretty recent development.

    Rings made from precious metals and other gemstones, such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires, were more common in the past. It wasn’t until the 1930s and 1940s that diamonds took off in popularity.

    2. It can be used as insurance in a broken engagement.

    fact copy

    File this under: least romantic/most sexist way to look at an engagement.

    Back in the day, women were expected to be virgins when they got married. But if an engaged couple had been intimate before the big day and he broke it off, she was left in a bad spot. At that time, she could actually sue him under “breach of promise” laws which started dying out around the time diamond rings gained popularity. The idea behind the promise was that if he walked out, she could still keep the ring!

    3. It’s just a clever marketing ploy.

    fact copy

    Call it perfect timing (or cause and effect!): just as “breach of promise” laws were becoming obsolete in the US, diamonds were starting to enter the scene as an attractive new alternative. And of course, there was an iconic advertising campaign to move that trend along. With the slogan, “A Diamond is Forever” in 1947, DeBeers kicked off a massive cultural phenomenon. It didn’t take too long for Americans to fall head over heels: in just a few decades, more than 80% of engaged American women sported diamond rings.

    4. It’s a waste of money.

    fiction copy

    There are savvy investors out there who swear diamonds are the new gold. But for most of us, a diamond engagement ring is an emotional symbol, rather than a retirement nest egg.

    That said, diamond rings have earned an unfair reputation as poor investments. And it’s simply not true. The common myth is that when you buy a diamond ring, it immediately depreciates. So if you buy a $5,000 diamond engagement ring and try to sell it to the jeweler next door, and he offers you only $3500 for it, you feel like you got a raw deal.

    But here’s the thing: the original $5,000 you paid for the ring included the first store’s expenses for keeping it in inventory over time, plus the profit it needs to make to stay in business. The same thing happens when you buy a car from a dealership: the car doesn’t depreciate in value as soon as you drive it off the lot – you have to figure the dealer’s profit into the selling price.

    With diamonds, there’s a balance between their initial cost and their long-term value. More affordable stones are still likely to hold their value over time, but larger, more expensive stones will do so more efficiently since they are rarer. So budget-conscious shoppers should manage their expectations realistically, perhaps looking at more affordably priced rings that also have a trade-in option.

    5. It’s hard to tell if it’s fake or not.

    fiction copy

    There’s a rumor that it’s common to get duped with a cheap imitation when buying a diamond ring – especially when you shop online. But it’s actually very easy to weed out the rare scams. Any reputable seller will offer you a certificate of authenticity and for larger purchases its wise to have one from an independent third party such as the Gemological Institute of America – so you know it’s the real deal.

    You can also do a few quick, DIY tests on any diamond ring to verify its authenticity. For the “fog test,” simply hold the stone close to your mouth and breathe on it. Diamonds can’t hold heat and should clear up immediately; fake stones will remain foggy. For the “newspaper test,” hold the stone over a piece of fine print on a newspaper. Diamonds refract light in a way that should prevent you from reading the print below; fake stones will allow you to read the words.

    Find out more about diamonds and planning the perfect proposal in The Gentleman’s Guide to Proposing.

  • 5 Cozy Fall Proposal Ideas

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    It’s always sad to see the end of summer, but it’s hard not to get excited about the beginning of fall. Cozy weather and beautiful scenery make this one of the most romantic times of the year – perfect if you’re planning to propose to that special someone. Make it a moment you both will never forget with one of these fall proposal ideas.

    1. Horseback Riding

    A relaxing ride through the countryside or mountains is the ideal way to appreciate the gorgeous fall colors. Arrange to take a leisurely horseback riding excursion for two. When you stop to take in the view, surprise her with a stunning engagement ring set.

    2. Camping

    Take advantage of your last chance to go camping before the winter weather sets in. Drive to a campsite with plenty of warm gear, or go the glamping route and rent a secluded cabin with a fireplace. Enjoy this blissful one-on-one time together with no distractions. Open a bottle of wine, start a fire and make gourmet s’mores with her favorite kind of chocolate. Propose over the firelight.

    3. Local Flavor

    Find a nearby brewery or winery, and make a reservation for a private tour and tasting. Sample the fall-themed beers or the most recent vintage, then arrange for the staff to bring you glasses of something special you know she’ll like. Pair your toast with a diamond engagement ring.

    4. Corn Maze

    Find a fall corn maze near where you live, and have a blast running through it like little kids. When you get lost in the maze, away from the crowd, tell her you want to take a short break. Then get down on one knee with the gorgeous engagement ring set she’ll love.

    5. Surprise Trip

    Plan a day trip to a place you’ve never been before, but don’t tell her where you’re going. Pick a charming small town or a city with a lot of character. Stock the car with her favorite snacks and tunes, and enjoy a scenic drive with a backdrop of changing leaves. Have a romantic lunch, then explore the town on foot. Find a quiet spot to pop the question.

    Get expert advice and proposal ideas in the Gentleman's Guide to Proposing

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Monthly Archives: September 2015

  • Fact or Fiction? 5 Die-Hard Myths about the Diamond Engagement Ring

    The down-on-one-knee, diamond-engagement-ring proposal is a huge part of our culture that we see everywhere – in movies, in our own proposals, in our friends’ Facebook selfies.

    But how much do you really know about the diamond engagement ring? Can you tell fact from fiction in this list of common beliefs? Test your knowledge!

    fact copyfiction copy
    A popular symbol of marriage for centuries.Fiction
    Use as insurance for a broken marriageFact
    A clever marketing ployFact
    A waste of moneyFiction
    Difficult to tell if it's real or fakeFiction

     

    1. It’s been a popular symbol of marriage for centuries.

    fiction copy

    While engagement rings have been around for a long time. But the iconic diamond ring is a pretty recent development.

    Rings made from precious metals and other gemstones, such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires, were more common in the past. It wasn’t until the 1930s and 1940s that diamonds took off in popularity.

    2. It can be used as insurance in a broken engagement.

    fact copy

    File this under: least romantic/most sexist way to look at an engagement.

    Back in the day, women were expected to be virgins when they got married. But if an engaged couple had been intimate before the big day and he broke it off, she was left in a bad spot. At that time, she could actually sue him under “breach of promise” laws which started dying out around the time diamond rings gained popularity. The idea behind the promise was that if he walked out, she could still keep the ring!

    3. It’s just a clever marketing ploy.

    fact copy

    Call it perfect timing (or cause and effect!): just as “breach of promise” laws were becoming obsolete in the US, diamonds were starting to enter the scene as an attractive new alternative. And of course, there was an iconic advertising campaign to move that trend along. With the slogan, “A Diamond is Forever” in 1947, DeBeers kicked off a massive cultural phenomenon. It didn’t take too long for Americans to fall head over heels: in just a few decades, more than 80% of engaged American women sported diamond rings.

    4. It’s a waste of money.

    fiction copy

    There are savvy investors out there who swear diamonds are the new gold. But for most of us, a diamond engagement ring is an emotional symbol, rather than a retirement nest egg.

    That said, diamond rings have earned an unfair reputation as poor investments. And it’s simply not true. The common myth is that when you buy a diamond ring, it immediately depreciates. So if you buy a $5,000 diamond engagement ring and try to sell it to the jeweler next door, and he offers you only $3500 for it, you feel like you got a raw deal.

    But here’s the thing: the original $5,000 you paid for the ring included the first store’s expenses for keeping it in inventory over time, plus the profit it needs to make to stay in business. The same thing happens when you buy a car from a dealership: the car doesn’t depreciate in value as soon as you drive it off the lot – you have to figure the dealer’s profit into the selling price.

    With diamonds, there’s a balance between their initial cost and their long-term value. More affordable stones are still likely to hold their value over time, but larger, more expensive stones will do so more efficiently since they are rarer. So budget-conscious shoppers should manage their expectations realistically, perhaps looking at more affordably priced rings that also have a trade-in option.

    5. It’s hard to tell if it’s fake or not.

    fiction copy

    There’s a rumor that it’s common to get duped with a cheap imitation when buying a diamond ring – especially when you shop online. But it’s actually very easy to weed out the rare scams. Any reputable seller will offer you a certificate of authenticity and for larger purchases its wise to have one from an independent third party such as the Gemological Institute of America – so you know it’s the real deal.

    You can also do a few quick, DIY tests on any diamond ring to verify its authenticity. For the “fog test,” simply hold the stone close to your mouth and breathe on it. Diamonds can’t hold heat and should clear up immediately; fake stones will remain foggy. For the “newspaper test,” hold the stone over a piece of fine print on a newspaper. Diamonds refract light in a way that should prevent you from reading the print below; fake stones will allow you to read the words.

    Find out more about diamonds and planning the perfect proposal in The Gentleman’s Guide to Proposing.

  • 5 Cozy Fall Proposal Ideas

    cozy-campfire

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It’s always sad to see the end of summer, but it’s hard not to get excited about the beginning of fall. Cozy weather and beautiful scenery make this one of the most romantic times of the year – perfect if you’re planning to propose to that special someone. Make it a moment you both will never forget with one of these fall proposal ideas.

    1. Horseback Riding

    A relaxing ride through the countryside or mountains is the ideal way to appreciate the gorgeous fall colors. Arrange to take a leisurely horseback riding excursion for two. When you stop to take in the view, surprise her with a stunning engagement ring set.

    2. Camping

    Take advantage of your last chance to go camping before the winter weather sets in. Drive to a campsite with plenty of warm gear, or go the glamping route and rent a secluded cabin with a fireplace. Enjoy this blissful one-on-one time together with no distractions. Open a bottle of wine, start a fire and make gourmet s’mores with her favorite kind of chocolate. Propose over the firelight.

    3. Local Flavor

    Find a nearby brewery or winery, and make a reservation for a private tour and tasting. Sample the fall-themed beers or the most recent vintage, then arrange for the staff to bring you glasses of something special you know she’ll like. Pair your toast with a diamond engagement ring.

    4. Corn Maze

    Find a fall corn maze near where you live, and have a blast running through it like little kids. When you get lost in the maze, away from the crowd, tell her you want to take a short break. Then get down on one knee with the gorgeous engagement ring set she’ll love.

    5. Surprise Trip

    Plan a day trip to a place you’ve never been before, but don’t tell her where you’re going. Pick a charming small town or a city with a lot of character. Stock the car with her favorite snacks and tunes, and enjoy a scenic drive with a backdrop of changing leaves. Have a romantic lunch, then explore the town on foot. Find a quiet spot to pop the question.

    Get expert advice and proposal ideas in the Gentleman's Guide to Proposing

    Photo credit

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