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There is such an enormous amount of energy required to make a wedding perfect in every way.  Of course there are always little hiccups and trials along the way, but all too often these are forgotten; the memories are wonderful, and the little malfunctions are later laughed at (we hope)!  We all know planning is the key to making the day go as smoothly as possible, whether you engage a wedding planner, or you and your bridal party have what it takes to account for every detail, leaving no stone unturned.

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Much of the focus is on the bride and rightly so, but the groom is also an essential ingredient and with that in mind I thought this a timely opportunity to discuss the topic of Men’s Rings.  If you are preparing for your special day and working your way through the myriad of things that must be done, your list will no doubt feature what your man needs at some point.  One of the essentials is a ring – and in today’s world rings are not just the plain gold that once all men use to wear. Below are a few things that you should consider:

  • Your Groom’s personality:Is he the traditional or conservative type or is he a little more contemporary or perhaps even flashy. Perhaps he has a unique and outrageous style – nothing mediocre for him! You see where I’m going with this.  Before anything else, the ring you choose must suit his personal style. If not, he most likely won’t feel comfortable wearing it and the wedding band is a jewellery accessory to be worn everyday so he needs to be comfortable.

  • The colour and type of metal: So once you have decided on the style that suits, target your searches to take into account whether you want it to be gold or silver or some other precious metal.  Do you want it two toned or perhaps to include some precious gem stones and what type of metal will suit with his everyday living environment. Does he spend a lot of time working with his hands?  If so, you want something scratch resistant and tough; think about a Tungsten ring – the strongest metal in the world!  Or, for a metal that is still strong but not so heavy there are some very happy grooms out there now who are wearing titanium rings. This metal is great for those who want to wear their ring effortlessly, barely noticing it due to the lightness of this durable metal.  And if that isn’t enough to choose from, how about some bold inner bands in blue or bronze with black outer band – these are stunning and will be noticed by everyone (perfect for Mr Not Mediocre!)

  • Custom designs and sizing: If you find something you really love, but you can’t get it in the size you want, try somewhere that offers custom designsand sizing.  This ensures that your ring is perfectly suited to your man and you will have the pleasure of knowing that it is uniquely his.  Allow some extra time for custom designs; they generally take a little longer than others.
  • Quality, Quality, Quality: And lastly, make sure that you buy quality, for this ring will last a lifetime!

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner— do you know what you’re getting your Valentine this year? Picking out just the right gift for your sweetheart can be tricky. Everyone wants to give their Valentine something that will make them feel special and appreciated. That’s why so many people opt to give jewelry on Valentine’s Day. Fine jewelry is beautiful and romantic— plus, it will last a lifetime. To help you pick out an amazing gift this year, we’ve partnered with Fancy Lab to put together this V-Day Gift Guide, full of gorgeous pieces that will make her heart skip a beat.

Diamond Studs

Is there any jewelry more classic and gorgeous than a simple pair of diamond studs? These earrings are the definition of classic beauty, featuring two radiant white diamonds set in 14k white gold. If your Valentine doesn’t have a pair of diamond studs in her collection yet, she’ll be overjoyed to receive them this year.

Oval Diamond Pendant

This diamond pendant is wearable, unique, and absolutely beautiful. Diamond pendants are a classic jewelry item that can enhance any outfit; their simple radiance goes with everything. The oval-shaped diamond in this piece adds a unique touch to this diamond pendant, which would more commonly have a round or princess shaped diamond.

Black Diamond Studs

Black diamonds have been rising in popularity in the world of fine jewelry. Their bold, rich look adds a cool, edgy feel to every piece they’re used in. These black diamond studs, securely bezel set in 14k white gold, provide a boldly beautiful way to wear these distinctive diamonds.

Rose Gold Solitaire

Rose gold has grown quick popularity in fine jewelry and has become the new staple. Rose gold is a popular and desired metal choice along with its counterparts yellow and white gold— if not even more so. This beautiful rose gold solitaire ring elegantly pairs a soft rose gold setting with a unique, yet classic cushion cut white diamond. This ring is a great choice if you’re thinking of popping the question this Valentine’s Day.

Diamond Hoops

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend— so these diamond hoops featuring 50 brilliant round cut diamonds might just end up being her soul mate (after you, of course). These dazzling earrings, with their twin rings of radiant white diamonds, are classically beautiful and simply to die for.

These pieces are from Diamond Studs, known for their classic and timeless jewelry selection. Their sister company, Diamond Wish, is known for their unique engagement rings, like the gorgeous blue and white diamond ring pictured above. This ring, which features an elegantly scalloped halo of diamonds around its blue center stone, is a beautiful example of an alternative engagement ring. Alternative engagement rings are a great change to classic white diamond engagement rings. They’re great for the modern bride that seeks out a more unique and personal feel and isn’t afraid to deviate from tradition. Alternative engagement rings are also having their moment in the spotlight right now!

Give Your Gift In Style

Once you’ve picked out your Valentine’s Gift, consider this: how you give your gift can help to make it feel even more special. Here’s a gift giving idea: give her a handmade Valentine’s Day card along with her new piece of jewelry. Making her an old school, handcrafted Valentine’s Day card (complete with your personalized words of devotion, of course) is sweet, thoughtful, and charming. You can either give her her jewelry at the same time as her handmade card or hide the jewelry and write clues in the card to help her find it. Either way, she’ll love that you went the extra mile to make her Valentine’s Day even more special and memorable.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year. (Unless you’re also getting married this year, of course!) Valentine’s Day is a day when love is in the air. It’s the perfect day to spend special quality time with your partner, deepening your bond and falling even more in love. 

While spending time with your Valentine is a major part of this special day, there’s another big tradition to take into account: the gift exchange. Choosing just the right gift for your sweetheart can be tricky. You want to get them something truly special, something that shows them just how much they mean to you. That’s a big part of why so many people opt to give fine jewelry on Valentine’s Day. It’s beautiful, special, and timeless— just like your love for each other. 

If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift that’s as thoughtful as it is beautiful, you’re in the right spot. We partnered with Fancy Lab for a fab list of top Valentine’s Day fine jewelry gifts. Read on!

Love Ring 

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Why not spell out your devotion this year with this modern, beautiful rose gold and diamond “LOVE” ring? 

Ruby and Diamond Halo Studs

Rubies: they’re the stone of romance and passion. Give a timeless (and stunning) token of your love with these ruby and white diamond halo studs by Studio 247 Fine Jewelry

Diamond Chain Necklace 

Keep it simple and beautiful by giving this ultra-wearable (but still gorgeous!) 14k gold and white diamond cable chain necklace by Gnat Jewelers

Asscher Cut Diamond Earrings

These earrings have all the appeal of the classic diamond stud with a retro twist: their angular, art deco asscher cut. 

Diamond Infinity Bangle 

This adorable bangle is as beautiful as it is sentimental. The infinity emblem on this piece, shimmering with radiant white diamonds, is a symbol of your infinite love for the recipient. 

Diamond Halo Pendant

Is there a better gift than a classic diamond pendant? It’s wearable, gorgeous, and timeless. This stunning diamond staple is by Bay Diamond Importers

Bar and Chain Bracelet

This delicate bracelet is simple yet oh so beautiful. This on-trend, elegant piece is perfect worn on its own or as part of a fun bracelet stack. 

Tourmaline and Diamond Ring 

This romantic pink tourmaline and diamond cocktail ring is the perfect gift for the glamorous lady in your life. 

Rose Gold Tennis Bracelet 

The infinitely covetable tennis bracelet design gets a modern, on-trend update in this bracelet, which features a rose gold setting and a stunning star-shaped clasp by Stein Diamonds

Diamond Baguette Necklace 

Want to give a gift with a real “wow” factor? Choose this incredibly elegant, dazzlingly beautiful 18k white gold and diamond baguette necklace by Valla Jewelry. 

Alright ladies. Here is the run down. I am genuinely obsessed with all things Crate and Barrel. I registered there for my wedding, and what I love is that they offer such a range of gift options featuring a modern yet totally classic design aesthetic in a wide variety of price ranges. This makes it the perfect spot to register because your friends and family will have plenty to choose from, and you can outfit your home in a stylish way–that’s totally easy to do! (Oh–and did we mention that you get 10% off for six months so you can complete your registry–and perhaps pick up one or two of those big ticket items you’ve been spying? PLUS, Crate and Barrel offers free shipping on all registry gifts over $99. Need more convincing? Check out even more benefits.)

We “went shopping” today online, and picked out some of our fave items for your registry. We’ve gone room by room, with a few furniture picks, and shown you how to accent these pieces so you can get inspiration for creating your registry. Hoping you love our finds! To find and attend a Wedding Party near you, head here.

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Bedroom: Bed / Sheets / Table Lamp / Rug / Nightstand

Bathroom: Towels / Laundry Basket / Glass Canisters

Dining: Pendant / Dining Table / Side Chair

Bar: Bar Cabinet / Cocktail Shaker / Copper Mugs

*This post was sponsored by Crate and Barrel, but we love them, and seriously, all opinions are blogger’s own!

Alright ladies. Listen up, I have a little story for you. About a month before our wedding, I finally realized it was time to figure out what I was going to do about a ring for Bryan. So off I went to the jeweler with the naive little idea that this shopping trip was no big deal. I quickly found a super simple band I liked, and then inquired about the price. Cue JAW ON FLOOR. Over $1,000 for a metal band? Major sticker shock you guys. We went back to the drawing board and discovered Tungsten. Because we were pressed for budget, we picked something we liked and figured we’d work it out later, but guess what? Bryan LOVES his ring. This thing, I promise you, is insanely durable! It honestly catches my eye all the time because it’s so shiny. I’m not kidding, that puppy looks brand new and Bryan has been banging his around for almost two years now. Which leads me to our new recent discovery: Tungsten World.

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This online store has a TON of options for alternative wedding bands like tungsten (yes!), cobalt, titanium, and black zirconium. Their design options range from classic to super unique and not only are these materials durable, but they are much more affordable than traditional metals. Not only that, but Tungsten World works closely with a US jewelry manufacturer allowing couples to create custom tungsten wedding bands using a variety of precious metal inlays, diamonds, gemstones and custom image engraving (like fingerprint engraving–cool, right?).

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Tungsten World is running a really great contest and the winner will get a custom laser engraved Fingerprint Ring using your actual fingerprints. To enter, just like Tungsten World on Facebook, and be sure to leave a comment and let them know which Tungsten World ring is your fave! The winner will be picked at random!