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Engagement Rings Wedding Ideas

  • Photos by Tacori

     

    This classic-made-modern heirloom ring is positively elegant. Double diamond halos elevate your emerald cut with a stunning strings of graduating, channel set diamonds. *center stone sold separately*

    Featuring a double halo of diamonds framing a princess cut center stone, this ring is designed to greatly enhance your princess cut center stone. *center stone sold separately*

    A round diamond absolutely blooms in a double halo of diamonds, with streamlined, channel-set square cut diamonds arching along its gorgeous shoulders. *center stone sold separately*

    Complete your Tacori set with a matching wedding band. Round diamonds channel set in miligrain and diamond reverse crescents make this a match for our “blooming beauties” engagement rings.

    A band fit for a princess. Diamond eternity band, with princess-cut channel-set diamonds going all the way around the band.

    Simplicity and elegance unite in this classic Tacori string of diamond, a style that looks lovely with a variety of Tacori engagement rings.

    Bind your future as a couple with this unique convex satin-finish eternity band, blending milligrain detail and Tacori signature crescent silhouettes for exceptional style.

    Discover a passionate union of wedding bands; for him and her with Tacori’s 5-mm band Men’s Crescent wedding band.

    Display some shine with this diamond ring, featuring three bright diamonds encircled by Tacori's signature milligrain.

    This cocktail ring is the ultimate style statement in stunning yellow gold, with diamonds that appear to float from your fingertips. This iconic piece perfectly captures the effervescence of champagne!

    Enjoy a modern extravagance of diamonds. This strongly squared ring is a geometric delight of art-deco designs, from the Tacori Fine Jewelry Collection.

    From Tacori 18k925, transparent Quartz over Neolite Turquoise makes this strong statement of style an absolute marvel in cool "Barbados" blue.

    Structural crescent designs form the contours of this vibrant Rose Amethyst ring. 18k rose gold and glittering diamonds frame the stunning, cushion-cut shape.

    Dazzling elongated pear-shaped rose amethyst and round prasiolite unite in fabulous 18k rose gold bold drop earrings for a look of playfully illuminating color and fashion-forward design.

    Faceted candy-drop gems in Lemon Quartz, Cognac Quartz, Prasiolite, Smokey Quartz and Rose Amethyst flutter in pronged blossom kaleidoscope circlets, fastened into strands of luxe swoops of .925 silver with an 18k gold Tacori seal toggle.

    Rutilated Quartz is given depth and dimension over Black Onyx. Rich 18k yellow gold diamond crescent frame displays the primally provocative charred colour, and sterling silver design elements demand attention from every angle.

     

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  • Band Together

    Your wedding band is a sign of commitment that lasts beyond the wedding day – far longer than flowers or music or cake. Make sure you factor this important symbol of commitment into the earliest stages of planning your wedding budget.

    Talking to Each Other

    Stay connected with matching his and her wedding bands that talk to each other. Complement each others’ style in this classic tradition that is the physical symbol of your bond.

    Bold and Beautiful

    There are no rules when it comes to wedding bands! Loving something a little different? Then make a statement with 18k red gold.

    3-D

    You can add dimension and dazzle by opting for a wedding band like this one – which features three rows of brilliant round diamonds!

    Go Solo

    Going to the gym? Cleaning house? Travelling? There are times when you will prefer not to wear your engagement ring, and will prefer to simply wear your wedding band. Consider this when making your decision. Does your wedding band stand alone – and still look gorgeous?

    Did You Know?

    Gold is a metal that stands the test of time. Color options include white, yellow, red and rose.

    Pass it On!

    You may want to pass your wedding band along to your children someday – so choose wisely. Tacori is famous for creating beautiful heirlooms to be treasured for generations.

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  • Before you and your significant other swap rings in front of your guests, give them the attention they deserve with a photo shoot. Below are some ideas to help you get creative!

     

    1. Invitation Only

    Photo by Katelyn James Photography

    Place your wedding rings on your wedding invitations, and focus in on the month of your nuptials. Frame the photograph for a cute momento to cherish for years to come.

    2. Naturally Rustic

    Photos by Morgan Trinker Photography

    Hang the bands off of a small branch, or etch a design into a piece of wood for a more rustic and natural photograph. 

    3. Fruity Fun

    Photos by (from left to right): Glass Jar Photography and Katie McGihon Photography

    Add some bright colors to your ring photos by placing them on fruits like grapes or lemons. Just about any fruit will add a pop of personality to the picture! 

    4. If the Shoe Fits

    Photos by (from left to right): Hazelnut Photography and Kaysha Weiner Photography

    A picture-perfect way to show off your bridal stilettos and gorgeous gems at the same time. We recommend shooting this before your walk down the aisle in case your heels get dirty.

    5. Beachin'

    Photos by (from left to right): Millie Holloman Photography and Kaysha Weiner Photography

    If you're exchanging vows by the water, grab some seashells for a festive photo op. Not by the beach but still feeling inspired? These decor elements definitely say summer wedding, so go for it anyways. 

    6. Flourishing Flowers

    Photos by (from left to right): Katie McGihon Photography and Weston Neuschafer Photography

    What a more beautiful way to display your wedding rings than by using flowers as the backdrop? Whether you place them on the stem or at the center of the petals, the pictures are sure to exude romance! 

    7. Extra! Extra! 

    Photo by Natalie Franke Photography 

    Read all about it! Pick up the local paper on the day of your wedding and use it as a fun backdrop for your ring shot! Make sure the date is clearly visible. 

    8. A Novel Idea

    Photos by (from left to right): Kaysha Weiner Photography and Katie McGihon Photography

    If you and your significant other are self-proclaimed bookworms (or if you just love book decor), then this is the perfect photo backdrop for you. 

    NEXT:  8 Picture Perfect Ways to Display Your Dress

     

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  • Photo by Jose Villa Photography

     

    Despite De Beers’ “A Diamond is Forever” 1947 clever marketing campaign advocating that the average cost of an engagement ring is worth up to three months’ salary, the average salary is much higher today than it was almost 30 years ago. (The U.S. national average man’s salary is $43,000.)

    Let’s face it--engagement rings are pricey, depending on its “Four C’s”, which are cut, clarity, color and cut, but that doesn’t mean your soon-to-be husband has to spend a fortune. Make clear what your expectations are because the average cost of an engagement ring starts at $3,500. And surprisingly, that’s only worth about one months’ salary.

    Do you think this a myth or fact? Let us know in the comments below! 

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  • Photo by Blueberry Photography

    Congratulations on finding the woman of your dreams--now it’s time to start thinking about popping the question along with the bling! Here’s how to buy the perfect rock:

    What is the budget?

    The standard rule is up to three months’ salary, but that’s a myth. It’s better to figure out how much you’re willing to spend upfront, so she can look (or hint) accordingly.

    What are the 4 C’s?

    Cut, clarity, color and carat -- are the 4 C’s to choosing an engagement ring. Clarity are those letters and numbers that represent the internal flaws of a diamond which include: FL - flawless, IF - internally flawless, VS-1 and 2 - very slightly included 1 and 2, VVS-1 and 2 - very, very slightly included 1 and 2 and SI-1 and 2 - slightly included 1 and 2. Remember, clarity tends to stand out more in the light. Color is those alphabetical letters from D to Z that represent how close a diamond reaches colorlessness. Carat represents the weight of a diamond, and cut represents the shape or style of the diamond.

    What style ring do she want?

    It’s imperative that you know which type of setting, shape and metal she prefers. After all, the engagement ring will be on her finger for FOREVER! Shapes include: emerald, asscher, round, marquise, oval, pear, princess, cushion, radiant and heart. Settings include: halo, solitaire, prong, tension, channel, bezel and gypsy. Metals include: platinum, gold, rose or white gold or titanium.

    Where is the best place to purchase?

    It’s financially intelligent to purchase an engagement ring online. You will have much less overhead as well as lower prices at an online retailer whereas you will have much more overhead as well as higher prices at a store retailer. However, purchasing at a store retailer allows you to see the overall look and feel of the engagement ring in-person whereas an at online retailer, what you see in the pictures is what you get.

    What is the jewelry company’s return policy?

    Whether you’re purchasing online or in-store, the diamond should come with product documentation that specifies characteristics from the Gemological Institute of America. Most online and store retailers have a 30-day money back guarantee for returns as long as the engagement ring is in the same condition it was purchased in. Keep all product documentation and receipts! 

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  • Photo by Nami Dadlani Photography

    Dare to channel your inner royal with a sapphire engagement ring. Colored diamonds have been making a comeback ever since Kate Middleton became engaged to Prince William in 2010. Sapphires, in particular, are known to symbolize an everlasting marriage. Why not walk down the aisle with this superstition already promised if you had a “something blue” engagement ring on your finger? Check out engagement ring photos in our boards for even more trending eye candy.

     

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  • Diamonds are not always a girl's best friend and it is not uncommon for brides-to-be to prefer an alternate wedding stone for their ring. However, when considering the many different precious and semi-precious alternate wedding stones calling your name at the local jewelry store, it is important to take into consideration the level of durability that your final choice possesses. Also, keep in mind that smaller sizes tend to crack and fall out too easily.


    A few popular alternate wedding stone choices include:


    Sapphire


    This alternate wedding stone represents the birthstone for September babies, representing serenity and truth – perfect attributes for getting a wedding off on the right foot, don't you think? With a typical blue color, sapphires possess an ancient quality that also comes in pink, green, yellow, lilac, and white. I suggest seeking out an Australian sapphire for a deep blue (almost black) alternate wedding stone.


    Ruby


    As the birthstone of July, this alternate wedding stone infuses love, enthusiasm, and strength into a ring. From deep blood red to the lesser-known light pink, gorgeous rubies often come from South East Asia, Burma, Tanzania and Kenya. Can you imagine that during the 19th century, the ruby was thought more valuable than the diamond?


    Emerald


    Representing love and fidelity, the emerald would make an exceptional alternate wedding stone – quite valuable in the world of jewelry. To actually get your hands on a flawless emerald is highly uncommon. However, the emerald is a brittle stone and could easily chip or crack if not properly taken cared of. If green is your favorite color, I suggest giving the emerald a try, which is also the birthstone for May.


    Aquamarine


    When looking for a stunning alternate wedding stone combination, consider blending the pale, blue shade of aquamarine with diamonds set in a platinum or white gold band. Plus, you'll find no trouble locating this particular stone, as it is mined in countries, from Russia to Argentina. To choose an aquamarine ring is to also embrace the March birthstone, which stands for happiness and understanding.


    Garnet


    Pair the semi-precious garnet with diamonds to capture the fiery birthstone of January that most often offers the flash of red or orange, but also exists in a shade of green. A garnet engagement or wedding ring stands for eternity, truth, and faith.

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  • Your wedding ring is the single most important piece of jewelry you will ever wear.  It's a sign of everlasting love and commitment.  Many grooms and brides have opted to engrave their spouse's wedding ring with a touching phrase, the wedding date or something else that's special to the two of them.  Below you will find some helpful information that will help you determine whether you should engrave your ring.


    Photo: Jeff Loves Jessica, Jewelry: Bergstrom

    Band Width and Type -
    Some rings are simply too small to be engraved - that includes rings that are smaller than 3 millimeters.  Between 4 and 6 millimeters is the perfect size for engraving and larger than this creates an opportunity to have two rows of text.  Make sure your ring is large enough to be engraved, or the words may come out illegible and it may not look that great.  Also, think about your wedding ring type. 

    If it's gold, you might consider getting it hand engraved by an artist who can provide the lettering you want.  Gold gives way nicely under a hand engraver's tools while Platinum and other metals are more difficult to engrave this way.  For those metals, consider having them laser-engraved.  This is usually done by a machine which can provide several different kinds of lettering and even symbols.

    What Will You Say?
    If you have decided that you should engrave your ring, there are many different possibilities.  You can stick with the traditional idea of placing your name, your spouse's name and the wedding date - or your can do something a little more personal.  Some individuals place phrases from a favorite song, poem, scripture or something else that means a lot to the couple.  It can be sentimental, funny or however you want it.  Below you will find a few examples of engraved messages:

    "I Got You Babe." "You Are My Sunshine." "Forever and Always." "My Other Half." "Forever My Darling." "What Have We Done?"

    Depending upon your personality and your spouse's personality, you may opt for a funny message that only your spouse would understand and cherish - or something sentimental and sweet.

    Important Tips -
    There are a few things you should make sure of when you decide to engrave your ring.  First and foremost, ask for samples of the engraver's past work so you can determine whether he or she should be the one to do the work.  Also, ask whether the engraving will be done in house or sent out - and whether it's insured if it is sent out.  Then, determine how long it will take to be completed so you can ensure that it will be done before the ceremony.

    An inscription on a ring is sure to be cherished for many years to come.  By going over the basics, you can make sure you actually want to engrave it and that it will be done correctly.

     

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  • By the Project Wedding staff for our sponsor, Blue Nile


    Diamonds have long been a symbol of love and commitment, the preferred stone adorning the ring fingers of the engaged. For ring shoppers, the sparkly options seem endless. The cut of the stone, setting style, band metal and personal style all factor into finding the perfect ring. 


    The Cut:


    1. Round


    The most popular diamond shape is the round diamond, often called the round brilliant. Fifty-eight triangular facets direct light from the bottom of the diamond through the crown for that ultimate sparkle. Created by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919, diamond cutters have been perfecting this particular cut for nearly 100 years, giving you a versatile stone that shines in both modern settings and elaborate designs.


    2. Princess


    The princess is the most popular non-round choice with brides-to-be. First created in London during the "swingin' sixties," this many-faceted, pointed-cornered gem varies in shape from square to rectangular and has a mirrored effect. While stunning as a solitaire, the princess works very well in eternity bands, as the edges line up to create a seamless wall of stones.


    3. Emerald


    The emerald cut diamond is one most associated with the term "ice." The art deco shape earned its name in the 1920s when the cut was used primarily for emeralds. Its flat surface with lean rectangular facets spotlights the stone's clarity.


    4. Asscher


    The Asscher cut is named for the Asschers of Amsterdam, gem cutters for Britain's royal family, who designed the shape in 1902. It's essentially a square version of the emerald, with a high crown and stepped sides. The dramatic profile was popular through the ‘30s, and is perfect for vintage lovers.


    5. Marquise


    This brilliant-cut stone flatters the finger with its distinctive elongated shape.  The Marquise diamond works well with others; consider setting it with round or pear-shaped stones. The gem can be worn either vertically (as Victoria Beckham does) or horizontally (as per the preference of Catherine Zeta-Jones).


    6. Oval


    The oval's brilliance and versatility can rival that of a round, but with the added advantage of its shape accentuating slender ring fingers.



    7. Radiant


    The rectangular radiant diamond is known for its trimmed corners. First introduced in the 1970s, the long step-cut and triangular facets optimize its light refraction.


    8. Pear


    The pear is also known as the teardrop.  The unique shape boasts a single point (facing up) and rounded end. Keep in mind that this unusual and feminine diamond often goes solo as few wedding bands can fit beneath this stone's underside.


    9. Heart


    The unique shape and obvious symbol of love make the heart-shaped stone a distinctive and romantic option. Louis XIV had heart-shaped diamonds in his collection.


    10. Cushion


    The cushion-cut diamond, also known as "pillow-cut," is a square stone with rounded corners and large facets to ensure maximum brilliance and making it a popular choice for more than a century. More shine than sparkle, this diamond is often set with surrounding tiny diamonds.


    Settings:


    There are numerous ways to set a ring. Prongs, usually three to six of them, hold a solitaire diamond. This is the most popular engagement ring setting, centering the diamond to reflect the most light.


    A three-stone setting lines up three diamonds that represent the past, present and future.


    The increasingly popular bezel setting encases a single stone in a collar of metal. This modern style is a great design for active brides, and the encircling metal ring both protects the diamond's edges and makes it appear larger.


    The boxter setting features a frame of little diamonds surround a central diamond.  This makes a small gem appear larger and creates a unique feminine statement.


    Bands:


    Platinum and gold are the top picks when it comes to band metals. Platinum is considerably more expensive but is also the strongest jewelry metal and won't tarnish or wear away. Most jewelers recommend the more secure platinum prongs in solitaire settings, even if the band is gold. Yellow gold provides a warm hue and traditional look, whereas white gold provides a more affordable non-yellow option. Gold is a softer, more malleable metal, yet the 18k gold band remains the most popular engagement band choice.


    Custom bands with floral motifs and geometric shapes are also on the rise. Some brides prefer a band as their engagement ring; with the dazzling options and a less-expensive price tag, the eternity band continues to be a favorite.


    Choose a ring she'll want to wear forever.  


    Learn more about engagement rings here!

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  • Antique Engagement Rings:

    The custom of a prospective groom giving his fiancée an engagement ring -originally called a betrothal ring - can be traced back as far as Rome in the second century B.C. While a modern bride-to-be might not be interested in the kind of brass or iron ring used way back then, many couples today choose antique engagement rings. Since they're from an earlier time, antique engagement rings often are one of a kind. That might be part of the appeal for celebrity couples like Courteney Cox and David Arquette and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, who celebrated their engagements with antique rings.


    Some couples like the thought of an antique engagement ring linking them to the past, giving their relationship a sense of history, even though they're just starting their life together. This feeling is enhanced when the ring comes from a family member. But not everyone has a relative with a family heirloom they're willing to part with - and even if you do, sometimes that can backfire ... what if your fiancé's Great Aunt Mildred offers you a ring that's been in the family for three generations, but it's big and gaudy and your taste is much more refined.


     


    Antique Engagement Rings: What Qualifies?

    To qualify as an antique, something has to be more than 50 years old. The term "antique" often has an association of being costly, and even though it's technically "used," an antique engagement ring can sometimes cost more than a new one. Once you decide you want an antique engagement ring, you can narrow the field by selecting a specific period. Victorian antique engagement rings, for example, from the mid-late 19th century, might have intricate scrollwork or other designs engraved in the metal. Antique engagement rings from this period also might feature different gemstones than we're used to seeing in modern engagement rings. In Victorian times, stones were chosen as symbols: an opal was thought to bring good fortune, a garnet meant the couple would become lifelong best friends. Other periods also popular for antique engagement rings are Edwardian (early 20th century) and Art Deco (1920s & 1930s).


    Fine jewelry stores that feature antique jewelry generally offer an assortment of antique engagement rings. Jewelers who sell antique jewelry go to estate sales, pawn shops and flea markets to find merchandise - you can look for an antique engagement ring at these places yourself, but that can be very time consuming. You'll most likely spend more at a jewelry store than an estate sale or flea market, but it might be worth it in terms of time saved and wider selection.


    You can also look online for an antique engagement ring, but the Internet might be a better resource for researching the kind of ring you want than for actually purchasing it, since you won't be able to actually see the ring before you buy it. However you shop for an antique engagement ring, make sure to get an independent appraisal to ensure its condition and value before committing to buying it.


    Show us your antique engagement rings!

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  • Photos by Tacori

     

    This classic-made-modern heirloom ring is positively elegant. Double diamond halos elevate your emerald cut with a stunning strings of graduating, channel set diamonds. *center stone sold separately*

    Featuring a double halo of diamonds framing a princess cut center stone, this ring is designed to greatly enhance your princess cut center stone. *center stone sold separately*

    A round diamond absolutely blooms in a double halo of diamonds, with streamlined, channel-set square cut diamonds arching along its gorgeous shoulders. *center stone sold separately*

    Complete your Tacori set with a matching wedding band. Round diamonds channel set in miligrain and diamond reverse crescents make this a match for our “blooming beauties” engagement rings.

    A band fit for a princess. Diamond eternity band, with princess-cut channel-set diamonds going all the way around the band.

    Simplicity and elegance unite in this classic Tacori string of diamond, a style that looks lovely with a variety of Tacori engagement rings.

    Bind your future as a couple with this unique convex satin-finish eternity band, blending milligrain detail and Tacori signature crescent silhouettes for exceptional style.

    Discover a passionate union of wedding bands; for him and her with Tacori’s 5-mm band Men’s Crescent wedding band.

    Display some shine with this diamond ring, featuring three bright diamonds encircled by Tacori's signature milligrain.

    This cocktail ring is the ultimate style statement in stunning yellow gold, with diamonds that appear to float from your fingertips. This iconic piece perfectly captures the effervescence of champagne!

    Enjoy a modern extravagance of diamonds. This strongly squared ring is a geometric delight of art-deco designs, from the Tacori Fine Jewelry Collection.

    From Tacori 18k925, transparent Quartz over Neolite Turquoise makes this strong statement of style an absolute marvel in cool "Barbados" blue.

    Structural crescent designs form the contours of this vibrant Rose Amethyst ring. 18k rose gold and glittering diamonds frame the stunning, cushion-cut shape.

    Dazzling elongated pear-shaped rose amethyst and round prasiolite unite in fabulous 18k rose gold bold drop earrings for a look of playfully illuminating color and fashion-forward design.

    Faceted candy-drop gems in Lemon Quartz, Cognac Quartz, Prasiolite, Smokey Quartz and Rose Amethyst flutter in pronged blossom kaleidoscope circlets, fastened into strands of luxe swoops of .925 silver with an 18k gold Tacori seal toggle.

    Rutilated Quartz is given depth and dimension over Black Onyx. Rich 18k yellow gold diamond crescent frame displays the primally provocative charred colour, and sterling silver design elements demand attention from every angle.

     

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  • Band Together

    Your wedding band is a sign of commitment that lasts beyond the wedding day – far longer than flowers or music or cake. Make sure you factor this important symbol of commitment into the earliest stages of planning your wedding budget.

    Talking to Each Other

    Stay connected with matching his and her wedding bands that talk to each other. Complement each others’ style in this classic tradition that is the physical symbol of your bond.

    Bold and Beautiful

    There are no rules when it comes to wedding bands! Loving something a little different? Then make a statement with 18k red gold.

    3-D

    You can add dimension and dazzle by opting for a wedding band like this one – which features three rows of brilliant round diamonds!

    Go Solo

    Going to the gym? Cleaning house? Travelling? There are times when you will prefer not to wear your engagement ring, and will prefer to simply wear your wedding band. Consider this when making your decision. Does your wedding band stand alone – and still look gorgeous?

    Did You Know?

    Gold is a metal that stands the test of time. Color options include white, yellow, red and rose.

    Pass it On!

    You may want to pass your wedding band along to your children someday – so choose wisely. Tacori is famous for creating beautiful heirlooms to be treasured for generations.

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  • Before you and your significant other swap rings in front of your guests, give them the attention they deserve with a photo shoot. Below are some ideas to help you get creative!

     

    1. Invitation Only

    Photo by Katelyn James Photography

    Place your wedding rings on your wedding invitations, and focus in on the month of your nuptials. Frame the photograph for a cute momento to cherish for years to come.

    2. Naturally Rustic

    Photos by Morgan Trinker Photography

    Hang the bands off of a small branch, or etch a design into a piece of wood for a more rustic and natural photograph. 

    3. Fruity Fun

    Photos by (from left to right): Glass Jar Photography and Katie McGihon Photography

    Add some bright colors to your ring photos by placing them on fruits like grapes or lemons. Just about any fruit will add a pop of personality to the picture! 

    4. If the Shoe Fits

    Photos by (from left to right): Hazelnut Photography and Kaysha Weiner Photography

    A picture-perfect way to show off your bridal stilettos and gorgeous gems at the same time. We recommend shooting this before your walk down the aisle in case your heels get dirty.

    5. Beachin'

    Photos by (from left to right): Millie Holloman Photography and Kaysha Weiner Photography

    If you're exchanging vows by the water, grab some seashells for a festive photo op. Not by the beach but still feeling inspired? These decor elements definitely say summer wedding, so go for it anyways. 

    6. Flourishing Flowers

    Photos by (from left to right): Katie McGihon Photography and Weston Neuschafer Photography

    What a more beautiful way to display your wedding rings than by using flowers as the backdrop? Whether you place them on the stem or at the center of the petals, the pictures are sure to exude romance! 

    7. Extra! Extra! 

    Photo by Natalie Franke Photography 

    Read all about it! Pick up the local paper on the day of your wedding and use it as a fun backdrop for your ring shot! Make sure the date is clearly visible. 

    8. A Novel Idea

    Photos by (from left to right): Kaysha Weiner Photography and Katie McGihon Photography

    If you and your significant other are self-proclaimed bookworms (or if you just love book decor), then this is the perfect photo backdrop for you. 

    NEXT:  8 Picture Perfect Ways to Display Your Dress

     

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  • Photo by Jose Villa Photography

     

    Despite De Beers’ “A Diamond is Forever” 1947 clever marketing campaign advocating that the average cost of an engagement ring is worth up to three months’ salary, the average salary is much higher today than it was almost 30 years ago. (The U.S. national average man’s salary is $43,000.)

    Let’s face it--engagement rings are pricey, depending on its “Four C’s”, which are cut, clarity, color and cut, but that doesn’t mean your soon-to-be husband has to spend a fortune. Make clear what your expectations are because the average cost of an engagement ring starts at $3,500. And surprisingly, that’s only worth about one months’ salary.

    Do you think this a myth or fact? Let us know in the comments below! 

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  • Photo by Blueberry Photography

    Congratulations on finding the woman of your dreams--now it’s time to start thinking about popping the question along with the bling! Here’s how to buy the perfect rock:

    What is the budget?

    The standard rule is up to three months’ salary, but that’s a myth. It’s better to figure out how much you’re willing to spend upfront, so she can look (or hint) accordingly.

    What are the 4 C’s?

    Cut, clarity, color and carat -- are the 4 C’s to choosing an engagement ring. Clarity are those letters and numbers that represent the internal flaws of a diamond which include: FL - flawless, IF - internally flawless, VS-1 and 2 - very slightly included 1 and 2, VVS-1 and 2 - very, very slightly included 1 and 2 and SI-1 and 2 - slightly included 1 and 2. Remember, clarity tends to stand out more in the light. Color is those alphabetical letters from D to Z that represent how close a diamond reaches colorlessness. Carat represents the weight of a diamond, and cut represents the shape or style of the diamond.

    What style ring do she want?

    It’s imperative that you know which type of setting, shape and metal she prefers. After all, the engagement ring will be on her finger for FOREVER! Shapes include: emerald, asscher, round, marquise, oval, pear, princess, cushion, radiant and heart. Settings include: halo, solitaire, prong, tension, channel, bezel and gypsy. Metals include: platinum, gold, rose or white gold or titanium.

    Where is the best place to purchase?

    It’s financially intelligent to purchase an engagement ring online. You will have much less overhead as well as lower prices at an online retailer whereas you will have much more overhead as well as higher prices at a store retailer. However, purchasing at a store retailer allows you to see the overall look and feel of the engagement ring in-person whereas an at online retailer, what you see in the pictures is what you get.

    What is the jewelry company’s return policy?

    Whether you’re purchasing online or in-store, the diamond should come with product documentation that specifies characteristics from the Gemological Institute of America. Most online and store retailers have a 30-day money back guarantee for returns as long as the engagement ring is in the same condition it was purchased in. Keep all product documentation and receipts! 

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  • Photo by Nami Dadlani Photography

    Dare to channel your inner royal with a sapphire engagement ring. Colored diamonds have been making a comeback ever since Kate Middleton became engaged to Prince William in 2010. Sapphires, in particular, are known to symbolize an everlasting marriage. Why not walk down the aisle with this superstition already promised if you had a “something blue” engagement ring on your finger? Check out engagement ring photos in our boards for even more trending eye candy.

     

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  • Diamonds are not always a girl's best friend and it is not uncommon for brides-to-be to prefer an alternate wedding stone for their ring. However, when considering the many different precious and semi-precious alternate wedding stones calling your name at the local jewelry store, it is important to take into consideration the level of durability that your final choice possesses. Also, keep in mind that smaller sizes tend to crack and fall out too easily.


    A few popular alternate wedding stone choices include:


    Sapphire


    This alternate wedding stone represents the birthstone for September babies, representing serenity and truth – perfect attributes for getting a wedding off on the right foot, don't you think? With a typical blue color, sapphires possess an ancient quality that also comes in pink, green, yellow, lilac, and white. I suggest seeking out an Australian sapphire for a deep blue (almost black) alternate wedding stone.


    Ruby


    As the birthstone of July, this alternate wedding stone infuses love, enthusiasm, and strength into a ring. From deep blood red to the lesser-known light pink, gorgeous rubies often come from South East Asia, Burma, Tanzania and Kenya. Can you imagine that during the 19th century, the ruby was thought more valuable than the diamond?


    Emerald


    Representing love and fidelity, the emerald would make an exceptional alternate wedding stone – quite valuable in the world of jewelry. To actually get your hands on a flawless emerald is highly uncommon. However, the emerald is a brittle stone and could easily chip or crack if not properly taken cared of. If green is your favorite color, I suggest giving the emerald a try, which is also the birthstone for May.


    Aquamarine


    When looking for a stunning alternate wedding stone combination, consider blending the pale, blue shade of aquamarine with diamonds set in a platinum or white gold band. Plus, you'll find no trouble locating this particular stone, as it is mined in countries, from Russia to Argentina. To choose an aquamarine ring is to also embrace the March birthstone, which stands for happiness and understanding.


    Garnet


    Pair the semi-precious garnet with diamonds to capture the fiery birthstone of January that most often offers the flash of red or orange, but also exists in a shade of green. A garnet engagement or wedding ring stands for eternity, truth, and faith.

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  • Your wedding ring is the single most important piece of jewelry you will ever wear.  It's a sign of everlasting love and commitment.  Many grooms and brides have opted to engrave their spouse's wedding ring with a touching phrase, the wedding date or something else that's special to the two of them.  Below you will find some helpful information that will help you determine whether you should engrave your ring.


    Photo: Jeff Loves Jessica, Jewelry: Bergstrom

    Band Width and Type -
    Some rings are simply too small to be engraved - that includes rings that are smaller than 3 millimeters.  Between 4 and 6 millimeters is the perfect size for engraving and larger than this creates an opportunity to have two rows of text.  Make sure your ring is large enough to be engraved, or the words may come out illegible and it may not look that great.  Also, think about your wedding ring type. 

    If it's gold, you might consider getting it hand engraved by an artist who can provide the lettering you want.  Gold gives way nicely under a hand engraver's tools while Platinum and other metals are more difficult to engrave this way.  For those metals, consider having them laser-engraved.  This is usually done by a machine which can provide several different kinds of lettering and even symbols.

    What Will You Say?
    If you have decided that you should engrave your ring, there are many different possibilities.  You can stick with the traditional idea of placing your name, your spouse's name and the wedding date - or your can do something a little more personal.  Some individuals place phrases from a favorite song, poem, scripture or something else that means a lot to the couple.  It can be sentimental, funny or however you want it.  Below you will find a few examples of engraved messages:

    "I Got You Babe." "You Are My Sunshine." "Forever and Always." "My Other Half." "Forever My Darling." "What Have We Done?"

    Depending upon your personality and your spouse's personality, you may opt for a funny message that only your spouse would understand and cherish - or something sentimental and sweet.

    Important Tips -
    There are a few things you should make sure of when you decide to engrave your ring.  First and foremost, ask for samples of the engraver's past work so you can determine whether he or she should be the one to do the work.  Also, ask whether the engraving will be done in house or sent out - and whether it's insured if it is sent out.  Then, determine how long it will take to be completed so you can ensure that it will be done before the ceremony.

    An inscription on a ring is sure to be cherished for many years to come.  By going over the basics, you can make sure you actually want to engrave it and that it will be done correctly.

     

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    Diamonds have long been a symbol of love and commitment, the preferred stone adorning the ring fingers of the engaged. For ring shoppers, the sparkly options seem endless. The cut of the stone, setting style, band metal and personal style all factor into finding the perfect ring. 


    The Cut:


    1. Round


    The most popular diamond shape is the round diamond, often called the round brilliant. Fifty-eight triangular facets direct light from the bottom of the diamond through the crown for that ultimate sparkle. Created by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919, diamond cutters have been perfecting this particular cut for nearly 100 years, giving you a versatile stone that shines in both modern settings and elaborate designs.


    2. Princess


    The princess is the most popular non-round choice with brides-to-be. First created in London during the "swingin' sixties," this many-faceted, pointed-cornered gem varies in shape from square to rectangular and has a mirrored effect. While stunning as a solitaire, the princess works very well in eternity bands, as the edges line up to create a seamless wall of stones.


    3. Emerald


    The emerald cut diamond is one most associated with the term "ice." The art deco shape earned its name in the 1920s when the cut was used primarily for emeralds. Its flat surface with lean rectangular facets spotlights the stone's clarity.


    4. Asscher


    The Asscher cut is named for the Asschers of Amsterdam, gem cutters for Britain's royal family, who designed the shape in 1902. It's essentially a square version of the emerald, with a high crown and stepped sides. The dramatic profile was popular through the ‘30s, and is perfect for vintage lovers.


    5. Marquise


    This brilliant-cut stone flatters the finger with its distinctive elongated shape.  The Marquise diamond works well with others; consider setting it with round or pear-shaped stones. The gem can be worn either vertically (as Victoria Beckham does) or horizontally (as per the preference of Catherine Zeta-Jones).


    6. Oval


    The oval's brilliance and versatility can rival that of a round, but with the added advantage of its shape accentuating slender ring fingers.



    7. Radiant


    The rectangular radiant diamond is known for its trimmed corners. First introduced in the 1970s, the long step-cut and triangular facets optimize its light refraction.


    8. Pear


    The pear is also known as the teardrop.  The unique shape boasts a single point (facing up) and rounded end. Keep in mind that this unusual and feminine diamond often goes solo as few wedding bands can fit beneath this stone's underside.


    9. Heart


    The unique shape and obvious symbol of love make the heart-shaped stone a distinctive and romantic option. Louis XIV had heart-shaped diamonds in his collection.


    10. Cushion


    The cushion-cut diamond, also known as "pillow-cut," is a square stone with rounded corners and large facets to ensure maximum brilliance and making it a popular choice for more than a century. More shine than sparkle, this diamond is often set with surrounding tiny diamonds.


    Settings:


    There are numerous ways to set a ring. Prongs, usually three to six of them, hold a solitaire diamond. This is the most popular engagement ring setting, centering the diamond to reflect the most light.


    A three-stone setting lines up three diamonds that represent the past, present and future.


    The increasingly popular bezel setting encases a single stone in a collar of metal. This modern style is a great design for active brides, and the encircling metal ring both protects the diamond's edges and makes it appear larger.


    The boxter setting features a frame of little diamonds surround a central diamond.  This makes a small gem appear larger and creates a unique feminine statement.


    Bands:


    Platinum and gold are the top picks when it comes to band metals. Platinum is considerably more expensive but is also the strongest jewelry metal and won't tarnish or wear away. Most jewelers recommend the more secure platinum prongs in solitaire settings, even if the band is gold. Yellow gold provides a warm hue and traditional look, whereas white gold provides a more affordable non-yellow option. Gold is a softer, more malleable metal, yet the 18k gold band remains the most popular engagement band choice.


    Custom bands with floral motifs and geometric shapes are also on the rise. Some brides prefer a band as their engagement ring; with the dazzling options and a less-expensive price tag, the eternity band continues to be a favorite.


    Choose a ring she'll want to wear forever.  


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  • Antique Engagement Rings:

    The custom of a prospective groom giving his fiancée an engagement ring -originally called a betrothal ring - can be traced back as far as Rome in the second century B.C. While a modern bride-to-be might not be interested in the kind of brass or iron ring used way back then, many couples today choose antique engagement rings. Since they're from an earlier time, antique engagement rings often are one of a kind. That might be part of the appeal for celebrity couples like Courteney Cox and David Arquette and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, who celebrated their engagements with antique rings.


    Some couples like the thought of an antique engagement ring linking them to the past, giving their relationship a sense of history, even though they're just starting their life together. This feeling is enhanced when the ring comes from a family member. But not everyone has a relative with a family heirloom they're willing to part with - and even if you do, sometimes that can backfire ... what if your fiancé's Great Aunt Mildred offers you a ring that's been in the family for three generations, but it's big and gaudy and your taste is much more refined.


     


    Antique Engagement Rings: What Qualifies?

    To qualify as an antique, something has to be more than 50 years old. The term "antique" often has an association of being costly, and even though it's technically "used," an antique engagement ring can sometimes cost more than a new one. Once you decide you want an antique engagement ring, you can narrow the field by selecting a specific period. Victorian antique engagement rings, for example, from the mid-late 19th century, might have intricate scrollwork or other designs engraved in the metal. Antique engagement rings from this period also might feature different gemstones than we're used to seeing in modern engagement rings. In Victorian times, stones were chosen as symbols: an opal was thought to bring good fortune, a garnet meant the couple would become lifelong best friends. Other periods also popular for antique engagement rings are Edwardian (early 20th century) and Art Deco (1920s & 1930s).


    Fine jewelry stores that feature antique jewelry generally offer an assortment of antique engagement rings. Jewelers who sell antique jewelry go to estate sales, pawn shops and flea markets to find merchandise - you can look for an antique engagement ring at these places yourself, but that can be very time consuming. You'll most likely spend more at a jewelry store than an estate sale or flea market, but it might be worth it in terms of time saved and wider selection.


    You can also look online for an antique engagement ring, but the Internet might be a better resource for researching the kind of ring you want than for actually purchasing it, since you won't be able to actually see the ring before you buy it. However you shop for an antique engagement ring, make sure to get an independent appraisal to ensure its condition and value before committing to buying it.


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