Sunday, December 25, 2016

Tips for Matching Your Wedding Jewelry to your Wedding Hairstyle

When considering a bridal hairstyle for your big day, you should make sure that your hair matches your dress; and also that it works with the jewelry you’re planning to wear. Not only does this perfect your bridal look but it helps to make your jewelry choices even more striking. The ring hairstyle and matching jewelry together make a stunning statement and will enhance the beauty of you and your dress on your special day. 

Match Your Metals

If you’re wearing a bridal hair accessory, such as a tiara or a sparkly hair clip, you need to be sure that it doesn’t clash with the metals in the rest of your jewelry. Try to match the metals that you are wearing so that your overall look is sophisticated and polished. If you are wearing silver or platinum rings that work wonderfully with your ivory bridal gown, you might put your gorgeous look in jeopardy by flashing a bright gold hair accessory.
However, there is still room for creativity. Silver and platinum work well together, and both look dazzling with diamonds While the various types and colors of gold look great together. Rose gold is often a safe choice as it can be a complimentary color to all the other metals, looking especially striking when teamed up with yellow gold or can bringing warmth to platinum. If you have pearls included in your jewelry, matching pearls with your hair accessory looks exquisite.

Choose Flowers According to Your Jewelry

Wearing flowers in your hair is big a bridal fashion trend this year. Large white flowers can be elegant while smaller colorful flowers add romance and whimsy to bridal hairstyles. Some great ideas include clipping small flowers or baby’s breath into braids and plaits, or clasping a larger flower on the side of your head and wearing your hair in a sophisticated bun. Consider your jewelry before picking out flowers for maximum effect.
White flowers look opulent when set against diamonds and silver; while yellow tones complement gold jewelry. Gemstones come to life when you are wearing colorful flowers. Try to stick to the similar shades of same color, though. If the gemstones on your ring are rubies or sapphires, try wearing the same colors of flowers in your hair.

Show off Your Jewels

You don’t want your hairstyle to get in the way of your beautiful jewelry making a statement for you, so consider wearing your hair over a shoulder in a side-swept style if you want to show off earrings and necklace statement pieces. A half up-do also works well for this look. 
If you want to have your hair down instead of up, opt for having sections in front pulled away from your face to display your jewelry while still enjoying a long look at the back. You could create plaits in front that are then pulled back around your hair or have pieces in front volumized and back-combed and accented with a jeweled clip.

What’s Your Style?

Bridal hairstyles should complement the style of jewelry worn together otherwise the overall look risks looking awkward. If your hairstyle is trendy with a voluminous side-swept ponytail or messy bun, you don’t want jewelry that is too demure or classic. Rather choose a piece or two to bring in that modern flavour. Examples include decorative pendants or bohemian-inspired jewellery. On the other hand, a Grace Kelly hairstyle will look great when teamed with a vintage ring or hair accessory. Consider the style and era of your jewelry and then find hairstyles to make a stunning match with it.
By making sure your hair complements your jewelry, all the elements of your appearance will come together to make you a stunning bride.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Keeping Your Wedding Band Looking Good As New!

Your wedding band is a symbol of your everlasting committment, take care of it, ensuring your treasure lasts with these tips for keeping your ring looking tip top.
“You’ve Got to Take It Off Every Now and Then.” (Always Sunny, anyone?)
But your wedding ring is sparkly! How can you stand to take it off? 
Nevertheless, there are certain activities that aren’t conducive to shiny-ring wearing. Remove your ring when you are:
  • Gardening — Play in the dirt without getting your favorite ring dirty,
  • Cleaning — If you’re using harsh chemicals, it’s best to take off your ring and put it in a safe place (we’ll come back to that in a minute).
  • Cooking — It isn’t the end of the world, but getting hot oil, garlic, and sauce on your wedding ring is less than ideal.
  • Working Out — Before you pick up that dumbbell, take a minute to remove your ring. You don’t want to scratch your piece.

Keep The Beauty Products Away From Your Ring

Lotion, sunscreen, perfume, and other beauty products can actually do some serious damage to your wedding ring. These chemical-containing lotions and potions can actually alter the look of your diamond and accidentally etch colored stones. So take them off before application and wait until they’ve been fully absorbed into the skin before putting your ring back on.

Have a Designated Spot For Your Ring

It’s a good idea to have a “special place” for your ring. This will help you keep track of it and keep pets, kids, and absent-minded husbands from picking it up or sweeping it into the trash with the junk mail (every ring-wearing lady’s nightmare).
Avoid the temptation of “just putting it on the counter” for convenience sake. If you’re worried about time, perhaps you could have two spots: a little bowl on the window sill and a little jewelry holder in either your bedroom or bathroom. This will lessen the likelihood of your ring being damaged or lost.

Have It Professionally Cleaned

Many jewelers will professionally clean your ring free of charge, so take advantage of this awesome service. Opt to do it once or twice a year, and you’ll keep your heirloom looking wonderful for years to come.

Have a Backup Ring For Some Occasions

It’s good to have a pretty, less expensive “wedding ring” for times when you’re worried about losing it. You can get one from your preferred jeweler or even online from a marketplace. (In fact, many companies are even having Holiday Sales right now!)
When might this be a good option?
There are many times examples that come to mind. If you are traveling out of the country on a budget and couch surfing in Europe, it might be wise to take a good looking “fake” with you. Or if you’re heading on a hiking trip, bring your budget ring. You’ll stress less and sleep well knowing it’s safe at home.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Amazing Hawaiian Koa Tree - Wooden Inlay Ring

The legendary Koa wood, native to the islands of Hawaii, has honored heritage, is highly revered and considered sacred. The beautiful grain of the wood is renowned for Tits deep, rich colors and varied patterns. The prized Koa wood is an ancient symbol of wisdom and strength with rich history surrounding the origin of this mighty breed of tree. Although no-one actually knows exactly where the Koa tree comes from, it is most conceivable that it could have sprouted from the lava of erupting volcanoes on the islands. It is amazing to think that a lone Koa seed erupted into a forest of trees that canopied the islands, becoming a lifeline for human inhabitants and the ecosystem and providing sophisticated culture and prosperity to the native settlers. A fact that is known is that the Koa tree does not grow naturally anywhere else on the earth outside Hawaii.


During the time of King Kamehameha The Great, weapons and canoes were created from the wood of the Koa trees proliferating on Big Island at the time. In the Hawaiian language, the word Koa means warrior and the wood from the trees used by these warriors became synonymous with those warriors and was called “koa”. During the late 1700s King Kamehameha traveled up through the Hawaiian island chain with his warriors and united all the islands under his rule. There is no doubt about the significance that Koa wood played in this great quest by the king to bring the islands together.


The wood from the rare Koa tree with its unique variety in the grain is highly sought after by manufacturers of wooden articles and jewelry. Due to its exclusive location (Koa trees do not grow naturally anywhere else in the world) Koa wood has become one of the most expensive woods in the world. Because of the beauty of the wood of these trees, they were in danger of being over harvested and have been devastated by cattle and development , however, they have never been in danger of becoming extinct. Nevertheless, it has become illegal to harvest the wood by cutting down the trees and Koa wood may only be procured from previously dead and fallen trees. Landowners and the State of Hawaii are extremely strict regarding the harvesting of Koa wood and adopt self-regulation as standard practice.


Very large Koa trees can grow up to a few hundred feet with diameters of over ten feet with a lifespan of 50 – 80 years. Koa wood has been categorized into three grades by the wood market according to its unique characteristics:
1.Select Grade Koa – straight grain with a rich color
2.Curly Grade Koa – variable grain with a wavy texture and rich colors with 3d highlights
3.Premium Grade Curly Koa (or Tiger Koa) – extreme color with translucent tones and 3d highlights
Koa wood has become extremely coveted for its unsurpassed quality and beauty of its unique grain. The curly grade wood has become tremendously popular for use as inlays in jewelry such as Koa and titanium rings as they display variable texture in the grain and amazing 3d color. Our Koa wood rings are one-of-a-kind as they reflect the unique characteristics of the particular tree and the environment it was harvested from. Ownership of a Koa wood ring and knowledge of the importance and history of the characteristics of the wood inlay will reflect your unique personality and distinctive taste.
We would like you to be truly satisfied with your purchase and therefore all our collections carry a satisfaction guarantee. You can see more styles of this beautiful wood in our rings here:

Domed Tungsten Wedding Band with Black Ceramic Inlay

Cajetanus Domed Tungsten Wedding Band with Black Ceramic Inlay 6 & 8 mm 

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This stylish and modern two-tone ring is sure to catch everyone’s eye, and comes in both 8mm and 6mm sizes for couples who want a matching set. This eye-catching piece is part of our exclusive new line of beautiful Black Ceramic and Tungsten Carbide rings. Black Ceramic is highly durable and supremely scratch-resistant, in addition to keeping it’s dark, intriguing black color all the way through, not simply plated on like some other ring materials. Tungsten Carbide is a cutting-edge new metal being used in the jewelry industry, and being the strongest new metal in jewelry, is perfect for both men and women who are tired of easily-scratched rings. is proud to offer Lifetime Sizing and a Lifetime Warranty on all of our exquisite black ceramic and tungsten rings and absolutely no extra cost to you, our valued customer. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

In Your Own Words: Tips on Engraving Your Wedding Band

Purchasing a set of wedding bands is such a personal and special experience. After all, that is the one jewelry piece that will be worn a lifetime. Engraving a word, date, or phrase on the inside of your rings creates a special message to your partner that only they will see and know about, thus adding to the bond that band is already creating. 
Few people are aware that engraving rings is a centuries old tradition. A custom that began in the courts of Medieval Europe.  Even today, personalized inscriptions on wedding rings are still popular, and for good reason: romance never goes out of style. What is more romantic than a special hidden message to your lover that will always stay next to them?
Here are some tips on choosing the engraving that is right for you.

The Process

When you order your ring, tell your jeweler you’d like to have your rings personalized with engraving. Most shops and online sites now commonly offer this as an add-on to your purchase when you are selecting rings. Check how many letters can be engraved inside your ring, thus knowing the length of the phrase you can use. Decide which font will best match the ring you have selected and the style you'd like to maintain. Before sending it off, be sure to double or triple check the spelling and message in order to ensure it is properly engraved.

Engraving Ideas

Many common engravings include: your initials, a special date, a meaningful phrase, a line of poetry, a heart, or a religious line as your inscription. 
Here are some great samples to start the process:
  • DM + GB forever
  • Diane & George 5/5/2015
  • I love you
  • Je t’aime (French for I love you)
  • “Until the end of time” (song lyrics)
  • “I love you to the Moon and back”
  • “To have and to hold”
  • Love is patient, love is kind
  • 1 Corinthians 13:8
  • All my love
  • I’m my beloved’s and my beloved is mine
There are absolutely no limit to how creating you can get with your ideas. Most sites will also allow you to use symbols, so a heart or infinity symbol might be more of what you prefer. If you’re a playful couple, you could inscribe an inside joke or a funny quote from a favorite film. Or you could opt for a more serious, romantic engraving. It’s up to you.
While engraving is normally done inside of the ring, many places will offer rings that can be engraved outside as well. Check with your jeweler to see if it’s an option for your ring choice. Rings that include settings, inlays, or alternative settings usually will not be able to have engraving on the outside of the ring, but will still be able to be engraved on the inside. A new feature that some sites, such as , have started offering is engraving a fingerprint inside or outside of the ring. What more romantic way to show your love is there than to have a special bands that symbols your love with your unique fingerprint on the inside, showing your love that you are uniquely for them and love them! 

Font Ideas

This list of fonts should give you an idea of typeface options that are most commonly available.
Old English font is classic and gives your engraving an epic feeling big story feel. Annabel Script looks romantic and chic. Biondi looks art deco and Hatten looks modern. Consider choosing a font that matches the typeface of your engraving for your wedding invitations. It will give the ceremony a cohesive feel and remind you of that special day.

Consider Consulting Your Partner About Ring Details

Since engraving is such a personal decision, it might be best to choose inscriptions as a couple. Sure, your ring inscriptions won’t be the bigger part of the surprise, but joint input ensures that you and your partner have the chance to pick the perfect romantic message for each other. If you will get a ring set it’s always a nice idea to design the inscription for the other’s ring, or maybe engrave them so that, when put together, they add up to a line of poetry or a sweet quote. Whatever you choose, it's sure to be a special message that you will love looking at again and again. 

Nicolaos Beveled Tungsten Band with Red Opal Inlay

Passion is full of fire and wild romance. For some, a marriage is a beginning of a lifetime of that fiery passion that will last forever. For those who are joining in a union full of passion, a wedding band that announces that passion is essential. The NICOLAOS ring has an opal inlay with red and orange colors practically leaping off of the surface. The metal of the ring is a flashy silver that enhances the fiery opal inlay. This ring is sure to proclaim fiery passion felt by whoever is wearing it.
This ring is made with Tungsten Carbide which is the newest and strongest metal to be used in jewelry. The durability of this metal makes the ring scratch resistant. Please keep in mind, the inlay is less scratch resistant than the metal of the ring. The ring also comes with a lifetime resizing option and a lifetime warranty that will ensure that this ring can be worn through the years. To display fiery passion with a durability that is everlasting, use the NICOLAOS ring.
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