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Proposals Gone Wrong

Want $10,000 worth of jewelry? If you’re engaged (or even if you’re not, shhh, I won’t tell), Ross*Simons, an internet jewelry retailer headquartered in Rhode Island, is holding a contest geared toward future brides and grooms whose proposals didn’t quite go as planned. They are looking for funny, insightful, serious, awkward, poignant, and, above all, entertaining home videos in which newly engaged couples re-enact their “Proposals Gone Wrong.” Couples can also send in their actual proposal videos!

This contest is dedicated to the brave souls who have seen the abyss of a botched proposal and lived to tell the tale, even to laugh about it. Take a look at the current entries to see just how rough the going can get. And if you think you can top them (or bottom them, we suppose,) enter your own video. Our team of judges will review the entries, and if they think yours is the ultimate proposal gone awry, you could win a $10,000 shopping spree at Ross*Simons.

Below is one of their example videos…though I do hope that the videos real future brides and grooms send in won’t be as utterly depressing…

If any of you folks enter the contest, let me know!

Happy fingers indeed

I like rings. I like ‘em so much that when the phone says, “RING RING!” I answer by saying, “Yes, please.” Of course, not just any ring will do. Right now I’m digging on Krikawa Jewelry Designs. Run by husband and wife team, John and Lisa Krikaw, KJD will knock your socks off. They carry a sweet selection of plain and diamond wedding bands, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Seriously. Have a look:

Mokume and blue? Who knew?

According to the site, this “mokume band arches above the ring shank to form an architectural window through the ring.” While the ‘window’ doesn’t really do it for me, I love the way the stone looks with the platinum Mokume Gane and the delicate detailing around the stone itself. All of their Mokume Gane stuff is excellent, by the way.

Love can\'t be solved.

This modern puzzle ring is crafted with three diamonds in palladium and 18k yellow gold. Intended as a unique and unforgettable wedding band, there are both men’s and women’s sizes, with some differences in style. The ring shown is for all the ladies in the house.

A cognac diamond? You had me at cognac.

Did I mention that the good folks at KJD will also create custom rings based on client specs? They will work with a stone you already have to create a beautiful design or work with you to draw up a design that suits you and your sweetie perfectly. This ring features a cognac diamond set in 18k yellow gold with six diamond accents. The most intriguing aspect of this ring (for me) is that the band was photo-etched with a pattern from medieval armor. Cool, no?

It’s that sort of attention to detail that really makes me salivate.

You may now kiss the corpse

Proof that death can\'t stand in the way of love

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Possibly the best day of the year to wow one’s sweetie with something dark, like a unique black diamond ring or a sweet yet sultry black pearl necklace!

Italian ladies necklace, code:1000068505

Simply glamorous

Okay, people, repeat after me. “A bride should not resemble a mock up of a homecoming queen or Miss America’s body double.” Seriously. I’ve been researching bridal baubles for a friend of mine and it seems that the world of wedding wear is overrun with blazingly white four strand faux pearl chokers, giant multi-level rhinestone earrings, and two inch wide bracelets that look like miniature pageant tiaras. I get it. Brides want to look glamorous. Who doesn’t?

But, really, what’s more glamorous: A simple pair of precious or semi-precious gem stud earrings paired with a matching pendant necklace? Or a rhinestone replica of that blue diamond necklace from the movie Titanic?

Here’s a good rule of thumb: If your gown is highly embellished, stick to simple jewelry. And if your gown presents a simple, unadorned silhouette, your jewelry should get bigger and more elaborate. Good taste and personal preference playing key roles in both instances, of course.

What constitutes simple, yet glamorous? How about dyed freshwater pearl earrings?

5 Pair Set Dyed Multicolor Pastel 8-8.5mm Freshwater Cultured Pearl Earrings

Or understated diamond studs?

14k Gold, Round, Diamond Stud Earrings (1/2 cttw, I-J Color, I1-I-2 Clarity)

Bridal Jewelry Tips: Earings and Necklaces

I recently received an e-mail from a bride-to-be who wanted to some tips on finding the perfect bridal jewelry to go with her wedding dress. I realized very quickly that I haven’t touched on that subject at all and felt a little silly. Not write about bridal jewelry? How could I have let that one slip past me? So to atone for my sin, I’m going to briefly touch on it now.

Swarovski Floating Y Crystal Necklace

The Bridal Necklace
According to Wed Alert, you have roughly five bridal necklace lengths to choose from. There’s the one to three strand choker, the thicker collar, the princess (which falls below the hollow of the neck), the matinee (which hits the top of the bust), and the opera (which falls below the bust and isn’t often a good match for most wedding gowns).

I love chokers and collars. Paired with a more modest gown, they can really shine. With a lower cut or strapless gown, however, there is often a huge gap of skin between the necklace and the dress which can draw the eye and look rather awkward. It that case, I think Y necklaces like the Swarovski Floating Y Crystal Necklace above look fantastic. With a high, turtle-neck type neckline, no necklace is needed.

The lovely Lori suggests: “making sure that the bottom of the bridal necklace does not fall below the neckline.” This is important!

.25 CT TW (I-J/I3) Diamond Stud Earrings in 14K White Gold

The Bridal Earrings
There is a ton of variations where bridal earrings are concerned and, as bridal earrings tend to be smaller and less eye-catching, there is more room to play. But there are still a few things to consider. Smaller, stud earrings look great with looser hairdo’s or even loose hair. Longer, more dangly drop earrings look fabulous paired with updo’s. If your necklace is elaborate, keep your earrings simple, like the diamond studs in white gold above.

In the end, just remember to balance your jewelry and dress. If your dress is elaborate, keep your jewels simple. Or go hog wild with your baubles if your dress is plain. If you’re wearing a tiara, consider going earring-less.

It’s easy. No, really!

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