What Your Engagement Ring Says About You

A man enters through the gliding doors of a jewelry store –a place he has never been to before. He immediately feels out of place thanks to the stacks of diamond jewelry staring back at him. But he knows what he must do. With pressure rising, he is then greeted by a store manager who promises to help him find the right ring for his soon to be bride. Trusting the man’s word and expertise, the man thinks not all heroes wear capes and tells him he is ready. And then comes out not one, not two but 5 different ring cases each with at least 30 dazzling engagement rings to choose from. To the man, they all look the same but as soon as the salesperson starts pointing out the vast differences, the man realizes whatan overwhelming situation he has gotten himself into.

Sensing the man’s dilemma, the salesperson then asks a few questions about the wearer to find the perfect fit. Not long after answering all the right questions, he walks out of the store with a small shopping bag filled with a diamond engagement ring in a beautifully engraved case. He then calls up his girlfriend, tells her that they are going out on a date night and after the dessert, he bends down on one knee and pops the big question. The lady, seeing the unimaginably beautiful engagement ring says yes and everyone in the restaurant claps.

Doesn’t that sound like a cute story?

But do you realize what made all the difference? What if the man hadn’t found the perfect engagement ring? Would he have been able to propose? What was the missing piece to finding that perfect piece?

The personality of the woman! Choosing an engagement ring is difficult but only if one doesn’t have an idea of what they are looking for. Some wish to have something timeless and vintage, while others want something more modern or edgy. Some want something unique while others just wish to follow the latest trends. Whichever style or metal you choose, know that it will reflect your personality.

Here is a brief guide about the many different diamond cuts that say something about your personality.

Round or Halo:

Whether you wear rugby t-shirt or a floral dress, elegance is your maiden name. For brides who have sophisticated taste but are also traditionalist at heart;a circular cut or round halo engagement ringis perfect for them. Need some guidance? Here’s some:Amazing tips for choosing the perfect halo engagement ring.

Round or Halo

Pear Shaped:

Also called a teardrop shape by many, the pear is a bold fusion between the oval cut and marquise. This diamond cut is for those who like the idea of being tied up in marriage but also love their independence. They like to play by their own rules but wouldn’t mind a partner either.

Pear Shaped

Princess:

A princess cut engagement ring is for a millennial woman with a cool-girl facade. It is for brides who have a young, modern sensibilitybut also wants to show off their girly side.

Cushion:

Acushion cut is a fusion between the round cut and a princess cutwith soft, curved edges. This diamond cut is the classic definition of romance. It is for those brides who look for romance even in the smallest of deeds. Brides who are devoted to tradition and glamour, this ones’ for them.

Marquise:

Marquise shaped engagement rings are for the glamorous girl. The women who are larger than life themselves. Brides who love to lead a drama-filled life. They want everything to be ideal. They get a little finicky when things don’t go their way, but it’s all part of their charm.

Emerald:

A retro-inspired cut, this one is for ladies who like to lead a daring and adventurous life. They embrace the unexpected with delight and are very confident in the man they are marrying. They are also perfectionists so one can expect that all the details at their wedding ceremony will be flawless.

Radiant:

As if the name doesn’t speak for itself already, the radiant cut engagement ring reflects light in a beautiful way. All those women who don’t want to completely give up the traditional matrimonial touch opt for a radiant touch cuts. Women who confidently wear a radiant cut are playful and like to be kept entertained all the time. They hate dull moments in their lives and expect their partners to always give their best shot.

Heart:

You might think heart shaped engagement rings are for the young at heart, the sweethearts, the girliest of girls. And although that might sometimes be the case, this shape is for women who act razor-sharp on the outside but are much more romantic on the inside. They may give their colleagues tough time at work but like to cuddle in your arms as soon as they get home.

Asscher:

We all went gaga when Carrie Bradshaw wore an asscher cut engagement ring in the Sex and the City. If this woman is a fashionista and carries herself with elegance and boldness, this ring is for her. These women prefer a bit of flash in front of a crowd, and they wear it with confidence.

Still need some more advice when it comes to choosing the perfect ring for her? Don’t worry we have got a few. See how to choose an engagement ring that will wow her and know what she truly wants!

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Metal vs. Metal: White Gold vs. Platinum

It’s not just the diamond, the cut or the setting that makes any piece of jewelry unique and elegant, its metal band also plays an important role in its beautification. With the choices of white gold, yellow gold, platinum, silver, titanium etc. it becomes almost impossible to pick one. The two most readily-available and admired are White Gold and Platinum.

But which to pick?

Metal vs. Metal: White Gold vs. Platinum

White Gold vs. Platinum

Before we get on with the battle of the metals, let’s start with knowing a little bit about them in depth.

Platinum is a harder, rarer and heavier white metal. It is a naturally occurring metal and is used in its purest form, making it slightly more expensive than other metals.

White gold on the other hand, is an alloy of gold, slightly yellowish in color and comes in a number of different weights based on their purity. One can purchase a white engagement ring in 14, 18, or 9 carat gold.

Differences in Costs

Although, you may not find much difference in the prices of both, platinum is a bit pricier than white gold. There are several reasons for it; for starters, platinum is denser than white gold which means more material is used to produce it. Secondly, the alloy used in platinum is purer, in fact, 95% of alloys are platinum itself. An 18-carat white gold band uses only 75% of white gold. Thirdly, platinum is more difficult and delicate to work with, it can easily burn which is why a skilled jeweler is required for the job. Lastly, platinum can’t be reused or re-melted like white gold. All the scraps from the ring must be sold to a refiner.

Difference in Durability

A Platinum engagement ring lasts longer and is much stronger compared to a white gold engagement ring. Why? It’s because platinum loses less weight after day to day wear and doesn’t get covered in a yellow hue as white gold.

Difference in Serviceability

White gold is easily serviceable –meaning almost all jewelers will be able to repair, resize or re-polish this metal. The risk with re-polishing platinum jewelry is that it can easily burn or cause damage to the center stone. However, if one wants a ring that doesn’t require plating and re-polishing every few years, platinum is what they should opt for.

Difference between Comfort and Fit:

As we have already discussed, platinum is denser than white gold, the density makes it an ever so slightly heavier metal to wear. Many prefer the heavy weight as it keeps reminding them of the love that the ring holds but there are also some who prefer wearing something light. The level of comfort solely depends on the wearer and her personal preference.

Platinum is slightly stronger than White Gold:

Since white gold is an amalgamation of several different metals, it isn’t as strong or durable as platinum. When we say stronger and more durable we mean that the prongs on a platinum engagement ring won’t break or loosen,therefore increasing the chances of the center stone breaking free.

Platinum Is More Likely To Be Scratched:

Since platinum is a softer metal than white gold, it can be stretched more easily as compared to a 14-carat gold metal engagement ring. But keep in mind that when white gold gets scratched, the gold is lost forever. In comparison, when platinum gets stretched, the platinum just shifts from one place to another, causing a patina finish.

Final verdict:

Although both metals bring charm and elegance to the finished piece one can see that platinum is a more superior metal for a reason. It is still cost-efficient, yet durable and stronger compared to white gold. Therefore, if we were to pick a winner, platinum wins the battle by just a few more points.

 

Now that you have decided which metal you will opt for when going to choose a ring for her, here are some ideas to ensure the proposal is a success.  Read: The best proposal ideas that will make an impression.

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How to Tell If She’s Ready to Marry You

Women can sometimes seem very illogical and unpredictable. There are hundreds of funny memes and Gifs solely dedicated to these two thoughts. Their “no” means “no”, their “yes’” means “no”, their “maybe” means “no”, their “what if” means “no”. Proof of this female notion was expertly portrayed in the movie The Notebook where Noah asked Allie what does she want and she said “I don’t know!”

It’s no secret that most women wish to get married to their prince charming. They have been dreaming about it since the moment they watched their first-ever Disney fairy tale movie. But does she want to share that dream with you? Is she ready to marry you? Does she see you on that white horse coming to sweep her off her feet and take her to a faraway land?

That is the real question, isn’t it?

Well, if you are unsure if she thinks you are husband material or not, here are some signs to look for! If you’ve noticed 3 or more of these signs recently, she is ready for marriage.

She Is Open To Discussing Marriage:

She likes having conversations revolving around the good and bad of marriage. She understands the responsibilities that come with being a lifelong partner and starting a family and she isn’t reluctant to take them on. She discusses with you her idea of a successful marriage. She thinks of it as a long-lasting bond that ties two people together forever in love. Think about it, if she weren’t interested in marriage or getting married to you, wouldn’t she have avoided that discussion the first time you brought it up? Her avoidance would have been a red flag that she isn’t ready to marry you.

She Treats You Like Family:

If you have been dating for a long period of time, chances are that you might have already introduced each other to your respective families. A clear sign would be her inviting you to family dinners and get gatherings, and taking you as her plus-one to weddings. All these activities show how invested she is into the relationship. Furthermore, she shows interest in participating in events celebrated by your family as well. She gets along well with your siblings, gives and takes shopping advice from your mother and is your dad’s favorite.

She Wants Your Opinions on Kids

If she has causally mentioned children in a few of your conversations and asked you if you’re willing to take on the role of a father indirectly, she is trying to envision you as a husband. If she seems eager and excited about the idea, it means deep down she wishes to get married soon and start a family  – with you! Who knows, she is the one thinking “Is he ready to marry you?”

She Stops To Look At Wedding Dresses:

Whether she’s out shopping with you or with a girlfriend, she can’t seem keep her eyes off those bridal gowns boutiques. She occasionally stops by to admire the intricate detail work or the dream train each dress has. How obvious can she be by doing that? Don’t waste any more time before telling her how beautiful she would look in it. In fact, just kneel on one knee right then and there and surprise her in the most unexpected of ways.

 

Gentlemen, if your girlfriend is showing all these signs, it is time for you to get down on one knee and propose. She is ready to marry you! But you may ask yourself, how to propose? Well, lucky for you we have an article with plenty of ideas right here. While you’re at it, make sure the Sylvie Collection diamond engagement ring you pick leaves her speechless. Here’s how to choose the best ring for you.

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History of the Diamond

History of the Diamond

When a man is ready to propose, he presents his prospective bride with an engagement ring embedded with one of the most beautiful stones in the world – a diamond. The very tradition of engagement rings originated in Rome when a woman was made to wear a ring on the left hand’s finger with a key in it, to indicate her ownership.

Today, diamonds may have become the most preferable choice of stone when it comes to engagement rings and wedding bands, but that wasn’t always the case in history. The word “diamond” comes from the Greek word “adamos” which means “I subdue” or “I tame” in literal sense. Its adjective was used to refer to the hardest substance on earth and not so later, became synonymous to the stone itself. Ancient Romans believed that diamonds were god’s tears that fell from above.

The history of the first diamonds dates to India where they were first discovered some 3000 years from today. These shiny stones were then transported into neighboring countries like China via what was known as the Silk Road, where people tried to trade them in exchange for goods and gifts. Diamonds were valued and admired among the masses and soon many started writing verses about its beauty, brilliance and strength. Some said it could ward off evil, while others wore them as adornments. Some said it could cure illness while others claimed it could win battles, some said it could counter the impact of astrological events while other protested that it heighted their sexual prowess. Many believed that diamonds provided protection in battles while others used them as cutting tools. To say the least, it wasn’t long before the word spread and the French soon came to hear about diamonds as well.

Until the 18th century, India was believed to be only source of diamonds. But soon after the diamond mines were depleted, the quest for other sources began. Some small deposits were found in Brazil in 1725, but it wasn’t considered enough to meet the population’s demand.

A decade later, more deposits and mines were discovered in South Africa, increasing their demand drastically. Following suite, Australian, Siberians and Russian didn’t rest until they discovered their own diamond resources.

A 15-year old boy named Erasmus Jacobs in 1866 discovered an ordinary pebble he decided to keep as he was exploring the banks of the Orange River. Shortly after, it turned out that what the boy had was a 21.25 carat diamond. As soon as the discovery made next day’s headlines, diamond prospectors rushed in to the area and in 1871. A colossal deposit of diamond was then unearthed on Colesberg Kopje – a shallow hill. In the next few years, the first-ever large-scale mining operation called the Kimberly Mine came into existence. Surprisingly, the Kimberly Mine also resulted in the decline for the demand for diamonds. Since they were abundantly available, elites stopped considering them exclusive or a rarity and began adorning most of their jewelry with rubies sapphires, and other colorful stones.

De Beers Consolidated Mines, Ltd. – a new company formed by Cecil John Rhodes in 1880 to control the supply of diamond. Although, his ideas and efforts did control its demand, it had already hit rock bottom. Its value continued to decline and by the end of 1919, they were being purchased and sold at half the price. As a last attempt to help the stone regain its lost elegance and class, DeBeers got half of a leading advertising agency ion 1947 to rebrand the stone with a new slogan “diamond is forever”. The emphasis of the marketing campaign was that diamonds should be the only choice when it comes to engagement rings. The long-scale promotional campaign was an instant hit and did its part in making diamonds what they are today.

As of today, 78% of all engagement rings sold worldwide contain diamonds. Not only does it look beautiful, it has established itself as an ever-lasting symbol of romance, love, and commitment.

 

If this has you interested, we have an amazing collection of diamond jewelry just waiting to be picked. Here is an “How to” post for Engagement Ring Buying Guide for Beginners.

 

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A Mother’s Day Gift That Will Be Hard To Top

From bringing us into this world, to looking after us when we fell sick, from preparing us for our first day at school and crying all the way when coming back home, from baking us delicious treats to chanting at our smallest successes – mothers have done all in their power to ensure that we grow up into the beautiful men and women we are today.

So when it comes to buying a gift for the most important person in your life, it isn’t as simple as picking out an outfit. You want to gift her something that is unique, will come in handy, and stillhassentimentalvalue. If you are thinkingsomething like an apron, a personalized gift that says “mom, I love you” or a foot massager, let us be the first to tell you it is 2017!Gifting traditions are changingand the mothersof today deserve something much more special than that, as they must put up with you and your nonsense (just kidding!).

Mom deserves something special, and we’ve got the perfect gifts for her this Mother’s Day!She will want something timeless, something elegant, something she can holds close to her heart, something that shouts love.Call it cherry picking from a thousand other gifts, unlike Mel Gibson in the movie What Women Want, we really do know what women want. It’s diamond jewelry.

Youmay not be able to buy a mother’s love but you can buy her diamond jewelry and that’s basically the same thing, right?

Elegant Free-Form Diamond Fashion Ring

A sleek and elegant design that makes the wearer’s finger look longer, these come embedded with an array of small cut diamonds that weigh .3 carats in total. This is especially for those who have a great sense of fashion and love to embrace modernity. Although not heavy on the hands, it attracts everyone’s attention and will make all the other parents jealous.

Diamond Fashion RingSquare Diamond Pendant in Rose Gold

A chic and exquisite diamond necklace featuring 20 small cut round diamonds sitting on a rose gold square pave with matching rose gold chain. It serves as a perfect gift for ladies of all ages. The long chain makes it wearable for day or night. When paired with its matching ringbelow and earnings, it makes for an ideal Mother’s Day gift set.

Square Diamond Pendant in Rose GoldSquare Pave Diamond Ring in Rose Gold

A little different form the contemporary round rings, this is an all-time favorite. The modern setting on rose gold band makes everyone stop and admire. Each of the 20 diamonds in this trendy rose gold pavering can be a reminder of some good times you spend with her and just how much you love her.

Square Pave Diamond Fashion Ring with Diamond-Lined Marquise Pattern

With a single band that goes on to branch out in six smaller bands; each band features a dazzling strip of diamonds, perfect for all occasions. Its unique setting makes it versatile for any day or night time look.  It weighs .57 carats in total which doesn’t feel like a burden on the finger. Its intricacy and boldness at the same time is what makes it a timeless piece she’ll love to have in her jewelry box.

Fashion Ring with Diamond-Lined Marquise PatternSquare Diamond Earrings in Rose Gold

Featuring pave diamonds, these 14k diamond earnings are both playful and unique. When paired with its matching pendant and ring, they make for a perfect gift set, especially for the trendy mom on the go.If mom prefers classic white or yellow gold you can also find more show stopping studs by clicking here.

Earrings in Rose GoldChic Stacked Diamond Ear Climber

Ear climbers are one of the hottest trends of 2017. If your mother has a flair for fashion, no other gift will top these –guaranteed. Featuring a stack of round-cut diamonds on silver, these earrings are the gift you’ve been searching for this Mother’s Day. These earrings weigh .14 carat in total which is as light as a feather. But don’t be fooled by its sheer size, these dazzling diamond earrings reflect light beautifully, grabbing everyone’s attention. If mom prefers a more classic look, click here to see more shapes.

Chic Stacked Diamond Ear ClimberLooking for some tips on how to choose her the perfect gift? Do read: A Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift: Diamond Fashion Jewelry. Also, if you are looking for something more unique than these, we recommend: Our Top Ten Sellers That Make A Perfect Gift.

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The Sylvie Collection Celebrates 10th Anniversary and Introduces “A Decade of Diamonds” with the Debut of 10 New Bridal Collections at JCK Luxury 2017

 

The Sylvie Collection is proud to announce it’s 10th Anniversary this year. In honor of this milestone we will be launching “A Decade of Diamonds” and introducing 10 new bridal collections at this year’s JCK Luxury in Las Vegas, NV. Fans will also have the chance to win a full mounted engagement ring set worth $7,000 up until May 14th.

This is the largest debut of product in the history of The Sylvie Collection and represents a culmination of the designer, Sylvie Levine’s life work since the brand’s inception in 2007.

Plano, TX (April 19, 2017) – The Sylvie Collection, Texas-based designer bridal jewelry brand will commemorate their 10th anniversary with the premiere of 10 new bridal collections, in addition to an elegant assortment of feminine and delicate wedding day jewelry during the JCK LUXURY trade show in Las Vegas from Friday, June 2nd – Thursday, June 8th, 2017. The brand will welcome members of the press and JCK LUXURY attendees to join them for a private Champagne Toast at their booth (LUX-101) during happy hour, in celebration of the 10-year anniversary and debut of the lines. The 10 new collections boast over 100 designs in total, making it the brand’s largest collection debut to date.

 

In support of the milestone anniversary and the new product offerings, The Sylvie Collection will also be launching “The Elita Ring”, a special edition diamond engagement ring. Additional support for the launch will include; new in-store retailer displays, and a refreshed, contemporary website and press materials. Consumers will also be offered a chance to win a full mounted engagement ring and wedding band set, valued at $7,000.

Known for her customized options and exquisite designs, Levine crafted the bridal collections with the desire to satisfy her customers’ requests for unique and intricate jewelry. The collections feature fresh twists on best-sellers, new stackable engagement ring band sets, complex filigree, two-tone metal combinations and more. New bridal collection designs will range in price from $900 – $4,500 retail.

“These new collections are the culmination of my life’s work, “ says CEO/Designer Sylvie Levine. “They are the most intricate and detailed pieces I have ever created, and like a proud mom, I cannot wait to share them with the public. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, I wanted to create very diverse, yet delicate bridal styles that will appeal to a wide range of modern brides.”

 

In-Store Retail Displays
To complement the extensive bridal selection, The Sylvie Collection will also reveal new in-store displays designed with their existing and future retail partners in mind. Displays are available in varying heights with optional extensions, and feature innovative elements like flexibility and customization offering retailers the ability to create engaging displays for their showcases. Sylvie’s fashion collection displays have also gone through a redesign for retailers and can be showcased alongside Sylvie Collection bridal lines.

“I wanted to create a canvas for my jewelry to be displayed in stores. When you hand your merchandise and materials to the store merchandisers, I like to think of it like it’s giving an artist the tools to create. The functionality and customizability of the new displays allow our retail partners to merchandise the store in a way that is engaging and attractive to customers,” says CEO/Designer Sylvie Levine.

 

Website Redesign
In addition to new products launching in 2017, the brand is thrilled to premiere an entirely updated website which will launch in May 2017. The new site will feature a modern and sophisticated design meant to increase conversions. Designed with both B2B and B2C site visitors in mind, the new website will showcase product and collections in an organized and user-friendly layout. To coincide with the updated website, Sylvie Collection has made new branding and press materials available to retail partners, which will showcase the brand’s new product offering for 2017 and act as prospective selling tools. New and improved materials include beautifully designed consumer brochures and digital flipbooks.

 

The Contest
For Sylvie fans throughout the United States, Sylvie is offering customers a chance to win a full mounted diamond engagement ring and matching wedding band valued at $7,000. [Insert details about the ring and wedding band (Metal, carat weight, stone-shapes, design details, etc.). Sylvie fans can submit entries from April 1st – May 14th via the Sylvie Collection website. To enter, participants have to option to submit their contact information, or upload a photo or video that represents their personal love story. Entrants are encouraged to share content and use the hashtag #DecadeOfDiamonds on social media to gain a higher chance of winning the prized wedding set.

To preview the new collections and other designs, please schedule a meeting with the Luxury Brand Group team to visit LUXURY Booth, LUX-101 during the JCK LUXURY show in Las Vegas, NV.

For additional information on The Sylvie Collection, “A Decade of Diamonds” campaign initiatives, requests for images or look books, or to schedule an interview with the designer, Sylvie Levine, please contact Luxury Brand Group’s, Jordan Landes-Brenman ([email protected]).

Appointments can also be scheduled online at: https://sylvieappointments.pgtb.me/CMTW34 

 

Help us Celebrate a Decade of Diamonds by Entering for a Chance to Win an Engagement Ring Set worth $7,000!

This year marks our 10 year anniversary at the Sylvie Collection and we want you to help us celebrate! In honor of this historic milestone we are offering all our fans a chance to win a full mounted engagement ring and wedding band set worth $7,000! 

The rules are simple:

  • Visit the Decade of Diamonds Contest Page
  • Enter your name and email in the form
  • Submit your video or photo that perfectly sums up your love story!
  • Share the contest and use hashtag #DecadeofDiamonds for bonus points
  • The best photo or video that shows why they deserve to win will be the winner
  • The contest ends on May 14th and the winner will be announced May 15th
  • Check your email on May 15th or check the Sylvie collection Facebook Page to see if you’ve won!

We wish everyone the best of luck and thank you for helping us celebrate this special year!

The Perfect First Date for Each Type of Girl

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Dear Men,

Most girls may seem excited to go out and have dinner with you post-movie, but not every girl wants that. There are exceptions like us. The ones who don’t expect you to buy a ticket to a chick flick because you think we would like that. The ones who would rather go to a theme park and ride a carousel with you – yes, we exist and we are bored with the casual date-night and three-course meal.

Just as there’s no one size fits all, we girls expect and deserve a little more effort than that. First dates don’t always have to be that way. Most of the time, it is too hard for us to pretend that we are having a good time when all we want to do is hail a cab and get home.

Sincerely,

-Girls who wish for something a bit more exciting

Looks like the ladies have spoken!

First dates can be more than just an endless array of drinks at a bar or clapping to the live performance of a worn-out singer in a fine dine restaurant. No lies, both of those are quite enjoyable, but why do they have to be the only two choices open to men? Isn’t unappealing to do the same over and over again with a different girl? More importantly; you wouldn’t want to wake up with a hangover when you didn’t even get to enjoy the night.

Well, the feeling is mutual. Girls too hate the stereotypical first-date and secretly hope that the guy they plan to date is a tad bit different from the one they left.

A good first date sets the pace right. It allows for an engaging dialogue to build and a bond to form. It is the first impression and introduction you make of yourself, so why not make it good? Who knows, some months from now, you might well be proposing to the same girl on one knee with a diamond engagement ring on your hand?

To make that happen, you need to ensure that everything that leads to it is done right. You can’t do that if you get dumped the first night now, can you?

Know that not the same date idea will be loved an appreciated by every girl you meet. If you wish to take her to a paint ball event, you need to find out whether she’s even the least interested in such activities. If she isn’t outdoorsy, the date will be a complete disaster. Similarly, you don’t want to take her to an historical museum and bore her to death if she isn’t into such things.

Lucky for you, we are here to guide you.

You may find more than a dozen different types of girls you may meet as your potential partner but we have narrowed them down to 6 for your convenience. You can always ask for more help in the matter by leaving a comment the end and we will get back to you with impressive ideas.

The Many Types of Girls Out There

A Cheesy Romantic: (Gigi Phillips in He’s Just Not That into You)

This type of girl loves everything Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Sparks. She tears up on emotional scenes, loves to talk about the perfect man 24/7, is inspired by good lyrical tunes and is already imagining a family vacation in the Hampton’s in her imaginations. All in all, she is the one you take to a movie, a live concert, an opera, or out to the beach to witness a beautiful sunset in the evening.

A Shopaholic: (Rebecca Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic)

This type of woman is all Prada and Gucci. Her conversations begin and end with them. She is always on the lookout for sales, discounts, coupon vouchers and other woman carrying a more stylish handbag than them. But beside all that, they can be super fun to hand out with. They have a very kind heart and love to compliment others for their efforts. They would love to go out and have drinks with you but you can’t beat the elated satisfaction they would get if you take them to the mall. They would love you for being so thoughtful.

Adventurous: (Elizabeth Swan in The Pirates of the Caribbean)

These are possibly the easiest ones to date as their personalities are the closest to that of a man. They would happily join you in cheering for your favorite football team, go biking with you, make faces back at the animals in the zoo, beat you at bowling, swirl better than many in advance classes, or dare you to ride with them on the most dangerous roller coaster in a theme park. As you can see, the possibilities are endless.

Nature Lover: (Rachel Kramer in The Big Miracle)

To them, being close to nature is how it was meant to be. They will woo you with their intellect when it comes to anything natural, tell you of scenic places you never even heard of, would love to show you around in a vineyard, happily pack a picnic basket to take it to the beach made from wholesome ingredients etc., make whale noises at a planetarium etc. You can ask them to go bicycle riding, invite them to street food contest, and go see a street fair or simply take long walks.

An Artist: (Allie Hamilton in The Notebook)

They love to draw, sketch and paint. Why take the elsewhere when you can go take a paint class together or visit an art gallery to interpret what the artist wanted to show through his/her paintings?

A Nerd: (Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries)

If the girl you have been set up with is a complete nerd, there is no better place than a museum library, book fair or a cute coffee shop to take them too. Such girls don’t like in places that are too crowded. They also like to plan everything in advance so be sure what to say when you are asked “Where do you see this relationship in the next few months?” or “What expectations you have from them?

 

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Our Top 3 Best Selling Engagement Rings

Whoever said picking out the perfect engagement ring in just a matter of hours doesn’t quite grasp the whole concept of buying a precious diamond! A diamond engagement ring is much more than just a piece of diamond jewelry. It is a lifetime promise we give to each other that binds us together into a lifetime of happiness, cheerfulness, and joy.

It is not just one asking another to marry them; it is asking someone how they’d like the idea to spend of spending every sunrises and sunset with them for the rest of their lives!Such an important question most definitely deserves a lot thought. Just like finding the right words to express your love is hard, so is to find the right diamond engagement ring that conveys the message in a way that is just right for you!

To help you out, we decided to give you an insight on what our most popular styles are to shrink your choices down. How are we going to do that? Simple; we are just going to list down out most popular diamond engagement rings in 2017 so that you have an idea of what everyone is wearing and what you would be getting into.

While some prefer to purchase our top selling rings as they are, others like to add a more personalized touch to them by either customizing the shape or size of the diamonds or even adding a few more to brighten it up. The rings we are about to reveal can also be customized in other ways. The Sylvie Collection and their authorized retailers are happy to add another halo, decorate the band with a row of glittering small-cut diamonds, or even change the color of the band.

Now that you know the possibilities are endless, it’s time to show you our most requested collection of diamond engagement rings. But mind it; these are in no particular order, as each one of them has something unique to offer to the wearer.

Classic Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

1The SY999 is a classic halo engagement rings that has been a fan favorite for years. This traditional yet modern classic engagement ring can come in any shape your bride prefers such as round, oval, pear, cushion and more. A delicate halo of smaller cut diamonds encapsulates the center diamond and the cascading diamond on the shanks adds the perfect touch of femininity and romance. Not too loud and gaudy on the finger, the classic halo or double halo engagement ring has been designed to perfection to look amazing on virtually everyone. It is, most definitely, a timeless classic that no one can take their eyes off.

The Vintage Inspired Diamond Engagement Ring

2It’s no secret that antique and vintage inspired engagement rings are now a thing of the future.Everyone wants to feel nostalgic and unique and these perfectly detailed engagement rings offer just that. Not to mention the diamonds are breathtaking to look at.A vintage inspired engagement ring can make the wearer’s ring finger the center of everyone’s attention as the details are something of a commodity. This stunning S1409 will soon be available in an oval shape as well to be released this summer of 2017.

Modern Solitaire Engagement Ring

3This modern twist an old favorite has been our most talked about ring this year! The S1524 is brand new and has a delicate yet powerful appeal that no one can take their eyes off. Available in white, yellow or rose gold with a matching band, this is one of the most versatile and popular choices this year.This piece settles well on wearers with long and slender fingers. Its delicacy and intricacy is what make it standout when couples come shopping for diamond engagement ring from the Sylvie Collection.

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UpgradingYour Diamond Engagement Ring

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There are many brides who, after rediscovering their diamond engagement ring from their jewelry box years later, feel the same wonder, excitement and love as they did when they first set their eyes on it.  And then there are brides who don’t.

In fact, a few even start to wonder about what they were thinking when they chose that diamond engagementring for themselves. There is nothing to worry about though; as it is completely normal our choices and preferencesto change over the years. You may not like the same kind of music you did when you were in high school and that is okay. When we’re young, we are all in a different phase and the reality is pretty different after 10 years. Let us say it again, it is completely natural if you feel overwhelmed or bored while looking at your diamond engagement ring today.

1True, a diamond engagement ring is supposed to be a forever thing and many might tell you that you don’t need an upgrade, but at the end of the day, it is you who should like it the most! It is the symbol of the love you and your husband or fiancée share and if you can’t feel it just by looking at the ring, a little revamp might change that.

Currently, if you are in a Carrie Bradshaw situation and disappointed that the shape of the ring is nothing like the one you dreamt of or simply have just fallen out of love with it, here are some ways to bring the spark back.

GoFor A Bigger Stone:

With a few little adjustments, setting a new bigger diamond is one of the easiest ways to make your diamond engagement ring more noticeable and attention-grabbing. The jeweler will simply set a bigger diamond on the band, making it sparkle even more than before.

Add A Set Of Complimentary Diamonds On The Shoulder:

If the main stone isn’t the issue and the bland broad shoulder is just not appealing enough, just add a band of smaller cut diamonds to get that heavier looking feeling off the ring. The detailed new band will make any plain-looking diamond engagement ring more intricate and exquisite.

A Single or Double Halo Will Do the Trick:

2If a big-sized centre stone is out of your budget, you can simply make it appear bigger by adding a halo of small cut diamonds to encapsulate the centre one.

Change the band:

You can always opt for a band change by eithereliminating or adding more twists to your plain looking diamond engagement ring. Not only will it give the centre stone more definition, it will also give the ring a whole new look.

Change the Ring’s Setting:

Many a times, the setting on the ring is too impractical. The end result is that it is sitting in a cushioned box on your dressing table. Too high and it gets tangled in your hair and clothes, too low and it shadows the intricacy of the ring. Get it fixed with just a few adjustments that we will be happy to make.

Change The Shape Of The Stone:

Not a big fan of rounds anymore? Feel like everyone around you has the same cut? Get it replaced for another. A different shape will change the overall look of the ring but ensure that you get one that compliments your fingers and hands well.

Set Side Stones:

If a little enhancement or bling is all that you need, opting for smaller side stones is the perfect way to do that.Not only will that make your diamond engagement ring a three-stoned diamond ring, it will also up your ring’s status. You can begin wearing them to fancier occasions like charity galas, balls or socialite parties and get everyone talking about it.  When opting for side stones, you can either go with trilliant princess cuts, round tones or tapered baguettes etc.

Mix up your Metals:

Did you know you can also have the metal remade on your old ring?  This can be done by taking the metal from your ring and re-melting it to change its color. So, if you no longer like the yellow band on the ring, you can always have it melted into something subtler, like rose, platinum or silver.

So whether you’re upgrading your own ring or even updating grandma’s ring, consider these options and you’ll surely be happy with the outcome!

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6 Tips to Selling More this Spring

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Spring is here and summer is on the way. Now is the time to take a long hard look at your store and explore what you can do to ensure that 2017 is your year! To get you started, we’ve put together 6 easy steps any one can follow:

First: BUTTON UP

The old saying “Spring Cleaning” is exactly what we’re talking about here. When was the last time you thoroughly cleaned your displays? What about dead plants that need to be replaced? Does your carpet look old and drab? Have it professionally cleaned with a Groupon! Do you have outdated signs? Call your designers and upgrade them now before the summer.

When was the last time you discussed your dress code with your employees? Print it out and remind your staff to look their best. There are so many easy and cost effective ways to update your store while not having to completely remodel.

SECOND: SHOW YOUR CUSTOMERS WHO YOU ARE

Do your fans post pictures of their rings? Share them on your social media sites, let your customers get to know you! Make yourself relate-able and REAL! Come up with your own unique store hashtag. When a couple purchases a ring, snap a photo of them with a sign that has your logo on it and says “We found the one!” Be careful not to make it too cheesy or commercial. It should be well made and high end. Pick an employee every month to spotlight on your social media pages.

For a great example of how this is in done visit Providence Diamond Co. on Instagram! #PDBrides

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THIRD: BE EVERYWHERE FOR EVERYONE 

When was the last time you sat down and asked yourself, where do my customers come from? Are they calling from your website? Could it be a Google search? A yelp ad? What about a Facebook ad? FIND OUT WHERE your customers are coming from using Google Analytics or Call Tracking. You can even find out what time of the day you receive the most phone traffic so that your staff is properly prepared. If you will be running a Facebook promotion, make sure your staff knows which products are being featured. If customers are trying to ask questions on your website, maybe consider starting a live chat service for faster responses.

FOURTH: SHARE & SPONSOR

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There are thousands of spring and summer events in your community that happen daily that your company can become involved in. Pick a concert event, a charity fundraiser, a sporting event, or even a local school team that can help spotlight your store and chip in as a sponsor. Pick the event wisely – if you want to be known as a wholesome, family business, sponsor an event that is aimed at young children. If you want to appeal to an older or wealthier demographic, try pairing with a symphony orchestra club. To kick start your brainstorm, we’ve suggested a couple ideas for your below:

  1. Partner with the local golf club tournament, offer a piece of jewelry as a prize for first place and have your store’s catalog included in all the tournament goodie bags along with an exclusive discount card that will expire over time.
  2. Partner with a local luxury car dealership, if a customer purchases a specific car during a specific promotion, they can also get a large amount off a piece of jewelry. You’ll be featured in all their advertising which can often mean TV commercial air time and their customers will see added value.
  3. Host a Facebook community pledge to get more likes. For every like your fans give you between a certain timeframe, you’ll donate X amount of money to your favorite charity

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Host a quarterly online contest to give away one of your top selling products. Be sure to collect the email addresses you receive for future re-marketing!

FIFTH: KNOW YOUR PRODUCT  

Look at your current training program, is it working? When was the last time you updated it? Have a Spring Staff Meeting and Issue a Pop Quiz like the one below – Give the winner with the most correct answers a $50 gift card.

  1. What year was our store founded?
  2. What are our store hours?
  3. How many designers do we carry?
  4. Can you name all of them?
  5. What are each designer unique selling points? (leave space for a longer answer)
  6. Who is our target customer?
  7. What is the first thing we say to customers when they come in?
  8. When and how should you follow up with a customer?
  9. What is our store’s price range?

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SIXTH: BE YOURSELF 

When someone walks in to your store, does it look just like the jewelry store they shopped in last weekend with great lighting and simple flower arrangements? What about your store makes you unique? You are the owner of your store, it should reflect you and your unique style. If your favorite color is orange, why not paint an accent wall orange or add a pop of color with orange wallpaper? Buy a few pieces of art to put around the store by your favorite artist. The most successful stores are those that have their own voice and leave an everlasting impression.

Revamping Your Diamond Engagement Ring

1There are many brides who, after rediscovering their diamond engagement ring from their jewelry box years later, feel the same wonder, excitement and love as they did when they first set their eyes on it.  And then there are brides who don’t. In fact, a few even start to wonder about what they were thinking when they chose that diamond engagement ring for themselves. There is nothing to worry about though; as it is completely normal our choices and preferences to change over the years. You may not like the same kind of music you did when you were in high school and that is okay. When we’re young, we are all in a different phase and the reality is pretty different after 10 years. Let us say it again, it is completely natural if you feel overwhelmed or bored while looking at your diamond engagement ring today.

True, a diamond engagement ring is supposed to be a forever thing and many might tell you that you don’t need an upgrade, but at the end of the day, it is you who should like it the most! It is the symbol of the love you and your husband or fiancée share and if you can’t feel it just by looking at the ring, a little revamp might change that.

Currently, if you are in a Carrie Bradshaw situation and disappointed that the shape of the ring is nothing like the one you dreamt of or simply have just fallen out of love with it, here are some ways to bring the spark back.

Go For A Bigger Stone:

With a few little adjustments, setting a new bigger diamond is one of the easiest ways to make your diamond engagement ring more noticeable and attention-grabbing. The jeweler will simply set a bigger diamond on the band, making it sparkle even more than before.

Add A Set Of Complimentary Diamonds On The Shoulder:

If the main stone isn’t the issue and the bland broad shoulder is just not appealing enough, just add a band of smaller cut diamonds to get that heavier looking feeling off the ring. The detailed new band will make any plain-looking diamond engagement ring more intricate and exquisite.

A Single or Double Halo Will Do the Trick:

If a big-sized centre stone is out of your budget, you can simply make it appear bigger by adding a halo of small cut diamonds to encapsulate the centre one.

Get The Band Changed:

You can always opt for a band change by either eliminating or adding more twists to your plain looking diamond engagement ring. Not only will it give the centre stone more definition, it will also give the ring a whole new lease.

Change the Ring’s Setting:

Many a times, the setting on the ring is too impractical. The end result is that it is sitting in a cushioned box on your dressing table. Too high and it gets tangled in your hair and clothes, too low and it shadows the intricacy of the ring. Get it fixed with just a few adjustments that we will be happy to make.

Change The Shape Of The Stone:

Not a big fan of rounds anymore? Feel like everyone around you has the same cut? Get it replaced for another. A different shape will change the overall look of the ring but ensure that you get one that compliments your fingers and hands well.

Set Side Stones:

If a little enhancement or bling is all that you need, opting for smaller side stones is the perfect way to do that. Not only will that make your diamond engagement ring a three-stoned diamond ring, it will also up your ring’s status. You can begin wearing them to fancier occasions like charity galas, balls or socialite parties and get everyone talking about it.  When opting for side stones, you can either go with trilliant princess cuts, round tones or tapered baguettes etc.

Get The Metal Remade:

You can also get the metal remade.  This can be done by taking the metal from your ring and re-melting it to change its color. So, if you no longer like the yellow band on the ring, you can always have it melted into something more subtle, like rose, platinum or silver.

 

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Marquis vs. Pear-shaped Engagement Rings: Who will win?

Let’s get one thing straight, shall we? Finding the perfect diamond engagement ring for your partner is a lot like choosing the perfect bridal gown. You may start looking at some for fun in the beginning, only to discover that what looked good in the display section doesn’t look the same on you. The reason: different body shapes. Like we said earlier, same is the case with diamond engagement rings. It is your finger that determines what cut, shape, band or metal look good on you.

But that shouldn’t fret you. Amongst the multitude of styles available, we are sure you will find something suitable for yourself from the lot. In this blog however, we will try to settle the score as to whether pear-shaped rings win or is it marquise cut diamonds that reign when it comes to choosing your diamond engagement ring. By knowing what looks good on your finger, you will be able to cut down the amount of time and efforts involved in going from one store to another for 3 hours straight.

Pear-shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

s1199-psA pear-shaped diamond cut is a uniquely designed combination of a marquise and round cut diamond with one end being a semi circle and the other pointy. The only rule to wearing pear-shaped brilliant-cut diamond is by wearing it with its pointy end pointing towards the wearer’s hand. Like many other diamond cuts, the pear-shaped diamond also come in a variety of sizes and widths, depending on what the wearer wishes for. The biggest perk of a pear-shaped ring is that it makes its wearer’s fingers appear slimmer and longer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marquise-shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

A shape that often gets reassembled with that of a football, this cut too, is a modified brilliant cut diamond. It was named after the Marquise of Pompadour, for whom King XIV of France ordered that a stone be fashioned that was the shape of her perfect full mouth. The biggest perk about these diamond cuts is that their narrow but long shape gives the illusion of a bigger-sized diamond. What comes additionally featured is a diamond with the largest crown surface. It is perfect for when trying to amplify a diamond’s perceived size. Similar to pear shaped cuts, these too, make its wearer’s fingers appear slender and longer.s1199-mq-main

 

What diamond engagement ring will suit you if you have:

Large hands

When the wearer has larger hands, they can get away with chunky or bulky rings easily. These include both pear-shaped or marquise shaped diamond engagement rings.

Small hands

Chunky or bulky rings don’t look good on small hands. When the wearer has small hands, it’s all about the right proportion. Some of the most suitable cuts include oval, pear, heart-shaped stones but in smaller and slender width.

Wide fingers

When picking a ring for wider fingers, the trick is to choose a ring that doesn’t show too much skin on either side of it. Meaning: it must have a wider diamond in the centre. If it doesn’t, it will only make the finger appear wider than it already is. Nothing to be gloomy about if you are the one with wider fingers, as you can choose from a dozen different styles, cuts and band widths by trying everything from chunky rings to classier vintage ones. If you ask us, the best shapes would include marquise, rectangular, oval or emerald.

Short fingers

Any ring that gives the illusion of elongated fingers will look best on the wearer with short fingers. Which diamond cuts would that include? Pear, marquise and ovals.

Slender fingers

When picking a diamond engagement ring for slender fingers, the idea is to ensure that it doesn’t overpower the finger. Meaning: choose wider stones to make the fingers appear less linear and complement them with stacking rings or a thicker band.

So, one can’t really tell which one is better than the other. The ideal trick to select a diamond engagement ring is by noticing the shape of your partner’s hand and finger. Even the most beautifully cut diamonds look unflattering when the hand or fingers don’t complement them well.

 

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March Birthstones: Aquamarine and Bloodstone

As early as time itself, people have associated each month with one or two specific birthstones, claiming that each has a significant impact on the person’s personality born in that month. Whether it is true or not, this time, we are taking a look at the birthstone of those born in March. Surprisingly, people born in this month have two birthstones–aquamarine and bloodstone—whose details have been described below.

Aquamarine

Since many years, aquamarine has remained the symbol of love, unity, strength and fidelity. Capturing both the essence and color of the sky and sea water, many believe it embodies eternal life. This is one reason why most couples choose this stone in their diamond engagement ring or wedding band. 1 It is also known to promote peace and calmness in the beholder. It can most commonly be found in Brazil, Madagascar, Pakistan, Mozambique and Zambia.

A Little History about the Stone…

For centuries, it has been believed that aquamarine protected sailors during their voyage. Its calm color keeps the wearer levelheaded and calm. Many even believed that just by wearing this gemstone, one was protected from the venomous poison of snakes. Also believed is the fact that the gemstone helps in the reconciliation of differences, symbolizes love and unity, and keeps enemies away.

Healing Powers and Uses:

Aquamarine is known to emit a compassionate source of energy which promises deep relaxation and a calming liquidity to one’s soul and mind. The stone has long being associated with having magical powers that heighten one‘s awareness about truth and illuminate any hidden or unpleasant forthcoming situations so that one may prepare for them in advance.

As for its medicinal properties, it has been effective in reducing the addiction of drugs, prevent fluid retention in one’s body, strengthen one’s thyroid, kidney and spleen, improve vision and work as a toxic purifier. Many even say that when placed around the neck or any swollen area, this stone helps reduce the inflammation and swelling.

Many even go as far to suggest that by wearing one as a ring or a necklace, partners who have lost their way, reunite and work out their marriage by understanding each other better.

Bloodstone

2Also known as the heliotrope, bloodstone is the second birthstone of those born in March. Bloodstones are nothing more than a cluster of crystals joined together to form a much bigger crystal. These are the most commonly found in India, Brazil and Australia, embedded in rocks or in riverbeds in the form of pebbles.

A little history about the stone…

Bloodstones were first used by the Babylonians to make amulets and seals. They believed it had multiple healing powers especially when the disease was related to blood disorders, thus the name. It is also believe that the stone was first created with Jesus Christ’s blood drops when they stained some jasper at the cross’s foot. The stone was mostly commonly used in divination by the Babylonians, while Egyptians called it the miraculous stone as they thought it magically defeated enemies.

Healing Powers and Uses:

As for its healing powers, according to popular belief, bloodstones were pulverized to be mixed with honey and egg whites to stop bleeding and heal tumors. Many also believed that this stone had the potential to remove a venomous snake’s poison from one’s body and predict the weather.

For many centuries, these stones have also been labeled as stones of courage as they improve one’s physical strength, calm anxiety and enhance a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem. It even improves one’s financial state and promotes family love.

Furthermore, there are people who believe that bloodstone also prevents jealousy and fights evils. It is known to bring its wearer good fortune, love and prosperity while adding longevity. Some even go to such an extent to claim that the stone changes color when danger is near.

As far as its medical benefits are concerned, many use it to treat cases of anemia and blood-related disorders. It eliminates the chances of pus infections, neutralizes the body of harmful toxins, and strengthens one’s kidneys, heart and liver etc.

How High Is Your Stack? The Art Involved In Stacking Rings

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It wasn’t long ago when we all went gaga over layered necklaces. As a follow-up trend, ring stacking took birth. Today, a majority of the teenagers and adults alike are looking for the best strategies to pile multiple rings with each other and are receiving positive compliments over social networking sites like Instagram and Facebook on their strategic creativity. Married women are stacking their diamond engagement rings with contrasting rings on the bottom or top middle of their fingers while girls in their twenties are busy showcasing and teaching others about the rules that must be followed in order to master the art.

But before we dig in to find out the answer to how high the stack can go and what factors must be taken into account, we are listing down the five very strict rules of ring stacking strategy that all must follow, whether going solo, piling up your bands or settling somewhere in between.

5 Definite Rules to Ring Stacking

Begin with your most favorite piece:

It could most definitely be your diamond engagement ring, a most frequently worn ring, a family heirloom, or anything else that is closest to your heart and means an awful lot. It deserves to find the most important spot. No matter how big or small, it needs to stand out, which takes us to the next point, mix and match metals.

Aim for balance:

It doesn’t matter if half of your ring stack involves gold or silver or white-rose colored bands, the key is to aim for a balance so that every piece looks like it was meant to be there and stacked strategically.

Or don’t:

If mix and match is not your style, you can always opt for a more polished look by going with a single color scheme. The only thing you will have to take care of is to ensure that a proportion is being maintained and not all thick or sleek pieces are stacked together.

Don’t worry about the symmetry:

The whole point of stacking rings together is to give your diamond jewelry pieces a little more attention than they usually get. What is most attention-grabbing, you may ask?  Asymmetrical pieces!

Don’t leave your thumb or pinky bare:

You can’t leave them bare. If not on both, as they may start to get in the way, you must choose between your thumb or pinky finger to complete the overall look.  This will add a little more interest to the design you have set.

How High Can You Go?

In an ideal world, the answer would have been as high as you can go, but since we don’t live in one, there is a limit to it. You can stack as many as 4 to 5 rings on a single finger but if practicality is kept in focus, two to three would do the trick. Higher than that and you might feel your finger choking under the burden of additional bands, rendering you helpless to even perform the simplest of tasks. You wouldn’t want that, would you? Therefore, as the saying goes, less is more. Whenever you are stacking rings, see if you will be able to carry the weight along. Lastly, overly-decorated fingers don’t always shout classy, especially if you don’t have the right finger or hand shape for it. Therefore, if you were to ask us, we recommend you go with the less is more statement by stacking minimum but the right set of rings together to grab positive attention.

 

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Diamond Earrings: Making Occasions Extra Special

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Be it any occasion, a pair of diamond earrings will always compliment anything you wear. Those sparkling, sometimes noisy little pieces, whether they’re kissing your neck or securely embedded to your ear, easily become the center of attention. Just the sheer availability of different shapes, sizes and colors makes them even more ideal to suit any dress, look or occasion. But as with everything, preferences change over time and you may get bored of the jewelry you bought a few years back.

We can honestly say this rarely happens when talking about the timeless elegance that diamond jewelry brings with it. Even when worn alone, without any other accessory to complement it, diamond pieces bring a charm of their own to everything you wear, no matter how simple they are. Same is the case with diamond earrings.  Nothing exudes class, elegance and beauty quite like the perfect pair of diamond earrings.

What Occasions Can They Be Worn to?

Think about it, aren’t they the most convenient accessory to wear, other than your diamond engagement ring or diamond wedding band? Not too flashy, but perfect for when you wish to stand out and not too shady either. In fact, if one thinks about it, an occasion isn’t even required to accessorize oneself with diamond earrings. You can wear them to work, casual lunches with friends, parties and more!

All you need to do is find the right pair.  Lucky for you, we have an impressive range of diamond earrings along with other diamond jewelry such as diamond engagement rings, diamond wedding bands, diamond bracelets etc. that we can guarantee, will make you fall in love at first sight.

The Different Types of Diamond Earrings Available At Sylvie Collection

The best thing about diamond earrings is that because of their transparency, they go perfectly well with all colors and outfits you wish to pair them up with. At Sylvie, we have:

  1. Chandelier diamond earrings
  2. Diamond studs
  3. Ear climbers

Our Top 5 Pick

Since you have asked, we are listing five of ours and our clients’ most favorite diamond earrings below.

1.      White and Rose Gold Fashion Earrings

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A little on the fancier side, these are perfect to pair with stylish outfits when going to a wedding, engagement party or award show. Recently worn by actress Nina Debrov, these stunning earrings feature a pear shaped morganite center that comes framed with milgrain details in shade of rose. The center stone is encapsulated by two outer halos, creating the perfect frame. You can also request for a different colored diamond to have them customized.

2.      Elegant Wave-Shaped Ear Climbers

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Perfect for every formal, casual or informal occasion, these look best on slightly less dressy occasions like a high school reunion, proms or a lunch with a group of friends. The elegant yet simple design is what makes them perfect to go with all your outfits. Can’t think of a gift for a close friend or sibling? Let your love shine through these.

 3.      Unique Round Brilliant Pear Shape Diamond Earrings

3This dangling chandelier diamond earring should be your first pick when going to a fancy or grand event. These are instant attention-grabbers. Featuring two diamond studded halos that beautifully encase the center pear-shaped diamond, this is an addition to your jewelry that you simply can’t miss having. If that wasn’t enough, the band itself has a strip of small cut diamonds for an added sparkle.

4.      Chic Angular Diamond Ear Climbers

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These promise to be a modern addition to everyday wear ear jewelry. Like our wave shape ear climbers, these too, compliment all less formal events and can even be worn as an everyday accessory. Perfect for the glam girl with an edge.

5.  Purple Amethyst and Diamond White Gold Earrings

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With the choice of multiple different colored center stones, these cushion cut diamond stud earrings are a perfect wardrobe staple for ever woman. With a band of shimmering diamonds surrounding the center stone, these make the ears pop out whether you have your hair down or secured in a bun.  Pair them up with a gorgeous short dress when going out on a romantic date night and we promise your man won’t be able to take his eyes off you.

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Beyond Floral, Spring 2017 Jewelry Trends

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Spring is quickly approaching and there’s so much more to look forward to rather than just a bouquet of gorgeous floral inspired engagement rings. This Spring we can expect to set new standards when it comes to designer diamond and bridal jewelry.

Asymmetry & Bold Colored Stones

This spring is the season of asymmetrical pieces and bright bold stones. The market has seen a huge rise in the demand of colored stones with consumers seeing both the value and the beauty in less-traditional stones. These fun bright pieces can be worn as special occasion jewelry, or even as every day pieces depending on the individual style of the person. For spring, we are loving peridot and rose combinations. To see more check out JCK’s 2017: The Year of Peridot.

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Vintage Inspired Engagement Rings

Vintage inspired engagement rings have been popular year-round and it’s no secret that this trend will continue to evolve into so much more. As seen on the runway by high end designers such as Alexander Mcqueen, Chanel, and Dior the vintage trend has only been on the rise and continues to grow this Spring. Expect to see lots of details on engagement ring wish lists this year, such as milgrain, bezel settings, leafy filigree, and oval shape diamonds.

 

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Diamond Hair Pieces

Another trend we’re seeing is the use of bold diamond hair pieces. Diamond hair pieces are perfect for outfits that have many details, or for a simple outfit looking to be taken up a notch. Nina Dobrev was spotted at the red-carpet premiere for her new movie “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” wearing a stunning diamond hair piece and a Sylvie Collection free-form diamond ring to compliment her look.

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Hand Chains

As seen in several collections at New York fashion week, hand chains, both bulky and delicate have official made their mark. From designers such as Lavin, Ashish, Alexander McQueen and more, this trend is well on its way to being one of the boldest and most playful accessories we’ve seen in years.

 

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Delicate Nature Inspired Bands

Nothing pairs better with a classic laid back Spring look than a delicate leafy diamond statement band. This season we can expect to see nature inspired accents across the board.

 

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A few more trends we can expect to see this season are:

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See the latest trends in celebrity bridal jewelry on Hollywood Today Live!

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Styling guru, Michael O’Connor and other fashion experts at Hollywood Today Live featured Sylvie Collection’s latest vintage collection to showcase the hottest trends in celebrity bridal jewelry!

How to Look Chic for Your Engagement Photo Shoot

Congratulations, you just got engaged! So, your man finally gathered the guts to get down on one knee and pop the “Will you marry me?” question. We are positive you must have already phoned/texted your family and close friends, put up pictures of the heart-warming proposal and received a lot of congratulatory messages. We are also positive that the bride-to-be must have already started looking at bridal gowns.But we feel she shouldn’t be looking at one –at least not before she decides what she is going to wear for her engagement photoshoot.

For many, thinking about what to wear for your engagement photo shoot is a lot trickier than picking a white dress. As compared to the wedding, one has very little time to think about an outfit, the right accessories to go with it, get a wedding photographer on board, pick a location, send out invitation cards, and more for everyone to gloat at! If you are one of those which are on the fence regarding what to wear and what tips to take note of to make your engagement photoshoot a classier one, here are some piece of advice from the experts.

Make Your Engagement Ring Your Photo Shoot’s Focus:

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We totally understand that you must be feeling over the moon after being recently engaged. Why let anything overshadow the reason? Ensure that your diamond engagement ring is the center of attention. It must be shown off prominently in all the pictures you plan to keep. After all, it is the reason that brought you two lovebirds together, isn’t it? (photo via Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry, ring by The Sylvie Collection)

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Talking about your dress, be sure to wear something you feel most comfortable in. Why? It’s because the photo shoot will involve a lot of awkward posing that might require you to stand, sit or move around in difficult poses. Too heavy a dress and it will make chafing poses difficult, to light and it will keep flowing with the wind, ruining all your engagement photos if it is a windy day.

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You don’t have to come off as very theatrical with your poses just because they are going to be sent to everyone and will be posted on all your social networking platforms. Your engagement photo shoot must focus on you two, the real you who people know about. Try infusing your own personality in your engagement photos so that all those who know you can actually relate to them. If you two are outgoing and social, make sure your photos project the same image.

Dress Alike –Not Same, But On A Similar Scale:

Whether you accept it or not, it is going to look awkward if your husband-to-be comes wearing a casual shirt with sneakers and you come all dolled up in a glittery cocktail dress with high heels. Have a detailed conversation about your outfits with your partner and take suggestions from your photographer if you both can’t reach a consensus.

Your Dress Should Accentuate Your Body Type:

And also your skin tone! It shouldn’t be too baggy or too tight that it looks like you are gasping for air. Also, don’t opt for colors that don’t look good on you as photos can just only be edited, not completed altered.

Show Off Your Best Features:

It is important that your engagement photo shoot focuses on your best assets. If you have a smile that melts hearts, let it be the star in the photo.If good hair is your best feature, ensure that the photo shows that off perfectly. Have toned arms? Go with a strapless dress. You get the idea, right?

 

Don’t Go Too High Or Low On Makeup:

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Consistency should be the key. Neither do you want to look too dolled up nor like you just woke up and washed your face before coming for your engagement shoot. A little makeup that doesn’t really show and only conceals your flaws would be ideal.

 

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Hosting Your Own Engagement Party

When one gets engaged, it is a natural reaction to tell the whole world about it. You want to flaunt your diamond engagement ring and tell your proposal story over and over again. Growing up watching Disney fairy tales further strengthen our belief in the existence of a prince charming.When he does get down on one knee and pulls out a diamond engagement ring from his pocket, the joy is out of this world. Suddenly, we feel valued and loved. But there lies another task that would need their immediate attention once they are back from cloud 9…the engagement party.

Engagement Parties in the Olden Times…

The earliest concept of an engagement party revolved around the bride’s parents who wanted to announce the forthcoming wedding of their daughter to everyone in town.Once all the guests arrived, they would break the news to them and everyone would rejoice and congratulate the girl and her parents.

Over time, the tradition changed. Nowadays, engagement parties are held after an engagement has been announced. All those who are invited come with a gift and rehearsed toasts to congratulate the couple.These parties offer the perfect opportunity to get together and share the details of the grand proposal and flaunt your diamond engagement ring!

Party Preparations

Listed below are some essentials you must take care of when hosting your engagement party. These include picking a theme, sending out invitations, renting a place, catering and making thank you notes to be sent to your guests for coming to celebrate your forthcoming marriage. What Choices Do You Have?

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If you are planning a strictly formal wedding, everything from start till end must go together. This calls for a formal brunch or lunch with your closest family members and friends. To do that, you can have a dining hall/banquet reserved in your favorite restaurant.

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Afternoon tea parties are also ideal to have on a weekend where heavenly delights can be displayed on tables as guests help themselves. You can arrange a selection of sandwiches, pies, pastries and quiches along with brewed tea and coffee served in vintage china. You can also book a veranda or an outdoor patio in a restaurant to avoid the extra hassle of decorating the place.

3.      Cocktail Party

You can also host your engagement party in a cocktail bar if you only wish to celebrate your upcoming event with a bunch of friends of the same age. You can have the same party at home by hiring a bartender to mix some delectable drinks for your guests.

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Another great place to host your engagement party is in the backyard while barbecuing out in the sun. This will help your guests relax and will allow them to dress casual. When the sun goes down, you can pop some fairy lights on the branches and light some scented candles on the tables to keep the party going.

Once a theme has been decided, it is time to draft an engagement invitation so that they can be sent out to your guest list. If you aren’t inviting a lot of people, you can simply choose to opt for online engagement invitations by personalizing an already designed template with your details. However, if you choose to do it the traditional way, ensure that the engagement invitations are sent out at the earliest.

During the Party

  1. It is understandable that you have so much to do on your hands, but don’t forget that this is your party. Not only are you the host, you are also the star of the engagement party. YOU of all the people deserve to feel the most gorgeous, happiest and the most important. It is a time to celebrate YOU! So, don’t let anything overshadow your happiness or importance. Make sure that you enjoy every single second of your own engagement party gathered around by your loved ones.
  2. Dress the best. Wear a stylish piece that is slightly glittery and heavier than what everyone else in the room is wearing. You must stand out and everyone coming to your engagement party must instantly know who the bride-to-be is. It is time for you to shine. Don’t forget to flaunt your diamond engagement ring In front of everyone.
  3. Take out some time to meet each guest in person and thank them for their presence and the gift they bought along.

After the Party

Personal notes go a long way. Ensure that after the party, you send everyone a personalized thank you note. This little gesture will leave a long-lasting impression on all your guests and make them feel an important part of your big celebration. You can also send along a token of love by choosing something from our special diamond jewelry collection for some close loved ones to make them feel truly special.

 

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Diamond Jewelry to Glam Up Your Little Black Dress

Be it Emma Stone, Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner (or any Hollywood-A-lister) all have worn a gorgeous little black dress. However, celebrities aren’t the only ones who look so elegant when wearing one, we all do! It is like a blank canvas waiting to be sketched on with the right accessories that give it meaning. It can make even your kitschy of pieces look timeless and suits all body types. They also look great on all occasions, be it weddings,a night out with friends, cocktail parties and formal office events. The LBD never goes out of style, which is one reason every womenin her early teens has one in her wardrobe.

Although its versatility is well-recognized, there is one thing that completes the look –diamond jewelry. In this blog, we are going to list some combinations to pair them with your little black dress and rule the world!

Some Details to Work with…

The Occasion

What occasion you plan to dress up for will determine the kind of accessories you wear. Even though diamonds are the only stones that go perfectly well with causal dresses, there is some etiquette to follow when it comes to what pieces to wear to what occasion. Diamond jewelry and a black dress are itself a combination that will get you noticed, but it will only get you noticed the right way if you wear them according to the occasion you are attending.

Casual occasion

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When going to a casual event, keep things on a lighter note by wearing delicate diamond jewelry pieces,such as one of our bangles, earrings or simply, a stunning diamond engagement ring if you were recently proposed to.

Formal occasion

You can style your little black dress with either a long-chained diamond pendant, a statement piece or leave it out completely by opting for our shimmering earring pieces. You can have the earring stones customized with colored stones to make them look more exquisite.

The Dress Cut

Another important factor to take into account is the cut of the dress. Does it have a plunging neckline, a scoop or square bodice cut or is it strapless? All these will determine the size and shape of the diamond jewelry to wear. We have listed a few jewelry combinations for different dress cuts.Rest assured as they aren’t carved in stone.You can always add more personality to your dresses by extending your own creativity to it.

A strapless dress

A strapless dress entirely hangs off the shoulder. They hang around the arm where one’s shoulder ends and have a bandeau look about them. The word originates from the French language which means a cloth wrapped around one’s body. When jeweling up, you can accentuate your neck with a statement necklace that leaves a little space between the neckline and the necklace. You can also completely ditch the necklace and go with longer, chandelier diamond earrings to complete the look.

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LBDs with a plunging neckline allow you to display some additional cleavage as compared to other necklines. This one feature makes them ideal to go with pendants with a slightly longer chain that sits right above the bosom. If the dress is sleeveless, you can also wear choose something from our stunning diamond bangles collection. If your dress has sleeves, leave out the bangles and let your diamond engagement ring shine the brightest.

For a halter-top dress

This dress features a strap of fabric that goes around your neck to hold the dress in place. This leaves the wearer with a sleeveless and backless look. As most of the neck is already claimed by the garment, there is no point in accentuating it with a statement piece. You can, however, add a chic pair of chandelier earrings and a diamond bracelet to complete your dazzling transformation.

A scoop or square neckline

A scoop or square neckline allows you to show off your cleavage and gorgeous color bones. To keep things neat, always pair your dress with either a shorter or a longer pendant. You can wear a choker, a statement necklace or a rope chain pendant with beaded pearls or shimmering diamonds. If you are going with a well-defined necklace, let it be the only thing that stands out. Don’t crowd your outfit with too much glitter by wearing bangles or chunky rings.

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This offers a more formal and striking look thanks to the asymmetrical shape of the one-shoulder neckline. The feature draws attention to the wearer’s unwrapped shoulder and the neck. One can go with statement necklaces, but not one that settles too low on the neck. If a necklace isn’t something you want to go for, wear a chunky diamond bracelet, such as the one we have in our collection, on your naked arm to create an impact.

 

There isn’t much that can wrong with a black dress with our range of diamond jewelry at Sylvie Collection. We have the finest and most exquisite pieces to make you stand out from the crowd. Black or no black, we have specialty times that go with everything you have in your wardrobe. If you are going to wear anything more, let it be your confidence! We will take care of the rest.

 

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