Color Study: Seeing Green

In the throes of August (which still feels completely ridiculous to be typing…how is it physically possible that we’re about to enter the last 4th of 2014?!) It’s only right to celebrate its verdant birthstone peridot. Peridot is a bright green gem that’s decidedly warmer than emerald or tsavorite or jade. It’s a uniquely colored gem that’s grassy enough to represent the bright, last month of summer, but its warm undertones ease the transition into fall’s very warm shades of yellow, orange, and crimson. If you’ve never thought of the year/seasons as a color wheel before, you’re welcome. But it’s Read More →

Another Step for Smart Jewelry: Beacon & Lively Smart Bracelet

A few months ago, the technically functional, yet undeniably chic Ringly finally broke down the barriers between smart jewelry and aesthetically pleasing jewelry. While wearable technology is nothing new – especially not in the realms of fitness and general gadgetry – actually fashionable smart jewelry unfortunately is. And when Ringly ushered in a stylish era where a cocktail ring you’d wear anyway can also improve your tech life, well I was head over heels. Not only did I have a new bauble to add to my perpetual wish list, but I was stoked to see what other smart jewelry designers would Read More →

Engagement Ring Eye Candy: Diamonds on the Side

We’re taking today’s serving of engagement ring eye candy with a side of diamonds. Yes, all of the goodies on today’s menu feature diamonds on the side – albeit in distinct styles. Adding diamonds to a ring’s sides – or shanks, if you want to use the correct jewelry anatomy terminology – is a fantastic way to further personalize a ring. There are a finite number of diamond shapes (cuts, again using proper terminology), so it’s up to the ring’s wearer and/or purchaser to make that ring truly theirs. Channel set rounds in combination with a round brilliant center stone Read More →

A Ring Box With Camera That Gets The Proposal in HD

If you’re a regular reader, you already know that I think you need engagement photos. Not engagement portraits that you take after you say “Yes!” Not adorable photos to use as Save the Date postcards. Nope, I’m talking pictures of the actual engagement. The snapshots can come from a professional ninja photographer or a professional photographer who’s snapping away under the guise of whatever the groom-to-be has cooked up (it’s a photo shoot for the local magazine, it’s for your sister’s wedding video, it’s for my uncle’s dog walking business, etc., etc.) When a pro-photog isn’t in the cards or Read More →

Avril Lavigne’s New Engagement Ring

Well well well, this week’s wrap up is interrupted by none other than sk8r grrl herself. Not too many moons ago, Canada’s royal couple, Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger, of Nickelback infamy, sealed the deal on their love with a huge (gigantico) pear shaped diamond. Her original, 14.01 carat pear shape (with additional pear shape side stones) must not have been cutting it, because Chad surprised her for their anniversary with a SEVENTEEN carat diamond. One year of wedded bliss earned Avril the insanely huge emerald cut, and she was more than happy to show it off on Twitter, saying: “I Read More →