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Engagement Rings Through The Years

With engagement season upon us, it’s time to take a stroll down memory lane and dig in to the origins of the engagement ring and trends throughout the years.

It has been documented that engagement rings date back to ancient Egyptians as they have been found buried with metal wire around the third finger of their left hands, the same finger we wear wedding bands on in present day.  The diamond engagement ring dates back to the Middle Ages when Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring with the letter M spelled out in small diamonds, though it is believed that an advertising campaign for jewelry De Beers from the 1940s is what really thrust diamond engagement rings into popularity with the slogan, “A diamond is forever,” a phrase that is well-known and still used to this day.

Now more than ever, we are seeing less traditional diamond rings and more gem stones taking front and center. Let’s take a look at how we got here.

1930s

Unlike what we think is a traditional engagement ring, 1930s rings boasted an art deco feel with not just diamonds but gemstones.

1940s

This decade saw the rise in big and bold rings, with intricate details that included ribbons, bows, and flowers.

1950s

Stacked engagement and wedding rings were all the rage this decade, which is likely due Audrey Hepburn’s trend-setting ring.  This trend is something we are still seeing today!

1960s

Celebrities set off the “bigger is better” trend, with record breaking carat sizes. Just check out Elizabeth Taylor’s 33-carat engagement ring from Richard Burton:

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1970s

The new popular cut was the princess cut – something I view as traditional, though at the time was viewed as a cut that strayed away from engagement rings past.

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1980s

Two words: Princess Diana. Her iconic sapphire had girls ogling knock-offs!

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1990s – Present

We have been seeing a mix of decades past most recently, but it’s important to mention the rise of the halo ring these past few years.

Personally, I think you can never go wrong with a classic solitaire. What’s your favorite?

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Ex-Boyfriend Jewelry

We all have that box of old stuff from our ex-boyfriends under our beds in our childhood bedrooms. That stuff ranges from silly knick-knacks, items of clothing, and jewelry. We typically give this box no mind, but every now an then, it sneaks up on you, and reminisce about that nice necklace you once wore in pride that is now collecting dust.

Enter website Ex-Boyfriend Jewelry; an online hub that allows for you to buy, sell, trade, and blog about the breakup. Though the name of the site plugs ex-boyfriends, it’s open to all dumpees, divorcès, and everything in between; to rid themselves of the literal excess baggage and make a little pocket-chance in the process.

The site’s search function is seamless and once you find what you’re looking for, you’re not only provided with pics and details of the product, but treated to “The Scoop,” the reasons behind the splits, an within seconds you will find yourself down the rabbit hole of lovers scorned:

I was in a serious relationship with this guy, let’s call him Doc since he was a surgeon. We were dating about a year; I had quit my job after he asked me to move in, and basically played housewife – without the wifey status. We flew to Vegas, Miami, places like that very often for his “work conferences”. One weekend in Miami, Doc got drunk – like pass out in the elevator drunk. Let me mention that while I was away on a trip to see my family the weekend prior, I came home to find a hair tie and a bangle bracelet on the ledge of our shower. NOT MINE!!! So while in Miami, I’m taking care of Doc getting him to the to and I’ve been dying to go through his phone, naturally like most girls would. Voila. FOUND IT. Bastard has individual photo albums for each of his girls he’s been “friendly” with. He’s got message after message after MESSAGE of “patients” of his… Found out these weren’t real patients, because real patients pay with money or insurance. Nope. These girls didn’t pay for anything, in fact, they got free Botox and their cell phone and light bills paid BY MY MAN for a small fee of having sex with him. DIS. GUS. TING. I waited until the next day to bring this to his attention. He had no idea what to do because there’s no way he could deny it. Want to know how he makes it up to me? Bastard goes to Tiffany & Co. and buys me this ring. HONEY, diamonds are a girls best friend but I will take loyalty any day over that. Needless to say, I accepted it. Along with getting my job back and a house of my own impressively quick after that. Bye Felicia.

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The concept of this site is really great – after a break-up, especially a bitter one, I can’t imagine a better way to get revenge and vindication. I think they should implement a dating section, too! Wouldn’t it be cool to see a match made from people selling jewelry from their exes? Definitely a story for the grandchildren!

Product Review: Anjolee Milgrain Diamond Eternity Band

Longer ago than I’d like to admit, I was given the opportunity to review product from jewelry brand, Anjolee. I was given the option to chose the piece and knew immediately I wanted the Milgrain Diamond Eternity Band, because I’ve been dropping hints for another band probably since my one year wedding anniversary.

The band was bigger than I anticipated, but that may also be because I’m used to my thin pave ring. The detail of the ring is very minor, and dainty, with little indentations surrounding each diamond, which gives it just enough pizazz to bring to your hand. 

Since it’s an eternity band, you can wear it many ways: alone, with your engagement ring, or all three together! Check out what it looks like on and let me know what your favorite style is!

   
   

BaubleBar Fabness

October 31, 2014: I was lured to the BaubleBar website via email with the following subject line:  “The $10 Buried Bauble Is Here + Last Chance: Sale!” and $23.96 poorer.

November 8, 2014: Shipment notification of my BaubleBar purchase.

November 12, 2014: Package, received!

I’m not gonna lie, waiting 12 days was pretty painful, especially since I was really excited about my Pave Cube 360 Studs, which wasn’t even the initial reason I moseyed over to the site. The $10 Buried Bauble is what did it for me!

When I found the buried bauble, I was pleasantly surprised, as the last time I found it, I wasn’t much of a fan. Of course, being $10, I quickly put the geo quartz, double strand necklace into my shopping cart:

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(Mine’s black)

I decided to shop around the sale section of the site while I was still there, and came across a really interesting pair of earrings, the Pave Cube 360 studs. They were so unusual, but not unusual to the point of “WTF is that chick wearing in her ears?” More like, unique, and we know I love unique!  It wasn’t hard to convince myself to add them to my cart since they were only $15!

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When everything came yesterday, I was so excited! It was my first ever order from BaubleBar. Everything came so nicely packaged, and it came with cards on how to keep the baubles cared for:

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When I opened up the earrings, it was love at first sight, followed by confusion. I wasn’t sure which side was the front, but that was quickly figured out since the earring is just a post, and instead of the traditional back, it’s the bigger cube:

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…And here’s what they look like:


BRIDES Magazine and Baublebar Collaboration

The internet as changed the way we get our information, magazines have especially taken a hit because of this. But one publication that has stood the test of time, BRIDES Magazine, navigated its way through Silicon Valley, all the way to its 80th anniversary, which they are celebrating this year!

In honor of the occasion, the mag has coupled up with jewelry retailer Baublebar, to bring you its Baublebar X BRIDES collection, which will be in stores September 9th!  Get your sneak peek right here at some of the fun pieces. Gals, these aren’t just for brides – these sparklers are for any occasion, and even for your every day life!

Speaking of every day life – Who doesn’t love to dress up their white t-shirt with a jeweled bib? The “Double Ribbon Bouquet Strands” is a great accessory for that:

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Brides: Want that attention-grabbing piece to top off your bridal look? The “Crystal Geo Bouquet Collar” will do the trick with its half-and-half design:

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Not into the big jewelry pieces? These “Rose Ballerina Studs” will give you just enough sparkle without blinding your loved ones:

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I always forget about bracelets, only because I’m not a bracelet person. The simple and elegant “Crystal Garland Bracelet” will be sure to give you a touch of class:

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Let’s Go Tigers!

Is that even a team? I’m not actually sure and it doesn’t matter since I’m talking about jewelry!

The other morning just after I woke up, I rolled over and starting my morning routine of checking Facebook before getting out of bed and saw this post from Bergdorf Goodman:

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Yes, I follow Bergdorf’s on Facebook and no, I don’t own anything from there. My Louboutin’s were from Barney’s!

That pic caught my eye for many reasons, of course, but I gravitated right for that clutch because of the animal handle. It’s fabulous, and I love a good wild animal accessory!

When did this trend get so popular? Years ago I bought my self a giraffe bracelet, then not longer after a jewel encrusted serpent ring, then last year got myself lion brass knuckles at my favorite local vintage shop. That has to be way longer than a five year trend. I think I’m going to deem the wild animal trend as timeless!

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