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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?

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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How NCLA Will Slowly Take All of my Money

Like any normal online shopaholic, I subscribe to Lucky Magazine’s, “Lucky Breaks,” where daily deals from online retailers are sent directly to my inbox on a daily basis. For the most part, I’m pretty good at resisting, unless there’s an amazing deal, something I need or my kryptonite, nail polish.

When an NCLA 50% off site-wide discount found its way into my inbox Wednesday morning, I clicked it fast and frantically. When I got to the site I clicked directly to the nail art wraps, you know the nail stickers with designs on them, which I adore but am too cheap to buy. I browsed around and noticed that the wraps that are normally $18 I would be able to get at half price, meaning, I would buy two sets for the price of one. But I didn’t. I closed out and went back to work.

As the day went on, I kept thinking about them, and finally I cracked. I was having a hellish day and decided the only thing to cheer me up at that point were nail wraps from NCLA that we’re half off. I ordered the “Pizzo” ($16) and, “Roomservice: Stilettos & Champaign” ($18), for a subtotal of $17!

It gets better, I ordered on Wednesday and my pretty pink package arrived on Saturday. Affordable, fashionable, and prompt! And persuasive. Not only did my package include my purchase, but a coupon for 15% off my next purchase. I’m in trouble!

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NCLA Pizzo Nail Art Wraps