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Trendy & Timeless Engagement Ring Options

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I'm excited to share that I will be contributing monthly to the Observer, lending my expertise on jewelry, gems and related lifestyle content. The Observer reaches 6.75 million monthly unique visitors and offers authoritative articles that inform and inspire an educated audience of influential readers. My first article went live a few weeks ago and I've been working on the next.

Look out for my posts--I will be sharing them on my social media platforms and I will try to post them here as well!

Here's my first one--I've carefully curated some engagement rings that are both trendy and can stand the test of time. Here's the link:

http://observer.com/2017/07/best-engagement-rings-2017-eva-fehren-erika-winters/

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Gem Gossip Visits Melanie Casey Fine Jewelry in North Andover, MA

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My last stop on my Boston tour for my #JewelryRoadTrip project took us about 30 minutes outside of the city, to a town called North Andover. Here, a jewelry empire is taking shape and they've only been in business for a few years. Melanie Casey Fine Jewelry began with a sketchbook of designs and Melanie's desire to work with her hands. Her whimsical, antique-inspired rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets are just what every girl dreams of--and if the Instagram likes are any indication of success, she is blowing up! It has been great to watch the growth and finally seeing everything in person is the best part.

Melanie just recently opened her own studio/showroom, a space unitentionally ideal for a growing business, as she has plenty of room to grow. There are two sections that make up the space: the work room and the showroom. The work shop is where jewelers' benches are lined up, a laser welder sits in all its glory, and computers are ready for emails and website updates. The afternoon that I visited, there were four jewelers (all women, yay) working their magic, creating the delicate jewels that will soon be found on their new, forever owners. It was like Santa's workshop in there and you would think they have been a part of this production for several years--but alas, some have just started and Melanie is looking to add more bench jewelers to her team! I never knew this until recently, but you can actually follow @MakersofMelanieCasey on Instagram to see the behind-the-scenes of the studio life.

Changing gears--only a few steps away is the showroom--a definite juxtaposition from the work room, however equally as important. This enchanting space has been furished and decorated with antiques from Brimfield (only an hour and a half away) and displays made by Melanie's dad. The showroom reflects the exact vibes the jewelry gives off, and I love that. The pastel-colored, circular ring boxes are all handmade right in studio and they will be coming soon to the website, available for purchase. To me, they look like macaroons in the best way possible. If you're in the area, you can make an appointment to stop by and have access to all the jewelry so trying things on will be effective and help with decision making. There are also times where there are open showroom hours, so no appointment necessary! To find out when those happen, just follow Melanie Casey Jewelry on social media and/or sign up for their newsletter. 

It's no secret that the Melanie Casey Jewelry line is every bride-to-be's wish list engagement ring. With ethereal styles and unique wedding band options, you can find your perfect ring for your big day. One trend that is major right now for brides is minimalistic engagement rings, and you will find lots of great examples of this from Melanie. Below are my top picks you can shop now and be on the lookout for some new, amazing designs coming soon--I got to see them in early production stages and they are so pretty (hint: butterfly)!

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Melanie Casey

 

1007 Osgood Street

North Andover, MA 01845

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*Need a Boston hotel recommendation? Loews Boston was where I stayed and I highly recommend it! Thanks for the discounted stay, Loews!

Ring Envy Over at Gerard Leon in Los Angeles!

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Los Angeles is home to so many amazing jewelry designers, antique and estate jewelry shops and jewelry artisans. Luckily, I found Gerard Leon who specializes in handcrafted engagement rings, vintage and antique, as well as a talent for hand engraving!

An engagement represents a time of celebration and unity. The engagement ring is what defines and captures such a joyous occasion, and becomes the symbol of love. This grand gesture is something two people will remember for a lifetime and the ring (hopefully) for generations to come. What makes the ring special is the story behind it, and at Gerard Leon, their rings always tell a story. Their slogan is, "Your ring, our tradition" which beautifully represents the relationship between jeweler and customer.

Engagement rings have become more and more unique and one-of-a-kind as of late. Gerard Leon acknowledges this and wants to help you make your engagement ring dreams come true!  Some may have dreamt of the fairytale wedding and the diamond ring fit for a princess, while others may prefer vibrant emeralds or sapphires, round or cushion shapes. The 1930’s French Art Deco inspired Diamond Halo was a very popular ring style in it’s time, and while trends have come and go, this diamond ring will stay forever as a classic. Gerard Leon recognizes that while diamonds lead the way as the most popular center stone, gemstones such as sapphires, rubies, and emeralds have also emerged as viable and lovely choices for an engagement ring. With the endless options of gemstones and designs, the world of engagement rings has never been so infinite.

There is an art to making each piece special. This is demonstrated by the artful design of the ring, from the cut of the stones to the shape and fit itself. With attention to skill and craftsmanship, Gerard Leon’s history in the art of engagement rings allow for all of their pieces to be made by true artisans. When you know your ring is made by those truly akin to their craft, it makes you appreciate, value and cherish your ring even more than you already do. Whether you choose a sapphire or a diamond, your ring will be created for you to love forever.

Any lover of jewelry will tell you that a diamond ring set in beautifully crafted solid gold is a well-valued possession. For example, the Art Deco Old European Diamond Solitaire Ring in 14k White Gold is considered vintage, but with it’s handmade and artfully crafted past, it has withstood time. The hexagonal shape of this ring has many angles and can be viewed in an array of forms. Both yellow gold and white gold compliment the diamond center stone. In fact, they make the stone stand out by accentuating its brilliance. 

When shopping at Gerard Leon, you will find their expertise, craftsmanship and reliability are all you need when selecting the perfect engagement ring. With such skilled artisans and endlessly beautiful designs, the ring of her dreams can be found here. Be sure to check them out if you are in the LA area!

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Gerard Leon.

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Engagement Rings You Won't Say No To at Marisa Perry in NYC

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Hey New Yorkers, I've found your ideal spot for engagement ring shopping that measures up to everything you've been wanting. The sweet spot is called Marisa Perry and this atelier has just moved into the ideally romantic meatpacking district (I say this sitting from my office in Nashville, only to have visited NYC a handful of times, but the meatpacking district gave me all the feels). After ten years setting up shop in the heart of Soho, this move has provided the husband and wife team with a new location, new look and improved store layout, not to mention much more space. And yes, it is only one block east of Christian Louboutin! ;) Their new Forevermark diamonds mini boutique is something really special, where Marisa Perry can provide customers with gorgeous, rare and ethically sourced diamonds that are certified and responsible. 

Custom engagement ring creation is one aspect Marisa Perry excels at and each and every client that has experienced this first-hand will be the first to tell you! Their hands-on approach and letting the customer get fully involved has proven to be both memorable and enjoyable. I've read so many testimonials from Marisa Perry and it becomes apparent that customer satisfaction is extremely high, along with their excellent customer service and friendly staff. Marisa says, "People come in wearing work out clothes, have a coffee or a drink, bring along their dogs, pop in, relax and look at settings and stones. We talk them through the process and are with them every step of the way. The store has a beautiful feeling and decor, but the staff is relaxed and casual, and we try to make everyone feel at home. No stuffy behind the counter sales people. Just us, working with customers, trying to help everyone make the right decisions for themselves!"

Enthusiasm is shown for the new location, but most importantly what is being sold at Marisa Perry--the jewels! The product remains top priority and providing classics as well as cutting edge is something they strive for. Marisa's husband designs new settings on a daily basis, always creating something ahead of the game and continually listening to what people are wanting. Marisa adds, "We have the best metal workers and setters in the United States making our jewelry! Our main micro-pave setter has created and set the incredible collection for Harry Winston, as well as Leviev and other brands whose prices command the absolute best workmanship." I love how every piece is created in NYC, as their aim is to provide the best custom fine jewelry all within their own city.  

Have you been obsessing over thin micro-pave bands?! This is their specialty! The demand for a thin wedding band and a thin engagement setting is high, but finding what one is picturing in their head can be a challenge! Marisa Perry knows exactly what you're wanting! They also cater to other trends that seem to be in demand as well, like oval and emerald cut diamonds, rose gold, halo settings, large carat diamonds, and solitaire settings. I'm excited about their vintage and antique section, which I think is awesome that they have! Not too many stores have vintage, and it is refreshing to learn that it is one of Marisa's passions!

Be sure to stop by Marisa Perry if you're in the NYC meatpacking district! I can't wait to visit the next time I'm in town! (I'll be sure to give you all a full report, in the meantime--enjoy these gorgeous shots provided by Marisa Perry)

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Marisa Perry & The Cut.

 

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Marisa Perry

636 Hudson St

New York, NY 10014

• 212.566.8977 •

sales@marisaperry.com

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