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Top Five Reasons Chinchar Maloney Should be a part of Your Engagement Ring Search

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We don't ever want to pair the words "engagement ring shopping" and "daunting" together.  This is a joyous occasion, a very special time in every person's life and arguably so, some negative words are often used to describe it. Where to start? Who to trust? What are the best options? There are so many questions that often don't come with straight answers, and that may be a culprit. The best thing I can do is suggest designers and stores that I feel are honest, fair, trustworthy and have amazing designs.

That's where Chinchar Maloney comes into play. I've been recommending their designs to numerous brides-to-be who are looking for a unique and classic ring that they can treasure forever. I own a few pieces from this Oregon-based, family-run business and really love their craftsmanship. A fan of my engagement ring even commissioned Chinchar Maloney to create a ring that looks identical to mine and it turned out so very similar, I had to do a double-take.  

Chinchar Maloney most recently debuted a new collection rightfully named the "New Classic." What's even more exciting, since I know a lot of my followers are store owners, they are now offering wholesale and opening up a new realm of their business with wholesale accounts.  It is a great opportunity to feature a rising artist that has captured the millennial market, a foray which many are still trying to figure out. They've not only done just that but have a huge social media following of over a half million and counting. People just love their designs!

I've put together a list of the TOP FIVE reasons Chinchar Maloney should be a part of your engagement ring shopping:

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Unique, Alternative Styles

1. Their rings offer a unique and alternative styles than what's currently on the average market. Many brides are wanting something that is different, that "no one else has," and their designs clearly fit this description. An important selling factor for Chinchar Maloney is that their designs are different yet thoroughly classic at the same time. 

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Rustic Diamonds

2. Chinchar Maloney uses "rustic" diamonds in their designs--a current trend for engagement rings and something that is catching everyone's attention. Diamonds that are peach, grey, champagne, cognac, "salt and pepper," and a few other color descriptors used to name these unique diamonds which are not graded on a typical D-Z color scale. To learn more about the diamonds used by Chinchar Maloney, click here.

The use of these diamonds is important to Chinchar Maloney, "All of our diamonds are natural and untreated and have come out of the earth with the wonderful colors and characteristics you see here. All of our diamonds are ethical and conflict free. This is just as important to us as it is to you!"

Family-owned & operated

3. As a family-owned company, you will receive incredible customer service and know that you are contributing to artisans who have a passion for creating. There is something about a family-owned business in the jewelry industry that stands above the rest. I love the above video and how it brings the brand into the spotlight to give you a peek at what they're all about. Now you can see what truly goes into creating these pieces.

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100% Handcrafted 

4. Everything is handcrafted. This is becoming more and more of a rarity, as we see so much that is mass-produced. Looking at a Chinchar Maloney ring and you know that each piece was created in their Portland, Oregon studio, by hand, with each step of the way in a craftsperson's hands. That is amazingly wonderful to me. 

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Not Just Rings!

5. You can outfit your entire look using pieces from their "New Classic" collection. Yes, they've expanded into bracelets, necklaces and earrings--all with the same raw, unique look that is so Chinchar Maloney. So if you're putting together your wedding day look and want to match your engagement ring, you've got some options. Or if you already own a Chinchar Maloney engagement ring and want something to add to your jewelry box that will go perfectly with it, these gorgeous pieces above would be great.

This sponsored post was brought to you in collaboration with Chinchar Maloney.

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Gem Gossip Visits Greenwich St. Jewelers in NYC

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Family jewels: sisters Christina and Jennifer, owners of Greenwich St. Jewelers

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Greenwich St. Jewelers loves their Beverley K. Collection--perfect if you love an antique look but want something brand new

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The Greenwich St. Jewelers storefront, in the heart of the financial district in NYC

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Wearing all Single Stone rings, how amazing are these?!

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Todd Reed's designs mix metals with rough/raw diamonds 

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All of these bands are by Single Stone...I can see anniversary gifts written all over these!

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Getting a tour of the cases, they are organized by designer.

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A multi-color party of Polly Wales, who is a favorite at Greenwich St. Jewelers

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Another look at the Single Stone rings available

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A peek into the Arik Kastan section of the jewelry cases.

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Halo lovers rejoice! Greenwich St. Jewelers has the best ones, from DanHov Jewelry

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Rebecca Overmann rings also call Greenwich St. Jewelers home

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Your view as you walk into the door!

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Pretty, delicate layers from Jennie Kwon Designs

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Some colored stone action from Beverley K. Collection

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Engagement ring bliss from Sylvie Collection

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Wearing this diamond crescent moon necklace and earrings by Jade Trau.

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Newly added Erika Winters bridal line has been a perfect addition to Greenwich St. Jewelers.

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Greenwich St. Jewelers' own collection of stunning rings

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Here's a more up close photo of them, all by Greenwich St. Jewelers

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Wearing Todd Reed--love the two necklaces

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Classic with a twist, Jade Trau's bridal line is what every NY girl covets

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Jamie Joseph a cult favorite calls Greenwich St. Jewelers home

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From one Seattle-based designer to the next, Sholdt creates some forever gorgeous wedding rings, like these.

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The full Jennie Kwon Designs look--sometimes you have to wear it all!

My NYC jewel fest was taken downtown, to the financial district to be exact, where Greenwich St. Jewelers has been keeping the city sparkly since 1976.  The evolved version of what the store was and where it began has become the new Greenwich St. Jewelers, all the while staying true to its passion and commitment to fine jewelry. The family-run store is definitively THE place to shop at for all your wedding jewelry needs, whether you are looking for an engagement ring or wedding band. I got to experience both aspects of the store (wedding jewelry and everyday jewelry) and excited to share what I found with you!

Visiting Greenwich St. Jewelers has been a long time coming! Co-owners and sisters, Christina and Jennifer, have always been so good to me with their support and being trail blazers with trying out new ideas with a jewelry blogger like myself, even when I had a few followers.  They gave me the opportunity to curate fall favorites back in 2013, sent me jewels to play with even before "Jewels at my Doorstep" was officially a concept, and even invited me out to NYC to attend a Todd Reed trunk show (which I had to decline only because I was closing on buying my first house and had thoughts of skipping out on it just so I could visit them lol). It is safe to say we've both come a long way and this visit was that much more fun because I had been mentally preparing for it for years! Ha! 

Walking into Greenwich St. Jewelers, an immediate warmth and comfort comes over you. The store itself is inviting and so is the entire staff. I was surprised by how curated their inventory is--every jewelry line had a purpose, a reason, for being present and available, and everything was on-point. It was like someone created a jewelry tutorial on how to achieve the best jewelry look, and took everything needed and placed it in Greenwich St. Jewelers!  They've got their basics covered: stud earrings, tennis bracelets, lots of everyday diamond jewelry. Then, you've got some fun and trendy collections, like Jennie Kwon, Zoe Chicco, Getana, and a few others. Do you love colorful gems and handcrafted, unique designs? They've chosen some of the best out there: Polly Wales, Arik Kastan, Jane Taylor, and Jamie Joseph. And we can't stop there, the most important part: wedding day jewels like engagement rings, wedding bands and the related, all cream of the crop designers including their very own rings designed by themselves are available. You can't get much better than that! Have you ever visited a jewelry store and thought to yourself--wow, everything is so good?! There's not one thing I wouldn't love. 

Let's break down the bridal jewelry options that are available from Greenwich St. Jewelers (most are photographed above, just check out the captions, along with their links to learn more). You'll notice their inventory is expertly curated to include the best classic, modern, vintage-inspired and alternative bridal styles. If you still can't find what you had in mind, they also have an on-site custom design service that will bring you through the design process from beginning to completion. All diamonds and gemstones are responsibly sourced and if you've inherited a family heirloom diamond and want it reset, they specialize in that too! Their on staff gemologists will even appraise and grade your diamond.

Beverley K. Collection: if you love a vintage or antique inspired engagement ring, but want the ring's story to begin with you, brand new, then Beverley K. is perfect for you! Their line takes femininity and makes it into a ring. They also make some really amazing right hand rings that I think would make great alternative bridal pieces. No wedding band necessary!

Danhov: So many classics from Danhov, polished to perfection, and sparkling with every diamond, facet or curve. I loved the swirl designs, where the center stone sits atop of a swirl of pave. If you're obsessing over a halo style, I suggest you come to Greenwich St. Jewelers and try on their Danhov halos! You'll want them all!

Erika Winters: The newest addition to the Greenwich St. lineup, Erika Winters offers wedding bands and engagement rings that will make everyone stop and stare! Her signature Thea design is an incredible choice. Matte gold or shall I call it, "brushed" finish, whether its rose, white or yellow gold, makes these designs stand out. You have to see these in person!

Greenwich St. Ceremony: Years of experience having a jewelry store has led Greenwich St. Jewelers to create their own line, taking classics and making them look effortless and gorgeous. Eternity bands with major sparkle is their specialty. 

Jade Trau: Wedding and engagement rings that can stack and fit together like a puzzle?! That's definitely what Jade Trau has done with her designs, along with some classics and beautiful bands. Pear shapes set on an angle, round brilliants popping up by the band...the options are really cool! And coming from a family in the diamond industry, her standards are set pretty high for what she sets into her jewels.

Megan Thorne: Like artwork, Megan Thorne's engagement ring designs frame the central diamond with a setting done in a Victorian-inspired way. Other designs are lacey, while others show off her take on classics. You'll find something special with this line, that's for sure.

Rebecca Overmann: Natural forms, subtle hues and rustic diamonds depict the style of Rececca Overmann's bridal line. Lots of great alternative bridal choices, including classics her way. Her bands complement so many styles as well, and yes she makes bands for men too!

Sholdt: Bezel settings, classic four-prongs, clean lines...that's totally Sholdt. Love the different finishes, like the ribbed bands, called the "fern finish." The heavy, half bezel setting is a great one too! You must see the full line up!

Single Stone: Many of the designs from Single Stone are true replicas of vintage and antique pieces. Another fun fact is that they use antique diamonds in their designs, that means Old Mine cuts, Rose cuts, and Old European cut diamonds! You will surely fall in love with their work.

Sylvie Collection: With over 1400 engagement ring styles, the work of Sylvie Collection spans multiple looks and styles. Dainty, yet bold...classic, yet unique. You can set your family heirloom in one of her designs or have Greenwich St. Jewelers find you one with the specs you desire!

 

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30 Days of Engagement Rings: The Best of the Best Right Now!

30 Days of Engagement Rings

As my big day is looming closer and closer, I've decided to dedicate all of August to bringing you the best out there in terms of engagement rings! So if you're in the market for an engagement ring or wanting to upgrade/redesign your current one, this is the ultimate engagement ring guide. Thirty breath-taking rings, covering different and unique styles, taking into consideration the top requests of brides-to-be, pulling together all my resources to narrow it down to 30. It should be mentioned that no one has paid me to be included in this list; it is truly a compilation that took several days to put together, focusing solely on choosing a wide variety of timeless rings that I felt every bride would say YES to and treasure for years to come!

So without further ado, the 30 Days of Engagement Rings!!

Day 1: From Craig Evan Small >> Center Old Mine cut diamond 1.25 ct. flanked by smaller diamonds, circa 1910.

Day 2: From Craig Evan Small >> Platinum 1.40 ct. center diamond set with calibre cut sapphire accents, circa 1920s.

Day 3: From Craig Evan Small >> A Victorian cluster ring, clover motif in 18k yellow gold set with three Old Mine cut diamonds totaling 3.00 carats.

Day 4: From Craig Evan Small >> Edwardian dome-shaped in platinum for a low-profile feel set with a 1.23 ct. center Old European cut diamond.

Day 5: From Erstwhile Jewelry >> A cross between a marquise cut and an oval cut--a "moval" 3.25 ct. outstanding diamond with French origin.

Day 6: From Polly Wales Jewelry >> Five pyramid halo ring featuring inverted diamonds for an alternative look.

Day 7: From McTeigue & McClelland >> European Ideal cut diamond Aperta Stretta ring 1.43 carats in 18k & Platinum.

Day 8: From Lang Antiques >> Such a unique Victorian cluster ring with an Old Mine cut center approx. 0.80 ct. center surrounded by bezel set diamonds.

Day 9: From A.Brandt+Son >> This dome of filigree is a popular look from the Art Deco Era, this ring has since sold, however their inventory is large!

Day 10: From Sophie Bille Brahe >> The Escalier de Lune ring in 18k yellow gold would make an awesome alternative engagement ring.

Day 11: From Sarah Swell Jewelry >> The Fern Dell Solitaire ring in 18k yellow gold has such a unique silhouette with a nature-inspired feel.

Day 12: From Karen Karch Jewelry >> The Floating Star Tiara ring fit for a queen--or just a really badass chic!

Day 13: From Filigree Jewelers >> Classic filigree style of the 1920s set with a 1.19 ct. Old European cut diamond.

Day 14: From Sofia Kaman >> The Twiggy Band with a yellow sapphire bezel set for those who don't want a diamond.

Day 15: From Mirlo NY >> Trillion cut white sapphire prong set on a 14k gold band--great option for those who can't afford a diamond right away.

Day 16: From Alison Lou >> Their "Mrs." rings because these would make a cool option for an engagement ring--personalize the gemstone and letter.

Day 17: From Taffin Jewelry >> Try something really different like a shield cut diamond or enamel band.

Day 18: From Gatsby Jewellery >> A spin on a classic solitaire featuring a 1.23 ct. Old European cut diamond in platinum.

Day 19: From Macklowe Gallery >> A gorgeous Art Deco ring in platinum set with 1.59 ct. Old European cut diamond flanked by marquise cut diamonds.

Day 20: From Jade Trau >> The Rae Wrap ring is like a swoop of gold wrapped around your finger with a big diamond sparkling at the end. 

Day 21: From Joden Jewelers >> A truly unique antique ring set with 4 Old European cut diamonds in a cluster of nearly 3 carats total!

Day 22: From Elisa Solomon Jewelry >> A one-of-a-kind antique rose cut heart ring with antique rose cut melee gives off a Bohemain vibe.

Day 23: From Trumpet & Horn >> Named the Cloverdale ring this Edwardian engagement ring is perfect those wanted something no one else has!

Day 24: From Levy's Fine Jewelry >> Emerald accents make this alternative antique ring even more stunning--it has since sold, but click link for more!

Day 25: From Doyle & Doyle >> An Old European cut Victorian ring with black enamel detail for an impeccably stylish bride-to-be.

Day 26: From A La Vieille Russie >> Unique Arts & Crafts domed ring with black enamel filled etched designs, set with three diamonds.

Day 27: From Berganza >> A crossover, bypass style (similar to my personal engagement ring) set with a 2.28 ct. & 2.18 ct. diamonds.

Day 28: From Estate Diamond Jewelry >> Classic three-stone diamond ring, this one set in platinum with Old European cut diamonds and bezel settings.

Day 29: From Excalibur Estate Jewelry >> A nicely decorated BIG European cut diamond, try 3.56 ct., framed by scalloped parenthesis of diamonds.

Day 30: From The Three Graces >> Heart-shaped diamond set in a modern platinum mounting flanked by a rose cut diamond.