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Entries in gem gossip engagement ring (3)

Newsflash: There are NO RULES to Engagement Rings, Married or Not!

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My engagement ring, all original Victorian diamond bypass ring

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My newly acquired alternative, "everyday" engagement ring from MaeJean Vintage

Men's Wedding Bands | Gem Gossip

My husband's one-finger stack of all his wedding bands, he likes to change out depending on what he is wearing/doing each day

Engagement bands...what is it with these symbolic pieces of jewelry that have so many people embracing the idea of wearing the same ring everyday for the rest of their life?  It is monumental to think about really.  In a world where every person seems to have differing opinions on just about everything, we all can agree to wear a ring on our left hand, ring finger when we decide to marry. But really, it is so much more than just "deciding to marry," and I think that in of itself is the whole meaning behind the ring--what it represents, vows and all. HOWEVER...

The rules of engagement rings and wedding bands have been on my mind a lot lately and I think it is because I am one who eagerly is open to breaking rules, especially conventional ones (I'm still catching snide comments for not changing my last name). My husband and I love our wedding jewelry. My engagement ring is easily my favorite ring I own (which says a lot) is incredibly special to me, heavily symbolic and overtime has become its own celebrity. People know me for my has been Googled thousands of times, which is slightly alarming. My husband's wedding band is very special to him--I bought it shortly after we got engaged and it is the most expensive piece of jewelry I've ever purchased to date (which, again, says a lot). With all that being said, we don't wear our rings every day. And even more so, it's not a big deal. Some days we feel like wearing them, other times we wear no jewelry at all, even crazier, we wear different rings on that left hand, ring finger. In fact, my husband has SEVERAL (noted in the photo above) rings he wears as his wedding band, not just the one we exchanged on our wedding day.  As a couple who enjoys fashion and getting dressed in the morning, anyone else who can understand that and is also passionate about fashion knows that rules are the worst. I say, if you don't feel like wearing something one day, why should you force yourself to wear it?!  Why do we as a society automatically assume someone is in marital troubles when they are spotted without their wedding ring? Why can't they just be having a fashion revelation or just plain didn't want to wear the ring? For someone like me, wearing the same ring every single day is the definition of insanity. I know Albert Einstein said something like that... (lol)

I know I don't have answers to these rhetorical questions I've just posed, but I felt I wanted to get these ideas and words out--maybe start a conversation and get other's opinions. Would love to know what you think about this subject--do you wear your engagement ring and wedding band everyday? If your significant other didn't wear their ring one day, do you get mad? Why?

I've also been actively searching for a more "user-friendly" engagement ring for everyday wear, as mine is so delicate (being Victorian, characteristically thin for the style of it) and I've had a few "close calls" banging it around and getting it caught on things. I still want to wear it as much as possible, but I've found an alternative and I'm really excited about it. I wanted a sapphire cluster for an alternative engagement ring and when I saw the one pictured above posted by MaeJean Vintage, I knew it was the one.  I love the tear-drop shape of it, as I had been set on a large oval cluster (like Princess Diana's, now Princess Kate's ring). For some reason, the look was not "me." This one sang its own tune when I slipped it on my hand.  Next plan of action is to get a genuine sapphire cut to replace the current synthetic.  I'll keep you along for the transformation journey! And thanks MaeJean Vintage, you girls have some serious treasure hunting skills!!



WANT MORE? You may also enjoy seeing the jewelry I wore on my wedding day.

SURPRISE Wedding Day Jewelry Post: Gem Gossip Wedding 

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Hey!  It is Danielle, your newly married jewelry blogger, here to surprise you with a special blog post featuring my wedding day jewels!  I know I'm supposed to be enjoying the moment and packing for my honeymoon, but I felt the need to show my dedicated readers what I wore on my big day, especially since this year has been so crazy and I have you all to thank for making it possible to have Gem Gossip as my full-time gig.  

As soon as I got engaged, I knew I wanted "something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue," to be a big part of my wedding day jewelry.  My dress limited me from wearing a necklace--so my focus was on EARRINGS.  They would be my statement piece!  I fell in love with this pair from Andreoli Jewelry last year when I took part in Luxury Prive Preview in NYC.  To my disbelief, the earrings were one-of-a-kind and had since sold.  I had been searching for something else for months before my wedding, with nothing else comparing because all I wanted were those coral, diamond and emerald cabochon tassel earrings!!  Just weeks before my big day, I got news that antoher pair were created and everything worked out.  These dream earrings were going to be a part of my wedding day ensemble and I couldn't have been happier!  Thanks Andreoli Jewelry for letting me borrow these incredible, statement-making earrings. They are the prettiest pair of earrings I've ever seen, in my opinion.  


Right hand, pinky ring: My something blue--a blue topaz heart ring that I've had for a couple years now--I designed it shortly after I first got engaged and wasn't supposed to wear it until my wedding day, which never panned out.  I wore it A LOT in between then and now, and I'm very proud to wear it on my wedding day.

Right hand, ring finger: my something new--both pieces were designed specifically for my wedding day by Rocks & Metals in Brentwood, TN. The modern fede ring was made from a piece of scrap cut off from a larger design--it features two hands, one slipping a ring onto the other. The other ring is a six-diamond band, totaling 1.50 carats, which was made from scratch.  I've always wanted a band like this, but with Old Mine cut diamonds, and I could never find one tiny enough that fit the bill.  Hence, just make one yourself! It will replace lots of tiny, tiny diamond bands that I have.  Bigger is better.

Right hand, middle finger: my wedding day present from Matt. This ring first crossed my path when I visited Joden in Grove City, PA on my Pennsylvania Jewelry Road Trip! After I got home from my trip, I couldn't stop thinking about the ring and thought it would be a perfect wedding day present because of the opal.  October's birthstone of opal would be significant since it not only is when we said "I do," but it is also Matt's birthstone. The ring also got a slight makeover, which happened only five days prior to my wedding date. (I'll post the BEFORE photo on my Instagram page).  I wanted the focus to be on the insane boulder opal that it was all about rather than some fanciness surrounding it.  Plus I thought it looked too 1980s, since that was most likely when it was made.  I absoultely love this ring and I will treasure it forever.  Thanks Joden for having such a cool ring and special thanks to Rocks & Metals for giving it a makeover under my direction. It turned out exactly what I had pictured!

Left hand, pointer finger: this is my something old...and my extremely sentimental finger stack. My grandparents wedding bands--both my grandfather's (who has since passed) and grandmother's (who was there to celebrate). Their love and strong bond is such an inspiration to me, which is why I chose the date of October 21st as my wedding date--it was their wedding date as well, only 59 years ago and in Italy. Their bands are engraved with their wedding date and names. The other ring I stacked on top is my other grandma's ring--who couldn't make it to the wedding. She is as hard-headed as they come and refuses to travel by airplane and also doesn't own a car...hence why she couldn't make it. She wore this ring most of her life.

Left hand, ring finger: my engagement ring! Most know the story about my engagement ring. My wedding band is a delicate, hand engraved with a really feminine pattern, band done in a matching rosy gold. I picked up the band when I was out in California taking my 20-stone exam at GIA, completing my Graduate Gemologist degree. Matt was out there with me, and on the 2nd day/2nd attempt I passed, which meant we were in California for three more days with no prior plans!  He immediately picked me up from passing my exam and we went down to Ocean Beach to check out my favorite store--Ocean Beach Antique Mall, where they famously have a mini treasure chest full of rings that you can sift through.  It was in that treasure chest that I found that dainty ring. It was the only ring I've ever tried on with my engagement ring that didn't detract from the look of my engagement ring and seemed as though it complemented it rather than overwhelmed it. That trip to California was very significant in my career, so it was the perfect moment to find that ring that would forever become my wedding band.

>> Hoping to post more about my wedding when I get back from my honeymoon. xoxo Gem Gossip

Engagement Rings of the Jewelry Bloggers

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Probably the most commented on, asked about or talked about ring I own is my engagment ring.  Not only is it by far one of the most important pieces of jewelry I will ever own, but I wear it everyday!  And for someone who never wears the same ring twice in a row, wearing an engagement ring everyday for the rest of my life better be one I LOVE, with a capital L, all in caps lock.  Well, most everyone that knows me or reads my blog is quite familiar with my ring.  It got me thinking--what about my other favorite fellow jewelry bloggers?!  I'd love to know more about their engagement rings!  So, I've compiled some of my favorites, along with their stories. Each in its own right extremely heartfeldt and touching, and all extremely gorgeous.  So many different styles for such unique ladies!  I'm so excited to share these with my readers and glad I can call these girls my friends! 


My engagement ring is vintage, a platinum Art Deco ring with an original inscription from 1937.  I was working for a very fine independent jeweler at the time that I got engaged, and I called up our Estate jewelry dealer, J. and S.S DeYoung, in Boston to see if they had something that would work.  Choosing a vintage piece seemed like the right thing—nothing modern really appealed to me at the time.  But going the antique/estate route is potentially tricky—everything is one-of-a-kind by nature, and it can take a while to find something just right. This ring came along very quickly—and it fit perfectly.  20 years later, I still love it and wouldn’t change a thing.  I wear it with a hand-engraved platinum band from Charles Green and Sons, and added a vintage eternity band with lovely French-cuts.  

By Gold Girl:

Being in the jewelry business, I never envisioned it would be possible to look down at a piece of jewelry and smile as much as I do when I see my ring. The rose gold detail, & of course, glimmering diamond, is something I could get lost staring into for minutes on end. This was the ring that my fiancé, Matt, & I found at New York City vintage/estate jewelry destination, Fred Leighton. It was the first ring I saw and I was immediately enamored by it. Greg Kuwait, owner of Fred Leighton & a friend of mine, even mentioned if he had to pick the perfect ring for me, without me there, that this would have been it. Several months later, Matt completely surprised me with this flash mob in Bryant Park, definitely one of the best days of my life. 

Sunny S. Bond Jewelry:

My engagement ring is classic Art Deco, with an old european cut diamond, set in platinum with rubies and diamonds. It's a family heirloom, and has a very special story.  It was given to my great-aunt in the 1920s, when Art Deco was contemporary. Can you imagine?!  My sweet mom and boyfriend (now husband) chose it from the family heirlooms together.  The proposal wasn't a surprise, Gordon and I were already bound for life.  His parents flew in and, with my mom, we had a beautiful little ceremony celebrating our new life together.  It happened on the first rain in over 100 days in central Texas, breaking the summer drought, a sign of good luck. My mom was sick at the time, and we lost her only a few months later.  My ring, and the memory of our special time, are very important to me, and I carry them with me everyday. 

Heart of Solid Gold:

As nearly every woman will tell you, my engagement ring is without doubt my most treasured piece of jewellery in my collection. Having collected antique jewellery for many years now, my fiancé Alex had a lot to live up to when picking my ring. 

It was only a few weeks ago when Alex and I went about our normal weekend routine of waking our dog Cleo. We both have pretty busy lives so we try and make as much time as possible at the weekends. We'd just got back from a long walk at a nearby river when Alex surprised me by getting down on one knee - along with Cleo - in our house. 

We've renovated our house from top to bottom together so the building means a lot to us. Alex said he couldn't think I a more meaningful place to propose. 

With a few tears shed, I instantly said yes and he then surprised me with my beautiful ring. As my family and friends well know (plus anyone who follows me on Instagram) I have a love for Georgian jewellery so this ring was like a dream come true! 
It's a Georgian sacred heart ring encrusted with foil-backed, closed-set diamonds dating from approximately 1820-1840. 


Diamonds in the Library:

I tried on a lot of beautiful rings during the hunt for The One: new, antique, estate; all kinds of styles and diamond cuts. I loved quite a few of them: their dazzle, their details, their brightness. But there was only one that stayed with me, one that felt equally like me in a cocktail dress and me in yoga pants with my hair messy. 
I fell in love with the warm old mine cut center diamond's quiet fire, the whispers of filigree on either side, the six winking side stones that bring that central shimmer out and down the ring shank. It's a tiny masterpiece, a platinum proscenium of curves, whirls, and arches all dedicated to presenting its reason for being, the center diamond. 

The future Mr. Diamonds in the Library and I went ring-visiting together, then he went back later to buy this one and kept it hidden until he surprised me with it in our living room. It couldn't have been more perfect.

Jewels du Jour:

My engagement ring is very personal to me because both my fiancé, who works in his family's jewelry business, and I designed it together. When he proposed, he had Betteridge's in-house jewelers create a simple solitaire setting since he knew that I would want to be involved in the design of my ring, which was incredibly thoughtful and sweet of him. The center stone is a cushion cut, my favorite cut for a diamond in an engagement ring, and my dream engagement ring has always been a cushion cut diamond with tapered baguettes, a very classic and clean composition. 

The week after we got engaged, I came to the store and together we selected a pair of tapered baguettes that matched the center stone. As luck would have it, the first pair we looked at happened to be a perfect match. Then, we had one of Betteridge's jewelers build my dream ring, throughout which I got to watch at each step. Not only did we create the ring together, but I also got to know the jewelers who actually hand-crafted it, making the whole process - and the ring itself - very special to me.