Choosing The Perfect Engagement And Wedding Rings With Jeulia

The question has been popped and you’ve said yes.  The thoughts now turn to the way that you can show you love and commitment to each other,  the perfect engagement and wedding rings.

Whilst you may allow your partner to make the choice when it comes to engagement rings, it is up to you to decide which wedding ring is right for you. With so many different types of cut, colour, clarity and carat to choose from, it can be one of the most intense and daunting tasks before the big day arrives. Jeulia, who were ranked America’s best trending online jeweller by Newsweek no less, are the first choice when it comes to choosing a beautiful ring, whether it be Promise rings, engagement rings, or wedding rings. 

These are the things you should be looking for when you make that final choice.

Your Rings cut

Out of the four key characteristics of your ring’s stone, cut is the most important. This is because the cut has the greatest influence on the rings sparkle, meaning the better the cut, the more the stone will sparkle on your wedding day.

You should keep in mind that just because a stone has perfect clarity and colour grade, it can still appear dull. The only thing that keeps a stone from looking dull is its cut. Ultimately, what is the point of choosing a beautiful ring if it doesn’t sparkle?

Click here to view   Jeulia Milgrain Three Stone Round Cut Sterling Silver Ring

Colour

These days you no longer have to have a plain band as a wedding ring, or a diamond as your engagement ring, you can add coloured stones to the mix, so you can choose your favourite  colour, match your wedding scheme, or simply choose something that suits your personality and style.

Jeulia has totally taken the style of colour and added it to their range of rings, giving you some glorious style and colour to add to your big day.

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Jeulia Halo Three Stone Round Cut Sterling Silver Ring

 

 

 

Carat

Many brides misunderstand this all-important factor when it comes to the 4cs, the carat weight of the diamond on your wedding ring. Many believe that it refers to the diamond’s size, and not its weight, this isn’t the case – so try to keep this in mind when choosing your ideal ring for the wedding.

Even if your stone is not a pure diamond, you can look at the carat details in order to get the look of the ring that you require. Most sites will give you details of simulated diamonds and stones so you can get the look you want at a budget that you can afford.

click to view Jeulia Three Stone Radiant Cut Sterling Silver Ring

Go-to quick tips

To make sure your ring matches the perfection of your wedding day, take these other factors into considerations when choosing your ring:

  • If carat weight is important to you, consider a diamond with a good cut, with an SI1-SI2 clarity and an I or J colour grade.
  • Keep in mind that based on the size of your finger, the larger the diamond will appear.
  • Not all ring fittings will fit all diamond carats and shapes, so it’s important to consider what type of diamond shape you’d like before choosing its design.

 

Jewellery Ideas for Valentine’s Day: Stackable Rings, Watches And Designer Treasure

With Valentine’s day just a week away, I am today having a look at gifts that would work  well for both men and women, that is, the gift of jewellery. Jewellery is very much a gift that appeals to varied tastes, and whether you opt for beautiful costume pieces, or the real deal, you can be sure that the effort that has gone into choosing a piece of jewellery would be very much appreciated.

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Here I have put together a few jewellery gift ideas that I think should cover all bases and tastes.

Stackable Rings

A great gift idea, and also a really stylish and fashionable item, are stackable rings. You can pick these up quite cheaply in metal from places like Accessorize, but for really making a statement you should go for gold and gemstone options. Stackable rings can range from simple bands, to signet rings and wishbone styles and work in gold and silver. I love these as a gift idea, they work well for those who love the bohemian look, and can be something you can add to on different occasions like birthdays and Christmas to create a really unique, beautiful look.

A Watch

Giving a gift of time works well for both men and women. Brands like Rolex, Breitling and Cartier would be enough to put a smile on any face, but, of course, these do come with a high price tag. However, you could opt for a second hand design at a much more affordable price. Pre-Owned watches are now available with a guarantee of authenticity from companies like Xupes. Xupes also deal in pre-owned designer handbags which could be another gift idea, one which would definitely work for me.

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Costume Jewellery from Butler and Wilson

When it comes to costume jewellery, Butler and Wilson is my destination of choice. I’ve always loved the beautiful store on South Molton Street, which is how I imagine the jeweled cave from Aladdin would look, just so sparkling and pretty. If you can’t get to the London store, you can find Butler and Wilson pieces at super affordable prices at QVC.

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A designer piece

Buying a designer piece of jewellery can often be cheaper than opting for the designer bag or shoes. Selfridges always have great pieces by Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen and some of these come in at less than £150. These gifts come beautifully boxed and would be sure to be opened with appreciative gasps on February 14th.

 MARC JACOBS Enamel disc hinged bracelet £50.00 Click to visit Selfridges


MARC JACOBS Enamel disc hinged bracelet

 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Skull double wrap leather bracelet £135.00 Click to visit Selfrdiges


ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Skull double wrap leather bracelet

 VIVIENNE WESTWOOD JEWELLERY Kika stud earrings £95.00 Click to visit Selfridges


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Kika stud earrings

17th Century Dress

Fashion has always been an ever-changing creature, so it’s no surprise that we look back on times long past and see nothing resembling present-day style. On top of that, the societal changes that have occurred between the 1600s and today are staggering, and it’s reflected in the dress sense of the time.

In the 1600s, men and women both wore significantly more conservative clothing. Little more than face and hands were often exposed, with the addition of sometimes parts of the shoulders and chest. Let’s have a look at some of the key elements of 17th century dress.

Reticella

The reticella is an example of needle lace that became immensely popular toward the beginning of the 17th century. Reticella patterns were very intricate, with fine weaves and cutwork involved. They were very popular for collars in particular. If you think collars were big in the 1970s, just wait until you get an eyeful of 17th century collars. Many of them extended beyond the shoulders, and stood straight up behind the head, rather than resting flat on the back. Over time, reticella evolved into ‘Punto in Aria’, which was similarly complex lace work initially developed in Italy.

Chemise

An item of clothing like the chemise is interesting because in many ways it still exists. Sometimes referred to as a shift or a smock. The chemise was an undershirt of sorts, designed to keep sweat off of outerwear. While today, a chemise is something worn like a slip – mostly by women, particularly of a certain age – in the 17th century, the chemise was a staple of fashion for men, women, and children. Until the 1820s, a chemise was the only underwear worn in England, and as such was often the only item of clothing that received frequent washes.

Breeches

Sometimes spelled britches, these items were an essential for men of the 17th century. Covering the body from the waist down, breeches are most easily compared to modern-day tights worn by women, or potentially jodhpurs worn by equestrians. While breeches weren’t exclusively white, you’d be hard-pressed to find examples that are coloured. Usually, breeches went over the knee and were fastened around the thigh with buckles and/or straps. Breeches were popular and practical until the mid-19th century, when trousers rose to prominence and were seen as the preferable choice for most men.

Doublet

If you’ve ever watched a period drama, you’ve likely seen countless men in doublets. Close-fitting, doublets were like jackets worn over a chemise, and usually paired with breeches. Doublets were often worn under armour of various kinds such as cuirasses or chainmail shirts. The use of the doublet in this scenario is to add a layer of comfort that prevented chafing when one needed to wear armour for potentially hours – or days – on end. Through 3 centuries of popularity, only the cut and styles of the doublet changed, but otherwise it remained essentially the same garment.

Jewellery

Antique jewellery is always a popular topic for modern enthusiasts, and jewellery from the 17th century is no different. Far and away the most common element of antique jewellery from this time was pearls. Scarcely a 17th century portrait exists without a string of pearls involved. Pearls were even woven into clothing, acting as lavish beadwork on special garments. Diamonds also found a significant increase in popularity through the 1600s. Jewellery that featured intricate, foliate patterns was popular, mirroring the patterns and popularity of the reticellas that were also commonplace. Flower petals and leaves were massively popular themes for 17th century jewellery.

Traces of these styles can be found today in faint echoes such as tights and slips, but by and large, the dress of the 17th century is entirely different to our own. It’s always a good idea to take a little trip into the past to see what has ultimately influenced the dress sense of society today.