Engagement Ring Styles By Nation & Culture

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The wedding process is very similar in many nations but looks a little deeper and you’ll find each has its own nuanced and intricate culture regarding the subject of holy matrimony. The process begins when the woman says yes and the man places an engagement ring on her finger. This is where you can make the first clearly discernible difference in cultures as engagement rings from different nations have their own designs. Let’s take a look at what these differences are and what they mean.

1800s imperial France

During the 19th century, the French were going through the ‘long’ century. This is when major movements in art, politics, architecture, and music, were rising to define France as a beacon of culture. Imperial France had a particular look about it if you study fashion, interior design, and jewelry. This has continued to the modern-day with engagement rings. The most common design touches of a French engagement ring are pink and gold colors, usually round stones and smaller stones encrusting the central stone. Rose gold is very popular in French engagement rings because it hits two birds with one stone. The main stone should be surrounded by smaller stones, which makes the ring look almost like a flower. Take a look at art nouveau styles to get a gist.

The American boast

America is pretty new to the engagement ring style scene. However, it’s clearly being led by one of it’s most populous cities, which is Los Angeles. Here you can find engagement rings that are made in the famous boastful nature of the culture. The RoyalT is 18kt gold, a rectangular stone, encrusted by smaller square stones going down the band. You can change the shape of your stone if you wish but the Los Angeles Hollywood style demands you keep the largest style, which is the rectangular emerald shape. The material is yellow gold and the stone is set on a plinth that is designed into the ring. Two smaller stones sit either side of the central stone, elevating the diamond in a boastful manner.

Japanese silver style

Japan is also new to the engagement style scene. The most notable historic engagement ring styles come from the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. However, Japan is giving these nations a run for their money, with its incredible cherry blossom silver engagement ring. The central stone is usually a sapphire, which allows the bouncing light off the silver band to pirouette in the central stone for a lot longer than gold. You can also have smaller stones in the cherry blossom leaves, such as rubies and aquamarine. 

 

The contemporary style

Nowadays people are very conscious of how jewelry is made and gemstones are at the heart of this discussion. Many people would rather not have an engagement ring that has a gemstone because of their eco-friendly beliefs. In that case, the modern eco-wood styles are something you should consider. 

What kind of engagement ring do you want to have? Will it pertain to a particular nation and or culture? Consider all your options and do a lot of research before making up your mind. You only get one shot!

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Style tips for your next date night

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It can be difficult to decide what to wear for a date, especially if you’re doing something new. Whether you’re heading out for a romantic meal or spending more time together outdoors, we’ve come up with the ultimate style guide for 2019.

 

Watching a film

Heading to the cinema is one classic date that many of us enjoy. Of course, you still want to make an effort for the big day, but you need to be comfy when you’re snuggling during the film.

Jeans and heeled boots are a perfect option for this type of date. Pair your black skinny jeans with a bright Bardot top and cute tote bag (perfect for hiding snacks as well as looking stylish!). Bring some colour to your outfit with animal print ankle boots or chunky printed scarf.

Grabbing some food first? Choose something dressier like a loose-fitted T-shirt dress and over-the knee boots.

 

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Romantic walk for two

Explore the outdoors with your other half. Of course, you can expect lower temperatures in the winter, so you need to wrap up well!

Prioritise practicality when it comes to exploring outdoors. Add layers to your outfit with a cosy fleece, padded puffer jacket and a cute bobble hat. If you’re planning on going out to lunch on your way home, consider wearing a dressy top under your layers, just in case your other half wants to snap a photo of you as a memory of your perfect day.

 

Dining out

You deserve to go all out every so often with a fine dining meal! It might be a restaurant that you and your other half have been wanting to visit for a while, but you’ve been saving it for a special occasion. With some fine dining venues operating a strict dress code, what should you wear?

Dress formal in one of your floor length dresses. Many women go for a fancy look when they’re heading to a posh restaurant so it’s unlikely that you’ll look out-of-place. If you feel overdressed, pair yours with flat shoes and a short jacket. Alternatively, you could pair a midi dress with heeled boots and a stylish clutch. Go for a statement print and flirty frills to channel date night vibes — but remember to avoid overly bright tones.

 

A few drinks

There’s nothing better than letting your hair down with your other half over a few drinks — what should you wear?

Channel romance and love vibes with a pink mini dress, scarlet lacy bodysuit or a bold ruby-coloured jumpsuit. Or, stay classic in a LBD and accessorise by adding a pop of colour to your outfit with red accessories. Elevate your ensemble with statement stilettos or barely there block heels. Finish the look with dainty jewellery such as heart-shaped earrings and a pendant necklace.

 

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Staying in

Save your money and have a cost night in for two. Think a candlelit home-made meal for two followed by popcorn and your favourite film. You can still dress up though, even if you do want to get changed into your pyjamas straight after dinner!

Maximise comfort levels since you’re in the house! You could opt for an accordion midi skirt, paired with an off-the-shoulder crop top. Or, choose an unstructured jumpsuit that’ll look great if you decide to head out after eating!

There’s no need to stress about your footwear here so accessorise in other ways with hooped earrings and a matching bracelet.

 

Follow our ultimate date night style guide so you’re never underdressed!

 

How to Refresh your Jewellery Box this Spring

A new season means we need to refresh our home, wardrobe and life in general, in one way or the other. An easy way to spice things up is by refreshing your jewellery box. Jewellery like many other accessories, has the power to make or break an outfit. Which is why you should pay special attention to your jewellery pieces.

 

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Here are ways you could refresh your jewellery box this spring.

 

Empty the Jewellery Box

Empty your jewellery box. Take a good long look at all the jewellery you have and decide on what you are keeping and what you are getting rid of. Emptying the contents of your jewellery box enables you to take a good look at all you have. You have to be ruthless here, no room for sentiments if you want to get this stage done properly.

It is ok to have a couple of keepsakes and special jewellery you hardly put on, but any damaged piece of jewellery or any piece you have grown out of,  you should get rid of. This will create some gaps for you to fill up with the right jewellery.

 

Spring Clean your Jewellery

Give the jewellery you decide to keep a good cleaning with a polishing cloth. This will brighten up the pieces and bring them back to life! Ensure you clean your jewellery as regularly as you can. I recommend after every wear to keep them sparkly.

 

Go for Quality over Quantity

It always pays to go for quality over quantity for most things, and it is so true when it comes to Jewellery. I rather have a few quality pieces of jewellery than a box filled with cheap high street junk that would go black or fall apart after a few wears.

I like to spend a little bit extra when shopping for jewellery, after learning the hard way. Back in my teen years, I would happily rock cheap high street jewellery because I didn’t know any better. I can’t imagine doing that now. That would be money down the drain. Nowadays I go for high end jewellery. I am also a lover of vintage jewellery as they always look so good.

 

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Shop for the Right Jewellery Designs

We all have different tastes when it comes to fashion and jewellery. But there are some universal rules that we should always stick to. For example, earrings should always accentuate the bone structure and not drag your lobes down or pull upwards. Uncomfortable earrings should be discarded immediately.

When shopping for new jewellery, ensure you go for pieces that would suit you best and not what is necessarily in vogue.

 

Invest in a Jewellery Box

Investing in a good Jewellery Box is a great idea. I currently have 2 jewellery boxes and I find them both very useful. I recently got the second box from Find Me A Gift. It is a personalised jewellery box and fits all my little earrings lying around. It also looks very pretty on my dressing table.

 

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How do you plan to refresh your jewellery box this spring? Is it something you normally do? Please leave a comment, let’s chat.

 

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