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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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Outfit Post – Happy Easter Everyone

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It is the Easter weekend, and we are having a very relaxing break. We don’t have any massive plans because we just got back from our 2 week break in Essex and London some days ago. I should write a post about our holiday in the South of England. We had the opportunity to visit many cool places, and the kiddies had a blast. The posts on our trip will be up sometime next week hopefully. For now it is all about Easter. What plans do you have for the Easter break?

 

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It is our first weekend back since our holiday so we have a bit to get done and some good old rest. Rest is always good, and I plan to be getting a lot of that this Easter weekend. The weather has been amazing here in Cheshire. It looks like we will be skipping spring again this year. I remember it being this warm last April and it carried on until September. Let’s see if it happens again this year.

 

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Alala by Aken

For this outfit post, I am taking it back to the roots. I am wearing an African Printed Bomber Jacket made in Nigeria. I really like this piece. The material is really colourful and pretty. I also like the design a lot. The embroidery design finishes off the look really well. It is a very stylish piece, great for the season. The fashion designer – Alala by Aken, did a great job here. I have another piece from this creative Nigerian Fashion Designer, and I will be showing that off in the next few days. So keep reading.

Now back to this gorgeous piece, I found this piece very easy to style. A pair of black jeans, sunglasses and trainers completed the look. This is definitely one look I know I will be recreating a lot this spring/summer season. What do you think of it?

 

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WHAT I WORE

African Printed Bomber Jacket  – c/o Alala by Aken

Black Jeans – Jasper Conran

Silver Trainers – Emporio Armani

Sunglasses – Lacoste

Bracelet/watch – Fitbit Charge 2

Gold Earrings – Dubai Souk Market

 

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Happy Easter Everyone! Let’s remember the reason for the season.

Outfit Post – A Slice of Lemon

I was never really a huge fan of the lemon. I found it too “loud”. However, I have found myself loving the shade in last few years. There is something I now like about the lemon colour.

 

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I wore this outfit while holidaying in Maryland. The lemon top is a new wardrobe addition. I got it some weeks ago, and worn it a few times already. That is how much I love it. It is super easy to style and very easy to wear. The black leggings is also a new wardrobe addition. I am forever buying new leggings. My leggings only look good for a few months, and then they start to look worn out. Maybe because I am forever wearing them. I find leggings super comfy, and easy to style. I don’t have to over think an outfit too much, once I have a pair of leggings to save the day. I have been told to go for more expensive leggings as they last longer than the regular high street pairs. What do you think?

 

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Everything else I am wearing is an oldie but a goldie. I spent the day in the shopping mall browsing bargains and looking for amazing items to take home with me. When it comes to shopping, I prefer shopping in Europe than in the US. Maybe it is because it was my first trip to the US in 7 years. I was expecting to find amazing things I would like. But that as not the case at all. It took me forever to find things I really likes. In the end, I got fab items from Macy’s, Carters, The Children’s Place and a few other stores.

 

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What do you think of this outfit? Are you a fan of lemon?

 

WHAT I WORE

Lemon Top – Next Clothing

Black Leggings – New Look

Blue Denim Shoes – Kurt Geiger

Black Glittery Scarf – M&S

Brown Sunglasses – Swarovski

Gold Earrings – Dubai Gold Souk

 

 

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