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 Icon: Lauren Pope

Hey fashion and style lovers! Happy new month! Welcome to the amazing month of April. The style icon for this month is the very stylish Lauren Pope. For reality tv show fans, you would recognise Lauren Pope from the hit tv show – The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE). For those who do not know this style icon, Lauren Pope is a model, television personality and DJ. She regularly appeared on TOWIE until she officially left the show in March 2019. I have been a huge fan of Pope’s sense of style. She was one of the reasons why I usually watched TOWIE back in the day. The girls on the reality show were always dressed in their Sunday’s best and they gave me loads of fashion inspiration. Pope’s outfits always look very nice on her. She has a great taste in fashion and she knows what looks good on her.

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Style Icon: Lauren Pope

I love seeing Lauren Pope’s outfits on Instagram. Her Instagram page is one of my favourites. She is fashion goals all day, everyday. I get a lot of fashion inspiration from her many different looks. This style icon looks good in pretty much everything. Her slender  body shape allows her get away with different pieces and she rocks them like a pro! She is one of the TOWIE girls I really admire. Pope’s personal style is very feminine and chic. She can be easily spotted wearing crop tops, baggy pants and fitted dresses. If I am to describe her personal style in two words, they would casual chic. Her sense of style works great for her.

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What do you think of Lauren Pope as a Style Icon? Are you inspired? Do you watch The Only Way is Essex? Please sound off in the comments section below. Thanks for reading, sharing and commenting. Have a great day.

 

 

 

 

How to buy cheap dresses online

The warmer months are on the way and it is time to start think of spring/summer outfits. I love wearing dresses in the spring/summer months. The fact that I can show off my legs without tights is amazing after months of wearing layers. Dresses are super easy to style in the warmer months. I like to have quite a few dresses to wear on a daily basis when the weather allows me. Which is why I am always on the lookout for cheap dresses online. When it comes to most things, you do get what you buy for. So if you buy cheap, you get cheap. However, that isn’t necessarily the case when it comes to buying dresses. It is possible to buy cheap dresses online and get decent pairs for your little change.

I love buying quality items so I tend to spend more usually because I wear my pieces for years and years to come. But sometimes, I just want to shop for cheap dresses to wear in the summer. I also love shopping for cheap dresses for girls as well, for my little diva.

 

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Here are some ways you could go about buying quality but cheap dresses online –

Shop the sales

This is the first way to go about shopping for anything online. It is always sensible to target the sales for items you have on your Wishlist. For cheap dresses, you can get loads online whilst the sales is on. Many high street stores have huge sales on and off all through the year. I buy many of my summer dresses online during the sales. It is great because I could save over 50% of the initial RRP. Shopping the sales is the first way to buy cheap dresses online.

 

Shop tried and tested brands

When shopping online, you should be very careful and shop only on websites you have successfully shopped on before. I avoid unknown brands online to avoid any surprises. Many of these new brands will send you pieces that look nothing like what they have photography on their website. So do be mindful of that while shopping online. Also, buying from tried and tested brands means you will buy the dresses in the right size as well. Many of us have different sizes from shop to shop. This is easily taking care of when you shop with brands you know already.

 

Go for pieces you can style in different ways

It makes to shop for dresses you can style in different ways. That way you get more wear out of them. I love items I am able to dress up and down. That way I can wear it on a casual day out and on a date as well. Buying dresses that can’t be styled in different ways or worn to various places means it is likely to get buried in your wardrobe for months.

 

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If in doubt, read reviews

This is where consumers and fashion bloggers come in. If you are unsure of a particular dress or brand, always look out for reviews. That way, you get to read an unbiased (hopefully) review and can decided if you want the piece or not. A quick Google search with the dress and brand details will likely bring you up to speed.

 

 

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