When people are struggling financially it's safe to say there are more important things to spend money on than a big diamond, but many women have at least some expectations for their engagement rings.
Is it ever okay for an employer to judge you by your bling? Unlikely, but a recent essay in The Huffington Post warns that a diamond on your left ring finger could be detrimental in the job market, whether it's fair or not. Some say it suggests you're rich and don't really need the work, so it diminishes your case when asking for a raise. Others find it as distracting as a miniskirt. Whatever the reason, some employers fess up to finding engagement bling tacky.
Many people are only comfortable shopping for diamonds at high-end jewelry houses. However, while the recognizable brands provide peace of mind, they usually have a substantial mark-up. Using a consultant or independent jeweler allows you to take part in the entire process from selecting the stone to collaborating on a design. Not only will you create an extremely personalized, one-of-a-kind piece piece, but you usually will be maximize the value of your ring.
Jewelry consultant Deirdre Lally, GG spoke to Fox News iMag about great ways to save on a diamond engagement ring.
Kim Kardashian's 20.5-carat engagement ring made a big splash when she debuted the stone on the cover of People, but the reality-television diva isn't the only celeb sporting some gorgeous bling. There's an engagement ring trend out there for every woman's taste—vintage styles, tons of cuts, even colored diamonds—so we guarantee you'll find something you love (or several somethings).
Y'know when you break up with someone and everything you look at produces a memory of your ex? Jessica Biel is so experiencing that dreaded part of Splitsville right now. In order to get through it unscathed, the actress is starting a bit of a campaign to let go of every last reminder of Justin Timberlake—including giving away thousands of dollars worth of gifts JT gave her during their relationship.
Buying a gift? No other gift comes with more potential to be misunderstood than jewelry. Chosen carefully and given properly, jewelry can up your game in a relationship. But buy the bling blindly, and it’s game over. With Valentine’s Day approaching, here are some jewelry buying tips for guys and girls to help insure a positive gift giving experience.
You don't have to be a pop culture fanatic to notice forthcoming princess Kate Middleton's 12-carat blue sapphire engagement given to her by Prince William. After all, it was plucked from a Garrard catalogue for William late mother Princess Diana back in 1981. Couples everywhere love celebrity engagement rings. They often look to their favorite recently engaged celebrity couples for their latest in what's hot among engagement ring styles and trends.
After auctioneers at Sotheby's announced the upcoming sale of a rare 25-carat pink diamond, we couldn't help but briefly fantasize about wearing that $38 million rock. While we firmly hope that the size of an engagement ring won't make or break a proposal, would a woman complain if presented with the magnificently-named Fancy Intense Pink Diamond? This got us thinking about some other engagement rings, both real and hypothetical, which—for better or for worse—have grabbed our attention.
Tiffany's has an app for the iPhone that lets a woman drop hints about which ring she wants a fellow to purchase for her. Desperate much? And Conor Friedersdorf, writing for The Atlantic, think that women need to suck it up, stop being materialistic and end the blood diamond biz right away. Either way, are diamond engagement rings on the way out?
Newly engaged women flaunt their "rocks," Marilyn Monroe sang about "a girl’s best friend," and being "iced" is the style on the streets. Diamonds have become American icons of wealth and refinement, and while there’s no question that the little gems are something special—diamond is the hardest natural substance known to man—their status today has much more to do with marketing strategy than any inherent quality, and being aware of their history will help you sparkle with both intelligence and style.
Although a rep for the actor denies these reports, we're not surprised that Vaughn hasn't modified his bad boy behavior. But seriously Vince? Sabotaging your own engagement for the sake a few night's out with the boys? You can do better. After all, do you really think Justin Long can do as much for your social life as a pretty fiancé ?
I never take my engagement ring off. I wear it in the shower, to bed, at the swimming pool–everywhere. This past weekend I finally found a place I couldn’t wear it–in the boxing ring. I took a 3-day boxing bootcamp where I had to wrap my hands, don big boxing gloves and hit the crap out of pads and bags (it was very cathartic). Friday night, I slipped off my ring and put it in its box, nestled next to my future wedding band. All weekend, I kept getting this nagging feeling that something was wrong. What had I forgotten? Each time I realized it was my ring. I couldn’t believe I was so used to wearing it already.