Men: How to shop for engagement rings

Choose an engagement ring that matches her jewelry style.The moment you and your fiancée get engaged is a beautiful, momentous occasion. Men who are preparing to get down on one knee should come prepared with the perfect engagement ring. Here are some pointers on how to choose the best one for your bride-to-be.

1) Consider her personal style. Discover the types of jewelry your special someone prefers by taking a look at her daily pieces. If your girlfriend currently shows off more silver than gold, you may want to purchase a ring with a white gold or platinum setting. If she rocks gold rings, necklaces and bracelets on a regular basis, consider choosing a yellow gold band.

2) Ask friends and family members for advice. While you may know your girlfriend’s darkest secrets, her inner circle may be privy to her style tastes. Get their input on her engagement ring preferences.

3) Look to unique stones and diamonds. While a white diamond center stone is the standard choice for an engagement ring, some girls may prefer something out of the ordinary. Try searching for yellow and pink diamonds or her birthstone, if you believe she would love something unique.

Your wife will remember your marriage proposal for the rest of her life. Follow these few pointers and you’re guaranteed to find something she’ll adore.

While this post doesn’t cover the all-important task of choosing a diamond for your engagement ring, you can learn more about diamonds at the ICE.com Diamond Education Page.ADNFCR-2807-ID-19940776-ADNFCR

Twilight inspires vintage, oval engagement ring choices

Twilight inspires vintage-desgined engagement ringsThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be making its way into theaters today, which means that fans will soon be standing in long lines and counting the minutes until they can finally see the much-anticipated film.

Girls who also love the characters in the popular films may feel inspired to mimic their jewelry once they leave the theater. And, after viewing Bella’s gorgeous engagement ring, it’s easy to see why.

In the cinematic trailer, Bella’s diamond sparkler is placed in an oval setting and features an array of beautiful white diamonds. The piece has a vintage feel to it and yet still seems fresh.

Women who don’t want to replicate the exact piece, but want something with a similarly elegant look, have many different options. In fact, oval-shaped engagement rings, once the go-to engagement trend of the ’60s, are popping up on the hands of brides-to-be everywhere.

Other vintage-inspired touches include rings with a combination of gemstones in them, such as rubies or sapphires. The mix offers an antique feeing but is still appropriate for daily wear.

Twilight may be a phenomenon of the 21st century, but it has inspired women everywhere to embrace vintage jewelry pieces.ADNFCR-2807-ID-19867499-ADNFCR

Look to celebrities for diamond engagement ring trends

Diamond Engagement RingIt seems like celebrities are getting engaged left and right nowadays. And just like the fashionistas who scour red carpet photos for tips on shoes and gowns, jewelry hounds like us are turning to suave starlets for ice ideas – especially if we plan on getting hitched ourselves sometime soon.

Princess cuts seem to be coming back in a big way, so take a cue from Hilary Duff if you’re in the market for some bling.

Duff certainly is carrying a heavy load on her ring finger at the moment. The million dollar (yes, you heard right) ring given to her by Canadian Mike Comrie features a 14-carat princess-cut diamond. Comrie is a hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers, and is uber-adorable.

Carrie Underwood could also inspire brides-to-be with her enviable bauble.

Underwood, who is engaged to hockey player Mike Fisher, is making us drool at the moment. Her stunning rock is a round-cut yellow diamond doozy that’s surrounded by baby white diamonds. Those Canuck NHL boys sure are ice experts, eh?

If you’re planning on walking down the aisle in the near future, you may want to look to Hollywood to get some good ideas. Let’s face it – your fiancé will need some tips on what to pick out when he gets down on one knee.ADNFCR-2807-ID-19664999-ADNFCR

Airport offers password to prevent diamond engagement rings from being uncovered

Travelers who know the password won't have their diamond ring uncovered in security!This Valentine’s Day, men who had planned to surprise their girlfriends with a diamond engagement ring during a romantic getaway could prevent airport security from spoiling the big reveal, but only if they knew the secret phrase!

Because Manchester Airport is one of the few locations to have implemented full-body scanners, men who chose to carry the ring on their person would be found out if their significant other happened to look at the scanned image.

To get around this issue on the romantic holiday and prevent any surprise proposal from being ruined, Manchester Airport’s security personnel agreed to take anyone who uttered “Be my Valentine” behind a screen for a private search.

While we think that’s a good thing for possible grooms-to-be to know, only forward-thinking men who called ahead would have known to do that!

Guys who are poised to pop the question could investigate the baggage check policy of their departure location to find out if there are any special procedures or secret passwords that can help them keep their diamond ring under wraps.
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So You Just Got Engaged, Now What?

Celebrate your love in classic style
Celebrate your love in classic style

Valentine’s Day is a classic day for wedding proposals. Did you get engaged this Valentine’s Day? If so, congratulations! You’ll have so much planning to do and things to think about. Let me help you lessen the stress by making a few jewelry recommendations for the big day.

A consistently elegant choice, a diamond-encrusted band is extremely impressive without making the wearer appear to be a showoff. Your clothes might match this sentiment, with tiny details and low-key designers making the outfit, like a TSE dress matched up with traditional diamond studs, an ageless Bottega Veneta bag, subtle Bvlgari sunglasses, and topped off with a whisper of Chanel perfume.

Who needs one best friend when you can have at least three? If you prefer multi-stone engagement rings, chances are you’re into wearing flashy pieces on other parts of your body, too. When going out, you might favor a Betsey Johnson dress worn with Tory Burch wedges and a metallic bag to get yourself noticed, and colorful stones like a pair of emerald earrings or a garnet necklace add zing to your look.

Marquis (or marquise) cuts are wonderful because their shape often makes the diamond look larger than it actually is. The savvy woman who decides on this cut might make equally as calculated choices in her wardrobe, choosing pieces for their ability to tastefully and conservatively flatter, like a Theory dress paired with pearl earrings and Stuart Weitzman heels, matched with a pashmina and a suede clutch.

No matter what your style, there’s a wedding ring out there that will match the perfection of your special day.

Engagement Ring Question

Dear Leslie,
I am about to ask my girlfriend to marry me. I would like to get her a diamond engagement ring, but she has an offbeat sense of style. I want to get something she will wear.
Yoni in Jerusalem

I am guessing that a traditional engagement ring is out of the question, but if you still want to get her diamonds, there are rings that will please both of you, such as a fabulous blue and white diamond triple heart ring. I also came across a dazzling ring of flower-shaped diamonds, which is both eye-catching and off-beat.

As a final suggestion, why not try a blue diamond ring? It’s style is traditional engagement, but the fact that the diamond is blue rather than white makes it special.

If your girlfriend does not know her ring size, ice.com has a special ring-sizer which may be of help.

Engagement Ring Question

Dear Leslie,
I am about to ask my girlfriend to marry me. I would like to get her a diamond engagement ring, but she has an offbeat sense of style. I want to get something she will wear.
Yoni in Jerusalem

I am guessing that a traditional engagement ring is out of the question, but if you still want to get her diamonds, there are rings that will please both of you, such as a fabulous blue and white diamond triple heart ring. I also came across a dazzling ring of flower-shaped diamonds, which is both eye-catching and off-beat.

Engagement RingAs a final suggestion, why not try a blue diamond ring? It’s style is traditional engagement, but the fact that the diamond is blue rather than white makes it special.

If your girlfriend does not know her ring size, Ice.com has a special ring-sizer which may be of help.