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Everything you need to know about promise rings

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A growing trend among couples involved in a serious romantic relationship is the exchange of promise rings. What exactly do promise rings stand for? When are they appropriate to give? Are they a promise to get engaged at a later date? Here are the answers to those questions and more!

What Is A Promise Ring?

Promise rings are gaining popularity among couples who are living together and have no immediate plans for marriage or do not plan to ever get married. They are worn as a physical sign to the outside world that a couple is more than just dating – they are in a committed relationship. To these couples, it is their personal commitment to the relationship that is meaningful, not the legal or religious state of being married.

A promise ring is most often exchanged between partners involved in a serious romantic relationship.  It typically symbolizes the giver’s fidelity and devotion to the relationship. The acceptance of the ring indicates that the recipient promises the same in return. Although these are the typical meanings behind a promise ring, each couple chooses what they are promising to each other and what their promise ring stands for. While promise rings can be worn as a pre-engagement rings, many couples do not see their promise rings as a step towards marriage.

What Does A Promise Ring Symbolize?

The exact meaning behind a couple’s promise ring is as unique as their relationship. Although it is usually a symbol of a couple’s commitment to a serious relationship, the exact terms of the promise represented by the ring is something that needs to discussed and agreed upon together. Whatever the specifics of the meaning, a promise ring is a beautiful, tangible symbol of love and commitment.

History of Promise Rings

The tradition of wearing a ring to demonstrate loyalty and fidelity dates back to ancient times. A version of the promise ring, known as a betrothal ring, was worm in ancient Rome by couples desiring to be married. In ancient Greece, special rings were worn as a constant reminder of one’s beloved. Ancient Egyptians exchanged rings made from woven reeds or leather to honor their beloveds.

Dating back to the 16th century, a version of a promise ring, called a “poise” or “posy” ring, was popular in England and France. Given as lovers’ gifts, these rings were often engraved with romantic poems. During the Georgian and Victorian eras, “Acrostic” rings were popular. These rings were set with colored gemstones to spell out meaningful words. For example, the first letters of these gemstones in a ring – Jade, Amethyst, Diamond, Opal, Ruby and Emerald – spell out “J’adore,” meaning “I love you” in French.

The current popularity of promise rings as a mainstream trend was sparked by the publicity surrounding promise rings that were exchanged by celebrity couples including Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, as well as Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra.

What’s the Difference Between A Promise Ring and An Engagement Ring?

A promise ring for couples is a symbol of the commitment to a serious relationship, but it is does not indicate that a proposal and acceptance of marriage has occurred.  Promise rings may have a variety of meanings, based on the individual couple’s choices. An engagement ring is symbol that a couple has agreed to marry.

Is a Promise Ring the Same as a Purity Ring?

 Purity Rings are symbols of a personal commitment to sexual abstinence until marriage. They are given by a parent to a child or purchased for oneself. Purity rings are usually made from silver and rarely have any gemstones. They are often engraved with a message about chastity.

What’s the Difference Between a Promise Ring and a Couple Ring?

Couple rings are matching rings that are worn just for fun. Although they can be either fashion or fine jewelry, couple rings tend to sport trendy designs and are often made from unusual materials. They are not given as symbols of deep commitment to a relationship. They are a more casual expression of a relationship.

Are Promise Rings Only for Women?

In the past, the custom was for a man to present a woman with a promise ring. Today, partners of any gender give and accept promise rings. There is also a trend for both partners in a relationship to wear a promise ring – sometimes matching, sometimes not.

What Do Promise Rings Look Like?

Visually, promise rings are smaller in scale than engagement rings, usually set with small diamonds or semi-precious colored gemstones. They are often designed with a cluster of gems, instead of a main featured gemstone. Promise rings are also usually made from less expensive metals such as silver and 10K gold, rather than 14K or 18K gold or platinum. If getting married is possible for the future, a promise ring’s style should not be something that will compete with an engagement ring.

When Do You Give a Promise Ring?

Although promise rings are not the same as engagement rings, they still are still a symbol of a serious commitment to a relationship. Usually, a couple will have been exclusively involved for a lengthy period of time, often a year or more, before considering a promise ring.

A promise ring needs to be discussed before it is presented. It should never be given as a total surprise.  Promise rings require a conversation about the exact meaning behind it, and the promise that’s being made. It is an agreement. If you surprise your partner with a ring, that person might be under the impression that you are proposing!  This can lead to confusion and even bitter disappointment and hurt feelings. Such a major misunderstanding could ruin a very special moment intended to celebrate and honor a couple’s relationship. That is why it is so important to discuss beforehand what the promise ring symbolizes.

How to Give a Promise Ring

Unlike an engagement ring, promise rings are not given with the traditional elaborate planning of a formal proposal. They can be given on birthdays, Valentine’s Day, as a holiday gift, on a couple’s anniversary date, or even over a romantic dinner. When presenting an engagement ring, the circumstances surrounding the proposal are usually planned out and well-orchestrated. Presenting a promise ring is much less formal. It is more about creating a special occasion to talk about your relationship.

On Which Finger Do You Wear a Promise Ring?

A promise ring can be worn on any finger or even suspended on a necklace.  It is usually worn, however, on the left hand. If the couple later gets engaged, the promise ring is moved to the right hand.

Can You Still Wear a Promise Ring After Getting Engaged?

 You can continue to wear your promise ring by putting it on another finger or having a new piece of jewelry designed from its components.

 How Much Does a Promise Ring Cost?

Just as with engagement and wedding rings, there are no rules about the proper amount to spend on a promise ring. The cost will depend on the style, gemstones, and metals you choose. On average, promise rings range in price from $199 to $1999.

What Happens to the Ring if You Break Up?

 As with engagement and wedding rings, promise rings are a symbol of a commitment to a long term relationship. However, life is complicated and relationships can change. When the promise pledge is rescinded, the recipient has the option of either returning or keeping the ring.

Promise rings are a symbol of a couple’s commitment to their relationship. The exact promise being expressed is highly personalized and varies from couple to couple. Whatever meaning the couple decides upon, a promise ring is a beautiful way to express mutual care and devotion. We invite you to to view our selection of beautiful Promise Rings for men and women at our fine jewelry store.

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Spoken Stone Combines Poetry with Antique Jewelry

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I’ve written about Spoken Stone before and I was recently interested in all the poetry she’s been pairing with her jewelry posts. As an English Literature minor, I’m always taken back to my college days when I wrote and read poetry. I immediately get a sense of nostalgia when I see Elisha’s posts and long to go back to revisit all the poems I once studied. Maybe that’s why I’m so drawn to rap music, as the lyrics remind me of poetry (although the rap music created today can never be compared to poetry or rap music from the early 90s/00s).

Here are some examples of Spoken Stone’s latest poems paired with jewels from her shop, along with some revealing answers to my questions:

How did you get into writing and jewelry?

I’ve always loved to read, which goes hand in hand with being a writer. As a child, I use to shovel snow/cut grass to make money to buy books at local yard sales. Once, I found a large box of young adult books, including the entire collection of Little House on the Prairie, for $5 dollars. I was 10 and beyond excited, it took me an hour to walk back home because the box was so heavy, but I had about 6 months of reading in that box, so it was worth it. Interestingly enough my love of jewelry also began at a yard sale, where I discovered a beautiful crystal brooch that began my love for jewelry.

What inspired you to combine writing and jewelry together?

I think any antique object contains a novel worth of stories within it. Just imagine all the stories your tea kettle or couch can tell. Now, something as personal as jewelry, which is often worn daily throughout a persons life, it contains all their life experiences; from their wedding day, the birth of their first child to their daily work commute.

When you examine a piece of antique jewelry you can also physically see aspects of the person who wore it. Depending on where the wear is on the band you can tell what finger it might of been worn on or if they were right or left handed. It’s these little jewelry elements, that inspire me to write about and imagine the life of the person who wore it.

I switch between writing short stories and spoken word poetry with my jewelry posts. you can find them paired with jewelry photos on my Instagram @spokenstone. if you come into the store after you make a purchase you can go into our magic back room, where you can pick out your own poem that goes with the jewelry you purchased.

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What is your favorite short story you wrote with jewelry?

I’ve had a relatively strange life from a young age, which prevented me from having access to the knowledge of my culture until I became an adult. I come from a shamanic native heritage on my mothers side, and have been tapping into that energy as a writer. I love to write little legends or folk tales that have a lesson at the end of it, which is a tradition in many native cultures throughout the world.  I love this micro short story, about how the only limitations we have in our life is really in our mind.

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Richemont Buys Italian Jeweler Buccellati

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Luxury conglomerate Richemont has acquired Buccellati Holding Italia S.p.A., the owner of Buccellati, the famed Italian jeweler, for an undisclosed price.

The transaction closed on Sept. 26, Richemont said.

Richemont also owns Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, as well as a long list of watch brands, including A. Lange & Söhne and Baume & Mercier. It had reportedly been looking into buying the jeweler since last year.

The Milan-based brand had previously been owned by Gansu Gangtai Group, which in August 2017 acquired 85% of the company in a deal estimated at $271 million. The other 15% was owned by its founding family.

But the acquisition proved short-lived, lasting little more than two years.

In a statement, Xu Jiangang, founder and chairman of Gangtai Group, said he was proud that his company boosted the brand in China and made it one of the best-known jewelry brands in the world.

The Buccellati brand is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year; it was founded in Milan in 1919 by Mario Buccellati. It is known for its handmade jewelry, and also sells watches and silverware.

The company also owns a network of retailers, including U.S. stores in New York City; Chicago; Aspen, Colo.; Beverly Hills, Calif.; Houston; and Bal Harbour and Palm Beach, Fla.

In the statement announcing the acquisition, Richemont chairman Johann Rupert said that “Buccellati meets the needs of today’s customers who are looking for creative jewelry, with a highly distinctive style.… We look forward to ensuring the long term development of this unique jewelry maison.”

Andrea Buccellati, brand’s honorary chairman and creative director, said in the same statement: “We are proud to join Richemont, a family-spirited group and nurturer of prestigious luxury maisons, with an undisputed expertise in jewelry. We value their long term strategic thinking and look forward to seeing the potential of Buccellati realized as part of Richemont.”

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Forever 21 Announces It’s Filing for Bankruptcy

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Forever 21 announced last night that it will be filing for bankruptcy. The Los Angeles retailer that, along with H&M and Zara, helped invent the concept of fast fashion—stores and e-comms featuring low-cost product that’s produced quickly and cheaply to respond to trends—has been in restructuring talks all year.

As part of its reorganization, the privately owned company will cease operations in 40 countries, including Canada and Japan, and will close up to 178 stores in the U.S. and up to 350 in total. The retailer currently operates around 800 stores globally, the majority of which are in the U.S.

Forever 21’s website and most of its stores in the U.S., Mexico, and Latin America will remain open.

Company owners Do Won and Jin Sook Chang founded Forever 21 in the 1980s after emigrating to the U.S. from South Korea. The company quickly grew into a retail titan by making clothes, jewelry, and accessories of flimsy quality at ultra-low prices that mimicked the look (if not the feel) of covetable designer apparel.

The company’s bankruptcy could be seen as a bursting of the fast-fashion bubble. Consumer attitudes have changed in recent years, and scrutiny of the wastefulness and often eco-unfriendly practices of fast fashion purveyors has been on the rise (see Dana Thomas’ excellent new book Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion & the Future of Clothes, on the subject).

Younger shoppers have also tossed a grenade onto the idea of homogeny as something covetable in fashion. Products that can be personalized, customized, or are one-of-a-kind are what 21-year-olds are most after these days. There are still “it” bags, shoes, and jewels, but they tend to be expensive and/or exclusive—things worthy of investment (great news for fine jewelers), not designed to be relegated to Goodwill after a few seasons.

Linda Chang, daughter of the company’s founders and the retailer’s executive vice president, told the New York Times, “We went from seven countries to 47 countries within a less-than-six-year time frame and with that came a lot of complexity…the retail industry is obviously changing—there has been a softening of mall traffic and sales are shifting more to online.”

The news outlet further reported that Forever 21 saw its revenue drop to $3.3 billion last year, down from $4.4 billion in 2016. The company employs about 32,800 people, down from 43,000 in 2016.

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Opal—and the Silly Superstition I Can’t Shake

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I’ve been lying to you.

Well, sort of. For years I have been writing about my favorite opal pieces—how incredible they are and how badly I would love to have them in my own jewelry box. But all the while there has been another side to the story, an embarrassing little secret: Even if I somehow managed to procure one of these pieces, chances are, I wouldn’t wear it.

It’s not that I don’t want to. It’s just that I’m annoyingly superstitious. I use the word annoyingly because I don’t worry about black cats, stepping on cracks, or walking under ladders—of course not. My superstition has to hit me where it hurts: I’m a woman who loves jewelry and is afraid to wear opals.

You know the old wives’ tale, the one that says not to wear opal unless it’s your birthstone? Where did that even come from? Though unfounded, the idea can be traced back to a Gothic novel from 1829 by Sir Walter Scott—at least, that is according to what mineralogist George Kunz believes to be the source of all this evil.

All I know is, I have this awesome pair of tiny opal stud earrings from Wwake that have been worn only a handful of times and they deserve so much more.

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Ring in 18k yellow gold with 8.25 ct. opal, 0.24 ct. t.w. sapphires, 0.1 ct. t.w. yellow sapphires, 0.16 ct. t.w. tsavorite, 0.22 ct. t.w. spinel, and 0.8 ct. t.w. diamonds, $39,600; Omi Privé

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One-of-a-kind Achelois necklace in 18k yellow gold with 41.3 ct. opal, 0.07 ct. t.w. tsavorite, and 0.3 ct. t.w. sapphires, $16,000 (sold); Daniela Villegas

As a logical person, I should just be able to acknowledge that this is nothing more than folklore and move on, right? The closest I’ve come to that was this year at JCK Las Vegas while visiting with Julie Romanenko of Just Jules. The designer had this charm I wanted to own so badly (still do!)—opal, of course. We both agreed that the superstition was baloney, but if I must worry about it, I do have some sort of connection to October. I wasn’t born during the month, so the opal isn’t my birthstone—but I was married in October. The birth of a marriage, that’s got to count for something, right? (And, honestly, Julie’s charm collection is probably worth the risk.)

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Ring in blackened gold with opal, sapphires, and diamonds, price on request; Joel Price Opals

My sentiments on opal ring true—it’s a stone I obsess over, truly one of my favorites. But in that way, I suppose I am solely an opal stalker: admiring from afar, like a forbidden fruit I dare not eat. The better part of me knows how ridiculous this all is—both good and bad happens in this world, and it certainly doesn’t come down to the jewelry one was wearing that day. Then again, when good things happen, they cause us to claim our good luck charms. What’s the difference, really?

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14 k white gold necklace with 4.5 ct. boulder opal and 0.05 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,355; Kaali Designs

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Ear climbers in 18k yellow gold with 11.84 cts. t.w. African opals and 0.25 ct. t.w. diamonds, $8,610; Jemma Wynne

On that note, given that it’s October, which is basically one entire month of Halloween, opal couldn’t be a more appropriate stone to mark the occasion. Aside from the Hope Diamond (and a few other infamously “cursed” stones), I can’t think of any other gem with more folklore associated with it.

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Ring in 18k yellow gold with opal and diamonds, $4,490; M. Spalten

So, while we admire these absolutely amazing opals that will make other opal admirers positively giddy and jumping to buy, delight me with your suggestions for overcoming this silly notion, would you? For the sake of those opal earrings sitting in my jewelry box, and, hopefully, for future opals that one day I can call my own.

 

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5 of The Most Famous Jewels on The Planet

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Jewellery has played a significant role in various cultures for centuries. From diamond rings to bracelets and brooches, these precious stones have caused more controversy than anything else. Let’s take a look at the 5 most famous jewels on the planet.

Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring

Princess Diana’s engagement ring is one of the most popular pieces of jewellery in the world. This ring consists of 14 solitaire diamonds, that surround a 12 carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold. It is now worn by Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton and costs approximately 38.5 million dollars.

The Hope Diamond

Much admired for its rare blue colour, the Hope Diamond has existed for more than four centuries and is surrounded by mysteries and legends. Owned by King Louis XIV at one point, the Hope diamond changed hands for centuries until it was bought by famous jeweller Harry Winston. Winston then donated this diamond to the Smithsonian in Washington DC. This precious stone attracts more than 6 million tourists every year. The Hope Diamond was last reported to be insured for 250 million dollars.

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The Tiffany Yellow Diamond

The Tiffany Yellow Diamond is a 128 carat fancy intense yellow cushion cut diamond, that was discovered at the Kimberley mine in South Africa back in 1877. It was worn for the first time by Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse at the Tiffany Ball in 1975 and the second time by Audrey Hepburn when she was shooting for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The diamond is now on display at a flagship store in Manhattan.

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The Koh-i-Noor Diamond

Mined in Golconda, India, the Koh-i-Noor diamond is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world and is currently a part of the British Crown Jewels. Passed on from one country to another for years, this diamond currently belongs to Queen Elizabeth II.

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The Dresden Green Diamond

Weighing in at 41 carats, the Dresden diamond is the largest natural green diamond in the world. This extremely rare diamond owes its colour to radioactive exposure. The earliest record of this diamond dates back to 1742, after which it was acquired by Augustus III of Poland. Soon after, in 1768, this diamond was incorporated into an elaborate and extremely valuable hat ornament. The diamond is currently on display in Saxony, Germany, in the same hat ornament setting. It is often used as a standard of measure for green diamonds.

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Everything You Need to Know About Freshwater Pearls

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It’s been a while since we spoke about freshwater pearls. If you’re a pearl-lover, knowing every little detail about pearls only makes them more fascinating. Everybody knows pearls come from oysters and oysters are usually found in the sea – that begs the question: what are freshwater pearls?

Freshwater pearls, as the name suggests, originate from freshwater bodies such as lakes, ponds and rivers. These stunning pearls come from mussels and not oysters. Freshwater pearls can be both natural and cultured – which is why you should be careful to check your facts before investing in these stones.

Freshwater pearls and seawater pearls are quite different. Apart from the organism these pearls come from, they tend to vary in size, lustre, overtones and shape. Seawater pearls are considered rare and are often perfectly spherical in shape – which in popular opinion makes them superior to freshwater pearls. But freshwater pearls have their own beauty, a shiny outer layer and shapelessness that is beautiful. Because freshwater pearls are more widely available, they are also more affordable.

Most freshwater pearls are not as perfectly circular as is the case seawater pearls. In fact, in China they are called rice pearls because their shape mimics rice grains. And it is this shapelessness of freshwater pearls that people often love.

Sometimes freshwater pearls take the shape of vegetables, animals, faces and other exotic things. For example, there are some pearls that take the shape of a cross and such pearls are sold and bought for huge amounts of money. Mostly, the pearls are of an irregular oval shape commonly called Biwa or the Keshi pearls.

Freshwater pearls are also easier to culture when compared to seawater pearls. This is why there is never a dearth of freshwater pearls in the market. This doesn’t mean they are not precious anymore. Until recently, Japan was the major producer of freshwater cultured pearls. But the lakes eventually got too polluted to be used for this purpose and hence, the country that produces most freshwater pearls is China.

These are all the facts we have for you in this article. Be sure to check back with us in a week or so – as we keep updating our blog. Also, we are having a massive collection of white gold hoop earrings, please contact us in the comment section if you want to buy.

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Wear The Shades of Winter

Winter is a time of sharing warmth and enjoying the elusive sun’s rays. Winter is also a beautiful time to dress in cozy layers. So why not layer up, right? Check out these beautiful jewelry pieces perfect for all your winter styles.

White Gold Diamond Bracelet:

On days it’s not too cold to adorn your wrists with the colors of the white season, try our classic diamond bracelet, designed with a base of white gold.

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Attraction Pearl Necklace:

Resembling a snowflake, this elegant design is spearheaded by white button freshwater pearls on the strong base of silver alloy.

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Fionnuala Pearl Gold Chain:

This subtly designed chain is perfect to wear with a high-neck top or sweater. Who said style has to compromise on comfort?

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Wow Diamond Ear Hangings:

These cute white gold hanging earrings are perfect for when you need to keep your ears warm but still show off that bling!

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White Gold Diamond Ring:

Give your finger the warmth of this sophisticatedly designed white gold diamond ring.

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Celebrate this winter season by adorning yourself in the shades of the season. For more refined small diamond cross necklaces, please contact us in the comment section.