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7 Things To Consider When Shopping For An Engagement Ring

Fashion & Beauty

This post was sponsored by Macy’s. All opinions are our own. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

Unbiased opinion, engagement rings are the shiz. We can fall down a rabbit hole for hours admiring their beauty in all shapes + sizes! Exhibit A. But how do you even begin to pare down your wish list to a single ring that’s right for you? We partnered with Macy’s to show off their Star Signature Diamond collection – a diamond as versatile as they come, with a whole lotta sparkle to spare. Which is what happens when you have 73 facets of brilliantly-cut goodness!
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Pictured here is their famous solitaire, though as a whole, the Star Signature Collection has variety of styles for days. We’re talking trinities, halos and even garland clusters! But beyond all the pretty is skill, thoughtfulness and purpose. That’s what takes a diamond ring from eye candy to lifelong promise.

solitaire engagement ring and handmade wooden ring box

So here are just a few of the things to be on the lookout for as you and your partner shop for potential rings together!

The 4 C’s:

  • Cut: Refers to the overall beauty + aesthetic of the stone; you’re looking at how the light refracts through the facets to create that magic sparkle.
  • Clarity: Diamonds will often include small cracks, foreign crystals or “inclusions” that occur before it’s ever fully formed. Everything from the quantity to the location to the visibility will affect the clarity grade.
  • Color: The lesser the color, the higher the value!
  • Carat: The most obvious C to spot with the naked eye, carat refers to the weight of the diamond

More details on the 4 C’s here!

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Style: There are endless styles to choose from! Think about your current wardrobe + interests to get a better feel for what’s more you, and take practicality into consideration. How do you spend most of your days + how will the ring you’re looking at affect that? Pictured here is a classic Solitaire diamond, and it doesn’t get more practical than this! Simultaneous function + beauty.

Metal: Take your current wardrobe and jewelry collection into consideration, and go from there! This particular ring pictured comes in gold and white gold, for example.

solitaire engagement ring and vintage velvet ring box

Sustainability: Socially-conscious couples may want to consider diamonds that are ethical and conflict-free. This basically means that the diamond was harvested with the environment in mind, the miners were treated to fair wages + safe working conditions, etc. And the best news is, the Star Signature checks out in this regard!

solitaire engagement ring and handmade wooden ring box

Ring Size: You may want to slip this snippet into your fiance-to-be’s line of sight ;) How do you discreetly figure out the ring size? One easy way is to trace one of the rings she currently owns onto a sheet of paper! If the ring size you need isn’t available online, Macy’s even has a Worry No More program that includes custom ring sizing

solitaire engagement ring and vintage velvet ring box

Certifications: It’s always nice to have confirmation that a decision as big as this one is packed with some seroius value. Do some research on the certifications behind the diamond before moving forward to make sure the quality is in check. The round Macy’s Star Signature Diamond is the first 73-facet round diamond in the USA ever to receive a Very Good cut grade from IIDGR, for example!

solitaire engagement ring and vintage velvet ring box

Insurance: No one wants to think about the possibility of losing something as precious as an engagement ring. Or having it stolen! But the reality is, having a financial protection plan in place will provide a bit of a cushion if the unthinkable ever does happen.

solitaire engagement ring and vintage velvet ring box

Now that you know what to look for, check out the full collection of Macy’s Star Signature Diamonds here. The biggest leaders in the industry, De Beers and Kiran Gems, joined Macy’s to make this collection happen, and whether you #FrostYourself with this special cut, gift it to a friend (cue necklaces + earrings) or let it grace your ring finger forever, it’s sure to make some hearts sing.

solitaire engagement ring and vintage velvet ring box

Fine Art Garden Wedding with Tuscan Yellow Blooms

Garden Weddings

Today’s fine art garden wedding is like a European dream – would you believe this gorgeous venue is actually in Florida? There’s an air of majesty in the Tuscan yellow hue of the blooms throughout, and it’s the perfect juxtaposition against the moodier blues. From her textured wedding dress to the soft linen menus, we could stare at these beautiful photos for eternity!

textured wedding dress and blue groom suit with bright yellow bridal bouquet

Ozzy Garcia is the man behind the lens, and we are loving these soft images from Katie and Peter’s day – entirely ethereal and verging on Heaven!

fine art garden wedding with greenery and candles

fine art wedding programs with ribbons

Plant-dyed ribbons tie delicate program books together. This look will never go out of style!

textured wedding dress with ruffled train

watercolor blue wedding invitations

We’d go anywhere these invitations beckoned!

textured wedding dress with hand beading

Planned by Florida wedding designer, Eileen of Beauty in the Making, Katie and Peter were married on New Year’s Eve. Eileen enhanced the natural beauty of the venue’s Spanish architecture with soft candlelight, iron chairs and greenery in twisty trails. The result was pure romance!

fine art garden wedding with greenery and candles

blue groom suit

textured wedding dress with gold and silver bridesmaid dresses

bright yellow bridal bouquet

There’s no color that makes us cheery quite like yellow!

blue groom and groomsmen attire

fine art garden wedding with greenery and candles

It’s like a candle garden with varying levels of flame. Peep those Volcano candles at the front too… We can just smell the sugared citrus wafting through the ceremony now!

textured wedding dress with train and blue groom suit

teal wedding cake

blue groom and groomsmen attire

Loving Peter’s slightly darker shade of blue from his groomsmen!

linen wedding menu place setting

textured wedding dress with train and blue groom suit

Carolyn Jones Bridal Makeup gave Katie a soft braided updo with volume and character, and we’re bookmarking for our next special occasion!

blue table with garden chairs and yellow centerpieces wedding tablescape

textured wedding dress with yellow bridal bouquet

Intricate hand-beading, ruffled rivulets, sparkly botanical belt – Katie’s gown sets the bar as high as we can see.

blue table with garden chairs and yellow centerpieces wedding tablescape

textured wedding dress and blue groom suit with bright yellow bridal bouquet

cocktail hour lounge italian harbor

A cocktail hour with serious taste – these velvet furniture pieces from Love in Vintage complement their seaside setting perfectly.

yellow ranunculi bouttoniere

blue table with garden chairs and yellow centerpieces wedding tablescape

linen wedding menu and calligraphed rock place card

textured wedding dress with train and low updo

Emulating a Renaissance villa, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens features notable Baroque details and Meditteranean revival architecture. We couldn’t love it more!

blue table with garden chairs and yellow centerpieces wedding tablescape

textured wedding dress with train and blue groom suit

Wedding Vendors:
Photography: Ozzy Garcia
Videography: Cool Coconut Studios
Event Planning and Floral Design: Beauty in the Making
Hair and Makeup Artist: Carolyn Jones Bridal Makeup
Venue: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Rentals: Love in Vintage

Here’s What the Same Wedding Style Looks Like at 3 Different Price Points

Wedding Design

There seems to be endless wedding inspiration out there, right? Gowns, cakes, floral chandeliers and more that become your tried + true style muse. But you never really get a peek at the price tag for these wedding details – so how do you know what to expect based on your personal wedding budget? Today we’re joined by a team of talented wedding creatives who decided “enough with the unknown!”, as they showcase the same rustic-chic farmhouse wedding style at 3 different price points to help you plot and plan your own approach.

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Photography

Studio 29 Photography