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  1. Achieve the Perfect Instagram Proposal

    If your partner spends a good portion of the day on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, it might be worth it to take extra steps to make sure the special moment is ready for social sharing. To make your engagement picture perfect and social media ready, here are a few things to keep in mind:

    Location, Location, Location

    Choosing a good location for your proposal will make it much easier for your fiancée to share pictures of the special moment. This doesn’t mean you have to propose on a mountaintop or under a waterfall but consider the lighting and background of the place you choose. A simple picnic blanket on the beach or near a local landmark can be a great backdrop for photos and video.

    Think of Outfits

    You don’t have to match exactly what your future fiancée will be wearing but try to wear neutral colors that will blend well with whatever she has on. Avoid large logos or shirts with sayings that may distract from the rest of the image.

    Record Your Proposal to Play It Again

    Live streaming your proposal puts a lot of pressure on you and might include conversation you would rather keep private. Instead of going live in front of everyone you know, try recording the proposal so you can share a short clip, or edit together the parts that you like to make a longer video for sharing on social media.

    Choose a Prop

    If you know your fiancée is likely to want to do a mini photo shoot as soon as you’ve popped the question, prepare by bringing some simple, fun props. Some of the props you can easily make and transport include:

    • Signs or banners that say “She said yes!” or “I said yes!” for each of you to hold up. Bonus: these can also be cherished items to display around your home and at your engagement party!
    • Items that hold special significance to you as a couple, like a flag from the college where you met, or a throwback photo of you two at the high school you both attended.
    • A chalkboard or poster sign that displays the date and location of your proposal.

    Think of Your #WeddingHashtag

    Many soon to be married couples use a unique hashtag that makes it easy to find photos and videos related to the wedding on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Start playing with combinations of your last names and other hashtag possibilities that your fiancée may like. Take the time to check if any of them have been used recently by couples with similar names and avoid those. Having a short list of hashtags that your fiancée can use will show her that you are supportive of her interests and ready to take on wedding planning as a team.


    Need help getting started? Explore engagement rings online here, or visit our Clearwater showroom for in-person help.


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  2. June's Pearl Birthstone

    Do you celebrate a birthday in June? Read on to read all about the pearl birthstone and explore some of our favorite pearl birthstone jewelry.

    Pearl Meaning and History

    Timeless and loved by women of all ages and styles, pearl is the coveted birthstone for June. Originating from oceans, lakes and rivers around the world, pearls are organic gems that grow inside the tissue of a living saltwater or freshwater mollusk (either an oyster or a mussel). Natural pearls form when the mollusk secretes a substance called nacre around an irritant such as a piece of sand or a parasite that has invaded its shell. Cultured pearls are a product of human intervention. Thousands of years of pearl fishing have decimated the natural pearl beds, so cultured pearls account for the vast majority of pearl sales today.

    Ancients from the Middle East believed that pearls were teardrops fallen from heaven. The Chinese believed that the June birthstone came from the brain of a dragon. Christopher Columbus and his contemporaries thought that mollusks formed pearls from dew drops.

    Pearls have long been associated with purity, humility and innocence, which might have something to do with why pearls have traditionally been given as a wedding gift.


    Pearl Care and Cleaning

    Pearls are 2.5 to 3.0 on the Mohs Scale of hardness, which means they are a softer gem and require special care. Store them separately from other gemstones and metal jewelry to prevent scratching. Never store your pearl birthstones in a plastic bag, as plastic can emit a chemical that will damage their surface. Always apply perfume, hair products and cosmetics before putting on your pearl jewelry. Use a soft, damp cloth, ideally after each time the pearls are worn.


    Pearl Jewelry

    Gold Pearl and Diamond Criss Cross Ring
    Teardrop Rice White Freshwater Pearl Necklace
    Gold Pearl & Diamond Leaf Ring
    Yellow Gold White Near Round Freshwater Cultured Pearl 2-Strand Bracelet
    White Gold Beaded Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace
    Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl & Diamond Ring


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  3. How Much To Spend on an Engagement Ring

    Emerald Shape Halo Engagement Ring
    How much should you spend on an engagement ring? It’s a difficult question with a different answer for each person. We're digging into how much you should spend on an engagement ring (and some of the factors that will make your ring more or less expensive) below!

    Before you start shopping, consider not only how much you want to spend but how you will pay for it. If you can save the entire amount, you can pay for a ring in cash, but many people prefer to be able to pay a ring off over time with a credit card or in-store financing. Remember that getting engaged means that soon you’ll be spending money to plan and throw a wedding, so consider these upcoming expenses as you decide how much to budget.

    The Two Month Salary Rule

    While some people use the rule of thumb that you should spend two months’ salary on an engagement ring, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. This rule came to popularity decades ago, when the people getting married were likely to be younger, living at home, and not carrying student debt. You can use this figure as a guideline to help you start shopping, but do not feel that you must be bound by it.

    Diamond Cuts Can Make a Difference

    If you know that your future fiancée dreams of a ring that features a cushion or princess cut diamond, you may need to spend a little more than you would on a ring with a round or oval diamond. These cuts take more effort to produce, but they reflect the light beautifully and grab the attention of everyone who sees them.

    The National Average

    Sales figures show that Americans spend the most on engagement rings, with Australians spending the second most. The average engagement ring in this country costs around $6000 and is about one karat in size. Australian shoppers spend around $5000 and buy around the same size of diamond as their US counterparts. On average, buyers in other countries, like Canada and the United Kingdom, spend two to three thousand dollars less than Americans.

    Using an Heirloom Ring

    If a family member has given you a ring, but it doesn’t fit your fiancée’s style, you can work with a jeweler to revamp the setting, move the stone to a band made from a different metal, or add extra stones. This lets you keep the family significance while presenting your fiancée with something you know she will love. Taking this approach can end up costing less than purchasing a brand-new ring, and it gives the ring an interesting back story your fiancée can tell for years.

    If you’re ready to propose to the love of your life, we have the right ring for you, no matter your budget! Explore a selection of engagement rings online, or visit our Clearwater showroom so we can help you in person!


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  4. How to Pick the Perfect Diamond Shape

    Platinum 7.46 Carat Total Weight Pear Shaped Diamond Halo

    There is a lot to decide when you shop for a diamond that your loved one is going to wear forever.

    First you must decide on a metal, a setting and a style of ring. The size of the band and design can make or break how it looks on your future wife. But the biggest decision is what shape of diamond you select for the engagement ring.

    The shape of a diamond can drastically alter the look of the ring, the way it catches the light, and how the stone sits on your fiancee’s hand. With any of the popular diamond shapes on the market, the idea behind the cut is to leave as much of the top of the stone intact as possible. This allows light to filter through and reflect the natural sparkle of the stone. Each diamond shape has different facets and cuts that help to make the diamond shine.

    With more than ten different possible shapes, it’s easy to get overwhelmed while shopping. Here is a quick overview of the different diamond shapes that you are likely to see while shopping for an engagement ring, and how to choose one.

    What Shape of Diamond is Right for Your Fiancée?


    The round shaped diamond is by far the most popular choice for engagement rings around the world, for a few reasons. Round is a safe bet if you aren’t sure what kind of diamond your fiancée prefers, as it is universally popular and shaped to capture the most light when worn. It’s also likely to please a woman with traditional style who doesn’t like anything too unique or funky.

    Square or Cushion

    Eye catching and unique, the distinctive shape of a square cut diamond draws the eye as it stands out against the finger. A square shaped stone is best for women with long fingers, as it can make short fingers look even shorter.


    The emerald is a rectangular shape with multiple long facets cut along each side to encourage the light to reflect and sparkle. These are called stepped cuts, and they encourage light refraction. This cut can make the diamond attract more light than other shapes like a round or square cut. Fashionable and unique, many celebrity women love emerald cut diamonds, including Amal Clooney,


    The pear-shaped diamond is less like the fruit shape and more like a teardrop, with a rounded bottom that comes up to a pointed tip. Pear shaped diamonds saw a surge in interest in early 2018 when Ariana Grande wore a pear-shaped diamond engagement ring during her short-lived engagement to Pete Davidson. Sources said she was drawn to the ring because it reminded her of the teardrop emoji symbol.  Pear shaped diamonds are said to make short fingers appear longer and stand out thanks to the pointed shape, which refracts extra light.


    A heart shaped diamond can stand out in a sea of engagement rings, because you do not see as many of them as the more traditional shapes. However, your fiancée might find the cut too cute or girly, especially if she works in a professional office environment.


    Like the emerald cut, a princess cut is a variation on a geographic shape. While the top of the stone is a square or rectangle, the bottom side comes down to a point. This inverted pyramid shape is due to the beveled cut, which creates multiple beautiful facets. A relatively new shape, the princess cut originated in the 1960s and quickly became the second most popular shape for engagement rings, behind the round shaped stone.

    If you are ready to plan your perfect proposal, visit engagement rings online here or come into our Clearwater showroom to experience our full collection in person.


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  5. All About Solitaire Engagement Rings

    A solitaire engagement ring showcases the dazzling beauty of a single diamond. Whether showcasing a heart, emerald, round, pear or other shape diamond or gemstone, this engagement ring style is perfect for the bride who appreciates elegance and simplicity. If you are looking for a classic, traditional engagement ring,  a solitaire engagement ring might be perfect for you!

    In this classic setting, the diamond or gemstone takes center stage, unlike a halo engagement ring or three-stone engagement ring with additional stones. This engagement ring style is most often paired with a prong setting to maximize the sparkle.

    Many people do not know that a solitaire engagement ring setting is a perfect choice for any diamond shape, from round to pear to heart. With a single center diamond, this ring style is a classic choice that never go out of style.

    Elle Macpherson, Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Lauren Conrad are just a few of the A-listers sporting solitaire engagement rings.

    Is a solitaire engagement ring your ring of choice?

    Our Favorite Solitaire Engagement Ring Settings at Gold and Diamond Source:

    Asscher Diamond Solitaire Ring Featuring a 1.50 Carat Asscher Cut Diamond
    Pear Diamond Solitaire Ring Featuring a 2.00 Carat Pear Cut Diamond
    Heart Diamond Solitaire Ring Featuring a 1.50 Carat Heart Shape Diamond
    Cushion Diamond Solitaire Ring Featuring a .50 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond
    Radiant Diamond Solitaire Ring Featuring a .75 Carat Radiant Cut Diamond


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