5 Ways To Surprise Your Valentine

It’s officially February and you know what that means, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! No matter if you’ve been together for 10 years, just beginning your relationship or simply reminding a family member just how much you care; Valentine’s Day can be stressful to give a gift that means something. DIY little something  to surprise your sweetheart! Who doesn’t love finding unexpected notes or little gifts in everyday places? :)

Here are 5 ways to show your valentine how much they mean to you!

  • Everyone needs a little snack throughout the day. Pack your sweetheart a little lunch to take to work or school with them. However, this will not be just any lunch. This one is made with love…

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  • Get Crafty! Buy your valentine a little something and wrap it in the sweetest DIY paper. Here’s how to do it!DIY-1024x610-1

 

  • Surprise them with a heart felt note…. or 10. Create this heart shaped love letter on their bathroom mirror reminding them of all the things you love about them!

 

  • Make “Open When…” envelopes for your valentine for them to open when they are having a bad day, they miss you, or just when they want to remember how much you love them.
  • open when... copyPlan a night out! This doesn’t mean the typical dinner date either. Plan something that you have been talking about doing but haven’t gotten around to it. Go to a concert, a new breakfast spot in your town, or even a weekend getaway! Show that you were listening even when they think you aren’t 😉

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Have more ideas? Share the love! Let us know and share them in the comments & Happy Valentine’s Day everyone <3

 

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2016 Engagement Ring Trends

A New Year brings new trends and while everyone is wondering what is new in fashion for the upcoming year, there is no exception for jewelry! We’ve found the top 3 for engagement ring styles for 2016. According to stylists, fashion bloggers, and top bridal companies the ideas of bold, vintage and colors are what is hot right now. Below are few ways to stay in style with raw diamonds.

Stack It

It may have begun when Audrey Hepburn’s husband Mel Ferrer gave her 3 stackable bands for their wedding but it’s still a trend that is going stronger than ever. Whether you are adding the extra bands for style or to celebrate a milestone, this trend is a great way to personalize your ring.

Stand Out With Yellow Gold 

It’s back. Yellow gold wedding rings made their first appearance in the middle ages and we’ve come a long way since then. Gold bands lend themselves to be perfectly paired with yellow diamonds and also look amazing with chocolate colored stones. We suggest choosing a metal to match your skin tone if you can’t decide.
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Give A Little Color

The diamond is the most sought-after stone for an engagement ring. But, this may be colored stones’ moment in the spot light. Colored stones make a beautiful ring. Vibrant green, yellow and reddish brown bring an added edge to the already unique rock. 

Keep in mind that trends are exactly that, trendy. They come and go but your engagement ring will be forever. Our number one tip no matter what is, when choosing an engagement ring make sure YOU love it. These are only ideas not rules so whatever you choose – rock it in your own way!

 

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Fairytale Winter Wedding Destination

East coast winters are nothing short of magical. Moments after the first snow, the untouched blankets of white glisten under the sun and it’s almost as if you are inside of a magical snow globe. It’s peaceful, pure and dreamy and despite the cold temperatures, a winter wedding is nothing aside from of spectacular.

Like every little girl, you dream of our special day to be nothing short of our own fairytale. A handsome prince, the perfect gown, and of course, a breathtaking palace. We present to you, Mont-Tremblant.

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Allow yourself to be swept away by the undeniable charm of this picturesque pedestrian village straight out of a story book. Nestled in the village is an array of accommodations for your traveling guest. Say “I do” at countless breathtaking location. Your options include- St. Bernard Chapel, the summit of the mountain, on the shores of Lac Tremblant, directly on Lac Tremblant and many more.

Mont-Tremblant Wedding at Le Grand Lodge. Byward Market Ottawa Canada. Photos by Andrew Van Beek www.andrewvanbeek.com

Mont-Tremblant Wedding at Le Grand Lodge. Byward Market Ottawa Canada. Photos by Andrew Van Beek www.andrewvanbeek.com

After your big day, spend the rest of your visit exploring the area. Spend the day skiing, snowboarding, or hiking. Looking for something a little less active? Shop around the village, enjoy a treatment at Amerispa, right outside the village, or simply relax and enjoy the view of the beautiful Laurentian peaks.

At the end of your trip, we suggest taking the day to travel to Montreal (1.5hrs away from Mont Tremblant). When the weather get cold enough, you can even ice skate on the lake and enjoy the views of historic Old Montreal. You can also find authentic french cuisine and see the Notre-Dame Basilica right beside Old Port at night. The Basilica offers coral performances and a light show in the winter months. This would most definitely be a magical end to your fairytale wedding getaway.

 

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So, have we sold you yet? This experience will be enough to “wow” your guests and not to mention make a lasting memory for the first chapter in your storybook. If you decide to choose Mount-Tremblant as your wedding destination, let us know! We hope all your wedding dreams come true and we want nothing more than for you to live happily ever after!

Mont-Tremblant Wedding at Le Grand Lodge. Byward Market Ottawa Canada. Photos by Andrew Van Beek www.andrewvanbeek.com

Mont-Tremblant Wedding at Le Grand Lodge. Byward Market Ottawa Canada. Photos by Andrew Van Beek www.andrewvanbeek.com

New Year’s Eve Style Guide

December 31st is a big day for everyone no matter if you are counting the hours until it’s over for a fresh start or hanging on to every second for it was the best year ever. It marks the end of the 365 page chapter in our life and that is something that we love to celebrate!

Whether you are spending the evening out with friends, watching the ball drop in Time Square or snuggled up by the fire you should ring in 2016 in style! We’ve put together ideas to make your New Years Eve a night to remember, no matter what!

Night Out

1. Jumpsuit | 2. Clutch | 3. Exclusive Ring | 4. Lipstick | 5. Heels

Ball Drop

1. Coat | 2. Champagne Bubbles Earrings | 3. Hat | 4. Boots | 5. Gloves

Cozy at Home

1. Aria Studs | 2. PJs | 3. Blanket | 4. Slippers

 

ArtVesta’s Wine & Cake Social

 

Let’s be honest, making decisions about your wedding isn’t as glamorous as it seems. We are here to help take the stress out of planning your big day. We’ve found you the perfect bridal event to meet your local photographer, cake designer, florist, invitation designer, photo booths and makeup artist. Plus, what’s better than enjoying delicious samples of wedding cake while sipping on some wine? Sharing it with other brides-to-be! The best part is, you’re invited –

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Ask vendors questions while exchanging ideas with other brides-to-be. Space is limited so don’t forget to RSVP before at ArtVestaStudio.com.

Hope see you there!

Fall Wardrobe Essentials

The changing of leaves, the drop in temperatures and the return of the PSL can only mean one thing – Fall.

As the seasons change, so does our wardrobe. After transitioning our closets from bathing suits and sundresses to sweaters and boots, we have complied a list of our fall favorite. These staple pieces can be mixed and matched to create classic looks to carry you throughout the season. Something you see on the list that you don’t already have? Nothing’s better than an excuse to go shopping! So, dry your tears with a blanket scarf after packing away your bikini and enjoy the season while it lasts. :) You can let us know what’s on your essentials list below. Maybe you can give us an excuse to shop!

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1. Booties | 2. Stud Earrings | 3. Blanket Scarf | 4. Distressed Jeans

5. Felt Hat | 6. Oversized Cardigan | 7. Denim Chambray Shirt | 8. Neutral Tote

Choosing the Perfect Ring for your Skin Tone

Just like finding the perfect partner, finding the perfect engagement ring is equally as hard. Wether you want to fit in or stand out, we are making this choosing a little easier! We’ve paired our unique rings to each skin tone below showing you your best ring pairings.

Choosing a ring is a special decision and whatever you choose will be YOUR dream ring. We hope these guides help!

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Jewel + Jasper on Carat Weight

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Jewel: So Jasper, what is carat weight?

Jasper: That’s a great question. It’s our body weight. It is measured by carats.

Jewel: How does our weighting system work?

Jasper: A carat is divided into 100 points. For example, a 50-point diamond weighs 0.50 carats. But we have different value depending on our marks, colors, shapes.

Jewel: Where did the name carat come from? Why are we not called something else?  

Jasper: The word carat derives from the Greek word ‘keration’ meaning fruit of the carob. Because of their uniform size. The weight of an average carob seed is 200 milligrams. The weight of one carat is precisely 200 milligrams, or 0.2 grams.

Jewel: How can we differentiate this?

Jasper: Carat Weight defines our weight, not our size, The term ‘carat’ is often misunderstood to mean the size of us. The size of us relate to the dimensions or measurement in terms of length, width and height.  The carat weight is the standard unit of measure that defines the weight of us. For example, when a tall thin guy may weigh heavier than a short fat one, the carat weight is bigger but not necessary bigger look.

Jewel: Hmmm…. then what is used to measure our value?

Jasper:  Once we found from the earth, we are sent to the sorter. There they put us in different categories like sizes, shapes, colors, and with various internal characteristics.

Jewel: But how does that measure the value?.

Jasper: When we’re in rough form it’s hard to determine our value until we polished and graded by GIA. The seller/buyer uses the guideline from Rapaport to sell or buy us. When we are untouched we only can use the estimate value sometimes our quality may end up better than estimate. Our characteristics make up unique and different. which is priceless!

Jewel:  It looks like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Jasper:. Your right Jewel. The grading system provide a way to compare and evaluate diamonds, but numbers alone can’t describe a diamond’s mysterious and captivating beauty .

 

Send topics you want Jewel and Jasper to chat about next to info@diamondintherough.com

Check back and maybe J+J will answer your topic next!

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Perfect By Nature

Diamond in the Rough jewelry represents nature’s mystery and beauty.

Untampered, untouched, just as nature intended. Our jewelry created around a one of a kind diamonds, resembles the same beauty found in landscapes, weather conditions and plant life. We’ve pulled inspiration from twelve pieces to show that there is beauty in everything. Once a month we will reveal another image to be added to the gallery. You can follow the series by searching the hashtags #ArtofRough & #NaturesDiamond

 

DIY Nature Wedding Centerpieces

Planning a wedding can be stressful and expensive. Why spend money on pricy centerpieces that will stay on your guest’s dining room table for a week after your big day is over when you can create lasting memories and lasting centerpieces that your guests can have for as long as they can keep them alive! (:

With few supplies you can create this beautiful nature inspired table setting. This is such a simple project you can even include kids.

All you need is sand, rocks or moss to hold your plants in place, glass holders of your choice and air plants. You can purchase all of these items on Amazon and buy in bulk to save money!

First, pour as much sand as desired into each glass holder. Next place air plant into sand to keep in place. It’s as easy as that! To add to the ambience of your table you can alternate votives and air plants.

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Keeping with a natural theme, you can also DIY your place cards. Simply adding a green apple to each setting and making leaf cut outs to display the guests name. You can even get creative with faux calligraphy when writing your guests names. Little details like tying ribbon to the stem of the apple add the perfect finishing touch.  

When these simply DIYs come together, you are left with a enchanting table setting that will WOW your guests and at the end of the night, they can choose an air plant to take home! All that’s left to do enjoy your big day! 

place settingFor more ways to use your air plants visit – http://www.hometalk.com/9787230/diy-floating-air-plant-terrarium

All White Everything

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For as long as we can remember, the essence of purity and grace has been the color white.

In the wedding sphere, on the runway, or on the streets, white makes a riveting statement all around. Thanks to such a classic hue, the rules of when and how you can wear all white is very important in how you wear it. White can be played off as edgy or traditional and classy. Styling tricks include mixing textures, layering ensembles, and teaming up various prints and shades against each other. We know it’s not the most revolutionary of trends in the fashion world but white continues to remain as a staple color and a favored tone to many fashionistas. It’s all in the layers and quality of textures to bring forth the ethereal, softness in white.

So ditch the other colors and aim for all white staples this summer. White makes transition from day-to-night easily just be conscious of keeping your garments clean. As we all know, white isn’t an easy job to clean.

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White will be the perfect fashion choice for this summer.
Find inspiration from the runway and get your look!

Jewel + Jasper on Inclusions

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We are so happy announce the new series of the Jewel & Jasper. Listen to their conversation and see what you learn. They are the perfect duo to explain all you most asked questions.

 

Jasper: Do you know what an inclusion is Jewel? It’s a flaw.

Jewel: No I don’t know what it is because I have no flaws. I fit in, I’m pretty and shiny just like everyone else.

Jasper: Who wants to fit in when you can stand out! These flaws are my birthmarks. They are what makes me special, unique and valuable.

Jewel: Huh, I never thought of it like that…I though that will make us less value than the flawless one.

Jasper: I embrace my natural beauty and am one of a kind.

Jewel: You’re right! So how did you get those little black dots, lines and marks on you?

Jasper: Well, we are made from carbon, usually graphite. When we are being formed, we may not totally crystallize leading to the presence of small dots of black carbon. These black spots have been classified to be those of graphite, pyrrhotite and pentlandite.

Jewel: Tell me more!

Jasper: There are all different kinds of marks: both pinpoint and cloud/feather inclusion are not visible to the naked eye. Pinpoint inclusion are minute crystals usually white in color present inside me. These resemble a small point of light and are, by far, the most common of all flaws found in us.  We can also contain clouds or feathers . The presence of three or more pinpoint inclusions close together can create an area of cloudiness in the diamond. presence of many pinpoints covering a large area can affect the clarity of us.

Jewel:What about your outside? Why isn’t it clean cut like mine?

Jasper: As you know, we take a long time to form. On our way to the earth’s surface we acquire etch channels. These lines are from the high temperature fluids. They make etches into my crystalline structure which often leave parallel lines or irregular shaped tunnel looking structures.

Jewel: What about me?

Jasper: Even though you are cut you can have blemishes. These flaws are present on the  surface of you and can occur naturally. However, these are more likely to be caused due to the external environment, when you were being cut and polished.

Jewel: What else??

Jasper: You can also have scratches. These are fine lines found on the surface. They may have been present naturally or caused when you were polished and cut. While minor scratches can be removed through proper polishing, deep scratches can rarely be removed by treating the diamond.

Jewel:Wow! I didn’t know any of that. So even though I’m polished , I can still have flaws?

Jasper: Yes. Although most not visible to the naked eye, very few of us are perfect; most of them have some marks or imperfection.

Jewel: So, we are both precious, just in our own way?

Jasper: You got it!

Send topics you want Jewel and Jasper to chat about next to info@diamondintherough.com

or hash tag #JJDiamondChat

Check back and maybe J+J will answer your topic next!

 

What style reflects you?

Rock your Style

Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.Oscar de la Renta

 

Personal style can take as long as a lifetime to find. As the years change so do fashion and trends. Whether you choose to change with them or stay true to your first fashion choices determine your style. The main personalities we base our personal style on are all different. These are a few of the main fashion “categories”.

Beginning with Classic style, this is usually identified with basic tee shirts, trousers and blazers are staple pieces in your wardrobe.

Preppy style usually overlaps with classic mixed with a little girly. A-line skirts, colored shirts, pearls and ballet flats are basics for classic/preppy dress.

Minimalists are as the word suggests -minimal. They are basic dressers. Usually all black or one solid color with accessories that are not over the top.

Romantic style doesn’t necessarily mean they are looking for love. when dressing for this style flowers, hearts, ruffles, flouncing, soft fabrics are usually their go to.

Bohemian or “Boho” styled women usually go for anything fringe, breezy/earthy fabrics, long gowns or skirts and loose fitting cloths.

Trendsetters or trendy personalities are usually the women who aren’t afraid to try something new! Fashion forward styles aren’t anything new for them.

Next is punk style or edgy which is to be anti-materialistic. Leather, spandex and leopard, skinny jeans, band tees and vintage.

Last but not least, eclectic style. They are a melting pot of each and almost every style. Patterns and prints mixed with bold accessories, minimal pieces paired with bold colors, leather and lace. Throwing caution to the wind, these women never say never!

Whether you are an exact representation or a mix of a few, you personal style reflects you. Simple and modern, classic and elegant or edgy and fun. One thing that always matches is a diamond. Like finding your own style, finding the perfect ring to match is always a difficult task, as it should be. It should be something unique that fits well, you! After all, you are one of a kind, a diamond in the rough; and that’s what you deserve!

Something new at DiamondintheRough.com

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Over the past month we’ve been working to upgrade the way you view our jewelry.

We’ve added an additional ‘on hand’ view – literally!! to each and every bridal ring to help you find your perfect match.

We would love to hear your feedback on the new feature we just added. Simply send your feedback to info@diamondintherough.com and you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree towards our non-bridal collection.

Not sure what jewelry we have? Visit our pinterest board http://bit.ly/1S1rvTX for an idea of our differnt collections. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Describe to us and we will will customize a digital look book just for you.

At Diamond in the Rough everything is personalized, we treat you like a VIP! We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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Unique Gift for Mom

We know how special your mom is, she plays different characters in the house, mom, wife, teacher and baby sometimes :). She is lovely no matter what and it’s time for us to show our appreciation.

Don’t worry about your mom’s style , we got you covered with a unique Mother’s Day gift to spicing her up! This simple Champagne Bubbles pendant necklace will match her everyday outfit, it’s perfect and effortless piece of jewelry she will cherish forever!

 

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Champagne Bubbles Necklaces

Just little hint: Sometimes it may help lower your budget by sharing the cost and joy with your brothers and sisters :).

Anything you choose will be perfect because she know you love her! And it’s the thought that counts, right?

We wish all the moms a Happy Mother’s Day!