5 Tips To Keep Your Engagement Ring Looking New

For most women, the engagement ring is their most prized piece of jewelry. Here are some tips to make sure it remains shiny and new throughout the years:

Halo Set in White Gold

Halo Set in White Gold

1) Keep it away from household chemicals

Many women wear their engagement rings throughout their everyday life without any second thoughts. A problem that comes along with this is the potential damage that chemicals can have once they come into contact with the ring. Substances like hair spray, hair dye, chlorine, furniture polishes and bleach can cause lasting damage and discoloration to the mounting of your ring and to your gold or platinum wedding band. To avoid this, take off the ring or wear protective gloves when you come into contact with these chemicals.

2) Don’t touch the stones

As beautiful as they are, try your hardest not to play with the stones on the ring and remember to grasp the ring by band when putting it on or taking it off. Touching the stones gets grease on them, decreasing the brilliance of the diamonds. Constant touching over time may also loosen the setting and result in the tragic loss of a diamond.

3) Clean the ring

There’s many ways to clean and polish your engagement ring by using everyday household objects. Our personal favorite is the cheap and easy to use baking soda method: Just mix baking soda with water until it forms a paste, rub the paste around the stone and setting with your fingers or a toothbrush, rinse with water and rub dry with a lint-free cloth. If you want an extreme clean, soak the ring using Ammonia: with three parts water to one part ammonia, soak the ring for 5 minutes and see the polished result!

3) Watch for scratches

Most engagement rings are made out of gold or platinum which, luckily, never tarnish. They are, however, prone to scratching over time. Try not to wear your rings while doing any type of rough work such as heave cleaning, gardening, or sports such as mountain climbing. Though diamonds are one of the hardest materials on earth, even they can be chipped or broken by a hard blow in certain directions. Because gold is softer than platinum, it is easier to repair the scratches by cleaning polishing the ring, but a jeweler can take out any scratches, no matter how deep.

5) Visit your jeweler

Much like a doctor or dentist, you should have a checkup at the local dealer around every 18 months. There, you can have a reliable jeweler check your ring to make sure the setting is secure, especially the prongs. They can also do a professional ring cleaning to keep the ring looking the same as it was on the day you said ‘yes’.

For more information about caring for all types of jewelry, visit our Jewelry Care section in our Szul Jewelry Guide.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

History of the “Ring Finger”

1 3/5 Carat TW Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold

1 3/5 Carat TW Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold

Wedding rings are a staple of modern day society and the surefire way of telling if someone is engaged or married is by checking their left hand. We also know that engagement and wedding rings go on the fourth finger of the left hand, otherwise known as the ring finger.

No one really knows the exact origin of the wedding ring. In history, the wedding ring was connected to the exchange of possessions at the moment of the wedding rather than the symbol of love and devotion that it is now.

Now, the ring itself holds its own meaning: circle is a symbol of eternity, with no beginning or end while the hole in the middle signifies a gateway or a door into a new life together. By wearing rings on the fourth finger, a married couple symbolically declares their eternal love for one another.

But why put the ring on the fourth finger?

Up until the 1700s, the ring could be worn on any finger, including the thumb. Later on, people believed that a vein ran directly from the fourth finger on the left hand to the heart. They titled this vein the ‘Vena Amoris’ Latin for ‘Vein of Love.’ Because of the perceived connection between the hand and the heart, they decided to place their symbol of love on this finger. Though this was proven false by modern day science, the custom remains today.

Looking down and seeing a ring on the fourth finger holds a different significance for everyone and the rings worn on this finger represent each couple’s own unique version of their eternal love. This ring-finger tradition has stood the test of time just as the ring itself sends the message of a love that will also last forever.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Endearing Engagements In NYC: The Top 10 Places To Pop “The Question”

With the continuous sunshine, longer days and warm nights, it’s no surprise that many people wait till the summer to pop the question. And what better place to do it than the most famously romantic city in the world? Here are the top 10 most romantic places to pop the question in the Big Apple:

10. The Highline Park

Highline Park Sunset
Sunset at Highline Park- Vincent Lim Show Chen

The Highline Park used to be a platform for the elevated freight trains originating in the 1920s. Now, it has been transformed into an elevated, 25 block long park on the west side of Manhattan that runs parallel to the Hudson River. This beautiful park has amazing views of the city, the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty. Romantic chaise lounges are set up, perfect for taking in the sun along with the vast array of plants used to create different pockets of gardens along the park, each with its own personality. At sunset, these gardens, along with the skyline view create a perfect setting for the big moment.

9. On a helicopter tour of the city

Helicoptor Tour
Jens Karlsson – Aerial view of Manhattan

Whether you’re new to the city, or have lived there for years, a helicopter ride is perfect for seeing the city in an entirely different and unique point of view. You get a chance to actually be higher than the iconic buildings and landmarks that everyone else is looking up at. Also, there’s something exceedingly romantic about being thousands of feet in the air with the person you love.

8. With a Caricature on a Busy Manhattan Street

Caricature
Caricatures, Battery Park NYC- Andrew Tarvin

A truly unique place to pop the question is at a caricature stand in Manhattan. You can find caricature artists at almost every major part of the city: Union Square, Penn Station, Battery Park and in the middle of Times Square. Make sure to plan with the artist beforehand to avoid any confusion and to be sure you both have the same drawing in mind. When the picture comes out with one character proposing to the other, she’ll look over to find you on one knee with a ring in hand. It’s the perfect combination of romance and genuine surprise.

7. On top of the Empire state building

Empire State Building

Sleepless in Seattle perfectly displays the romance associated with this spot. Central Park comes into full view, the grid of streets reveals its brilliant design, and on a clear day you can see beyond the skyscrapers up to 80 miles away. This iconic view of the most famous city in the world is sure to take her breath away.

6. The Botanical Garden in Prospect Park

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is 52 acres of flower haven. It’s considered a museum of plants with over 30 different gardens, each with its own story. The gardens differ by climates with a tropical rainforest conservatory as well as a temperate and aquatic conservatory, by flower such as the Rose Garden or Mongolia Plaza as well as formally landscaped gardens like the Shakespeare Garden or the Osborne Garden.

5. At one of new York city’s famous museums

Museum
The MET- Ancient Egypt

With over 50 museums in New York City alone, there are tons of interesting exhibits that can relate to all interests. From the Museum of Natural History, to the Museum of Modern Art, to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum of Celebrities, there’s something for everyone. Find her interest and work with the museum staff in advance to make the moment perfect.

4. On the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge- Carsten Lorentzen

The Brooklyn Bridge offers a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline, especially when the sun sets! We recommend starting from the Brooklyn Promenade .The walk is a mile long, across a wooden walkway above the traffic with picturesque views every step of the way.

3. With her favorite dish

Favorite dish
Basheer Tome- New York City Pancakes

With over 30,000 restaurants in New York City, it’s possible to find multiple restaurants with any cuisine imaginable. With restaurants that specialize in food from every country, limited diets and just about every dish you could imagine. From upscale French Cuisine, to Vegan Lebanese Cuisine, to the best Eggplant Parm Sub in New York, the options are endless. Arrange with the staff beforehand (they’ll be delighted to help) to make sure the moment is perfect.

2. Times Square

TimesSq
Times Square, NYC- MK Feeney

The city never sleeps and Time Square glows with energy at all hours of the night. Arguably the most noteworthy place in all of New York City, Times Square feels like the center of the universe. Getting proposed to in the midst of that hustle and bustle is exhilarating and can feel unreal in such a place. For an added touch you can even buy time to display your message on the famous 40 foot screen.

1. Central Park

Central Park
The Lake in Central Park- Tassilo von Parseval

With its rolling hills, beautiful landscapes and picturesque backdrops, Central Park is the number one place to propose in Manhattan. It isn’t hard to find the perfect spot to lay down a picnic blanket in Central Park. Pack the basket with her favorite foods the night before (make them or order them from a restaurant) and let the magic unfold. Also, Central Park offers romantic rides in horse-drawn carriages as well as Gondola Rides in the lake, both perfect settings for popping the question.

Posted in Blog Posts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Top 5 Engagement Ring Styles of 2014

 

With wedding season upon us and love in the air, we’ve been overflowing with engagement ring orders. Here are the Top 5 Engagement Ring Styles we’ve noticed this year:

  1. The Round Solitaire Ring

article solitare

1.50 Carat Diamond Solitaire Ring in 14K White Gold

Diamond Solitaires are the classic engagement ring choice and are available in a variety of cuts, each with its own special charm. The most popular choice is the round brilliant-cut. The round brilliant-cut diamond was the first diamond cut, developed in around 1900. These single-stone rings are timeless and will never go out of style. Ashton Kutcher just proposed to Mila Kunis with a huge solitaire ring and Anne Hathaway also rocks this eternal style.

  1. The Split Shank Ring

1 1/4 Carat White Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold

1 1/4 Carat White Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold

Split Shank Engagement Rings are the embodiment of elegance. The classic look features a band that separates into two strands as it reaches the crown, further accenting the center stone. Donned by Blake Lively, Beyoncé and Gwyneth Paltrow, the Split Shank ring is a style that is recently regaining popularity. It’s commonly found with smaller diamonds on each individual “shank” (where the band splits) adding a beautiful and brilliant touch to any ring.

  1. The Cushion-Cut Ring

1 1/3 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond Halo Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold

1 1/3 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond Halo Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold

The 15 Carat Cushion-cut ring (valued at around 3 million dollars) that Kanye West gave to Kim Kardashian was the most talked about ring of the year. Cushion-cut diamonds are a mix between the Princess and Oval cut, coming in either a rectangular or square shape. In simple terms, it is a diamond with rounded corners.  Also referred to as “pillow-cut” diamonds, they have softer corners with larger facets, allowing the diamond to appear larger. Jennifer Aniston also sports this elegant cut.

  1. The Vintage Estate Ring

1 3/4 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold

1 3/4 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold

The Estate Style ring radiates glamour and sophistication. Estate Rings have a vintage feel and this timeless style is often floral-themed with ornate openwork designs. They are perfect for engagement rings (John Krasinski proposed to Emily Blunt with a beautiful 3-Carat Vintage ring) or as a fashion statement as these rings are stylish and unique. 

  1. The Halo Ring

1 1/8 Carat Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold

1 1/8 Carat Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold

 The Halo Style Ring is emerging as the most sought after style of 2014. This style features a center stone with a “halo” of stones surrounding it. It’s bigger and bolder than the classic solitaire, with the surrounding diamonds enhancing the look of the center stone. It’s a popular trend of the moment and one of our best sellers with celebrities like Natalie Portman, Carrie Underwood and Jessica Alba fashioning the look.

Posted in Blog Posts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment