September 25th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
While weddings can be viewed as very indulgent occasions that are all about the bride and groom, they can also provide a beautiful opportunity to think about others, and even to help raise awareness of a charity, foundation or project close to the couple’s hearts.
We’ve seen caring brides and grooms make charitable donations in place of favours or instead of requesting traditional wedding gifts. Others have picked settings or venues that are linked to community projects or whereby the hire fee will support the ongoing maintenance of a historic building. Then there are those that recruit suppliers who pride themselves on offering eco-friendly products – from vegan-friendly bridal shoes and gowns to recycled card invites and organic cakes.
And the considerate supplier we’re introducing you to on the blog today also falls into this latter category by producing beautiful engagement and wedding rings and accessories made using lab-grown diamonds and recycled metals. So, join us as we welcome the wonderful team from MiaDonna to the blog.
Keen to see an end to unethical diamond mining and spread the word of eco-friendly jewels, they’re taking over Brides Up North this afternoon with a special post to highlight the benefits of lab-grown diamonds while showcasing a selection of their gorgeous wedding and engagement rings, for sensitivity that sparkles.
miadonna say: Imagine being the first among your friends to claim your engagement ring is entirely conflict-free. Well we have great news for you! MiaDonna is an online-based jeweller that offers completely affordable and ethical engagement rings, wedding rings and accessories that have the environment’s best interests at heart.
When purchasing a diamond engagement ring, it’s important to consider the physical qualities like cut, colour, clarity and carat weight. But have you ever asked where the diamond came from or who was affected in the process? Consider lab-grown diamonds! They are becoming increasingly popular in engagement rings, but there are still many who don’t understand the excitement and benefits behind these ethical diamonds.
In 2005, MiaDonna began its journey to create an alternative to conflict diamonds. The company upholds their mission to provide consumers conflict-free lab-created diamonds that support global rehabilitation and the prevention of harm to societies. Ever heard of blood or conflict diamonds? These terms highlight the reality of the active diamond mining trade around the world. To this day, these diamonds are mined in war zones and sold to support insurgency.
In 2000, the United Nations established the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in an effort to prevent “conflict diamonds” from entering the rough diamond market. Unfortunately, this process has proven to be unsuccessful. The KPCS defines “conflict diamonds” as “a rough diamond mined in an area controlled by insurgent forces whose sale is used to finance anti-government military action”. As a result, diamonds that are being mined under horrific conditions but don’t directly fund armed forces are still considered “clean” and sold to unassuming diamond consumers who think they are purchasing conflict-free stones. Not only does this directly contribute to the abuse of diamond mining communities, but it also damages the earth. Each year, more than 150 million carats of diamonds are mined from the earth, which leaves behind gaping holes and large amounts of displaced soil.
August 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
All wedding journeys tend to start with a ring that will remain on the bride’s hand from the engagement to the ‘I dos’ and throughout married life that follows. As such it’s important that the chosen ring will last a lifetime and offers the most sparkle for your buck.
To help you and your partner pick a winning rock, we’re handing the blog over this morning to GIA Diamonds Graduate Paul Gian. Keen to ensure that couples are clued up on the clarity, cut, color and carat of diamonds before making their ring purchase, expert Paul has set up handy website Beyond4cs.com and is here to share some of his gems of advice with you today…
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Can you tell us a little about your background in the diamond & jewellery market?
paul says: My story began back in 2012 when I needed to buy a proposal ring for my fiancée. It started months of frustrating online research as there was a lack of reliable information. As I started reading up, my interest in gemstones and diamonds grew. Since then, I’ve completed the GIA Diamonds Graduate program and built up my own gemstone collection.
When and why did you set up Beyond4cs.com and who is it aimed at?
A diamond engagement ring is possibly one of the most expensive purchases someone would make in their lifetime (besides a car and home). Beyond4cs.com was started in 2014 and it is targeted at fellow consumers to shed light on the engagement ring buying process.
What are the most important elements that should be taken into consideration when shopping for a diamond engagement ring to get the best quality diamond for the budget?
The cut quality of a diamond matters the most because it directly affects how much sparkle the diamond will have.
What would you say to those who have quite a modest budget, what types of diamonds should they be looking at?
It really boils down to personal preferences and needs. There isn’t a particular shape, color or clarity that’s going to appeal to everyone on the same level. In the current market, the most popular diamond shapes are round, princess and cushion.
December 14th, 2015 | Julia Braime
There’s no doubt that an engagement ring is one of the most important purchases during a couple’s lifetime. It’s a symbol of your love, and will always remind you of the day when you promised yourselves to each other forever. For many brides it’s also a piece of jewellery that speaks about her personal style – especially if you have an unusual design in mind. Whether you love vintage, diamond clusters, halos or side-stones, your ring should be as uniquely ‘you’ as possible.
To talk about unique engagement ring styles, the team from the luxury London online jeweller TheDiamondStore.co.uk are taking over our corner of the internet with some expert tips and key pieces from their newest collections.
if in doubt, add diamonds
When it comes to engagement rings, there are more options than we tend to realise. The classic solitaire is just a start. Right now the focus is on innovative shapes, big designs and multiple diamonds. Yellow gold is making a slow but elegant comeback. Stones on the ring’s band, or forming a halo around an unusual centre stone, add extra radiance and romance.
It’s good to understand the basic diamond quality factors of the 4Cs – cut, colour, clarity and carat weight. But ultimately it’s the style of a ring that should influence your decision. If you want an antique look, pick detailed Art Deco patterns, multiple diamonds clusters or yellow gold. Minimalist or asymmetrical shapes are instantly more contemporary. And if you want to combine the two, look for a ring that has Old World opulence within sleek, modern geometric lines.
Also, you don’t need to forgo classic design to be unique. Just choose a simpler ring with hidden detail that only you know about. Such as intricate gold work in the shape of a heart underneath the mount.
the bigger the better?
Another important factor when choosing any ring is identifying the right size of the mount. Small hands tend to suit delicate designs. Longer fingers or wider hands can accommodate big settings, as they cover more of the finger without looking too heavy.
follow your heart
Style and size aside, the most important aspect of choosing a unique engagement ring is that it suits your personality. For this, allow yourself simply to be drawn to the right ring. Whatever your heart says will be right.
Visit TheDiamondStore.co.uk to check out their range of rocks. Like you needed telling twice…
March 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime
I know, I know. This competition would have been far better launched on a Tuesday!
Just a quick but effective (wouldn’t you agree!) wedding blog post this Thursday afternoon, since I have been blogging in such bumper editions over the past few days, have [square eyes] and need to back. away. from. the computer.
I’m back tomorrow with something very gorgeous, fun and audio visual too, but until then, I will leave you with this little gem (see what I did there?!) of a competition from Brides Up North sponsor Jacques Vert.
The brand, famous for mother of the bride outfits, has launched a competition to win a beautiful ruby and diamond pendant with matching earrings worth £300 to celebrate the launch of their new Ruby Rose collection!
All you need to do is find the rose (there it is above) that is hidden somewhere on their website. Once you have found it, let them know by copying the URL here. As easy as that! The lucky winner will be notified on Thursday the 12th of April.
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