Thursday, 1 February 2018

Pantone Color for 2018 and February Birthstone

What do the Pantone Color for 2018 and the birthstone for February have in common? The color purple! Pantone, the authority on all things color, announced Ultra Violet, a lovely shade of purple as their color for 2018. 

This is what Pantone had to say about their selection for 2018:

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

We agree! This vibrant shade of purple is absolutely gorgeous. It's also the color of Amethyst - the birthstone for February. Amethyst is a type of quartz. Its color ranges from a subtle pink-purple to a rich, deep violet. The beautiful violet hue is actually due to irradiation and the presence of iron impurities in the crystal.

So, how do you add the Pantone color of the year in your life? We have one word for your - amethyst. The vibrant violet shade variant of this gemstone is perfect for including the 2018 Pantone color in your wardrobe. Let's take a look at some beautiful amethyst jewelry!

These lovely studs are perfect for adding a pop of color to a monochrome outfit. The cushion cut amethyst is complemented by a quartet of diamonds. You'll often notice gemstones are cushion cut. It's because this cut may help to saturate the hue of the gemstone.

Amethysts can be set in yellow gold and they look just as good. This bezel necklace has a soft, organic finish and a diamond for some extra sparkle. Pair this with a colorful gemstone bracelet and you're ready for a night out in town.

The vivid purple hue goods quite stunning when set in rose gold too. This bezel set ring can a shiny, mirror finish with a simple, clean silhouette. We think the ring looks best when stacked with other gemstone beauties, like a pink sapphire eternity ring.

This pendant has a cabochon amethyst. Cabochon is a type of gemstone that is shaped and polished instead of the traditional cutting of facets. 

Have fun with the Pantone color of the year and Amethyst with these ideas. 

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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

If you haven't read our previous post on Valentine's Day, we strongly recommend you do. Go ahead read that post. Ok, done? Without further ado, Here are our picks for the best Valentine's Day gifts of 2018.

Bar Necklaces
We have three of them in our collection and they are oh so chic. These are so perfect for work or date night. This pave necklace is the definition of fashion forward. While the chevron one and the off-set necklace are so trendy.

Cute Necklaces
Whether you want to choose a Valentine's Day gift for a partner, teenage daughter or sister, these cute necklaces in our collection are perfect! Teens will love this cupid's arrow necklace, while the infinity necklace is for everyone. And what's not to love about this Y necklace!

Diamond Bands
Maybe, you're looking for something more significant? We know just what will make her happy! Diamond Bands. The five-stone band is a classic and perfect for milestone dates. The milgrain band is perfect for someone who loves all things vintage. Our Starlight necklace is perfect as a right hand ring.

Something For Him
We have also included your favorite guy in this list. We are big fans of the Celtic knot band. The hammered finish band has a distinctive look while the titanium ring is so understated and elegant.

Up your gifting game with these ideas.

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Is it too early for Valentine's Day?

I know what you're thinking—Yes! It is TOO early for Valentine's Day. But hear me out. If you want to celebrate your best Valentine's Day yet, a little planning in advance is all you need. Let's get started? You need three important things to have a great Valentine's Day.

Number 1: The Date 
This is step one because your whole day (and your relationship) depends on this decision! No Pressure though—we'll help you out. Now, dinner at her favorite restaurant or a nice one is a classic. But, a lot of other people will have the same plan. So, book right now! See what we mean by planning?

If you want to do something different this Valentine's Day, we have some ideas. Outdoorsy couples living in warmer climes are in luck because a Valentine's Day picnic in the park or a hike are great alternatives to dinner in a restaurant. What about people who are not so lucky? May we suggest a well-planned dinner at home? The stress is on well-planned. You can't cook? Order in or better yet watch one of those videos for beginner cooks that show you how to make date night food. Planning the menu, learning how to set a table, shopping for groceries, all the while being a responsible adult who has a job takes time, ok? So, start planning from today!

Number 2: The Gift
I have to plan a date and pick a gift too? Yes, you have to. But, we make it easy for you. We have one word for you—diamonds! Beautiful diamond jewelry is a lot more affordable than you think. Don't believe us? Take a look at this chic diamond bar necklace. You can check other pendants here. Also, this is a gift that will outlast flowers and candy.

Number 3: The Attitude
The right attitude makes all the difference between having a great Valentine's Day and a terrible one. Plan this day and pick a thoughtful gift because you love your partner and want to spend time together and not because that's what everyone says you have to do. A positive attitude will also help you plan better. Something didn't go as you planned? No tables available at your go-to restaurant? Anticipate these little hick-ups and don't let them come in your way of having your best Valentine's Day yet.

Happy Planning!

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Friday, 19 January 2018

Say Yes at the Taj Mahal

If travelers made a list of countries they have always wanted to go, India would be in the top five! And that was exactly how our team felt when we polled them about top proposal spots around the world. They picked the Taj Mahal and we couldn't agree more. Here are some details you need to know before you start planning your trip to Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal.

While doing our research, we did watch a lot of videos where people did propose at the famous spot right in front of the Taj by the pond. But, that spot does get crowded. So, if you want that iconic spot, we recommend getting there early. People line up to get their pictures taken there so figure that in while planning your proposal.

We recommend Mehtab Bagh which translates into Moonlight Garden (dreamy sigh). It is north of the Taj Mahal, so a 20 minute drive should take you there. (But do account for traffic which we hear can get crazy in Agra) The gardens are on the opposite side of the river and they perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal so you'll get a great backdrop for the proposal. Bonus: She won't be suspicious if you want to shoot a video because who wouldn't want a video of a magical sunset at the Taj Mahal?

You can explore the Taj Mahal and the surrounding complex during the day and ahead over to Mehtab Bagh to catch the sun setting down on the Taj Mahal. Do try to get there in time so you can stake out a prime spot to set up your camera. And as the sun starts to set, that's when you pull off the proposal you have been practicing for!

If you have been reading our series of destination proposals (and we recommend you do - check Paris, Rio De Janeiro and The Giza Pyramids), we are big fans of planning in advance. Besides travel and stay, buy the tickets for the entry to the Taj Mahal complex a day early. And, heads up! There's a security check at the complex so keep that ring hidden! If you keep all these things in mind, you will get your dream proposal. Happy Planning.

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Pop the Question in Exciting Rio

The exciting city of Rio De Janeiro has lots of beaches, majestic views, a vibrant nightlife and of course the carnival. When the city came up in the office poll of cities to propose, we were not surprised. The city which has come in focus after the 2016 Olympics has lots to offer for travelers with romance on mind. Here are three spots that we think are perfect for a romantic proposal.

Ipanema Beach
This beach gets our vote for a beach proposal. It's not as crowded as the ever-popular Copacabana but still as beautiful. You'll find plenty of places to enjoy tempting Brazilian cuisine and beach-y drinks. You can spend many lazy hours just lounging and as the sun sets it's time to get down on one knee.

Costa Verde
While the beaches of Rio De Janeiro are famous all over the world, the city also has other quieter spots to offer. A short drive and a ferry ride away from Rio, there are many beautiful beaches and lovely islands along the Costa Verde. We would also recommend visiting the national park of Ilha Grande. Doesn't it sound like the perfect spot for proposing?

Parque Lage
Beaches and palm-fringed islands aside, Rio also has some gorgeous parks that can be perfect for a quiet proposal. Situated at the foot of Corcovado, you'll get a view of Christ the Redeemer without the crowds at Parque Lage. There is a coffee shop and a restaurant in the park along with regular art exhibitions and spectacular buildings. You can explore the grounds and find the perfect spot for a proposal among the many historic buildings and then celebrate at the cafe.

After the Proposal
We get it that you would want a less crowded spot for your proposal, but after you're done do visit the more popular places. You can take the cable car ride to the Sugar Loaf mountain or the funicular rail to see the Christ, the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado. There will be some crowds but since your newly engaged, they won't spoil your romantic mood. The popular beaches of Arpoador and Copacabana also can't be missed.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

A Proposal Among the Pyramids

From awe-inspiring monuments and colorful markets to the serene Nile, Cairo is an adventure of a lifetime! When we asked our team to pick a city to propose, we were expecting Paris or Santorini (those did make the list). But, Cairo and more specifically the Great Pyramid of Giza was a surprising choice and we loved it!

The Great Pyramid is the only one of the classic seven wonders of the world that you can still see today and that's why we think it would be a wonderful spot to propose. (Think about the story you can tell your kids - Ha!)

One of the first concerns you may have about proposing at the pyramid would be the crowds. After some research, we found out that the Great Pyramid Complex has plenty of spots away from the crowds where you can proclaim your love and have a scenic backdrop while doing it. While statue of the Sphinx or the great pyramid itself can be great to have in the background for a selfie, the desert behind the pyramids would be a more appropriate choice for a romantic proposal. You can go there by horseback or quad bikes or even a camel ride.

But, before you do that, we do recommend visiting the actual pyramid. You can actually get inside the pyramid! What an experience to have right before you propose. After you have spent the day exploring around the complex, head over to the desert Safari. Let your tour guide in your secret so they can suggest a scenic spot and also be there to capture the moment. After the proposal, you can head to one of the many rooftop restaurants in the city to celebrate.

The key to successfully planning this epic proposal is planning! You must have the ring with you two weeks in advance. It gives you plenty of time to do any exchanges, if needed. And, we are also big fans of booking tours and experiences in advance. You'll find many desert safari experiences online and we recommend you choose one based on all that each experience has to offer and of course by reading reviews. Also, already having a booking is one less thing to worry about since you already have the proposal to worry about.

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Friday, 12 January 2018

We'll Always Have Paris - a Proposal in Paris

Does it get any more romantic than a Proposal in Paris? We don't think so. When we asked our team here at B2C Jewels about where would they propose (or like to be proposed to), the city of lights was a popular choice. But, how would you go about pulling off this epic proposal? That's why we're here. Read some great tips on how to propose in Paris.

Step One - the Ring
You need to have the ring with you two weeks before you leave for Paris. To get started on your ring buying journey, go here. Don't know where to start? Check this post. It gives you enough time to make sure it is perfect or enough time for an exchange.

Step Two - Traveling With the Ring
Don't put the ring in your baggage. Keep it in your carry-on, wrapped in a sock for safekeeping. Put a note around the box so if you get picked up for random searching, the TSA agent will be discreet. Once you're in Paris, keep the ring in the room safe or the hotel safe till you're ready to propose.   

Step Three - Finding the Perfect Proposal Spot
The city of love offers many scenic spots to be the backdrop for your proposal. Let's start with the Eiffel Tower.

On Top of the Eiffel Tower
The view is amazing and it really can't get any more iconic Paris than this. But, it can get crowded up there. Are you ok with that? Do you want a whole bunch of people to be there or be in your proposal photo. Something to ponder about

A View of the Eiffel Tower
If not on top of the tower, how about a spot where the two of you have a view of the iconic monument. There are many restaurants and rooftop bars that offer a view of the Eiffel Tower. Another spot is the Champs de Mars. It offers plenty of space and a wonderful view.

The Trocadéro gardens are also a great choice. Our vote is for visiting during the sunrise. There won't be many people and you can convince your partner the view will be worth it.

Paris is the city of lights and the Eiffel Tower sparkles for five minutes every hour on the hour until 1 a.m. Grab a seat for this spectacle and make your proposal a magical one.

Other Spots

If the Eiffel Tower is not what you want, Paris doesn't disappoint with other romantic spots that would be perfect for the proposal. The Wall of Love at Montmartre is such as lovely location. It is literally a wall that has tiles with the phrase “I love you” written on them in different languages. Could it get any more dreamy than this?

If you're partner is an ardent reader, may we suggest a bookstore a.k.a. her happy place. The Shakespeare & Co. bookstore on Paris’s Left Bank has a rich history and trust us, she'll know about it. But Paris has plenty of other bookstores too (if the Shakespeare & Co. is too crowded for your liking). The San Francisco Book Co. is charming as is the Librairie Jousseaume.

Some other spots are the Musée d’Orsay Museum, the pyramid at the Louvre, the Ferris Wheel at the Place de la Concorde, right on the Champs Élysées or the Arc de Triomphe. There are plenty of spots just outside of Paris too. The Parc de Sceaux has a château and a park, of course. Château de Rambouillet was once the summer residence of the presidents of France. There are plenty of parks and buildings there that would be the perfect place for a proposal.

Step Four - Capturing the Moment
Your proposal in Paris is a once in a lifetime moment so of course it has to be captured. While you may not be able to get the actual moment on film, you can definitely take wonderful photos after she says yes. We suggest hiring a photographer so your photos aren't a bunch of selfies or awkward shots taken by tourists. You can check their work before to make sure you choose the right one. 

Step Five - Happily Ever After
Onto the wedding planning! Just kidding. Enjoy the Moment. We hope your Paris proposal is as magical as you imagined it to be.

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

A Destination Proposal: Where Would You Pop the Question?

Whether you made resolutions or skipped them altogether, the one thing a lot of people want to do is Travel more. And if you’ve found the love of your life, you can make two dreams come true in 2018 - propose during a dream vacation! So, where would you propose? We asked the team here at B2C Jewels and the results were a mix of popular destinations as well as some interesting ones. Here are the results.

1. Paris, je t'aime

The French capital continues to be popular as the destination people would like to propose in (or be proposed to) It really doesn't surprise us. With all the food, culture, beauty and love to experience in this lovely city, we think it would be a wonderful vacation and a great backdrop for a proposal.

2. Italy

We know it's a country but we couldn't pick just one city! There are too many spots to choose from! Whether it is the magnificent Colosseum or the magical Amalfi Coast, the country has a lot to offer for travelers, including gorgeous places to propose.

3. Cairo 

This was a surprising entry on our list, but the more we think about it, the more we think Cairo would be an adventurous place to propose. You could have the Nile or the pyramids of Giza as the backdrop to your proposal!

4. Rio De Janeiro

While the 2016 Summer Olympics turned the world's attention to the beautiful Brazilian city, we have had an eye on this exciting city for a while now. We think it is a lovely city to travel to for its beautiful beaches, parades and samba dancers and of course the food!

5. Agra, more specifically the Taj Mahal

An internationally recognized symbol of love, we think the Taj Mahal would be a serene place to propose to (an of course travel to). You could do the what is known as the "golden triangle" trip - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and stop by the Taj Mahal for the proposal of a lifetime!

6. New York, New York

You don't need to go very far to pop the question. Our most surprising answer to the destination proposal question was—home! If you found love in this city we call home, there are plenty of spots to declare your love in the city.

We'll be exploring all these cities (and country) in detail in January so be sure to check our blog.
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Thursday, 28 December 2017

5 Engagement Rings You'll Be Seeing a Lot of in 2018

As the year comes to an end, we're reflecting on all the engagement rings you—our customers have loved and bought in 2017. Classics like the six-prong engagement rings with a round center diamond continue to be popular and this year was no exception. We have also received interest in creating unusual settings such as east west engagement rings. (Check here to submit a customization request) Looking at this data, let's roll out the predictions for engagement ring trends for 2018!

1. Rose Gold Engagement Rings
Rose gold reigned supreme in 2017 (and 2016) and this lovely metal will continue its rise to popularity. Rose gold engagement rings and wedding bands are so sublime and even the smallest detailing gives them vintage appeal. We love the sweeping curves of the trellis gallery of this engagement ring.

2. Engagement Rings With Non-Round Center Diamonds
In 2017, we saw a demand for oval, cushion and pear center diamonds and we think these lovely shapes will continue to be popular. All three of these shapes, have plenty of sparkle along with their non-traditional shape. Oval, pear and cushion diamonds are versatile enough to complement the simple solitaire setting or an ornate vintage setting. We are partial to lovely pear engagement rings like this one.

3. Gemstone Accent in Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands
Gemstones act like pops of color in diamond engagement rings and we are loving this look. We are partial to sapphires because of their rich hue but also, because of their durability. Measuring 9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, sapphires are perfect for engagement rings as they are used every day. This engagement ring has trillion cut sapphires as side diamonds while this one has sapphire accent stones.

4. Eternity rings As an alternative to Engagement Rings
With so many different types of eternity rings and half eternity rings, a lot of women are choosing to rock eternity rings everyday instead of engagement rings. We adore this cushion diamond eternity ring! It has plenty of sparkle so you won't miss an engagement ring.

5. Final Trend - Revival of the Classics - Three Stone Engagement Rings, Tu Et Moi Rings
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently announced their engagement. The royal engagement ring was a classic three stone engagement ring. We believe this is going to spark an interest in old classics like the three stone engagement ring and tu et moil rings.

If you're looking for engagement rings, be sure to check these trends here.

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