Ask the Jewel Junkie: Engagement Ring Suggestions

 

 

 

Lately friends and family are getting engaged. It’s an exciting time! Lot’s of photos to share with us, I love it!  The husband and I do not have a wow engagement story, we did everything unconventional so I don’t have that gushing and blushing that normal women experience, and I love that about us. We are at that age wherein we get invited to attend 2-5 weddings a year, and everyone of those I cannot look at the bride’s face when she walks down the aisle. I get really sappy especially when there’s tears of joy, I’ve had enough of my husbands snickering when that happens, so I do what I do— the jewelry *&%$ in me looks at the engagement ring and the flair of the bride’s gown and accessories. I look at the bride’s face when the actual ceremony is over or when they do their obligatory rounds to welcome the guests. This is not the only reason why I decided to write an article about engagement rings,  yesterday I got a private message on Twitter from a girl named Callie she’s recently engaged, in fact 9 hours ago (from the time she sent me the message) so at first I’m like ummmm… ok congratulations, yes I typed exactly like that. I was confused and a little surprised. And then she said:

I need engagement ring suggestions, my boyfriend proposed but since I am a little bit of a control freak instead opening a ring box with a ring in front of me, he gave me his American Express and said, “If you say yes, pick out the ring you wanted”.

No B.S and straight to the point, I di it! So I told her, wow very romantic LOL. and she agreed to the LOL part. But hey she sounded very happy and thrilled, so I am right there with her. It was the strangest thing since, well, this is the first time a stranger asked my opinion about jewelry, so I decided to help her. Like those subscribed / members only shopping sites. I asked questions about her style and a little bit of everything. From that, these are the rings that I came up with. I actually had fun having this twitter conversation and scouring the internet and magazines for suggestions. I guess giving out advice like this is not too bad. The crazier/funnier/weirder you are the more I wanted to hear from you. If you want to chat my twitter handler is @thejeweljunkie1

 

1. “My favorite movie this month is the Great Gatsby, let’s start with that. Are you a Leo fan?”

Rare Earth – Emerald Morganite

2. “I don’t want a ridiculous size stone like Kim K’s. 1 ct. to 5 ct. is my max, oh and doesn’t need to be diamond center”

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Ken + Dana Design – Rena March 2014

 

3. “I am indie all the way, can you tell with my story?”

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Giby + Iona – Ambro .90ct

4. “I am also in the mood for a minimalist style.”

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Ylang 23 – Finn Rose Cute Yellow gold ring

5. “Or maybe something outrageous / unique”

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Bel Viaggio Design – Infinity Engagement

6. “I don’t know, what do you think?”

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Soho Gem – Casato Freeform Rose gold ring

7. “Something that does not look like an engagement ring.”

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Moondance Jewelry Gallery – Selin Kent

8. “Something for my sister to envy.”

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Harry Winston – Sunflower, large

9. “My favorite color is blue”

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Catbird – Itzela Blue Sapphire

10. “Is there something lower than $2000 but with a perceived value due to its cuteness?”

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Anjay’s Design – 14k white gold

 

To Callie,

You are crazy! I absolutely love our conversation. I hope you like one of the suggestions I have above and I hope you’ve made up your mind on what “mood” you are in when you pick out your ring. But seriously, pick whatever feels right. And may you and your fiancée have a great wedding and an even greater married life. Good luck with everything.

Love,

Patricia

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Collab announcement – Rocksbox

I am very excited to announce that Rocksbox and The Jewel Junkie are going to be working for the next 3 months. If you have not heard already, Rocksbox is a members only fashion jewelry loan service. I buy, collect and resale jewelry for fun but I am more of a buy and resale. For me to add a piece on my collection it must have certain qualities. It must be super unique, rare, gifted or really coveted for a long time. So a concept like this is really appealing. I get to borrow a jewelry and keep it as long as I am not sick of looking at it or as long as my membership is valid. I’ll write more about them as I go along. Jewelry reviews and photos will be posted soon. In the meantime enjoy this 1 month complimentary membership so we can experience it together. Click on the photo for the link to get started.

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A long due blog entry…

My last blog entry was back in August. What a slacker right? Sorry for the sudden hiatus but work has been crazy and decided to cut back on some stuff and focus on other ones. I cut back on shopping but replaced it with fitness. I’ve unenrolled myself from school to focus on work. I’ve been back on Poshmark, etc and the most important one of all… I, my friends have discovered the healing, relaxing, stress reducing, weight loss , strength and over all awesomeness of YOGA. (crappy picture below taken at Purple Yoga)

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Sure I’ve tried it in the pass at sucky studios (I.E LA Fitness) and did not enjoyed that experience but I experience a funk called “depression” and holy crap that most certainly was not fun. There was this deep sadness and some self loathing for allowing myself to be in that predicament, I was inconsolable the husband felt helpless and I refuse to talk about what I was feeling or what my thoughts were and all these were apparent from the lovely display of acne break out, binge eating and gain weight on top of the gained weight from baby #2. Then one day I decided the wallowing in self pity and longing for another life and all other patheticness (yeah I know its not a word) must stop and that’s when yoga came in. I’ve also since added kickboxing in the mix and NO it is not the aerobics type one, an actual kick-ass, bruise inducing, punching bag and sparring type. I even found a work out buddy in my 12 year old son. My mood had improved and is now also obsessed with workout clothes. haha

So expect a few postings about YOGA and KICBOXING every now and then as well.

So there it is that’s what I’ve been up to this past few months. How about you guys? Feel free to e-mail me about whatever thejeweljunkie1@gmail.com