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  • The millennial wedding economy: how a growing recycled trend is the next true love story

    Thanks to clever marketing by DeBeers, purchasing a diamond engagement ring has become a cultural norm.  Indeed, American couples spend billions each year on engagement jewelry.  With millennials looking to make eco-friendly choices, more of this generation is turning to recycled engagement rings, and the broader pre-owned wedding economy, as the best way to limit environmental impact and maximize value.
     
     
     
    Movies like "Blood Diamond" have helped shed light on the humanitarian aspects of diamond mining, yet little has been publicized regarding the significant environmental impacts of diamond and precious metal mining.  For diamonds, open-pit mining can lead to the disturbance of vast, complex ecosystems and the loss of surface and ground water. Alluvial mining, which takes place in waterways, contributes to wide-ranging marine ecosystem destruction. 
    The mining of precious metals, including gold, can have an even greater environmental impact.  Gold is often found in rock characterized by acid-generating sulfides.  When disturbed, this rock experiences a chemical reaction that produces acid and toxins.  These toxins often run into lakes, rivers, and streams, where they pose serious dangers to aquatic ecosystems.
    Many buyers hoping to purchase the same diamond and gold jewelry with significantly less environmental impact have turned to pre-owned engagement rings.  These rings may have been worn for a year, a month, or not at all, and offer a compelling value proposition.  The emergence of specialty pre-owned ring retailers has added additional safety measures including gemologists who verify every item sold.  These forums ensure that buyers will receive an authentic diamond and that the color, clarity, and carat of the ring will match the seller's representations, all while saving up to 50 percent off retail.
     
     
    As more millennials embrace an environmental and budget-friendly ring option, specialty pre-owned retailers have experienced a surge in growth.  CEO Philip Johnson credits this growth to a broader awareness of the value of pre-owned rings, and an increased interest in peer-to-peer economies.   Johnson estimates that purchases of recycled rings on his site in 2014 alone will save over 5,000 tons of ore and waste rock that would have been produced to create new rings (Source: http://www.earthworksaction.org/files/publications/20TonsMemo_FINAL.pdf).
    The growing trend in recycled weddings is mirrored in the pre-owned wedding dress market.  Leading pre-owned dress marketplace, PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com, has experienced at least double digit growth every year since its 2004 inception, including triple digit growth in 2008 and 2009.  Founder Josie Daga states that "buying a pre-owned wedding dress is a smart way to afford the wedding dress you really want."  Daga's site helps brides save hundreds or more on luxury brand dresses that were only worn for a few hours, and offers an eco-friendly way to recycle the perfect dress, rather than leaving it to sit in a box.
      
  • SimplyBridal's Cohesive Themed Wedding Infographic


    Are you considering a 'Cohesive Themed Wedding'? 

    Take a quick look at 'Simply Bridals' fun infographic.


    For more wedding advice see http://www.simplybridal.com/blog/

  • Valentine's Day: In the age of e-commerce, everything's for sale - including your grandma's engagement ring



    In the aftermath of the recession, we've learned to do more with the things we already own. The sharing economy has people monetizing their time with TaskRabbit, turning their cars into ersatz taxis and transforming second bedrooms into inns with AirBnB. We've also learned how to give up the stuff that had sentimental - rather than utilitarian - value.  One of the best examples of this trend is the emergence of a vibrant market for second hand engagement rings. 
    Owners of unneeded engagement rings, whether from divorce or a family member's collection, often choose to sell these valuable items.  When traditional local options (Craigslist, pawn shops, or local jewelers) only provide 20-40% of the item's value, savvy sellers turn to online specialty retailers.  According to Philip Johnson, CEO of Have You Seen the Ring, by utilizing these secure peer-to-peer marketplaces, sellers can receive up to 60% more for their pre-owned jewelry. 
    This trend has also translated into big savings for Valentine's Day buyers of pre-owned engagement rings.  As the spend on an engagement ring has climbed to $4,000 (source: Jewelers of America), thrifty couples have chosen pre-owned rings and diamonds as a way to save money without compromising quality or style. According to Johnson, "a 1 carat round diamond in a halo setting that would retail for $6,500 at a local jeweler, can sell for as little as $3,300." 
    The peer-to-peer market for pre-owned rings continues to boom, and it turns out the stigma attached to proposing with a used engagement ring hasn't stopped buyers. For buyers who are concerned about buying pre-owned , Johnson offers some advice. "All diamonds are old, billions of years old to be exact, so purchasing a pre-owned diamond is one that is a billion and five years old.  Many buyers of pre-owned  rings realize that the memories and 'karma' associated with their engagement ring will stem from the life they and their spouse build together."
  • Show us your ring CONTEST!

    In honor of Valentine's Day, we want you to send us photos of your engagement rings! Enter our Show Me the Ring contest for a chance to win a $200 VISA gift card. Runner up will receive a Flip Video Camera. Be a Facebook fan, upload your photo, and have your friends vote for your ring to win! Grand prize and runner up winners will be announced this Valentine's Day (February 14th). CLICK HERE to enter and for contest rules. #showmethering #contest

  • Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid

    After much debate, the fashion gurus have determined that Radiant Orchid is the hot color of the season.  According to those in the know, radiant orchid is a blend of purples with a trace of light pink.
    We expect to see this bold color everywhere from clothing, to handbags, and even on jewelry. For brides looking for an alternative to traditional diamond engagement rings, sapphires in hues of purple will be stylish both today and in the future.
    Here are some of our favorite pieces of Radiant Orchid jewelry:


    What do you think of a Radiant Orchid stone as an alternative to a traditional diamond ring?
  • How to be Photo-Ready for your Wedding


    You might have everything set up for your special day: the pre owned engagement rings, the guest list, and the food for the wedding. But when it comes to having a wedding, the photographs are extremely important. You are going to want to have pictures that you can reflect on for years after you have tied the knot. Your photographs will serve as beautiful reminders of one of the best days of your life. It takes a lot of planning to have fantastic photographs of your big day. If you want to be photo-ready for your wedding, follow the tips below and you will be sure to have photographs that leave you breathless. 

    1) Think about your makeup choices. 

    Even if you don't normally wear makeup, it is a wise idea to invest in a few beauty products. For example, some face primers work very to smooth lines and color variations when applied before foundation.   This will come in handy if you are having a wedding outside or during the summertime. Look for primers that reduce shine and leave makeup lasting longer to ensure that your look lasts all day. 


    2) Create an essential list of wedding shots. 

    If you want to ensure that each and every picture comes out well for the wedding, develop a list of shots that you wish to capture. Here are some questions you should ask yourself ahead of time: 
    • Where do I want to have wedding shots taken? 
    • Are there any landmarks at the wedding venue that are ideal for photographs?  
    • Is there a certain location which has a specific meaning to me? (For example, was your first kiss with your soon-to-be husband underneath a particular tree where you are holding the wedding?)
    • Who do you want included in your pictures?
    • Do I want pictures of myself and the bridal party getting ready for the wedding?

    These are only a few photography questions to ask yourself before your wedding. Also, think about whether or not you want wedding pictures taken before or after the ceremony. 
  • Three Helpful Ways to Save Big on Your Wedding Day


    Planning a wedding can take months, but in the end, the magic of the day makes it all worth it. Speaking of big days, you’ll be dealing with big finances, and you’ve probably noticed that weddings can be expensive. If you and your future spouse are searching for a few ways to save on your wedding day, here is a list of tips.
    1) Get married during the off-season
    Couples who choose wedding dates in November or anytime in January through the end of March (with the exception of Valentine’s Day), can save 20 to 30 percent on their venue and other services.  Venues, caterers, and other vendors are most busy during the summer and spring, thus having your wedding outside these times can result in significant savings.  It is also a great idea if you can schedule your wedding day on any day other than Saturday, which is when a lot of people want to hold their celebration.  Couples who have a wedding on a Friday still have the weekend for guests to recover, but face less competition for wedding vendors.
    Getting married in the fall is an excellent alternative if you are looking to save. 

    2) Consider DIY craft ideas to save extra money. 
    A personalized favor recipe might be the perfect DIY craft idea.

    If you can do it yourself (and do it well), there’s no point in paying someone else to do it.  If you have more time than money, there are many wedding craft ideas that you can easily do yourself. Making your own centerpieces is an easy DIY option. By simply purchasing vases from your local arts and crafts store and filling them up with artificial flowers, you will have a beautiful centerpiece arrangement for your wedding. You can also come up with DIY party favors, such as boxes made out of papier-mâché. To add more to your personalized favor box, add a touch of ribbon or other appropriate décor which complements the theme of your wedding. Check out Etsy for more great DIY wedding ideas.
    3) Purchase discount diamonds and pre-owned engagement rings
    Many couples who are looking for that perfect ring feel overwhelmed at the cost and selection of diamonds and engagement rings.  One alternative to visiting the local jeweler (who has a giant markup on everything) is to purchase a discount diamond from a pre-owned engagement ring.  These diamonds are just like the ones at your local jeweler, except at a significantly lower price.  Discount diamonds provide a fantastic way to save money for the big day.

    Although your wedding day will be one of the most important milestones of your marriage, smart brides find a way to make their money go further.  These three tips can keep you happily married with a few extra dollar bills in your pocket.

  • The Bling Ring


    We had to bring this to your attention, although the movie is not necessarily purely about 'bling', it sure is entering!

    In Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, a crew of L.A. high-schoolers embark on a burglary spree in the Hollywood Hills. They target the homes of, among others, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge, Megan Fox, and Rachel Bilson. They thrill at their proximity to the celebs (yet bizarrely discard a love letter found chez Orlando Bloom). Their haul in designer loot is enough to make law-abiding fashionistas in the audience salivate.


    Check out the trailer: http://movies.yahoo.com/video/bling-ring-trailer-2-211239808.html

  • Have You Seen the Ring has posted on Facebook at May 14, 2013 at 02:15PM

    Don’t you think this wedding set would look gorgeous paired with a beaded gown? http://bit.ly/13d4bdE #wedding #dress #engagementring http://www.facebook.com/pages/p/118241868269231
  • Have You Seen the Ring has posted on Facebook at May 11, 2013 at 12:20PM

    • Have you been ring shopping with your significant other? Trying to gauge what style of ring they will like best? We have tons of options that will work well for you and your special someone, even on a tight budget. http://bit.ly/13Z0WoY #wedding #engagement #rings http://www.facebook.com/pages/p/118241868269231

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