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  • 17 Mar 2017

    7 Real Life Spring Proposal Stories to Make You Excited About New Beginnings

    Spring is the season of romance. It's the season of new beginnings. Love is in the air! If you’ve caught Spring Fever, you'll want to use this season to create an idyllic moment with the love of your life. Between Valentine’s Day, cute picnics in the park, and flowers in full bloom all around, spring holds countless opportunities for your dream proposal. With a little planning and a lot of love, you’ll be one step closer to marrying your special someone. To make it easier, take notes from these seasonal tips and some of our favorite spring proposal stories!

    Anita & John's Proposal

    Anita-Proposal-Stories

    How they met

    John and Anita met at a party through mutual friends while they were in college. Anita walked into the room and John was the only boy she did not know. She was taken by how cute he is! They both got up the courage to talk to each other and ended up glued at the hip to one another the entire night. Neither one of them was looking for a serious relationship at the time, so it was a slow burning love. John was an engineering student and Anita was a nursing student. They both worked long hour jobs in addition to full time schooling, but somehow they made it work to see each other as often as possible! The relationship did not become serious until the weekend that John took Anita home for Easter. On the car ride to Des Moines from their university, Anita got sick with the flu. John's entire family was so caring and understanding of her sickness. Even though she felt like she had the plague, she felt completely included and loved by his family.

    How he asked

    After that weekend the relationship continued to flourish. Over Christmas break, John’s family invited Anita on vacation with them to Cancun. On the second night in Cancun, John and Anita were taking pictures of their siblings on the beach for “Christmas cards”. John suggested that him and Anita get a quick picture together while the sun was setting in the background. While Anita was quickly fixing her hair for a picture, John got down on one knee and opened up a jewelry box with the most beautiful ring! Anita was blown away and started jumping up and down because she was so excited, and eventually said “Yes” as soon as she could speak.

    Aimee & Michael's Proposal

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    How he asked

    They went to Arches National Park in Utah, and we went on a few short hikes within the park. This one in particular was a little more difficult hike, in fact about half way through she even contemplated bailing out because the height and rocks were a bit scary. She really wanted to get to the top though so she kept going with Michael's reassurance. They finally made it to the top and it was beautiful, as shown in the picture. He mentioned that they should have this random lady take our picture, which was nothing out of the norm because they always have people take their picture when they went out sightseeing. About that time, he gets down on one knee while their newly found photograph still had the camera. This made her able to continue taking pictures while the proposal happened. Their photographer had no idea what was up his sleeve nor did Aimee. It was an amazing shock for everyone!! They couldn't have pictured anything more perfect!

    Samantha & Holden's Proposal

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    How they met

    The story of Holden and Samantha could have actually started much earlier. They both worked at a popular “hole in the wall” restaurant back in college. Holden had gotten hired at the restaurant the exact same week that Samantha had quit! They didn’t meet until many months later through mutual friends. Samantha remember the first night she met him. He dragged her onto the dance floor when no one else was even dancing! He had her laughing all night and they already felt like old friends. After that initial meeting, they always would see each other out but nothing ever happened.

    It wasn’t until a year later when Holden and Samantha were placed in the same summer class (with only 4 other students in it) that they ended up getting together. On the first day of class, Holden offered her a ride home and the rest is history! Holden and Samanta were inseparable for the rest of that summer.

    How he asked

    As a little girl, Samantha grew up vacationing in Florida and dreamed of one day living the beach lifestyle. Holden took her dream and made it a reality when he applied for a transfer at work so that we could live at my childhood vacation spot of Sarasota, Florida. After being together for three years and making this big move with one another, she knew an even bigger kind of commitment was coming. They had discussed getting married and both looked forward to starting a family together as soon as possible! On a beautiful Sunday afternoon on May 1st, Holden asked me if she would like to go to Venice Beach with him and take a walk.

    Samantha knew something was fishy when she asked him if she should wear her bathing suit and he said no, but she wanted to play along with his surprise. Once they got to the beach, Holden and her took a long walk hand in hand talked about all of the things that they had been through together and all of the exciting things they had to look forward to in the future. By the end of their long walk, they ended up on the pier, where Holden very sweetly got down on one knee and asked Samantha to be his wife. Of course, she said yes!

    Shelbi & Derek's Proposal

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    How he asked

    On April 25th, 2016, Derek got down on one knee and asked Shelbi to be his wife. We think. Yes, you read that right. Let's back up a few hours first though. On Monday nights, Shelbi and Derek both attend their Greek organization's meetings. Typically, Shelbi is expected to be in business wear. On that unforgettable Monday, Derek invited Shelbi to go on a drive. Shelbi, believing they were going on a scenic drive/walk to destress, told her roommates and rap upstairs to change into sweatpants. Her roommates nonchalantly hollered at her to explain that she may want to stay in the dress she was wearing. Hinting that Derek probably figured she would be looking nice since she had just finished her meeting. This was enough to make Shelbi begrudgingly stay in her dress. Derek and Shelbi drove to the scenic overlook. Once there, they sat and talked for an hour and a half. The sun was beginning to set, which Derek knew Shelbi loved. She had brought Derek out there around the same time during their freshman year of college. Eventually, they began to talk about one last topic. They discussed thing they think about and Derek began, "you know how you come out here to think a lot? Well I have been thinking a lot.." and he was down on one knee. Shelby was tackling him and neither of them can recall what was said between "thinking a lot" and her screaming "YES!".

    Kiersten & Cory's Proposal

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    How he asked

    Cory and Kiersten went hiking at Palisades State Park. They decided to take a picture of themselves standing on the Balancing Rock. Cory set up their camera on a timer, so he could climb up and stand besides me to take the picture. (He actually put the camera on a time lapse, so the camera would take a picture every second.) So, they took the picture and Kiersten turned to climb down the rock, but Cory had other plans. He proposed as the camera captured the scene, taking pictures every second of the way.

    Astrid & AJ's Proposal

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    How he asked

    April was a crazy month for Astrid. Since she was so busy, she told AJ that they should have a date where we could disconnect and spend some quality time together. They ended up going to the zoo, and then roaming the city. However, AJ said that he wanted to take her on a surprise date that night after they got back from zoo. Astrid absolutely loved surprises and AJ often planned these for her, so she didn’t think anything of it.

    Then, they get on the ranger and Astrid immediately knew that they were headed to the sand bar – a spot on AJ's parent's property that she had ALWAYS wanted a date on! When they got there, Astrid was completely SPEECHLESS. Her heart started racing super fast. After she laid her things down on a cute black table, she turned around, looked up, and there was AJ – on his knees, teary-eyed, giving her the biggest heart eyes in the world.

    Kyle & Anna's Proposal

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    How he asked

    Like a lot of people, Kyle and Anna got together with family on Super Bowl Sunday to watch the game and eat. So, there they were, enjoying the Harbaugh Bowl of 2013 with her family. They were taking in all the action in the game, rating the commercials, and finally getting ready for the halftime show. That’s when it happened. Her boyfriend was on the TV! What was he doing? Kyle went from sitting next to Anna, to down on one knee in front of her! She had no idea what was going on but had put it together that he was proposing and tearfully said “Yes!”

    Anna took a step back and asked what was going on. Kyle began to explain that KMEG had been advertising a “Super Proposal” contest all the way back in the fall which he had decided to enter. He then handed her the letter he submitted, where he described how as a military member he’s often seen as a hero. However, he thought Anna was a hero for being supportive of that military lifestyle, being left behind at home while the military member is overseas. He wanted to win this contest for them so that he could marry his hero.

    Kyle then explained that the contest was about more than just the opportunity to propose on a commercial during the Super Bowl. He showed Anna the list of the sponsors for the contest, and their prize donations included the gorgeous bridal set he had just put on her finger from Gunderson’s.

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  • 15 Mar 2017

    Ultimate Men's Watch Guide

    Intro

     

    If you're thinking about becoming a watch wearer, or if you're already an enthusiast but don't know enough about your current timepiece, then you found the right watch guide. You'll learn about the different movements you can expect in a men's watch, as well as the different styles you can sport. We'll cover the basics of everything you've always wanted to know about your favorite men's watch.

    Below you'll find the answers to all your questions. All the important information in an accessible, organized fashion.

    Watch Movements

     

    One of the first thing that comes up when discussing any men's watch is "movement". Movement refers to the sweeping of the watch's hands around its face, as well as the inner mechanisms that make the hands move. A watch's movement is fundamental in how it works and keeps time. It is the "heart" of the men's watch.

    Watch movements typically come in three types: mechanical, automatic, and quartz. We'll explain each one below.

    Mechanical

    A mechanical watch has movement that's powered by a mainspring which is wound by hand. Once the mainspring is wound, it slowly unwinds. This unwinding causes the second hand to move in a smooth, sweeping motion around the watch's face. Your typical mainspring is about 9-13 inches long. The length of the mainspring effects a mechanical watch's power reserve. The longer the mainspring, the longer the watch can go between windings.

    It should be noted that not all mechanical movements are created equal. Attention to detail and craftsmanship will determine the smoothness and accuracy of a mechanical men's watch. This is one reason many watch collectors request that they have watches with "Swiss movement". Examples of men's watches that have Swiss movement are: Rolex, Raymond Weil, Carl F. Bucherer, Tudor, and Tissot.

    Watch purists will argue that mechanical movement watches are the cream of the crop because of their historic pedigree and intricacy in manufacturing. For those who want their watch to do more than just tell time, mechanical watches are perfect. They are a great way to express appreciation for history, refinement, and craftsmanship.

    Automatic

    Automatic watches have a very similar movement to mechanical watches, however they don't require the user to hand-wind the watch to keep it ticking. Instead, you wind the mainspring throughout the day through moving about your daily activities. Automatic watches may also be referred to as "self-winding" watches for this reason.

    You may be asking, how does an automatic movement watch wind itself? There is a small weight inside of the men's watch called a "rotor" that moves around as your wrist moves. It's connected to the mainspring and winds the mainspring as it moves around. If you fear that you may move around too much during your daily tasks, worry not. Automatic watches have a slipping clutch device to prevent the watch from getting over-wound.

    Now, let's say you're not wearing your automatic watch on a daily basis or you take a few days off from wearing it. You'll need to put it in a watch winder to make sure your men's watch stays accurate. Watch winders are a device that moves the watch in a circular motion while it's stored. If you don't store your automatic watch in a winder, the power will run down and the display will get stuck on the time and date the watch stopped ticking. When you decide to wear that watch again, you'll have to reset it.

    Quartz

    Most of the watches in the market are quartz. There's a reason for that. Quartz watches are very accurate and affordable.

    Instead of being powered by a wound mainspring, a quartz watch uses electricity from a small battery. The battery sends electricity through a small quartz crystal, causing the crystal to vibrate. These vibrations are measured by a circuit, which converts the vibration to a pulse, which moves the second hand on the watch. The electric pulses moving the second hand cause the infamous "tick tick tick" movement that is commonly seen in movies. It's not as smooth as mechanical or automatic watches.

    Quartz watches reliance on electricity allows for fewer moving parts. This is what gives quartz watches the upper-hand in accuracy and durability. You'll find that most "sport" and "field" watches use quartz movements.

    Men's Watch Styles

     

    While there are limitless styles of men's watches on the market, we want to focus on some of the watches you'd wear to class up an outfit. Watches will help you look great in a suit or at the office.

    The five types of stylish men's watches we'll focus on are: dress, diver, racing, field, and aviator.

    Men's Watch - Dress

    Dress Watch

    History

    The birth of the men's watch you are acquainted with today. The dress watch took over in the early 20th century for men who wanted to start wearing their timepiece on their wrist, rather than in their pocket. The dress watch is about simplicity, as well as sophistication. It's not flashy, yet it draws attention to itself.

    Signature Features

    Size: Typically thin (made for ease of slipping in and out of dress shirt cuff)

    Case: Can be circular, rectangular, or square. Higher end watches are made with precious metals like gold or silver.

    Face: Dial displays simple hour indexes

    Band: Always leather. Sometimes companies offer both leather and metal bands with their dress watches, but leather is the classic way.

    When to Wear

    As you would expect, you wear the dress watch when you are attempting to be dressier. For example, you may want to wear it with a business suite or with a tuxedo. You can even pull off a dress men's watch when your attire is business casual. However, it will never pair well with a t-shirt and jeans.

    Ex.

    Raymond Weil Toccata

    Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback

    Tissot Powermatic 80

    Men's Watch - Diver

    Dive Watch

    History

    Thank to James Bond famously wearing one dive watch or another, they have become one of the most common watch types worn by men. In early Bond films, it was the Rolex Submariner. When Pierce Brosnan came along, the Omega dive watch became Bond's timepiece of choice.

    As you may have guessed, the dive men's watch was designed for people who spend a lot of time in or near water. Their primary selling point is that they're water resistant. The first ever dive watch was likely the Rolex Oyster, which was introduced in the 1930s. It came with a hermetically sealed case and was one of the first water resistant watches on the market.

    Signature Features

    Size: Medium

    Face: Arabic numbering, but the 12-hour numerals are often replaced with hashmarks. In order to protect the watch face deep underwater, sapphire or hardened mineral glass is used.

    Case: The main feature of a diver's watch is the rotating bezel. The diver turns the bezel counterclockwise before ascending into the water. The bezel then moves it's way back to the centered position, allowing the diver to be able to quickly glance and see how much time they still have underwater.

    Band: Metal. They're usually longer since they were originally designed to fit around dive equipment.

    When to Wear

    While the dive watch was designed for underwater use, its all-metal casting and band makes it suitable for everyday wear. Try it with your sports wear, casual wear, and business casual.

    Ex.

    Rolex Submariner Date

    Seiko Diver's Watch

    Tudor Heritage Black Bay

    Men's Watch - Racing

    Racing Watch

    History

    Car racing and men's watches have been bonded since the 1930s. That's because race car drivers rely on accurate timekeeping to measure the outcome of the race. As usual, Rolex was one of the first companies to capitalize on the need of an accurate men's watch by fitting some of the top drivers with their famous Oyster watch in the 1930s.

    Later on, watchmakers worked closer to perfecting the craft of making race watches by adding a chronograph and tachymeter - the two defining features of a racing watch.

    Signature Features

    Size: Medium to large

    Face: Large dial (to make room for the chronograph), with clear Arabic numerals. Often includes bright, contrasting colors.

    Case: Designed to withstand the harshness of autoracing. The case is typically made from stainless steel.

    Band: Leather or metal

    When to Wear

    Racing watches tend to be flashier than dive or pilot watches. Therefore, they're more suitable for casual than formal wear.

    Ex.

    Seiko Sportura

    Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

    Tissot Quickstart Nato Chronograph

    Men's Watch - Field

    Field Watch

    History

    The field watch is a descendant of the WWI "trench watch", which was designed for officers who needed to coordinate attacks, tell time at night, and sport a men's watch that could withstand battle. Today, field watches continue to evoke a military vibe by being rugged, functional, and stylish all at once.

    Signature Features

    Size: Small to medium. Large watches are too cumbersome if you're doing battle in the trenches, or in the office.

    Face: Functional, easy-to-read numerical indexes. Typically a white dial with black number or a black dial with white numbering.

    Case: Stainless steel or titanium.

    Band: Leather or canvas strap. Metal is too heavy for what the field watch was originally designed for.

    When to Wear

    Field watches are very versatile, which allows you to wear them with casual attire or even business casual. This works especially for younger men who don't get dressed up in a suit very often.

    Ex.

    Tissot Everytime Medium

    Men's Watch - Aviator

    Aviator Watch

    History

    Men's watches have been a part of aviation since aviation began. In fact, one of the first purpose-specific men's watches ever made was for a pilot friend of Louis Cartier in 1904.

    In the decades after, watchmakers built on the original design to make timekeeping easy for pilots taking off. Back in the 1930s, aviation watches took off thanks to the Swiss company of Breitling, who made onboard chronographs for planes in the Royal Airforce. In the 1940s, they decided to put those chronographs into a men's watch - creating the Breitling Chronomat.

    Signature Features

    Size: Medium to large

    Face: Designed for easy reading, even in a dark cockpit. Aviator watches sport an oversized dial with clean, legible numbers and luminous hands. The dial is usually black with white numbering

    Band: Often, but not always, made of leather. Longer than average, as the band was originally designed to fit around the cuff of a pilot's flight jacket.

    When to Wear

    The size of the aviation watch make them a good fit for very casual attire. Avoid wearing it for black tie or formal business occasions.

    Ex.

    Rolex Air-King

    Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec II

    Raymond Weil Freelancer

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  • 07 Mar 2017

    Which Diamond Shape is Right for You?

    What is a Diamond Shape?

    Diamond shape refers to the overall geometric appearance of the stone. Diamond shapes have their own appeal with the cuts for each shape bringing out the brilliance of the stone. While the cut is one of the 4 C's by which the quality of a diamond is graded and evaluated, the shapes of diamond aren’t. The cut of the diamond focuses on the facets and angles while the diamond ring shapes appeal to aesthetics.

    Among the most popular shapes are the round diamond and princess cut. Do not feel yourself limited to these since we offer other amazing cuts and designs, including unique shapes such as the pear and heart. We also offer re-emerging cuts like the square cushion. Whichever shape and cut you choose, always let your sensibility and style dictate the appropriate diamond shape for yourself or for your loved one.

    Round Cut Diamond Shape

    Round Brilliant Diamond Shape

     

    Developed by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919, the most popular diamond shape on the market remains the round brilliant diamond shape. This gives the largest flexibility within the four C's, you will want to select higher quality grades to bring out the most brilliance within a round diamond.

    Round diamond shapes tend to create the highest waste from cutting the polished diamond from the rough. This excess waste, coupled with the high demand, makes the round brilliant cut diamond more expensive compared to other "fancy" shaped diamonds.

    Princess Cut Diamond

    Princess Diamond Shape

     

    Princess diamond shapes are the second most popular shape and mostly come as square shaped, but occasionally can be elongated. They can have as much brilliance as rounds and are sometimes referred to as square brilliant diamonds. The corners of the princess cut are 90 degree points. Princess diamond shapes are not graded for cut by the GIA as there are no 'ideal' measurements, but do have a polish and symmetry grading.

    The princess cut was designed by Betzalel Ambar and Israel Itzkowitz in the 1980s. Though a much newer cut compared to the round brilliant, the princess is another highly revered cut for engagement rings because of its flexibility with ring settings.

    Cushion Cut Diamond Shape

    Cushion Diamond Shape

    Those who prefer a vintage feel to their engagement rings will find solace in the beauty of a cushion diamond shape. Around for 200 years, this shape is all about old world charm. Commonly called the old mine cut, cushion diamond shapes are the amalgam of a square cut with round corners. Though subordinate in terms of brilliance to the round cut diamond, a cushion cut displays superiority in fire.

    The cushion cut has rounded corners and mildly rounded sides. Cushion diamond shapes can come 'square' or 'rectangle' and the length-width ratio can greatly affect the look of the stone. In some cases, a ring can only be set with either a square or a rectangle cushion cut diamond, depending on the design. For example if it has a fixed halo of diamonds around it.

    Radiant Diamond Shape

    It’s easy to confuse a radiant shape with a princess shape because of the similarity in structure. Also, you should know that radiant shaped diamonds are considered the first ever square to achieve an integrated and complete brilliant- cut facet on the crown and pavilion. The cut is a bridge between a princess and cushion.

    This diamond shape is perfect for combining the silhouette of an emerald cut with the fire and sparkle of a round cut. However, due to its design, this shape requires more in carat weight to maximize its brilliance.

    Marquise Diamond Shape

    The marquise shaped diamond features pointed ends with a curved middle for an eye-catching look. With a larger surface area than any other diamond shape, this is the perfect ring for anyone looking to get the most size out of their diamond.

     

    Emerald Diamond Shape

    This shape is originally meant for emeralds, not diamonds. However, the uniqueness of the emerald shape won the hearts of diamond cutters and jewelers. Unlike a cushion cut, emerald shaped diamonds have less fire. Nonetheless, the shape and long lines allow the light to give the diamond a dramatic and sophisticated appeal.

    Emerald diamond shapes are similar in structure to radiant cut diamonds. However, with cut off corners and flat edges, they are a step cut rather than brilliant cut. The step cut gives the appearance of large shimmering mirrors that reflect light out of the face of the large table.

    Pear-Shape Diamond Cut

    Pear-Shaped Diamond Shape

    The pear shape is an altered brilliant-cut, which attempts to incorporate the style of marquise and the round cut. This diamond shape is commonly used for earrings and pendants because of the teardrop-like look. However, its gained popularity for engagement rings due to its vintage feel.

    Pear shaped diamonds or teardrops have one side rounded and the other pointed. The slender pear shape will give fingers and hands a slimmer appearance while creating a soft and delicate look.

    Oval Cut Diamond Shape

    Oval Diamond Shape

    Do you want the brilliance and fire of the round brilliant cut diamond but prefer a much more unique version of it? Oval diamond shapes could be ideal. This shape is a modified version of the round brilliant cut but made slender in shape, giving the appearance of greater size than it is.

    Oval diamonds have a classic appearance with a modern twist! It has an incredible brilliance, similar to the round brilliant cut, but also has the advantage of accentuating long, slender finders.

    Heart Cut Diamond Shape

    Heart-Shaped Diamond

    Heart shapes are for the true romantics. The symbol of love cut into an eternal-lasting diamond is the special choice for engagement rings. Limited designs of engagement rings are available for heart shaped diamonds, but we'd be happy to custom make you any design when you purchase a loose heart diamond.

    When choosing a heart-shaped engagement ring, symmetry should be on top of your list. It is important for the two halves of the heart to be of identical size. On another note, pick a heart-shaped diamond no lesser than .50 carats, otherwise the shape may not be as distinctive as it should be. A true symbol of love, heart-shaped diamonds are definitely here to stay.

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