The very first expense on the path to marriage is usually the proposal, which commonly comes with a ring, the little piece of jewelry which garners oohs and aahs. It's always interesting to see how much other couples are spending on their rings, so guess what people have been spending on average on an engagement ring last year?
Last night's Oscars had some gorgeous accessories moments, and we're jonesing to get our hands on the stars' sparkling red-carpet earrings. Busy Philipps wore Irene Neuwirth earrings, and we found a smaller, less expensive (but still an investment) version. Reese Witherspoon wore Neil Lane emeralds, and we found these for under $100. Tassel earrings are a must thanks to Natalie Portman rocking a pair from Tiffany's; for Spring we like this version in turquoise. Finally, Gwyneth's Louis Vuitton multicolor seahorse earrings were so fun, we need a pair for ourselves, in the form of these peacocks ($48). Click to shop!
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As a bride to be, if you had to do the unthinkable and call off your wedding, what would you do with the ring? Colette DiPierro, 28, decided to keep hers, and now she's being sued by her former fiancé for not returning the $17,500 bling. At first I thought, if the guy cheated on her or if he had been the one to call it off, that could warrant the right to keep it, but even though that wasn't the case, she might have good reason to hold on to it. Allegedly, he wasn't paying rent or bills when they lived together, so she sees it as reimbursement.
But I want to know: what call would you make?
For the newly engaged girl, the ring can become quite a showpiece. While you're showing off the nuptial jewelry, I'm sure your man is equally pleased with his purchase, but do you know how much it set him back?
One of my newly engaged friends has become the focal point of most of our get-togethers lately, largely due to the sheer size of the rock on her finger. It's stunning, and you can hardly shield your eyes from the sparkle, but in the meantime, her fiance has been eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in an effort to get his budget back on track. Obviously, this isn't the case for everyone — maybe your ring is a family heirloom without a pricey store tag. But whether your ring cost a fortune or maybe was a special bargain buy, do you have any idea how much it cost him?
I am a sucker for dual-functioning fashion items. Especially if it bears the name of one of my favorite American designers (Marc Jacobs) and evokes feelings of one of the most innocent flowers (daisies). This Marc Jacobs 'Daisy' Solid Perfume Ring ($30) borders on Bella territory, but the white and gold enamel ring is definitely Fab. It reminds me of those lip-gloss rings that certainly come in handy . . .
Earlier this week I asked you if you'd be okay if your boyfriend were to propose to you without a ring and 45 percent of you said you would, but how would you feel if your husband refused to wear one after you got married?
Of course wearing a piece of metal around your finger won't guarantee fidelity, but it will tell the world that you're spoken for. When I get married, I certainly want my husband to wear a ring, but what about you? If your hubby were hesitant or indifferent, would you demand that he wear a ring?
A few weeks ago, I was talking to my yoga instructor after class. We were chatting about relationships and such, and somehow it came up that she proposed to her boyfriend (now husband). She said that she loved him deeply and was ready to be engaged but didn't want to wait around for him to pop the question so she just did it.
I thought her story was really amazing and it made me realize just how much times have changed for women. We now have well-paying jobs, professional careers, we can run for President, and do just about everything men can do (except pee standing up), so why shouldn't we propose?
I happen to be very traditional when it comes to getting married so I wouldn't be the one to propose in my relationship, but what do you think? Would you ever propose to your man? Or do you think it's the guy's job to get down on bended knee?
At first glance, this Dior So Dior Feather Ring, $225, is very ethereal and very bling. But when I took a second look and noticed the details, like the feather and the jewel encrusted "D", I didn't fancy it as much. I certainly can't call it ugly though. What do you think?
Designed by Meng Fandi, the Ring is a vibrating alarm made for people who don't like the loud blaring sounds of a typical alarm (isn't that everyone?). You set the Ring alarm set up via its charging cradle and fit the Ring over the tip of your finger. When it's your chosen time the Ring vibrates until it is put back on the dock.
While it's only a concept at this point, the idea seems faultless when it comes to couples waking up at different times and for those of us who have grown to hate the sound of our alarm clocks. I initially wondered whether the Ring would zap your partner in the night if you tried to cuddle, but apparently, the vibration is "discrete" so you won't feel like you're being electrocuted. It would also work well for hearing impaired persons.