With Engagement Season in full swing we know that many of you are out there hunting, planning, sneaking and enjoying every minute! According to weddingchannel.com approximately 39% of proposals take place from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day, deeming this time of the year ENGAGEMENT SEASON!
Whether you are already engaged and are still searching for your dream ring or you are planning to propose, but can’t find the perfect ring suiting your style and budget needs – MiaDonna is here to help!
With so much love in the air, it can be hard to narrow down the style choices…here are a few suggestions to help you pick the perfect ring!
1. Think about your partner’s lifestyle:
- Does your partner have an active lifestyle or career? For example, someone who works with their hands or enjoys active hobbies may be better suited for a lower profile design such as a cathedral setting or halo design which would provide more protection.
2. Think about your partner’s personal taste:
- Does your partner wear any other jewelry? If they do, they might like something bigger and bolder, however, if they don’t something more understated may match their personal style better. Does your partner wear white or yellow gold?
3. Think about your partner’s feelings on the environment:
- This might still be a new concept to some shoppers, but with today’s modern technology and eco-frienldy efforts you can now get the environmentally friendly engagement ring of your dreams! Does your partner like diamonds? Many eco-conscious consumers might like the look of a diamond, but not the conflict associated – so options like MiaDonna’s Man Made Diamonds and Gemstones would be the perfect choice for your eco-conscious bride-to-be. Not to mention all MiaDonna rings are hand crafted in the USA from the finest recycled gold, platinum and palladium.
4. Think about asking your partner’s friends or family for help:
- While you may feel that you know your future bride-to-be both inside and out, sometimes it is easy to miss those style queues, especially when trying to maintain an element of surprise. Don’t be afraid to ask your partner’s friends or family about her personal taste and style – Does she like Round, Princess, Cushion, etc.? Does she want diamonds or does she prefer a solitaire? What they share may surprise you!
5. Mostly, just don’t over think it!
- Should you have no idea what she likes, don’t worry! The MiaDonna customer service specialists are your personal shoppers. They are full or information, tips and suggestions to help you pick out the perfect ring for your big day. We are in the business of love and nothing makes us happier than helping a couple pick out their dream ring – we can even help you custom design anything you desire, should you not be able to find exactly what you are looking for.
Happy Engagement (Ring) Season!
on Thursday, December 5, 2013
Tis’ the season for gift giving – whether you are after an Engagement Ring with a Man Made Diamond or a pair of Sapphire Earrings, MiaDonna is excited to be your one stop shop for all your fine jewelry gifts this season!
With so many great items to choose from, we thought we would help you narrow it down to our TOP 5 Holiday Gift Ideas!
To kick off CYBER MONDAY we are offering 10% OFF each of these FANTASTIC jewelry pieces through 12/9!
When checking out use COUPON CODE: CMon6874
This classic diamond band is the perfect addition to a wedding set or would make a gorgeous right hand ring!
*If you are looking for an EXTRA SPECIAL DEAL – check out the ready to ship Platinum Arctic Diamond Band in our sale section 0.86ctw, size 6 – ONLY 1 available*
This beautiful pendant would be a great addition to any jewelry collection – available in your choice of Round or Princess cut Diamond Hybrid® or Lab Created Gemstone. Should you prefer a Man Made Diamond, please call to order.
These earrings display your choice of Round Diamond Hybrid® or Lab Created Gemstone in a classic 3 prong setting – available from 0.50ct up to 2.0ct. Should you prefer Man Made Diamonds, please call to order.
You can’t go wrong with a Cocktail Ring for that special someone! The Kennedy features your choice of 1.5ct Princess cut Diamond Hybrid®, Man Made Diamond or Lab Created Gemstone in a stunning diamond halo.
This unique pendant design has stunning engraving details that are sure to catch anyones eye – featuring your choice of an Oval, Round or Princess cut Diamond Hybrid® or Lab Created Gemstone.
on Monday, December 2, 2013
We are honored that Green America featured MiaDonna amongst their Top 11 Coolest Eco-Friendly Companies. We have always strived to be at the forefront of the diamond evolution using the best and newest technology to create man made diamonds of the finest quality. Whether you consider us an ‘Energetic Newcomer’ or Seasoned Pioneer’…
“At MiaDonna, we wanted to raise the ethical bar and help reinvigorate our love affair with diamonds without guilt about where they come from and how they are sourced,” says Anna-Mieke Anderson, MiaDonna Founder and CEO.
Check out the article Green America wrote on MiaDonna in their November issue of the National Green Pages
Article by Krisna Bharvani
“A kiss on the hand may be quite continental…but diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” sang Marilyn Monroe in the classic film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Diamonds held Kiwi-born jewelry designer Anna Mieke Anderson under the same spell as the iconic actress, until she discovered the truth behind her beloved diamond wedding ring.
“I was completely unaware that I’d most likely bought a conflict diamond, which meant I was unintentionally contributing to terrorizing an entire generation of children in Africa,” she says.
The United Nations defines conflict diamonds, also known as war or blood diamonds diamonds, as “diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council.”
According to Amnesty International, diamond-fueled wars, occurring mainly in African countries and Russia, have killed over four million people and displaced millions more—while war criminals in these countries often capture and enslave children, turning them into ruthless killers.
As a mother of two, Anderson felt compelled to take action. She began sponsoring a nine-year-old boy from Liberia, and it was while sharing letters with him that she came up with the idea of starting a conflict-free diamond jewelry and gem company.
Having grown up immersed in the world of fashion thanks to her parents, a model and a film art director, Anderson had long been designing her own jewelry. So it wasn’t a stretch for her to found MiaDonna, a combination of her daughter’s name, Mia, and her mother’s name, Donna.
Her first step in forming the company was to research a diamond alternative. She learned that important advancements in diamond science were already taking place, allowing people to create diamonds in a lab that were nearly indistinguishable from those found in mines.
Today, the MiaDonna online boutique provides beautiful yet affordable wedding and engagement sets and other fine jewelry made with conflict-free, lab-created diamonds and gems. A portion of the proceeds from each sale are passed onto The Greener Diamond Foundation, which reinvests the money in rebuilding communities suffering from unethical harvesting of mined diamonds.
|MiaDonna reinvests profits into areas harmed by conflict diamonds. Founder Anna-Mieke Anderson (right) talks with workers on a rice farm funded by The Greener Diamond Foundation|
“At MiaDonna, we wanted to raise the ethical bar and help reinvigorate our love affair with diamonds without guilt about where they come from and how they are sourced,” says Anderson.
Many people are under the false impression that lab-created diamonds are synthetic, when in actuality, they are real diamonds. Even a seasoned jeweler has a hard time telling the difference between the two—both have the same physical, chemical, and optical properties; both are polished using the same equipment and techniques; and both have the same brilliance. The difference is mainly in the time and methods of creation. Diamond labs use highly controlled conditions to create a diamond in a way that mimics nature’s process, but is several times faster—taking weeks to create, rather than years—and at a cost of 10 to 25% of extracting a conventional diamond.
The company also offers its “Diamond Hybrid” as an even more affordable jewelry option. It comprises a crystal core with an outer layer made of lab-created diamond, and it retails for three percent of the cost of a conventional diamond, says Anderson.
In addition, all MiaDonna jewelry is set in recycled gold, palladium, and platinum, making it even more sustainable. Nearly 20 tons of earth is removed to produce enough gold to create just one wedding band, says Anderson. Moreover, chemicals like cyanide and mercury used in mining can leak into water sources and are hazardous to human health.
The company also creates a nontoxic, eco-friendly jewelry cleaner and makes all its jewelry in the USA. Overall, the response to MiaDonna has been very positive. Anderson was named “The Queen of Eco-Friendly Engagement Rings” by Engagement 101 Magazine, while MiaDonna has earned a spot on the Portland Business Journal’s list of the “Fastest Growing Private Companies” for the last two years.
Having started with one sponsored child from a blooddiamond community, Anderson now channels MiaDonna profits into a foundation that sponsors entire villages torn apart by diamond-fueled conflicts. The Greener Diamond Foundation works in one diamond-mining community at a time, “helping to repair the damage created in the wake of the diamond trade.”
Thus, with lab-created diamonds, there’s no need to worry—diamonds can still be a girl’s (or guy’s) best friend!
on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
With Thanksgiving just around the corner we have been reflecting on what a fantastic year this has been. One exciting opportunity that we were thankful to be a part of was being featured on the Rachael Ray Show gifting MiaDonna Wedding Rings to a deserving Portland couple whose love story stole our hearts. Not only did our CEO, Anna-Mieke, enjoy helping the couple choose the perfect Engagement Ring, but we loved having Rachael Ray support our mission and allow us to giveback on her show!
Watch to see what Rachael Ray has to say about the gorgeous Bella Engagement Ring, set with a 1.5ct Pink Diamond Hybrid by MiaDonna!
A little more about THE COUPLE and their beautiful LOVE STORY!
History was made this year at the 22nd annual Portland Race for the Cure, with an on-air marriage proposal.
30-year-old breast cancer survivor, Tracie Benjamin was interrupted during a live television interview by her boyfriend of seven years, Ryan, who asked her to marry him. He dropped to his knees, Tracie burst into tears, and the audience in the park and on television got a first-hand look at love in action. Happily for all, Tracie accepted his proposal.
Anna-Mieke Anderson (Founder of MiaDonna & Company), saw the proposal online and became emotionally vested. Anna lost her mother to cancer, so this story truly hit home. “I was my mother’s caregiver”. She also states, “We give back to our local community”, and she did just that. MiaDonna & Company stepped up and offered to donate a beautiful engagement ring to Tracie and Ryan. Tracie burst into tears when Anna offered to donate her dream ring. “This means so much to me. This experience has made me realize how many great people there are in this world”, Tracie states.
A little more about THE RING!
The couple knew they wanted a pink center stone not only to represent their love, but also as a reminder that Tracie is a breast cancer SURVIVOR – STRONG and BEAUTIFUL – and she won that battle with Ryan by her side! For the ring design they chose the Bella Antique Engagement Ring and for the center stone they decided on the pink MiaDonna Diamond Hybrid, with its bold yet understated pink hue.
Check out Tracie’s gorgeous Bella Engagement Ring!
Anna-Mieke, Tracie and Ryan with Portland’s KATU News team helping Tracie choose her GORGEOUS Pink Diamond Hybrid Engagement Ring!
The MiaDonna team is thankful for our fantastic friends, customers and fans – because of your support we have been able to giveback in so many ways.
on Friday, November 22, 2013
MiaDonna® has partnered with Portland’s Hotel deLuxe to gift the first three Oregon or Washington residents who purchase an Engagement Ring or Wedding Set for $2000 or more during the month of November 2013 with a complimentary “Twisted Love” getaway package.
Whether you are looking for a place to propose, celebrate your engagement, a romantic evening away or a gorgeous place to begin your honeymoon – vintage-inspired Hotel deLuxe is the glamorous answer to your getaway dreams. There are only three of these FANTATIC overnights available, so be sure to take advantage of this exciting opportunity before they are gone!
To qualify for this package:
- You must call to place your order
- You must have an Oregon or Washington shipping address
- The ring value must exceed $2000
- You must be at least 21 years old
Twisted Love Package
This AMAZING complimentary “Twisted Love” getaway package, courtesy of Hotel deLuxe, includes:
- Overnight accommodation a Deluxe King room
- Chocolate-covered strawberries
- A bottle of Oregon red wine
- A copy of the classic game, Twister
- Massage oil
- Kama Sutra book
- Complimentary overnight valet parking
Remember, we are only giving away three of these packages. Go pick your ring and then call us! 1866.996.9642.
Redemption of the Twisted Love getaway package is subject to availability and black-out dates may apply. The prize must be redeemed by December 1, 2014.
Hotel deLuxe, a downtown Portland hotel, is a contemporary tribute to the Golden Era of Hollywood film making that tastefully balances art deco and art moderne styles for a mix of timeless sophistication and serene comfort. Located close to the Pearl District and Nob Hill Shopping and restaurants, we are just steps away from the Max rail line for easy access to other popular Portland neighborhoods.
729 SW 15th Avenue
Portland Oregon 97205
on Friday, November 15, 2013
Tis the season to FALL in Love with the Ruby Gemstone!
The Fall season brings us many gorgeous color changes from leaves turning to shades of orange, yellow and red to the jewel-tone sunsets lighting up the evening sky. It is the perfect time of year to incorporate the warm, rich and romantic color of the Red Ruby into your jewelry collection, whether you are after an Engagement Ring, Wedding Band, Right Hand Cocktail Ring or a new pair of earrings MiaDonna® has an array of options for you to choose from.
MiaDonna’s Lab Created Ruby Gemstones are breathtaking – perfect in color and full of fire. Sometimes referred to as a Burmese Ruby or Pigeon’s Blood Ruby for their deep blood red color with just a hint of blue, these richly colored stones are the perfect symbol of love and can represent July birthdays, 40th anniversaries or the birth of a daughter.
We LOVE these how these ring designs showcase the Ruby Gemstone!
The Celestial | Three Stone Engagement or Anniversary Ring
• Three Stone Design representing your past, present and future
• Accommodates the center stone shape of your choice
• Smooth rounded edge shank design
The Phoebe | Antique Engagement Ring
• Holds your choice of round center stone in a unique double prong head
• Gorgeous twisted split shank trellis design
• Diamond accented shank and prong head
The Crescendo | Pavé Engagement Ring
• Timeless halo encircling the center stone
• Unique ‘rise and fall’ style band
• Has matching contour fit wedding band
The Tiffany | Wedding Ring Set
• Classic solitaire wedding set
• Accommodates your choice of center stone shape and material
• Has matching notched wedding band for flush fit
on Thursday, November 7, 2013
Do you LOVE designer style, but dislike designer price tags?
At MiaDonna® you can get the designer Engagement Ring or Wedding Ring Set of your dreams – hand crafted just for you – at a price you adore!
Our Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring collections are filled with unique styles only available at MiaDonna.com, but did you know that we also have many celebrity and designer inspired Engagement Rings for you to choose from?
Here are a few of our most popular designer inspired Engagement Rings…
Learn more about custom making your own designer inspired engagement ring or take a moment to compare the prices of the MiaDonna’s Luxury and Lucy vs. Tiffany & Co.’s Legacy and Lucida. You will see that MiaDonna® offers the highest quality of hand crafted fine jewelry at a savings anyone would LOVE!
on Thursday, October 31, 2013