Let’s face it, in today’s culture getting engaged comes along with the social pressure (and desire) to share a photo of your new engagement ring. However, before you share that first photo with everyone you know, we have a few tips to get it just right.
I sat down with our in-house photographer and expert ‘selfie taker’, Emily, and asked her to share with us her 4 favorite tips for taking the perfect Engagement Ring Selfie!
But First, Let’s Take an Engagement Ring Selfie!
TIP #1: Photo Ready Nails
You probably didn’t get a chance to make your nails look photo-ready before he/she popped the big question, so now is your chance! Put on a fresh coat of polish to accessorize that gorgeous engagement ring of yours.
TIP #2: Clean your Bling!
This may be the first time you will be showing off your new ring, so let’s make sure it’s squeaky clean. Dirt, oil, lotions, etc. can cause the diamond to lose its luster. The cleaner the ring, the more sparkle it will have!
TIP #3: Lighting is Everything
Photography is ALL about lighting. Find a spot that is lightly shaded and out of direct sunlight so that you and your diamond don’t look washed out.
TIP #4: Strike (the right) Pose
Your social media followers will go crazy over the sheer fact that you’re engaged! How do you get more likes? Delicately place your fingers close together in front of a beautiful background and you are guaranteed to be insta-famous for the day.
Follow these tips and we are confident that your first engagement ring photo will WOW everyone in your feed.
Did you try Emily’s tips with your MiaDonna ring? Share your photo on Instagram and hashtag #mymiadonna for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page.
on Friday, May 6, 2016
Floral engagement rings are perfect for a Spring proposal, the nature-inspired designs are sure to surprise and delight with dreamy whimsical details.
Let Your Love Grow – Floral Engagement Rings
From fanciful flower halos to butterfly and petal embellishments the ideas for your blooming beauty are endless…
The Burnside Engagement Ring features a two-tone design that highlights a 4-petal motif which holds your choice of round center stone beautifully.
The details on the Pettygrove Engagement Ring are a true work of art – the unique flower inspired diamond halo is an elegant way to show off your center stone choice.
Make her heart flutter with the Charisma Engagement Ring – featuring a charming butterfly design on either side of the center stone.
The Spicy Engagement Ring is what you get when modern design meets floral inspiration, whose stunning artistic details are sure to impress.
The Chapman Engagement Ring’s two-tone design is the perfect way to accentuate the unique leaf pattern featured on the band and gallery of this dreamy design.
The Noel Engagement Ring is a one-of-a-kind design that showcases stunning hand carved filigree reminiscent of Spring’s abundance of floral blooms.
Floral Engagement Rings can have literal designs too….
Check out this gorgeous custom engagement ring, with a lovely lab-created blue sapphire ‘flower’ surrounded by accenting diamonds.
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on Monday, April 25, 2016
We are excited to feature this super fun celebrity couple from our home city – Portland, OR. This adorable couple’s love story started online, blossomed over shared fandom, grew with a puppy (who is equally adorable) and continues to grow with a recent proposal.
MiaDonna’s Featured Celebrity Couple
Meet Lee and Lacie!
The Love Story Adventures of Lee and Lacie!
“…and before we knew it we were in love.”
First Edition: As told by Lacie….
The love story started online in 2013 for me, Lee caught my eye on an online dating site because he mentioned he loves comics and reading in general! I’m a big fan of comics, so I had to message him. We went on our first date a week later, for which he drove straight from the airport to the restaurant after a business trip. It always sounds weird to people when I say it, but I knew things were different with this guy when I didn’t have that “love at first sight” moment. I went home from the date just earnestly wanting to know him more. The second date was when things clicked, and then there was a third, and a fourth, and before we knew it we were in love. Since that first date, we have been to seven comic book conventions, one video game convention, two concerts, two comedy shows and too many movies to count. We also added a little puppy last October and he brings us so much joy. I could not have been happier when Lee proposed on April 2nd. I was surprised and most of all, blown away by his choice of ring. I was even more blown away when I read the beautiful story behind the company he chose and the charity work they do. But I should have known because that’s just the kind of guy he is. It’s one of the reasons I am so excited to be marrying him and even more than that, one of the reasons I am so glad he chooses daily to love me wholly in this equal partnership we share. I love this home we’re building and the lives we share.
Second Edition: As told by Lee….
Usually, I would just say “Ditto” to what Lacie says since it tends to be nicer and better written or spoken, but I don’t think I can get away with that this time. If our relationship has a theme I think it is perfect timing. I met Lacie through an online dating site as I was getting ready to shut down my profile. I didn’t play it cool at all on the first date and we planned a second right away. She didn’t play it cool on the second date and played a song she wrote for me. After that date, I didn’t want to imagine what would’ve happened if I’d shut the profile down a day sooner. Circumstances had us meet each others family and spend the holidays together really early in our relationship. It ended up great. Her constantly changing work schedule always manages to give us some weekend time together. We’d talked about a dog off and on for a year and she found us the perfect one. At this point we’ve been together for over 2 years, she half-jokes that the dog is her proposal and I’m just playing catch up. Right as I was ready to find a ring I heard about MiaDonna. After some reading, I knew that I didn’t need to look anywhere else since the philosophy and style match Lacie so well. I bought what felt was the perfect ring and held onto it for two weeks waiting for the right moment. We ended a really full day at the beach walking our pup and I proposed to her. And now I get to marry the love of my life. She also thought the ring was perfect. Thanks!
The Ring – KaPow!
Lee chose the Ella Antique Wedding Ring in Rose Gold…
It is easy to see that this is just the beginning of a lifetime of adventures for this celebrity couple and we have no doubt, this anthology is a collectors edition! Congrats Lee and Lacie – thank you for choosing MiaDonna and allowing us to be a part of your Love Story!
on Thursday, April 14, 2016
Like most folks, we love scrolling and trolling our way through Instagram in our down time, and also like most folks we often see items we LOVE and want to buy. However, since Instagram isn’t exactly e-commerce friendly, it can make it hard to get our ‘shopping fix’.
That is why we’ve made it a whole lot easier to shop the MiaDonna Instagram.
Shop the MiaDonna Instagram
If you see something you love pop up on your Insta feed, just click the link in our bio (located at the top of the MiaDonna Instagram page) and it will take you to our Insta Shop where you can learn more, or even buy, the oh-so-cool jewelry we share on the daily.
A few of our favorite ‘trending now’ items from our @ miadonnadiamond feed….
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on Thursday, April 7, 2016
Attention all eco brides-to-be!
We know you have heard all about eco-friendly man-made diamonds, but did you know you can also choose eco-friendly wedding dresses, that will make you feel as good on the inside as you do look on the outside?
We asked the co-founder of Celia Grace, Marcie Muehlke, to share with us more about what an eco wedding dress is and why a bride-to-be should choose one for her big day.
Let’s just say…we are in love!
What are eco-friendly wedding dresses?
(and why should I care?)
Buying a wedding dress is a big investment – in terms of time, emotion, and money for you and in terms of workers overseas and the environment. Did you know that the average wedding dress costs about $1,400 and couples in the US spend about $4 billion a year on wedding dresses? Today, 98% of our clothing is made overseas. Imagine the good we could do if just a fraction of those dollars were spent on ethical wedding gowns rather than conventional ones.
Time out! What exactly is an “ethical” wedding dress anyway? There is no one answer, so it is up to you to decide.
Here’s some info to help you decide:
Ethical can mean an eco wedding dress
Did you know that clothing production is the second most polluting industry in the world? Given this fact, one way to define an ethical wedding dress is as eco-friendly. Most wedding dresses are made with petroleum-based polyester fabric. Don’t be fooled by words like chiffon or satin, they can be silk or polyester!
If you want to go green with your wedding dress you can re-use a dress (an heirloom, vintage, used, rental, or re-made gown) or find a new one made with eco fabrics (recycled, upcycled, organic, vintage, or natural fabrics that don’t require toxic chemicals or dyes). There are even some traditionally-made hand woven silks that are made the same way they’ve been made for centuries – these fabrics preserve a traditional art form and minimize environmental impact.
Ethical can mean a locally-made wedding gown
Recent garment factory tragedies remind us of just how bad work conditions can be for people making clothing in developing countries. While 98% of our clothing is made overseas, there is probably a dressmaker living right around the corner from you. Ask around for a recommendation and you might even be able to design your dress with a local seamstress.
Or look for a wedding dress brand that is made in North America or Europe where there is strong health, safety, and pay regulations for workers.
Ethical can mean a Fair Trade Frock
One way to respond to poor work conditions overseas is to try to bring those jobs back home and buy locally-made goods. Unfortunately, not everyone can or will do this so we can also help improve work conditions–and lives–in poor countries by choosing a wedding dress that is Fair Trade or ethically-made overseas.
Look for brands that share the stories of their dressmakers and have third-party recognition for their Fair Trade practices. You have probably heard of Fair Trade coffee or chocolate but there are all sorts of Fair Trade products available now from gold to garments to grains.
Ethical & Eco can mean a vegan or cruelty-free dress
Although most dresses are by default vegan and cruelty-free, don’t forget that furs, feathers, pearls, wool, and silk are all animal products. “Peace Silk” is made from silk threads harvested after the silk worm has left its cocoon, unharmed.
Now you decide….
“Ethical” means different things to different people in the realm of wedding dresses and beyond. I hope this quick intro to the different ways you can think about it is helpful – so you can decide what ethical means to you.
There are so many great ethical wedding dress options out there – exquisite dresses will make you feel as beautiful as you look – inside and out.
Looking for an ethical wedding dress?
SHOP the beautiful eco-friendly wedding dresses at Celia Grace
on Friday, April 1, 2016
We love every single ring we handcraft, but there really is nothing more special than custom designing your own engagement ring.
We are often asked about the process to create a Custom Engagement Ring Design from start to finish using CAD (computer aided design). CAD is the most innovative and popular way to design a one-of-a-kind ring because it allows the customer to see what their design will look like as well as make easy changes before we cast in metal.
Let us give your Custom Engagement Ring Design life!
As an example, we have selected one of the many gorgeous custom designs we have created to show you how the process works.
Step 1: Get Creative…
This customer was inspired by Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring which was given to her by Kanye West. Kim’s design showcases a 1:1 radiant center stone, set into a diamond basket, and secured with NS-EW diamond accented claw prongs.
Additions to the design:
- Our customer envisioned her custom engagement ring design with triple micro pavé set diamonds on the band as well as a matching wedding band. The micro pavé was inspired by our Socialite Engagement Ring.
- The customer decided to stay with the radiant cut center stone, however, our Diamond Hybrid® is only available in an elongated shape, which allowed for a unique personalization to the existing concept.
These are the images the customer sent us for reference:
Step 2: Custom CAD Creation for your approval…
Our highly trained staff of CAD designers will use state of the art computers and CAD software to create your custom CAD imagery.
We gave our CAD artist all of the reference images along with this description of the design concept:
Please reference images. Customer would like an Engagement Ring & matching Wedding Band. Design for a 3.0ct (9.5×7.5mm) Radiant center stone. Band to be set with triple sided micro pavé diamonds, in the style of CME4MD154A (Socialite Set). It appears that there are diamonds set all around the basket and in the prongs of the Engagement Ring. Customer wants the ring to be as low profile as possible.
- Center Stone: 3.0ct 9.5×7.5mm Radiant Cut Diamond Hybrid®
- Side Stones: natural recycled diamonds, going 3/4ths around the band, all 3 sides micro pavé, setting & style of CME4MD154A
- Metal Type: Platinum
- Ring Size: 4
Initial CAD Rendering for Celebrity Inspired Wedding Set
This is what we got back from our CAD department and sent to our customer.
As you can see, the CAD resembles the concept, but does leave some room for imagination. While our artists do their best to show all details in the CAD, something like micro pavé can only be done post casting by hand, so the metal beads are not added in the CAD, making it appear as if there are large gaps between the stones. Rest assured, as you will see in the finished photo below, our amazing jeweler knows exactly what he is doing.
Step 3: The Finished Ring!
The triple micro pavé turned out beautifully. The basket and prongs were inpsired by Kim K’s ring, but had to be modified slightly for the shape and security of the elongated center stone. Overall, the initial concept was realized as we brought this customer’s design to life. Perfection!
It’s important to note….
- You should have a good grasp on your custom design before we begin CAD. Most changes can easily be made, but some may require us to start over increasing the cost and time of your custom design.
- Sometimes no matter how much you love your idea, it cannot be translated into an acutal ring design. Creating a custom ring is an art – it is a balance of design and physics, so from time to time flexibility is necessary.
- CAD can appear oversized – this is because extra metal is required for casting, to ensure when we polish we achieve the desired dimentions.
- The prongs in CAD may be standing – this is beacause the ring itself is cast this way as each prong is set by hand post casting. This ensures your diamonds are as secure as possible.
- Not all custom designs can be created in CAD, sometimes we have to create your design by hand carving a wax model.
on Friday, March 25, 2016
While a classic solitaire engagement ring is beautiful, not every eco-friendly bride dreams of a traditional design. Some brides would prefer a conflict-free engagement ring as unique as their love. Which is why we have put together a selection of our favorite non traditional engagement rings to inspire those who prefer to stand out.
6 Non Traditional, Conflict-Free Engagement Rings
We’re all about creating traditions, not following them. New traditions that won’t impact you, the environment or native communities.
1. Azza Engagement Ring – starting at $3,221. This unique triple split shank design is perfect for a modern bride.
2. Cindy Diamond Wedding Band – starting at $1,177. Selecting a diamond wedding band, like this three stone Cindy Band, as your engagement ring is a fantastic alternative to a traditional engagement ring.
3. Kat Antique Engagement Ring – starting at $3,462. While the style of the Kat may lean towards ‘traditional’, mixing it up with a lab-created gemstone, like a blue sapphire, makes it extra special and distinctly yours.
4. Stacked Diamond Bands – starting under $600 each (pricing will vary depending upon styles chosen). Layering several bands is on trend and something we cannot get enough of, so we think you should lead this chic movement by creating your own stacked engagement ring set.
When ‘Non Traditional’ Meets Custom Design
5. Custom Men’s Wedding Band – whether he is looking for a ‘man-gagement ring’ or just a unique wedding band to match his style, it is easy to custom design the non traditional ring he has been dreaming of.
6. Custom Engagement Ring – This unique design is a dazzling example of a non traditional engagement ring. Featuring one-of-a-kind details that perfectly complement the beauty of the lab created padparadscha gemstone.
on Wednesday, March 9, 2016