When choosing an engagement ring, it is important to consider the durability of the style compared to the activity of the wearer because we use our hands regularly without putting much thought into what we are doing with them. However, there are some ladies who truly live ‘active lifestyles’ – these are the ladies who really must find the balance of beauty and lifestyle.
What is an active lifestyle?
First impressions often leave us thinking that an active person is someone who plays contact sports or goes to the gym, but more often this is someone who has a physical job, like a stay-at-home parent, nurse or police officer. It could also be someone who works in an office. I know that seems like a reach, but repetitive activities like typing, sorting items in drawers or filing can cause damage to your setting or stone. You may not even realize that you fall into this category, but when you consider your job or hobbies, you might be surprised by how hard your hands are working every day.
When Beauty Meets Lifestyle…
Since an engagement ring is a big purchase, it makes sense to choose a style that is not only beautiful but will also sustain your lifestyle, so it will last throughout the years. We also understand that having to constantly remove your ring because you’re concerned about damaging it can be frustrating, but over the lifetime of the ring the cost of repairs could equal or even exceed the initial cost if you are not caring for the style you have chosen properly. Which is why we have put together a few ‘dos and don’ts’ for choosing engagement rings for an active lifestyle.
Engagement Rings for an Active Lifestyle
First and foremost, you may be asking yourself what does an engagement ring for an active lifestyle even mean – can’t all engagement rings be worn all the time for all activities. And the honest answer is no and just one of the reasons we think every woman should own more than one engagement ring.
Choose a setting with a low profile, like a bezel setting. A bezel is a style of setting that uses no prongs rather a rim of metal holds the stone, completely surrounding it, leaving only the upper portion, above the girdle, showing. Bezels can be plain metal or accented with diamonds or gems and often have smooth edges, but can be scalloped or molded into any shape to accommodate the stone.
Like our Renee Engagement Ring.
Wear your wedding band or stacking multiple bands (not pavé):
Wearing just your wedding band for certain circumstances where you will be more active is a great option or stacking multiple bands makes an even bigger statement while still keeping any possible damage to a minimum.
If you must have a solitaire or that extravagant vintage halo, that is ok – we know how hard it can be to give up the style you have been dreaming of just to be more practical. That is why we would suggest choosing a smaller center stone, should you insist on wearing a ring you never plan to take off.
We would also suggest considering the center stone shape. Going with a round or oval rather than something like a princess or pear. This would minimize the possibility of snagging your ring as much as possible because you would be eliminating the sharp points and corners associated with shapes like princess, pear, marquise, trillion, emerald or heart.
We all love the added bling of side diamonds and we would not discourage you to choose something with diamonds if that is what you love. However, we would want you to consider the setting style of those diamonds. Do not choose a pavé style engagement ring if you live an active life, go with something more sturdy like a channel setting.
Most people don’t consider their metal choice based on lifestyle or wearability, rather the deciding factor is something like price, color or sensitivity. If you want your ring to be durable, we suggest Platinum or Palladium. If you have your heart set on white gold, we would suggest 14K that is dipped with rhodium, we would not suggest 18K gold as it is considered to be much softer because of the higher gold content.
If you are having a hard time deciding what style of ring suits your lifestyle best, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our fantastic personal shopper team. They have the insight and experience to help you choose a style that will work with your lifestyle and hopefully minimize your maintenance needs over the lifetime of your ring.
on Thursday, June 2, 2016
Have your heard? We are officially offering an exclusive Home Try-On Program, where you can select 3 sample rings – try them on at home, pick your favorite and order it online. Simple as that!
Try 3 for Free with MiaDonna’s Home Try-On Program!
We know that online shopping can be tough and we want every customer who purchases a MiaDonna ring to fall in love at first sight, but how do you know you are going to love the style you saw online as much in person. While we do offer a fantastic 30-day in your hands return and exchange policy, nothing beats getting to try on rings in your own home, right?
Step 1 – Select & Try
Browse our conflict-free collection of sample engagement rings and wedding band styles here. Select three favorites, add them to your cart, checkout as normal and we’ll ship them to you at no charge.
Step 2 – Decide & Buy
Once you’ve decided on a style, the next step will be to configure the specifications (center stone size and type, eco-friendly metal type, ring size, etc.) of your ring online at miadonna.com and check out securely with free US shipping and easy 30-day returns.
Step 3 – Wrap & Return
We’ve included a prepaid return shipping label within your try on at-home package, so before your four day trial period expires, package up the sample rings (as you received them) and drop them in the mail. If you need an extra day, contact us at 503.336.1581.
Step 4 – Relax
It’s time to give yourself a big pat on the back. You’re all done; you can sit back and relax while we handcraft your ring, and within 7-10 days, your ring will arrive.
Here is a sampling of the gorgeous engagement rings (and wedding sets) available for you to choose from…
Clockwise from top: Crimson Engagement Ring, Infinity Wedding Set, Morrison Engagement Ring, and Empress Engagement Ring
For more information and the full program terms and conditions, please CLICK HERE to learn more.
on Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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