MiaDonna CEO Recipient of Top Forty under 40 Award

We are excited to announce that MiaDonna Founder and CEO, Anna-Mieke Anderson was a 2014 recipient of Portland Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 Award. 

Anna-Mieke was recognized with an award at a luncheon celebrating the next-generation of influential leaders who are ‘blazing a trail’ in the local business world. Anna-Mieke was not able to attend this year’s luncheon due to being out of the country and sent MiaDonna’s Operations Manager, Nichole McDonough, in her place to accept the award. 

I am elated to be listed among so many incredible Portland business leaders, “ explains Anna-Mieke, “I started MiaDonna as a hobby – I could never have imagined the rapid growth and success MiaDonna has achieved.

 

It is also exciting to note that Anna-Mieke is 1 of 9 local leaders being recognized in the sustainable business arena, earning recognition for her work in rebuilding communities that have been affected by the unethical harvesting of mined diamonds.  


 

 MiaDonna CEO Recipient of Top Forty under 40 Award

PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb. 13, 2014) – The Portland Business Journal has released its annual Forty under 40 Awards recipient list.  With over 370 nominations submitted, Anna-Mieke Anderson, Founder and CEO of MiaDonna & Company is honored to have made this year’s list.

Today Anna-Mieke will be recognized with an award at a luncheon celebrating the next-generation of influential leaders who are ‘blazing a trail’ in the local business world. It is also exciting to note that Anna-Mieke is 1 of 9 local leaders being recognized in the sustainable business arena, earning recognition for her work in rebuilding communities that have been affected by the unethical harvesting of mined diamonds. 

The Portland Business Journal began honoring 40 up-and-comers under 40 years of age in 2002. This year’s class will grow the alumni list to over 500 people. The award is given to Portland professionals who have excelled in their field; where they have shown tremendous leadership and commitment to their community.

I am elated to be listed among so many incredible Portland business leaders, “ explains Anna-Mieke, “I started MiaDonna as a hobby – I could never have imagined the rapid growth and success MiaDonna has achieved.

The theme of this year’s event is centered around “Top 40 Hits” as a musical nod to the winners. Along with fun photos and artwork, honorees were asked about their favorite genre of music, band, and song. The awards luncheon will be held at The Nines Hotel | 525 SW Morrison St | Portland OR 97204 | 6th Floor, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and the special print publication highlighting these executives will be available at that event otherwise released on Friday, February 14th.


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Monday, February 17, 2014

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MiaDonna’s TOP 5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

 

 

Show your love this Valentine’s Day with a gift from MiaDonna!

 

Having trouble deciding what to choose? We have a wide selection of Engagement Rings, Three Stone Rings, Earrings and Pendants – all customizable with your choice of Man Made Diamonds, Diamond Hybrids or Lab Created Gemstones

Check out our TOP 5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas ? ? ? 

  1. Three Stone Engagement or Anniversary Ring

  2. Pink! …man made diamonds, diamond hybrids or lab created gems

  3. Rose Gold

  4. Rubies

  5. Eternity or Infinity Band Design

    Top-5-Valentines-Day-Gift-Ideas


 

 #1 Three Stone Engagement or Anniversary Ring 

Say ‘I love you’ with a ring that represents your past, present and future together ?

Three-Stone-Rings-by-MiaDonna

Clockwise from left: Rosie Three Stone Ring, Reflection Three Stone Ring, Jessica Three Stone Ring, Twilight Three Stone Ring 

 

#2| Pink! …man made diamonds, diamond hybrids or lab created gems 

Pink is the perfect color for Valentine’s Day ~ symbolizing unconditional love ?

Pink Engagement Rings

Clockwise from left: Selema Three Stone Ring, Tory Solitaire Ring, Happy Three Stone Ring, Bella Antique Ring 

 

#3Rose Gold  

Rose Gold adds the perfect feminine touch any woman would love ?

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Clockwise from left: Kenya Engagement Ring, Gwen Antique Engagement Ring, Custom Engagement Ring, Kat Antique Engagement Ring

 

#4Rubies  

? Red is the color of love, what could be more perfect for Valentine’s day  ?

Ruby Engagement Rings

Clockwise from left: Phoebe Engagement Ring, Celestial Three Stone Ring, Tiffany Wedding Set, Crescendo Engagement Ring

 

#5 | Eternity or Infinity Band Designs 

Celebrate with an eternity band or infinity design representing forever  ?

Eternity Bands and Infinity Bands

Clockwise from left: Arctic Eternity Band, Allure Wedding Set, Infinity Engagement Ring, Baby Tyra Wedding Band

Still trying to select that perfect gift? One of our fantastic personal shoppers is waiting to help you, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Thursday, January 30, 2014

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MiaDonna Announces Partnership with Gemesis

 

 

MiaDonna and Gemesis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:   Nichole McDonough

(866) 996-9642

 nichole@miadonna.com

  

MiaDonna Announces Partnership with Gemesis

PORTLAND, Ore. (Jan. 21, 2014)MiaDonna and Gemesis, two strong and innovative brands that share a passion for environmentally and socially conscious diamonds, have partnered together to bring the most scientifically advanced, high-quality, Type IIa colorless and fancy color lab-grown diamonds to ecologically conscious consumers across the globe.

Through this joint effort, MiaDonna has expanded their range of lab-grown diamonds in various sizes, shapes and colors – all of which are physically, chemically and optically the same as high-quality mined diamonds – via its website, MiaDonna.com.

Gemesis management said, As Gemesis feels that massive diamond mining operations are not in pace with increasing consumer consciousness, we are proud to be partnering with MiaDonna, a company at the forefront of this environmental movement with proven green business practices. Together we are providing consumers with high-quality lab-grown diamonds that result in a smaller carbon footprint and very little overall environmental impact compared to mined diamonds.”

MiaDonna is enthusiastic about the collaboration because dedication to conflict-free diamonds is of utmost importance to its mission. Both brands believe consumers who aspire to make socially responsible purchasing decisions have concerns related to “conflict” diamonds. MiaDonna is confident it is alleviating these concerns because partnering with Gemesis means MiaDonna’s lab-grown diamonds are origin guaranteed and fully disclosed as lab-grown. This also reinforces MiaDonna’s dedication to operate at the highest level of safety standards and embrace fair, humane and ethical labor practices. 

“We can now make diamonds in a modern-day lab environment that are as beautiful and more affordable than earth-mined diamonds. We [MiaDonna] wanted to raise the ethical bar and help reinvigorate our love affair with diamonds without the guilt about where they come from and how they are sourced,” says Anna-Mieke Anderson, MiaDonna founder and CEO.

The work MiaDonna is doing is capturing attention around the world by creating a conversation among diamond consumers. The online eco-friendly jewelry boutique has experienced extraordinary growth while quickly building a strong reputation and loyal following with jewelry designs going viral on social media outlets, which has created an overwhelmingly positive consumer demand for MiaDonna’s eco-friendly offerings.

Anna-Mieke is proud to share that, “We [MiaDonna] are committed to diamond consumers, the environment and global societies, so we only work with companies and suppliers that have like core values. We believe by working together, MiaDonna and Gemesis are creating a greener diamond future, allowing us [MiaDonna] to fulfill our mission as the world leader in modern-day, ethically produced fine jewelry.”

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ABOUT MIADONNA – ?MiaDonna offers consumers an alternative to mined diamonds: man made, eco-friendly, beautiful and affordable diamonds. MiaDonna is one of the greenest eco-friendly jewelry stores online; hand crafting wedding and engagement sets and other fine jewelry in the USA using the finest grade recycled gold, platinum, and palladium. A portion of the proceeds from each sale are passed onto The Greener Diamond Foundation, which reinvests in rebuilding communities suffering from unethical harvesting and trading of mined diamonds. To learn more about MiaDonna & Company, please visit www.MiaDonna.com.


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Monday, January 27, 2014

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What is Palladium?

Choosing between solid white gold, yellow gold, platinum or palladium is primarily a style preference. However, the setting choice contributes to the value and wearability, and should be a factor in the final selection of metal for yourself or your loved one. At MiaDonna every setting is created using only the finest eco-friendly (recycled) solid gold, 950 pure platinum or 950 pure palladium from refineries that represent our commitment to the earth.  

While most jewelry consumers know what gold and platinum are, we often get asked WHAT IS PALLADIUM?

We love answering this question, because palladium is the luxury metal of the future! The Palladium Alliance describes it as Tough, Sexy and Sensitive…

TOUGH: Palladium is strong and durable. It is low density, which means it weighs less than platinum – allowing bigger and bolder jewelry designs to be created and worn with ease. Palladium is from the same family of precious metals as platinum and shares its strength. Plus, since it’s naturally white, there’s no expensive maintenance to keep it brilliant for life.

SEXY: Palladium is becoming the metal of choice for a growing number of fashion-forward jewelry designers and is typically less expensive than platinum or gold, making it the preference for savvy shoppers who want affordable luxury.

SENSITIVE: Those allergic to some other metals will love palladium’s purity. Palladium is pure because it gets its color and luster from nature. Other metals that are not naturally white are mixed with nickel to appear white – and nickel can cause allergic reactions.

Why should you choose palladium?

While palladium may seem like a new metal, it was actually discovered in 1809 and has been used by jewelry professionals since 1939. Often called the ‘best kept secret’ of the jewelry industry, with the trend of palladium growing stronger each season. We often recommend palladium to our clients who love the luxuriousness of platinum, but don’t necessarily love the price point as palladium is a fantastic way to get all the perks of platinum, but at an 18K gold price. palladium also an excellent metal to use with very fine delicate settings that can benefit from its strength.

DURABILITY AND WEAR: Palladium is the hardest of our metals from the platinum family, and like platinum, it retains its metal when scratched. palladium will wear over time developing “patina”, which is considered by most to be a very desirable look. Patina is the sheen on the surface of the ring that is produced with time and age.

CREATION AND REPAIRS: Palladium requires a specialized jeweler to refinish pieces as it requires a considerable amount of heat and needs to be worked with carefully to ensure there will not be any durability problems. MiaDonna’s bench of jewelry professionals are highly skilled and qualified in creating pieces out of palladium and can make or repair any piece you buy from MiaDonna.

If you have considered palladium for your next Engagement Ring or Wedding Set purchase, let MiaDonna’s talented artisan team help you create the designer ring you have always dreamed of at a price you will adore!

Palladium


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Thursday, January 23, 2014

Categories: Blog Home, Engagement Rings, Green Eco Friendly MiaDonna, MiaDonna Diamond Hybrid® Rings, Uncategorized, Wedding Ring Sets Tags: ,

Meet MiaDonna’s new Celebrity Couple: Dejan and Nadia!

MiaDonna Celebrity Couple Dejan and Nadia

Chicago | 10.2013

“On January 1st, 2013 I got engaged to the love of my life. We had been dating for 6 years already so it was about time he popped the big question! It was the best day of my life. Dejan took me to a look out point to watch the fireworks. The lookout point is usually filled with people but we ended up being the only ones there. At midnight, he popped the questions- at first I was confused when he proceeded to kneel in about a foot of snow laying on the ground below us after he was telling me all these sweet things about our relationship. Dejan opened the ring box and I was amazed at the beauty and sparkle that was before me. The MiaDonna custom ring was absolutely stunning! It was truly the best way to start the new year being engaged to Dejan and now being able to wear this amazing jewelry piece that symbolizes so much about our relationship…

Recently, we sent the ring back to MiaDonna to have custom bands made for it- it is absolutely stunning and the craftsmanship is so perfect. I absolutely love the feminine look of the rose gold and I always catch myself staring down at my hand at least 5 times a day! Next year in Dec. 13, 2014 we will be getting married. We picked the date because it is the last time in our lifetime where we will see a consecutive date like this 12/13/14 and it is going to be a very special day. …I highly recommend this company for those of you who are looking for a greener way to live. The company is amazing and you will not be disappointed ordering directly from online like we did.”

Please CLICK HERE to visit Nadia’s personal blog with full review on her MiaDonna experience!

Check out these additional photos of this ADORABLE couple and their GORGEOUS Custom MiaDonna Wedding Set

Custom MiaDonna Wedding Set

CONGRATULATIONS Dejan and Nadia!

 


 

Do you want to be a featured couple at MiaDonna.com?

From time to time we will add a new Featured Couple and we would LOVE for it to be you! Being the Featured Couple includes a blog post on you and your partner with your picture and testimonial as well as a highlighted testimonial on our testimonials page. Please send us your images, videos, suggestions, kind words, etc… We know you have a great love story to tell and we want to hear it!

There are 3 ways you can do a testimonial for MiaDonna and Company OR The Greener Diamond.

1. Call us and leave a voicemail 
Call: 1866 996 9642 
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2. Send us an email

3. You Tube Video
Upload your video to YouTube.com or Vimeo.com and send us the link.

Get creative, but please remember to include:
1. Your first name (and your partners)
2. If and what you purchased at MiaDonna & Co.
3. Your message 
4. Your images and/or videos

We look forward to hearing from you!

 


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Valentine’s Day Proposal Ideas

Valentine’s Day is officially less than one month away and love is definitely in the air! Do you plan on popping the big question on February 14th?

While we are sure your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feed will be full of ‘engagement ring in the champagne glass’ proposal photos and stories we think you can do better!! 

We  know that it may seem ‘cheesy’ to pronounce your desire to spend eternity with your one and only on this day, but we think it is perfect and one a day neither of you will ever forget.

We are here to help you get creative with our

TOP 5 Valentine’s Day proposal ideas!


 

1. Recreate your first date or the moment you knew s/he was ‘the one':

Start by telling your sweetheart not to make any plans for February 14th… then make all the arrangements to recreate your first date (or another special moment). You can make reservations for the same restaurant (see if you can get the same table, waiter, etc.), find the song that was playing the first time you said “I love you”, or see if you can gather the friends/family that introduced you. You can even go as far as to wear the same or a similar outfit! 

2. How about a surprise!

Since a Valentine’s Day proposal is sometimes expected, try to think up a way you can surprise your loved one, so they won’t have any idea when it is going to happen. For example, tell your partner that you have made a romantic dinner reservation and when you are walking out the door…SURPRISE…a single violinist (or whatever instrument you love) is standing outside playing ‘your song’ or your friends/family are standing there holding a ‘will you marry me” sign – this cute idea could go in so many directions, don’t be afraid to get creative, so it has your personal touch. 

3. Say it with music:

Does your loved one wake up to an alarm clock set to a particular radio station or maybe s/he listens to the same radio show each day…if so, you can arrange to propose ‘on air’ on Valentine’s Day. Call the station in advance to arrange your special moment – maybe you can have them call your partner á la ‘prank call style’ or maybe they can play your favorite song at a certain time, so you can get down on one knee at just the right moment, it might even be possible that you could buy a moment of air time where they can play a recorded proposal for your loved one to hear.

4. Say it with ‘charm':

Create a bracelet filled with charms/trinkets that represent wonderful moments and memories in your relationship. You can present the bracelet to your loved one and explain the significance behind each charm you chose, then when you get to the last charm have a special one engraved with the words “will you marry me’. Not only will this be a special moment the two of you will always remember, but it will be a keepsake for you to cherish or even add to over the years. 

5. Get REALLY ‘cheesy':

So I know we are here to help you get creative without the cheese factor, but why not be EXTRA cheesy? Does you loved one have a sense of humor…then plan your evening with every Valentine’s Day cliché proposal idea you can think of…from creating a trail of roses, to the waiter bringing you dessert with the ring hidden inside, to writing a love poem/song – you can create an evening of fun, humor and memories by adding unique touches throughout the night. 

Ps. If you still need an Engagement Ring, we can help with that too! From a traditional solitaire to antique designs with intricate details we have a large selection for you to chose from. Still not sure…we can even help you custom design anything you can dream of!

HAPPY PROPOSAL PLANNING! 


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Anna-Mieke’s Top 5 Engagement Ring Trend Predictions for 2014

Anna-Mieke Anderson MiaDonna's Founder and CEO

 

We recently sat down with MiaDonna’s founder and CEO, Anna-Mieke Anderson, and asked her what she predicts the Top 5 Engagement Ring Trends will be in 2014.

Her TOP 5 predictions are…

#1: Man Made Diamonds

“I predict that man made diamonds will gain popularity in 2014 [and beyond] with consumers leading this trend. Consumers making educated purchasing decisions about where their clothing is manufactured, how their food is labeled and where these products come from are the same consumers who are going to lead this trend by purchasing man made diamond alternatives; making a statement that wearing earth-mined (aka conflict) diamonds is like wearing real fur or eating shark fin soup, unethical and avoidable.” shares Anna-Mieke.

#2: Custom Engagement Rings

Anna-Mieke feels that, “Consumers want unique engagement rings, something that is special to them or something no one else has. At MiaDonna every ring we hand craft is customizable to each customer’s personal taste, with many rings being offered in 20 or more combinations. We also have the ability to help future brides and grooms custom design their own engagement rings and wedding sets from concept to finished product. This trend is very exciting for us as we love seeing our customers original ideas come to life”.

#3: Pop of Color

This trend has gained popularity over the years and Anna-Mieke predicts that it will continue into 2014. “Adding a ‘pop of color’ is an easy way to personalize your engagement ring and we have seen this trend increase with customers designing their dream engagement rings with fancy colored diamonds or gemstones. We are excited to see this trend continue as we expand our selection of fancy colored yellow, pink and blue man made diamonds as well as our lab created gemstones.”

#4: Fancy Shape Center Stones

MiaDonna has always offered an extensive selection of fancy shaped center stone options. Anna-Mieke predicts that, “Engagement rings are such a statement piece and no bride to be wants to show off a ring that everyone has already seen. We have noticed that brides and grooms are thinking beyond the traditional Round and Princess cut and are opting for fancy shaped center stones instead. I can see 2014 being the year of the Cushion, Asscher, Pear or Radiant cut!”.

#5: Yellow Gold

While rose gold was the unique choice in 2013, Anna-Mieke is predicting that yellow gold will be making a trendy come back in 2014. “While I have never been a huge fan of yellow gold, this season I am in love with it and we are seeing it gain in popularity. Yellow gold is warm in color which makes it look fantastic with any skin tone and looks amazing when paired with white or fancy colored diamonds and gems, allowing the stones to individually pop in the setting.”


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Thursday, January 9, 2014

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At MiaDonna® we are committed to love, humanity and the earth by focusing on sustainability through every step when creating our superior line of quality Engagement Rings, Wedding Ring Sets and Fine Jewelry. We start by using the finest grade eco-friendly metals, which can be accented with recycled natural side diamonds in sizes below 0.20 carats. You can then select your conflict free center stone from our extensive selection of Man-Made Diamonds (which are Lab Grown Diamonds), the Diamond Hybrid® (a hand cut diamond infused diamond simulant) or Lab Created Gemstones (which are Lab Grown Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds). With each purchase we plant a tree on your behalf and a donation is made to The Greener Diamond Foundation, funding agricultural projects in mining provinces in Africa.

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