Due to deadline constraints surrounding the launch of the newly re-vamped MiaDonna.com website, Anna-Mieke was not able to attend the awards ceremony in New Zealand. However, she was excited to send Felicity Morgan, on her behalf, to represent herself as well as MiaDonna® and The Greener Diamond; to share how thrilled she was to be nominated for this fantastic award along with the other inspiring woman in the running. Felicity reported back that it was an evening filled with inspirational women, great conversation, lovely music and she was proud to represent Anna-Mieke, who was very deserving of this award.
We wanted to send our congrats to Diana Stil, the winner of the NEXT Magazine Woman of the Year… Diana is the Director of Nikau Contractors and is a leader in the demolition industry. She is known for her heartfelt approach, focus on safety, and pledge to challenge the way women are viewed in the male-dominated arena. Based in Christchurch since the February quake, Stil’s company, which has a projected turnover of $30 million in 2013, has done extensive unbilled work in the city. With great respect for victims, Stil instigated a ritual of karakia (prayer) on worksites.
Here is a little look into the evening’s festivities…
on Friday, November 30, 2012
MiaDonna® Katie Holmes Replica Engagement Ring
The “Kat Engagement Ring” at MiaDonna.com was inspired by the Engagement Ring Tom Cruise gave to Katie Holmes.
The Kat Features a custom fit 2.5 carat Oval cut Diamond Hybrid® center stone. The Kat Engagement Ring also gives you the option to have one of MiaDonna’s lab created gemstones, Sapphires, Rubies or Emeralds, set as a center stone in lue of the Diamond Hybrid®. You can select the option to create the ring in two-tone yellow or rose gold as well as have this stunning ring crafted in solid yellow, white or rose gold. Your choice of Eco-Friendly metals consist of both 14k and 18K gold as well as our pure 950 palladium. Depending on the size of ring you order your Kat will come with .60-.67ctw recycled accenting diamonds to finish of the details to the band and gallery.
on Thursday, November 15, 2012
THE ECO DIAMOND
Welcome to the new look of MiaDonna.com
Welcome to our new site! You may have noticed that there have been a few changes made to MiaDonna.com, in hopes of making your browsing and shopping experience more pleasurable and user friendly. You’ll now find the sections featuring Engagement Rings and Wedding Ring Sets have larger imagery, so you can get a better virtual representation of what your finished ring will look like when it arrives at your door. Also, with the exception of our Three Stone Engagement and Anniversary Ring designs, we are very excited that, you can now price out your MiaDonna® dream ring with your choice of MiaDonna Diamond Hybrid®, Man Made Diamond or Lab Created Gemstone. However, should you still not see the exact stone you are looking for, just give us a call or send us an email and one of our fantastic Customer Service Specialists is still happy to help you find that perfect conflict-free stone you cannot stop dreaming about.
We have also created new and easy to navigate loose stone databases that allow you to narrow down the Diamond Hybrid®, Man Made Diamond or Lab Created Gemstone you are looking for more quickly and efficiently, to ensure you find exactly what you want. As always, we will continue to offer you the option to have your loose stone set by us or you can design a custom engagement ring from scratch, should you not find the perfect ring for your stone on our site.
For our International customers we have created a new page that answers a lot of the questions we receive throughout the year. Such as information on shipping, duty, converting your ring size and exchange rates is now available to help answer your questions. We have also added a very informative special services section that will cover all your engraving, sizing, new model, customization and other requests or questions you may have when ordering a ring from MiaDonna®. If you are interested in the Magazine and Television segments we have been featured in or the Awards we have won, be sure to check out the new Featured In section that has been re-vamped, so you can better navigate these wonderful moments in the MiaDonna® timeline.
Do you want to be one of our Featured Couples? 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!
We hope you enjoy the new look of MiaDonna®. We will continue to strive to make your experience with us one you will treasure forever. MiaDonna® was created by consumers for consumers to be an advocate for you, global communities and the earth!
on Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Jennifer Aniston is engaged!
American sweetheart, Jennifer Aniston, is engaged at 43 to her now fiancé Justin Theroux. Theroux proposed this past August on his 41st birthday. While we still don’t know who the designer of her non-traditional engagement ring is, the rumored 8 carat Emerald cut stunner, which is said to be accented with tapered baguettes, is definitely getting noticed.
As for how much Justin spent on this sparkler, with an estimated 8 carat center stone the value is sure to be a staggering number, Jennifer is one lucky lady! The style of the ring seems to be more of the cocktail variety than an engagement ring. Either way, Jennifer is officially engaged and she’s wearing one heck of a statement on her ring finger these days.
According to sources Jennifer is thrilled with her new engagement ring and Justin is equally thrilled that his 41st birthday came with a new fiancé. Congrats to the happy couple!
on Wednesday, October 24, 2012
We sat down with Anna-Mieke to chat about life in general, what it means to be eco-friendly and her jewelry collection.
You are the queen of eco-friendly engagement rings. Why is being eco-friendly important?
Being eco-friendly is important, because we are all in this together; we all have to do our part.
After I learnt the origin of my earth-mined diamond ring, I set out to find a conflict free diamond to replace it with. I soon found that the only true conflict free diamond was a man-made option. It wasn’t long before I discovered that I wasn’t the only one in search of an ethical, environmentally friendly, beautiful and affordable diamond alternative – MiaDonna & Company was born. My favorite part about our business plan is our foundation, The Greener Diamond. A portion of MiaDonna proceeds go towards rebuilding communities struggling from the unethical harvesting of mined diamonds. Our biggest project, to date, has been a 100-acre agricultural farm in Sierra Leone, Africa. This farm is currently run by over 500 reformed child soldiers and local youth. I am so passionate about this project that I have personally visited and oversee this farm. We also believe in eco-friendly business practices, for example we plant a tree for every shipment we send.
How does it influence your everyday life?
I am not excessively eco-friendly, I am just trying to make conscious choices about my everyday purchases and actions. It is actually very easy… I know that I am going to spend the money on a product anyway, so why not just take a little more time to make sure the company I am purchasing from has the same core values I do. It’s not about who has the best marketing or prices these days. As consumers we hold the power to make the greatest change.
How would you describe your fashion style?
I love classic, elegant outfits and black is a staple in my wardrobe. I also love sky high heels, statement earrings and a cocktail ring. However, at home, I am a jeans and tee kind of girl.
Do you have a complicated beauty routine? What rules do you follow?
No, my beauty routine is actually very un-complicated. I am a full time career woman and a single mum with 2 small children…I just don’t have a lot of time. I try to follow the K-I-S-S (keep it simple stupid) rule in life and practice this in my beauty routine as well. I am a believer in getting lots of sleep, drinking lots of water, playing outside whenever you can and limiting your daily donut intake. I also feel it is important to have a good hairdresser, wax artist and tailor on your team.
What is important in any long time relationship?
I believe trust, honesty, communication and appreciation are definitely high on the list for a long term relationship; but that doesn’t mean other things don’t count too. I also feel that your partner does not need to be your entire life. You should take time for yourself, this keeps you in balance. You need to have your own life; friends, hobbies, interests etc. That way when the two of you are together, you can appreciate each other that much more.
Who is your favorite fashion designer?
I have always been a lover of Chanel! …because for the past 80 years its always been classic, elegant and beautiful.
When I think of fashion, my mind always goes to accessorizing first…
1. I can’t get enough yellow gold! While I have never been a huge fan of yellow gold, this season I am in love with it. Right now I am designing myself a cocktail ring with a fabulous yellow Man Made Diamond center stone. I am having it crafted in MiaDonna’s recycled yellow gold and accented with a halo of recycled yellow diamonds. I am looking forward to showing it off this fall!
2. I am loving the look of textured finishes on rings/jewelry. For example, I love a brushed or a matte finish instead of a more traditional high polish finish.
3. You can’t go wrong with stacking jewelry pieces in different colors, finishes and styles. Bracelets, rings and necklaces can all by layered up and it’s really eye catching and compliments anyone’s wardrobe.
on Thursday, October 18, 2012
Marriage Proposal Planning
Thinking about popping the question? Well you better start planning! Use our helpful checklist to help you plan your days leading up to the big day.
4 Months Before…
Now is the time to start brain storming. What kind of proposal do you want to do? Do you want to do an extravagant proposal? A quiet, intimate one? Will her family be involved? Will there be third parties you need to contact/hire? Restaurants to rent?
3 Months Before…
Now that you have a good idea of what you want your proposal to be, now is the time to start thinking about how much the proposal will cost. If you decided on a quiet, intimate proposal this step should be easy. If you decided to rent an airplane and fly it all over the city, then you have your work cut out for you.
When budgeting for the proposal remember to start budgeting for the engagement ring as well. Traditionally, expect to pay as much as two months’ salary for the engagement ring. But if you decide to spend a little less, that’s OK. The rule isn’t set in stone.
2 Months Before…
If you’re going to spend as much as two months’ salary for the engagement ring, you definitely don’t want to rush through this step. Research! Go online, pick up a copy of Engagement 101 Magazine and research everything you can about engagement rings. You’ll need to know all about the 4 C’s, metal types, stone shapes and more. The more knowledge you have on engagement rings, the more likely you are to make the right purchase.
1 Month Before…
Now that you know all about the engagement ring, it’s time to start investigating and discovering what types of rings she likes. Anyone can buy an engagement ring, but what’s important is buying an engagement she likes. Read our tips on how to discover her ring style or take our quiz. Now’s also a good time to start heading to jewelry stores and comparing prices.
4 Weeks Before…
You’ll want to reconfirm that reservation date at the restaurant around this time. If you’re planning a more elaborate proposal you might want to start on this a little earlier than four weeks. There’s nothing more unfortunate than having an entire proposal spoiled due to a canceled reservation.
3 Weeks Before…
After shopping around for engagement rings you should probably have a good idea of the perfect ring to buy. So, if you have the money all saved up and ready, now’s the time to start buying! Make sure to ask the jeweler to re-size the ring if needed. Remember to ask for a certificate or appraisal. Oh, and in case she hates the ring, you might want to inquire about their exchange policy.
2 Days Before…
Getting down to the wire! If you’re staging an elaborate proposal that involves friends and family, this might be a good time to start rehearsing. Also, remember to call and confirm any reservations you have made.
Finally! We’re sure you’re a bumbling ball of nerves right now, but just remember to stay calm and not do something stupid like drop the engagement ring off a bridge or something. If she says yes, start planning an engagement party. Good luck!
on Tuesday, October 9, 2012
MiaDonna CEO Anna-Mieke Anderson in the running for New Zealand’s, NEXT magazine Woman of the year 2012.
The countdown is on to the announcement of New Zealand’s most inspirational female: the NEXT Woman of the Year 2012. This month we introduce the finalists in our six categories: business, health & science, education, arts & culture, sports and community. While we received many great entries, these 30 women stood out. All are exceptional achievers who deserve to be celebrated for their passion and success.
“I am so delighted and humbled to be listed among such amazing women for a chance to be NEXT magazine’s Woman of the Year.
It means the world to me that New Zealander’s have always supported my hard work and dedication. I am so proud to be a kiwi!”
~ Anna-Mieke Anderson ~
on Monday, October 1, 2012