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Do You Really Need a Diamond for Your Engagement Ring?

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Diamond engagement rings are clearly the favorite choice for the majority of couples, but they’re not for everyone. As a precious gem, diamonds are known to be on the expensive side. Aside from this, some brides just prefer a little more color for their center stone. In fact, before diamonds became the most popular gem, colored stones were far more common for engagement rings. Here are 5 reasons you might want consider other options besides the diamond!

1. You’ll Probably Save Some Serious Money

It’s no secret that diamonds are expensive, and the more beautiful the sparkle or larger the stone, the higher that price rises. And no, it’s not necessary to spend two or three month’s salary on your ring; there’s no hard or fast rule about this, and you should only be spending what you feel comfortable with. It’s true that the cost for a diamond engagement ring is lower when you buy wholesale or work with a jewelry studio, but sometimes it makes more sense for your budget to choose a colored stone, or a less expensive gem that looks similar to a diamond.

White sapphire can be a good choice, and moissanite even more so if you’re looking for a gem that looks similar to a diamond. On the other hand, if you want to go for a totally different look and choose a colored gem, amethyst and aquamarine can be a wonderful choice.

 

 

2. Colored Gemstones Are a Lot More Unique

Although a solitaire diamond ring might be beautiful, most men are buying this same ring for their girlfriend. If you want to get something special, and a ring that holds a little more meaning, you’ll want to choose a colored gemstone engagement ring. You can choose her birthstone as the centerstone, or just a gemstone you’ve seen her wearing on her jewelry or on her Pinterest.

When it comes to warmer gems, ruby is a great choice and is one of the four “precious” gemstones. However, as they tend to be rarer than diamonds, they can end up more expensive. Another precious gem, sapphire, isn’t as rare and comes in a wide variety of colors, so you’re sure to find something that suits her tastes. Looking at cooler gemstones, blue sapphires are highly sought after and are becoming increasingly popular choices for engagement rings.

One thing to keep in mind when choosing colored gemstones is to make sure your metal color matches. While clear diamonds tend to look great paired with yellow, rose, white, or even green gold, colored gemstones are a little more tricky! As a general rule of thumb, only pair cooler gems with white gold.

 

3. Colored Gems Are “In” These Days

If your girlfriend has been on top of celebrity trends over the years, she might know that quite a few stars have been presented with colored gem engagement rings. For instance, Gwyneth Paltrow and Penelope Cruz both sport blue sapphire rings, and Halle Berry has a 4-carat emerald beauty.

And colored gemstones are growing in popularity every year. According to one study, about 20% of engagement rings are now with colored stones, compared to around 60% with diamonds, and that gap is likely to lessen as the trend increases.

 

 

4. She Can Have Her Diamond and Wear it Too

Love the idea of a colored gem, but don’t want to totally leave diamonds out of the equation? We hear you. If you want to incorporate some diamonds into your ring design and save money in the process, you have a few different options. Since diamond price rises exponentially this higher the carat, there’s a big price difference even between a 0.9 carat diamond and a 1 carat diamond. So if you want to add diamonds to her ring at an affordable price, all you need to do is incorporate smaller diamonds into the ring’s overall design.

One option is to go for a diamond halo, which is a circle of diamonds that surrounds the center stone. Alternatively, you can choose a 3-stone ring with your colored gem in the middle, and 2 small diamonds on the side. Finally, you can add pave or channel setting along the sides of your ring to add a little more sparkle.

 

5. History is On Your Side

Believe it or not, our nationwide (and worldwide) love of diamond engagement rings is actually a relatively recent phenomenon. De Beers is known for popularizing diamond rings with their “A Diamond is Forever” campaign, and so the diamond rose to popularity as the number one gem of choice.

In truth, diamond rings have only been the go-to choice for brides for around a century. Before that, colored gems were far more popular, and sought after for their originality and beauty. If you look through history, we see many examples of amazing engagement rings with colored gemstones. For instance, Queen Victoria’s ring featured an emerald, while Napoleon’s featured a blue sapphire. During the 14th and 15th century, blue sapphires were popular among royalty, who believed they were the ideal symbol of commitment. Interestingly, colored gems are now both vintage and trendy, so blue sapphires and other interesting gems just might be a good pick for your future fiancée.

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Although it might be a good idea to choose a colored gemstone for her engagement ring, you also want to be fairly certain of her jewelry preferences. If you know she’ll absolutely love a blue sapphire or ruby centerstone, go for it! But if you think she might be dismayed if she doesn’t see a crystal clear diamond, you may want to do a little research ahead of time. Try asking her friends for help, or even casually browsing a jewelry store and learning about her preferences. If given the opportunity, most women will drop a few hints about their “dream” ring!

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By Peter Vey, CadCamNYC

CadCamNYC is a jewelry design studio based in New York that works with high-end designers and private clients. For more blogs on shopping for an engagement ring, visit CadCamNYC.com

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Holiday Proposal Do’s and Don’ts

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it- a tell-tale sign that Facebook is going to be flooded with ring selfies within the next few weeks. Proposals over the holidays are inevitable, so we’re laying out our top 6 Do’s and Don’ts to help your holiday proposal be merry and bright!

Christmas marriage proposal on rooftop in nyc

DO: Include family and friends

Holidays are a time of being around the ones you love most, and there’s no better way to show her you love her than by showing her ALL of the people that love her.  If you want the proposal to be intimate between the two of you, create a video of everyone sending their well wishes to play her after you pop the question!

Winter Winery Marriage Proposal

DON’T: Wrap the ring like a gift and give it to her to open

We say, keep it old fashioned.  Get down on one knee, present the ring, and put it on her finger yourself.  If you want her to unwrap something, get her matching earrings!

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DO: Play on her family traditions

Does her family host a gingerbread house decorating contest every year? CUTE… create a gingerbread man down on one knee to present when everyone reveals their creations!

marriage proposal sled park city the yes girls

DON’T: Propose in front of family you have never met, especially her parents

If her parents and family do not know you, proposing in front of them will not only be awkward, but rude.

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DO: Have someone capture the moment

This is a must for all proposals.  She wants to be able to re-live the proposal forever, and photos and video are the best way to make sure she remembers every detail!

Winter Deer Valley Utah Wedding Proposal

DON’T: Ruin the holidays if you think there is a chance she could say no

If she isn’t ready to get married and rejects the proposal, the entire holiday season will be ruined.  Plan to talk about where you see the relationship going first, if you are unsure.

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Friday “Rocks”! featuring Trabert Goldsmiths

Happy Friday! Today’s post is featuring the lovely collection from Trabert Goldsmiths! I am OBSESSED with these engagement rings!

“At Trabert Goldsmiths, we take great pride in the craft of jewelry making. We use only the highest quality metals and stones, and we work tirelessly to create original pieces that capture the hearts of our clients. From modern to vintage, from contemporary to classic, from everyday pieces to timeless heirlooms, we carry a diverse variety of distinguished designers to appeal to all aesthetics and occasions. With over 18 years of experience, our mission is to create jewelry of excellence — unique, timeless, held to the highest standards of quality and construction, and forged by our passion for our craft and our clients.”

3.26ct Radiant Cut Pale Blue Sapphire Ring

Our signature Radiant cut pale blue sapphire ring with side trapezoid diamonds, set in platinum.

4.05ct Antique Cushion Cut Moissanite Aura Ring

Our signature Aura solitaire, delicately set with an antique cushion cut Moissanite. Set in 18 karat rose gold.

1.60ct Old European Diamond ‘Arielle’ Vintage Inspired White Gold Ring

Sweet vintage inspired ‘Arielle’ Old European cut diamond ring set in an 8 pronged buttercup illusion mounting with side diamonds in 18 karat natural white gold.

2.02ct IVS2 Emerald Cut Dia Aura Ring

Our signature Aura featuring a center Emerald Cut diamond, delicately set in 18 yellow gold.

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Digging into The Yes Girls | Ups and Downs of Business

Pinch me! The Yes Girls is almost 10 years old!

Seriously, I was pinching myself as I answered your questions. Thousands of “yeses!” and a few gray hairs later, I am so thankful to be a part of such iconic moments in our couples’ lives. I was a 22 years old female, launching a business that primarily revolved around working with men. Was it challenging? Of course! Sometimes I wasn’t taken seriously. Was it worth it? Absolutely! I get to see men in a rare form, in a more vulnerable and endearing light. Our clients are head over heels for their soon to be fiancees, yet aren’t confident in how to bring her dream proposal to life, and we get to be there for them as they navigate new territory.

So I’ll dive right into your questions.

 

1.What was the inspiration for starting your business?

I started The Yes Girls in 2008 because there was a lack of resources for gentlemen looking to propose in creative, personalized, and thoughtful ways.  The Yes Girls  is the first marriage proposal planning company. During my event planning internships I always loved asking couples about their proposal stories and I started to see a trend where the guys were so unsure on how to do it they ended up just bringing the ring out during a car ride or randomly at dinner. I realized that guys could definitely use a female’s perspective.

The company really is inspired by our clients and their unique love stories as they embark on a new chapter. After planning thousands of custom proposals our team launched Box Sock – the pocket sock that hides your engagement ring box in order to solve the issue of “where should I hide my ring box so she won’t notice it?” A bulky box in their pocket was a dead giveaway, and that’s where Box Sock came from- a creative and safe place to hide our thin ring box in a pocket sock.

 

2. Describe the very moment when you decided to launch your business. (e.g. Did you have a moment of epiphany during a particular conversation? After a big life event?)

I had just graduated college with a dream to work in the wedding industry. I had taken any internship and job I could since high school to learn about weddings and events. That said, it was May of 2008 and the job market was ROUGH! No one was hiring, especially in the event planning industry. My dad is an entrepreneur himself, and after going for a walk where I was frustrated because I wasn’t having any luck getting hired, he simply asked, “why don’t you start your own company?” That was the moment. Starting my own company was always my goal and that transpired into marriage proposal planning verses wedding planning. It was a bit of a risk and a leap of faith since no one was doing proposal planning. I got many awkward head nods (still do at times) but the excitement to pioneer uncharted waters trumped the fear of failure.

 

3. How do you have a work life and mom life balance? 

HA! I won’t pretend to have this dialed in. I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old (two very adorable and active boys) and some days I am in total survival mode living off caffeine. Thankfully I heard early on that this idea of  “perfect balance ” really doesn’t exist. I was intrigued because I totally felt like I was failing at “balancing” marriage, being a mom, and helping my team thrive as individuals and as a company. Instead I learned it was all about prioritizing. I had to learn to say no to some things and also delegate certain aspects of the business (especially the parts I didn’t enjoy or wasn’t honestly great at) in order to prioritize what is truly important (my family and our vision for The Yes Girls).

 

4. What have been some of your greatest challenges and accomplishments since starting your own business?

It was a challenge to create a company that was new. Not only was a young entrepreneur learning how to start a company but I was creating one in an industry that didn’t exist which meant a lot of the advertising and networking involved was just letting people know this resource was an option.  We’ve planned thousands of custom proposals to date but one of my most memorable accomplishments was my very first proposal. I launched my website and a week later I booked my first proposal and I will never forget that moment – I was completely terrified and pumped!  After my client’s girlfriend said “yes!” in a gorgeous winery in Napa Valley, I was totally hooked.

For 8 years, The Yes Girls were strictly service based. Launching our first product was also a new challenge and accomplishment for sure. Any time I package up a Just Engaged Gift Box or a Box Sock I am giddy because I get to see something we created, help others in an iconic moment and/or period of their life.

 

5. What was the first year like? 

My first year was trying. I would have days of encouragement when those proposal moments came to fruition but I was working tirelessly (with a side job) and was charging what seemed to be pennies on the hour to essentially just make enough to put money back into the business and build a portfolio. It was hard to see the big picture at times.

 

6. What do you love most about The Yes Girls? 

It goes without saying, I love to see thoughtful and personalized events come to life, but I also love my team. I love working with a group of women that inspire one another, work alongside each other and challenge each other to be their best selves. It’s easy to turn on TV to see a group of catty women putting each other down, or to scroll through social media and not feel like we are “keeping up”. Let’s be real, the world doesn’t need more females criticizing each other. How refreshing it is to have a female team that thrives and bands together even during hardships and challenges. My team is crazy talented and I want them to know it.  I say “YES!” to more of that!

 

7. What keeps you going or inspires you? 

I find inspiration in different life stages. Since becoming a mom, my little boys inspire me. I think it goes without saying you want to be someone your kiddos (and husband) are proud of but I am also inspired to raise kind, loving, brave, and thoughtful gentlemen after working with our clients. Some clients were this definition. Others were far from it (I’m just being real).

I’m also inspired by other boss babes! I love listening to or reading from ladies like Jenna Kutcher and Jen Hatmaker. I have a “Praise Folder” that I skim through on the down days (which was a tip from Jenna!).

I’m inspired by Jesus; to me He is the epitome of love and a place for everyone to belong, and love is what The Yes Girls is founded in.

 

8. How do you deal with the haters or negative feedback?

I sleep on it. The best way for me to respond kindly and effectively verses emotionally was to step away; I sleep on it to see the big picture. It took a few emotional beatings (at least that’s how it felt!) to realize when dealing with clients, vendors, and people in general, when someone spouts off a rude response, it’s usually a reflection of their own underlying insecurity, stress, or inner battle. That helps give me perspective. After years of managing various conflicts or dealing with “haters”, I choose not to hop aboard the crazy, emotional rollercoaster ride. Being negative back just keeps us going in circles. I prefer to stay on the platform where kindness live.  I’m far from perfect but I’ll never regret being kind.

 

9. How do you deal with people trying to copy your business?

They say its the sincerest form of flattery, right? :) I’ll be honest, there have been times it’s been pretty frustrating; I saw new proposal planners start their business and legitimately copy our Marriage Proposal Packages content word for word.  We once created a personalized Breakfast At Tiffany’s proposal and a month later I did a double take when another proposal planner had duplicated that EXACT same proposal (down to the number of Tiffany’s boxes use). Was this annoying? Of course. However, we are suppose to be in a creative business so I found it more odd they couldn’t come up with something fresh and thoughtful for that couple on their own. (wink wink)

 

10. What’s your biggest advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?

In my personal opinion, if you don’t believe in what you are doing and that it will help others then it’s going to be a draining venture. I was passionate about launching proposal planning and I truly believe passion is the heart of any inspiring business.

 

Want to create her dream marriage proposal? We have the perfect way. Contact The Yes Girls to get started on your personalized marriage proposal, wedding plan, vow renewal, anniversary or date night today! We're so excited to work with you!

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How to Propose in NYC

New York City is one of our most popular places to propose, especially around the holidays! We were so honored to team up with Polka Dot Bride to share our favorite ways to propose in NYC.  To read all about it, visit their website here!

Rooftop Proposal in NYC with view of Empire State Building candles at sunset proposal in manhattan New York Marriage Proposal Winter NYC Proposal

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The YES Girls featuring Diamond Foundry GIVEAWAY!!!

We are so excited to announce that The YES Girls are teaming up with Diamond Foundry for an incredible giveaway!  October 22nd through 26th, we will be giving our readers the opportunity to win $500 off any DF brand engagement ring, plus a gift from the YES Girls, a Box Sock- to keep the ring safe and sound during your proposal! This is a HUGE deal that doesn’t come along often, so if you are thinking about popping the question soon, this is your chance! Here’s how to enter:

1) Follow @theyesgirls and @diamondfoundry on Instagram or Facebook

2) Visit our most recent post, and comment with 3 “must haves” for your proposal

3) Tag friends for additional entries or share the photo on your feed and tag @theyesgirls

Winner will be chosen on Friday, October 26th.  Enter today for your chance to win this package featuring some of the best businesses in the industry!

Want to create her dream marriage proposal? We have the perfect way. Contact The Yes Girls to get started on your personalized marriage proposal, wedding plan, vow renewal, anniversary or date night today! We're so excited to work with you!

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Friday “Rocks”! featuring Anna Sheffield

I hope you’re as excited as I was when I found this beautiful collection from Anna Sheffield! There is no perfect combination of modern and vintage than these engagement rings! I love the unique detailing and creativity! OBSESSED!

“Unexpected materials come together in inspired combinations, rich with symbolism. Borrowing freely from the worlds of art, fashion and design,  each piece offers a rare juxtaposition. Ceremonial, but not formal. Feminine, but unconventional. Contemporary, but timeless. Every design as unique as the person it adorns.

From the first sketch to the final embellishment, we abide by the highest standards in Fine Jewelry production. Beyond the exceptional quality of each piece, our consideration and care is expressed in a profound commitment to responsible sourcing and sustainable practice. The result: powerful, distinctive jewelry that is luxurious, non-traditional and highly personal.”

Theda Ring

This rainbow moonstone Art Deco style Theda ring glitters with the star quality of it’s namesake, Theda Bara, an actress of the silent film era. The architectural five stone design features an oval center, side stones and two trillions, for a distinctly modern statement. Styled with a Diamond Dusted Curve Band in yellow gold and white diamonds.

Pear Luna Ring

Luna, named for the Moon Goddess, is made in rose gold with a sparkling copper rutilated quartz center, held aloft by an architectural setting featuring a single, white diamond accent.

Oval Bea Ring

The Oval Bea three stone ring features joyful white diamonds set in an A.S. ceremonial signature basket- 10 prongs of mixed flat and delicate round. Trillion shaped white diamonds on each side lead the eye from the perfectly proportioned center to the subtly knife edge band.

Elongated Rosette Ring

Perfect for the girl who fancies symmetry and delicate details, the Elongated Rosette, shown here with a rose cut champagne diamond center stone, with a diamond halo on a delicate half round band. The perfectly adaptable silhouette of the Rosette can be created in an array of Bespoke modifications.

Want to create her dream marriage proposal? We have the perfect way. Contact The Yes Girls to get started on your personalized marriage proposal, wedding plan, vow renewal, anniversary or date night today! We're so excited to work with you!

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Styled Shoot Turned Fairytale Proposal in Texas

Did you catch our Inspired By This feature a few months ago?  If not, you’re in luck… we’re recapping it all right here!

fairytale proposal in texas

When The Yes Girls were approached with the opportunity to do a set of styled shoots with the best vendors that Texas has to offer, we just couldn’t say no! The team had already chosen the gorgeous couples that would be modeling, so we were left with the fun part… turning a “styled shoot” into a real-life fairytale dream proposal.

Among the couples were long-time love birds, Matt and Jasmin. Since the team originally asked Jasmin to model (who then convinced Matt to come along) we knew it would be the perfect surprise to reach out to Matt and plan our own surprise. When we asked Matt what he loved most about Jasmin, his answer was that he had shared many “firsts” with her. We knew that we had to highlight this detail in an extra special way, so we asked Sarah Ann Design to create a gorgeous calligraphy banner highlighting every memorable “first” in their relationship. This banner reminded us of a scroll out of a story book, and since this proposal would be the start of Jasmin’s happily ever after, we came up with the idea for a fairytale proposal.

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Want to know exactly how Matt popped the question? Read more on Inspired By This.

Vendor Love:

Planning: The Yes Girls

Photography: Cottonwood Road

Floral Design: Pearls and Poppies

Box Sock: Box Sock

Menswear: Dobell

Bride’s Dress: BHLDN

Calligraphy: Sarah Ann Design

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The Perfect Proposal Lighting

In the majority of our proposal ideas, you’ll find the words “mood lighting” or “…to give a romantic glow to the space”.  Why? Lighting is everything in a proposal… there’s truly no easier way to set a romantic mood than by creating the right lighting.  You can even replace some of your decor with pretty lighting (it’s basically a two-per), however you cannot replace lighting with decor and still achieve that “WOW!” effect.  There’s a reason that our most popular proposals have bunches of lights, and that’s because it’s aesthetically pleasing to everyone! Read below to see our favorite proposals that utilized good lighting, and where to buy them at home!

love light up sign Edison bulbs engagement

Proposal: Florida Lighthouse Proposal  |   Lighting type: Oblong Edison Bulbs  |   Get the Look at Home: Round String Lights

Proposal: Hanging Lanterns Proposal  |   Lighting type: Mason Jar Lanterns  |   Get the Look at Home: Jar Lid Lights

American at the Brand man down on one knee under chandelier

Proposal: Americana at the Brand Marriage Proposal  |   Lighting type: Round Bulbs  |   Get the Look at Home: Round String Lights

disney's tangled marriage proposal Proposal: Tangled Proposal |   Lighting type: Lanterns |   Get the Look at Home: Round String Lights

New York City Marriage Proposal

Proposal: A Case of Love |   Lighting type: Candle Glow |   Get the Look at Home:  Votive Candles

 

Want to create her dream marriage proposal? We have the perfect way. Contact The Yes Girls to get started on your personalized marriage proposal, wedding plan, vow renewal, anniversary or date night today! We're so excited to work with you!

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Friday “Rocks”! featuring Olive Avenue Jewelry

Happy Friday! I am smiling ear to ear over these engagement rings from Olive Avenue Jewelry! I love the vintage inspired designs and beautiful detailing! These pieces are incredibly unique and creative! With a variety to choose from, there is something for everyone. Check out my favorites!

“Olive Avenue Jewelry is the new face of a family owned and operated jewelry company that has been in business for 35 years, first established in 1981 as The Diamond Consortium. Our focus has always been to bring the highest quality jewelry to our customers for the best price. We are happy to offer you all that we have from our selection, or help you create a perfect custom ring for the one you love. We are committed to helping you purchase the right piece of jewelry to be cherished for a lifetime.”

Kennedy Engagement Ring

14k Gold. 6mm Cushion Forever One Moissanite. 0.50 total carat weight Round Diamonds.

Lenox Engagement Ring

14k Gold. 6.5mm Round Forever One Colorless Moissanite. 1.00 carat, H or above color, SI2 or above clarity, GIA Certified.

Lauren Engagement Ring 

14k Gold. 7×5 Emerald Forever One Colorless Moissanite. 1.00 carat Step Cut Emerald Diamond, H or above color, SI1 or above clarity. 

London Engagement Ring

14k Gold. 8mm Cushion Morganite. Single Cut Round Diamonds, I1 clarity, H color, 0.26 total carat weight. 8mm Cushion Morganite. Single Cut Round Diamonds, I1 clarity, H color, 0.26 total carat weight. 

 

Want to create her dream marriage proposal? We have the perfect way. Contact The Yes Girls to get started on your personalized marriage proposal, wedding plan, vow renewal, anniversary or date night today! We're so excited to work with you!

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