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Best Engagement Rings for Active Women

Best engagement rings for active women

Whether she’s an avid biker or soccer player, or she simply loves to work with her hands in the garden, finding an engagement ring that lives up to her level of activity is important. You want a diamond that’s durable, comfortable and doesn’t get in her way, but you also want to give her something beautiful.

Luckily, it’s possible to have both. She can still have a beautiful engagement ring while being practical about her lifestyle. Check out some of our tips for finding an engagement ring that matches her favorite activities, and don’t forget to purchase a skinny engagement ring box to protect the diamond throughout the proposal.

Choose the Best Setting

If you want to protect the center stone on her engagement ring, it’s important to choose a setting that won’t limit her if she actively works with her hands. The bezel setting is known for its protective metal rim around the edge of the center stone. This protects the diamond from chips and also keeps the diamond low instead of raising it high above the band. With the bezel setting, she won’t have to worry about her ring snagging on different materials or getting in her way.

Cathedral settings are known for their sparkle, but they also raise the diamond above the band with long, delicate prongs. For an athlete or someone with a sporty lifestyle, the cathedral setting might cause the ring to get easily damaged. For a setting that balances sparkle with protection, work with your jeweler to find the best of both worlds.

Find a Strong Stone

Diamonds are one of the hardest natural materials, which makes them one of the best choices for an engagement ring! She’ll be able to wear a diamond every day and not worry about damaging it if she bumps against something.

However, if she loves quirky, unique styles, you might be considering a stone with color such as a ruby, sapphire or emerald. While rubies and sapphires are less durable than diamonds, emeralds are even softer. They require more care to prevent them from getting damaged, which means they might limit a woman with an active lifestyle. If she loves the emerald color, see if there are other ways you can incorporate the rich green hue into her engagement ring without sacrificing durability.

Find the Best Shape

Round and oval shaped diamonds with gentle, effortless curves are one of the safest choices to prevent damage and complement her active lifestyle. Avoid stones with sharp points or hard edges such as pear or marquise diamonds–these can snag easily and potentially loosen the center stone.

If you’re proposing to someone who loves sports and is constantly active, it’s important to consider the setting and shape of your stone when buying your engagement ring. Our thin engagement ring boxes are another great way to protect the diamond before and after you propose. Place an order today!

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Should You Get Engaged in Front of Your Family?

Should you propose in front of family

Your proposal is a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Who you include in the proposal is just as important as how you propose. As you plan a romantic proposal that will take her breath away, your first instinct might be to pop the question at a family gathering when you’re surrounded by the people who love and support you the most.

This type of proposal can be beautiful and sentimental for some couples, but for others, it might cause unneeded stress for a moment that’s supposed to be worry-free. Take a look at some of our advice to determine if proposing in front of family is the right choice for you.

And don’t forget to purchase our slim engagement ring box that will fit seamlessly in your pocket–so nobody, not even your family, will know the proposal is about to happen!

Consider the Family Dynamics

Is her family extremely close and rarely experiences any drama? Or are they so close that emotions typically run high during family get-togethers? Think through the family members who are  likely to be there when you propose. If the group is full of positive and uplifting family members, a proposal might be a beautiful moment for your family.

However, if you have cynical family members or people who don’t get along, don’t be afraid to plan a more intimate proposal where the two of you can celebrate without feeling restricted.

Think About Her Personality

Does she like being the center of attention, or would she appreciate a more private proposal? If she typically avoids the limelight, try creating an elaborate proposal with just the two of you. After she says “yes!” this is a great time to FaceTime your family and show off her glittering engagement ring.

For the best of both worlds, try planning a small engagement after-party. Your families will feel involved even though they weren’t there for the actual proposal.

Always Go With Positivity

Your engagement should be a time of positivity and celebration! If your families are known for being closed off or negative, it might not be as enjoyable to share the moment with them. After all, if you propose in front of family, they have free rein to ask endless questions, share the news on social media before you’re ready, and take dozens of photos. Instead of enjoying your engagement, the two of you might find yourself being pulled in multiple directions.

To make sure you’re both on the same page for your proposal, consider your families and how big of a role you’d like them to play in your engagement. When you’re ready to get down on one knee, our compact engagement ring boxes can make your proposal even more special. Order yours today!

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Happy New Year: Five 2018 Engagement Ring Trends

2018 engagement ring trends

Engagement ring trends come and go, but one thing’s for sure: your love lasts forever! To give her a ring that’s as timeless and long-lasting as your love, check out some of the latest engagement ring trends that are popular for 2018.

With a breathtaking diamond and a compact engagement ring box to keep the ring safe, your engagement can set the stage for the rest of your life. Check out some our favorite up-and-coming trends!

Open Rings

If she has a fun, alternative style, an open engagement ring gives you infinite possibilities for a ring that’s truly personalized. If she loves pearls and diamonds, or has a favorite colored gemstone such as an emerald, the open ring allows you to choose two different stones. Instead of a single solitaire diamond sitting on the band, an open ring has a small open space in between two gemstones.

Not only will she have double the stones to gaze at, but you’ll be able to personalize the ring with multiple colors or different shaped diamonds for a bold, trendsetting look.

Eternity Bands

If she’s active or nervous about the height of a traditional solitaire diamond, an elegant engagement eternity band might be more realistic for her–and it’s an exciting 2018 trend.

Instead of a single stone, the eternity band is filled with smaller diamonds that wrap around a thicker band. The amount of diamonds that adorn the band gives it just as much sparkle as traditional engagement rings and it’s a fun, practical choice for the 21st century bride.

Rose Gold

Rose gold is a trend that has been around for the last few years, but it’s expected to continue growing in popularity in 2018. If she loves vintage styles, a rose gold band might be the ring that takes her breath away.

Want to stick with rose gold but give it a little more edge? Try mixing metals by choosing a different colored metal–such as platinum or white gold–for the setting of the center stone.

East West Settings

If she likes traditional styles but wants an engagement ring with a subtle twist, ask your jeweler about the latest trend of east west settings. Compared to traditional settings where the diamond is placed vertically on the band, the east west setting includes a horizontally placed diamond.

This tiny twist gives the ring a sophisticated look and draws the eye toward the diamond. For a stunning ring that will leave her speechless, consider popping the question with an east west setting.

Colored Stones

Is she adventurous and eager to express herself through style and art? A colored stone could be a great way to give her an engagement ring that matches her unique personality. Maybe she has a personal connection to emeralds or a family history with rubies. 2018 is expected to be the year of colored gemstones, so ask your jeweler if they can help you personalize a ring with a beautiful colored gemstone.

Is 2018 the year you’re planning to propose? Try some of the latest trends, and don’t forget to keep your ring protected with a thin engagement ring box. Order yours today!

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Should You Wrap Your Engagement Ring in a Present?

Proposing as a Christmas present

Are you planning a magical marriage proposal during the holiday season? You may envision a heartfelt proposal around the Christmas tree where she opens a gift and finds a sparkling engagement ring at the bottom of the box. While the holidays are full of family and positivity, it’s important to carefully consider your proposal and how to avoid cliches.

Take a look at some of our tips for creating a meaningful proposal this holiday season!

Be Subtle

We’ve all seen videos of proposals around the holidays that include box after box until she finally gets to her engagement ring. Not only will you be going through a ton of wrapping paper, but opening 20 different boxes can get exhausting quickly and take away from the romance of your proposal.

If you like the idea of wrapping your engagement ring as a Christmas present, make sure you avoid being cheesy. Try wrapping the ring in less than five boxes, or give her a vintage jewelry box and tell her to open it–this is a romantic way to surprise her with a proposal without having to spend 15 minutes watching her unwrap boxes.

Sometimes, less is more when it comes to holiday proposals. Keep it subtle, and pop the question in a way that builds her excitement instead of draining it.

Get Creative

Instead of wrapping the engagement ring as a Christmas present, you can get creative and wrap a handmade voucher for a romantic dinner for two. Tell her the date and time you’ll pick her up, and leave the rest a surprise! This gives you the freedom to create a personalized proposal that will take her breath away–whether you want to propose on a rooftop overlooking the city skyline or during a glamorous limousine ride.

When you get down on one knee and open your compact engagement ring box to reveal a sparkling diamond, the moment will be so much more intimate than if she opened a present under the tree.

Keep Your Ring Safe

No matter how you decide to propose over the holidays, a thin engagement ring box from Ring Stash can help keep your diamond hidden and protected. With so many presents under the tree, it’s important to place your box in a place that won’t lead to accidental damage. It’s also helpful to put plenty of tissue paper and protective layers in the present so you don’t risk damaging the diamond.

Order your slim engagement ring box today!

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The Beauty of Two-Stone Engagement Rings

Two-stone engagement ring trend

Two-stone engagement rings are one of the most beautiful jewelry trends because who can resist one diamond, let alone two? With this style engagement ring, she’ll have twice the diamonds and twice the love.

A two-stone ring is decadent, luxurious, and creative–perfect for the woman who can’t make up her mind! She’ll proudly wear two sparkling diamonds that are cleverly combined into one innovative ring. If you want to give her a bold engagement ring that matches her alluring personality, here’s what you need to know about two-stone engagement rings.

Versatility

Not all two-stone engagement rings look exactly alike, making them a versatile ring choice. For example, you can choose to add side stones to the ring or set the stones at an angle. With plenty of options to customize the ring, you can give her a style she’s never seen before.

If she’s drawn to emerald cut instead of round cut, tell your jeweler. They can share feedback on which cuts and which diamonds will complement one another for a symmetrical look. The two diamonds should accent each other to create a distinctive piece of jewelry that’s sure to take center stage.

Our slim engagement ring boxes also offer the perfect fit for two-stone rings. They’ll protect both of your diamonds while keeping your surprise proposal in tact.

Budget-Friendly

If you want to buy a larger carat ring but don’t want to break the bank, a two-stone engagement ring is a budget-friendly choice. Because the ring is created with two diamonds instead of one, you’ll purchase a larger carat weight but pay less than you would for a single diamond with the same amount of carats.

The brilliance of the diamond will stretch across both stones, opening up a world of possibilities for a breathtaking engagement ring.

New Dimension and Romantic Symbolism

Diamond rings are breathtaking symbols of your love and commitment, but two-stone rings bring an added layer to your proposal. Each stone represents a different part of your relationship, whether you want to celebrate both the past and the future or the friendship and love you both share.

With this type of romantic symbolism, you can personalize your proposal with a sweet message and give her a ring that represents the two of you becoming one.

If she loves the silhouette of two-stone rings and wants a flash of sparkle that will always turn heads, she’s sure to treasure the ring for the rest of her life. Don’t forget to purchase a flat engagement ring box to protect the diamonds and keep the ring hidden until the moment you’re ready to pop the question.

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Top Engagement Rings Over the Decades

Engagement rings over the decades

If you’re ready to propose, but need some inspiration as you shop for the perfect diamond, why not take a look at the engagement ring trends throughout history? Whether she’s artistic and flamboyant like the rings from the Roaring Twenties, or she’s elegant and chic just like the diamonds from the 1990’s, these rings can inspire you as you prepare to pop the question.

No matter what style you choose, our skinny engagement ring boxes are ideal for every shape and size–and they’ll keep your ring safe and hidden until the moment you propose.

1910-1949

In 1910, women were drawn to simplistic solitaire diamonds often with yellow gold bands. This style has gained momentum in the last few years, and many jewelers are putting modern twists on the classic solitaire look with rose gold bands or twisted bands.

Throughout the Roaring 20’s, striking rings that now look vintage became popular. With thick, glamorous bands and elegant motifs, these styles welcomed attention with their bold, flashy look.

Over the next 20 years, white gold grew in popularity. Women loved the clean, sophisticated color and continued pushing the envelope on jewelry design.

1950- 1999

Throughout 1950 and 1960, the white gold trend gradually made way to platinum. Round cut diamonds were the most common, but women slowly began experimenting with luxurious cuts like emerald that gave the diamond new life.

In the 70’s, women began wearing thick gold bands adorned with smaller diamonds for an eye-catching glimmer that turned every head. In 1980, jewelers began flanking round cut diamonds with unique settings to draw the eye to the center.  

And don’t forget about the 90’s: radiant cut diamonds suddenly became all the rage with multiple smaller diamonds lining the side of the band for a chic, timeless look.

2000- Now

Women couldn’t get enough diamonds on their engagement ring band in the 90’s, so this trend continued into the 2000’s. With a love for sparkly diamonds of all shapes and sizes, women also became interested in the princess cut. Many 2000 brides are known to have a delicate princess cut with small diamonds filling the entire band.

This led to the ever-popular halo engagement ring trend in 2010. Whether she likes rose gold or platinum, small diamonds circle the main diamond and create a powerful halo that expresses glamour and beauty.

As we approach 2020, many brides are moving toward minimalistic, understated rings such as twisted details, pear-shaped diamonds, rose gold bands, colored diamonds, and more.

It’s clear that engagement ring trends come and go, but the diamond itself remains timeless. Determine her tastes, and don’t be afraid to go back in time and search for a style that appeals to an old soul. Many local jewelers have vintage options with some modern flair.

When you’re ready to purchase your diamond, don’t forget your compact engagement ring box to protect it for years to come!

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Incorporating Zodiac Birthstones Into Your Engagement Ring

How to incorporate zodiac gemstones into your engagement ring

Do you want to propose with an engagement ring that will not only take her breath away, but connect to her values and core beliefs? Zodiac gemstones have been connected to holistic beliefs for centuries and are known to have special characteristics. Many zodiac signs also overlap with modern birthstones, making them especially meaningful for anyone who feels a strong connection to the month they were born.

If you’re planning a romantic proposal and want to find a unique engagement ring, check out the following zodiac stones. Don’t forget to invest in a skinny engagement ring box to protect your stone!

Aquarius: Garnet

Garnet is a strong and powerful stone with a rich, pomegranate-colored hue. The stone is known for its purity and vibrancy, making it an ideal choice for the intellectual Aquarius. As a loyal humanitarian, she’ll love the elegant color that allows her to stand out while staying classy at the same time.

Pisces: Amethyst

How do you know if you’re proposing to a Pisces? Her imagination and sensitivity guide her throughout life, and she’s known for being an idealistic dreamer. Amethyst is a beautiful violet stone for a modern bride who wants to wear a ring with a spiritual, dreamy quality.  

Aries: Bloodstone

If you’re proposing to the fiercely enthusiastic and adventurous Aries, you need a ring that will stand up to her quick wit and confidence. The classic bloodstone is deep and earthy with green hues and red inclusions of hematite. If she loves nature and wants a ring that will stand out, the bloodstone can be an inventive twist on the traditional diamond.

Taurus: Sapphire

A traditional sapphire is royal blue and full of sophistication–perfect for the patient, warm-hearted Taurus. If you love her persistence and ability to stay focused on her goals, give her a gem that complements her loving personality.  

Gemini: Agate

If you’re planning to propose to a Gemini, you better be ready for lively conversations, playful communication, and plenty of indecisiveness. Agate is known for its bright color, textured layers, and association with metamorphic rock, which means she’ll love the ring no matter what mood she’s in!

Cancer: Emerald

Want to give her an engagement ring that’s as intuitive and emotional as she is? A beautiful emerald engagement ring has a touch of royalty and sophistication with its rich green hue. She won’t be able to stop watching it sparkle!

Leo: Onyx

Leos are some of the most faithful and loving zodiac signs. They can also be stubborn and strong-willed, so you’ll want to find an engagement ring that matches their strength and commitment. Onyx is known for its dark color and beautiful shine, so it’s a great choice for a bride who wants to make a statement.

Virgo: Carnelian

Carnelian is a brownish-red stone that will remind you of the earth and fill you with warmth. Perfect for the modest and analytical Virgo, they’ll love the thoughtfulness and subtlety of the stone.

Libra: Chrysolite

Sometimes called the “gold stone,” chrysolite is full of sparkle and charm. It’s the best counterpart to the romantic and sociable Libra! She’s known to charm everyone around her with her easygoing nature, so why not “wow” her with a unique chrysolite engagement ring?

Scorpio: Beryl

Scorpios are some of the most powerful and passionate zodiac signs. Beryl is often large in size with bold colors of emerald and aquamarine, making it an exciting choice for the magnetic Scorpio.

Sagittarius: Citrine

Sunny and bright, citrine is commonly found in deep shades of golden yellow. If you’re looking for an engagement ring that matches your optimistic, straightforward partner in crime, she won’t be able to resist this earthy, honey-colored stone.

Capricorn: Ruby

If you’re proposing to a Capricorn, you’re familiar with her strong sense of practicality and patience combined with her intense ambition. For a modern engagement ring that’s sure to impress her, consider a breathtaking ruby with a deep red hue and tons of romance.

Zodiac gemstone engagement rings

Many modern brides are excited about engagement rings with a deep meaning that connects to their personality. To safeguard your ring and maintain the mystery until the moment you propose, order one of our compact engagement ring boxes!

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Is Opal the Latest Engagement Ring Trend?

What’s the latest engagement ring trend for millennial brides-to-be? While modern brides love the look of various diamonds and stones, there’s one thing they can’t seem to deny: a gem with a vintage quality and one-of-a-kind look.

Opals have a deep place in history, but they are slowly gaining in popularity among millennials. While they are beautiful, unique stones, they are also fragile. One of our slim engagement ring boxes can help safeguard the stone before and after you propose. Take a look at some of opal’s other pros and cons before making your final decision!

Deep Meaning

If you want to give her an engagement ring that has significant history attached to it, opals are a great choice. Opals date back to the middle ages where they were known for having special powers, including making their wearer invisible.

Opals also have a mystical quality often associated with the moon. If your partner has an eclectic style and likes pondering the world around her, opal could be the gem that takes her breath away.

Affordability

Are you on a budget? Opal engagement rings are a beautiful alternative to the traditional diamond. Depending on where you buy your engagement ring, opals can range anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars.

If you have one solitaire opal on the band or a line of smaller gems, the price will be affected, but at the end of the day, opal is one of the more affordable and creative ring choices.

Durability

Although opals are mysterious and beautiful stones, they may not become a family heirloom. Compared to diamonds, opals have more opportunities to crack. Their color can also fade depending on if the gem was smoked to bring out a darker color.

Before you make your purchase, do you research and make sure your future wife is thoughtful when she wears it– cooking, cleaning, and gardening could be damaging for this fragile gem. A thin engagement ring box can also keep the opal protected at all times.

Unique Gem

Millennials love opals because they are truly one-of-a-kind! No opal stone is the same as another, so if she wants a ring nobody else will have, you can’t go wrong with opal.

Opal engagement rings also have a vintage quality to them. They were extremely fashionable back when Queen Victoria began collecting them and giving the stones away as gifts. If you want to make her feel like royalty, opals have a rich history that you can’t find in many other stones.

More Research

Due to the delicate nature of opal, it’s important to work with a jeweler who only sources the highest quality gems. This doesn’t mean opal is a bad choice, but you should be prepared to do your due diligence and research the jewelers who are experienced with this vintage stone.

If you’ve decided on an engagement ring and are ready to propose, our compact engagement ring boxes will keep fragile stones like opal safe and protected without ruining the surprise. Order yours today!

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How to Keep Your Engagement Ring Safe for Years to Come

Have you heard about the couples who lost their engagement ring, but found it years later in Italy or growing around a carrot in their garden? While these stories have happy endings, engagement rings are a sacred symbol of your love and your unique bond. If you want to make sure you safeguard your engagement ring for years to come, consider a compact engagement ring box and follow some of these tips!

1. Make sure it’s sized properly

When you first get engaged, the ring might not fit your finger perfectly. In the midst of all the excitement and celebration, it can be easy to put off getting it sized. But wearing your ring when it’s too loose can make it easy to fall off when you least expect it.

If you’ve recently lost weight, it’s also important to get your ring re-sized so you don’t risk it slipping off your finger. Once you take the time to make sure your band fits, you can celebrate your love every day without worrying!

2. Take it off when you’re extremely active

Are you planning a trip where you’ll be extremely active–skydiving, swimming, or rock-climbing? Some of these activities can actually damage your diamond if you move your hands the wrong way. Certain movements could even make it slip off.

To be safe, store your ring in a safe place during these activities. While it can be tempting to wear your ring at all times, protecting it to avoid damage will help you enjoy it for years to come.

3. Avoid beauty products

Certain beauty products like lotion, shampoo, soap, hairspray, perfume, and nail polish can damage your engagement ring–especially with build-up over time. Try establishing a routine where you do your makeup and hair first, and only put on your engagement ring when you’re ready to go. This will keep your diamond sparkling and looking like new at all times!

4. Look into protection plans

Depending on where you buy your engagement ring, many local and nationwide jewelers offer protection plans. With regular cleanings and inspections, these are a great way to ensure your diamond shines as bright as ever. If you happen to damage the ring, your protection plan may cover you to an extent as well.

5. Keep it in a compact engagement ring box

Our skinny engagement ring boxes not only protect your ring in a compact box, but they’re the perfect place to hide your ring as you get ready to propose. Worried about her seeing it in your pocket or finding it before you propose? These boxes are subtle and won’t take away from your surprise. They’re also a safe place for her to continue storing her ring when it’s not on her finger. Order yours today!

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Which Engagement Ring Looks Best on Her Finger?

Depending on the length of her fingers, engagement rings can look different in the case compared to when she places them on her hand. The shape of the diamond and the width of the band can also look different based on the size of her hands.

If you’re planning to go ring shopping together, encourage her to try on different styles to find the diamond that best complements her hand. If you don’t want to go in-person, there are plenty of augmented reality tools and apps online that allow her to virtually try on engagement rings!  

At the end of the day, her lifestyle and fashion sense are equally important factors when choosing an engagement ring. Start with these tried and true tricks, but remember, there are no rules when shopping for the engagement ring of her dreams!

Long Fingers

If she has long, slender fingers, she may like the look of a wider band to add some contrast to her hand. Princess cut diamonds and round stones also look beautiful on long fingers, and these are great options for simple elegance and timeless appeal.

Looking for something a little more bold? Long fingers have the power to carry bold styles such as a colored diamond or a glimmering halo engagement ring–but only if that’s what she wants. It all comes down to individual taste and personality!  

Short Fingers

If she has short fingers and wants to elongate them with the perfect engagement ring, consider an oval or pear-shaped diamond to help lengthen the look of her finger. Emerald-shaped stones are also a beautiful options for sleek and modern romance. With a rectangular shape and tons of sparkle at every angle, an emerald engagement ring is a nice balance between long and short.

Narrow engagement ring bands can also make her finger appear longer and more slender. As she looks at rings, pay attention to the diamonds that make the right kind of statement on her finger.

Once you’ve decided on the ring she’ll love most, the next step is planning a romantic marriage proposal! As you get down on one knee and express your love, our skinny engagement ring boxes will keep the diamond hidden until the moment you’re ready to pop the question! Order yours today.

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