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How to Clean Your Engagement Ring at Home

Getting down on one knee with an engagement ring that sparkles in the sunlight is one of the most magical moments ever. And after she says “yes,” it’s important to make sure the diamond continues to sparkle just like the day you put it on her finger.

A compact engagement ring box and the right type of cleaning solution can keep her ring gleaming and spot-free. Start with these cleaning tips!

Making Your Own Cleaning Solution

Because women use cosmetics like lotion, perfume and hairspray so frequently, her engagement ring can easily collect dirt and grime from these products. To remove dirty residue, try creating a simple, at-home cleaning solution.

Fill a small bowl with warm water that’s almost hot and a small dab of dishwashing soap. She can soak her ring in this mixture for 20-40 minutes while using a soft toothbrush or scratch-free brush to gently clean the stone and remove any stubborn dirt. When you rinse with warm water and put it back on her finger, she’ll be awestruck by the sparkle all over again!

Chemicals to Avoid

As you’re making your own cleaner, there are several household cleaners that can actually harm the metals in your ring. To create the safest cleaner possible, avoid bleach, acetone, chlorine, and any other harsh chemicals that could break down the ring’s base metals.

Make sure you steer clear of abrasive products, too. Baking soda, powdered chemicals, and toothpaste can scratch her ring, especially if it’s made of gold. If you’re unsure about which chemicals to use, don’t hesitate to consult with your jeweler–they’ll be able to give you the best advice.

Know When to Go with the Professionals

Does her ring have a thick layer of dirt, or is she extremely active outdoors? In this case, it might be best to leave the cleaning to a professional jeweler who can make sure the diamond is set properly and restore its brilliance. Many jewelry stores offer cleaning plans with automatic reminders, so she’ll always remember when it’s time to get her ring cleaned.

Want to keep your ring safe–and clean–until you propose? Our skinny engagement ring boxes are the perfect way to protect that glittering diamond. Order yours today!

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Best Engagement Rings for Each Zodiac Sign

Are you searching for the perfect engagement ring that matches her unique personality? Sometimes, the answer is in the stars.

Take a look at the best engagement rings for each zodiac sign–and don’t forget the skinny engagement ring box to go with it!

Aquarius: Jan. 20-Feb. 18

Vintage-inspired ring (possibly with a colored gemstone)

Due to her bold, independent spirit, Aquarius women typically want an engagement ring that makes a statement. A vintage ring with a bright stone will catch everyone’s attention.

Pisces: Feb. 19-March 20

Halo

Because Pisces are dreamers, they often want to escape reality. Give her a glistening halo engagement ring with some vintage diamonds on the band to add some antique charm — which is perfect for a Pisces girl who wants a ring she can get lost in.

Aries: March 21-April 19

Ruby

Aries make up some of the most confident individuals who are fearless leaders and passionate about life. Because Aries enjoy challenging themselves and being in the spotlight, a deep red ruby is the perfect way to express her confidence and bold personality.

Taurus: April 20-May 20

Princess cut

Practical and modest, those born under the Taurus sign have an eye for chic simplicity. The princess cut adds dimension, but is a tasteful choice for this down-to-earth gal.

Gemini: May 21-June 20

Rose gold band

Gemini star signs are known to be indecisive with a wild streak. To give her an engagement ring that matches her playful spirit, a rose gold band adds an unexpected twist to a classic diamond!

Cancer: June 21-July 22

Pearl

The Cancer sign is known for being emotional, artistic free spirits with a keen sense of style. A pearl engagement ring has a romantic elegance while still turning heads with its silky white and silver colors.  

Leo: July 23-Aug. 22

Radiant cut diamond

Does she know how to make an entrance, but can also have a stubborn streak? The radiant cut is dramatic, bright and bold, just like the Leo sign! This diamond is a mix between a square and rectangle, and its angular shape catches light at all angles so she’ll constantly be admiring the diamond on her finger.

Virgo: Aug. 23- Sept. 22

Classic solitaire

If she’s a Virgo, she’s practical and analytical and obsessed with the small details. A classic solitaire is delicate and simple, which is important to Virgos, but it’s also a breath of fresh air due to its clean shape and timeless appeal.  

Libra: Sept. 23-Oct. 22

Three stone ring

Expect the unexpected. If this describes your girlfriend, she’s most likely a Libra who seeks balance and won’t conform to anyone. A three-stone engagement ring will add balance to her world, while still giving her the exciting twist she craves.

Scorpio: Oct. 23- Nov. 21

Dark colored diamonds

Scorpios are known for being passionate, brave and intense. They value truth and are often drawn to edgy styles. An engagement ring that is accented with black diamonds or dazzling rubies can make a statement just like she does!

Sagittarius: Nov. 22-Dec. 21

Marquise shaped diamond

The Sagittarius sign loves adventure but remains down-to-earth and open to change. Because she loves an interesting silhouette, try a marquise shaped diamond! Simple and elegant, but slightly unusual, the marquise shaped diamond is similar to a pear shape.

Capricorn: Dec. 22-Jan. 19

Emerald cut

When you’re in love with a Capricorn, there’s no denying her sophistication. She appreciates fine details and traditions, so it’s important to give her a timeless diamond that dazzles her with sparkle. The emerald cut is sophisticated and strong–perfect for the girl who loves simplicity and beauty.

To keep your ring safe, Ring Stash has compact engagement ring boxes that not only protect the diamond, but keep it hidden until the moment you’re ready to propose.

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How to Travel With an Engagement Ring—Without Her Knowing

Have you bought the ring of her dreams? Picked a romantic proposal location? If you’re flying to the Caribbean or another far-away location to propose, the next step is keeping the ring safe, secure, and out of sight as you travel.

At Ring Stash, our skinny engagement ring boxes are compact and easy to pack, so you won’t have to worry about ruining the surprise. You’ll also want to make sure security doesn’t ruin the surprise, either, as you’re in the airport. Follow our step-by-step guide to make sure your proposal is seamless and full of love!

Packing the Ring

Just like the rest of your valuables, you’ll want to put the ring in your carry-on bag instead of your checked bag. Pick a backpack that has a lot of zippers and pockets, so you can secretly hide the box in a place your partner won’t find.

Avoid putting it in your pocket as you go through security—they’ll ask you to empty your pockets and your surprise will be ruined! Keep it in your bag until you get to the hotel, and make sure you follow all other TSA rules so they don’t have a reason to sift through your bag.

Where to Hide It in Your Bag

If you’re packing clothes in your carry-on, consider hiding the ring box in the pocket of a pair of pants or roll it into a sock for extra protection. When you get to the hotel, make sure you remember where you put it and, if you need, move it to a more discrete location.

As you pick a spot to hide it in your bag, consider leaving a small note with the ring box stating that an engagement ring is inside. This can be helpful if your bag is randomly selected for a search by TSA. In most cases, they’ll be more careful when looking through your bag if you’ve told them about the ring.

Unpacking at the Hotel

You’ve landed and made it through your flight with the surprise in tact! As you check in to your room at the hotel, avoid putting the ring in the safe. Your girlfriend may ask for the code or want to put her possessions in there, too.

Depending on how long you plan to stay, you might feel comfortable leaving the ring in your suitcase (in a hidden spot, of course). Another option is planning the proposal for one of the first nights of your trip. That way, you don’t have to worry about keeping the ring hidden the whole time, and you can use the rest of your trip to celebrate your engagement together!

Ultimately, if you’re planning a surprise marriage proposal, keeping the ring hidden is one of your top priorities during your travels. Our compact engagement ring boxes are the perfect way to protect and hide your ring while you’re on an airplane. Order yours today!

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Everything You Need to Know About Colored Gemstones

It’s official: modern brides are looking for something different. Something dazzling and nontraditional. Colored gemstones are becoming a popular engagement ring choice for many couples who have a distinct sense of style. These rich hues signal a shift in the wedding industry and culture in general. Women aren’t afraid to break away from the norm and make their own rules, trends, and styles.

With bold colors and distinctive settings, colored gemstones are a unique choice. You can also purchase a larger gem at a more affordable price point than you would pay for a diamond. That doesn’t mean you can’t have smaller diamonds circling the gemstone, but it’s an affordable option–especially for women who love originality and eye-catching, vintage-inspired styles.  

As you begin shopping for an engagement ring and your slim engagement ring box, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about the most popular colored gemstones.

Sapphires

Sapphires are one of the earliest known gemstones. They’re not only breathtakingly beautiful, but they’re also durable and perfect for everyday wear. They’re known for withstanding scratches.

Royal blue is the traditional color of sapphires — remember Princess Diana’s 8-carat royal blue sapphire?

But if the antique hue doesn’t quite match your partner’s style, don’t worry! Sapphires come in almost every color, including turquoise, purple, yellow, pink and more. Whether she’s outgoing and free-spirited or sophisticated and feminine, sapphires are a vivid gem that complement a wide range of styles.

Emerald

Former First Lady Jackie Kennedy was known for her vivid green emerald. While emeralds aren’t as durable as sapphires and diamonds, they have a deep, understated elegance that’s hard to resist for many modern brides.

If you’re preparing to buy an emerald engagement ring, your jeweler can give you advice on how to properly care for the gemstone and ensure it becomes a timeless, heirloom ring.

Ruby

Rubies are a vintage and timeless option, and they’re the perfect stone for a hopeless romantic! If she’s drawn to classic styles but isn’t afraid to make a bold statement, rubies definitely stand out in a sweet way. Often surrounded by smaller diamonds and complemented with rose gold, rubies are a great option if she wants an antique ring or vintage stone.

How to Choose a Color

If she has expressed interest in a colored gemstone, why not make the decision together? Visit a jewelry store that’s known for antique, one-of-a-kind stones and have her try on different rings. Many women will take their eye color and skin tone into consideration when choosing a colored gemstone.

Colored gemstones are also a romantic way to incorporate symbolism into your proposal. She may have a personal connection to a certain stone if her grandmother loved rubies or blue sapphire matches the color of your eyes. Talk about the color choices together, and see if you can find a connection that means something special to you both.

Don’t forget to keep your ring safe and out of sight leading up to the proposal! Our skinny engagement ring boxes will fit seamlessly into your pocket, so your engagement can be a true surprise. Order yours today!

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Music Video Proposal Using Ring Stash

You will never guess how our client John decided to propose to his girlfriend. John is a musician and he was making a music video for his song. In the making of the video, he had his girlfriend Angela play a role in it. The song was written for her and little did she know that the actual proposal was captured on film!

Check out the amazing video below using Ring Stash for his proposal!

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Beautiful Vancouver Proposal Client using Ring Stash

Today we are very excited to share with you photos of the lovely marriage proposal of Daralan and Brandy. They met online back in 2015 and knew instantly they were meant to be. Daralan decided that she wanted to propose to Brandy on a trip to beautiful Vancouver.

The couple loves the outdoors so they used the Sea to Sky Gondola as part of a weekend away to Whistler. They entered a room that was completely decorated for their proposal. It included photos, memories, and love notes for them. There were lanterns, candles, and a wooden sign with the message “Will You Marry Me?” on it. Daralan ask Brandy that important question, and then brought out a Ring Stash with the engagement ring. Brandy of course said yes!

Below are some photos of their amazing proposal!

 

Proposal Planning, design and calligraphy: Sweetheart Events
Photography: Christine Pienaar Photography
Venue: The Sea to Sky Gondola
Ring box: Ring Stash

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What to Know About Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Are you looking for a unique engagement ring? Rose gold is becoming more popular for specialized jewelry and engagement rings. Made with a mix of gold and copper alloys, rose gold rings can range in brightness from a rich copper red color to a softer blush pink.

Ultimately, the more copper included in the mix, the more red the metal will appear. Many women are looking for a traditional yellow or white gold appearance with a hint of soft pink to give it a timeless, romantic aesthetic. The vividness of the rose gold color is all based on her personal preference– some women want a bold ring while others want something more subdued.

As you search for a rose gold ring and compact engagement ring box to go along with it, take a look at some of our helpful pros and cons.

PRO: Rose gold rings are durable.

Depending on the type of gold alloys used to create the ring, rose gold rings are known to be extremely durable–especially 18k and 14k varieties. Rose gold is also relatively resistant to scratching, which is ideal for women who are on the go and frequently work with their hands.

PRO: They can be surprisingly affordable.

For their vintage look, rose gold rings are similar in price to other options out there. For example, they’re priced similarly to yellow gold engagement rings. And when comparing them to white gold rings, rose gold can actually be cheaper! If you’re looking for an affordable option, this might be the ring for you.

CON: They are not hypoallergenic.

For people who are allergic to copper, rose gold rings aren’t always the best option due to copper alloys being mixed into the metal. However, if you have a nickel allergy, rose gold is a great alternative to white and yellow gold. If she has an allergy, talk with your jeweler to determine which type of gold is best.

PRO: Rose gold looks great on all skin tones.

Some women are drawn to gold jewelry or silver jewelry, but rose gold is a happy medium! Maybe that’s why it tends to look great on all skin tones. Its warm appearance pulls out the blush undertones in almost every skin tone, and it isn’t as harsh of a contrast as gold or silver. It also pairs nicely with both gold and silver jewelry.

CON: There may not be a huge selection.

Rose gold rings aren’t as widely available as yellow or white gold, but this is changing as rose gold engagement rings become more and more popular. Check out specialized, local jewelers or jewelers that focus on vintage rings.

If she’s drawn to timeless elegance, and you want to give her a distinctive ring with a vintage quality, rose gold is a beautiful option. When people see rose gold, they remember it.

And to keep your ring protected before and during your proposal, we have specially designed skinny engagement ring boxes. Order yours today!

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Sneaky Ways to Find Out Her Engagement Ring Size (Without Her Knowing)

If you’ve decided to propose, you may be wondering how to find her engagement ring size without her knowing. Especially if you want to plan a surprise marriage proposal, determining her ring size can be just as important as picking the cut of the diamond or finding a slim engagement ring box to keep it hidden.

To propose when she least expects it with a ring that fits her perfectly, try some of these tried-and-true tricks!

1. Trace the inside of one of her rings on a piece of paper, and take it to the jeweler.

Many jewelers will be able to measure the circle or determine her ring size just by looking at it.

2. Borrow one of her other rings.

If your girlfriend wears a lot of jewelry, you may be able to find a ring to borrow for a day or two without her noticing. Just make sure it’s one that she actually wears on her ring finger so it’s the proper size. Take it straight to the jeweler, and see if they can measure it to find her size.

3. Make an impression in a bar of soap.

This may sound strange, but it’s a sneaky way to get her measurement without having to borrow a ring for a day. Choose a ring she wears on her ring finger, and then take the impression to the jeweler to examine.

4. Measure her finger while she sleeps.

Is she a deep sleeper who’s been known to sleep through even the loudest of noises? If that’s the case, you may be able to get away with wrapping a piece of string lightly around her ring finger while she’s sleeping! If you can make it happen, this is a precise way for the jeweler to easily find her size.

5. Make a craft together.

If you have a young child in your family, or are babysitting for a friend, suggest the idea of making a fun craft where you trace your hands. A few days later, sneakily take the craft to the jewelry store to see if they can measure her finger and give you a size.

6. Ask her friends.

Even if her friend doesn’t know her ring size off the top of her head, she may be able to find a stealthy way to bring it up. When they’re together, they could take turns trying on each other’s rings. If your friend notices her ring is too tight or loose on your girlfriend’s finger, you may be able to get an idea of her size.

7. Take her shopping.

If she loves to shop and frequently buys fashion jewelry, go along with her! Pay attention to any rings she buys — the size is often printed on the paper backing or price tag.

Depending on your relationship, you may also be able to find a natural way to come out and ask for her ring size. But if you want to keep the surprise, don’t stress about it! She can always get the ring resized if it doesn’t fit perfectly. No matter what, your proposal should be about your love and the future you want to create together.

Get started by finding her ring size and considering a skinny engagement ring box from Ring Stash to keep the diamond protected!

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Recent Ring Stash client photos!

Check out these new photos of recent Ring Stash clients that have just had the opportunity to propose!
First check out our client Kevin’s proposal to Farrah in a beautiful orchard. Just a lovely couple and of course Farrah said yes to his proposal! Congrats you two!

Also check out this amazing proposal with Ring Stash in Italy!

Lastly, check out Dusty’s beautiful engagement ring to his new fiance. He made a short video because he loved the product so much.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BRy8JPug6L5/

Congrats to all the above clients. If you want to join the club, it’s so easy to! You can own your very own flat engagement ring box as well. Make sure to get your Ring Stash today!

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5 Romantic Ways to Propose at Home

Are you about to plan one of the most important days of your life: your marriage proposal? Selecting the perfect engagement ring and slim engagement ring box is one of the first steps in the process, but finding the ideal place to propose is also important.

If you want a meaningful, intimate setting where the two of you can truly be alone, there’s no better place than your home! Get creative with some of our at-home proposal tips.

1. Coordinate With Holiday Traditions

Proposing at home can be the perfect complement to exciting holiday traditions that the two of you typically do together. For example, if you’re decorating the Christmas tree together, hide the ring in an ornament box. If you’re planning a cookout for a celebratory holiday like the Fourth of July, propose in your backyard around the fire with fireworks shining in the background.

There’s nothing more romantic than celebrating your classic holiday traditions while marking the start of new traditions with your engagement!

2. Plan an At-Home Date Night

Tell her you want to stay in and have a romantic date night at home. Then, get to work! Create a three-course meal of her favorite foods, light candles in her favorite scents throughout your house, and choose songs that are special to your relationship to play in the background. When the time is right, pop the question to create a marriage proposal she’ll never forget!

3. Surprise Her With Breakfast in Bed

Nobody can resist a surprise breakfast in bed. Find romantic breakfast recipes, such as strawberry pancakes or mixed berry crepes, that are colorful and sweet. As you deliver her breakfast, tuck a handwritten love letter into her hand and get down on one knee. Or wrap your slim engagement ring box with a bow and place it in the corner of the tray. No matter what you decide, she’s sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness and the intimate setting.

4. Organize a Game Night

Is your girlfriend a writer or a word nerd? If you’re playing a game like Scrabble or Bananagrams, spell out “will you marry me?” with the game tiles! For the fun-loving couple who likes to surprise each other with quirky things, she’ll be caught off guard in all the best ways when she reads your message and sees you getting down on one knee!

5. Add a Creative Twist to a Home Improvement Project

If you recently bought a home or apartment together, you’re probably working together on home improvement projects such as painting, adding furniture, or gardening. As you work to paint the rooms in your home, consider saving a wall in one of the rooms for last and paint “will you marry me?” in bold, colorful strokes.

If you’re landscaping and gardening outside, consider spelling out the question with rocks and stones–and a hand-picked rose!

When you’re proposing at home, it’s especially important to keep your ring hidden and out of sight. A thin ring box from Ring Stash will top off your proposal so she never expects the ring until the moment you get down on one knee!   Keeping your proposal low key doesn’t mean you can’t wow her with a great ring. Read these tips in this diamond buying guide before you purchase.  Contact us today.

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