Rediscovering fashion over the years: 100 years of engagement rings

My hobby of jewellery making had taken a backseat when I was heavily involved in sewing for and planning our wedding last year, but it doesn’t mean my interest in jewellery stopped there. I still like to keep my nose in the business and often find myself looking intently at jewellery pieces to understand the intricacies of a designer or jewellery maker’s craft.

It isn’t until you look at something in further detail and understand the work put into it that you can fully appreciate the art of a designer’s work. Engagement rings are one of the most important pieces of jewellery (alongside the wedding band) in a woman’s life. Below I discovered a video shared on Stylist that documents the history of how fashion has changed for engagement rings in the past 100 years.


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Nine wedding financial mistakes to avoid

It was a great moment for me when I realised my dressmaking and other craft skills come in really handy for our DIY wedding. We decided that we weren’t going to spend too much money on our big day, so being able to quite a lot of things ourselves was a real bonus. I’ve got an exciting DIY project coming up for our 2015 wedding that I will post very soon!

It’s no secret that over the years, the amount of money spent on weddings has increased exponentially. The average cost spent on weddings in 2013 in the US was US$29,858 – in the UK, this was £24,716 according to Bride magazine!

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All things sugar, spice and everything nice

Ever since my OH and I decided on the kind of engagement ring we would get (well I did) and that we wanted eco-friendly Fairtrade-supporting jewellery designer Lilia Nash to do it for us, I had already started planning the wedding in my head. Continue reading “All things sugar, spice and everything nice”

Exciting news!

Now that all and sundry know about my exciting news (family and friends have been notified), I guess the last place to announce is here: I’m engaged! Guess love IS in the air for 2013!

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