Celebrate International Women’s Day 2014!

International Women’s Day on 8th of March is a beautiful holiday which is gaining more and more well deserved recognition. The story is well described in this wikipedia article, but let’s focus on what is important here – our Moms, Grandmas, Daughters, Wives, Partners, Friends, Us – Women!

Please join us in this celebrations! Chocolate, red rose or a nice silver pendant (or all three of those!) make a perfect gift!

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Alternative engagement rings ideas

true love

All You Need Is Love

Being in love… It’s such a wonderful feeling to know that your girlfriend is your true soulmate and that is always right there by your side. To want to share everything with her, to be with her, to love her. To be the happiest ever. And one day to realise that your other half is the most important person and nothing else matters more than to be with her to the rest of your life.

It’s time to ask that important question

But first, you have to pop the big question. You start to wonder how to propose to your girlfriend. Timing is everything and the place you want to propose to her is important. Maybe you are thinking of booking a table in your favourite restaurant or taking her for a holiday. You may even consider asking her parents permission. But you definitely want it to be the unforgettable and special day. And when you eventually ask her “Will you marry me?” you want to hear ‘yes’.

You start to think what kind of engagement ring you want to buy, knowing that you don’t want to spend too much on it. Maybe you want to save money to buy a new house, and then there are always the wedding expenses. Every penny counts. She loves you deeply and you are aware that it doesn’t matter for her how much you spend on a ring it’s a symbol of your true commitment to her.

Here are some ideas to help you find an alternative engagement ring.

You can find a beautiful substitute proposal ring and very elegant indeed without a price tag, something nice and not gaudy at all. We know that silver rings with a diamond cut and a diamond-like shine and shimmer cubic zirconia are absolutely gorgeous and seem to be a good alternative to very expensive engagement rings. Honestly, no one will ever notice the difference.

This one for example looks elegant and traditional and it is our best-seller engagement ring with diamond cut cubic zirconia:
Adoria, Silver Engagement Ring with Diamond Cut Cubic Zirconia

Gorgeous silver substitute engagement ring with diamond cut cubic zirconia
Tiamo, silver substitute engagement ring with Diamond Cut Cubic Zirconia

Royal style engagement ring with sapphire and cubic zirconias, perfect for your little princess
Nila, royal style engagement ring

Classic silver proposal ring with diamond cut cubic zirconia
Esteri, silver proposal ring with Diamond Cut Cubic Zirconia

Solitaire sterling silver engagement ring with diamond cut cubic zirconia
Zaria, solitaire sterling silver engagement ring

Please check our website for more alternative engagement rings examples.

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What to do when a ring is stuck on a swollen finger?

My fingers swell during a really hot weather or during extensive exercising, so sometimes I have a problem with taking off my wedding ring. If  this just happened to you and you need help, please read our tips on how to remove a ring from a swollen finger.

First rule is, don’t panic. From my experience, it’s better not try to tug and pull a ring too much, because it can cause additional swelling to your finger and can be really painful. You can try to twist (not pull!) a ring a little from side to side, but if it stuck really hard, try to use cold water and soap or any concentrated dishwasher liquid using the same method of twisting it around your finger. A water and soap usually works perfectly for me.

Other method of taking a stuck ring off, is to lubricate your finger using a hand lotion, Vaseline, butter, oil or anything else which is just slippery. A great product to use is… Windex. Yes, I really mean a glass cleaner, but if you suspect that you can have an allergy reaction, don’t use it. Spray Windex or put any other slippery product on your finger and once again, don’t try to pull your ring off, just twist it around a finger very gently.

One of techniques I’ve read about (never tried by myself, but people swear this works perfectly) is to stick a dental floss (or just a very thin string) under your ring, leaving a small tail to use later on and wrap it around your finger. Each wrap should be close to the one before, but it shouldn’t be wrap too tightly. Now grab the small tail you left and start to unwinding a dental floss and a ring should slip off by itself.

If this don’t help, and your ring is badly stuck, try to just hydrate yourself. Try to limit the amount of salt in your food and drink a lot of water. Elevate your hand above your heart for a few minutes, to bring swelling effect down. After some time you can try to repeat one of methods of removing ring I described above and I really hope this time you are more lucky!

But most importantly – be always safe. If at any point you feel that it’s impossible to do it by yourself, or this is giving you too much pain, and your finger (and sometimes even whole hand) is swollen so much that you are loosing blood circulation or you feel that your finger is broken, you have to seek a medical help immediately. They will probably cut your ring off, which can be really sad for you, especially if this is your precious wedding ring, but don’t worry. Any local jeweller can repair and also re-size this for you.

But remember, if your finger was really damaged, it needs some time to be fully cured, so try not to wear a ring on it for some time. Usually your finger needs about a couple of weeks to fully recover.

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