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Finding the Perfect Engagement Gift for a Good Friend February 01 2016

Although engagement gifts are not required by social standards, many of us want to celebrate the engagement of a good friend with a cool gift. A cool gift allows us to show how happy we are for the couple, give them something cool or useful, and show our appreciation for being our friend. Unlike a wedding gift, which usually comes with a gift registry at large stores so we can...

5 Tips for Buying Engagement and Wedding Rings with Personality January 29 2016

Buying an engagement ring for the woman you want to marry is no easy task.  You’re probably already nervous about popping the question.  In addition to this, you have to think about the best way to propose and what type of ring to buy.  Do you take her to a fancy restaurant and slip the ring into her champagne glass?  Or do you cook her dinner and get down on bended...

Curated Gifts and Games Make An Unforgettable Bridal Shower January 27 2016

The bridal shower is a well-loved tradition that has evolved significantly since it began in the 1890's. Initially, it was an event to ensure that the wedding was able to take place. Guests gave financial contributions as well as goods needed for the actual wedding day. My how things have changed! Today's shower is a social event to provide nice gifts for the bride-to-be; it also allows the wedding party...

The History of 5 Wedding Traditions January 26 2016

Whether you have an assortment of wedding invites overtaking your refrigerator, or you are the one getting married soon, there are a variety of wedding traditions you are likely to encounter in the coming months. Some of them might seem a little strange. Others are followed mostly out of tradition, with little thought of how the tradition was started. While there are a variety of wedding traditions, here are just...

Thoughtful Wedding Gifts, Prompted by Love January 25 2016

How does a woman know that a man is truly ready to pledge his love to her? It has been said by sages of old, that love is known by the deeds it prompts. If we were to judge by his actions, we can clearly see that in what is probably the most extravagant wedding in recent history, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, declared his love...

Skip the Registry When Buying Wedding Gifts January 21 2016

If you are going to be celebrating a loved one's wedding in the near future, you might have been perusing the couple's registry to look for the perfect gift. Although a wedding registry is certainly a helpful tool, however, there are benefits to buying a gift for the couple without going off of the registry. These are a few benefits to consider. Keep Financial Matters Private When you buy a gift off...

3 Special Occasions That Are Perfect For A Glassware Gift January 19 2016

There are many occasions that call for thoughtful gift-giving. There are annual celebrations that you can expect on a regular basis, like birthdays, holidays and anniversaries, and then there are special events that only come around once in a lifetime like weddings, baby showers, and milestone anniversaries. While the ultimate focus of any of those beautiful moments in time is and will always be the people you're with and the joy that...

4 Engagement Ring Purchase Tips January 15 2016

  Whether you have been dating for years or you have only dated a short time, once you decide you are ready to get married, one of the first steps is to pick out the perfect engagement ring. If you have already looked at rings, you probably already know there are a lot of options. To make your engagement ring shopping experience a little easier, we want to provide you...

These are More than Home Goods January 14 2016

  Home. This is place where you live, the place where you sleep, the place where you cook. This is the place where you care for your daily needs, and this is the place that cares for you.  Just as you are about more than skin, skeleton, fingernails, and hair, your home is about much more than walls and floors. Even if your home is blessed with Brazilian cherry hardwood...

Unique Like Love, are Weddings and Gifts January 13 2016

  You’ve thought about weddings, right? You’ve probably been to at least one or seen one in a movie. Most people have, but since we do not know every person on Earth, we don’t want to assume. Wedding: a ceremony that exists for the joining of two people’s lives. It is a legal formality and the emotional, mental celebration of love. Weddings are beautiful, whether the bride and groom meet...

Jewelry in Emotion January 12 2016

A good piece of jewelry can be even better than a great pair of shoes. Jewelry is always beautiful to the wearer, an adornment fitting particular style, an expression of color and emotion. As Belgian fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester says, “Jewelry is something that has to do with emotion. That aspect of jewelry really interests me.” Ann Demeulemeester’s designs are often featured at Fashion Week in Paris, and in Vogue. She designs...

The Bridal Gift: Something New January 11 2016

Bridal doesn’t just mean a fancy dress and a nice ring. To us, bridal means royal. On her wedding day, the bride is the queen. She deserves for all her dreams to come true. She deserves love and affection and the best looking groom on the planet. And she deserves nice things. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, after all. This is the woman's best day. This is the...

Finding Out Her Jewelry Style: A Modern Guide to Engagement Ring Selection January 08 2016

It's been a long process - long weekends together, late night dates over drinks, getting to know the woman in your life until you're so certain that she's the one you want to be with. If you've gotten this far in the proposal process, then you've undoubtedly found someone you're looking forward to spending the rest of your life with. Congratulations! It's likely that the next few steps will be a...

Give the Gift of Home this Holiday with Elegant Home Goods January 06 2016

When you begin searching for those perfect holiday gifts, consider the gifts that help make people feel at home -- unique tools for hostesses and hosts, elegant picture frames that match any décor, and fun vases that can be filled with anything as the seasons pass. Home goods may seem like a tricky avenue to shop in, but with a little patience and thoughtfulness, you can easily choose a plethora of gifts...

Five Questions to Ask When Buying Glassware as a Gift January 04 2016

  Are you struggling to choose the right glassware gift for a friend or family member? This process doesn't have to be complex: simply ask yourself the following questions to give yourself the guide you need. They'll help you not only choose the right style of glassware, but help you decide if it's appropriate as a gift at all. Why are You Buying Glassware? While it may seem silly to...

The Proposal: Creating Your Perfect Engagement Story December 30 2015

  Whether you have been dating for only a short time, or your relationship has spanned years, eventually you reach the place where you know you want to spend the rest of your life with this person. If you are ready to get engaged to your significant other, you want the proposal to be perfect. After all, how she got engaged is going to be a story she will tell...

How To Choose Gifts For Bridesmaids And Groomsmen December 29 2015

    Your bridesmaids or groomsmen support you on your wedding day, just as they have supported you throughout your life. Finding the perfect gifts to show them your appreciation is one of the more stressful - and often overlooked - aspects of wedding planning. Luckily, choosing gifts for your friends is easier than you think. Here are a few pointers to help you choose gifts bound to please even your pickiest...

Visit a Unique Gift Shop for Your Winter Giving December 28 2015

‘Tis the season to hang lights and ornaments. And ‘tis the season to buy things. There is just something about the chill in the air. It forces fireplaces and steamy drinks. It inspires the baking of cookies and muffins. People want to be home. People want to be with the people they love most. People want to be appreciated.     So sit down. Pour a cup of coffee or...

Tips for Giving 'Thank You' Gifts at Christmas December 23 2015

      The best Christmas presents as a kid were the ones you actually wanted and asked for right? But sometimes you receive a gift you did not ask for (or something you did not expect) and it ends up being the best Christmas present of the year. Why? Because it those gifts say (without actually saying)the two simple words that mean so much ‘thank you’. Though the best...

Pearls, the Gem from the Seas December 17 2015

Whether you buy it for yourself or get it from somebody else, there's no better gift than jewelry. Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, colored stones like sapphire and emerald are stunning, but pearls have a quiet beauty all their own. A pearl, according to Wikipedia,  "is a hard object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk." What a dull, dreary description of one of the...

Picking the Perfect Bridal Accessories December 16 2015

      When it comes to getting married, every bride wants to look her best. She wants the perfect dress. She wants her hair and make-up to look great. Having beautiful accessories is another essential for this special day. If you are getting married soon, consider the following tips for picking the perfect bridal accessories: Match Your Metals to Your Dress While you may not realize it, different metals look better...

Four Things to Consider Before Buying Anything at a Gift Shop December 15 2015

    Buying a gift for another person can either be an enjoyable or a stressful experience. The stress of the situation might be intensified if you go into the experience with no idea what you want to purchase. Before buying anything at a gift shop, consider the following four things. The Recipient If you are buying something for yourself, you know the recipient pretty well. Buying something for your spouse, child,...

Thoughtful Wedding Gifts, Prompted by Love December 14 2015

      How does a woman know that a man is truly ready to pledge his love to her? It has been said by sages of old, that love is known by the deeds it prompts. If we were to judge by his actions, we can clearly see that in what is probably the most extravagant wedding in recent history, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Al...

Guidelines for Buying Glassware December 11 2015

    Whether you’re having a simple family dinner or an informal dinner party, having the right glassware can play a vital role in making a table setting look inviting. Glassware comes in a wide range of sizes, colors and shapes. Before rushing out and buying the first glassware you see, it’s important to know what kind of items you need. If you’re considering glassware for either yourself, or as a gift,...

Tips and Tricks for Bridal Shower Gifts December 09 2015

Weddings are special occasions that are often the biggest moments in the bride's life. That's why you need to be careful when choosing the best possible bridal shower gift. Selecting the wrong gift can create a nasty little faux pas that can be difficult from which to recover. Follow these tips when selecting a gift (and celebrating the bridal shower gift opening ceremony) to ensure everything goes smoothly.    ...

Gifts to Go: Unique Gifts for the Traveler in Your Life December 08 2015

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”                                      - Susan Sontag Are you shopping for the friend or family member with a wandering bent? Whether their destination is Paris or Peru, Segou or Santa Fe, you know there’s an adventure in the making. Be part of the fun with travel-related gifts that help...

Home Goods for All and for All a Good Home December 07 2015

Said George Washington, “I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.” Isn’t it true? Our homes are a piece of us, a very piece of our soul poured out for our own pleasure and peace. Our homes exhibit our own person. Then we invite the people we love to take part. We sit and laugh and we drink wine like we’re in an Olive Garden...

Gifts that Will Speak Their Love Language December 04 2015

In the early nineties, when author and relationship counselor, Dr. Gary Chapman initially published his book entitled "The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate," he had no idea what an impact his missive would have on humanity. His book quickly rose to become a New York Times best seller, is consistently one of the most frequently purchased books on Amazon, has sold over 8 million copies since...

The Proposal: Creating Your Perfect Engagement Story October 15 2015

Whether you have been dating for only a short time, or your relationship has spanned years, eventually you reach the place where you know you want to spend the rest of your life with this person. If you are ready to get engaged to your significant other, you want the proposal to be perfect. After all, how she got engaged is going to be a story she will tell her...

Hostess Gifts for Summer Travel July 10 2015

Summer is the most common time to take a well deserved vacation. The weather is warm, school's out and everything feels a bit more relaxed. After you book your plane tickets but before you finish packing, make sure to give some thought to an appropriate hostess or host gift. Good manners dictate that you do something nice to show appreciation for the hospitality extended. 

Anne Sportun Fine Jewellery: Inspired by her Dad July 07 2015

While most girls were playing with dolls, Anne Sportun preferred making necklaces, rings, bracelets, and other types of jewelry using her father’s tools. Her dad worked as a high school shop instructor and kept a lot of tools at home. While most parents keep their children away from tools, Anne’s dad encouraged her and taught her how to safely use them. Anne took to jewelry making so much that at...

The Tradition of Jewelry as a Gift June 27 2015

Jewelry has a story that begins at least 100,000 years ago. Ancient Egypt, India, China, Mesopotamia and other ancient cultures were collecting gems, making glass, and molding metals for several thousand years before European and Western civilization emerged. Each culture added unique styles to the heritage stored in the designs and jewelry traditions passed through time.

100 years of Celebrating Dad June 18 2015


Father’s Day has been celebrated long before it became an official holiday. Take a look at the immense history of Father's Day, and the great importance it holds in our lives. 

Finding the perfect Diamond Shape June 16 2015

Every engagement deserves the perfect ring. There are many factors women consider when it comes to the shape of their diamond. So what shape works best for you? Find out all of the little details that make each unique.

Stop and Shop the flowers... May 12 2015

April showers bring May flower-designed jewelry. That is how the saying goes, isn't it? 

 

Artist Spotlight: Estella Fransbergen April 24 2015

 

Estella Fransbergen has created an impressive body of work inspired by nature that reflects her total life experience.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Curate! April 20 2015

Featuring Maya J trunk show with special pricing the day of the event and introducing the drawings and paintings of local artist Maren Less!

Wedding Gift Guide April 14 2015

A wedding gift should be as elegant and eye catching as the bride. Let us help you find the perfect gift!

Pendant Necklaces are coming out swinging for Spring April 03 2015

The snow has melted and we are finally able to enjoy warmer weather. It's time to get on top of Spring 2015 fashion trends! One of the standout jewelry trends of the Spring runway shows this year was Pendant Necklaces.

Stackable Wedding Bands: Double the sparkle, Double the fun. March 20 2015

Wedding season is quickly approaching! This left us thinking about the most important symbol of marriage; the wedding band. Diamond engagement rings tend to get all of the attention when it comes to weddings, but few people realize that wedding bands can be equally stunning, unique, and symbolic. Bend tradition - slightly or substantially - with our beautiful selection of wedding bands as unique as the bride. Dawes Design and Anne Sportun's collections allow you to create a truly unique combination that is special to you.

The Beauty of Simplicity March 13 2015

There is great beauty in Simplicity. Many women search for pieces of jewelry that can become wardrobe staples, like a favorite pair of jeans or a trusted handbag. We have picked some of our favorites!

Wedding Traditions around the World February 10 2015

No one is certain when the first wedding ceremony took place, but marital rituals have been important for millennia. As far back as the Middle Ages, weddings and war were the most common methods for unifying empires. The desire for peace—and for protecting one’s family, wealth, and land—brought powerful families together through matrimony.

10 Creative Ways to Announce You’re Engaged February 05 2015

Congratulations on your engagement! Now you want to share your news with family and friends. Here are 10 fun ways to tell the world that you are getting married: Post a selfie of your hand showing off your engagement ring to your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Send a Save-the-Date card to guests so that they will be sure to attend the big day. Visit a pick-your-own fruit orchard and...

Jewelry Care Tips from Catherine Weitzman January 26 2015

Buying jewelry is an investment, and designer Catherine Weitzman wants you to keep each piece looking like new. Her suggestions are easy to follow.Care for Sterling SilverSilver will naturally tarnish when exposed to the air. So store it in an airtight container. She recommends Ziploc bags. To maintain the matte finish, you can use a toothbrush with any white toothpaste, or even bon-ami household cleaner.  18K Vermeil GoldOur gold vermeil...

Meet Catherine Weitzman January 26 2015

One of the best parts of Catherine Weitzman’s work is being able to travel the world. Crafting jewelry allowed this native New Yorker to travel to Italy, where she studied metalsmithing. She also apprenticed with traditional artisans in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, India, Nepal, New Zealand, Micronesia, Japan, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Spain, Morocco, and Egypt.

Joan Greenberg: reChinafication January 22 2015

Imagine what your mom would say if she saw you breaking her good china. Well, Joan Greenberg, owner of reChinafication, believes that if her mother knew that would be the end of her, until she saw the results. Joan breaks china, glass, and other dinnerware for a living, and she is having the time of her life.

Dawes Design: Ethical and Elegant January 22 2015

At the young age of 18, Jennifer Dawes knew she was going to be a jeweler. At that time, she had, what she calls a “transcendental experience” while manipulating metal. So creating Dawes Design in 2000 was a life-long calling.

Engraving: Rings with Hidden Messages January 13 2015

Hidden inside Maria’s wedding band is a secret message from her husband, Bob. Next to the engraved initials and wedding date is the Roman numeral XXIX. After their wedding, Rob presented Maria with Shakespeare’s XXIX sonnet.