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Check out the Giving Tree Gallery for beautiful jewelry and home decor

 

I love to shop. My hubby is not so much a fan of it, but I make sure not to go overboard or shop outside of our budget.

I’m not one to follow trends or someone who tries to “keep up with the Joneses,” so to speak. I tend to like things that are unique, whimsical and someone you won’t find in everyone’s home.

One of the many wonderful reasons why I enjoy being a blogger is because it affords me the opportunity to learn about new products, brands, services and websites. If I wasn’t a blogger I might miss out on some hidden gems. Such is the case with the company, Giving Tree Gallery.

The Giving Tree Gallery is a family-owned contemporary gift shop gallery with an extensive jewelry collection from award-winning designers and a wide range of home decor items. The Giving Tree Gallery has store locations in Sarasota, FL on St. Armands Circle and the French Quarter in New Orleans, LA. They also sells their products on their website.

I was contacted by the Giving Tree Gallery and asked if there was an item on their site I would be interested in reviewing. Ha! That is like setting a child lose in a candy store and tell them they can only pick out one piece of candy. Easier said than done!

First I went through their marvelous home decor section. They have wall art, sculptures, figurines, and the most beautiful snow globes I have ever seen, just to name a few.

The Giving Tree Gallery carries one of THE COOLEST clocks I have ever seen. It’s called QLOCKTWO. This very unique and innovative clock tells time using words, not numbers.

The Giving Tree Gallery sells these clocks in different sizes and colors (face plates).

The time displays in words vertically and horizontally.

I have never seen these before. I would love to have one in my home.

I had mentioned that the Giving Tree Gallery carries beautiful snow globes. In fact, they have several designs to choose from, including snow globe sets.

Here are a few examples from their website.

Stunning. Simply stunning.

We have a collection of Christmas snow globes.  I wouldn’t mind collecting ones for other seasons. The autumn one with the dog’s is my favorite.

Here are just a few more examples of the unique and beautiful home decor items you can find at The Giving Tree Gallery.

Kinzig Table Lamp

Wooden Nautical Maps

Cricket Forge Furniture

Greg Creason Mix Media Canvas Wall Art

Fabulous home decor is not the only thing you will find at the Giving Tree Gallery. The brand also sells jewelry including rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more. These are artisan jewelry, which means you most likely won’t find them in stores like Walmart or Target.

Here are a few examples.

Alex Sepkus Candy Dome Ring

Elizabeth Garvin Cyclone Earrings Diamonds

Patricia Locke Aero Necklace

I finally selected one of the Giving Tree Gallery’s meditation rings.

I don’t necessarily meditate, but it’s something I am working on this year. I’m hoping that it helps me to de-stress and unwind each day. I tend to be stressed out and exhausted all the time. I’m always too tense. For that reason, learning to meditate and to utilize it daily in some manner is a goal of mine for the year.

I also liked the meditation rings because they have a piece on them that rotates. Think of it as an adult version of a “fidget spinner.” Whenever I am feeling stressed out, or I think I need something to do with my hands, I find myself spinning the ring I was sent to review.

The ring arrived beautifully packaged in a nice tin that I can reuse to house the ring in, or I can find another purpose for it. Currently I keep the ring I was sent to review in it as well as two other rings for safe keeping.

The ring I received to review is their Devotion Meditation Spinner Ring. It’s available in sizes 5 – 10. I have a chubby finger, so I got the size 10. It’s actually a wee bit lose on me, so I put a ringer sizer thing on it.

Beautiful intricate oval and marquise spinning channel set band with clear Cubic Zirconium. Stack them any way you like, these versatile fun Meditation Rings can be worn in many different ways.

The above photo is a close up view of the ring (more detailed). Here is how the ring really looks.

Please disregard my wrinkly old lady hands.

This ring is a lot nicer in person than it appears on the website. As you can see, there is a lot of sparkle to this ring. It’s also a nice size (I placed it next to a regular pair of scissors to give you an idea of the size).

This quickly became my favorite ring because not only does it give me some sparkle for my hand (my wedding ring is white gold and bland looking), but it also gives me something to play with when I’m at work or out and about.

The center part of the ring spins around. As per the booklet inside the tin the ring came in, spinning the ring can help give you a sense of calmness. As odd as it sounds, it does! I may not be totally blissful, but it does help me to de-stress a bit. I guess it’s because when you focus on spinning the ring and the sensation of spinning it, it refocuses your attention and takes you away from things that might be stressing you out.

The Giving Tree Gallery has many meditation rings to choose from in a variety of shapes, sizes and color combinations.

If you would like to learn more about the Giving Tree Gallery, visit TheGivingTreeGallery.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Those links are found on the bottom of their website.

Kimberly

*I received a free sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Does how you dress effect your mood?

 

As I sit here and write this post, I am still in my pajamas (and it’s almost noon on a Tuesday). Thankfully I don’t go into work until 3:00, so I still have plenty of time to get dressed, do up my make-up, put in some gold earrings, spray on some perfume and head out the door. Trust me, I would much rather wear my pajamas all day.

Wearing my comfy pajamas does not make me feel revved up and ready for a day at work.

Do you think that what you wear can effect your mood? I’ll cite some examples of what I am referring to.

Sitting here in my pajamas makes me feel lazy and unmotivated to do anything.

During the holiday season, my husband and I attended a Christmas party hosted by the company I am employed by. I wore a beautiful holiday blouse with rhinestones and sequins. My hair was done by my daughter. At the party I felt happy and “bouncy.” I felt like there was a lot of “pep in my step,” so to speak. Only a few hours earlier I was in my comfy pajamas.

After I finish this post I will be wearing my work clothes. I could easily select sweatpants and a tee shirt (there is no dress code where I work), or I could wear more proper work attire (dress pants, nice blouse, jewelry, perfume…). I always opt to wear traditional work attire because I feel like if I work the sweatpants and tee shirt I will be totally unmotivated to do anything and feel lazy. I work with children, so I cannot be in that state of mind. I need to be on top of things every second I am at work to make sure the children are safe and secure.

I honestly do feel like what you wear sways you into feeling different states of mind (happy, excited, lazy…).

I have noticed a lot lately that what I decide to wear to work also depends on how I am feeling as I step inside my closet. If I’m happy, I wear things that are brightly colored or have fun designs on them. If I’m feeling tired or I have low energy, I tend to pick out clothing that is softer and over sized. If I am feeling overly confident about something, I tend to choose clothing that is more professional looking (even though I work with children and I’m around stick glue, slime and crayons).

Even the shoes I wear effect my mood, or my mood is effected by it. Normally I wear sneakers, but from time to time I’ll feel like dress shoes or boots (like Uggs) are more inline with how I feel. The jewelry I choose the wear and the perfume I spritz on are also affected by my mood (and vice versa).

I have seen research on the subject, but I am curious to know what readers think about the subject? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*This post is sponsored by Nakturnal. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Moissanite Rings: What Are They? Plus, Moissanite vs Diamond Rings

 

Are you looking for something different than a diamond ring? Check out all about moissanite rings, what exactly they are and a comparison to diamonds.

Choosing the perfect engagement ring is one of the most exciting things you can do but paying more than you can afford will tarnish the experience. Known for their exceptional hardness and eye-catching sparkle, is there really any alternative to diamond?

Moissanite rings have taken the jewelry world by storm and, for the first time, an ideal alternative to diamond has arrived. Available in endless designs and settings, the range of moissanite rings is so huge you’ll always be able to find one that speaks to you. 

There are many benefits to choosing moissanite over diamond and it’s even better than diamond in some respects. When you propose with a moissanite ring, you won’t be making any compromises and it’ll shine as brightly in twenty years as the day your partner says ‘yes’.

Keep reading to find out what moissanite rings are and how they match up to diamonds. 

What Is Moissanite?

Moissanite is made from a naturally occurring substance called silicon carbide. Found in nature in small quantities, it shares many features with diamonds. The French chemist Henri Moissan discovered moissanite back in the late 1800s but it was so rare, the jewelry industry couldn’t use it. 

Moissanite is rarely found in nature but when it is, it’s often from meteorites. That’s right, this mineral comes from outer space! 

A hundred years after Moissan’s discovery, scientists worked out how to recreate moissanite in laboratory settings in large enough sizes for use in jewelry. From the late 90’s onwards, this fantastic stone has been lighting up the engagement ring world. 

Why Moissanite Is the New Diamond

Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend but they’re not wallet or earth-friendly most of the time. Diamonds are rare and mined diamonds come with ethical issues. Before moissanite gained popularity, only lesser gemstones were alternatives to diamonds. 

With the hard-wearing nature and brilliance of diamonds, it’s no wonder alternatives never had a good reputation. Until moissanite. This unique gemstone finally gives you the opportunity to get the look and feel of a diamond.

 

  • Hardness Rating

Diamonds aren’t just used in the jewelry world, they’re also used in industrial settings where their hardness is essential. Used to drill and cut other hard materials, diamonds are a 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale for measuring the hardness of minerals. 

So how does moissanite compare?

You’d find moissanite at 9.5 on the scale, only fractionally less hard than diamonds. This makes it harder than any other gem used in jewelry, except for diamond. 

As the engagement ring you buy will be worn for a lifetime, hardness is important, you won’t want scratches or damage. This is one of the reasons why moissanite is the ideal engagement ring gem to buy. 

 

  • Brilliance Rating

Aside from their incredible strength, diamonds are also known for their eye-catching sparkle. Measured by its ‘brilliance’, this rating shows how light refracts through the mineral. 

Measured on the Refractive Index, diamond has a score of 2.42. Moissanite actually has a higher brilliance rating than diamond though, at around 2.65. This means that moissanite engagement rings sparkle more brightly than diamonds. 

 

  • Ethical

These days, we’re ever more conscious of buying products from ethically-sound, sustainable sources. Diamonds have always had a difficult ethical background due to the way they’re extracted and the labor used.  As both the people and the environment can suffer through diamond extraction, better ways to source precious gemstones are vital. Aside from Canadian and lab-grown diamonds, very few are traceable back to their source. While there is some certification for mined diamonds, opting for a different option might be better. Moissanite is lab-created and free from the ethical difficulties that diamonds face. 

 

  • Color Choice

As moissanite is lab-created, it’s available in a wide variety of colors. While many people choose a classic colorless gem for their engagement rings, opting for a favorite color can be a great way to make it more personal. Moissanite is colored at the bottom and, thanks to its amazing clarity, the color shines through the entire stone. It won’t suffer from fade and will remain vibrant and beautiful for the rest of your life. 

 

  • Affordable and Forever

The cost of getting married these days is high and buying an engagement ring might be intimidating when looking at the price of diamonds. Expensive to mine and manufacture, diamonds are out of the price range of many people. Moissanite rings can be around 90% cheaper than diamonds which is a fantastic saving. Considering they’re almost impossible to tell apart from diamonds and they shine more brightly, they’re a perfect alternative. A moissanite ring will last forever and won’t make a big dent in your wedding budget. You can use that saved money for the wedding and honeymoon of your dreams instead. 

 

  • The Best of Both

A popular option for those who love diamonds is to choose a ring that has both. You can buy stunning moissanite rings that are set with small diamonds to have an affordable diamond ring with a central moissanite stone. This works well for those who want to save money and want a unique ring. You can opt for a colored moissanite stone with clear diamonds or choose clear moissanite with diamonds for a classic look. 

Beautiful, sparkling, and incredibly hard-wearing, moissanite rings are more popular than ever. Thanks to their affordability, you can choose a much larger moissanite ring for a fraction of the cost of a diamond.  With different colors, settings, and styles, finding a moissanite ring that suits your tastes is easy. By choosing this exceptional gemstone, you won’t have to compromise on your budget or the gem size and it’ll make proposing all the more special. 

Give the gift of personalized jewelry from Pictures on Gold

 

Have you finished holiday shopping yet? I haven’t. I have three gifts for my husband, and that’s about it. I have two gift ideas for our son, and one for our daughter (depending on how much it costs). I did purchase gifts for my co-workers and my son’s girlfriend, which is great because I don’t have to run around looking for last minute gifts for them.

I honestly don’t want people to think that their gift was a last minute thought, which is why I am happy I already have gifts for my co-workers. I want my family and friends to know that I DID give a lot of thought about their gift, and that it’s not just any old gift you can grab at the last minute at a local department store.

One way to show the person you a gifting that you put a lot of thought into their gift, and took the time to create it, is by giving them a gift of personalized jewelry.

Over the years I have posted reviews for the brand Pictures on Gold. I have always loved their jewelry and I still wear the pieces I was sent to review. Each one is special to me and contains photos of the people who mean the most to me in this world like my husband, our children and my family.

Here are some of Pictures on Gold necklaces that I have. PLEASE NOTE – it’s not easy to get a great photo of the inside. They look scratched, but they are not. They look so much nicer in person.

This is how one of the lockets looked on the computer screen as I was designing it.

I blurred out my husband’s name and our anniversary date for privacy reasons.

This year I was fortunate to receive another beautiful piece of jewelry to review. I was sent one of their photo lockets.

This year I knew exactly what photos I wanted to have inside – a picture of me and my brother John, and a picture of my cousin John. Both of them died within a year of each other. My cousin John has been in my life since I was a baby. He was more like a brother to me than a cousin. As for my actual brother, it took me 28 years to find him and I lost him two years later in a car accident. My heart is forever broken with the loss of both Johns.

For privacy reasons, and out of respect for both families, I have “fuzzed out” the images of both Johns (my brother or my cousin). I left my image so you can see it.

On the front I have a special quote engraved on it. On the back I have my husband’s initials (since he’s a very special person in my life too). I tired to get a good photo of the quote, but the reflection from my photo interfered with it and it was hard to see in the photos.

The locket comes with your choice of a necklace.

The necklace and locket come in a beautiful box, ready to give to the lucky recipient. The necklace and locket can also be kept in the box for safe keeping.

Designing your own locket is an easy and unique process that let’s customers use their creativity to create the perfect locket. It’s super easy to do, and all the instructions are laid out before you so you never have to question what you are doing.

What I love most about the designing process (aside from how easy it is), is that you can see what your locket will look like in real time. That means you don’t have to wait for it to arrive to see the finished product. You can see how it will look before it’s processed right there on my desktop and/or mobile device.

You also get to design the front, back, inside left and inside right of the locket.

Front

Inside left

Inside right

Back

 

The whole locket is a blank canvas, just waiting for your personalization with images, text and/or clip art (they have plenty of clip art to choose from).

Here is a link to the whole process – Design Your Own Locket:

Here are the steps:

  1. Customize the FRONT SIDE of the Locket by selecting CLIP ART from any category.
  2. Proceed to the next step to add a PHOTO to the left side. Choose to upload the file. You can center it yourself.
  3. Proceed to the next step to add a PHOTO to the right side. Choose to upload the file. You can center it yourself.
  4. Click on the next step to add a PERSONAL MESSAGE on the reverse side.
  5. Click on next step and choose an 18 inch Sterling Silver BOX CHAIN with a lobster claw.
  6. Click on next step to PREVIEW the finished locket before you add it to the cart.
  7.   In the preview mode you are able to see the completed locket
  8.   If you would like to make changes you can then make changes.

You don’t have to worry if you think the image is not sitting properly in the locket on your screen. The people at Pictures on Gold will make sure the image fits in perfectly. They will remove any white background, however, if you would like the white background kept in the image, write that down in the “special instructions” section of the order.

If you happen to have two people in the image you are using that are spaced apart, the people at Pictures on Gold will enhance the photo and bring the people closer together.

The images you choose are not photos stuck inside the locket. They are done with a color laser or laser, making them 100% waterproof (unlike a paper photo that can’t get wet). The image is also scratch-proof and guaranteed for a lifetime. Even the text you create is done with a high definition laser engraver.

Here is an example of how beautiful laser engraving can look. I love it!

You might think that designing your own photo locket (or any other piece of photo jewelry on their site) would take forever to be made and shipped out to you. That is not the case at all. Believe it or not, most times the jewelry ships out in ONE DAY! That is pretty impressive if you ask me.

There are so many details about this gift that anyone would love to receive during the holiday season. Being able to Design Your Own Locket for a loved one makes it the ideal gift.

If a personalized photo locket is not what you’d like to gift someone, Pictures on Gold has many other great jewelry options to choose from.

Pictures on Gold carries regular lockets, personalized fingerprint jewelry, medical alert jewelry, religious medallions, sports themed jewelry, name jewelry and more. They also carry necklaces, rings (even a toe ring), bracelets, wedding bands and more.

If you are interested in checking out all that Pictures on Gold has to offer, visit PicturesonGold.com.

You can also check out the brand on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Would you like to gift someone personalized jewelry? If so, what kind?

Would you love to receive a photo locket from Pictures on Gold?

Kimberly

*I received a free sample product to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Give a gift with meaning this holiday season

 

Have you started shopping for the holidays yet? Normally I am done holiday shopping by now, but sadly, I haven’t started shopping for my family yet. Our kids are young adults now and all they want is cash or gift cards. Sigh… So far the only gifts I’ve purchased are for my co-workers.

I honestly don’t like to gift cash or gift cards. I don’t mind getting them as gifts, but giving gifts I would much rather give something tangible that can be unwrapped. Yes, I know, you can unwrap a gift card or cash, but it’s not the same as unwrapping a special gift.

I always try to put a lot of thought into gifts. I’m not one to follow what’s “hot” for the season. What is “hot” this season will be long forgotten come January 1st. I’m sure many people know what I mean.

I’ll give you some examples.

Last year our daughter and my husband got stuck in a really bad ice storm (thankfully our son was home with me). Our daughter was stuck in her car for hours. She didn’t have gloves, a hat, blanket… nothing to keep her warm. She was also starving and had no water. For Christmas I gave her a tote box filled with essentials – blanket, hat, a few pairs of socks, gloves, hand warmers, water, snacks, first aid kit, flashlight and more. I gift my husband something similar, but his included foods he could cook in the microwave (he was stuck at work) and a pillow (he had to sleep in the lounge).

Another year I gifted my husband a lot of Christmas Story products (from the movie A Christmas Story) including the Red Rider gun, Simonize, Little Annie Decoder Ring, Lifebouy soap and more.

I also like to do charitable things during the holidays. I donate a lot of toys to Toys for Tots, clothing for the homeless, and food donations.

There is a way you can gift a very meaningful gift AND help out people in need at the same time. Consider a gift from the World Vision gift catalog.

I have written about the World Vision gift catalog many times over the years. I appreciate the work that the organization does to help those who are less fortunate from around the world, including the United States.

World Vision has many different options to choose from. You can give gifts that directly help others, such as medical supplies, food, clean water, clothing and even animals that provide food (chickens for eggs, goats for milk, sheep for wool…).

You don’t actually purchase these gifts, meaning you are not going to have a goat show up at your front door. Instead, World Vision takes the monetary gift you use to purchase the gift, and they purchase the goat (for example) and deliver it directly to a family or village that needs it the most.

PHOTO SOURCE: World VIsion

The prices for such gifts range in price, so there are plenty of options to suit any budget. I saw gifts as low as $12 (bible) and $16 (soccer balls) upwards to hundreds of dollars, even has high as $2,620 for twenty eight farm animals.

If you prefer gifts that you can give to others (or keep for yourself), consider World Vision’s handcrafted gift options. The money used to purchase the gift goes where it is needed the most, and in return, you receive a beautiful, handcrafted item (or items) that you can keep for yourself or give to others. It’s a “win-win” situation all around.

Some items available for purchase include jewelry, home decor, holiday ornaments and coffee, to name a few.

One of the newest additions to the World Vision handcrafted gift selections is the Grace Collection by actress Patricia Heaton.

I adore Patricia Heaton. I met her once, many years ago in Los Angeles. She is so sweet! She’s very down to Earth too. She stared in my all time favorite sitcom, The Middle. 

Last year she had designed the Hope bracelet. This year Patricia introduces a beautiful bracelet, necklace and scarf. called The Grace Collection.

The Grace Collection by Patricia Heaton was designed by Emmy® winner Patricia Heaton, exclusively for World Vision, and handmade by artisans in India who are thriving through fair trade business.

“Even when I’m not with my sponsored child, Gracious, I feel connected with her. I designed the Grace Collection as a wearable reminder that we are all bound together, like the branches of a tree; the roots flourishing when we care for each other. The necklace, charm bracelet and scarf in the collection have a simple, contemporary elegance that signify how one act of generosity can light up an entire community.” – Patricia Heaton.

World Vision was kind enough to send me all three pieces to check out for myself.

I have been wearing the bracelet a lot since I received it to review. It’s lovely to look at and it feels very comfortable on my wrist. I have a thick wrist and sometimes bracelets are too small. This one fits just right.

The bracelet is approximately 9″ round, made with glass beads (1cm round), gold-tone iron ring and tree charm (3/4″ round) on an elastic thread. Each is unique – size and color may vary slightly.

The elastic thread ensures the perfect fit on almost any wrist.

I love now it almost has two different looks to it. One side of the bracelet has soft, almost like a Robin’s egg colored blue, beads. The other side has a metallic look to it. The lovely tree charm finishes the look, and acts as a bridge from one side of the bracelet to the other.

I really like the necklace a lot too. Most of my necklaces are 18″ – 20″ in length. This necklace is 24″ in length with a 2.5″ extender. It is made with a gold-tone alloy metal that will not tarnish.

Now that the colder weather is here, I tend to wear tops with a higher neckline and sweaters. This necklace looks great on whatever I wear. It is also one of those pieces of jewelry that works well whether you are running errands around town, at work, or a night on the town.

I’m not really a scarf person, so I gave the scarf to my daughter. It’s not that I don’t like it (I do!). I just don’t wear scarves (my daughter does).

The scarf is made from 100% viscose, approximately 21 1/2″ wide x 59″ around. The cuff is 8.5″ long x 3/4″ wide leather strap with a nickel-free silver-tone buckle.

I like the strap/buckle on the scarf. It’s unique. You get a beautiful blue/green colored scarf with a strap that looks like a watch strap (in a good way). I like it. You can also remove the strap if you don’t like it, or if it doesn’t match with your attire.

These pieces are sold individually, as well as a three piece collection.

It’s important to note that World Vision gifts are tax deductible (refer to each item for the amount you can deduct).

If you are looking for a gift that has meaning and purpose, consider a gift from the World Vision gift catalog.

If you would like to check out these and other gifts, visit Donate.WorldVision.org/GiftCatalog. Please note the world “donate” at the beginning of the site’s URL. To find the various gifts (such as hand crafted), look at the gray bar at the top of the page, and use the arrows on the side of the gray bar to move back and forth.

World Vision can also be found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Have you ever checked out the World Vision gift catalog? What do you think about the gift options?

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Should Engagement Rings Always Be Diamonds?

 

We live in modern times, don’t we? I believe that you know the answer to that question already. Or, is it that you’re not satisfied with the answer you came up with? If you’re planning to propose to the woman of your life soon, then I can really understand why you’re getting so worked up. This is the woman of your dreams, after all. The one person you want to spend the rest of your life with. If at all possible, you would want everything to be perfect. You would want to set a mood that is so perfect she would have no other choice but to say yes.

Wait, isn’t that just coercion? Well, even if it is, I guess it’s the good kind so most people would just let it slide.

All jokes aside, proposing marriage to someone you like is a pretty big event – if not the biggest. Most people get one shot at it and most people would prefer to actually just have one shot at it (if you know what I mean). To finally come to a decision that you wish to spend your life with someone special is an incredibly great feeling. And you’re just hanging there, hoping that they feel the same way. Here are some tips for your big engagement: https://www.thespruce.com/make-your-engagement-special-3489777.

But before you even try to propose an engagement, you first need to have something to propose with. This is where most guys tend to get stuck. Just thinking about the woman of their dreams and their future together puts too much pressure on them I guess. But this uncertainty, this feeling of wanting everything to be perfect, is just another sign that shows how much you value this person in your life and how much you would want to keep them by your side. And I think that’s beautiful – so beautiful, in fact, that I can’t just sit and watch you tormenting yourself with the tiny details.

So you need to propose, huh? Well, engagement rings seem to be the traditional way to do it. Diamonds, especially, have become synonymous to marriage proposals.

Do I Have To Propose With A Diamond Ring?

In the movies you watch, books you read, and stories you hear, men always seem to propose with artistic engagement rings. For centuries, people have romanticized the idea of giving diamonds to women. They gave it meaning and soon enough, it became the norm. A diamond ring is a traditional gift men give women when they ask for their hand in marriage. But does it have to be a ring?

Well, not necessarily.

Contrary to what other people may have told you, there’s really nothing in the law that enforces a man to always propose with a diamond. It doesn’t have to be a ring either. You can propose with a bracelet, a pair of earrings, a house and lot, or a pair of socks for all people care. Your proposal can be symbolized by anything you want. In fact, I’ve seen people get creative when popping the big question so I’m pretty sure that you’re allowed to go wild with your proposal. What matters most is that you choose something that is special to both you and your partner. It should emulate the kind of relationship you have.

Still, you might be thinking that you should pop the promise of forever with a diamond ring right? Well, if that is what you believe can make your girl the happiest, go for it! I can think of several reasons why you would want to do so.

Why Still Propose With A Diamond Engagement Ring?

Both the diamond and the ring shape actually symbolize something that is very meaningful to couples. They both represent “forever.”

What do I mean by this?

Certainly, you have heard of the phrase “Diamonds are forever” right? Well, they really are – like literally. The diamond crystal is a very formidable compound (read more). It’s impossible to break using normal means and it doesn’t wear down no matter how much time passes. That’s forever. As for the ring, you’ll notice that it has no sides, right? It just goes on and on in an endless turn. There is absolutely no stopping point. Again, that’s forever.

This is why the diamond ring is the perfect symbolism for a marriage proposal. You’re promising forever to your partner. Isn’t that the sweetest?