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Ramping up for Mother’s Day; Royals, Jewelry and Joy

Moms from coast to coast should be delighted on Sunday because their families are expected to spend $4.3 billion on jewelry gifts for Mother’s Day. This dollar amount represents an all-time high and is nearly 20% more than was spent on jewelry in 2014. What’s more, 34.2% of shoppers said they would splurge on jewelry this year, up from 31.7% last year.

According to the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Mother’s Day Spending Survey, total Mother’s Day expenditures are expected to exceed $21 billion. Americans will spend an average of $172.63 on their moms, a $10 increase over 2014.

The biggest spenders this Mother’s Day are expected to be 25- to 34-year-olds ($244.32), compared to 18- to 24-year-olds, who plan to spend an average of $214.81.

While jewelry certainly has the biggest “wow” factor of all Mother’s Day gifts, flowers, gift cards and apparel are all expected to be strong categories.

An amazing jeweled rattle. Image courtesy of The Natural Sapphire Company of New York.
An amazing jeweled rattle. Image courtesy of The Natural Sapphire Company of New York.

Of course, some Mother’s Day gifts are out-of-this-world. Presented to the Duchess of Cambridge by the Natural Sapphire Company of New York in celebration of the birth of Princess Charlotte this past Saturday, this $45,000 rattle is absolutely dazzling. It is encrusted with sapphires, rubies and diamonds in the shape of England’s Union Jack, and is promised to be cast in 18K Welsh White Gold – matching that of the Royal couple’s wedding bands.

The Royal Family, after the birth of Princess Charlotte
The Royal Family, after the birth of Princess Charlotte

Last year, for the birth of their son Prince George, NSCo were similarly extravagant, crafting a beautiful and breathtaking sapphire pacifier, based on the design of Kate Middleton’s (and formerly Princess Diana’s) engagement ring.

A Princess Diana-inspired 18K gold pacifier. Image courtesy of The Natural Sapphire Company of New York.
A Princess Diana-inspired 18K gold pacifier. Image courtesy of The Natural Sapphire Company of New York.

Of course, whether big or small, Mother’s Day is about showing your appreciation to all of the mothers in your life, whether it be your own or the mother of your children. “They don’t get enough thanks throughout a normal day,” says Koorosh Daneshgar, Chief Designer and CEO of Wedding Bands & Company, “so it’s important to pack everything you can into the one day meant for it. Sometimes, the gifts are disguised as being for the babies or children, but it’s clearly designed for the mother as thanks.”

If you’re interested in browsing our selection of Mother’s Day gift selections, make sure to check out our special Mother’s Day page. Have any nice pictures or comments about your mom and Mother’s Day? Share them with us on Facebook or Twitter!

Charlotte

And remember: Thanks, Mom!

A Ring Story: Guest-Starring Val Warner!

When it comes to crafting an engagement ring, each and every piece that we produce is a unique representation of love and devotion. It is because of this stand-apart beauty that, Koorosh’s craft reaches the ears of celebrity clientele. From football players to TV personalities, Ring Master Koorosh Daneshgar has helped design rings for people from all walks of life. Today, we’ll be focusing on the gorgeous engagement ring he designed for Chicago’s own Valerie Warner, TV Host and trusted news reporter.

Valerie Warner, WB&Co Client and TV Host
Valerie Warner, WB&Co Client and TV Host

Val Warner is the co-host of Windy City LIVE, ABC 7 Chicago’s morning talk and entertainment show airing weekdays at 9 am. Prior to joining Windy City LIVE, Val was co-anchor and traffic reporter on WGN-TV’s Morning News. She joined WGN-TV in July 2005 as weekday anchor of the station’s 5:00 am newscast. Valerie is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and has been nominated for Emmy Awards.

Val and husband, Jeff.

Wedding Bands & Company fell in love with Valerie Warner long before she joined Windy City Live, and we’ve been inseparable since!  More important than our ‘relationship,’ however, is the love that Val and her husband Jeff share. When he knew that the time was right, Jeff asked us to work together with him to design a ring with so many beautiful diamonds that they’d sparkle like her beautiful eyes. Koorosh and Jeff came up with this unique and dazzling design, inspired by the unique and dazzling Val Warner.

The initial design and center stone.
The initial design and center stone.

 

Chief Designer and Ring Master Koorosh Daneshgar worked long and hard to make Jeff’s dream for Valerie a reality. Using a 2 carat center stone, Koorosh focused on her one big request: to make a ring that would sparkle from any angle it was viewed at!  While difficult, it certainly wasn’t impossible, and what followed was truly breathtaking. “Valerie and Jeff were a lot of fun to work with,” he said. “They both had a lot of positive energy and were very expressive of their desires. This ring will always hold a special place in my heart.”

The finished sketch!
The finished sketch!

What resulted was a stunning, truly unique piece of jewelry that Valerie can claim all to herself. Inspired and based off of a ‘Disco-Ball Design,’ Koorosh surrounded the center stone – which rests at the top of the ring – with many more, smaller diamonds, in a ball around it, as well as on the band itself.

A 3D rendering of Val's final ring.
A 3D rendering of Val’s final ring.

Val and Jeff may share a love that’s unparalleled, but the ring he helped design for her comes in close behind. Even to this day, she cannot stop showing it off and even tweeting about it!

Twitter: @RingMstrKoorosh
Twitter: @RingMstrKoorosh

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Always grateful, Val's signed one of our store books. Come stop by and check it out!
Always grateful, Val’s signed one of our store books. Come stop by and check it out!

A Ring Story: Jules and the Fox Ring

Once in a while, something profound influences us in such a way that we use it to further define ourselves. Such is the case with Jules S, who wanted her wedding band to reflect her unique tastes, as well as her favorite animal: a fox!

A computer-generated design of Jules' ring.
A computer-generated design of Jules’ ring.

Jules had been searching for some time for a wedding band as unique as her engagement ring, which was crowned with a rainbow moonstone rather than a diamond. Moonstones are believed to have a calming energy within them, though Jules was quite excited when she left Wedding Bands & Company!

An example moonstone.
An example moonstone.

This was due in part to her conversation with Chief Designer and CEO Koorosh Daneshgar, whom shared a fervor for creating Jules’ perfect ring. At the end of the day, Koorosh explained that Jules – who works as a graphic designer and artist – could include her own design drawings on her ring, so as to make it exactly how she wanted it to be. Below is the rough sketch from Jules, which was beautifully translated in the final piece. Called “Vulpes Rex,” it means, roughly, ‘Fox King.’

Art or Vulpes Rex, by Jules
Vulpes Rex, by Jules

They both decided on 14 karat white gold, along with a pair of glistening, blue-green labradorite stones to adorn either side of the band. Labradorite, another specific choice of Jules’, is known for enhancing concentration and filtering out negative emotions.

Ring Master and CEO Koorosh Daneshgar
Ring Master and CEO Koorosh Daneshgar

“When I work with other designers,” says Koorosh,  “I feel more obligated to do something above and beyond. I really liked the idea of the fox that she drew, but my task was to put this to a ring which was just 5mm wide, and incorporate the stones at the same time. She was looking for a particular style, feel and uniqueness, and finally the moment I handed it to her, she was almost in tears. I knew it was mission accomplished!”

In the end, Jules couldn’t believe her eyes when the finished ring slid onto her finger. “I was so excited. I knew when I came in here that I wanted to do something special, and he did it. It’s perfect!”

The finished product!
The finished product!

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