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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!

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And remember: Thanks, Mom!

A Ring Story: Eric and Jessica

Love spans multiple generations, as anyone can tell you. And, when Eric came into Wedding Bands & Company to design a ring with Ring Master Koorosh Daneshgar, he had something special in hand and in mind. Eric wanted to build and design a special ring that would last through the ages, though one that incorporated the past as well as the future. In order to do that, he supplied a very special diamond, courtesy of his girlfriend’s family. What was created through Eric’s love and devotion to Jessica was a truly special and unique piece, a monument to their bond together.

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      It all started back in 1947, when Jessica’s grandfather (or, as the affectionate term she called him by, ‘Zaide,’) began picking out a ring for her grandmother. As a jeweler, he knew what to look for in terms of quality, and strove to give his future wife the ring she deserved; nothing but the best! It was a diamond and ring of great personal significance, one that later became an heirloom to the family. So, when the time came for Jessica to marry, her family made the decision to pass along this brilliant ring to be made anew.

      When Eric and Jessica first brought the ring in, Koorosh was stunned by the design and quality of the diamond. “It has the whitest color, perfectly cut…nearly flawless interior and clarity. It really shows the passion and drive that Jessica’s grandfather had for his profession, as well as the devotion to his wife.” Jessica wanted this passion to carry on, not only within the ring but on the diamond itself, through a small but heartfelt engraving: “Zaide 1947.”

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      “When you buy a diamond or a ring,” says Koorosh, “you want the goal for it to become a cherished memory, an heirloom like this one has. You want for it to last for years, so you can pass it down to children or grandchildren and let it survive in your family as a treasure!”

      As Jessica had supplied the diamond for her ring, Eric wanted to design the mounting to be just as beautiful and important to her. Like the diamond, he wanted something that would be a lasting symbol of their relationship, and something that they could similarly pass beyond themselves into their growing family. He succeeded in this respect by choosing a platinum-based band – which, being that platinum is much stronger and more durable than gold, fulfilled his requirements precisely. Furthermore, he sought to enhance and highlight the diamond through the addition of eye-catching sapphires.

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      This is where Koorosh, Wedding Bands & Co’s CEO and Chief Designer, stepped in. He had the diamond, the material and a general theme for the ring: that of a throne, something worthy of the beautiful stone set upon it.  Now, he needed to find the right inspiration for the design. To do this, he began asking the important questions to Eric: What were the important memories they shared together? Was there anywhere special that meant a lot to them? Where did they meet at?

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The Monument of Ulysses S. Grant, located in Chicago

These questions all pointed to the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, a personal favorite of Koorosh. “There are a lot of young people in Lincoln Park, a lot of couples starting their lives together.” Films like My Big Fat Greek Wedding were filmed there, and a lot of Chicago’s romance buds from the area. Plenty of natural and man-made sights and venues hold special meaning. What Eric sought was strength, a solid foundation to build their lives upon, and the eternal, timeless devotion of their love. From all of these factors, and after a bit of personal inspection of the Park, Koorosh settled upon the masonry and architecture of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Statue located east of the Zoo. “The statue, like their ring, is a gateway that links past to present. It is a bridge between two different times, how they can all come together to form a lasting union.” When all of these factors came together, they produced a truly breathtaking, one-of-a-kind piece.

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Celebrity Ring Selections

At some point, we’ve all heard the tale of celebrity engagements, and these stories tend to focus a lot on the ring! It’s nothing new that the rich and famous go all out on their engagements, but allow us to take you on a more in-depth look at some stylish celeb bling before giving our review of them. Julie Kosin of Harpers Bazaar already did an amazing, illustrated guide – which you can read here – but we’re going to go a little more in-depth on a few of the rings that caught our eye just as much as yours.

1. Kate Middleton & Prince William’s Heirloom

Image courtesy of Raymond Lee Jewelers

There’s almost as much history as there is beauty in this ring. Rated in at 18cts, this huge sapphire is surrounded by 14 smaller diamonds in a floral pattern. The perfect blue of the sapphire really draws the eye, and the surrounding diamonds actually make the center stone appear bigger. What’s more, this ring originally belongs to Princess Diana – Prince William’s mother – and has since been passed down to him to present to Kate.

Chief Designer Koorosh Daneshgar gives his personal thoughts about this unique heirloom: Koorosh Daneshgar“I always love the classics! Sapphire with a halo-diamond setting is one of the most classic looks when it comes to engagement rings. I love the contrast between the blue sapphire and the white halo.”

 

2. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Engagement Ring

Image courtesy of WeddingSutra.com
Image courtesy of WeddingSutra.com

Angelina never fails to please with this stunning ring. She’s been pretty tight-lipped on the exact specifications of the ring, but it’s estimated to have cost almost $250,000 to make. Brad spent over a year helping design the ring, of which we at least know that all of the stones were of the highest color and quality – that would rate at a D in color, at the very least (on the typical scale, D is the highest ranking, as A-C are near-impossible to find!) and an IF (Internally Flawless) clarity.

Mory TafreshiMory Tafreshi, Store Manager and expert gemologist, tells a bit more about the ring with his seasoned eye: “Baguette side stones typically flank the center stone, but we usually don’t see so many! They work well to keep the shape of the ring uniform, as opposed to round cut diamonds.”

 

3. Marilyn Monroe’s Eternity Band

Picture courtesy of the LA Times
Picture courtesy of the LA Times

Picture courtesy of LA Times

Marilyn Monroe and Yankee’s Centerfielder Joe DiMaggio tied the knot with a gorgeous, platinum-set eternity band, fitted with 35 baguette-cut stones! For those unfamiliar with the lingo, an eternity band is a style of ring that has diamonds set along the entire outside of the ring, rather than in the center. This ring is the stuff of legend, a beautiful band for a beautiful woman. In fact, it once went on auction for over $700,000!

Terrance Hanley, expert gemologist and consultant with Wedding Bands & Company, tells us a bit about the ring: “Stunning. Classic. Retro-Style. These styles of rings are meant to represent the endless love in a relationship – the irony of which in this particular relationship wasn’t lost on me! Still, the outstanding elegance of this piece can never be lost.”

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