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Vintage Engagement Rings: Styles Through the Eras

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Vintage Engagement Rings: Styles Through the Eras
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Prior to looking at the different styles of vintage engagement rings, it is important to define what exactly is classed as vintage. The term “vintage” can be widely used to describe an old item, yet to be vintage, a jewellery item would be anything from 20 to 99 years old, as any item that is more than 100 years old is classified an antique. Here are the various eras that have produced distinctive diamond ring designs.

  • The Victorian Era (1830-1900) – This era is a very popular choice for the girl who loves fine design, and in general, the Victorian era can be classed as early, middle and late period styles. If you would rather something a little older, you can see antique style engagement rings at very affordable prices from an online antique and vintage jeweller. Victorian rings are generally made from rose gold, with rows, clusters and halos of diamonds, which is one of the reasons why this era is so popular.
  • Edwardian Era (1900-1920) – This period symbolises intricate, lacy designs, with platinum bands, and you can often find very floral patterns from this period. Coloured diamonds began to appear in the Edwardian era, with pinks, yellows and greens often used. The Old Mine, European and Rose Cuts were popular in this short era, and there are some delightful designs that are still impressive to this day.
  • The Art Deco Period (1920-1940) – If you are into bold and glitzy designs, the Art Deco period is for you, with bold geometric shapes and repeated patterns. Rather than flowing curves, the bold straight lines are really evident in Art Deco rings, with, of course, coloured diamonds used extensively. The Step Cut became very popular as it goes hand in hand with the bold style, and due to bad economic times, other stones were often used instead of diamonds, so don’t be surprised to come across amethyst, citrine and garnet when viewing engagement rings of this period.
Vintage Engagement Rings: Styles Through the Eras
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  • The Retro Period (1940-1960) – This was the time when the diamond giant DeBeers launched their very successful marketing campaign, which resulted in almost the exclusive use of diamonds in engagement rings. Simpler designs are more popular with the Retro period, and diamonds were generally centrally placed, and with platinum in great demand thanks to the Second World War, rose gold was the metal of choice.
  • The Swinging Sixties – This was a glorious era and ring designs were heavily influenced by the Art Deco period, as flower power gripped the UK. Jaqueline Kennedy sported a coloured diamond engagement ring, which did wonders for the emergence of coloured stones, yet diamonds were still figuring highly in 60s designs.

Whatever the period that you prefer, an online search will help you to locate a reputable antique and vintage jeweller, and they can source any style and are very reasonably priced. Talk to a local dealer today and see what they have on offer.

How missionary women dress

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How missionary women dress

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints bases its beliefs in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. The last one is what makes different The Church from others because the Latter-day Saints believe this book is another witness of the existence of Jesus Christ, translated from antique golden plates that contained the writings of ancient prophets, Its main purpose is Jesus Christ teachings. Without the Book of Mormon, this Church would not exist today.  

The Church makes important missionary work throughout the world, and because it is usual to see men on a mission, people tend to believe that women can’t be missionaries, but the reality is that any women who wish to serve can do it.

Because missionary work is a very important job the Church has some general guidelines for dressing when being and an Ambassador of the Lord.

Appropriate dress and grooming will help them earn respect and trust, therefore, missionaries should wear professional, conservative clothing that is consistent with their sacred calling and that will clearly identify them as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their appearance is often the first message others receive, and it should support what they say.

Men usually wear pants and shirt; however, because women can opt for a wide variety of formal styles, there are some guides for dressing and grooming. These include:

Modesty

Maintain a high standard of modesty. Wear clothing that is neither too tight nor too loose, is not transparent or revealing in any way, does not draw too much attention, is not casual, wrinkled, sloppy, or faddish. You should present a dignified, clean, well-groomed appearance and be feminine and professional in style.

Fabrics and care

Because of budget and luggage restrictions and limited closet space, women should plan and purchase clothing carefully. Clothing should be made of materials that are durable and easy to keep. The best fabrics are those that are resistant, that can be easily wash and that do not wrinkle or fade easily.

Accessories

For security reasons, handbags, jewelry, and other accessories should be simple and conservative. Women are encouraged to choose shoulder bags and purses that are both professional and durable. For this same reason, earrings should not hang longer than approximately one inch below the earlobe. Necklaces and rings should also be simple.

Sunglasses to provide protection from the sun are encouraged. However, unless sunglasses serve a medical purpose, should not be wear when speaking with others or while indoors. Finally, belts may be worn with outfits for function or style.

Tips for Wearing A Purple Dress To A Formal Event

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They say a girl must be supremely confident to wear a purple dress to a formal event, and while that might be the case, choosing such a bold color shouldn’t be an issue, providing you choose the right design and accessorize wisely. If you have decided to go purple for the event, here are a few tips to help you create the right look that is sure to turn heads.

  • Accessories – Yellow and gold are the two best colours to match with a purple dress, and a gold satin belt might work for you, while yellow gold jewellery is a must! A turquoise bag would really complete the look, and with an up hairdo and the right make-up, you are ready for the big night! As purple is a rich and bold colour, you might want to accessorise using neutral colours, and white can also be included in your accessories.
  • Go Designer – You can’t afford to take any chances with such an occasion, and with designers like Sherri Hill and Jovani, you can be sure of real quality. You might be tempted to wear those Peaches Boutique short purple homecoming dresses that can be found on their website, and this would make for an ideal choice. Make sure you order with sufficient time to have a few minor alterations carried out, as is usually the case when buying an evening gown.
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  • Black High Heel Shoes – The best choice with a purple gown, black high heel shoes work perfectly with the boldness of purple, and make sure that the shoes have been worn in prior to the event, otherwise the evening might be spoilt.  If you are going for a full-length gown, then shoe height is critical, so make sure you get that right.
  • Full Dress Rehearsal – Nothing should be left to chance if you are attending a homecoming or prom dance, and with a full dress rehearsal (makeup as well), you get to see the finished look, and in the event you are not happy with something, there’s still time. Spend some time thinking about hairstyles, and this is the perfect occasion for an up-do, which will give you the chance to show off those diamond earrings.

If you plan on tanning, make sure you do that at least 3 days prior to the event, and you might want to consult with your hair stylist a couple of weeks ahead of time, as she may want to experiment a little. Plan each component of your final look, and with a little trial and error, you are sure to come up with perfection.

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Nothing wrong with dressing up and taking a few selfies, which you can send to good friends, asking for an honest opinion. This will give you added self-confidence and that will prove to be invaluable on the night. With a designer dress, you really can’t go wrong.