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How to take the best engagement photo on your smartphone

The best part of a wedding proposal? Show it off! (Ok, second best!)

 

So you’re getting engaged and we’re sure you’re super excited about that, and soon, all of your social media followers will be too! 🙂

Here are 5 tips on how to take the most stunning engagement photo to show off your love, and your new gorgeous ring! 

 

For starts – two crucial no-no’s – No zoom! No flash! You don’t want your photos to be pixelated or with a flash blowout.

 

1. It’s all in the lightning!

You can’t go wrong with natural light, and more than that- natural light will bring out the best of your ring’s sparkle and details. Even if you’re indoors, try to find a window from which the outside light shines in, and set up around that. If no natural light is in hand, use soft lightings such as string or bulb lights, candles, or cool lamps and chandeliers that give a romantic feel and also can add to the background of the photo.

In case you can’t get the light right- you can’t go wrong with a filter!

 

 

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2. Background

Get crazy with the backgrounds! If the proposal took place in amazing scenery, try and capture it in the background of your photo. If not, find an Instagram-worthy background, like a patterned pillow, a colorful garden, or an accessorized corner of a room, to serve as the backdrop of your ring selfie.

 

3. Be Prepared and organized!

We have to say it- In case you think your SF might pop the question- get your nails done! 

As for the photos, take a lot of photos from different angles so you will have some options to choose from. Don’t get tempted to upload a collage – it doesn’t look good. Just pick one great photo and stick to it, or upload more than one photo, but as an album.

 

4. Strike a pose

Try taking different angles of this amazing shared moment. Take pictures of BOTH of you together and apart, if you can plan ahead then take a picture of the proposal moment itself, with the crying face too! 

As for the ring itself – experiment with the angle so you capture the beautifulness of your ring from all sides.

 

5. Get sentimental!

If there was ever a time to gush over your love story this is it! Write in the caption all about marrying your best friend, the love of your life, how excited and extremely happy you both are, and of course, use tons of emojis and hashtags. Social media loves good news like that and it will surely be seen on the engagement rate you get on your engagement post.

 

 

 

And one last tip-Don’t forget to live the moment. It’s not all about the picture and the social share.

Take a minute to celebrate this extremely happy moment in both of your lives. This is the first day of the rest of your life together and the journey only begins. Congratulations! We’re so happy for you! 

 

 

Three Striking Alternatives to Diamond Engagement Rings

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. No doubt about it. Marilyn said so!

But… Most of us have more than one friend, right?

Many consumers now seek other options to fulfill their engagement ring dream and we are here to tell you about three alternatives you can explore, that are ethical and eco-friendly as well as have a lower price tag than natural diamonds.

 

Moissanite Engagement Ring

If you want the classy-diamond-ring look on your engagement ring, let us introduce you to the Moissanite stone.  A stone that looks and feels exactly like a diamond, in a fraction of the cost and with no conflicts attached!

This precious stone was discovered back in 1893 by French chemist Henri Moissan, as he was examining mineral samples from a meteor crater. This is why moissanite is also known as “a gem born of the stars” and who can say “I don’t” to that?! Moissanite can be up to 90% less expensive per carat than a diamond of the same size, so you can allow yourself to go bigger on the stone and the ring design in your engagement ring.

Learn more about Moissanites vs. natural diamonds

moissanite engagement ring camellia jewelry

 

 

 

Gemstone Engagement Ring

For a more colorful, modern, and unique style, the gemstone engagement ring could be the one!

Sapphire, Ruby or Emerald, all are dazzling alternatives for diamonds. In a clear stone that looks just like a diamond, or in one of multiple color options and shapes. Every gemstone also has an ancient meaning, power, or belief attached to it, helping you to pick the gemstone that matched perfectly to your love story, your individual personality, or your magical future together. 

Learn more about gemstones and semi-precious diamonds engagement rings

gemstone engagement ring

 

Lab-Created Diamond Engagement Ring 

If you just want a diamond, but don’t want to take the risk with a non-ethical stone and also a more affordable option- lab-grown diamonds display the same physical, chemical, and optical characteristics as natural diamonds, and exhibit the exact same spark and style. 

Learn more about Lab-Grown Diamonds 

lab created diamond engagement ring

 

 

If you still can’t imagine your engagement ring with anything else but a diamond, we can guarantee you that all of our products are conflict-free, and have been certified by the Kimberley Process as being so.

Our team of Proposalists are here to answer any question you may have, or design the ring of your dreams together with you.

 

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Wedding Rings Pairing Guide

Finding the perfect engagement ring is not a simple choice, we know. There are so many styles and options to choose from, and we are going to add another consideration to your purchase – the wedding ring pairing. Since the engagement ring will typically only be worn alone for relatively a few months, it’s a good idea to consider the style of band you or your partner will want at the same time as you purchase your engagement ring.

Whether you want to create a matching or contrasting pairing, there are a few things to consider when selecting the perfect band. These include the thickness of the band, the type of metal, and also the setting. Most importantly, you will want to choose a style that uniquely reflects your partner’s or your own individuality. Here are some pointers for when the time comes to pair the ring of your dreams with that forever band of your choice: 

Matching Vs. Unique Bands

Will there be occasions where you will have to leave your engagement ring at home and just wear your wedding band? If so be sure to choose a wedding band that is substantial enough to still be its one-man (or better, one-ring) show, and which is not a nesting ring.

 

Wedding Bands Shapes

Choose a band that will go the shape of your engagement ring and cuts. Solitaire diamonds can easily be paired with any band, but if you go with pear or emerald be sure to find a band that fits under or can work around the setting.

 

Stacking Bands

These are a gorgeous alternative to a single band. Rather than choosing one large band, brides can choose multiple smaller bands that enhance the engagement ring. This can be extra fun if throughout the years you’d like to collect stackable bands for future anniversary presents 😉

 

Nesting

This lovely technique is designed to go around your engagement ring and complement it by making it look MUCH bigger.

 

Soldering

Soldering is the process by which two metal items become joined together through melting down and adding a filler metal—or solder—into the joint between the two. If you plan on wearing both your rings together all the time, you should definitely consider getting them soldered together.

 

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The Origin of Diamond Cuts- And How They Got Their Names

So by now, we all know the differences between LCD, diamonds, and moissanite. But what about the shapes and cuts? Let’s go back to the roots to discover the stories behind these cuts and how they got their names. The quick guide below gives the lowdown on the origin of diamond cuts. 

 

Princess

This fancy shape was only introduced a few decades ago, but has since become  one of the most popular shapes for engagement rings. When looking down on a princess-cut diamond, they can appear as a square, however, from the side, they resemble more of an inverted pyramid. 

How long has this gorgeous cut been around? Well, there’s some confusion there. Many believe the history of the princess cut dates back to the 1970’s. This was also when a new shape, “the Barion Cut”, was introduced by Basil Watermeyer. This particular cut was actually more of a combination between an emerald cut and marquise cut. Princess diamonds actually date back to 1961 when a London based diamond cutter, Arpad Nagy, created what was known then as the “profile cut”. That same cut is now known as the princess cut. After a few years, Betzalel Ambar, Ygal Perlman, and Israel Itzkowitz popularized the new name, which is why we all know them now as “princess cuts”.

This square stone features 58 facets, which allows it to really show off the diamond’s unique sparkle. It offers a similar shine to the round brilliant diamond due to their similar facet positions.

princess cut diamond

 

 

Marquise

A marquise-cut diamond features 58 facets and an elliptical shape with pointed ends. And this exquisite shape has an interesting history. In the mid-18th century, King Louis XV of France commissioned his court jeweler to cut a diamond in the shape of the lips of his favorite mistress Jean Antoinette Poisson. She was known as the Marquise de Pompadour (or more commonly referred to as Madame de Pompadour). Marquise cuts are also known as “navette” cuts, which means “little ship” in French. Along with a football-shaped cut (hmmm… where’s the romance?); and the eye-shaped cut.  

marquise cut diamond

 

 

Pear

The pear shape, often referred to as the teardrop cut, was invented in 1458 by Flemish diamond polisher, Lodewyk van Bercken. He also invented the Scaife polishing wheel, which transformed the diamond trade. It enabled him to cut facets into diamonds with precision and opened the door to more complex diamond cuts.

This diamond combines the brilliance and design of the round and marquise cuts into one unique shape. Despite the positive response to the shape, when it first debuted many people were not happy with the amount of rough diamond lost during the cutting process. Over time, however, the pear shape grew in popularity. 

pear cut diamond

 

 

 

Cushion

The cushion shape is almost like a rounded square. It gets its name for being shaped like a pillow. Its origins can be traced back to the 1800’s. At the time, the cut was referred to as the “mine cut,” named after the Brazilian diamond mines (called “old mine” once diamonds were found in South Africa as well). While similar in shape, today’s cushion cut has 64 facets while the “mine cut” had 58. The many facets that make up the cushion allow for more light to flow through the stone. Which makes it one of the most brilliant cuts compared to the rest. 

 

Emerald cut

Emerald cuts have been around for thousands of years. Initially, it was used on emerald stones. But, diamond cutters eventually began to incorporate the cut into diamonds as well. The name “emerald cut” was not used until the 1920’s. This is when it reached the peak of its popularity. The emerald cut’s clean lines and symmetry fit in perfectly with the art deco style of the decade. An emerald shaped diamond is created by using step cuts, which, as the name suggests, resemble steps on a staircase. 

 

Asscher

The Asscher cut is one of the first patented diamond cuts in the world. It was invented by Dutch master diamond cutter, Joseph Asscher of the Royal Asscher Diamond Company in 1902.  Like the emerald shape but in square format, Joseph was able to create a more brilliant cut by giving the diamond larger step facets, a higher crown, and a smaller table. The classic looking Asscher has 58 facets and cropped corners that give it the appearance of an octagon. 

diamond cuts names

 

 

After reviewing the origins of the infamous diamond cuts- Tell us which one’s your favorite? If you’re still not sure, you can visit our collection and browse for some inspiration.

What’s the difference between white, yellow and rose gold?

Eeny…meeny…miny…moe, which color to pick for my beau? We are blessed to be able to choose between so many beautiful and precious materials. But If you’ve wondered what’s the difference between white, yellow and rose gold, look no further than the little, guide below.

 

What is gold?

While we all know about gold, not everyone knows the behind the scenes of how it gets to our jewelry box. So let’s start by asking “what is gold?”.  In technical terms, this beloved metal is a chemical element found in nature with a high atomic number. In its natural state it has a bright red-yellow hue. It’s also dense and malleable – so, to be able to use it, you have to mix it with other metals.

Different shades of gold depend on these added elements. And while the most popular shades are the triad alloy – white, yellow, and rose, you can also find it in shades of bronze, red, and even lime. Next, the following question arises “what’s the difference between them?”.

 

“Geometry has two great treasures; one is the Theorem of Pythagoras; the other, the division of a line into extreme and mean ratios. The first we may compare to a measure of gold; the second we may name a precious jewel.” ― Johannes Kepler

 

What’s the difference between white, yellow, and rose gold?

All the shades have almost the same percentage of pure gold, and you usually find them at the same price. But, of course, you have to take into consideration the brand’s value that you work with, where the gold comes from and its karat – 10K, 14K, 18K, 24K. Price also goes up if the color is trendy that year.

We measure the percentage of pure gold by karat. So, 24 karat gold is 100% pure, 18 karats is 75% pure, and so on. The most common metals that jewelers combine with gold are copper, silver, nickel, palladium, and zinc. Some specialists also use “plating” as a technique to add color, that’s why you can find two or even three different shades on the same piece.

 

Yellow Gold 

In order to get the shiny, vintage yellow gold color, silver, copper and zinc are added. This combo presents the shade of pure gold. But it’s more delicate than other alloys. It can scratch easily and with each polish, you lose a little bit of material. Yellow gold is a classic and will always be in style, even if white and rose catch up with it. 

While you get the advantage of using something closer to the original, the big disadvantage is that time will leave a mark on it. 

yellow gold engagement rings camellia jewelry

 

 

White Gold

This mix is a combination of gold nickel, palladium, and silver. You might be surprised, but yes, there is silver in gold. The strength of the alloy depends on the proportions. For example, nickel makes it hard, so it’s used in rings and brooches; while palladium gives gold flexibility to add soft gemstones to the setting. 

This particular alloy usually has a yellowish tint. This is the reason why specialists finish the product with rhodium plating. Rhodium gives the color, but it also offers a protective layer, as yellow gold is soft. The disadvantage here is that, from time to time, you have to re-plate your jewelry.

white gold engagement rings

 

 

Rose Gold

The last mix of the most popular gold alloy is the rose gold, which is pure gold and copper. It can come in shades of pink, but also red, depending on the copper content. This combination used to be called “Russian Gold”, as that’s where it first appeared, in the 19th century. 

When it comes to strength, the last of the pack is very sturdy, all because of copper. The big disadvantage of this romantic combination is that it can cause allergic reactions, so it’s not for everybody.

rose gold wedding rings by camellia jewelry

 

In the end, the rush for the perfect gold for your jewelry depends on what you want – classic yellow, modern white, or romantic rose? Let us know in a comment below and do check in our shop the perfect ring for your better half. 

Moissanite – An Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Alternative to Diamonds!

In today’s world, it’s more important than ever to find sustainable and ethical solutions, and jewelry should be no exception. Although it’s no secret that diamonds aren’t exactly the “poster gem” for being eco friendly, many of us still dream of that classic look and feel they bring. But what if there was a conflict-free alternative? A stone that looked and felt exactly like a diamond, and to top it off  – a fraction of the cost. And no, we’re definitely NOT referring to cubic zirconia. We’re talking about Moissanite! An eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to diamonds.

Moissanite is also a precious stone. First discovered in 1893 by French chemist Henri Moissan, as he was examining mineral samples from a meteor crater. And, this is why moissanite is also sometimes commonly referred to as “a gem born of the stars.” At one time these beauties used to be quite scarce. But, are now made in the majority of jewelry laboratories.

And since they’re developed in labs it obviously has less impact on the environment. And likewise, it leaves a much smaller carbon footprint.  Additionally, unlike diamonds, Moissanites are very eco-friendly. And their history is absent from many of the conflicts that remain a concern to those seeking ethical jewelry options.

Of course, if you still prefer diamonds but want to be friendly to Mother Earth, you can also opt for man-made diamonds, made in the lab and often known as LCD (Lab Created Diamonds) or LGD (Lab Grown Diamonds). These are made with the same base, but in a fast-forward process, vs. the slow and steady way nature usually makes them. 

If you’re looking to be more sustainable with your jewelry this year, Moissanite rings are the best option. You can have them as the main stone, or you can add them to a mix with other colorful gems. And you could even take it a step further and use recycled gold too. There is an abundance of advantages when it comes to choosing Moissanite over diamonds. And if you want to learn more about how they differ, check out our Moissonaite Vs. Diamond post on our blog.

 

In the meantime be sure to look at the Moissanite collection from Camellia.

wha'ts the difference between a diamond and a moissonaite

 

 

Moissanite Vs. Diamonds – What’s the Difference?

Today, there’s a multitude of options when it comes to engagement rings. And while we’re all familiar with the classic diamond ring, there’s one (not so little) stone out there that serves a great alternative and deserves some serious attention. But, if you’re still wondering what’s the difference between diamonds and moissanite, then look no further than the guide below. 

When we think of a classic engagement ring we tend to think of one with diamonds. Although, in today’s economy being budget-savvy is a big trend when it comes to jewelry. No doubt, we all want something that’s kind to our wallets, but also something special and eye-catching, that will stand the test of time in terms of durability. In a few words, a diamond is a precious stone, clear, made of pure carbon, which is the hardest substance on Earth. While, moissanite is a natural mineral, a silicon carbide. It was discovered by Henri Moissan, a French chemist, in 1893.

 

Moissanite – the space rock  

 

Finance & Style

Moissanite gems are becoming a big trend among couples who may not have the money to invest in a standard engagement ring. Because, while moissanite and diamonds may look similar, they certainly don’t resemble each other’s prices. Depending on the cut and clarity moissanite can be up to 90% less expensive per carat than a diamond of the same size. In addition to them being a fraction of the cost, there’s also the added bonus of having the freedom to choose larger stones along with personalized designs. Thus, eliminating the worry that your wallet won’t match up to the final product. 

 

Durability or “Toughness”

Although they’re all beautiful, not all gemstones are created equally. Certain gemstones like emeralds and sapphires are not ideal for daily wear (due to the fact that they tend to be brittle and most have tiny natural cracks that make them vulnerable to chipping and shattering). The Mohs scale of mineral hardness is a qualitative scale characterizing scratch resistance of various minerals – the higher the number is, the durable the material is. When it comes to toughness the only thing to come between diamonds and moissanite is boron. As Moissanite ranks 9.25 on the Mohs scale coming in 2nd only to diamonds, which rank as 10. This is great news because it means not only is Moissanite cost-effective but you can wear it or (show it off) on a daily basis.

 

Appearance

When comparing quartz, diamonds, and Moissanites, side by side, a lot of couples go for the Moissanite rings. Moissanites are actually more eye-catching and clearer. They have incredible brilliance, unlike the quartz, especially with the round shapes. Another advantage is that these gems have more dispersion. The stone breaks down light into spectral colors, so when you look at it against a light source, a rainbow appears. And finally, it goes without saying that the bigger the stone the more noticeable the dispersion. And thanks to the cost it means you can get a bigger stone at an even better price.

 

wha'ts the difference between a diamond and a moissonaite

 

In conclusion, Moissanites are a fabulous alternative to diamonds. Not only are they cost-effective, but also durable and aesthetically-pleasing thanks to their dispersion levels that create even more sparkle! Last but certainly not least finally they are also extremely eco-friendly! Bottom line- moissanite gems are a great investment, considering both the budget and the lasting quality. 

Check out some of our Moissanite rings and let us know what you think!

 

How to Choose the Perfect Ring Band

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to witness the jewelry choices of this lovely bride and groom. Please be seated so we can take a look over how to choose the perfect wedding band. Joke aside, there are so many rings to pick from it’s hard to make a good choice…in time for the wedding.

It’s said that the modern couple should have the wedding bands ready one month before the big day. It’s also said that couples shouldn’t try on their bands because of bad luck, but bridezillas and groom kongs out there know that’s not a viable option.

 

 
 

Simplify where you can
In order to let you chew on vendors, caterers, photographers, flower girls and obstinate bridesmaids and groomsmen, here are our top pieces of advice to ease the researching process. Before you make an investment, decide on the style and the budget: a simple wedding band and an engagement ring or a bedazzled wedding band.
 

Once you have this under the belt, the rest of the choices will follow. Do you want diamonds or colorful stones? Are you more interested in a slick white gold band, a two-tone platinum one or you are more into no-fuss classics like a yellow gold band? Maybe something truly unique , such as nature-inspired or vintage-styled?

To make things simple for you, it’s best if you buy all your rings from the same vendor, especially if you want something special and personalized. If you have gold you want to exchange for your new pieces of jewelry or you want to melt older ones this is the right time to be savvy with your money.

 
 


 

 

The importance of it all
It’s important to take your time, have patience, invest in quality materials – especially when it comes to stones – and size them up correctly. Remember that if you want something engraved that can add another extra month to the whole process.

Of course, these are the main rules, but you know that rules are meant to be broken in today’s world. You can always mix it up and be different if you can’t compromise on the same model: one can wear a white gold band, while the other can opt for rose gold if that’s what you fancy or you can add gold and platinum and make up your own creation. In the end what’s important is that you’re both happy.

 

 

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Your Basic Guide to Customizing Your Engagement Ring

Planning on popping the question? Or perhaps you have already been asked and you want to make your ring that extra special? Getting your ring customized is not only a brilliant way of expressing your love in a unique way, but an equally amazing way of injecting a bit of your own personality into one of the most important pieces of jewelry you will ever wear. You’ll be wearing it every day, so you have to make it special, right?

 

Before getting started, there are two things you should do, the first one is prepare yourself mentally for the time any alterations may take. Some of them can take months – so this isn’t drop in on the Saturday, pick up on the Monday kind of scenario. The second one is to find your inspiration – Pinterest will be your ally for this mission, it’s the perfect way of discovering what you like, you love and obviously what you like less as well. Then, you just need to find a jewelry designer whose aesthetic is similar to yours – if you have a penchant for antique jewelry, then someone who shares this passion might be your best option.

 

How can you customize your engagement ring? Look no further, we shall tell you all the tips and tricks you need!

 

Gemstones

14k White Gold Blue Diamond Engagement Ring

 You can select a gemstone to refresh your ring and keep it current, or make sure it suits your everyday style. The jeweler will help you find something that fits your needs, style and of course, budget. Also, like with clothes, you need to see what kind of shape works with you and you feel confident in. Gemstones have so many meanings, and it’s now very popular to choose something that reflects the month of the first date, first kiss or their engagement, you could also chose each other’s respective birth months – it’s up to you!

 

 

Choosing the Cut

princess cut engagement ring

After selecting the gemstone, you need to decide on the cut, or the lack of it – the most popular being the more traditional round cut, the princess cut for very feminine future brides, or the emerald cut for a dainty fit. You could also leave it “raw” or uncut, which is rapidly becoming a favorite amongst future brides too – this means the setting is created to fit the stone and not vice versa.

 

 

Engravings

Another way of customizing your engagement ring is by getting something engraved into it – you could choose the date you first met, a symbol that has significance for you both. You could get it engraved in the inside or on the outside to share that special moment with everyone. Another popular choice is getting each other’s initials engraved on the inside.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

 

Leaving a Room

The most important part is to keep it subtle and not go overboard – who knows? Maybe you’ll have another joyous occasion to feature on your ring, perhaps vow renewals or the birth of your children? Like with anything, the simpler the better – it’s timeless, classy but still has significance for the both of you. You will have plenty of time to add things later on, so don’t go crazy with the customizations!