Five Tips on How to Choose an Engagement Ring

Hello, beautiful! We have a very special guest post today by Nerissa, co-founder of Tesoro , a luxury diamond bar & style showroom. These tips are so helpful so share with your friends or signifgant others that would benefit from it. Enjoy! xo, Gigi


Diamonds.  How do I love you?  Let me count the ways….

Diamonds.  I can’t get enough, the sparkle, the beauty, I love them all!  But the most exquisite diamond you will ever own will be your engagement ring.  It’s THE ONE.  The diamond that’s full of meaning.  As co-founder of Tesoro Boston I spend a lot of time helping couples choose this most important piece of LOVE!  Most ladies and gents have a hand in picking out this symbol of love together.  It can be fun…and a little overwhelming.  With that in mind, here are my five top tips to take the stress out of engagement ring shopping.  Enjoy the ride!  And contact me with any thoughts or questions, I’d love to hear from you.  

1. Know Yourself, and Your Style!

There’s so much to learn and so many styles to choose from! So how’s a girl (or guy) to choose?  HELP!   The first two questions you should ask yourself are this.  

  • What shape diamond or gemstone are you drawn too?  

  • What’s your style aesthetic?  Fancy. Simple. Modern. Vintage.  

Narrowing down these two basic concepts before you start shopping can make a big difference!  Choosing a ring is as much about personal style as it is about technical beauty.  

2. Learn the Diamond Basics

The 4 C’s. They are a diamond’s modern day equivalent to a “report card”.   Yes, they’re important.  Learn about them.  Better yet, sit down with a jeweler you trust and let them educate you!  At Tesoro Boston we do this at our signature “Diamond Bar” over a glass of prosecco!  The options are endless and here’s the thing, you can’t learn everything about diamonds in the time it takes to purchase an engagement ring!  Enter professional here.

3. Trust the Professionals.  That’s Why We’re Here!

Relationships are SO important. Engagement rings and wedding bands symbolize the most important relationship in your life!  Who you choose to make those rings are just as important.  A jeweler can educate you on the pros and cons of ALL of your options, and there are many…natural diamonds, lab grown diamonds, natural gemstones, synthetics, and don’t forget metal type!  They can also help you determine your budget, which styles suit your lifestyle and help you design your ring.

4. Know Your Budget

We all want that show-stopping, jaw-dropping rock on our hand.  But, let’s face it.  You can’t eat it, live in it or drive it.  Having a clear budget can guide your shopping experience down the right path.  It can also help your jeweler narrow down the search!   Could there be anything worse than falling in love with a ring you can’t afford?  Keep your expectations realistic and you won’t be disappointed. Amazing rings can be found in every price range!

5. Choose for Beauty

Each diamond is a snowflake.  No two are exactly alike.  Some are sleepy and some pop, some are dull some are bright!  Bottom line, when you look down at your hand, you better love what you see!  We guarantee you will!

A Diamond Grading Report is an important tool in the first step of selection.  At Tesoro Boston we only offer GIA certified diamonds using this criteria.  But once we’ve narrowed down your options, our advice to you is this.  Simply LOOK at the diamonds.  Which one speaks to you?  Which diamond do you LOVE?  You can’t always choose who you fall in love with and the same rule applies to diamonds.  

In short, choose for beauty. You’ll be looking at this exquisite diamond for a long time.  Fall in love with what you see!

And remember, the most important thing when buying a diamond…

“Having an educated expert to guide you is the ultimate, luxury buying experience!”  

Happy Diamond Shopping!

-Nerissa Parisi-Hill, Tesoro Boston

 

Tips on How to Pick a Wedding Venue

IMG_0328 Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Some have been dreaming of this day since they could remember. As a bride-to-be and going thru the wedding planning process myself I wish someone told me certain things that I want to share with you. Even if you are single I hope this helps you plan your future big day!

Congratulations if you are engaged! I bet is was the most magical moment. I am also sure that you can't wait to start planning. I myself couldn't wait to start and begun to look at venues a few weeks after being engaged. I had the man now I needed the venue and a date! Here are a few helpful hints if you are looking for a venue.

  1. Have a Conversation with your Partner

Like I stated prior most women have been planning their day since they were little girls. (Not me because I was a tom boy and preoccupied playing in mud) Although this is one of the most important days in your life so is true for your partner. First I would decide on a theme that represents you and your relationship. During this conversation I would also discuss the budget, how big would you like your wedding, destination or not, and when would you like to have it.

2. ResearchWIL0070

Research! Get on your computer and do your research. Look for places that represents your theme and is with in your budget. We looked at 5 venues before making our decision and that was enough for me. Researching before booking visits is important. The last thing you want to do is go see the venue of your dreams out of your price range. Throughout my research I found that most venues had their pricing accessible online and if they didn't they were out of our price range.

3. Visit

After doing your research I would narrow your list and book appointments to visit your potential venues. I think that 5 is a good number but definitely no more than 10. You don't want to get overwhelm yourself. We broke our visits up into 2 weekends. We visited 2 venues one Saturday and 3 the following weekend. The most visits I would book in a day is 2, 3 was a little overwhelming for me but if you can handle more, you go girl! Also decide who you want to bring to your appointments, we brought the mums but maybe you want it to be just the two of you. This is all about you & your honey.

4. Make a Decision

WIL0111Once you have seen all the venues compare them. We knew our venue was it the moment we met the owner of the establishment. She wasn't pushy, was down to earth, and knew what she was talking about. The price was right and it fit our personalities, it felt right the moment we walked in. When you know, you know-right? Once you make that decision it is like a weight is lifted! Then the rest of the planning can begin.

I hope this helps! Stay tuned for more to come.

Happy Planning xo

Just a little note

IMG_4569 Hello friends! Long time, no post. There are certain times that one finds life getting in the way. Since my last post, some amazing things have happened. First of which was  beginning my new employment opportunity in the fashion industry. I have been learning a lot and it has been a wonderful experience which I hope to share with you along the way. A week after starting my new venture I got engaged! It was such a pleasant surprise. As you could imagine, starting a new career, on top of planning a wedding, could drive anyone mad. Now that I have settled into my job and the wedding planning has calmed down, I am ready to produce more helpful fashion advice! I am here to help you establish a wardrobe fit for your body and personality. I am not here by any means to tell you what to wear. I am here to inspire you to be the best you can be!

Now this wouldn't be Fashology without talking fashion! Here is a little peak of my engagement pictures with Ricky. I wanted to wear something that represented my personality; feminine yet playful. The tank top is from Marshalls and the tulle skirt is from Tobi, completing the ensemble with Converse Chuck Taylors.

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Stay Sassy xo