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

 

5 Things Planning our Wedding Taught me

Hello, beautiful! I hope your week is going fabulous thus far. Monday I was able to play model for the day for Next on Scene Magazine's spring issue. I can't wait to see how the images come out. I was able to work with a group of fabulous boss babes. Anyway let's get to the bridal, shall we?

There is no secret that planning a wedding is not easy. It is truly bananas how much time goes into one event that goes by within a blink of an eye. Looking back on the planning of Ricky & I's wedding, we learned 5 valuable lessons.

1. Who our real friends are- Throughout planning & even after our wedding we found out who are true friends are. This isn't always the easiest lesson to learn & it is just a fact of life that friends will come & go but it was definitely eye opening. We are both extremely understanding people & always give others the benefit of the doubt but, any kind of relationship works two ways. 

2. You can't please everyone- You know that phrase, "You can be the juiciest peach but, not everyone likes peaches". It's true! I don't like peaches. But, really R & I tried hard to please everyone but, it got to the point where we stopped worrying about everyone else & planned our wedding for us. Yes, you want your guests to enjoy themselves but, at the end of the day we paid for our own wedding so it was going to be our way.

3. How well we work together under pressure- While planning our wedding as the big day approached we decided it would be a great idea to buy a house as well. (Hello stress) During this time we really learned how well (or not so well) we would work together. In our case we made a really great team. We kept open minds & communication. This just solidified our relationship even more than it already was.

4. Time management- Like I said R & I were crazy people by planning a wedding & buying a house simultaneously. We had to prioritize. I put blogging on the back seat for a couple of months to focus on our personal lives. We also tried to accomplish more tasks earlier rather than later so when we were looking at homes we had more time to put towards that. I made countless to do lists & was constantly re-prioritizing. This was so unlike me (when it comes to my personal life). I consider myself a "hot mess" (an organized hot mess) & save everything till last minute. This time in my life I couldn't do that.

5. Budgeting- As I mentioned prior R & I paid for our wedding by choice. We didn't want to complicate things for our family & if anyone wanted to contribute, we wanted them to contribute how they were willing & able. Having a $25,000 plus wedding & buying a house you can imagine that we had to get our finances in check. We stopped going out as much, every once of our disposable income went to our wedding fund. This was super beneficial in the long run as we have carried over these habits & we are comfortably able to pay our mortgage.

Well fash dolls these are a few valuable life lessons R & I learned while planning our wedding. It isn't an easy task but remember to breathe. Put it in perspective, this is just one day. It maybe one of the most important days in your life but your lifetime with your significant other means so much more than this day. Enjoy it as it only happens once. If you ever have questions please feel free to contact me thru social media or by email (check out the contact page). Till next time babes.

Stay Sassy & God Bless!

Hello Old Friend(s)

Hello old friends...& new friends! It may seem like I have fallen off the face of the planet seeing how I haven't posted in about 5 months but with good reason. There has been a lot of good happening but there has also been some less than fab things happening that all kind of consumed my time.

On June 24th, 2016 I married my best friend. This day was easily the best day of my life but there was a boat load of planning and appointments along the way! I was never that girl that dreamed of her wedding & not that I didn't enjoy the planning process (because I did) it was just a lot. I was of course looking forward to our special day but I had my mind set on the happily ever after with Ricky.

Not only did I go from Miss to Mrs. we have been trying to buy a house which if you have gone thru the process yourself you know its not easy. If you haven't, you have heard your friends & family probably complain about it. We would see a house online, call our realtor to set up a showing, & by the end of the day there was an offer accepted on the house we wanted to see. We officially put in an offer on the perfect mermaid grotto & are on track to close by the end of the month.

On top of those two wonderful yet crazy things I was diagnosed with colitis in April, a little TMI but I want to be transparent. With everything going on & finding this out I was drained. Unfortunately the blog had to take a back seat. I needed to focus on these life changes & taking care of myself. Life can be crazy, especially being from New England I am accustomed to being on the run. I have learned that sometimes you need to take a step back say no to things & take care of your mind, body, & soul.

Last weekend Ricky & I welcomed a new addition to our little family, Audrey Hepburn Williams. She is about 12 pounds & is the most precious German Shepard puppy. Her paws are too big for her body so she is a little clumsy but she will grow into them. She is already a daddy's girl.

I am still trying to figure out my health situation but as the dust settles with everything else I am back to blogging. I couldn't be happier! I am feeling more inspired than ever. Thank you all for reading today and those of you that have read since the commencement  of this site. I can't even believe that it has been 2 years in September.

Cheers to the future!

Stay Sassy & God Bless,

Gigi XO

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