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How to Improve Your Personal Style

An individual’s personal style is something that can set them apart and make them stand out in a room full of people. Even if you aren’t that into fashion, you can still develop a style that people can identify you by. Perhaps you’re wondering how you can improve your style and make it more interesting, or you’re at a point in your life that you’re hungry for change. Whatever the case, you can improve your style at any time you want to, just be open to trying something new. Here are practical ways that you can improve your personal style nevertheless.

Know What Look You’re Going For

Before you can actually improve your personal style, you need to know what exactly you’re looking to change it to. Identify what your personal style is presently and what about it is you want to improve. It could be that you wear too much black and feel like your style is too gothic and want to introduce new and vibrant colors to your wardrobe. Knowing where you want to go will give you an idea of how to g…

Diamond Engagement Ring On a Budget


The holidays are the biggest time of year for engagements, and it's not hard to guess why. It's a time of gratitude, of joy, and of sparkling holiday lights. It's the most beautiful and magical time of the year. My husband proposed to me a few years ago on Christmas Eve, and the following year we had a Christmas wedding a few weeks before Christmas. Now each year, the holidays are even more romantic, as we remember our engagement and will celebrate our wedding anniversary.

If you're planning on a holiday engagement, here are some great ways to save and still get the ring of your dreams!

1. Be strategic with the setting

If your budget doesn’t cover a larger stone that you want, you can create the illusion of a bigger diamond by picking a halo setting. This kind of setting makes the center stone appear larger and completely changes the appearance of the diamond, making it look somewhat vintage. Personally this is my most favorite look and in fact the kind my husband got me. It has so much sparkle!

2. Choose a prong

Less metal equals less cost. Pick a minimal prong setting instead of a bezel one. More of the stone will be visible, highlighting the diamond and making for easier cleaning.

3. Consider pave diamonds

If your dream is to have a flashy diamond ring but you don’t have the budget, you can fake the look with pave diamonds. These are tiny diamonds that add a sort of crushed ice look to your engagement ring. Since the small stones are more common, they are more affordable. You could opt for a slightly smaller middle stone and then line the band with pave diamonds for exceptional bling. Check the Ringleaders diamond jewellery store in Brisbane for ideas.

4. Consider buying shy

Shopping for diamonds is all about the 4 Cs – carat, cut, colour, and clarity. When we look at carat size, keep in mind that you can save a great deal without sacrificing the look of the diamond if you buy shy.

5. Find a middle ground

Like carat size, as clarity and colour grades improve, so the price goes up. However, the naked eye cannot tell the difference between near perfect and perfect. For great value, pick a near colorless diamond that looks clean to the unaided eye.

6. Choose gold over platinum

Platinum is extremely durable, which is good if you have an active lifestyle. It also won’t change color or fade with time, and it keeps its white, silky shine. But, these qualities come with a hefty price tag. You can get the same fashionable look, though, with white gold, which is resistant to rust, corrosion, and tarnish, and it’s much easier on your budget.

7. Pick an emerald cut diamond

Emerald cuts tend to have fewer facets – those surfaces that reflect light, making the diamond sparkle. While emerald cuts won’t be as shiny, the shape does allow the stone to cover greater surface area than other cuts with the same carat weight. Also, emerald cuts are timeless in style.

8. Buy a set

If you want to make the engagement a surprise, this may not work, but if, as a couple, you decide to research and shop for the rings together, you may just score a deal if you buy the wedding band and engagement ring as a set. You may even be able to get the groom’s wedding band at the same time for even greater savings.

With these tips, you can find a beautiful ring and save money to spend on the wedding and honeymoon!

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