This week we’re shaking things up a bit! Our Fashion Friday Trend Reports are all about introducing details, options and tidbits of information that can help you choose the perfect ring, but we were recently asked a question on our twitterthat made us realize we hadn’t covered all the bases!
Hello, a friend needs to surprise his girlfriend by giving an engagement ring but dont know her size. Ideas?@NatalieKJewelry
Say you’ve found the perfect ring, it calls your name, but you have no idea her ring size!? You want to make it a grand surprise proposal, but it won’t end well if the ring doesn’t fit. Let’s go through a few good, stealthy ways to figure out her ring size. Tip #1, your jeweler is your friend!
Trace a Line Take a look in her jewelry box, does she have a ring she’s fond already fond of that she wears on that special finger (either, right or left, hand is just fine). Sneak in a pen and paper and trace the inside of the ring! Take it into the jeweler and voila!
Soap?! If you’re worried you might not get the perfect outline try making a quick impression in a bar of soap. This will give a pretty accurate read when compared with a ring sizer!
Use a Candlestick Less likely to find around the house, but easy to get your hands on is a tapered candle stick. Take the ring, slide it down and make a gentle impression or mark where the ring falls comfortably! Tada! Make shift mandrel*!
“Borrow”a Ring Want to get a more accurate measurement, try swiping one of her rings for the day to take to your jewelers. Of course it’ll have to be a least favorite, one she won’t notice, otherwise the jig is up and you’ll have some explaining to do!
Enlist a Partner If you can’t get a moment alone with her treasure chest, go it the easy route. Ask around, her mom, sister, father, best friend, cousin twice removed! Anyone she’s close with whose done a shopping trip with her or bought her jewelry might already have the inside scoop. If not, maybe take up a partner in crime and have someone do a quick shopping trip.
If all else fails, take a guess! Most jewelers carry a stock size somewhere between 6.5 and 7, your jeweler can almost always resize the ring post proposal. But if you’re in doubt, size up! You’ll be able to slip the ring on her finger for the perfect proposal picture (remember guys get a photographer) and have it sized down later.
Engagement rings are not only a sparkling trinket, they are an expression of love and a piece of your personal history, as such they should be as unique as the story they tell. There’s no such thing as a cookie cutter bride, so why should you settle for a cookie cutter ring. Find a ring that has more to offer than sparkle. We want you to find a ring that speaks to you and of you. This week’s featured rings are just a bit out of the ordinary, but with Natalie K’s signature sophistication. It’s their one of a kind shank designs that set them apart from the rest of the crowd.
Split shanks are a great way to add interest instantly to any diamond engagement ring. But don’t for a moment think there’s any reason for you to have to stick with the traditional parallel split shank. NK28520-18W, offers a very modern split shank, mimicking the curves of the diamond halo and round center. The split shank looks like a single bent strand of diamonds, creating a visual illusion making it appear as if the center is floating in its halo between both points.
Add even more intrigue with a spiraling shank. NK25362-18W has a diamond shank that stands out, softly twisting and curling inward towards the prong mounting, giving the center an appearance of a windswept diamond. Our rings, being customizable, can be adjusted to feature any diamond center stone. Just imagine what kind of an impact a princess cut diamond could make surrounded by the 45 diamonds on this 18k white gold mounting.
If however, you’re looking for something less subtle NK26232-W is the right engagement ring for you. The spiraling shank with twists and turns, in NK26232-W, transforms into a spiraling halo, glistening with 53 diamonds and making the center the center of attention.
With so many choices in engagement ring designs there’s no reason to find anything less than extraordinary.
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Glitz and glamor are always in style, but sometimes less is more! Understated engagement rings with a classic design and just the right arrangement of flawless diamonds can be the pinnacle of elegance. This week’s Fashion Friday Trend Report is dedicated to celebrating the beauty of diamond engagement rings whose sophistication come from their simplicity.
NK26632-18W is one such ring with a simple design that exudes effortless charm. You can have the feel of a vintage inspired ring without the overwhelming spirals and clutter. The center mounting is flanked by two bright white diamonds on either side, to frame it, perfectly while the rest of the band is a polished white gold. One detail adds just the right touch of whimsy, an neat scroll work gallery makes this ring interesting, not gaudy!
Engagement rings with simple bands are the perfect match for someone who works with their hands. Convenient and snag resistant. But don’t take simple to mean unglamorous! You can still get the full impact of a luxury diamond ring with fewer diamonds. NK24154-18W is perfect, its single diamond halo surrounds the center mounting and makes it stand out. The band, with a knife’s edge, still has some intrigue but won’t interfere or clash with the glowing diamond halo.
A split shank is a design element of the engagement ring’s band. Rather than a sleek or single band the split shank, is as it implies, a split band. For larger center stones or heavier center mountings the double bands can also help to support the weight. While the most popular split shank style is wide at the top and then tapers at the ends like NK28085-18W, there are countless variations you can find.
See NK26156-W, a split shank engagement ring as well but with a completely different look. Instead of the tapering down of the band this appears as two parallel bands. A much more modern silhouette, and appearance.
A favorite is a split shank with an additional sparkling characteristic, a nestled side stone diamond set between both arms. NK23466-W is an example of this unique element. Pave set diamonds shine along both arms leading up to the four prong head and two prong set round cut diamonds.
Explore all of our collections and a find a split shank engagement ring in any style to suit yours!
There are few things in life that match the epic excitement of the moment when the person you love asks the question you already knew the answer to. A resounding ‘Yes!’ follows the opening of the box and the shimmering of the most beautiful and meaningful ring you’ve ever seen. That’s when you realize this is only the beginning. We, at Natalie K, know that the engagement ring is only a piece of the puzzle in your life and that without the wedding band the puzzle is incomplete. This week’s trend report focuses on the complete picture, and our carefully curated assortment of bridal sets.
The L’Amour Collection is filled with engagement ring and wedding band duos that nestle seamlessly together. Engagement rings with especially unique silhouettes can sometimes be difficult to match with wedding bands for a cohesive look. NK26238WE-W is one such ring with a distinctive look that any bride would love, but would find difficult to pair. We created a wedding band that matches the stunning ebbs and curves that make this ring one of a kind. The minute milgrain detailing on the engagement ring is also engraved onto the wedding band to tie in both rings and also make them beautiful stand-alone pieces.
NK26237WE-W is another beautiful bridal set that not only look stunning independently but enhance each other’s look. The subtle curve of the wedding band allows the ribbon of diamonds to nestle closely to the rounded diamond halo without slipping underneath and or staggering on top to look clunky.
But not all bands need to curve or bend to the shape of an engagement ring, sometimes the most important aspect of a chic and well matched bridal set is proportion. NK25536WE-W is a robust three row diamond engagement ring, pared with a band of the same width as the third row creates a seamless transition.
Explore more of our bridal sets in the L’Amour Collection to find the perfect fit for your perfect match.