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Countdown to an Amazing Tahoe Wedding
Step 1 – A Sparkling Proposal
The magic of the holiday season is in the air, and now you can begin to plan your fabulous Lake Tahoe wedding. But first things first – the proposal!
A wedding tradition that has endured the test of time together with the proposal is the diamond engagement ring. But what is the best approach to proposing – a surprise question-popping without a ring, or a not-so-unexpected proposal with the perfect engagement ring?
In either case, most proposers do not want to take on the burden of buying the engagement ring without consulting their partner first. Regardless of how you choose to approach the buying process (surprise first buy later, or spoil the surprise and go shop together) it’s important to understand your investment. Since engaged couples are older and more financially established today, according to The Knot, the average amount spent on an engagement ring is $6,351. So you need to do your research!
When searching for an engagement ring today, the most beloved cut is the round diamond because it provides the most sparkle.
While the emphasis during engagement ring shopping is rightfully placed on the stone, you can’t properly display your dazzling diamond without choosing an appropriate setting. Most couples select a prong setting to maximize the diamond’s sparkle. The most important choice in selecting a prong setting is whether to get four or six prongs. Four prongs show off more of the diamond, but six prongs hold the diamond much more securely.
The final element of your engagement ring is the ring itself. The most popular material chosen for a 2018 engagement ring is white gold. However, to others, platinum is worth the added expense, because it is an extremely hard metal and it will never tarnish. While white gold looks very similar to platinum, over time the rhodium plating in white gold will wear off and fade to a yellowish tinge. You would need to re-polish and re-plate the white gold ring to look white again.
According to The Knot’s survey data, an average of 26 rings are looked at over a period of 3½ months before the purchase is made. Although online shopping has become more popular, we recommend going to brick-and-mortar stores to buy an engagement ring. Every diamond is unique, and you should have the opportunity to see and feel a purchase this important.
Begin by identifying reputable jewelers in your area and check the Better Business Bureau and online references for 5-star reviews. Or to support the local economy in the North Lake Tahoe area, please consider these sparkling shops (listed in alphabetical order):
Regardless of where you choose to shop, never lose track of the reason why you’re buying an engagement ring. This symbol of your commitment to your future spouse is to be enjoyed together for the rest of your lives!
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait until March 20 – It’s “National Proposal Day”
Whether you have been intently pursuing your career or plotting your wedded-life-to-be forever, the wait was well worth it, now that you have finally met “the one.” But what’s next for your epic romance?
According to national statistics, 19% of all engagements take place in December. Oops, well that didn’t happen! Then along came Valentine’s Day… nope, too trite!! But wait, the engagement season isn’t over yet! Your significant other has another chance, as “National Proposal Day” is on March 20th. This day is for those who have waited patiently for that special someone to pop the question.
To help your guy get down on one knee with a sparkly ring, we want to share a hidden “gem” that we discovered years ago in the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City – Steve Schmier’s Jewelry.
We had the pleasure of recently speaking with owner Michael Grant, professional Jeweler and Gemologist, regarding his retail store, and we wanted to share his sparkling knowledge with you. By the way, Michael is so “in the know” about Lake Tahoe, he’s also a “go-to” guy on things to do here.
For now, here are his pearls (or should we say “diamonds”) of wisdom:
1. What 3 words best describe your work?
Unique, Creative & Artistic
2. What are some sources of inspiration or influences on your work?
Art, architecture and design all feed into our creativity. We prefer working with real natural materials born of the earth.
3. What trends do you see in engagement rings?
We’ve seen a trend in the “halo” style engagement ring, meaning the center stone is surrounded by small diamonds. Also the rings with multiple diamonds set in a micro-pavé style.
White gold, platinum and rose gold are trendy, but yellow gold is gaining in popularity again.
4. If you purchase an engagement ring, do you still purchase a wedding ring?
The tradition of putting a wedding band with an engagement ring is still very much desirable, however, many styles of engagement rings can be worn without a matching band. We get creative with different options, and it is an individual choice.
5. What is the range of costs wedding couples typically spend on the engagement ring? the wedding ring?
Engagement rings can be $3,000-$20,000 on an average. We also do custom work, refurbishing heirloom pieces, too, for those who want to have something updated. This could be a choice. Costs vary. Wedding bands can be $ 1,000.00 and up.
6. How much time should a wedding couple plan on securing an engagement ring – from initially looking to actually having it on the finger?
Most couples begin the process of shopping for an engagement ring up to 2 years in advance. Most ladies look at wedding rings on a regular basis on the internet, their friends’ rings, window shopping as well, and it is not unusual for someone to have a clear idea of what they want before they even meet their significant other! Usually, pre-shopping is done before the significant other is brought in to see the selected item.
7. If it’s a wedding couple that is a bride and groom, do they typically shop together for the ring? If it’s a same sex couple, do they typically shop together for the ring?
Most couples still shop together. There is excitement and passion in finding that “special ring” together. The same holds true with same sex couples.
8. Do you provide gemological certificates for your diamonds?
We do supply gemological certificates for all of our diamonds and retail replacement appraisals.
9. Do you have any marriage advice for engaged couples?
Our advice to couples is to keep laughter and joy in your relationship. Stay committed and focused. Be present with one another. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and buy sparkly jewelry often!
Congratulations on your engagement…we’re thrilled for you, as a wedding always begins with a proposal. Happy National Proposal Day!
Since 1977, Steve Schmier’s Jewelry has been a consistent provider of diamonds, engagement rings, and custom jewelry for Lake Tahoe residents, second homeowners, and visiting out-of-towners. Between owner Michael Grant and his knowledgeable staff, they have a combined 100 years of jewelry experience. Their expertise and commitment is built on integrity, trust and fine quality jewelry for all ages and occasions.
Steve Schmier’s Jewelry
760 North Lake Blvd (Boatworks Mall, Main Level)
Tahoe City, CA
Email: [email protected]