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Stackable Rings: How to Wear Them Like a Pro

Anyone who knows anything about fashion knows that no outfit is complete without proper accessories, and no accessory is hotter right now than stackable rings. There are, however, some rules to bear in mind when choosing the right stackable rings for you, so I thought I’d share some of them with you to help you to make the right choice.

Size Matters

This point is two-fold – firstly, if you have big hands, wearing rings which are too big will make it look like you’re wearing knuckle dusters, and if you have super dainty hands you also don’t want to wear rings which will overwhelm you. Also, consider the fact that if you’re wearing several rings at once, you want to make sure they work together as several rings which are too big will be way too much, regardless of your hand size.

Styling

In the past, the idea of wearing gold and silver together was a huge no-no, but these days it’s actually really trendy to combine your metals. If you are new to this trend, you could try to stack rings by the colour of the metal – you could combine white gold with silver and platinum, as they all have a similar tone. Another idea is to stack them according to the metal. Wearing a rose gold ring along with a yellow and white gold ring looks great.

Ring Type

Something you also need to think about when it comes to stacking rings is to think about the style of the individual rings. While each ring can be different, you don’t want to try stacking rings which really don’t go together – for example, if you’ve got a gorgeous antique cameo ring, that’s not going to look right alongside something ultra modern and geometric. Try to pick a theme or shared attribute between your rings and stick to it.

Gems

Too many gems in your stackable ringsAnother thing to consider is whether your rings have gemstones in them – mix too many different gemstones and you’re going to end up looking like Thanos in the Infinity Gauntlet. If you have a statement ring with a large stone and want to wear other, smaller rings with gems, try to acth them as closely to the main stone as possible, OR stick to a scheme, such as rings with pastel stones so that they coordinate with one another.

How is a Diamond Made?

For many, the go-to carbon source associated with the creation of diamonds is coal. However, science confirms that naturally conceived diamonds created by the earth and space, do not require the metamorphism from coal to form these jewels. To support this, scientists discovered that coal needs plant sources to exist. And that dated diamonds were created before the world’s first plants even existed. Hence, it would be incorrect to assume that the method for the creation of diamonds is reliant on coal. Furthermore, as a sedimentary rock, coal embodies a horizontal rock form. However, diamonds are presented in the shape of vertical pipes packed with igneous rocks. 

There is one man-made process for creating diamonds and four natural occurrences that make up the world’s diamonds, these are as follows;

Lab-Created

With the use of science and technology, since the 1950’s we have sought to attempt to recreate the diamond for commercial use in jewels and industrial equipment. At present, with the use of an abundance of electricity to mimic a high temperature/pressure environment, the USA and China (the leading country for creating diamonds) are capable of producing almost superior diamonds in regards to diamond clarity. These VVS (very very slightly) diamonds include incredibly minor inclusions that the naked eye can not see without the assistance of 10x magnification.

Earth’s Mantle

According to geologists, extremely high temperatures and pressure are the necessary environments needed to create natural diamonds. Because of this, the limited zones within the earth’s mantle are the perfect atmosphere for diamonds to form and flourish. And so, for this method, the creation of diamonds originates around 90 miles below the earth’s surface and continental plates. The temperatures within this area are expected to reach a minimum of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. These diamonds are forced to the earth’s surface by a volcanic eruption that occurs from deep within the ground pushing the diamonds upwards. 

Subduction Zones

50 miles below the earth’s surface diamonds are subducted into the mantle by plate tectonic processes. The temperatures within the subduction zones amount to 390 degrees Fahrenheit, a much lower heat source than used in the earth’s mantle method above. Following the diamond’s formation, they are delivered to the surface. However, these diamonds are scarce, and usually upon their discovery, they are unsuitable for commercial use.

Impact Sites

The velocity and pressure of heat from an asteroid are likened to the heat from the sun’s surface. In turn, providing the required conditions for diamonds to form on what is referred to as impact sites (where the asteroid lands and shatters the earth’s surface). To support this concept, diamonds have been uncovered around asteroid impact sites at the meteor crater in Arizona and the Popigai crater in northern Siberia.

Space

Similar to impact sites, extracts from meteorites by Smithsonian researchers have demonstrated the existence of nanodiamonds within samples from, for example, the alien hill meteorite. High-speed collisions in space accumulate the required temperature and pressure to form diamonds, similar to those created and found when an asteroid strikes the earth. However, due to the nanosize of the diamonds, they can not be used as jewels or for industrial purposes.

The processes above create diamonds of different variations, some of which are suitable for mining and commercial use, and others that are too insignificant in size or rarely ever found.

Engagement Ring Trends 2019

It’s never easy choosing the right engagement ring. But considering that the ring is going to bring so many wonderful changes to your life, you cannot afford to choose the wrong one. Some prefer rings with many carats, while some seek rings symbolic of their partner’s personality.

But Tacori at Whiteflash can offer you the perfect balance; a beautifully handcrafted symbol of your union. Whiteflash understands what makes the perfect ring. They are a leading retailer in many of the engagement ring trends dominating 2019. Do you want the right ring for your partner? Check out the year’s most prominent rings.

Pear-Shaped Rings

The diamond of today is not necessarily round. Over 2019, future spouses have developed a taste for the peculiar, with the pear being a prominent shape. Several notable celebrities have been spotted flashing pear-shaped rings. Typically coming in 58 facets, this diamond ring has an oceanic feel to it. It is also referred to as a teardrop diamond owing to the shape. The shape suggests a bold and confident wearer and offers further glamor among other jewellery accessories, such as necklaces and earrings.

Three-Stone Rings

The three-stone ring has been reigning supreme, thanks in part to the ring being Prince’s Harry’s choice when popping the question to Meghan Markle. A three-stone gem typically offers a center gem with two smaller stones on either side, symbolizing a couple’s past, present and future. Contemporary trends have seen the three-stone ring take on a few upgrades, such as fancy-shaped diamonds and glistening gemstones.

Yellow Gold Rings

Meghan Markle’s engagement ring was also a yellow gold ring, which helped to support its popularity. A traditional ring model, yellow gold is said to symbolize compatibility and fidelity. If you’re hoping for a vintage-style ceremony with a timeless feel, then a yellow gold ring will complement that aesthetic.

Pavé / Halo Rings

The pavé ring is unique for being lined with diamonds around the ring. The pavé setting comes with an extra sparkle emanating from the gemstones that mean you don’t see the metal of the setting, creating a smooth, unbroken diamond surface. They have also boosted the popularity of halo rings with the encrusted design emphasizing the glistening rock covering that finger. In addition, the halo ring may also use a visual twist displaying small gemstones around the entire wedding band.

Vintage Rings

For the traditionalists out there, vintage rings could be just what you need. Perhaps you are looking for an Edwardian-style ring where the discovery of platinum allowed for an airier design. Or maybe you would prefer a Victorian-style ring that offered intricate motifs, such as entwined hearts and a design that emphasises the diamond. Or perhaps a retro ring from the early 20th century that is quite inventive with its daring display of gemstones. What better way to start a life together than with a style that has resonated over the ages?

Starting a new life together is about finding a way to mark the occasion, celebrating what has come before and preparing for all the good things still to come. But you need a special ring to mark the occasion, a ring that symbolizes and seals the bond between you. And these are the rings that could help you take your love to the next level.

Feldspathoid Silicate Minerals are a Girl’s Best Friend…

A few months ago, someone on Facebook mentioned that they were looking at the Tiffany’s website and being the curious gal that I am, I sauntered over to have a nose.

After picking my jaw back up when I saw some of the prices (I know, naive of me, but I’m a simple gal with simple tastes), I noticed this:

This is the Elsa Peretti® Cabochon ring which retails for £1025. Let’s not be silly, I don’t have a spare grand to spend on the ring, but to be honest it’s not really the ring that’s the appeal, it’s the stone. It’s called Lapis Lazuli and there’s something about the deep blue that really spoke to me. Then I did some reading up on it and found this on Wikipedia:

Lapis lazuli was being mined in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan as early as the 3rd millennium BC,[2] and there are sources that are found as far east as in the region around Lake Baikal in Siberia. Trade in the stone is ancient enough for lapis jewelry to have been found at Predynastic Egyptian and ancient Sumerian sites, and as lapis beads at neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and even as far from Afghanistan asMauritania.

I don’t know why, but this made me want it even more, something about the age of it and the earthiness. I know we’re all supposed to go mad for diamonds, pearls and all the other shiny, sparkly gems but I’d take Lapis Lazuli over them any day of the week. I’m SO not a diamonds girl. I know they’re like, well valuable and stuff, but I just don’t see the appeal. Even it I was a trilliontiaire, I wouldn’t be dripping with diamonds and jewels. It’s almost like this stone has character…oh, I don’t know, I just know that it’s spoken to me and now I must have it!

There’s some great examples of jewellery made using Lapis Lazuli on Etsy, and I think this ring is my absolute fave:

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I love the fact that it’s not quite perfectly round and at just over 80 quid, it’s a little bit more in my price range! Also, I have enormous man-hands, so I have to wear large rings, dainty ones just look daft on me!

So, is it just me who’s not all about the diamonds? I can’t be the only woman challenging the stereotype of anyone with a vagina swooning at the sight of strong covalent bonding between carbon atoms, surely?!

NaBloPoMo November 2012