Hammered Rope Edging Men’s Wedding Ring in White Gold
Posted July 14, 2014 by Sharon 0 in Featured Products

Perfect for the man looking for a wedding band with a unique style, this Hammered Finish Mens Wedding Band featuring rope edging combines a traditional high shine with eye-catching textures. A hammered finish covers the center of this band, enhancing the brilliant rope design lining the edges. Our Comfort-Fit style makes this band not only beautiful to look at, but also extremely comfortable for everyday wear. Available in either 14- or 18-karat white gold, this design will look fantastic on your husband’s hand.

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Bedazzling Your Furry Friend: A Look at the Pet Jewelry Industry
Posted July 10, 2014 by Sharon 0 in Fun

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Designer clothes, organic food, plush canopy beds, and the finest diamond necklaces money can buy, all sound like items found in the life of a Beverly Hills Socialite, right? True as that might be, all these products are crafted specifically for our furry, canine and feline companions. According to President and CEO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA), Bob Vetere, Americans spent a record $56-billion on their pets in 2013. While food and veterinary care accounted for about half the total, the “other” category (which includes clothing, jewelry, training, and pet travel) is actually growing the fastest–accounting for over $3-billion of the total amount spent on pets. Vetere says, “people are pampering their pets more than ever and manufacturers and businesses are offering new products, services and opportunities to meet their needs and wants from interactive and innovative toys to dog walking, doggy daycare and pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, and airlines.”

How much is actually spent on pet jewelry? It’s not clear, but if your dog has a taste for only the finest things in life, you could spend over $3-million for a custom collar from I Love Dogs Diamonds’ “La Collection de Bijoux” line. Known as “the world’s most expensive dog collar,” the “Amour, Amour” features 1,600 diamonds totaling 56 carats. While this might weigh down your little pooch, rest assured the supple crocodile leather will be comfortable against her neck.

Not a multi-millionaire? Don’t worry, there are plenty of more affordable options if you still want to bling out your little buddy. Faux pearl necklaces adorned with a crystal-encrusted charm cost under $50, while a little rhinestone-studded leather collar runs about $30. Think these glamorous adornments are only for the ladies? Think again. Several companies specialize in creating a custom rhinestone name or design on a thicker leather collar for a more masculine look.

In today’s society, pets are part of the family. Even in tough economic times, the majority of pet owners admit to managing finances in order to be able to provide for their “four-legged children.” Not only do most pet parents ensure Benji or Mittens has enough food and treats, but they also set aside funds to be able to afford some cute outfits, new toys, or organic snacks. In fact, surveys show that over 80% of pet owners purchase gifts for their animals on special occasions.

If you want to treat your pooch to a one-of-a-kind collar, tiara, or necklace, talk to one of the talented and helpful members of the custom design team at Brilliance.com to add some bling to your Bichon or some sparkle to your Sheltie.

Channel Diamond Eternity Ring in White Gold
Posted July 7, 2014 by Sharon 0 in Diamonds

Thirty-two round cut, channel set diamonds encircle the White Gold Channel Diamond Eternity Ring , making it a piece of jewelry that epitomizes eternal love. This simple yet sparkling band is perfect to wear alone or to pair with your choice of engagement ring. Approximately 1 carat total diamond weight and available in either 14 or 18 karat white gold, this ring is a classic style that should be in everyone’s jewelry box.

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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid when Planning for a Wedding
Posted June 30, 2014 by Sharon 0 in Education

When you’re planning your own wedding, it’s easy to think that you can handle everything by yourself. That may be true, but mistakes are inevitable for even the most meticulous of human beings.

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We all want our wedding day to be the perfect, and while we can’t avoid unforeseen problems that may arise during the ceremony or reception, we can try to minimize the possibility of anything going wrong by avoiding these 5 common mistakes during wedding planning:

1. Not setting a budget.
A wedding will incur costs, whichever way you look at it. One of the most common mistakes that couples make is failing to establish a budget from the beginning, and then finding themselves at a loss on how to make ends meet. Starting your married life with a ton of debts isn’t exactly a great way to go about it, so determine what funds you do have from the get go, and then decide on how it’s going to be used. Set a budget first, draft a guest list second, and then think about everything else after.

2. Forgetting to take the weather into consideration.
Holding your wedding in the summer isn’t an assurance of good weather. The weather is the most fickle factor of nature, and should never be taken for granted. Protect yourself and your big day by preparing a plan B in case bad weather does decide to show up during the celebration.

3. Losing sight of what’s important.
Never forget that the wedding ceremony is the main point of the whole event – the celebration that comes after is a direct result of getting hitched in the first place. So pay attention to the details surrounding the ceremony and don’t leave it to be planned last. Instead of stressing about the minute details of the wedding reception, think back to the main reason that this is even happening in the first place, and that is to get married to the one you love.

4. Hiring amateurs.
Regardless if these people who you’ve tapped to take charge of the photography are your friends, if they don’t have any background in wedding photography, then you’re looking at a newbie. And sure, that amateur band from your neighborhood plays awesome music, but do they have the experience that a tried and tested wedding band has to get people to join in on the celebration at the reception?

True, you may be saving quite a bit by entrusting these services to friends and amateurs who’d do it for a fraction of the cost charged by professionals, but would you really want to take that risk for possibly the best day of your life? When tying the knot in Scotland, agencies such as Music for Scotland can help you find highly experienced music professionals to suit your taste.

5. Doing everything yourself.
Thinking that you can do everything yourself is a major ingredient in a recipe for disaster. It may be possible, but then you’d end up totally burned out by the time the wedding day comes. Don’t try to take on everything yourself – ask for help when you need it. And never forget that a wedding is between two people. Don’t exclude your husband-to-be from the planning: shop around for vendors together, engage him in deciding if a specific set of wedding jewelry looks good on you, and allow him to put in his two cents about the wedding music to be played during the ceremony. It’s as much his day as it is yours.

These won’t prevent you from making any mistakes during the course of planning for a wedding. But knowing what common mistakes there are will give you an idea of what to avoid, and make for better planning.

Melissa Page regularly contributes for Music For Scotland (http://musicforscotland.co.uk/ ), the premier live music agency in Scotland. For more of her musings, follow her on Twitter @Melissapage90