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Finding the Engagement Ring of your Dreams

Whether you’re helping your fiancé to-be pick out the engagement ring of your dreams or hunting for a ring for someone very special, deciding on the perfect piece is a one-of-a-kind experience that requires time and thought. Everything from style and materials to price and size has to be carefully considered. Here are our six tips for buying the perfect engagement ring and making the experience a moment you’ll cherish forever.

Determine your budget

Before you even start hunting for the perfect piece it’s essential to establish how much you’re willing to spend. Going into a jewellery store without a predetermined budget will only cause unnecessary stress – or unwanted debt. Figure out your price range so you have a clear idea of where to start looking.

Try, try, try

In order to figure out which style of ring suits your hands, it’s important to try on a variety of pieces. How does each ring sit on your finger? Do the gemstones complement your skin tone? Are large or small stones more flattering? Take your time trialling each look to establish the right style for you.

If you’re planning on surprising your fiancée to be, take her current tastes and jewellery wearing habits into consideration. Someone who wears very little jewellery on a day-to-day basis is unlikely to feel comfortable wearing something elaborate. Take one of her rings with you when you shop so you have an indication of her size.

Consider something bespoke

If you’re looking for a design that’s truly unique, consider opting for a custom-made piece. This enables you to personalise the design and materials to create your own one-of-a-kind piece. All you need to do is take your inspiration into a Stewart Dawsons store and they’ll use their computer-aided design technology to ensure you end up with your dream ring.

Don’t let your imagination limit you

An engagement ring doesn’t have to be traditional. If you love colour, don’t be afraid to show that in your choice of ring with colourful gemstones. Remember that this is something you will wear every day, not just at your wedding, so it’s best to choose a more subtle tone.

If in doubt, keep it classic

If a colourful engagement ring isn’t right for you, there are a plethora of traditional, timeless designs that will be. The classic and always enduring Stewart Dawsons 3-stone ring is an elegant option, with each stone representing a different chapter: the past, present and future. Another beautiful option is the 4 or 6 claw solitaire ring.

Diamonds really are forever

Deciding on a gemstone can be difficult, but when it comes to your engagement ring it’s hard to look past diamonds. Sophisticated, eye-catching and glamorous, this gemstone really is a girl’s best friend. And as the hardest natural mineral known, diamonds symbolise a strong marriage.

To start the search for your dream engagement ring visit www.stewartdawsons.co.nz.

 

Feet First in Tech

 

At first glance, footwear might not appear to have evolved all that much in the last few years, but technology and innovation have been at the heart of Danish shoemaker ECCO since the brand launched in 1963. With a team of industrial designers, researchers, engineers and futurists working at the ECCO Innovation Lab in Amsterdam, innovation is continually advancing the industry. Here are some of ECCO’s innovations we hope to see more of in the near future.

It’s not always easy finding a shoe that fits perfectly and is comfortable too, but ECCO plans to make this a problem of the past. By harnessing innovative technology, such as 3D scanners and wearable sensors to analyse feet and motion, customers at select international boutiques will be able to have their shoes customised with midsoles. Each shoe will be custom made to meet the wearer’s unique biomechanical and orthotic requirements.

Gone are the days of transparent leather being an unthinkable, impossible textile. After years of research the pioneering team of designers at ECCO Leather have created APPARITION, a soft, transparent calfskin leather. Not only is it incredibly pliable, it’s durable, water-resistant and comes in many colours.

eccoshoes.co.nz

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