Turtle Love Company

The company name ‘Turtle Love Company’ says it all, even in acronym. TLC – get it!

We recently discovered Turtle Love Company and we have to say that we were instantly smitten. They’re a mindful retailer of artisan jewellery, with all pieces designed by independent artists and handcrafted in ways that are attentive towards our planet and its people. We love that this company puts TLC (tender loving care) into everything they do!

We know that when the majority of people think of engagement rings and wedding bands that they don’t normally think of artisan-crafted jewellery. Yet, Turtle Love Company offers a wide range of casual handcrafted rings and jewellery, all beautiful and unique, their engagement and wedding rings might just surprise you.

Here are a few of our favourites:

River Rocks Diamond Ring – Handcrafted by Adel Chefridi, the Unity Diamond Wedding Ring is made of satin finish 18k gold set with multiple 3.5mm diamonds. Each diamond dazzles on its own from its perch in solid gold, but together they form a complete and balanced whole celebrating the beauty of a harmonious union.


Synergy Diamond Ring – The playing of two different musical themes often creates something more meaningful and powerful than just the melodies: a song. The Synergy Diamond Ring by Laura Serrafero symbolizes the union that is greater, through the bond of love, than the sum of its individual parts. This uncomplicated yet elegant ring is handcrafted using 14k satin-finish gold and a conflict free 2mm diamond.


Sapphire Stackable Engagement Rings – These heavenly engagement rings are crafted with satin-finish 18k gold by Adel Chefridi. The 4mm blue sapphire, exquisite in depth and brilliance, is bezel-set atop a 3mm band, and is made to stack with the Pink Sapphire Engagement Ring.


Dryad Three Black Diamond Engagement Ring – The Dryad Three Black Diamond Engagement Ring is made using recycled sterling silver and conflict-free diamonds, and it is handcrafted by Heather Perry. The three black diamonds shine out from the band like windows into the spirit of a tree, and the marked band reflects the beautiful imperfection of the natural world.


Delicate Nest Diamond Engagement Ring Set – This gorgeous engagement ring is handcafted by Michele Scholnick. The 5.5mm sterling silver “nest” cups a 1.75mm conflict-free diamond. The precious metal, gleaming with a delicate brushed finish, gorgeously compliments the brilliant sparkle of the SI2 quality, GH colour diamond.


Gold Diamond Wedding Band– This sublime diamond band is crafted by Adel Chefridi. The lush satin-finish 18k gold is a beautiful background for the bright diamonds, arranged in a geometrical pattern around the 3mm band.


Turtle Love Company engagement and wedding rings come in a range of styles and prices to suit every couple. Plus, their selection of seriously breathtaking wedding jewellery is all conflict-free and hand-crafted.

Turtle Love Company ships to the USA, UK, Australia and Canada. For further details, click here.

{Images via Turtle Love Company}

Gemvara Wedding Jewellery

Lets play a little word association! Think of “wedding jewellery” and we bet you’ll instantly think of engagement rings. Now we’ll think of “engagement rings” and we instantly think of Gemvara.

Who’s Gemvara? Gemvara is a jeweller, but not your run-of-the-mill traditional jeweller. They have the crazy idea that you deserve jewellery that’s uniquely you. That’s made only for you. Only when you create it. So you design it. You give it meaning.

Here’s a few of our favourite Gemvara engagement rings. You’ll notice that coloured stones are currently all the rage:

The Annabelle Ring – Cushion Aquamarine 14K White Gold Ring with Diamonds


Arpeggio Ring – Round Diamond Platinum Ring with Blue Sapphires


Reese Ring – Emerald-Cut Emerald 14K White Gold Ring with Diamonds


Of course, choosing your wedding jewellery doesn’t end with the engagement ring. It actually only begins, but don’t worry because Gemvara has you covered. They have some breathtaking and customisable necklaces and earrings that will make you drool.

Here’s a few of our favourite Gemvara wedding accessories:

Brilliant Petite Oval Pendant – Oval Aquamarine Sterling Silver Necklace with White Sapphire


Margarita Earrings – Round Emerald 14K White Gold Earrings with Diamonds


Gemvara has also just designed a new “Naked Gem” collection, which is as sexy as it sounds. The collection has an assortment of bold, eye-catching pendants, earrings, and rings. Designed by Gemvara’s V.P. of Brand Marketing Corinne Grousbeck, the “Naked Gem” collection pieces can also be customised with your choice of 26 gems and eight precious metals. Gotta love that.

{Images via Gemvara}

Celebrity Wedding Jewellery

Let’s admit it—we love watching the stars for wedding inspiration. We don’t mean the stars in the sky; we’re talking famous personalities! And just when you thought they couldn’t get any brighter, here they are flashing enough engagement sparklies to make your eyes hurt. Ouch!

Here’s some of the most memorable wedding jewellery from today’s celebrities:


(From left to Right – Top Row: Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark and Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark; Seal and Heidi Klum; Russell Brand and Katy Perry; Emily Blunt. Middle Row: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise; Reese Witherspoon; Jessica Simpson. Bottom Row: Cash Warren and Jessica Alba; Penelope Cruz; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and William, Duke of Cambridge.)

Princess Mary – her engagement ring has a square diamond cut in 58 facets surrounded by two square rubies. It is an old Danish royal tradition to create wedding accessories in the colours of the Danish flag, red and white.

Heidi Klum – Seal flew his fiancée to the Canadian Rockies where he proposed to her in a custom-made romantic igloo with a 10-carat cushion-cut diamond ring.

Katy Perry – On New Year’s Eve last year in India, Russell Brand gave Katie Perry a Golconda diamond ring, one of the most treasured gems in India. Designer Hanut Singh, Indian jewellery designer, helped the comedian pick out the rock.

Emily Blunt – John Krasinski presented his ladylove with a 3-carat Edwardian diamond and platinum ring designed by Neil Lane.

Katie Holmes – Tom Cruise took her atop the Eiffel Tower and presented her with a 5-carat oval-cut Cartier diamond ring, with antique styling and an art deco feel.

Reese Witherspoon – The rare four-carat Ashoka diamond ring Jim Roth proposed to her with has 62 facets and rounded corners, and is based on a classic diamond from around 262 B.C.

Jessica Simpson – NFL star Eric Johnson popped the question six months after he started dating the singer/actress. The Neil Lane ring was designed with the 49er colours in mind, and has a ruby flanked by two diamonds.

Jessica Alba – The eye-popping five-carat antique-style Asscher cut diamond ring was given to her by then fiancé Cash Warren when they were expecting their first child together.

Penelope Cruz – Vintage styles are really all the rage these days as Javier Bardem proposed to the actress last July after three years of dating. The ring, worth around $30,000, was a three-carat blue sapphire ring.

Duchess Kate – To mark their engagement, Prince William gave her his mother’s 18-carat diamond and sapphire ring, reported to be worth millions. It is said that Prince Harry chose to keep the ring in memory of Princess Diana, and that he very kindly gave it to his brother William when the latter wanted to propose to Kate.

{Princess Mary’s image via Squidoo; Heidi Klum’s image via IndiWo; Katy Perry’s image via; Emily Blunt’s image via Wedding Love; Katie Holmes’ image via MiaDonna and Co.; Reese Witherspoon’s, Jessica Simpson’s, and Duchess Catherine’s images via ABC News; Jessica Alba’s image via Zap 2 It; Penelope Cruz’s image via Just Jared}

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”