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Diamond in the Rough 22.08.2013

If you haven’t heard about Diamond in the Rough, we suggest you brace yourself, as you may start to hyperventilate with excitement over their super clever idea.

What was their idea you ask? They re-introduced the historical idea of using rough diamonds in fine jewellery and engagement rings.

We love that this company is redefining current perceptions of diamond jewellery and that this rediscovered idea has seriously taken off. Diamond in the Rough are now the world’s leading natural, rough diamond jewellery brand, which is sold all over the world and adored by celebrities.

We also love that they’ve developed a bridal collection including unique rough diamond engagement rings, coloured rough diamond engagement rings and wedding bands. Each piece is truly unique and the answer for any women that yearns to stand out from the crowd.

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Here’s what the bride-to-be will love: When it comes to diamond selection, Diamond in the Rough only accept the best diamonds. They source the majority of their one-of-a-kind, conflict-free diamonds from South Africa, Russia and Australia. They also source an enormous amount of rough diamonds, but only accept one to three percent of the diamonds they evaluate, “We examine thousands of rough diamonds to find a handful that meet our standards without cutting or polishing. Although many diamonds can look beautiful once cut, they lack the intrinsic artistic integrity all ‘Diamond in the Rough’ stones possess.”

Once a diamond has been selected their jeweller and designers draw inspiration from the diamond itself, and carefully develop a design that will best showcase the natural beauty of that specific diamond. It doesn’t get more customized then that, does it?

As for the value of the diamond, we’re told, “Polished diamonds are valuable because the rough diamond was precious to begin with and, contrary to popular belief, cutting and polishing a diamond adds only a small fraction to its overall value. Because ‘Diamond in the Rough’ selects diamonds that are already naturally perfect, traditional processing is unnecessary which means not even a single ounce of their amazing appearance has to be sacrificed. Traditional processing takes away the original, unique characters of the natural raw diamond; keeping the original diamond is our goal and bringing the natural beauty of a diamond to life is ‘Diamond in the Rough’s’ mission!”

The bridal collection includes rough diamond engagement rings to suit any style, whether you’re looking for a classic design or a more edgy design. Here’s a few of our favourites.

Signature

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Classic

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Vine

Vine

Grace

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Embrace

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Victorian

Victorian

To view the full bridal collection, head over to Diamond in the Rough. The full collection is available exclusively through their website.

Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali 07.06.2013

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It’s with great excitement that we introduce Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali.

They’re a stunning 5 Star Resort Hotel, located on the serene tip of Nusa Dua beach, in the village of Tanjung Benoa, Bali.

The hotel is set amongst beautifully landscaped tropical gardens, has breathtaking views of the azure ocean, is situated in front of a white sandy beach, and will make you feel like you’ve escaped to a dreamy beachside haven. What’s more, it’s located just 20 minutes from Bali airport.

The Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali is definitely a top choice for couples seeking a tranquil destination wedding location or couples seeking a relaxing beachside honeymoon location.

We love that the wedding options at the Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali seem endless, from a ‘Candle Light Wedding’ to an ‘Indian Style Wedding’.

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One of our favourite wedding ceremony options is the ‘Mirage Chapel by the Sea’. It’s a glorious open-air glass triangle chapel that can accommodate up to 100 people. It’s a perfect choice for couples seeking a sophisticated and formal ceremony by the beach.

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We’re also smitten with the idea of a chilled ‘Wedding Sand Ceremony’ right on the beach.

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Their wedding reception packages are also mighty appealing and full of options. For cocktail set up, the Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali can accommodate up to 200 people. Other wedding reception options include the ‘Rama Stage’ or the glorious ‘Mirage Ballroom’, both of which can accommodate up to 300 people.

Prepare to get even more excited, because this hotel can handle every itty-bitty or ginormous wedding request you have. Need a cake? Done. Need a photographer? Done. Need a priest? Done. Champagne Pyramid? Done. Need decorations? Not a problem. Need a fire dance? They’re on to it!

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We’re also seriously digging the fact that Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali have ‘All Inclusive Vacations Packages’. For more information, click here. Their rooms and suites also look utterly inviting. For more information on rooms and suites, click here.

If you’re interested in planning a wedding or honeymoon in paradise, head over to Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali or send an e-mail enquiry via wedding@grandmirage.com.

James Allen 09.05.2013

James Allen is no stranger to One Stylish Bride. In fact, we love doing jamesallen reviews and it seems others do too.

James Allen specialises in selling quality diamonds, gems and engagement rings online. They operate their store purely online, which allows them to cut overhead costs and focus exclusively on quality and service. This means you can get your hot little hands on top-notch wedding jewellery at a fraction of the price charged by bricks and mortar jewellery stores.

What’s more, their website has exclusive Diamond Display Technology, which allows you to interact with diamonds magnified in 360°.

We love that James Allen has G.I.A Graduate Gemologists on staff at both their Maryland and New York offices, which are available to answer all your questions at any time.

Plus all their diamonds are GIA, AGS or IGI certified. They even have experts that examine and hand select each and every diamond prior to shipment. Impressive quality control, huh!

James Allen also makes sure that their diamonds are conflict-free, which means that their gems were not obtained due to human rights abuses, child labor, violence, or environmental degradation. They ensure this by only purchasing polished diamonds from professional members of the diamond trade and by only having contracts with suppliers that guarantee that their diamonds are conflict-free.

Lets face it though; sometimes a girl wants to try on an engagement ring before she commits to it. Luckily James Allen totally sympathises and offers free shipping on all their items, a 60-day money back guarantee, and free ring resizing for 60 days after your purchase.

We’re involuntary sighing and swooning over their Designer Engagement Ring Collection, which features exquisite rings with lots of little diamonds and shimmering brilliance.

18k White Gold 3-Stone Halo Pave Engagement Ring by Danhov

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18k White Gold Engagement Ring by Danhov

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We’re also super keen on their Tension-Set Engagement Ring Collection. The tension ring doesn’t have any prongs holding the diamond in place. Instead, tension rings use the force and the tension of the ring to push against the diamond to hold the diamond securely in place. This type of setting creates the illusion that the center diamond is floating in the air. It’s absolutely perfect for the contemporary girl!

Platinum Split Shank Tension Diamond Engagement Ring

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14k White Gold Three Stone Diamond Tension Setting

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We also find the Gemstone Engagement Ring Collection totally irresistible. We think sapphires, emeralds and rubies are simply gorgeous, especially when paired with a diamond center stone. It’s wonderfully unexpected!

18k White Gold 3-Stone Round Brilliant Ruby Engagement Ring

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18k White Gold 3-Stone Trillion Cut Emerald Engagement Ring

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To view more exquisite jewellery and gemstones, head over to James Allen.

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