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About Shulie Tornel

Shulie Tornel, Marketing Communications Specialist, has been posting, tweeting and blogging for Robbins Brothers for over six years. She studied Marketing and International Business at Cal Poly Pomona; and invests her spare time in Crossfit, video games, Netflix, family/friends and her Jack-Weenie pup.

Robbins Brothers Ring Experts Wear Custom Engagement Rings

Being at Robbins Brothers, THE Engagement Ring Store, we come across a lot of rings! Different styles, diamonds, gems, metals… you name it, we’ve seen it! So, we thought it would be interesting to show what the ring experts wear. What I’ve found: Collectively, a lot of Robbins Brothers ring experts wear custom engagement rings! Each of our stores has a master jeweler, who can create your dream engagement ring. Here is a small sampling of the unique rings that have been created at Robbins Brothers, worn by our staff!

Shaina – Distribution Clerk

Shaina Engagement Ring

I work in the Merchandising department and stare at engagement rings all day (I know, poor me). Diamonds started to feel like work to me and whenever I would see a colored stone come across my desk I would be fascinated. When we got what would be my engagement ring in I couldn’t stop staring at the stone, an Alexandrite. The color seemed to change depending on the light. I love how dainty and out of the ordinary it is.

Casey – IT Director

Casey Citrine Engagement Ring

This isn’t my engagement ring, but this is a custom ring that I had specially designed by one of our jewelers. This is a checkerboard cushion cut Citrine, set in 18k yellow gold with fancy yellow diamonds for the surrounding halo and a platinum band.

Toni – Sales Associate

Toni Engagement Ring

I always thought I wanted a round center stone until I won a 3stone oval ring one Holiday Season. I wore it as my “right-hand ring” for years and really grew to love the shape of an oval diamond.

When it was time to choose my engagement ring, I chose oval as the center stone (even though I do love a classic round). I knew that I liked shared prong side diamonds because of its classic timeless style. I loved the idea of a simple look from the aerial view with a unique center stone.  In one of our designer’s (Simon G.) colored stone collection, I noticed that he set his oval center stones “East to West.” I also liked the idea of some added interest on the profile view of the ring. I fell in love with the crown-like prongs that were on a Coast designer solitaire. We asked Coast Diamond to custom make my ring incorporating all of the things I liked… It was a success, and I love my ring.

Brandy – Visual Merchandising Coordinator

Brandy Paparaja Engagement Ring

I chose to design my Engagement ring. I liked the idea of my ring being unique and designing it myself means I’m not limited to the styles that are currently available. And since I plan to wear this ring for a lifetime I wanted to make sure it was something I felt comfortable with. Being a Visual girl, I love color and knew I wanted a sapphire (It’s covered under our warranty) but there were so many choices in color, I went with a Chatham Padparadscha Sapphire. Visual Merchandising can put your hands through the ringer so I knew a full bezel would give me peace of mind knowing that my center stone would not fall out if I accidentally bang into something. I love, love, love my ring! Designed by Me!

Shulie – Marketing Communications Specialist

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I always wanted my engagement ring to have an environmentally responsible diamond, so the choice was easy since Robbins Brothers provides lab-grown diamonds, the E3 diamond. For the ring setting, I really wanted the idea of the engagement ring and a straight wedding band fitting perfectly. I decided to have my ring custom made in 18K rose gold, with prongs styled almost like a crown and a slight knife-edge shank. Since I got a solitaire setting, I figured a little extra sparkle for the wedding band wouldn’t hurt. The wedding band is also gorgeous when worn alone!

Michelle – Customer Experience ManagerMichelle Engagement Ring

My engagement ring is classic but modern, just like me. The ring is set in 14k white gold so my mother’s 1.68 carat diamond always look brilliant with the Rhodium dip but the diamond is protected with a platinum hand woven basket. On my wedding day, I found out this diamond actually belongs to my great grandmother. This makes it so much more special to me. I’m now part of a long tradition with the women in my family.

If you have a custom ring from Robbins Brothers, show us in the comments and be sure to tag #RockYourRing!!

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Celebrity Engagement Rings Round-Up 2014

With the end of the year coming up, we wanted to take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of the astounding celebrity engagement rings of 2014! Let’s review and discuss.

Aaryn Gries and Nick Williams
After visiting Robbins Brothers Houston, Nick Williams presented Aaryn Gries (Big Brother 15) with a dynamic double halo diamond engagement ring from Henri Daussi.

Aaryn Gries and Nick Williams

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Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser
Alexis (Gilmore Girls) revealed her stunning bezel set round diamond on a platinum band from Vincent on the red carpet. Vincent personally picked out this ring for Alexis. He’s got great taste!

Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser

Gregg DeGuire, WireImage.com

Erica Mena and Bow Wow (Shad Moss)
This whirlwind romance lead to a quick engagement, but check out that huge sparkler! A beautiful huge round diamond yellow gold engagement ring with a beautiful halo. Bow Wow (actual name is Shad Moss), worked closely with a designer to create this beauty for his soon-to-be bride!

Erica Mena and Bow Wow

instagram.com/elliotavianne, Sandra Rose

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross
Ashlee Simpson’s absolutely gorgeous, one of a kind engagement ring is a nod to art deco. The marquise cut center diamond is surrounded by beautiful rubies and even more diamonds! I love this unique engagement ring, which was specifically designed by Evan Ross.

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross

Nail Lane, Jamei McCarthy/Getty Images

Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade
Gabrielle Union, the amazing wonder woman who seems to never age, was engaged during 2014 and already married! The happy couple announced their engagement over Instagram, showing off her dazzling solitaire cushion cut engagement ring from Miami Heat point guard, Dwayne Wade. Absolutely gorgeous, oh and the ring ain’t half bad, either.

Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade

instagram.com/gabunion, BOB Metelus Images

Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney
I’m going to go ahead and call this the engagement (and wedding) of the year! The world was in a frenzy when George started popping up around town with this gorgeous, intelligent, activist beauty. Soon, Amal has become a household name and the world practically exploded when they were engaged with this ethically mined emerald cut engagement ring. Wowsers.

Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney

Marcel Winston/Getty, Ernesto Ruscio/GC Images

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg
Just barely engaged in April and this adorable couple are already married since August! Talk about short engagements! Jenny McCarthy announced her engagement on The View with fellow co-hosts, and gushed about the sweet proposal and the sparkling yellow sapphire cushion shaped engagement ring.

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg

Michael Simon, Brian Babineau

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Here’s Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and their *spoiler alert* massive emerald cut engagement ring.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Gregg DeGuire/WireImage, EOnline

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
These new parents got engaged shortly after they found out they were expecting a child soon! From the few rare pictures we’ve seen of Mila’s engagement ring, we’re going to call it a classic round diamond solitaire engagement ring. Perfect for this low key, no fuss That 70′s Show couple.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher

Getty, Chiva/INFphoto.com

Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild
Nicky and James were engaged just a few short months ago, during a romantic boat rude in Italy. Her beautiful royal ascher cut engagement ring fits this heiress quite perfectly.

Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild

instagram.com/nickyhilton, Andrew Otero/Sipa USA

Olivia Palmero and Johannes Huebl
Seriously, this couple is way too beautiful to even look at. They got engaged New Years 2014, and they’re already married! The City alum’s gorgeous yellow diamond engagement ring is one of the newest engagement ring trends on the rise. Can we just take a moment and stare at this couple’s stunning wedding fashion choices?

Olivia Palmero and Johannes Huebl

Splash News, Johannes Huebl

And seriously, what is up with all of these short celebrity engagements! Quite a number of these couples that got engaged this year are already married!

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Romantic Seahawks Marriage Proposal After Thrilling Win Against Broncos

The Seahawks are having an ah-mazing year!! After Seattle’s dramatic overtime win over Denver Broncos on Sunday, a Seahawks marriage proposal happened on the field! Defensive back, DeShawn Shead, popped the question to his girlfriend, Jessica Martinez. Shead got down on bended knee at the 50 yard line of the Century Link field, with many of his teammates and friends surrounding them in celebration. What a beautiful day for a double win! See the sweet post-game proposal here:

via twitter.com/alex_flanagan

via twitter.com/alex_flanagan

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DeShawn is a happy customer of the Robbins Brothers Bellevue store! Check out the details of the ring he picked out himself:

Simon G. Engagement Ring, Sku 0376982

Simon G. Engagement Ring, Sku 0376982

A stunning Echo diamond which features 98 hand cut facets for exceptional beauty in a classic Simon G. engagement ring (Sku 0376982) for such a beautiful couple! We wish DeShawn and Jessica all the happiness in the world! Gooo Seahawks! We love you guys!

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Diamonds and Desserts: Sparkling In H-Town!

Another fun evening of Diamonds and Desserts! This time, in Houston, Texas! Our Robbins Brothers Houston store hosted an evening of stunning bridal gowns, dazzling diamond jewelry, delicious desserts and bubbly champagne! We invited select few bloggers, fashion editors and wedding professionals to get a sneak peek at the newest collection of DAO Chloe DAO bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses, designed by Chloe Dao.

Diamonds and Desserts Houston
Diamonds and Desserts Houston

Fashion Writer Michele Meyer

Diamonds and Desserts Houston

Sydney Dao (Director of PR & Marketing for DAO Chloe DAO) & Joy Sewing (Fashion & Beauty Editor for Houston Chronicle).

Diamonds and Desserts Houston

Taylor Brione Ballard (Co-Chair of Houston Fashion Bloggers & Creator of Pretty Pink Living).

Diamonds and Desserts Houston

Models showing off DAO Chloe DAO bridal gowns.

Diamonds and Desserts Houston

Models showing off Robbins Brothers engagement rings and diamond jewelry.

Guests snacked on delicious mini-cupcakes, cookies and tasty champagne!

Diamonds and Desserts Houston

The evening’s honoree was Girls Inc., where all handbags and accessories were donated to benefit young girls in their program. Girls Inc. provides more than 138,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique issues girls face.  This specially designed program provides girls the right tools and support to succeed, including trained professionals who mentor and guide them in a safe, girls-only environment.

Diamonds and Desserts Houston

A lovely young lady modeling one of Chloe Dao’s purple bridesmaids gowns is even a member of Girls Inc.

Diamonds and Desserts Houston

 

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6 Ways To Celebrate Your Summer Love

By guest blogger Dan Decker, Ring Center Manager for Robbins Brothers

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It’s finally summer! That budding spring romance is finally in full bloom and now is the time to celebrate your summer love. Summer provides the perfect weather to get out of the house and spend some time together, but what to do? Here are some of my favorite summer dates that can be put together by either mate in the relationship. Surprise your significant other with one of these summer celebrations of your love!

Love IS A Picnic – Ready to show off your culinary skills? And of course by culinary skills I am referring to your ability to purchase a fresh baked baguette, some of your favorite cheeses and meats, a selection of fruits and of course your favorite bottle of bubbly! This one is easy, select a location (the park, your backyard or even an empty field), set out your blanket, pour a few glasses of bubbly and make a toast to your love.

Life’s A Beach – Nothing says summer better than a day at the beach. Now you can take the easy way out and just bring a towel, but just a bit more planning and you can have a great day of celebrating your love. Plan a few interactive activities to do like volleyball, Frisbee or making a sandcastle, anything really that allows you to let off some steam while enjoying the time together. For an added bonus, find a beach that allows you to build a fire and you can finish this day of fun around the fire making s’mores.

Stars At Night – With perfect summer nights comes the most unique and romantic way to watch a movie: doing it under the stars! Many communities offer outdoor movies throughout the summer and all you need to bring are a few snacks and a blanket. Sit back, relax and enjoy some cuddle time outdoors.

All Is Fair – Summer is state fair time and there is really no better way to celebrate your love than letting go of all of your adult responsibilities for a few hours and just acting like kids. Grab a cotton candy to share then head to the carnival to win that huge stuffed animal that you don’t have room for; or get dizzy on the Zipper and Scrambler. Together, anything this fair can throw at you, the two of you can handle! Set aside the diet for this one and don’t miss out on sharing whatever the newest thing they found to fry!

You Belong In A Zoo – When was the last time you went to the zoo?  You may not remember how great it really is! Just like when you were a kid, find your partner and don’t let go of their hand. Stop and get a churro and let the adventure begin. With all of the paths and benches, you will have a day of amazing conversation and since it’s the zoo, you’ll have something new to talk about around every corner.

Take A Hike – Connecting with nature creates a great environment to connect with each other as well.  A perfect summer hike can be as intense or relaxing as you want. Make sure you know your fitness level and match the trail accordingly. If it is going to be a super hot or humid day, plan to go out in the morning or before sunset. After all, there is nothing romantic about being exhausted.

This is just a place to start. Summer has done all it can to create the perfect opportunity to celebrate your love, but you have to take advantage of it! For even more ideas, try substituting a few of your favorite activities like Kayaking or Tennis to one of the ideas above, or get adventurous and create something entirely new. The goal is to get out of the house and celebrate your summer love.

What is your favorite way to celebrate your Summer Love?  Let us know in the comments section!

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