Robbins Brothers and Olive Crest Host “Sparkle & Share” Dress Drive

Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store’s event “Sparkle & Share” allows customers to donate gently worn bridesmaid, cocktail and evening gowns for prom-bound teen girls at Olive Crest.

Los Angeles, CA (April 1, 2014)— Fashionable women in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire can help teen girls from Olive Crest attend the prom in style this spring by visiting Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store. The company’s Sparkle & Share in-store dress drive benefitting the charity will commence on Tuesday, April 1 through Sunday, April 27, 2014. Patrons can drop off dresses at any of the seven Robbins Brothers locations in Southern California during normal business hours, and will be entered for a chance to win a beautiful diamond jewelry gift (one raffle ticket per dress donation).*

Robbins Brothers in Glendale and Fullerton will host special parties in celebration of Sparkle & Share on Saturday, April 19th (11am-5pm). Guests will drop off dresses, enjoy desserts, and interact directly with representatives from Olive Crest, a local non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children, and preserving the family.

“It is always our pleasure and priority to give back to the community,” said CarolAnne Stevenson, director of brand experience and marketing for Robbins Brothers. “We are excited to partner with Olive Crest for the second year in a row by enlisting the help of our customers to help these young ladies shine.”

“We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to partner with Robbins Brothers in this effort,” said William Bedrossian, executive director of Olive Crest’s Southern California region. “Prom is just one of many important experiences Olive Crest is committed to providing our youth, and the generosity of Robbins Brothers and its customers will ensure our teen girls have a beautiful and memorable night.”

*Customer or corporate donations of 20 dresses or more will receive a maximum of 20 raffle tickets.

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7 Most Pinned Wedding Rings That Might Outshine Your Engagement Ring!

Check out some of these amazing wedding bands that have been on fire on Pinterest. Love to see that you ladies are picking out unique wedding rings and straying from the simple bands! We know your engagement ring has been in the spotlight during your engagement, but everyone will be fawning over a unique, different wedding band. Here are the top 7 most pinned wedding rings on Pinterest:

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Which one is your favorite? That lovely Kirk Kara wedding ring is simple, yet the design is lovely and extravagant! Do you have a dazzling wedding ring? Let us know in the comments!

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5 Things They Don’t Tell You When Buying A Diamond

By guest blogger Lori Harris, Ring Center Specialist for Robbins Brothers

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1. Diamonds Are Not Created Equal.
Never assume that diamonds of the same color, clarity and cut grade are the same. That’s like saying all women that are brunette, 5’6 and tan all look the same. Did you know that there could be up to a 30% price difference between diamonds with the same cut grade? Make sure you view diamonds loose and side by side to really get a comparison for beauty.

2. Go In with a Budget in Mind.
Not knowing how much you want to spend (and can afford) when shopping for the perfect diamond could make you end up in the poor house. There isn’t anything romantic about being broke. There shouldn’t be any games played when talking about price. Reputable jewelers will be transparent in their pricing. Be cautious of the “discounts” that are misleading. You really think a company could stay in business if they offered everything at 50% off every day?

3. Least Expensive doesn’t equal Prettiest.
That 30% swing in price for the same cut grade is true. Diamonds that have tremendous fire and sparkle (all the things we women love) will cost you more. It won’t win you any points if she isn’t proud to show it off. Trust me–she wants a rock on her hand that dances in the light and can be seen from across the room. Be smart and invest in value. Invest in the biggest most beautiful diamond! (Within the budget you already decided on!)

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4. Trust Your Gut.
Ever get the feeling something shady is going on? Trusting your gut will lead you in the right direction when deciding who to buy from. Make sure your jeweler is reputable, friendly, honest, helpful, and patient. You should walk away feeling knowledgeable and confident in your decision.

5. She wears the Diamond not the Certificate.
I don’t know of any woman who wants to walk around with her diamond certificate, quoting all the specs. So why base your decision on what the certificate says? Be open minded on qualities- you may be surprised at what you find when comparing diamonds next to each other.

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Sparkle & Share “Dress Drive” for Olive Crest Teen Girls

Do you have an old bridesmaid dress or evening gown that’s gorgeous but just taking up space in your closet? Then help us send the lovely girls of Olive Crest to prom in style! During the month of April visit our Fullerton, Woodland Hills, Torrance, Montclair, Mission Viejo, Glendale or Riverside store to drop off your dress donation and you will be entered to win a beautiful jewelry gift.

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5 Things I Love About My Wedding Ring

By guest blogger Natasha Burton

Engagement rings, well, they seem to get all the attention. They tend to be flashier, more sparkly, and—in most cases—their arrivals on our fingers is a total surprise.

But wedding rings deserve some love too: As the typically daintier pairing to your rock (and symbol of your everlasting devotion to your husband), they should get the credit they deserve. So, in that spirit, I’m declaring my adoration for my wedding band, which I can’t wait to start wearing in less than four months.

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1. It’s super delicate.
I chose a pave diamond band for my wedding band. It has tiny diamonds going a little over halfway around my finger and looks stunning, even by itself. It’s super feminine and elegant—exactly what I wanted.

2. It’s going to last.
I’m going to be wearing this ring ’til death do us part, so aside from how it looks, I was determined to get a piece of jewelry that could withstand the wear and tear of everyday life. Hence why I went to Robbins Brothers: I love that my ring’s diamonds were individually set by the pros—they’re not going anywhere! It’s a quality ring and it’s going to last as long as my marriage… maybe even longer!

3. It fits well with my engagement ring.
I was lucky enough to have David from the Woodland Hills store help me choose my wedding band and he was able to find the absolutely perfect one to coordinate with my engagement ring. Since I’ll be rocking them as a set, it was so important to me that they looked like they went together without being too matchy-matchy.

4. It’s classic.
My ring could have been worn by my mother, my grandmother, my great-grandmother—it’s a classic. I’m excited to be able to pass it along to my future daughter or granddaughter some day. I think it’s a piece they would cherish and pass to their children, too.

5. It’s fun to try on.
Not gonna lie, I try on my ring about once a week (usually while I’m brushing my teeth) and I’ve contemplated wearing it out of the house well before my big day. I just love it. And while I love my engagement ring (like, to the point that it still makes me gasp), I can’t help but get excited by my new bling, even if it’s not quite as dazzling as the rock my fiancé surprised me with. If I’ve learned anything since being engaged, it’s that diamonds really are a girl’s best friend.

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