Planning A Proposal? Anticipation = Romance

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

Over the years, I have planned hundreds of proposals. In many cases, I hear “If I do that, she will know something is up.” Or “If I send her flowers, she will know what’s about to happen.” For some reason, many men feel that the proposal needs to be “shocking” like jumping out of the bushes in full camouflage shouting MARRY ME!
Dave Kollette proposal

Here’s the truth. We LOVE anticipation. Moments when opening the door and seeing rose petals scattered, or receiving a treasure map, hand-delivered to us at work with a red X that marks the spot of our first date, or the invitation to a “special night out” a day or two beforehand. These moments that you create, are the beginning of her story. The story she will tell for the rest of her life. Make a smart choice here gentlemen. If I told you that you earn “brownie points” every time she tells that story (forever) wouldn’t you want to make it amazing? Trust me, you do.

If you need a little help creating that perfect marriage proposal from scratch or simply polishing up your ideas, let us know. You can contact any of our stores directly or call our Ring Center at 800.295.1543. In the meantime, check out some of our most recent proposals but grab a Kleenex first.

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What’s Her Engagement Ring Style?

By guest blogger Natasha Burton

When you’re ready to pop the question, you’ve likely already talked to your girlfriend about marriage. But you may not have had a conversation about her taste in jewelry—in fact, you may even want the ring you present her to be a complete surprise.

But, given that she’s going to wear her ring ’til death do you part, you’re going to want to get her some bling she’ll like—or, even better, love.

Is she inspired by wedding day fashion & the most famous tiaras worn by royalty? Then consider the Royal Tiara by Peter Lam Luxury collection–sku 0387988 at www.RobbinsBrothers.com

Is she inspired by wedding day fashion & the most famous tiaras worn by royalty? Then consider the Royal Tiara by Peter Lam Luxury collection–sku 0387988 at www.RobbinsBrothers.com

Ask yourself these questions to help guide you on your ring search, from determining the metal the ring should be made of, to the style that would speak most to your girlfriend.

1. Does she normally wear white or yellow gold jewelry?

2. Is her apartment or home filled with antiques, traditional furnishings, or modern details?

3. Which famous classic actress do you think she’d identify with most, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, or Marilyn Monroe?

4. What does her favorite pair of jeans look like? (Worn and vintage? Pristine and crisp? Basic blue?)

5. If she were to order a drink at a bar, would it be a martini, a glass of wine or a craft beer?

6. Does she prefer outdoor activities like hiking or indoor activities like watching movies?

7. Is she a DIY, baking and crafty type or more of a store-bought kind of woman?

8. Is there another piece of jewelry she wears everyday with which you might need to coordinate her engagement ring?

Need a little more guidance? No problem, we got you covered! Check out Find Out Your Engagement Ring Style to see various ring designs.

Natasha Burton is an author, freelance writer and editor.
101 Quizzes for Couples

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5 Rose Gold Engagement Rings She’ll Love

#RoseGold is the latest trend indeed. It’s such a timeless and warm design that’ll make the wearer feel very feminine, confident and loved. We’ve selected five rose gold engagement rings from some of our top designers that are sure to take her breath away. (Oh yes, they look great in photos but just wait until she tries them on her pretty little ring finger!)

A gorgeous design from Royal Tiara by Peter Lam Luxury. The split shank and three-row band make such an elegantly bold statement.

Royal  Tiara by Peter Lam Luxury, exclusively available at Robbins Brothers--sku0394324

Royal Tiara by Peter Lam Luxury, exclusively available at Robbins Brothers–sku 0394324

Va Va Voom Verragio! This is such a pretty blooming diamond halo engagement ring setting with stylish rose gold accents.

Verragio Rose Gold Engagement Ring from Robbins Brothers--sku0394111

Verragio Rose Gold Engagement Ring from Robbins Brothers–sku 0394111

Love is Grand. Here’s a 14 Karat White and Rose Gold beauty that is sure to make her eyes sparkle and heart flutter when you place it on her ring finger.

Robbins Brothers Rose Gold Engagement Ring Setting--sku 0386260

Robbins Brothers Rose Gold Engagement Ring Setting–sku 0386260

This gorgeous Simon G. Rose Gold Engagement and Wedding Ring Set is a customer favorite in 2014. A seriously sparkly showstopper. Do you agree?

Simon G. Engagement Ring from Robbins Brothers--sku 0395976

Simon G. Engagement Ring from Robbins Brothers–sku 0395976

Kirk Kara, the winner of this year’s Jewelers’ Choice Award always presents brides with the very best and brilliant rose gold vintage designs and mesmerizing details that can be passed on from one generation to the next.

Kirk Kara Rose Gold Vintage Engagement Ring--sku 0389908 at www.RobbinsBrothers.com

Kirk Kara Rose Gold Vintage Engagement Ring–sku 0389908 at www.RobbinsBrothers.com

So which one have you fallen in love with? Let us know!

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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


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!)

Asscher Cut

Asscher Cut

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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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.


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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