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Top Engagement Ring Styles for the Anti Girly Girl

So you're not a girly girl, but a woman through and through. While other ladies might be bedazzling themselves from head to toe in diamond earrings and extravagant bangle bracelets, you might be more of the hemp and beads type of gal. Not to worry! The thought of now having to wear a ring on your finger forever might freak you out a little, but you can relax with the help of Gottlieb & Sons. We promise it won't be pink or flowery. Deep breaths!

 

Bigger isn’t Always Better

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There's a common misconception when it comes to engagement rings that the bigger the bling, the nicer the ring...and while there's nothing wrong with giant diamonds, these things just aren't for the tomboy type. But that’s not to say you can’t add a little sparkle without blinding everyone you wave at. Thin bands with diamond accents like this one can be just the right amount of glimmer you need to feel feminine without going over the top.

 

Something Sapphire

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Just like it’s now totally acceptable to rock a pantsuit to work instead of a dress, you can wear a more subtle engagement ring that doesn’t scream girly girl. This gorgeous ring with sapphire accents is perfect for the woman who embraces the fact that she may not be all florals and frills, but she still has great taste in jewelry.

 

Shoot for Gold

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The anti girly girl isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, so choosing a ring with fewer details is a must. For every groove in your ring, that’s another minute you’re going to spend cleaning gunk out of it, and as a famous meme once said, “ain’t nobody got time for that”. If you’re the type of girl that also tends to appreciate quality over quantity, opt for a simple band with a beautiful center solitaire diamond like this one.

 

Three’s Company

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One of the best things about the non-girly girl personality is that you’re practical. You’re not going to wear a skirt you can barely walk in, and you’re definitely not going to wear a ring that’s going to get caught on everything and get in your way. Choosing a ring with a smooth band and embedded diamonds like this gorgeous trifecta of awesomeness is exactly what you need.

 

Strikingly Solid

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Does shopping for a ring make you want to tie up your running shoes and run for the hills? We promise there’s something for everyone, even the girl who isn’t a fan of all the fanciness. This gorgeous thick banded ring is strong and beautiful, just like its soon to be owner (lookin’ at you!).

 

It doesn’t matter if the other girls have always fantasized about their engagement rings-- sometimes the best decisions are clean-cut and practical, just like these options. Your ring can be simple and easy-to-wear, while still being as gorgeous as anyone else’s. You can truly have the best of both worlds!

5 Jewelry Looks for the Simple Bride

Finding the perfect pieces for the simple bride might seem like anything BUT simple when you have to wade through all the big, bold and sometimes boisterous bridal jewelry. If you’re not feeling the Kim Kardashian-esque type of bling there’s no need to panic—hidden behind all the glitz and glam are a selection of understated but sophisticated ornaments that are perfect for the more elemental woman. Keep in mind that simple does not mean you have to limit yourself, there are tons of trinkets from Gottlieb & Sons to suit your minimalist needs. So buckle up, even though we’re going to try not to make this too much of a wild ride.

 

Classic with an Edge

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This gorgeous twist on a classic solitaire engagement ring is a breath of fresh air in a world of competition for who has the biggest rock. Encased in a bed of diamonds, this simplistic and sultry ring will draw attention without distracting from the exquisiteness of the girl who’s wearing it (that’s right, we’re talking about you!).

 

Toned Down Distinct

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Chunky bridal jewelry is so 2016, and this year if you want something a little more unique but still inconspicuous, choose a necklace with a distinguished shape like this beauty. Ever heard the expression “the beauty lies in the details”? This piece vouches for exactly that. You’ll be low-key while impressing everyone with its vintage details and its different shape. We are seriously obsessed!

 

Slender Sparkles

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The best thing about more subdued wedding day pieces is that they put the focus on what’s important—your beautiful face AND the fact that you’re not going to be forever alone! Now THAT’s a celebration in and of itself. Try out thinner hoop earrings like these little miracle workers and you’ll have the perfect combination of minimal and magical. They scream “I’m gorgeous without trying too hard”, which is exactly what you want to aim for—effortless beauty.

 

Simply Solitaire

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Less is definitely more when it comes to a modest engagement ring. They say to appreciate the simple things in life, but keep in mind that simple doesn’t equal ugly. Clean lines and classic cuts are where it’s at, so rocking a solitaire ring like this is exactly the way to go for the more conservative chick. This ring is a minimalist bride’s dream in literally every way.

 

Beautifully Blended

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Just because you’re a bride who appreciates understated pieces doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. This gorgeous mixed metal bracelet will seriously go with anything and everything (ok maybe not those hideous feather earrings that used to be in, but you should throw those out anyway). It’s not too showy, but it’s not boring enough to make us yawn. Score!

 

Engagement is a time to focus on the big picture and not fret too much about the ring, especially for the bride who likes to keep things simple. Look at it this way: bridal jewelry shopping is only one step in planning a wedding, so you don’t want to complicate things already or it’ll be bridezilla mayhem. Just have fun with it and try to find minimalist pieces that match your style, while looking forward to marrying the one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life (kidding, but not really)!

Classic Necklace Styles for the Mother of the Bride

Your precious baby is getting married to the love of her life…wow, does time ever fly! But just because everyone’s getting older doesn’t mean you can’t still turn heads as you glide down the aisle. As the mother of the bride, you are the second most important lady-of-the-hour and you’ve got to look the part. Plus, you deserve to be pampered with the finest jewelry…I mean you DID raise her after all! So how can we celebrate this hot mama? Check out these gorgeous necklaces from Gottlieb & Sons.

 

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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For the mother of the bride, borrow your inspiration from vintage styles, in the most stunning way. Essentially, you want to show you’re a classic lady with a love for finery and elegance. This beautiful haloed blue sapphire piece would look darling around any MOTB’s neck, and if you’re wearing a blue dress, even better!

 

Religious

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This gorgeous cross pendant encrusted with diamonds is meant for the traditional mother of the bride who still likes a bit of bedazzling. Pretty much, if you’re a devout lady who also speaks Chanel, you’re a fashion-forward conservative who needs to shine! So go ahead and combine your two faves for the big day: style and faith (okay, and your daughter, of course).

 

Pretty and Pear-Shaped

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If you’re a fun mama who prefers fat sparklers to dainty accents, we’ve got just the thing for you! Go for a classy gemstone that gives a little pop of color. This pear-shaped piece with a gorgeous yellow diamond is all you need to feel special. You can even crank up the heat a little more by bronzing your décolleté with a radiant glow-- now who’s the mama in charge?

 

Vintage Inspired

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With a nod to the 18th century era, this beautiful pendant is for the MOTB that has a love for antiques and timeless pieces. After all, your jewelry should always be a reflection of you, leaving you feeling confident and on top of the world!

This gorgeous piece exquisitely captures the allure of Victorian art, but also carries some big-time personality. It features shimmering outer diamonds and ornate detailing in the middle! Heritage pieces like this one are like an aged fine wine; it never goes out of style and makes you feel all tingly inside.

 

Yay for Pavé

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Pavé actually comes from the French meaning cobblestone, and that’s what makes this black and white swirled necklace so unique. It’s perfect for the modern mama who still likes some edge, plus this piece can be worn over and over again. After the wedding, you can wear it casually by pairing it with a v-neck shirt and you’ll be good to go!

 

Whatever you choose, you definitely want to hit the mark on your baby girl’s big day. You want to look age-appropriate but still glamorous in every way. You don’t want to pull the #1 mistake for any MOTB and go overboard with the glitz and glam. So choose any of these necklaces to feel both memorable and stylish, the ultimate combo to ace your look.

6 Rules to Live by When Choosing an Engagement Ring

You’ve already chosen the guy, the hardest part, now you just need the bling to seal the deal. No biggy, right? Wrong! Like every picky bride-to-be, you’ll want to navigate your options with a clear agenda and list of priorities. Fortunately, with the help of Gottlieb & Sons, you can collect the ultimate tips for sifting your way through thousands of rings and come out with the winner. Here we go, ladies!

 

Personality is Everything

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A ring can be super beautiful and glamorous, but if it lacks personality, it can get boring really quick. Sigh! It’s important to choose a ring that’s meant for YOU, and not necessarily the ring that has the most pins on a bridal board. Basically, if the ring doesn’t capture your unique flare, you’re going to fall out of love with your sparkler fast! So, to avoid a casual fling with your ring, find the one that’s going to be a relationship for the long haul.

 

Shape Up or Ship Out

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The number 1 thing that gives a ring its overall “look” is the diamond’s shape. Are you a fan of the oval style? radiant or princess cut? Or maybe heart-shaped suits your fancy. Whatever shape you choose, make sure it bodes well with your hand shape. If you have long, slender fingers you can go more round, but if your hands are on the stubbier side, try to go for straighter lines that will elongate your hands like this one from Gottlieb & Sons.

 

Mull over the Metal

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Once you’ve selected your diamond shape, you’re going to want to choose your metal wisely. Think of what color metal you tend to wear the most. Your engagement ring doesn’t always have to match, but it’s best to try to choose a ring that goes well with a lot of your other pieces. White gold and rose gold are both very popular colors for 2017, but you also need to think of your long-term commitment. Wear gold and silver equally? Choose a mixed band like this knockout.

 

Don’t Break Your Budget

Weddings are an expensive time for all of those involved, so remember that the engagement ring is just the start. Set a reasonable budget and choose a ring within it. You can also work with your Gottlieb & Sons retailer to make sure your dream ring doesn’t break the bank (and your honeymoon savings).

 

Pick the Right Setting

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A beautiful diamond can go from a 10 to a 3 if it’s encased in uncreative “meh” filigree. It’s like having a great figure and then wearing a paper bag—it does nothing for your shape! So, don’t make the mistake of underdressing your diamond and give it the outfit it deserves!

 

Don’t Rush It

Last but certainly not least…TAKE YOUR TIME! This isn’t like you’re going to the store because you ran out of calorie-free sweetener— you’re going to be wearing this piece for a long time, and so the worst thing you can do is rush this process. Spend lots of effort collecting images and consulting your friends, so you feel confident about your final selection.

 

Try to think of this process as less of a chore and more of a shopping trip. Have some fun with it and remember at the finish line there’s a dazzling ring waiting for you (oh and a dashing man to put it on your finger!).

How to Take the Perfect Engagement Selfie

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody’s there to Instagram it, did it really fall? The answer is definitely no. So, now that we’ve established nothing really exists unless it’s online, you’re going to want to post THE perfect picture when you’re announcing your engagement.  A winning engagement post is one that sends hearts soaring and comments bursting your page, designating you with “it girl” status for at least the next week. So, if you’re thinking all it takes is the right filter and a newly bleached smile, you’re in for a much-needed surprise.

 

The Mani

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Nothing showcases that engagement ring more than a beautiful mani, and nothing ruins an engagement ring more than unpolished fingers. So if he proposed while your hands and nails looked like they’ve just been through 60 hours of handy work, you’re going to need to call and book an emergency manicure ASAP. Call in a favor if you have to, because this is the very first thing you need to do! There’s no sense in getting a rock like this one by Gottlieb & Sons just to hide it behind poorly manicured nails!

 

Let’s Get Technical: The Angle and the Lighting

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Just like the wrong angle can quickly change your single chin to a double, it can also take your 2 carat ring to a solid 1. You’ve earned this ring by being exceptional wifey material, and you definitely want to show it off. Taking the photo from above is going to be the most flattering angle for your hand, and for the bling.

Also, don’t keep your followers in the dark when it comes to your engagement ring picture. Nobody wants to see a blurry, dimly lit photo any more than they want to see another wannabe Kim Kardashian. Stick to natural light and take the photo by a window! Hint: Diamonds cut like this one by Gottlieb & Sons reflect light the best so they photograph really well!

 

The Background

 

Please, step AWAY from the busy floor tile and your messy bed. You want the ring to be the center of attention, so it’s super important to keep the background elegant and simple. This type of background will help draw more attention to your prized sparkler!

Try floating your hand above a marble countertop, a white wall or even your car steering wheel (granted it doesn’t have some flashy steering wheel cover). If you want to be real cute, try taking it on your new fiancé’s knee, just make sure he’s wearing some nice jeans or a suit!

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Accessorize your Shot

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If you want to take your creativity to the next level with your IG announcement, show off your new bridal bling with a pastel-coloured clutch, a bouquet or even a coffee cup (just make sure it’s a cute one…aka avoid the McCafe cups please). Need an example? Check out above- Hillary Bontempo’s snap from her Instagram where she shows off her fave sunglasses along with her new favorite jewelry piece. You can also achieve a similar statement with this gorgeous engagement ring by Gottlieb & Sons…bonus!

 

Remember, practice makes perfect so don’t be afraid to take 100 pictures of the same engagement pose. Ultimately, that’s what everyone does anyways, so chug some caffeine, grab your man, and snap, snap away!

Bridal Trends of Spring 2017

We’re finally shoveling our way out of the dreaded winter season, which means wedding season is upon us. Yes! It’s time to dust off your trusty wedding planner, re-open that Pinterest wedding board, and get to work on planning the most spectacular spring wedding of the season. But before you hit the drawing board, let’s take a look at these new bridal trends.

 

Boho Chic for the Boho Chick

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Think Coachella meets New York Fashion Week – just with less cheesy floral headbands (it’s a love-hate thing). Seriously though, island vibes are taking over the runway this season in every form imaginable. Famous designers like Oscar de la Renta and Elizabeth Fillmore are creating Boho couture, with bell-sleeved chiffon and pleated tulle.

Cascading Bohemian dresses are falling effortlessly on brides everywhere, and makes us wish we were having a destination wedding every week so we could have an excuse to wear these gorgeous things. Want to channel your inner Californian chick? Try this bangle bracelet by Gottlieb & Sons!

 

Veils – Go Big or Go Home

We went from no veils at all to veils...on veils…on veils. This season we’re looking at BIG, voluminous, hit-people-when-you-walk-by veils. These things are literally massive and they are taking over the runway and the wedding aisle this season as brides swoon over lace embroidered veils to ornate, extremely tulle veils. Pick that special one and you’ll have a lot of trouble parting with it after the wedding-- sorry, nothing can be borrowed here!

 

Floral and Fab

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Blossoming brides are all about the floral accents this season, whether its flower patterned lace or having the dress gather into a beautiful rose. Pastel colors are even taking over the scene, with floral beadwork and sexy embellishments that’ll make your wedding feel more like a garden party.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with bloomy accents either. We’re seeing brides go for floral engagement rings like this one from Gottlieb & Sons.

 

No need for Cold Shoulders

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Last year was all about the strapless dresses, and to be honest we are a little sick of seeing sweetheart necklines everywhere. Spring is a time for growth and change, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing on bridal gowns this year. Bold shoulders are on trend for 2017, with artistically sculpted sleeve caps and broad shoulder details that kind of resemble shoulder pads.

There’s something powerful about them, and we love how they frame a bride’s face and neck. This dainty diamond pendant by Gottlieb & Sons will add some softness to a heavier neckline.

 

The Bigger the Bow the Better

Big sleeves aren’t the only thing on trend for this Spring-- oversized bows also hit the runway with a bang! They’re adding a little more glam and a LOT more drama. Large bows are seen tied perfectly around a bride’s waist, or even on the back of her gown. There’s really no wrong way to rock a bow this wedding season, so go ahead and doll up.

 

With the bows, puff sleeves and florals-- just be careful not to get too carried away by your girlish tastes. You don’t want to feel like a decorated cream puff! The look should be a subtle nod to the Disney princess, while still maintaining an overall modern vibe.