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Wedding Planning: Start Early, End Happy

Thursday, December 17, 2015 | Wedding Advice


A winter chill is in the air, Main Street is decorated with lights on the lampposts, and there’s fresh greenery on your mantel. It’s a magical time of year, and some of you might have decided to make your holiday season even more joyous — with an engagement.

If that’s you, wonderful! We hope the eggnog tastes just a little sweeter and the tree lights shine just a little brighter for you this year. But while you’re enjoying them, take some time to begin the wedding planning. Santa can bring you many treasures, but time isn’t one of them. Get started early and you’ll thank yourself once the big day is just around the corner.

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Modern Classics: Engagement Jewelry Trends

Monday, December 7, 2015 | Jewelry


It’s a tale as old as time. You meet, you fall in love, and before long you’re searching for the perfect treasure for that perfect someone—the gift that will keep on giving for the rest of your lives together. You’re carrying on the time-honored tradition of the engagement ring.

So where do you start? One way to look is to check out the trends that seem exciting to all the other suitors out there. You certainly don’t have to go with a popular choice just because it’s popular, but checking out engagement jewelry trends can at least give you an idea of what you do or don’t like.

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Unique Jewelry Gifts from Around the World

Monday, November 23, 2015 | Jewelry

The holidays are coming, and this time of year people find themselves scrambling for thoughtful gifts. It can be hard to locate exactly the right present for a loved one, especially if that person has…shall we say, unconventional?…taste. But just because your partner thinks outside the box doesn’t mean you have to forego the most traditional present there is: beautiful jewelry. The world is full of unique bangles and baubles, and one of them might be just the thing for your free spirit!



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Finding the Perfect Engagement Ring

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | Jewelry

Making sure this ring will do her justice

We want you to picture something: you get up in the morning, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, and put on your favorite tie…every day. For the rest of your life. The very same tie.

We bet it’s difficult for you to imagine decking yourself out in the same accoutrement that consistently. Always. Won’t you get bored? Won’t it clash with your summertime seersucker suit? (Yes, you’re that guy. And good for you.) You’d better like that tie a whole lot, right?

Well, it’s likely that your future wife is planning on doing exactly that with her engagement ring. And you definitely want her to like it a lot. No pressure.

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How Not to Propose 

Monday, October 12, 2015 | Worry Free Weddings


It’s the big day. Your time to shine. A moment you’ll remember for your entire life. And there’s only one thing on your mind: Will she say yes?

Popping the question is a nerve-wracking idea for many people. But don’t worry. If you’ve picked the right girl, you two probably already know that you want to seal the deal. It’s just a matter of when and how, right?

Only you know the best time and location for your proposal to the woman of your dreams. But we can tell a little about places and times that may be a bust. Read on for a guide on the top five perfect moments that might not be so perfect after all.

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It’s Your Wedding, Too! Top-5 Pre-Wedding Tasks for the Groom

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 | Worry Free Weddings

Guests Throwing Confetti On Couple During Reception In Garden

So you’ve bought the ring and popped the question…but now what? Brides have an almost endless list of wedding responsibilities, but the groom sometimes feels he’s got little to do for a wedding besides show up at the altar.

Guys, don’t buy it. You have nuptial responsibilities, too, and you can prove your future-spousal chops by knowing what they are and taking care of them without prompting. You’ll be surprised how far the brownie points can take you if you do!

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July’s Gemstone: the Ruby

Thursday, July 9, 2015 | Jewelry


King of the gems.

It’s an impressive-sounding title, isn’t it? In Sanskrit, an ancient language spoken in and around India thousands of years ago, that’s exactly what the ruby is called: Ratnaraj. King of the gems. Rubies show up in the Bible, too, and in the first century A.D. the Roman scholar Pliny included a description of them in his Natural History, (37:25), one of the first known encyclopedias. He relates that, according to legend, the fiery-colored ruby could melt wax all by itself!

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How to Clean Your Watch

Thursday, June 18, 2015 | Jewelry



A beautiful watch is arguably the only accessory that flawlessly incorporates both form and function. You can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a watch (just ask Seal or Usher). There are watches that track your activities, open your beer bottles, take video recordings, and tell you which way is north.  You can get wooden watches, polyurethane watches, transparent watches, and watches with words instead of numbers.  A watch you love can last you decades if you take good care of it, and that means proper cleaning!

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The Gem Master: Heather Fletcher

Thursday, June 4, 2015 | Uncategorized

Jewelry Quality Control

At Lavalier, you can get a quote for jewelry insurance in less than a minute, and it only takes a few more to buy jewelry insurance. But what happens after you hit that ‘purchase’ button? It goes to our underwriting team, led by GIA graduate gemologist (and MBA!) Heather Fletcher. She and her team review all the details of your appraisal and examine each diamond or gem certificate. Not only does this allow Lavalier to assess your insurance application, it also helps us help you ensure that you have the coverage level you need for as close a replica as possible in the unfortunate case of loss or damage. Check out her interview for more on the jewelry insurance process, gemology, and her tips and trade secrets!

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Jewelry Trends for Summer 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015 | Jewelry

iStock_000006005257_Medium Outdoor concerts, barbecues, beach vacations – summer is where it’s at! And Lavalier has the scoop on this year’s hottest trends, whether you’re wearing short shorts, a maxi dress, or an itsy-bitsy bikini. Take a look at our predictions of what the celebrities and fashionistas will be showing off this summer.

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