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engagement ring trends in 2017

Choosing an engagement ring is a momentous decision. It’s a piece you’ll want to love 20 years from now just as much as you do the day you receive it. At the same time, your ring should also be a faithful reflection of your personal style.

That sounds like a tall order, but it’s one that the experts at Eiseman Jewels having been helping couples with for over 50 years. If you’re planning on getting engaged in 2017, read on to learn about the styles we predict will be most popular in the coming year.

The Solitaire

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The classic solitaire is the epitome of simplicity and sophistication, and it will never go out of style. This ring continues to be a popular choice for couples regardless of the shape of the stone. Rather than spending a majority of the budget on the ring itself, many couples are opting to place the emphasis on choosing a desirable quality center diamond.

The Three-Stone Ring

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A three-stone engagement ring features a large diamond framed by two perfectly matched side diamonds. Apart from looking stunning together, these three stones symbolize your past, present and future as a couple.

As you might imagine, setting a row of diamonds on a band elevates a ring’s sparkle and shine factor dramatically. The most classic three-stone engagement rings feature round brilliant diamonds, but this enduring style looks beautiful with any stone shape, metal or setting.

The Halo

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Traditional halo styles have been popular for years, but couples are now springing for more distinctive designs, such as double or ornate halos. Designers are also updating their halo designs by using diamonds of varying shapes and sizes. A cushion-cut halo or a halo with colored gemstones is a stunning way to make your ring stand out from the crowd.

Aside from their beautiful artistic touches, halo settings are also popular because they pair beautifully with every diamond shape and cut. The small diamonds in the halo give the ring a vintage feel, so while halos are very of-the-moment, they also offer a timeless appeal.

The One-Of-A-Kind Ring

If you’re looking for a ring that no one else in the world has, consider a custom-designed engagement ring. Truly unique and packed with personal significance, custom engagement rings are a popular choice because their possibilities are endless.

Couples can work together with the experts at Eiseman Jewels to create a ring that embodies their personal style and personality. Customization is one trend that will never go out of style!

To shop an exquisite selection of engagement rings, or to discuss custom options, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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This year, Eiseman Jewels proudly served for the fifth time as the Official Jeweler of the Jewel Charity Ball benefiting Cook Children’s Medical Center.

Our yearlong participation culminated on Thursday, November 17 at the annual Jeweler Party, which was held in honor of the 2016 Angels. The theme of the evening was “The Elements of Natural Beauty,” and event designer Bill Robertson transformed the Fort Worth Club into a natural wonderland by combining aspects of nature and fine gems to create a magical journey through the organic world.

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Co-hosted by LegacyTexas, CHUBB and NorthPark Center, the Jeweler Party began with an exclusive reception for Special Angels featuring Dom Pérignon Champagne, courtesy of Moet Hennessy, and a first look at the Eiseman Jewels Collection. As partygoers arrived, they mingled and enjoyed cocktails, delicious fare, fashions from NorthPark Center and a wide variety of jewelry designs, styles and values, including Eiseman’s Estate Collection and luxury Swiss timepiece collection. Featured designers included JB Star, Seaman Schepps, Roberto Demeglio and Goshwara. Eiseman’s latest collections from designers like Sloane Street, Messika of Paris and Gucci were seen for the first time in Fort Worth. For the watch collectors, selections from Cartier, Ulysse Nardin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, TUDOR, Audemars Piguet and Louise Moinet were on display.

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On December 10, Eiseman Jewels returned to Fort Worth for the 64th annual Jewel Charity Ball. The evening began with a cocktail reception and shopping time followed by dinner and dancing to finish out the night. The event space was again designed by Bill Robertson, who also created an Eiseman salon in the ballroom of the Fort Worth Convention Center where guests could shop, with proceeds benefiting Cook Children’s.

Currently celebrating its 53rd year, Eiseman Jewels has made giving back to the Dallas-Fort Worth community a priority. “We were truly honored to serve as the Official Jeweler for Jewel Charity. The important work of Jewel Charity and Cook Children’s is near and dear to our hearts,” Richard Eiseman said.

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We look forward to continuing to support Jewel Charity in 2017!

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Finding the perfect holiday gift for that special person in your life can be stressful and confusing. There are so many options, it can be hard to know what to choose.

Luckily for you, the experts at Eiseman Jewels have put together this gift guide to help you delight your loved one this holiday season. 

GIFTS FOR HER

Messika Double Ring

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If you’re looking for a chic piece that she doesn’t already have in her jewelry box, look no further than Messika’s 18-karat white gold Glam’azone ring. This unique piece can be worn two ways: with both rings on one finger or with each ring worn individually.

Lika Behar Gold Hoop Earrings

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These easy-to-wear 24-karat yellow gold Lika Behar hoop earrings will quickly become the shining stars of her everyday jewelry wardrobe.

Tudor Watch

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The Tudor Glamour Date Watch is a go-anywhere, do-anything luxury timepiece that can keep up with a woman’s active lifestyle. It features a black diamond-set dial, steel bracelet and self-winding mechanical movement.

Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

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It’s impossible to go wrong with a recommendation from Richard Eiseman himself. His choice for the gift of the season? This absolutely breathtaking 13.49-carat emerald cut diamond engagement ring. The center stone is flanked by two trapezoids cut stones for a total diamond carat weight of 15.29.

Sloane Street Necklace

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Want to profess your love and appreciation with something a little more exotic? Try this 18-karat white gold pendant necklace that features a gorgeous combination of Ethiopian opal beads, apatite beads, black opal, blue opal and triangular crystal opal with a pavé diamond rim.

GIFTS FOR HIM

Drive de Cartier 

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This beautiful Drive de Cartier watch is brought to life by the in-house Cartier Manufacture Movement. Its unique cushion-shaped 18-karat pink gold case, brown semi-matte alligator skin strap and sapphire crystal make it an extraordinary gift with which to celebrate the season. 

Breitling Avenger Hurricane 

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For the man who is bold, adventurous and ready for action, the Breitling Avenger Hurricane is the ideal gift. This robust military timepiece is constructed from a futuristic material called Breitlight®, which is 5.8 times lighter and significantly harder than steel, making it ultra-light and ultra-sturdy. It’s equipped with a military-style 24-hour display, and its all-black look is enhanced by yellow accents and aviation-inspired numerals.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King

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If you’ve got a watch buff in your life, chances are he can’t wait to get his hands on the new Oyster Perpetual Rolex Air King. It features a distinctive black dial with large 3, 6 and 9 numerals marking the hours, an Oyster case crafted from a solid block of corrosion-resistant 904L steel, and a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. 

Still having trouble selecting the perfect gift from our picks? Don’t fret. Our in-store experts are here to help you find a one-of-a-kind piece to wow any recipient this season. Stop by NorthPark Center in Dallas to visit us at Eiseman Jewels

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The human fascination with gems and jewelry spans back thousands of years, but we have a particular affinity for diamonds. Some historians believe that diamond trading occurred as far back as the fourth century BC, in India. In the first century AD, the Roman philosopher and naturalist Pliny said, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.”

Here’s a look at some of the most stunning diamonds ever discovered in history.

The Hope Diamond

This 45.52-carat cushion-cut diamond hangs on a pendant surrounded by 16 white diamonds, and the necklace chain contains 45 white diamonds. It is estimated to be worth $200-250 million.

The history of the stone can be traced all the way back to 1668, when French merchant traveller Jean Baptiste Tavernier sold the 112-carat diamond to King Louis XIV of France in 1668. It changed hands many times over the centuries, but it was eventually bought by jeweler Harry Winston, who donated the diamond to the Smithsonian Museum in 1958.

The Eureka Diamond

The aptly-named Eureka Diamond was the very first diamond discovered in South Africa. The 21.25-carats diamond was found by a 15 year-old boy named Erasmus Stephanus Jacobs in 1867. His discovery led to the Kimberly Diamond Rush and signaled the beginning of the Mineral Revolution.

The Eureka was purchased for £500 by Sir Philip Wodehouse, Governor of the Cape Colony, South Africa. He took it with him to the United Kingdom, where it remained for 100 years, during which time it was cut to a 10.73-carat, cushion-shaped brilliant. On April 16,1946, the Eureka was sold in London at a Christie’s public auction as part of a bangle. In 1967, 100 years after the diamond’s discovery, De Beers purchased and donated the Eureka to the South African people. The diamond is currently on display at the Mine Museum in Kimberley.

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The Excelsior Diamond

The Excelsior Diamond was the largest-known diamond in the world from the time of its discovery in 1893 until 1905, when the larger Cullinan Diamond was awarded that distinction. Today, it’s remembered as the third-largest diamond ever found.

Some controversy still surrounds the cutting of the Excelsior. After waiting for a buyer for many years, the owners decided to cut it into several smaller stones and sell them to various buyers. At the time, a representative from De Beers called the cutting “the greatest tragedy of modern times in the history of famous diamonds.” The decision to cut the stone meant that its historical significance was ruined and kept the Excelsior out of the Smithsonian or other historical museums. To this day, it remains a mystery why it was not simply cut into a single large, faceted diamond.

The Cullinan Diamond

The Cullinan Diamond, named after mine chairman Thomas Cullinan, weighed in at 3,106.75 carats when it was discovered in South Africa on January 26, 1905.

After being presented to King Edward VII on his 66th birthday, the diamond was cut into several polished gems, the largest of which is known as the Cullinan I, or the Great Star of Africa. At 530.4 carats, it is the largest clear-cut diamond in the world. The second-largest, at 317.4 carats, is Cullinan II, or the Second Star of Africa. Both diamonds are part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.

The Shirley Temple Diamond

This rare 9.54-carat cushion-cut blue diamond ring was purchased by the father of child star Shirley Temple in 1940 as a gift for her 12th birthday and to commemorate the premiere of her film, “The Blue Bird.” The diamond originally cost $7,210, which is equivalent to $121,000 today. Temple wore the ring for the rest of her life, and it retains its original Art Deco-inspired setting.

The rarity of blue diamonds — which have exploded in popularity since 1940 — and the ring’s unique Hollywood history make it a multi-million dollar gem.
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The Heart of Eternity Diamond

The Heart of Eternity is a 27.64-carat, vivid blue, heart-shaped diamond and the sixth-largest blue diamond in the world. It is cut from the same 777-carat rough stone as the 203.04 carat Millennium Star, and both are part of the De Beers Limited Edition Millennium Diamond Collection. These famous diamonds were the target of the Millennium Dome diamond heist, which was fortunately foiled by the Flying Squad of London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

In 2012, reports surfaced that boxer Floyd Mayweather purchased the Heart of Eternity necklace for his fiancée. They later parted ways and no one knows if the Christmas gift was a pricey reproduction or not, as De Beers won’t disclose the person to whom they sold the Heart of Eternity Diamond.

The Lesedi La Rona Diamond

The Lesedi La Rona Diamond is the third-largest diamond ever found and the second-largest of gem quality. It is also the largest diamond recovered using machines for automated diamond sorting. It is estimated to be over 2.5 billion years old and was discovered in Botswana in November 2015.

Its name means “Our Light” in the Tswana language, and comes from contest winner Thembani Moitlhobogi. His submission was selected from among 12,000 others from participants hoping to name the diamond. Moitlhobogi said, “The diamond is a pride, light and hope of Batswana.”

 

While you may not find any of these famous diamonds at Eiseman Jewels, you can find an extraordinary selection of diamond jewelry. Visit Eiseman Jewels in NorthPark Center today.

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At Eiseman Jewels, we love helping couples get the perfect start to their happily ever after with the perfect engagement ring. Deidra and Karl are just one of those happy couples. The two met during their college freshman orientation and recently became engaged after five years of dating. Deidra was kind enough to share their story with us.

Can you tell us a little bit more about how you two met?

Our first encounter was during freshman orientation in college, and we crossed paths a few times after that. When the spring semester rolled around, I decided to join the university’s Habitat for Humanity team. One week before a spring break volunteering trip, Karl decided to join as well. We had a lot of time to talk and get to know each other during the trip, and several months later, we started dating.

Tell us a little bit about your engagement. How did he propose? 

Karl proposed during a white elephant gift exchange on Christmas Day. Karl, his family and I all pulled numbers to decide on the gift-giving order, and Karl made sure he got to pick last. He unwrapped his gift and pulled out a small blue box. It wasn’t until he got down on one knee that I finally realized what was happening. I immediately started crying! His parents were in on it from the beginning and even filmed the entire engagement.

I should mention that I almost inadvertently ruined the surprise. On our way to church that morning, Karl was driving and his mom texted him. I grabbed the phone so I could read the text aloud. He quickly reacted and snatched the phone out of my hands. He knew his mom was confirming the plan!

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How did Karl select the ring? Did you give him any hints, or did he choose it all on his own? Who at Eiseman assisted you with your purchase?

Karl originally started looking at rings on his own, but he quickly became overwhelmed and asked me for a general idea of what I wanted. I went into Eiseman Jewels with the sole purpose of finding out my ring size and looking at a few rings.

That’s when I met Heather Cosmono. She took notes on what I liked so that Karl would be comfortable with what he chose. I was intimidated by the cost, but Heather understood our budget and made sure that we got the highest quality stone and ring possible. And I love it! I’m very happy and thankful that Eiseman made that possible for us.

Visit Eiseman at NorthPark Center in Dallas and let us help you choose the most important piece of jewelry for the most important person in your life.

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What determines a diamond’s value, besides whether or not you fall in love with it when you slip it on your finger?

One of the most influential factors in determining the value of a diamond is its brilliance: the amount of light its facets reflect. A stone’s level of brilliance (and therefore its quality) depends on its cut, correct angles and depth and table percentages, and shape, as well as color and clarity. The better the cut, the more brilliant a diamond will be and the higher its quality.

Let’s explore the most common shapes you’ll come across when shopping for diamonds and how those cuts can affect the diamond’s look and value.

ROUND

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Round diamonds are the most traditional and popular of all diamond shapes, accounting for roughly 80 percent of all loose diamonds sold. The better the cut, the more brilliant a round diamond will appear and the more valuable it will be. A round diamond cut to ideal parameters is one of the most beautiful and brilliant of all the diamond shapes. Model Miranda Kerr can be seen sporting a round cut diamond flanked by tapered baguettes on a stunning platinum band.

CUSHION

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This classic cut has been around for almost 200 years, and for the first 100 years, it was the most popular cut available. This cut usually makes the diamond appear larger than its actual weight, making it an ideal choice for those who want the look of a larger diamond at a better value. Cushion cut diamonds are especially beautiful in a variety of settings, such as halo, vintage and three-stone settings. Actress Sofia Vergara opted for a 7-carat cushion cut diamond for her engagement to Joe Manganiello.

OVAL

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Oval cut diamonds are elongated brilliant cut diamonds, and it’s easy to see why this shape is so popular. It has the look of a round diamond, but offers something a little more unique due to its long, elegant shape. This elongated shape can create the illusion of greater diamond size as well as make the wearer’s finger appear longer and slimmer. A stunning 12-carat oval diamond ring graces the hand of married actress Blake Lively.

RECTANGULAR AND SQUARE RADIANT

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Somewhere between the cushion cut and the EMERALD cut, there’s the radiant cut diamond. This beautiful, rectangular or square shape is rarer than others, and it looks beautiful when set either both trapezoid or square-cornered side diamonds.

EMERALD

This clean, elegant shape was originally developed for emerald stones, hence its name. This cut has fewer facets than other shapes, which makes it easier to see the stone’s flaws with the naked eye. For this reason, it’s important to choose an emerald cut diamond with a higher clarity grade. It’s a glamorous yet understated shape with a subtle elegance associated with royalty and can be seen on celebrities such as Amal Alamuddin, the gorgeous wife of actor George Clooney.

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This is the more popular fancy cut for larger engagement rings, costing less than round this cut cornered square diamonds appeal centers around its symmetry and classic shape, beautiful in a variety of settings from classic solitaire to addition of emerald, ruby, OR sapphire side stones.

MARQUISE

The marquise cut boasts one of the largest crown surface areas of any diamond shape, which helps make it look larger than its carat weight. Like the oval diamond, its elongated shape makes the fingers appear longer and slimmer, which is perhaps why it’s often the diamond of choice for royalty.

PEAR

Also known as a teardrop, a pear-shaped diamond has a little bit of everything and embodies the fire and beauty of the oval, marquise and round cuts. This shape has the same slimming effect on fingers and offers both a beautifully rounded edge as well as a distinctive tapered point.

HEART

The delightful heart-shaped diamond is actually a pear-shaped diamond with a distinctive cleft on top instead of a rounded edge. When it comes to heart-shaped diamonds, bigger is better because its shape can be difficult to make out in diamonds under .5 carats.

Of course, no one shape is inherently better than another — it’s all about personal preference. At the end of the day, the thing that really matters is that you simply adore your diamond.

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about diamonds with a visit to the experts at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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The process of buying a diamond can be a little daunting, especially for first-timers. That’s why the experts at Eiseman Jewels look beyond just the four Cs when helping their clients choose the perfect diamond.

You may already know that diamonds are qualified and priced according to the four Cs: carat, color, clarity and cut. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has established most of the grading standards within the jewelry industry. They do not sell diamonds or have a financial interest in transactions within the jewelry trade, and their system is recognized as the most accurate and unbiased method of grading diamonds. Always shop for a diamond that has been certified by the GIA and that comes with a GIA certificate.

While the definitions of the four Cs are pretty straightforward and clearly indicated on a diamond’s grading report, most people don’t realize that the grading report alone does not tell the full story of a diamond’s appearance and value.

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WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR WHEN SHOPPING FOR DIAMONDS

Those looking to purchase a fancy cut diamond, such as an oval, marquise, pear or princess cut, should keep an eye out for a dark “bow tie” pattern within the diamond. This bow tie effect can sometimes occur when a fancy cut diamond has not been cut properly and therefore doesn’t reflect light as it should.

Another pitfall that diamond shoppers often fall into is looking only at the stated weight of a stone and not at whether it has been cut properly. More often than not, a diamond that breaks the 3, 4 or 5-carat threshold would look more beautiful, weigh less and cost a lot less if it had been cut properly. In other words, bigger is not always better. A smaller, properly cut diamond will shine brighter than a larger one that isn’t.

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It’s also important to remember that two diamonds with same clarity grade may be priced different due to the number and placement of various inclusions in the stone. Also, keep in mind that no two diamonds with the same grading will in fact be the same.

Lastly, we advise that all of our clients look at a diamond in person versus online. A diamond’s description may make it extremely appealing on paper, but the “personality” of the stone will never shine through until you see it with your own eyes. The biggest mistake a diamond shopper can make is to buy a stone it without seeing it in person first.

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Want to know more about buying a diamond? Our diamond experts — along with our in-house gemologists and diamond cutter — can tell you everything you need to know to make the perfect choice. Visit us at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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At Eiseman Jewels, we search the world over to bring you the best in fine jewelry and timepieces. And each year, our travels take us to Las Vegas for COUTURE and JCK, two exclusive jewelry industry events that provide a glimpse of the latest offerings.

About COUTURE

Every summer at the luxurious Wynn Las Vegas, the who’s who of the luxury jewelry and timepiece market gather for COUTURE, where more than 4,000 top-tier buyers from the world’s most distinguished retailers meet to connect and collaborate with legacy brands, emerging designers and media outlets. It’s the only showcase in the country offering a curated collection of more than 200 preeminent jewelry designers and brands.

About JCK

JCK Las Vegas is the leading event for jewelry professionals in North America. Each year, more than 23,000 retailers and 2,300 exhibitors from around the world meet at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino to peruse pieces from domestic and international designers, attend networking events, take part in educational sessions and strengthen business relationships.

Takeaways from this year’s COUTURE and JCK events

Fashion trends

The jewelry industry has seen a recent influx of simple, modern pieces. We saw thinner, smaller, more tailored styles with a strong influence of rose gold and plenty of colored gemstones. For daytime, think easy-to-wear, less formal pieces. Choker and lariat necklaces were in vogue. We spotted plenty of feminine motifs, such as feathers and butterflies, and linear earrings and stackable rings and bracelets rounded out the offerings.

Bridal trends

Halo engagement rings are still extremely popular, and the trend shows no signs of diminishing. Similar to the fashion jewelry world, simple, traditional, classic styles are making a comeback for bridal jewelry. Lots of couples are opting for vintage looks with a unique twist, such as hand-engraving on the shank.

Some of our favorite new finds from this year’s events:

Dainty diamonds and gold from Katie Decker

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Lariat Necklaces

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To see more of the treasures we discovered on our travels, visit Eiseman Jewels in NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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One of the most rewarding things we do here at Eiseman Jewels is help couples start the next chapter of their love story by choosing the perfect engagement ring. Eiseman couple James and Frances recently got engaged, and James was kind enough to share their sweet story with us.

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Was this your first purchase from Eiseman Jewels?

Yes; however, my father has made several purchases from Eiseman Jewels, and Richard Eiseman’s son attends Wake Forest University, where Frances and I graduated from, so I had connections to the store before I began shopping for an engagement ring.

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How did you two meet?

Frances and I met through mutual friends while attending Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We hung out together in group settings with other couples and often joked that we were the “fifth and sixth wheels.” She loves to dance and she somehow convinced me to learn how to swing dance, which remains one of our favorite pastimes. It wasn’t until we went on spring break with some friends that we finally admitted that we liked each other.

It has been so cool to watch our relationship grow during our two years of long-distance dating. We are very thankful for FaceTime and Skype, and especially thankful that our engagement means the end of long distance! We are looking forward to building a marriage rooted in Christ, love for the Demon Deacons and, of course, swing dancing!

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How did you propose?

On April 1, 2016, Frances and two girlfriends went on a trip to the Divine Llama Vineyard outside Winston-Salem. Despite the rain in the forecast and the fact that the GPS said the vineyard would be closed when they arrived, Frances went along with the plan without suspecting anything, much to her friends’ relief.

As they pulled into the vineyard, I was standing on the side of the road holding a bouquet of roses and lilies. It was the first of many surprises for Frances, as I was supposed to be out of town at a bachelor party. As soon as she saw me, she knew the moment we had both been anticipating had arrived. We went on a walk around the vineyard before I got down on one knee to ask, “Will you marry me?” Of course, she said yes!

But the surprises didn’t end there. I flew in Frances’ dear friend Kristen from out of town to photograph the proposal. Then I took her back to the tasting room at the vineyard, where both of our families and several close friends were waiting to celebrate with us. The evening ended with a wonderful dinner for just the two of us at Ryan’s Steakhouse, and there we toasted to spending the rest of our lives together. It was a truly perfect day!

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How did you select the ring? Did Frances help? And who at Eiseman assisted you with your purchase?

I kept the ring a secret from Frances throughout the entire process. I knew what sort of styles she liked (thanks to some Pinterest stalking, and of course, knowing Frances!), but we never shopped together. My grandma Bubbles had given me her engagement ring, so I was fortunate enough to have a diamond to start with.

When I walked into Eiseman Jewels, I met with Heather Cosmano, who was so incredibly helpful! I knew nothing about rings, and she helped me figure out what I was really looking for: something timeless, classic and elegant. And she even put up with my mom, who insisted on FaceTiming us in the store once I finally decided on the setting I wanted. The ring is even more special to me knowing that the diamond was my grandma Bubbles’.

Visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas and let our jewelry experts help you choose the perfect engagement ring for the most important person in your life.

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On Friday, April 1, 1–5 PM and Saturday, April 2, 10 AM–6 PM, Eiseman Jewels will celebrate Perfect Pairs, its second-annual wedding band event. Whether you’re looking for just the right set of bands for your wedding or a special piece of jewelry to commemorate an anniversary, visit Eiseman’s NorthPark Center salon to enjoy light refreshments and shop the latest collections from renowned designers like Bez Ambar, Crown Ring, JB Star, Precision Set, the Eiseman Collection and Furrer Jacot.xmascard-quer_matterhorn.jpeg

Speaking of Furrer Jacot, there are few people in the world more qualified to speak on wedding bands than Lucas Ruppli, who’s been Head of Design at Furrer Jacot for the last 25 years. Born in Schaffhausen, a small town in Switzerland famous for its gold and silversmith ateliers, Ruppli spent his childhood collecting gemstones, which ultimately inspired him to become a goldsmith.

We caught up with Mr. Ruppli to get his thoughts on wedding band trends for the year ahead.

What are your favorite wedding band trends for 2016?

Straightforward wedding bands with subtle details are in this year, and so are bands constructed with new and different materials.

How will these trends be incorporated in Furrer Jacot styles?

This year, we are launching our new Furrer Jacot Milgrain Collection. Our milgrain is different than others on the market—it is like a row of small pyramids, which reflect more. At the same time, it is very smooth and elegant.

How have wedding bands and wedding traditions changed over the last 20 years?

Jewelry design is a lot like every other type of design in that trends wax and wane from narrow and thin to wide and heavy and back; from deep yellow gold to white gold and back.

Today, diamonds play a more important role on men’s bands than 20 years ago. Also, men are a bit more adventurous overall in terms of designs and materials. Our Carbon Collection is very popular; it features hand-wound carbon fiber application on precious metals.

Where does your inspiration come from and how does it translate into your designs?

Sometimes I just start drawing, but I usually get my inspiration from nature and architecture. If I am in Japan or in New York, I draw differently, since it has to do with the feelings a place brings out in me. The inspiration for Furrer Jacot’s latest collection, for example, was sports. We used carbon fiber to create something very sporty, contemporary and linear. Therefore, this collection was actually inspired by the new material itself.

What do you most love about bridal jewelry?

Diamonds!

What is your favorite new style or collection this year?

It’s definitely the new Furrer Jacot Milgrain Collection. I think that the twist on this classic design form has turned out to be very attractive on these rings.

What does a man’s wedding band say about his personality?

In order for a wedding band to express a man’s personality, he has to be true to himself. He can’t choose the band according to trends. He must choose the band he loves. If he is daring, his choice should reflect that. If he is a classic guy, then a straightforward, beautifully crafted band will reflect his personality best.

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How does someone go about selecting the perfect band?

Lifestyle plays a role. Someone who works with his or her hands or who is a sporty, outdoorsy type will need a stronger band than someone who works mainly in an office. In either case, the band will show some wear and tear after a while, which will only add charm and character.

What advice do you have for young couples choosing their wedding rings?

They should really spend some time together thinking about what their symbol of union and love means to them and then find a style that represents it.

For beautiful, unique wedding bands — including bands by Furrer Jacot — visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 during our Perfect Pairs Wedding Band Event. Plus, don’t forget to follow Eiseman on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.