How men have been ‘putting a ring on it’ since 44000 BC – Vashi’s history of engagement rings

Vashi Engagement Ring

Vashi Engagement Ring

My kids are always begging my husband and me to tell stories of how we met, what happened when we got engaged, what the marriage ceremony was like. Moments like these are not only special in our own memories, they also frame the lives of loved ones and become part of a rich tapestry that is the family history shared through generations.

Vashi Engagement Ring

Vashi Engagement Ring

I remember taking months to pick out the perfect engagement ring. The ring is a gorgeous symbol of our commitment and every time I look at it, I remember my husband’s proposal. The engagement ring has a long history that is truly fascinating. It all began in prehistoric times in 44000 BC, when men would put braided cords made out of grass around their woman’s wrists or ankles to ‘bring the female’s spirit under his control’. Ancient Egyptians were ones who brought a little more romance into it, creating the symbolism of the ring with the circle signifying endless love and the empty center signifying the gateway to the future.

Vashi Engagement Ring

Vashi Engagement Ring

How do I know so much about this? I have recently collaborated with the international jewelry online retailer, Vashi. They created a terrific illustrated guide to the History of the Engagement Ring.  Check it out here: http://www.vashi.com/history-of-the-engagement-ring/. It really is a fascinating read.  Did you know that puzzle rings were created to discourage infidelity? The very first diamond engagement ring was given in 1477? Puritans used a thimble as their engagement rings? And who do you think was considered to be the ‘King of Bling’ in 2007?

Head over to the Vashi website for astoundingly beautiful engagement rings, wedding rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. You can choose from their wide selection or even design your own. And be sure to take a look at the super cool History of the Engagement Ring to find out just how many months’ salary a man should be spending on that ring.  – Lisa

Vashi Engagement Ring

Vashi Engagement Ring

I’m getting ready for Mother’s Day with Helen Ficalora jewelry

Mother's Day with Helen Ficolora

Mother’s Day with Helen Ficalora

Mother’s Day may not be until May 10th this year but that’s closer than you think. As a daughter, mother, and grandmother I don’t want to be caught last minute shopping because that means I’m buying something just to buy. Thinking ahead is the key, especially if you want to order online.

Helen Ficolora packaging

Helen Ficalora packaging

Helen Ficalora is a jewelry site with products that you and your mom will love. I am fortunate because they sent the perfect necklace as an example of their products. The packaging is wonderful and set to give as a gift. The red box with the perfectly tied ribbon and the inner boxes are beautiful and sturdy. (My crooked jewelry box is a long ago Mother’s Day gift from my sons.) You know just from the packaging that there’s quality inside.

MOM necklace from Helen Ficolara

MOM necklace from Helen Ficalora

Helen Ficolora MOM

Helen Ficalora MOM

My necklace is a Sterling Silver Mom Disk Charm on a Sterling Silver 18″ Fine Chain. It fits nicely in the crook of my neck. Stamped disk charms are available in 14k yellow gold, white gold, pink gold or sterling silver. The prices range from $55 for the sterling silver MOM to $185 for white gold or pink gold. There are a lot of options too so that all budgets and taste can be accommodated. They carry chains in 4 different lengths and the same four metals so you can really personalize what you buy.

some MOM options

some MOM options

helen ficolora 2Helen Ficalora is the jeweler that started the craze for alphabet charms and she has created so many special designs. You can choose add ons like the photo above or keep it simple like my necklace.

letter charms

letter charms

Just looking at one of their stores (NYC, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, Palm Beach, and Bridgehampton) has me drooling to go in and see the choices.

Helen Ficolora store in Bridgehampton

Helen Ficalora store in Bridgehampton

Palm Beach Helen Ficolora store

Palm Beach Helen Ficalora store

No matter what you are looking for – necklaces, rings, earrings, etc. – you’ll find a great selection at Helen Ficalora. Even though I have a lot of jewelry that I wear, something with MOM on it will melt my heart and surely your mother’s too.

What kinds of jewelry do you like best? — Marcia

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Want, want, want…Wantable March Accessories Collection

 

Wantable 2015 Accessories Collection

WOW, the Wantable Accessories Collection for March is definitely bold and beautiful! The focus is on cheeky colors and accessories that can be layered and paired with other pieces. My collection is definitely a winner with a glamorous ring, metal bracelet, sparkly headband and statement necklace.

Desiree Ring in Silver

Desiree Ring in Silver

Desiree Ring in Silver (retail value $16): Is this fun or what?? I love it. I have absolutely nothing else like this double finger ring with bold rhinestones. It’s playful and goes with everything.

Joyce Bracelet in Silver

Joyce Bracelet in Silver

Joyce Bracelet in Silver (retail value $17):  This is a stunning silver metal bracelet with a toggle closure and a metal tassel. Gorgeous on its own and perfect for layering with other bracelets or a watch.

Delaney Headband in Silver

Delaney Headband in Silver

Delany Headband in Silver (retail value $18) I adore this headband. It looks expensive and it is fantastic with darker hair. The headband has sparkly rhinestones and a stretchy band so it’s comfortable on. It is beautiful with loose, flowing hair or with a ponytail.

Abigail Necklace in Gold

Abigail Necklace in Gold

Abigail Necklace in Gold (retail value $24)  This is the only gold piece in my collection, with a long adjustable chain which is a pretty cool feature. The pairing of gold with shiny navy drop beads is more beautiful than the photo shows. The only problem I find with it is the beaded part can twist around if I am walking quickly, but it doesn’t tangle so the twisting is easily fixed.

Wantable March 2015 Accessories Collection

Wantable March 2015 Accessories Collection

I think that Wantable is a great way to expand any accessories wardrobe at just $36 a month. My March collection has a retail value of $75 and I have already worn everything except the ring which will be fun when I actually go out some night!

Wantable is very customizable. It’s great how you can be specific about your preferences, yet every collection is still a wonderful surprise. I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for next month!  – Lisa

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Darling, you look beautiful! Wantable June Accessories review

As we tumble head first into summer, my Wantable June Accessories Subscription Box assures me that I look beautiful. The great news is the goodies in this box definitely help me get there in style!

Wantable June accessories

My preferences

My preferences

This month, I received three pieces that fit my preferences – one hair accessory, one pair of silver earrings, and one necklace. The inspiration for June was centered around favorite summer activities like festivals, barbecues, and lazy days. I am more of a boho babe than a rebellious rocker and my selections certainly reflect my style.

Bri Headband and Miranda Earrings

Bri Headband and Miranda Earrings

Bri Headband

Bri Headband

The Bri Headband (retail value $11) is a twistable diamond wire band covered in a fun, funky print fabric. I love this. Headbands can be too tight giving me a headache, or too loose for my long hair. But this is perfect. I can twist it into any shape, and it holds my hair back with ease. I love the print for summer too – beautiful colors that work at the beach or at the bar.

The Miranda Earrings (retail value $18) are thick, geometric silver earrings with a snap-shut backing.

Miranda Earrings

Miranda Earrings

Miranda Earrings

Miranda Earrings

I love these because my hair doesn’t get stuck in them – earrings with an open enclosure typically are problematic for me. These have a beautiful shape and add class to any outfit. They are a bit heavy for my ear lobes, but I use Lobe Wonder patches and the weight is no issue at all.

My third piece is the Margaery Statement Necklace (retail value $38). I have one word for this:  GORGEOUS.

Margaery Necklace

Margaery Necklace

Margaery Necklace

Margaery Necklace

Margaery  Necklace

Margaery Necklace

The Margaery Necklace is three connected strands of multi-tone chains with rhinestones and various beads. It is a truly beautiful necklace that is extremely wearable. It dresses up simple outfits, and is a perfect complement to a summery dress.

Wearing all my June Wantable goodies!

Wearing all my June Wantable goodies!

Sometimes the accessory boxes have four, five, or even six items, but I am really digging the three quality items that arrived this month. Wantable continues to be one of the very best subscription boxes available – this month’s value is $67 for a $38 box. If you haven’t subscribed yet, I have one question for you:  what in the world are you waiting for???  – Lisa

*box received for review; affiliate link to help us earn credit off our future boxes.

3 graduation gift ideas from Mont Bleu

Looking for a great graduation gift? Look no further!

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There are many stunning options from one of our favorite online retails stores, Mont Bleu. They have beautiful nail files, Swarovski-encrusted brushes, and jewelry, plus a whole lot more. They ship unbelievably quick, plus they have great prices and their pieces come with certificates of authenticity.

Mont Bleu sent some fantastic gift options for the girl graduate.  Take a look.

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu Red Crystal Stud Earrings

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu Red Crystal Stud Earrings

The Red Crystal Stud Earrings ($10.38) are gorgeous – and would you look at that price?  These earrings are so bright and shiny they really stand out. They have a covering of hypoallergenic metal rhodium so they won’t cause an allergic reaction, and the red studs are genuine Swarovski crystals.

Mont Bleu Shamballa

Mont Bleu Shamballa Bracelet with Siam Red Beads

Mont Bleu Shamballa

Mont Bleu Shamballa Bracelet with Siam Red Beads

The Shamballa Bracelet with Siam Red Beads ($35.04) is a fabulous option that is right on trend. I work at a high school, and the girls just go bananas for these bracelets. The Siam Red crystal beads are embedded in a waxed cord that is woven in a macramé design. The bracelet adjusts so it will fit any size wrist and it comes in a beautiful leatherette box with a certificate of authenticity.

Mont Bleu Ring

Mont Bleu Pink Swarovski Ring

Mont Bleu ring

Mont Bleu Pink Swarovski Ring

Mont Bleu ring

Mont Bleu Pink Swarovski Ring

While their inventory changes often and I don’t see this ring on their website right now, I want to tell you about the Ring with Pink Swarovski Crystals. The ring is made with brass that is covered with rhodium, so again there is no worry about allergic reactions.  Not only is the ring stunning, it’s also super practical because it adjusts to any finger. No worries about getting the wrong size!

Here is a comparable ring, the Two Crystals Swarovski Ring, it has rounded stones and this one is only $11.68! Plus it comes in a variety of colors.

Mont Bleu ring

Mont Bleu has so many other gifts that are perfect for the graduate it is incredible. I urge you to check out their website for your graduation gift shopping.  After all those years of schooling, your graduate deserves something really special!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

It’s time for a giveaway! Jord Wood Watches review and giveaway



JORD Wood Watches, the completely unconventional watch company, is giving some ‘wrist candy’ to Beauty Info Zone readers in today’s giveaway!  JORD Wood Watches are all about getting back to nature. Instead of the traditional metal and rubber, their watches are made from different types of wood from all over the world. Because each piece of wood has its own natural grain and color, every single watch is unique.  Their watches are unlike anything else on the timepiece market, and their products are made from sustainable material and high quality Quartz movement. They also have great giveaways each month on their website.  Here’s what happening this month:

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Hashtag your photos on Instagram & Twitter to spread the word. Show us your Jord Wood Watch in the wild and get featured on our site. Earn a chance at some awesome monthly prizes along the way…

Let’s see what Lisa and Marcia have to say about their JORD Watches and then enter to win a beautiful JORD Wood Watch for yourself or your significant other!

Lisa’s watch:

My watch is the Sully Series Black and Maple ($139), which is a larger faced watch that is perfect for the man in your life. The Sully series comes in either contrasting wood colors (maple, cherry and maple) or a single wood color (natural green or cherry). There are different options for the watch face color, mine is black. The Sully watches include a Citizen Miyota Quartz movement.

Jord Watch

Jord Watches Sully Series Black and Maple watch

In the handsome packaging

In the handsome packaging

the face is made of wood

the face is also made of wood

Here are the specific dimensions:

  • Hardened, Scratch-proof glass face: 33mm diameter
  • Frame / bezel: 41mm diameter
  • Band width: 25mm
  • Lug ends: 51mm
  • Single action locking clasp (stainless steel)
  • 3-hand Citizen Miyota Quarts movement
love the side detailing

love the side detailing

the band is completely made of wood

the contrasting colored band is completely made of wood

The Jord Watch

The Jord Watch Sully Series Black and Maple Watch

a big enough watch face to fit my husband's rugged Popeye hands

a big enough watch face to fit my husband’s rugged Popeye hands

It is beyond difficult to find a watch that my husband can wear. He has HUGE hands and Popeye forearms, so he dwarfs most watches and they end up looking silly on him. The Sully Series in Black and Maple has that large 33mm watch face so it is perfect for him. And boy, has this been a conversation piece! He tells me he gets all kinds of questions about the watch and people are simply fascinated that it’s made from maple wood. This is a really neat departure from typical time pieces and it is an accessory that gets all kinds of attention. I have bought my husband watches that cost five times the amount of this one, but he loves his JORD Wood Watch most of all. High praise from a very picky man!

Marcia’s watch:

I’m the one lucky enough to receive the smaller version that’s meant for women mostly. This is so unlike any watch I’ve ever owned that it makes it that much more fascinating.

Ely series of the Jord Watch

Ely series of the Jord Watch

The ELY Series is available in 4 finishes: Maple, Cherry, Black and Natural Green & Maple (the one I have). This is the smallest face design of the watches that JORD creates. This watch fits me absolutely perfectly. There is nothing I need to do other than to clasp it on my wrist and enjoy it.

the clasp on the Ely series Jord Watch

the clasp on the Ely series Jord Watch

The specific dimensions are:

  • Hardened, Scratch-proof glass face: 26mm diameter
  • Frame / bezel: 34mm diameter
  • Band width: 21.5mm
  • Lug ends: 40mm
  • Single action locking clasp (stainless steel)
  • Premium Citizen Miyota movement with date window
Ely Series from JORD in Natural Green & Maple

Ely Series from JORD in Natural Green & Maple

The watch is surprisingly feminine. At first I wondered what a wood watch would be like to wear and look at but I like the look for my very casual everyday lifestyle. If you saw me I’d be wearing jeans, a tee shirt or no-iron blouse, sturdy shoes and the jewelry I never take off (wedding band and 2 necklaces that my DH gave me over the years). Therefore this watch works perfectly for me. Very casual and a little rugged.  Plus the color looks good with all my nail polish choices.

Lisa didn’t really mention the packaging but it deserves to be mentioned since it is extremely well done and would help make this a gift to be admired.

JORD box

JORD box

inside the box

inside the box

One thing worth noting is that this is the first watch that I’ve been able to wear for a full day. I developed an allergy/reaction to most metals and get rashes normally. But my Ely Series JORD watch hasn’t produced any of that. I’m happy to be able to comfortably wear this watch since I’m always watching to see what time it is when I have my new granddaughter (naps, feeding etc).

JORD Ely series - no numbers

JORD Ely series – no numbers

Both Lisa and I are thrilled with our watches and we are excited that the JORD Watch company has offered one BIZ subscriber one of these in a giveaway. This giveaway is open for US only through 4/4/14 at 11:44 p.m. EST. The winner will be able to pick between the two watches shown in our review. Good luck with this great giveaway. Don’t forget to come back daily to tweet for more entries too.

 
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Amping up my style with the Wantable March Accessories Box

The March Wantable Accessories Box is inspired by the iconic Marilyn Monroe: Wantable March 14 How can you not love Marilyn? Her words are just perfect for this box, which is all about taking your look to another level with bold styles, stunning colors, and interesting textures. You may love or hate the pieces I got in this month’s Wantable Accessories Box, but I can guarantee none of them will bore you!

Hair bands and earrings

Stasha Headbands and Django Earrings

earrings up close

Django Earrings up close

wearing my earrings

wearing my Django Earrings

The Django Earrings (retail value $22) make my boho heart skip a beat. I am crazy about the lava lamp-style stone center with the feathery looking metal pieces. While these are a style I love, they are much more over the top than earrings I usually wear.  I definitely feel like I am ‘amping it up’ a bit when I wear them. Since they are extravagant, I pair them with simple hair and makeup and still feel like a star.

Hair bands

Stasha Headbands

Yay, yay, I literally jumped for joy when I found hair accessories in this box!! Even more exciting, there are actually three different headbands that can be worn together or alone.  The Stasha Headbands (retail value $18) have a variety of textures and colors, and they have a stretchy elastic so they don’t hurt my head by the end of the day.

Gold Hair Band

Gold Headband

Patterned Hair Band

Patterned Headband

Leather Hair Band

Leather Headband

My selections include a shiny gold metallic headband, a colorful southwestern print headband, and a camel-colored braided faux-leather headband. It’s a fabulous array that ranges from dressy to casual, and I am beyond thrilled that I have three of them to play with.

Ear Cuff

Pearlina Ear Cuff

Ear Cuff

Pearlina Ear Cuff

Ok, so here is where my box veered WAY out of my comfort zone.  At first, the Pearlina Ear Cuff (retail value $10) was a mystery to me. An ear cuff? What is that?? I had to Google ‘ear cuff’, for goodness sake. (Although at least I realized it was an ear cuff…I’ve read some blogger complaints that they received just ONE earring. I guess I am a little cooler than I thought.)  I still don’t really understand how to wear it, although I am fascinated that this edgy piece has the classic combination of gold with pearls. I think this style requires a piercing in the upper cartilage of the ear, which I don’t have…but I am seriously thinking about getting one.  Am I too old for this?  I mean, I saw Helen Mirren twerking, so maybe even though I am in my later 40’s maybe I can get away with it?? I’d love to know everyone’s opinion!

Sunglasses

Hullabaloo Sunglasses

love the detail!

love the detail!

wearing my sunglasses, ready for some sun!

wearing my sunglasses, ready for some sun!

The Hullabaloo Sunglasses (retail value $22) are a little more in my comfort zone, but they are definitely ‘statement’ sunglasses. I absolutely adore a retro look so I am thrilled with these – in fact, this may be my favorite item in the March box. I am smitten with the silver toned metal with black and white and the unexpected southwest print is really cool. These sunglasses are simply stunning when worn with turquoise jewelry.

Did you notice that my March Accessories Box had six different items?  There was so much fun inside!!  And with a retail value of $72, there is plenty of justification for splurging on yourself. I love all of my goodies, although I am still puzzling over the ear cuff.  What do you think, should I take the plunge and get a cartilage ear piercing? I’d love to know what you think!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration,  affiliate link to help us earn credit off our future boxes.