For a senior engineering project, a team of students at Hope College in Michigan created an engagement ring box with a tiny camera in it for filming proposals. Now their Ring Cam is taking off as an actual business. When their prototype was still in development, the students asked some of their friends who were getting engaged to try out the camera and film the moment when their now-fiancees said yes. When the team saw the emotional videos the Ring Cam had captured, they knew they had created something special. “It’s definitely one of the most important moments in a couple’s relationship, and to be able to share that instantly with all your friends and family, and actually show them the moment and his or her actual reaction, the genuine surprise, and giddiness — it’s wonderful,” Scott Brandonisio told WZZM News. The creators even took the Ring Cam to an open-call audition for “Shark Tank,” the reality show for aspiring entrepreneurs, though there’s no word yet on whether they’ll head to the next round and make it on the show. Keep reading »
Mary Kate Olsen is supposedly engaged to her much older boyfriend, Olivier Sarkozy, brother of the former French president. Further fueling the rumors, which MK has yet to confirm, is this photo of the Olsen twin wearing a very large bauble on her left ring finger. It seems to have a cocktail ring vibe to it, with the thick gold setting, though this doesn’t look to be your standard diamond either. Whatever, all that matters is that Mary Kate Olsen is walking around with what likely amounts to multiple mortgages on her teensy finger, and I’m not. How rude. [Photos: Pacific Coast News]
I have to confess, I’m not a huge “Star Wars” fan. In fact the last time I watched a “Star Wars” movie was when I was 16 and hanging out with a skater dude named Janic. Basically, I watched the movie just so we could make out (this is a recurring theme in my life). What? He was cute and French Canadian!
Anyway, not a “Star Wars” fan, but I do love these “Star Wars” engagement rings, mostly because I love the total bitchiness of responding to someone’s “I love you” with a snarky “I know.” Thank God for
Harrison Ford’s Han Solo’s bitchy response to Princess Leia’s declaration of love, right? [Swank Metalsmithing]
It happened in slow motion; I couldn’t stop myself. It was like I watched from outside my body — NOOOOOOOOOOOOGGGHHH — as I reached into the seat pocket, pulled out my phone, and took an artsy photo of — STTTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPPPP — my newly paired engagement ring and wedding band.
“It’s a six-hour flight to Hawaii,” I probably told myself. “What else am I going to do to pass the time?”
And then a force greater than myself caused my thumbs to move swiftly across the iPhone screen, open Instagram, and post the photo — tinted green, of course, to match my beautifully manicured, fir-colored fingernails and peridot-paired diamond, posed artfully above the mostly unreadable text of a Big Island guidebook — before I even knew what I was doing. Keep reading »
Engagement rings are so boring. They’re pretty, sure, and sparkly too, and exorbitantly expensive, and every girl dreams of one from Tiffany, and it has three diamonds in it, and this is the shape of the diamond, and blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Don’t you want this thing you have to wear on your hand every day forever until death do you part to be fun and unique and cool? I sure do. It’s still probably gonna be expensive, but it should also be awesome, and not in the $200,000 solitaire diamond way. I’m not getting married any time soon — that would be a total Miley move — but I’ve procured 10 of the coolest not-so-traditional engagement rings for the not-so-traditional bride. [Image: Erstwhile Jewelry]
Everybody wants to be different. As the King Missile song goes, “I want to be different, just like everybody else wants to be.” And apparently some very noncomformist guys are going to great lengths to make their girlfriends feel like the most different bride-to-be on the block. Check out this $9,000 Lucifer Vir Honestus engagement ring — all twisted rose gold, and statement jewels. It’s apparently the latest thing in engagement ring trends. But really, we want to know: would you want your engagement ring to be so … out of the box? [Barneys New York] Keep reading »
Evan Yurman, the jewelry designer behind the much-anticipated David Yurman Bridal Collection, says wedding jewelry should speak to the wearer. And most of the pieces in the bridal collection spoke to me when I stopped by the DY townhouse in Manhattan for a preview. The only problem was that I’m nowhere near accepting a proposal or offering one. But a girl can enjoy diamonds nonetheless… Keep reading »
Well, this is certainly a new interpretation on the old engagement ring tradition. Designer Kate Bauman created a brass knuckle engagement ring, by fusing together four faux-diamond rings and setting them upon an ornamental palm grip. Certainly not for everyone, but perhaps if you’re feeling feisty and combative, this is the engagement ring for you? [Refinery 29] Keep reading »
“Well, I actually have three [engagement rings] because I feel like I’m doing the guy a favor. I feel women are very confusing. We never know what we want and we’re not very good at nailing that down for them. And I feel like I don’t want to be upset if he picks a bad ring, so I feel like having three picked out and saying, ‘Look! Look at this plethora of things you can chose from!’”
– Jennifer Love Hewitt, who has been engaged twice already, is definitely dropping hints that she’s ready for her boyfriend of six months to pop the question. But I’m curious, would you ever pick out your own ring or would you prefer to be surprised? I can see picking out a ring together, but I can’t imagine, like, emailing links to my BF and being all, “Hey babe, here are some diamonds I totally love, just in case you need ideas!” A little presumptuous, no? [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
The world has been all a-twitter (especially on Twitter) about the royal engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The future Princess brings a newfound sense of romance and excitement to the royal family, as well as some much-needed genetic diversity. Their long-term romance, culminating in a proposal while on vacation in Kenya, is prompting other couples to engage in the next big trend—the “engagementcation.” Keep reading »