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Choosing the Right Engagement Ring

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Choosing the Right Engagement Ring

Finally found the girl of your dreams and wants to marry her? Find an engagement ring that will not give her an opportunity to say no.

While trust, commitment and love are three foundations of a strong marriage, there is a forth component that your soon-to-be wife will love for this rest of her life. It is the engagement ring, the more luxurious, real and absolutely gleaming symbol of your love for her.



Choosing the right engagement ring is the most dreadful experience especially if the would-be groom does not have the enough knowledge on what to look for and not enough money to afford one.

Here are a few tips that can help and guide you when purchasing the engagement ring that would make your fiancé happy:

Save

Buying a ring would for sure empty your bank accounts if not you do not have any idea what you are in for. You can start saving your 4 to 6 weeks paychecks. Be prepared to add a little extra amount to get the right ring for your fiancé. If the cost of the ring is still not attainable, 2 to 3 months savings should do the trick.



Don’t Guess

Get the correct size of the ring by getting one of her rings and sized it by a jeweler. Just be extra cautious when stealing it from her so she will not get suspicious. You can also take pictures of the rings she owned inside her jewelry box so you would have a little idea on what style she prefers.

Make her friend an accomplice

Talk to her best friend and ask her for any clue of the kind of ring your fiancé would like. For example, the type of metal, cut of the stone and a preferred designer. Make sure that the best friend would not squeal to her friends.

Think of yourself

Most of the time women love to have an engagement ring to match their wedding ring. So if you would think this way, make sure when you’re wearing you future wedding band, you will not feel uncomfortable or awkward.

Research

Do some quick research online like how to grade the stones or if you want you can always ask an expert’s help for this. There are jewelers who are honest enough to guide you through the right selection of stones which are affordable but luxurious.

Do not limit your choice

Go beyond choosing just white gold for the ring. Be modern and experiment on putting in some color like emerald, sapphires, ruby, black and yellow diamonds that can be the accent stones on the center stone. It would make it more beautiful, unique and has more personal touch to it.

Now shopping for an engagement ring would not be as hard and as sweaty as when you do not have any idea at all. This would make the whole experience fun and educational too. If you are lucky enough to get the right setting, cut and quality, your proud girl will wear this ring for the rest of her life.

THE lvmh SPECIAL DAYS: Meeting the artisans of the Manufacture Zenith

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Meeting the artisans of the Manufacture Zenith
On the occasion of the Journées Particulières (Special Days) organised by the LVMH Group, over 40 locations in Switzerland and Europe opened their doors to the public to discover the skills and crafts of the 100,000 men and women composing the Group workforce. An impressive range of watchmakers, needlewomen, bootmakers, cellar masters, jewellers, baggage-makers, wine riddling specialists, head seamstresses and head chefs were on hand to welcome visitors and reveal the secrets of their respective professions. Thanks to this unique event, visitors were able to get a backstage look at a dream world and to share the passion of these artisans united by the same taste for excellence.


It was in the exceptional town of Le Locle, of which the industrial architecture is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, in the very spot where the founder created his company in 1865, that Zenith welcomed about 400 visitors to its Manufacture from 8 am onward last Saturday and Sunday.
Proud of having recently completed the renovation of its main building, and of having done so with complete respect for its watchmaking heritage, the brand with the guiding star invited the public to enter its ultra-modern workshops where traditional tools rub shoulders with avant-garde technologies.


Generation after generation, the Manufacture owes its reputation to the talent and passion of its artisans. It is they whom the brand’s guests were able to meet in the course of these two open days that provided a chance to discover some of the 80 professions involved in the production of a Zenith watch and its components during a process that takes an average of nine months. From making movement blanks to cutting out components and on to decorating and assembling a movement, visitors were able to follow the various stages right the way through to the finished product. This event gave the brand a chance to provide all devotees of Fine Watchmaking with a vivid reminder that, at the heart of each Zenith watch, beats a Zenith movement developed and produced within this historical Manufacture of a company that has 330 employees worldwide, of which 270 in Le Locle. At the end of this experience, everyone undoubtedly left the premises with their head full of stories to be told and stars in their eyes…
MANUFACTURE ZENITH
Maud Tiberti – Rue des Billodes 34-36 – CH-2400 Le Locle – Tel. +41 (0)32 930 65 84
E-mail : maud.tiberti@zenith-watches.comwww.zenith-watches.com
Georges Favre-Jacot created his watchmaking Manufacture in 1865. A true visionary, he had spacious, well-lit workshops built in Le Locle, a small town in the Swiss Canton of Neuchâtel, with the aim of bringing the entire range of watchmaking skills under one roof. The very first integrated watch Manufacture was born and has remained in its original location ever since. He was thus able to develop and produce all components and to control the entire production process – an approach that naturally applied to the movements, but also to enamel or painted dials and even watch cases. He soon passed on his sense of mission to his artisans: free-spirited, constant inventiveness devoted to creating incomparable watches from A to Z.
The history of the company has been punctuated by landmark inventions embodying this constant quest: El Primero, the first series-made automatic integrated chronograph movement beating at the exceptional frequency of 10 vibrations per second, meaning tenth of a second accuracy; the Gravity Control system that breaks free of gravity and represents an exclusive token of the Manufacture’s unique expertise; and finally, the world-first Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane, which not only combines two guarantees of absolute precision, but also provides a solution to the loss of isochronism usually suffered by a watch as it winds down. In the course of its history, the Manufacture has registered 300 patents and created over 600 movement variations. Launched in 1969, the first integrated automatic chronograph movement beating at the exceptional rate of 36,000 vibrations per hour, the El Primero chronograph, remains a watch industry benchmark and is indeed still the world’s most precise series-made calibre.

JEANRICHARD celebrates its comeback

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JEANRICHARD
To reinforce the brand identity, JEANRICHARD also redesigned its timepieces from scratch. The aim was to create an iconic, emblematic model that would be instantly recognizable. This gave rise to the their new cushion-shaped case with a round bezel.
Not only is the look original, but its sophisticated construction allows for use of different materials and finishings.


In addition, the JEANRICHARD portfolio has been organized into four collections equipped with automatic movements and in a more accessible price category. The first two collections, launched in early 2013, were the Terrascope and the 1681 – a contemporary reinterpretation of a traditional timepiece running with the manufacture caliber JR1000.
At Baselworld, JEANRICHARD unveiled two of its latest collections:the Aquascope, conceived for those moments of fulfillment on and in the water, and the Aeroscope, a tribute to the conquering of the skies.
For its own first flight, as it were, the Aeroscope found a special godfather, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. An experienced pilot, he made history on January 15, 2009, when he ditched the failing Airbus A320 he was piloting into the Hudson River in New York City, saving the lives of 155 people on board. This heroic feat,which is infused with his level-headedness and composure, illustrates the philosophy and values that have always guided him and serve as inspiration for JEANRICHARD.


At the JEANRICHARD Baselworld press conference, Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger stressed how precious time really is. He embodies the fact that each individual, given willpower, audacity, or courage, is able to accomplish the greatest exploits.

The All-New Frédérique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture Simply Wonderful and Wonderfully Simply

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The All-New Frédérique Constant Slimline Moonphase
With NASA’s Curiosity Explorer currently rambling over the surface of Mars, people on Earth are getting wonderfully detailed pictures and views of the planet that has long been the subject of folklore, myth, legend and speculation. We can see images on our television sets, videos on our computers and I-Pads, and a select few can even scan the Red Planet in real time with powerful telescopes.


However, one of the glorious things about the world in which we live is that every single person on this planet can look to the sky and see the awesome, wondrous moon, without the aid of rovers, telescopes or television pictures. It doesn’t matter where you are or the circumstances in which you live; the bright, beautiful moon is available to us all.
The new Slimline Moonphase Manufacture—as timeless as the moon itself
The appearance of the moon has not changed since the dawn of time. Yet it continues to inspire the same stirring emotions and passions as when the first men looked to the bright light in the night sky…and wondered.


Frédérique Constant has incorporated elegant design features into the new Slimline Moonphase Manufacture that would not have looked out of place a century ago; nor will they look outdated even 100 years into the future. If the moon could make a style statement, it would be that simple beauty never goes out of style.
Five new models are being introduced, and all are driven by the unique FC-705 Manufacture calibre. Each model shares a number of features, and all are presented in a unique, specially designed wooden gift box.
Only one crown required
In spite of the amazing features incorporated into the new Slimline Moonphase Collection, the true genius of these watches is that each complication can be accessed through the watch’s single crown. This ability is an increasingly important feature in Frédérique Constant watches.
The crown can be set into three positions. “Position 0” is selected for winding the watch. At “Position 1,” the date can be adjusted by turning the crown clockwise. Turning the crown counter clockwise allows users to adjust the moonphase. Finally, “Position 2” allows users to make adjustments to the hour and minute hands. It’s as easy as that!
Other common features include the elegant slimline design and a case diameter of 42 millimetres. All models also come with the exceptionally popular convex sapphire crystal on the front and see-through case back. In addition, each dial presents the date display and moonphase at the 6 o’clock position. An incredible new technology known as “laser ablation” has been used to create an outstandingly detailed and precise image of the moon. Finally, each of the new Slimline Moonphase models comes with a 26-jewel movement, an impressive 42-hour power reserve and a Perlage and Circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement.
A galaxy of choices
With prices starting at an incredibly low €2,695, the Slimline Moonphase offers truly exceptional value. The FC-705S4S6 comes with a brilliantly polished three-part stainless steel case and a domed silver dial with lustrous, hand-applied nickel indexes and matching, hand polished nickel hands. An elegant black alligator strap with tongue buckle completes the timeless look.
When only blue will do, the FC-705N4S6 is a watch owner’s dream. The second of the stainless steel models has a strikingly handsome navy blue dial, which contrasts wonderfully with the nickel indexes and hands. The alligator strap is also a striking blue, accented with off-white stitching and tongue buckle.
The gleaming rose gold plated case of the FC-705V4S4 exudes understated elegance. The domed silver dial contrasts wonderfully with the rose gold plated hands and indexes, and a dark brown alligator strap stands out beautifully from the slim case.
At the apex of the Slimline Moonphase range stand two models featuring solid 18 carat rose gold cases. The FC-705V4S9 is presented with a domed silver dial and hand-applied rose gold plated indexes and hands, with a dark brown alligator strap. The FC-705C4S9, on the other hand, comes with a stunning chocolate brown dial, which blends beautifully with the rose gold plated hands, indexes and dark brown alligator strap.
Whether high in the sky or sitting proudly on your wrist, the moon will continue to draw admiring looks, forever.
For further information about the amazing new Slimline Moonphase Manufacture collection, you can e-mail Mrs. Yasmina Pedrini at pedrini@frederique-constant.com.

Watch designers who are working with perfectionism

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Watch designers who are working with perfectionism
Elegant and fashionable wrist watches are fast in grabbing the immediate interest and really notice from the youngster females of the current era. In current era, the marketplace suggests several of the designer wrist watches from approximately all most famous names of the designer brand, however one really has to take the time and think about several of the things that this comes to selecting right one.


The makers of the wrist watch will provide the deep discounts on the items at the different times all through a year. They may be really coming out with the new line for spring and require getting rid of the line of winter. You may be discover the deals from the retailers as well, who’ve the issue of overstock and require making room for the new wrist watches. In the condition the sales of watches are great location to get the perfect and your favorite wrist watch. In this article you’ll get the information about the some top watch designers. Some of these are mentioned below.


Rado wrist watches
The swiss Rado wrist watches is the luxury and very comfortable time piece and these are known and famous for the detail styling. The vintage Rado features uncommonly shaped cases, the colorful dials, the unique names of model such as the captain cook, Cape Horn, green horse and golden horse amongst the others. The popularity of these wrist watches make these attractive and eye catching to the counterfeiters, who sometime cobble with one another look alikes from the different sources of the wrist watch to generate the working timepiece, however the watches really have the no value. The Rado designer of watches is one of the most famous and best designers of the wrist watches. Most of the persons who really can afford the wrist watches select a timepiece of this company.
Gucci wrist watches
This designer of wrist watches established as the company of leather in the city of Florence in year of the 1921. However in the year of 1997, this company made its first ever wrist watch in the Switzerland. In the current era, this is really one of major houses of fashion in the world, producing and designing accessories and the fashions of women and men. Because of their popular name and high cost, the Gucci wrist watches are sometime forged and even replicated. However if you really understand what you should search for then you must be capable to inform whether the antique Gucci wrist watch is really authentic.
The Citizen wrist watches
The Citizen wrist watches are ubiquitous wrist watches and the millions of these are really sold every year by citizen Holdings Company which is based in the Tokyo. The watches of Citizen Company are very famous due to their models of the solar power which can really go the months without requiring being recharged and really for the accuracy. This is one of the best and top designers of the wrist watches.

Do you know the mineralogy of Chalcedony?

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Do you know the mineralogy Chalcedony?
Of all the minerals used as gems, non compares with quartz in its diversity of occurrence and in abundance of varieties. It is found in igneous, sedimentary and metamorhic rocks and in some is essentially the only mineral present. Because of its hardness, general lack of cleavage and chemical stability it survives and maintains its identity as pebbles of stream beds and sand grains of sea beaches.


Quartz as the fine-grained variety, flint was the mineral used by man. From it were fashioned tools and weapons that started him on the long road to civilization. Later, it was undoubtedly colored varieties of quartz that were first used as ”gems” for both personal adornment and for their presumed magical properties. The earliest work on minerals that has survived was written by Theophrastus about 300 B.C. In this treatise, On Stones, quartz and its varieties are mentioned more often than any other mineral. And there is the observation that among the ancients there was no precious stone in more common use than sardion, a red chalcedony.


This stone, called Chalcedony, is a variety of silicate (SIO2) of microcrystanlline texture. Its largest bed (circa 5 million tons of reserve) in the world is located of 50 km.north of Eskisehir, Central Anatolia. Eskisehir Chalcedonies range from light to dark blues, sometimes purple and exist in mixtures with opals and agates and even in narrow blue and white striped species (Lace Chalcedony).
Chalcedony, abundantly used in decorative and jewellery industries of the world, is supplied from different countries. Quartz as a gem mineral is divided in the following discussion into two groups: coarsely crystalline varieties, which many gemologists refer to as quartz, and two fine grained, microcrystalline to crypocrystalline varieties, which although physically different are often grouped in gemology under the species name Chalcedony.
Microcrystalline Varieties of SIO2 Depending on the nature of their microcrystalline to cryptocrystalline units, the fine-grained varieties of quartz can be divided into types, fibrous and granular. Because of their fine textures, it is frequently difficult to distinguish beween them without examination of small particles with a high-power microscope. In practice, femologists do not make the distinction and refer to all such materialsas chalcedony treating it in effect as a gem species with numerous varieties.
Fibrous Varieties. The different varieties of chalcedony are given special names based on degree of trensparency, color, color distribution and phenomena. Specifically, the name chalcedony is used a lone to designate a light honey-yellow to gray, translucent material with a wawy luster.
It commonly accurs in botryoidal masses with the fiber length at right angles to the hummocky surface. Chacedony has a lower SG (2.60) than coarsely crystalline quartz because of a slight porosity. The porous nature of the mineral permits it to be colored by treating it with chemical solutions: black brown, sugar and sulfuric acid; ref, iron oxide; blue, potassium ferrocyanide and iron sulfate; yellow-green, hydrochloric acid; deep green, chromic acid. Most chalcedony, usually cut en cabochon, has been color enhanced.

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