French Inspired Wedding Style Look


This week I was inspired by the gorgeous gowns from Anna Campbell in particular this stunning “Trish” Gown from the Gossamer collection.

The Gossamer collection is inspired by French romance and features a classical elegance.   Combined with some Just as Planned style and some beautiful accessories we are sure you will love this French inspired look.

You can view more of the Anna Campbell bridal range here

Anna Campbell Bridal Gossamer Trish back view

Anna Campbell Trish Gown from the Gossamer Collection

Anna Campbell Bridal Gossamer Trish

Anna Campbell Trish Bridal Gown from the Gossamer Collection

David Jones Lancome Tresor in Love

Lancome Tressor in love perfume from David Jones

Jodie Florist Sydney Wedding Flowers

Flowers by Jodie McGregor

Badgley Mischka Scarlett shoe

Badgley Mischka Shoes “Scarlett”

Tiffany and Co Fleur Earrings

Tiffany and Co Fleur Earrings

Images from the website of each vendor.
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Swoon-Worthy Diamond rings


You have to love a good sparkler and these diamonds are sure to get you thinking about which is your favorite.

Which cut is your favorite – Emerald, Princess, Round Brilliant or something else?

Harry Winston - 27 carat custom designed engagement ring Image from Pinterest

Harry Winston – 27 carat custom designed engagement ring
Image from Pinterest

From Diamond Design Studio - Evonne heart shape diamond engagement ring Image from DDS website

From Diamond Design Studio – Evonne heart shape diamond engagement ring
Image from DDS website

Hardy Brothers - Platinum Engagement Ring Image from Hardy Brothers website

Hardy Brothers – Platinum Engagement Ring
Image from Hardy Brothers website

The classic setting of the Tiffany diamond is timeless. Image from Tiffany and Co

The classic setting of the Tiffany diamond is timeless.
Image from Tiffany and Co

I just love Tacori and this ring doesn't disappoint.  Image from Pinterest

I just love Tacori and this ring doesn’t disappoint.
Image from Pinterest

Get your bling on….


Anyone of my friends will tell you I just LOVE my jewellery.

To help you get over your Monday morning blues these pieces are going to brighten up your day

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The Diamond Story


I love jewellery. This was apparent in my latest adventure to Melbourne where I mapped out my day by visiting two of the most beautiful jewellery stores  Tiffany and Co and Hardy Brothers and admiring (secretly wishing I could buy) their collections.

This also had me thinking that when we are planning for a wedding we tend to think of the reception, flowers, the dress and the honeymoon.  But we forget that the planning properly happened months ago when your partner went shopping for the engagement ring.

If you are reading this and you are engaged, ask your partner on how they choose your engagement ring.  It can make for a great story.

If you are in the process of looking for an engagement ring, I have found some great charts (scroll below) to help you choose the right diamond courtesy of All about Diamond Buying.

Interesting fact:  Did you know that, Ancient Greeks heralded diamonds as tears from the gods and Early Romans believed diamonds were splinters from falling stars

Tiffany and Co. 

With 2 levels to browse, it can seem quite overwhelming, however attention to detail and customer service is a Tiffany and Co trademark.  Even though I was just browsing, the staff there were amazing.

My favourite, the Tiffany Legacy ring is a piece of art and would make any girl go weak at the knees.  I had the honour of trying on this one and it is truly breathtaking.  Featuring a patented cushion-cut Tiffany diamond and then surrounded by bead-set diamonds that evokes the glamour of the Edwardian period.

Tiffany and Co legacy diamond ring Image via Pinterest

Tiffany and Co legacy diamond ring
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Hardy Brothers

Timeless and elegant are the pieces.  The store has a feel of luxury and all the trimmings.  As soon as I walked in, I was offered a beverage – coffee, tea, water or champagne.  Now that is service.

This 18ct Dress ring was one of the highlights in the store.  It looked stunning.  With Chantilly Lace in 18ct rose gold and combined with diamonds, it would complement any outfit.

Hardy Brothers 18ct Rose gold dress ring

When choosing a diamond understanding the 4 C’s is important.  Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat.  I found this information from The Diamond Guild of Australia.

Cut

Of all the 4 C’s, cut has the greatest effect on a diamond’s beauty. Two diamonds of the same size, colour and clarity will look vastly different to the eye if cut differently – one may look brilliant and bright, the other dull and drab. The better quality the cut the more brilliance and beauty the diamond will have.

COLOUR

A truly colourless diamond is extremely rare. Most diamonds possess varying degrees of colour creating substantial differences in value. The highest grade for a diamond with absolutely no colour is D and letter grades are assigned alphabetically all the way to Z. An ‘icy white’ diamond is typically D, E or F. However, some people like the ‘warmth’ of a I, J or K colour.

CLARITY

Diamond clarity is symbolic of ‘purity’ – the more flaws, the less valuable the diamond. Flawless, VVS (Very Very Slight), VS (Very slight) and SI1 (Slight Inclusion 1) have the least ‘inclusions’ or flaws. SI2 (Slight inclusion 2) is borderline where inclusions become visible to the naked eye. I (Inclusion) rated diamonds have obvious inclusions or flaws.

Carat

Diamond carat is the standard used to measure diamond weight. A carat equals 1/5 of a gram. As diamonds increase in size, their cost tends to increase exponentially. Weight does not always enhance the value of a diamond – particularly if it is cut badly. Indeed a good cut can enhance the perceived size of a diamond.

The four C's of Diamond Buying

Diamond buying (image courtesy of Diamond Buying info)

Diamond shapes

Diamond shapes (image courtesy of Diamond Buying info)