Monthly Archives: November 2017


This Weekend – See Novell at Diamonds Direct in San Antonio!

Novell men's wedding bands

Hey – all brides and grooms-to-be in San Antonio, Texas! If your wedding is coming up in 2018, it’s time to get a jump on your wedding band selection. Our Bridal Jewelry Specialist Howard will be at Diamonds Direct  THIS WEEKEND (December 1 – 3, 2017) for their Designer Holiday Trunk Show. Take advantage of Howard’s expertise, browse a HUGE selection of Novell styles, and save up to 20% on your rings (see store for details).

On Friday, special holiday sips and snacks will be provided by Cuppencake Espresso Bar and Bakery Lounge (5:30pm – 7:30pm).

Show Hours:
Friday, November 17 – 10:00am until 8:00pm
Saturday, November 18 – 10:00am until 8:00pm
Sunday, November 19 – 12:00pm until 6:00pm

Diamonds Direct San Antonio
15900 La Cantera Pky. Bldg 18
San Antonio TX 78256
210-247-9197

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The Robert Manse Designs “Who Wears It Best?” Facebook Photo Contest

Robert Manse Designs Facebook contest

Are you a big fan of Robert Manse Designs? Have a few Bali Designs or Gem RoManse styles in your jewelry collection? If you own a piece of Robert Manse Designs jewelry, now is your chance to show it off. Robert is happy to announce his “Who Wears It Best?” Facebook Photo Contest.

Starting on November 15, 2017, you can post a fun and fantastic photo of yourself wearing your Robert Manse Designs piece under the official “Who Wears It Best?” post on Facebook. From all the photos uploaded, a random participant with at least five LIKEs and the hashtag #robertmansedesigns will be selected. The winner will receive a $250 shopping spree on RobertManseDesigns.com.

The “Who Wears It Best?” Facebook Photo Contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada over the age of nineteen. Winner will be announced via Facebook Live on Monday, November 27, 2017.

Speaking of “live,” don’t miss the Wednesday, November 29th airing of HSN’s Designer Gallery with Colleen Lopez. Robert’s handmade Balinese creations will be featured twice at 12pm and 7pm (EST). Making its debut will be the all-new silver shrimp-design cuff bracelet in some new gemstone choices! Don’t miss it!

More about Jewelry Designer Robert Manse:

A New York City native, designer Robert has been captivated with jewelry since he was a young boy. His first job in Manhattan was with a diamond jewelry manufacturer in Midtown Manhattan where he learned how to enchant his customers by providing quality jewelry at attainable prices. Over the course of many years, Robert was taken under the wing of two Master Designers who taught him the art of making fine and unique jewelry in the U.S. and abroad.

With over twenty-five plus years in the industry, he has designed and sold several successful high-end jewelry brands and his lines have been showcased at some of the world’s top luxury retailers. From glamorous red-carpet looks to exotic hand-crafted silver creations, Robert Manse has designed jewelry for and dressed many a celebrity in his unique wearable art. Showcasing his collections at luxury retailers nationwide, he has traveled the world in search of the most passionate and skilled craftsmen and jewelers to bring his spectacular creations to life. From India to Hong Kong and Thailand to Bali, seeking the perfect balance of world-class gemstones and metals, keeping wear-ability and comfort in mind, Robert designs fashion-forward yet classic designs with bold color combinations. This is his never-ending passion.


U.S. Army and Air Force News: Gem RoManse Jewelry by Robert Manse Designs Available Through AAFES

For the past five years, unique jewelry styles by Robert Manse Designs have been available to service men and women through The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, or AAFES. Robert is pleased and proud to offer his Balinese handcrafted jewelry creations at the most affordable prices to members of the best military in the world. Known for its gorgeous, genuine gemstones artfully set in precious metals, the Gem RoManse Collection has been a popular brand on ShopMyExchange.com and in on-base retail locations worldwide. Robert Manse Designs ships to your loved ones anywhere in the world!

 

Since 1895, AAFES has been the retailer on U.S. Army and Air Force installations throughout the globe. It has served the Nation’s armed forces during combat operations, humanitarian missions and military exercises. It is the oldest and the largest of the Department of Defense’s exchange services.

Starting November 11, 2017, approved Veterans can make purchases at ShopMyExchange.com. Veterans have access to exclusive military pricing, special offers, tax-free shopping and more. This is a lifelong benefit that will be extended to all who discharge honorably from service. Visit ShopMyExchange.com/veterans for more information.

More about Jewelry Designer Robert Manse:

A New York City native, designer Robert Manse has been captivated with jewelry since he was a young boy. His first job in Manhattan was with a diamond jewelry manufacturer in Midtown Manhattan where he learned how to enchant his customers by providing quality jewelry at attainable prices. Over the course of many years, Robert was taken under the wing of two Master Designers who taught him the art of making fine and unique jewelry in the U.S. and abroad.

With over twenty-five plus years in the industry, he has designed and sold several successful high-end jewelry brands and his lines have been showcased at some of the world’s top luxury retailers. From glamorous red-carpet looks to exotic hand-crafted silver creations, Robert Manse has designed jewelry for and dressed many a celebrity in his unique wearable art. Showcasing his collections at luxury retailers nationwide, he has traveled the world in search of the most passionate and skilled craftsmen and jewelers to bring his spectacular creations to life. From India to Hong Kong and Thailand to Bali, seeking the perfect balance of world-class gemstones and metals, keeping wear-ability and comfort in mind, Robert designs fashion-forward yet classic designs with bold color combinations. This is his never-ending passion.


See Novell at Global Diamonds in Jacksonville (Nov 17 – 19, 2017)

Novell wedding bands at Global DIamonds in Jacksonville

Getting married in 2018? It’s never too early to start thinking about your wedding bands. Novell will be at Global Diamonds in Jacksonville this weekend (November 17 – 19, 2017) for their Exclusive Holiday Designer Trunk Show. Not sure what metal is right for your wedding band? Want to design your own ring? Our Custom Shop can help your vision come true. Just ask our bridal jewelry specialist Michael your questions. He’ll be there to point you in the right direction!

Save up to 20% on your purchases (see store for details). Enjoy Holiday treats by Kilwins Jacksonville!

Show Hours:
Friday, November 17 – 10:ooam until 8:00pm
Saturday, November 18 – 10:ooam until 8:00pm
Sunday, November 19 – 12:00pm until 6:00pm

Global Diamonds
4870 Big Island Drive, Suite 1
Jacksonville, Florida 32246
904.515.5959

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See Novell at Diamonds Direct in Birmingham (Nov 17 – 19).

Wedding bands Birmingham Alabama

We’re on the road again! This weekend (November 17th- 19th, 2017) – see an expanded selection of Novell wedding bands at Diamonds Direct’s Exclusive Designer Holiday Trunk Show. Our bridal jewelry specialist Howard will be there to answer all your questions about precious metals and styling. He can also give you plenty of suggestions if you don’t know where to start.

Save up to 20% on your Novell wedding bands. See store for more details.

 

On Friday, hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Stella’s from 5:30pm until 7:30pm.

Show Hours:
Friday, November 17 – 10:ooam until 8:00pm
Saturday, November 18 – 10:ooam until 8:00pm
Sunday, November 19 – 12:00pm until 6:00pm

Diamonds Direct
2800 Cahaba Village Plz
Birmingham, AL 35243

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Wedding Dress History – A Tale of Two Dresses

If you are shopping for a wedding dress, take a moment to think about how you may be paying for it. You might take out your debit card. Or credit card. Some may even write a check. It sounds like an easy and normal transaction.

But Queen Elizabeth (then Princess Elizabeth) did not have such an effortless way to pay for her wedding dress. When Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip married in November of 1947, the British government was still recovering from the ravages of war. Rationing was still a way of life for everyone. This included the royal family. So, the princess saved up clothing coupons to buy her wedding dress.

That’s right – she had to save just like anyone else. This was a very important time of recovery for England. Times were tough.

There was a slight exception as Princess Elizabeth was granted 200 extra ration coupons for her royal nuptials, and citizens tried to donate theirs through the mail. However, each mailed-in ration coupon had to be returned. It was illegal to transfer them. The princess had to make her budget work.

And she did!

Made from ivory silk and decorated with 10,000 seed pearls, her wedding dress was simply beautiful. It was made from Chinese silk from China (as opposed to Japan or Italy, given it was still so soon after the war) and its 15-foot train was inspired by Bottielli’s painting of Primavera from 1482. The dress was also covered in delicate floral designs.

The wedding dress was meant to symbolize “rebirth and growth” in Britain after the war. In total, the gown took 350 women seven weeks to make.

Princess Elizabeth followed the rule of the day. Her wedding was just as royal and regal. In fact, it’s a legendary part of English history.

Now let’s turn to another story. Image having a wedding dress that’s literally part of your family history. A dress that your great grandmother, grandmother and mother wore. It’s been in the family for 85 years!

Maria Teresa Moreno ― known by her relatives as “Grande” ― first wore a single silk long-sleeved gown way back in 1932. Grande’s granddaughter, Marta Prietto O’Hara, wore it in 1983. Followed by Elena Salinas, Grande’s granddaughter and Marta’s younger sister, in 1997. Most recently, the wedding dress was passed along to Pilar O’Hara Kassouf, Grande’s great-granddaughter, to wear in September 2017.

This unique family wedding dress tradition started when Grande, a talented Los Angeles seamstress who was born and raised in Mexico, fell in love with a wedding dress she saw in a department store window. Instead of rushing in to buy it, Grande took the time to recreate it by hand for her wedding to Manuel Moreno.

While a typical wedding dress usually is a bright shade of white,  this dress has been described as creamy gold in color. To the touch, the fabric has a luxurious, buttery texture. Believe it or not, it’s never had any major alterations. Generation after generation – it just fits. The only alterations made over the years include removing a portion of the original 9-foot train, changing the back of the gown to a deep V shape. Changes to beading, lace trim and other minor elements have also been made. But overall, its appearance has remained similar.

Sources:

The True Story of Queen Elizabeth’s Wedding Dress 

4 Women in One Family Wore the Same Handmade Wedding Gown From 1932


How To Make a Flight Attendant Your Friend While Traveling

With your honeymoon – comes traveling. For a lot of people, their honeymoon of choice might be somewhere in a different climate. Or an exotic location. Traveling to these destinations requires flying quite a distance.

Depending on where you live in the United States, parts of the Caribbean are at least a two-hour flight. Europe is five to six hours if you live on the East Coast. Hawaii is nearly twelve hours from New York.

That’s a lot of time on a plane!

USA Today just published a great article that asks this question – have you ever stopped to think about what it’s like to work in that cramped space, taking care of 200 people? And at 39,000 feet?

10 Ways to Make Your Flight Attendant Your Friend offers tips on not only how to make the flight more pleasant for the flight attendant, but also for yourself and those around you.

Here are a few ways to win the heart of your flight attendant. And to make your trip a more pleasant one.

  • Be nice. It’s the easiest thing to do. Many of us have fears while traveling. You may be tired or frustrated. That’s when it’s time to breathe and keep your behavior in check. A $500 seat rental does not entitle anyone to start dishing out abuse. Imagine if your family member was a flight attendant (or airline employee). How would you treat them?
  • Be ready to sit in your seat. Have your iPhone, iPad or laptop already handy so you don’t have to clog the aisle searching for them before putting a bag in the overhead compartment. You can even keep smaller items in a separate bag that fits within your bag, so it’s easy to take out.
  • Check your bag if it’s too heavy. Simply put – if it’s too heavy and you’re alone, check it at the gate. Most airlines have strict rules against cabin crew from helping with bags because of possible injury due to heavy lifting. Even if your flight attendant wanted to help you, they might not be allowed to.

For more ways to help make your flight to anywhere a more pleasant experience (and make your flight attendant your friend), please read 10 Ways to Make Your Flight Attendant Your Friend.

Full disclosure – I was called up to the front of a plane in the middle of an overnight flight. Thinking something was wrong, I was very surprised that the flight attendant was letting me sit in an open first-class seat. Why? Because I was so nice to the flight attendants.

So yes – courtesy works!

 


Thoughts About Reality Wedding Shows and Wedding Planning

wedding shows

Wedding planning has everything needed for successful reality television – ups, downs and everything in between. The importance of the day combined with preparation demands provides enough drama to make for interesting viewing. It is no wonder why the many wedding shows such as Four Weddings have thrived.

Bravo is known to feature specials typically for housewives that are getting ready to tie the knot. Real Housewives NeNe Leake, Kim Zolciak-Biermann, LuAnn de Lesseps and Bethenny Frankel were all front and center for Bethenny Getting Married. Their dramatic personalities, when combined with the stresses of wedding planning, make for great entertainment.

On the other hand, wedding shows like Four Weddings have what I find to be an interesting nature. It essentially rates how the day went based on many factors such as food and venue. However, aren’t the differences in wedding simply a reflection in different individual preferences? Isn’t a special wedding day by nature supposed to be unique? How is execution of such a special day confined to such generic categorical ratings?

These are all the questions that run through my mind when I tune in to such shows. I mean – at the end of the day visions will obviously differ. So how is it rated on such a simplistic and standardized scale? I realize that I am over analyzing this to the upmost degree, but I am doing so because I think reality TV is some cases can DILUTE ACTUAL REALITY.

Believe it or not, I am not completely against these shows, as I watch them! In fact, some good can come of these shows. They can serve as source of wedding planning ideas and plain reassurance that it all works out in the end. There has yet to be an episode in which the bride and groom have not been completely smitten with one another at the end of the night. Despite dramatic twists and turns that run its course throughout an episode, there is always a moment of gratification shown. In the end, both bride and groom could not be any happier for the fact that they are spending the rest of their lives together. These days, everyone seems to need a little reassurance that it all works out in the end.

Are you interested in checking out some of the best wedding shows on TV? Ranker.com has a great list of wedding shows, and you can vote for your favorite.

If reality TV isn’t your style, then maybe a featured wedding movie on Netflix is more to your liking.

Happy Wedding Planning!

Article by Kelly Rupinski.


See Novell This Weekend at Diamonds Direct in Richmond!

Novell wedding bands

If you’re shopping for wedding bands in the Richmond, Virginia area – you’re in luck. Our wedding band specialist Howard will be featured at the Diamonds Direct Exclusive Designer Holiday Trunk Show (November 10-12, 2017). Along with the best-selling styles Diamonds Direct always has on hand, Howard will have hundreds of more wedding band designs for you to browse. You can also save up to 20% on your purchase (see store for details).

Can’t find just the right design? Ask him how Custom Shop can help your jewelry vision come to life!

Diamonds Direct Richmond
11131 West Broad Street
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 967-0500

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Show Days and Hours:
Friday – November 10 – 10am to 8pm
Saturday – November 11 – 10am to 8pm
Sunday – November 12 – 12pm to 6pm

On Friday, holiday snacks and sips will be provided by Maggiano’s Little Italy (5pm – 7pm).

Novell will also be a featured designer at the Diamonds Direct Salt Lake City location this same weekend as well. Keep in mind that almost all of our designs can be manufactured in platinum, palladium or gold.

Diamonds Direct Salt Lake City
196 E Winchester Street
Murray, UT 84107
(385) 388-4353

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Win A $250 Customized Silver Nameplate Necklace

silver nameplate necklaces

PLEASE NOTE: This contest has ended. Winners to be announced soon!

Get a chance to win your own personalized silver nameplate necklace – courtesy of Custom Shop. All you have to do is earn points by following our simple social media sharing list featured on our official contest page. Three winners will be selected. The more sharing options you complete – the more points you earn. The top three participants with the most points win.

A $250 retail value, our handmade nameplate necklace may be personalized up to 12 characters. Hanging from an eighteen inch chain, each necklace is adorned with .12 points of diamonds (8 stones total – sorry, no substitutions).

Contest ends November 17, 2017. No purchase necessary. Must be 19 or older and a United States resident. See official contest rules for more information.


Contest by Rewards Fuel.

**Estimated retail value per prize is $250.**