Monthly Archives: April 2019


See Novell This Weekend at Diamonds Direct Richmond

Spring is the perfect season for bridal jewelry shopping! See a HUGE selection of Novell wedding bands at this weekend’s (Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5) Perfect Pair Designer Showcase at Diamonds Direct in Richmond.

Richmond wedding bands - see Novell at Diamonds Direct in Richmond

Located in West Broad Village, their showroom is just a short drive from downtown.

Save up to 20%* (see store for details). Want to design a ring of your own? Ask our resident wedding band expert Howard how Novell’s Custom Shop can help.

He’s only in Richmond for this event. So take advantage!

Diamonds Direct Richmond
11131 W Broad St.
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 967-0500
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Event hours:
Friday – 10AM – 8PM
Saturday – 10AM – 8PM
Sunday – 12PM – 6PM

Hors d’oeuvres provided on Friday by The Wine Loft (5PM – 7PM).

In historical Richmond, it’s only natural you’d want to make your own history with the one you love. Diamonds Direct is always there to help with any occasion you’re shopping for.

Additionally to Richmond, Novell wedding bands will also be seen at the following Diamonds Direct locations. Just ask to see us!

If you a reading this post and the show is over – no worries! Novell is available at these stores all year long!

Diamonds Direct Austin
The Domain
11104 Domain Dr.
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 691-9950
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Diamonds Direct Raleigh
Crabtree Valley Mall
4401 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 571-2881
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Diamonds Direct Salt Lake City
196 E Winchester St.
Murray, UT 84107
(385) 388-4353
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Diamonds Direct St. Louis
11619 Olive Blvd.
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
(314) 942-3777
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Diamonds Direct San Antonio
The Shops at La Cantera
15900 La Cantera Pkwy Building 18
San Antonio, TX 78256
(210) 247-9197
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Why Novell Wedding Bands?
If made in America is a theme that’s close to your heart, then Novell is for you. All Novell precious metal bridal jewelry is made in America. Nearly every design can be made in platinum, palladium or gold. Changes can be made to widths and finishes as well.

It’s never – what you see is what you get. What you want is what we can create. Just for you.

What is Custom Shop?
Novell Group is extremely excited to introduce our new Custom Shop division, where our state of the art manufacturing facility brings the independent retail jeweler an easy way to say – “Yes, I can custom make that for you.”

Custom Shop offers 3D printing, so your customers can try on their jewelry before it’s put into production. Here are more Custom Shop capabilities:

• We provide price quotes and CAD renderings within forty-eight hours for customer approval.
• Finished pieces are delivered within three to four weeks.
• Every creation is 100% made in America, so there’s no waiting for your order to arrive from overseas.
• Our domestic manufacturing muscle, with casting facilities, an extensive machine shop, and a skilled hand fabricating staff, gives our authorized retailers a clear path to market advantage.
• Some of our other technologies include casting, mold making, machine fabricating, finishing, setting, jewelry work, restoration, engraving, braiding and plating.

*Valid in store only. Discount excludes certified diamonds and price protected lines. Cannot be combined with other offers.


How to Find the Perfect Venue for Your Wedding

Wedding venue with flowers

 

There are few things as important as the venue when it comes to organizing a wedding. Actually, the importance of the venue might even be on par with finding the perfect dress. After all, your wedding day is not simply one thing – it is an amalgam of the tiny perfections you’ve chosen that celebrate your love. And a venue is definitely key for the most important day. However, choosing a venue can also prove to be quite stressful and daunting. But, with the right preparation, the perfect venue is certainly not unattainable. So, here are some tips on how to find the perfect venue for your wedding.

To Find the Perfect Venue for Your Wedding – Talk to Your Planner

Finding a venue is one of the most important steps of planning your wedding. But, it is best if you consult a wedding planner before you start choosing. You need professionals who will be able to see what can be done with the venue you like. Remember, this is their job, and they’re much more equipped to deal with the “messy practical bits” of wedding preparation. They will be able to see whether your dream venue can actually support your dream day. Talk to them about what you want and what you dream of. They will be able to tell you whether it is achievable.

Let Your Imagination Run Wild

These days, there are wedding ideas basically everywhere. And yes, the perfect wedding in a chateau is certainly astonishing. Marrying in a place where once kings and queens resided is truly exciting. But it is also technically challenging. And what about marrying in a foreign country, on a sandy beach somewhere? While it may truly be a miraculous event, planning a long distance wedding is not that easy. It’s not impossible, but it’s also quite stressful.

That is why you should think about yourself and your partner first and foremost. Ask yourself what feels right to you as a couple. Will you both be having fun on that day? Does this venue reflect your relationship?

Wedding venue with smiling couple
Ask yourself whether the venue reflects your relationship.

While doing research online for a theme, as one does, try to select ideas here and there. Some may fit you better than others. Then blend these ideas with something that you have envisioned. Once you know your theme, choosing the perfect venue will be a piece of cake.

Deal With the Practical Side

Wedding preparations can pass in quite the haze. It is not uncommon to forget that, sadly, there are practical issues that need to be addressed. When trying to find the perfect venue for your wedding, make sure to first sit down and put some things on paper. There are issues like the budget and the guest list that need to be dealt with. And they are essential for selecting your dream venue. So, here are some of the practical things you should consider when you’re trying to find the perfect venue for your wedding.

Make a List of Necessary Factors

This will make your job later on much, much easier. With clear factors, you will be able to look at the places you’ve selected (somewhat) objectively. First and foremost, set a budget for your venue. A good rule of thumb is that the price of the venue should not exceed 50 percent of the total amount paid for the wedding.

Wedding venue may cost you
Set a budget for your wedding.

Then, you should consider the size, which correlates to the number of your guests. Talk with your partner about the guest list. You should at least have a ballpark number of guests at this point. This will also help when you’re considering the budget, since some of the costs depend on the number of people.

Then, you should choose the location of the wedding. If you have any out-of-state guests, then you should find a venue relatively close to a hotel. In addition, think about the facilities of the venue. If you want to find the perfect venue for your wedding, it should have everything you need. For instance, it should have a ceremony location if you will be getting married there. Also, if it’s out of town, it should have enough parking places.

Go Online and Select a Few Venues

When you’re browsing the Internet, select at least five venues that you find appealing. Remember, they don’t have to be perfect, but they do have to show potential! Work with your wedding planner. You will be able to get a better “read” on some places with the help of a professional. One of the things people neglect to look at is the reviews on the pages of the venues. And they are quite important, as they tell you a story about someone’s perfect (or possibly ruined) wedding day.

Now, there is one thing that should be mentioned. If you find a perfect venue that your heart is set on, but there is a slight issue, always try to discuss with the wedding planner whether that issue can be overcome. After all, if the problem can be fixed, definitely try! For instance, if you like a venue, but it lacks space, there are other ways to solve the problem. If you see that a venue has no room for wedding gifts, but it’s perfect in any other regard, short term storage solutions can be your best option. That way, you get the perfect venue for your wedding and the extra space you need! With a little know-how, small issues like these are a thing of the past!

Wedding venue research
Go online to find the perfect venue for your wedding.

Call the Venue(s)

Now, when you’ve selected the five venues, make sure to ask them for dates of availability. Some of the venues can even send you a list of available dates. Your options will be much more extensive if you have several dates in mind for your wedding. Once you’ve done that, try to compare them objectively. Of course, if your dates are not available, then those venues are out of the picture. The ones that remain should be put under scrutiny. Check whether the venues fulfil most of the conditions you’ve set. Then rate them accordingly. Select the top two or three and get ready for the next step.

To Find the Perfect Venue for Your Wedding – Visit and See for Yourself

There is truly no better way to find the perfect venue for your wedding but to go there and see for yourself. You will be given a tour of the place. This is then when you should let your imagination run wild. Imagine what you can do with the place. But, most of all, imagine your actual wedding day. If you can envision yourself getting married there and enjoying yourself with your loved ones, then that’s it. You’ve found your perfect place!


Novell at Van Cott’s Annual Wedding Band Show and Sale

Novell wedding bands available at Van Cott Jewelers.

Visit our wedding band guru Michael during Van Cott Jewelers’ Annual Wedding Band Show and Sale. This weekend – from Thursday, April 11th through Sunday, April 14th in the Town Square Mall! It’s the largest selection of wedding bands in the area all year. Also get a chance to win a set of his/her wedding bands (and other special offers – see store for details).

Here’s more about Novell:

Thirty-one years of award winning wedding band designs – trending and changing like the people who wear them.

Novell Select represents the very best and most popular work we’ve done by combining bands from our Max Patrick, Z*ART, NQP, and core Novell Collections.

With over 20,000 wedding band designs in our catalogue of work, we’ve streamlined the selection process by cherry picking styles and creating groups.

Here they are:

INSIDE OUT bands are one color on the inside and another on the outside. For example, signature designs for men are typically rose gold on the inside and white gold or platinum on the outside. This ever-expanding category is one of our most popular and offers designs from uncomplicated to intricate. For manufacturing and plating reasons, INSIDE OUT bands are only available in precious metal.

COLORS is a blend of designs that are popular in yellow, rose, two- or three-tone gold. Everyday jewelry is being redefined in bursts of color. And wedding bands are no exception. This is our fastest growing category!

DIAMOND bands bring stone to precious metal. Whether understated or serious-statement designs, somewhere in this collection is a band for that distinctive men’s diamond band customer. Many of the DIAMOND designs are available as alloy or silver samples.

ORGANICS are hand-forged-background textures that can be put on Novell precious-metal bands. From sand to lava, tree bark to ravine, supple to severe, organics speaks to those who identify with one of the many moods of Mother Earth

CIRCLES bands are stackable in groups or used as spacers. Shapes and textures are made by machine and by hand with over thirty choices and so many combinations that you – or your customer – will never really have to make up their mind. Diversity is a state of jewelry.

• Our TOP 20 wedding band designs literally never go out of style. See a design but want it in a different width? How about a different finish? Or maybe even add diamonds, change them or take them away? Just ask! Almost all wedding band designs can be made in platinum, palladium or gold.

TRENDING are the top selling designs in the SELECT Collection. As real-world trending of styles changes, so does this collection, although a lot of our most popular designs stand the test of time. Excellence is always in fashion.

Not available in stores quite yet, ALTROm is a special alternative metal collection and the result of our affiliation with HEAVY STONE RINGS in Utah. It includes bands made from diverse materials such as wood, cobalt, carbon fiber, titanium, etc., often combined with precious metal.

Check back again to see when and where ALTROm rings will be sold.


See Novell at Zadok Jewelers’ Wedding Band Weekend

Novell will be a featured designer at Zadok Jewelers’ annual Wedding Band Weekend – this Thursday through Saturday – April 11-13. You’re sure to find your perfect ring in Zadok’s Bridal Salon. Don’t miss out on their Buy One – Get One at 50% Off special offer (see store for details). This weekend only.

Zadok Jewelers
1749 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056
Tel: 713-960-8950
Get Directions

Event Hours:
Thursday – 12PM until 7PM
Friday – Saturday 10AM until 6PM
More Information

Here’s more about Novell:

Thirty-one years of award winning wedding band designs – trending and changing like the people who wear them.

Novell Select represents the very best and most popular work we’ve done by combining bands from our Max Patrick, Z*ART, NQP, and core Novell Collections.

With over 20,000 wedding band designs in our catalogue of work, we’ve streamlined the selection process by cherry picking styles and creating groups.

Here they are:

INSIDE OUT bands are one color on the inside and another on the outside. For example, signature designs for men are typically rose gold on the inside and white gold or platinum on the outside. This ever-expanding category is one of our most popular and offers designs from uncomplicated to intricate. For manufacturing and plating reasons, INSIDE OUT bands are only available in precious metal.

COLORS is a blend of designs that are popular in yellow, rose, two- or three-tone gold. Everyday jewelry is being redefined in bursts of color. And wedding bands are no exception. This is our fastest growing category!

DIAMOND bands bring stone to precious metal. Whether understated or serious-statement designs, somewhere in this collection is a band for that distinctive men’s diamond band customer. Many of the DIAMOND designs are available as alloy or silver samples.

ORGANICS are hand-forged-background textures that can be put on Novell precious-metal bands. From sand to lava, tree bark to ravine, supple to severe, organics speaks to those who identify with one of the many moods of Mother Earth

CIRCLES bands are stackable in groups or used as spacers. Shapes and textures are made by machine and by hand with over thirty choices and so many combinations that you – or your customer – will never really have to make up their mind. Diversity is a state of jewelry.

• Our TOP 20 wedding band designs literally never go out of style. See a design but want it in a different width? How about a different finish? Or maybe even add diamonds, change them or take them away? Just ask! Almost all wedding band designs can be made in platinum, palladium or gold.

TRENDING are the top selling designs in the SELECT Collection. As real-world trending of styles changes, so does this collection, although a lot of our most popular designs stand the test of time. Excellence is always in fashion.

Not available in stores quite yet, ALTROm is a special alternative metal collection and the result of our affiliation with HEAVY STONE RINGS in Utah. It includes bands made from diverse materials such as wood, cobalt, carbon fiber, titanium, etc., often combined with precious metal.

Check back again to see when and where ALTROm rings will be sold.


Most Popular US Honeymoon Spots in 2019

Ah, how priceless is that moment when your wedding ceremony and reception are finally over, all the guests have left and you are about to board the plane and depart for your honeymoon. There is nothing that beats that feeling, especially if you were lucky enough to afford some luxurious destination. But, to enjoy the tropical paradise and romantic spots, you don’t have to leave our great country! Instead, forget about the wedding planning stress that you have been faced with in the last few months, and book your room in some of the most popular US honeymoon spots in 2019. And no – not all of them will break the bank, so stay tuned!

Honeymoon spots are nice with an ocean view
After joining your lives in holy matrimony, the time is right to celebrate!

Hawaii Graces All the Lists of the Popular US Honeymoon Spots in 2019

Year after year, Hawaii never ceases to amaze. This tropical paradise has been one of the best honeymoon destinations for a long time, and it isn’t highly likely that it will be taken off its throne any time soon. Moreover, Hawaii is not only a popular honeymoon destination for US citizens. Quite the contrary, people all over the world save for months, some even years, in order to afford this amazing destination. Now, we do have to admit that this is a pricey option, and it won’t be easily affordable for everyone. It will be especially difficult to afford a honeymoon in Hawaii after all the wedding costs you just had. But, should you be lucky enough to manage to do it, here are some of the top spots in Hawaii to consider:
Kauai
Oahu
Lanai
Maui

How exotic do these names sound? If you can’t afford to honeymoon in Hawaii, don’t exasperate. There will be plenty of time to visit it in the future. For now, you have a plethora of other, more affordable options!

Sarasota, FL is an Affordable Option for Everyone’s Enjoyment

Have you always pictured your honeymoon on some tropical beach? Would you like to lay around all day long on a white sandy beach, overlooking the turquoise waters and working on your tan? Well, if you add beautiful sunsets in cotton candy colors to that description, you get Sarasota, FL. With an average nightly hotel price being $162, and with slightly over 50,000 residents, this Florida city will amaze you with its livelihood, as well as affordability. And that’s more than enough for Sarasota to become one of the best destinations for honeymooners in US.

Honeymoon spots like Sarasota have sunsets, beaches and palm trees.
The sunsets in Sarasota, FL are truly a marvelous sight!

While you get to bask in the glorious sun during the day, you will get a chance to lead a rich social and cultural life after the sunset. From ballets to jazz concerts and theatrical performances, the life in Sarasota will amaze you. So, what are you waiting for? Don’t dwell too much on packing, and just throw in a few floral shirts, your bathing suit, and some comfy shoes. That’s all you’ll need to enjoy your days in this piece of heaven that is right at your fingertips.

Cape Cod Can Never Disappoint


Admit it – never in a million years would you think that Massachusetts could be a great honeymoon destination. But, the fact is that this state has plenty to offer, starting with Cape Cod. Granted, the beaches here may not be something you see only in movies and travel magazines, but you are trying to have a romantic getaway while being on a budget. And for that purpose, Cape Cod will be perfect. Feel the serenity that only a place such as this one can offer, and enjoy the beautiful restaurants that grace the streets.

And if you ever get bored during those ten days of your honeymoon, you can always take a field trip. Ever heard about the majestic city that Boston is? Well, it will certainly provide you with plenty of fun, and plenty of places to see. But, beware – you wouldn’t be the first family to consider relocating to Massachusetts after visiting it. This state is simply too good to pass, and you might find yourself faced with a dilemma at the end of your vacation.

Seneca Falls is a Romantic Destination – Guaranteed to Capture Your Heart

According to data, New York is the most expensive place to get married in the US. So, if you are an NYC resident, we have some good and some bad news. Your wedding reception will be expensive, but your honeymoon doesn’t have to be! You have Seneca Falls to enjoy after tying the knot. Named for the 11 lakes that spread around the area, Seneca Falls is a beautiful and romantic getaway for couples of all ages. There is a good reason why it is considered as one of the most popular US honeymoon spots in 2019. It’s due to its affordability and beautiful scenery that Seneca Falls has landed on this list.

Honeymoons spots can also feature great wineries and tasty wine
Beautiful wineries are just one thing to enjoy in the most popular US honeymoon spots in 2019.

While Seneca Falls is a perfect summer destination, you do need to be a bit more careful during the winter. As you know, the temperatures in NYC can get out of hand. The key to packing correctly is being prepared on time. Although, preparedness in a timely manner is the key to almost all things in life. Trying to plan a wedding? Start on time! Planning to move to your spouse’s house down the block? Then you better prepare in advance for your local relocation. Wanting to pack the best outfits for your honeymoon in Seneca Falls during the cold days? Be prepared by watching the weather forecast.

Charleston Could Be the Most Surprising Spot on the List

But, if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. This city in South Carolina is so charming that it promises to leave no one indifferent. Walk the cobblestone streets while holding hands with your new partner for life and enjoy the beautiful vistas. If you want to take things up a notch, treat yourself to a carriage ride. Now, nothing screams romance quite like a carriage ride on a romantic summer evening, in a city with beautiful lighting.

As the last piece of advice, we would just like to tell you to enjoy it while it lasts. Soon after the wedding and honeymoon are over, you will have to go back to your ordinary lives. And then, instead of having the pleasure of reminiscing on your time spent in one of the most popular US honeymoon spots in 2019, you will be sorry you didn’t let all of your worries go to waste. And now is the perfect time to forget about the world and focus on the two of you, and this new life you are embarking on together.