Category: Jewelry and Gemstones

Unconventional Engagement Rings – Part 2

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by C. M. St. John, Appraiser
The Provident Loan Society

In my last blog, I discussed alternatives to traditional engagement rings, including stones set low in a wide band, metal bands with intricate engravings, and “poesy” rings inscribed with a romantic message on the inside, outside, or both.

In this blog, I offer two more engagement ring options to consider.

 

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That Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day or the Most Import Woman In Your Life

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The average American spent $124 on their gift for Mother’s Day last year. Children in Texas are the most generous, based on a Mother’s Day survey by Finders.com. The

They spent an average of $248 on their mothers last year. New Yorkers were second in that survey, spending $225 on their Mother’s Day gift.

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Free Advice on Loan Options – Live Facebook Chat

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The moment is here. Provident Loan Society of New York, the nation’s only not-for-profit lender, is having a Live Facebook Chat.

You have questions, they have answers.
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Unconventional Engagement Rings – Part 1

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by C. M. St. John, Appraiser
The Provident Loan Society

In this blog, we’ll discuss some alternatives to traditional engagement rings.

Rings have been used as tokens of love, devotion, and fidelity for millennia. But why settle for conventional engagement and wedding rings? A raised diamond set in gold or platinum is only one option!

In this blog, I will discuss some alternatives to traditional engagement rings to get you thinking about what you want to use to symbolize your commitment to your partner.

  • Stones set low into bands
  • Hand-engraved bands without stones
  • Poesy rings with engraved messages

 

Option 1: Low Profile Rings

For couples who like the look of classic gold, platinum, and diamond engagement rings, but feel that an old-fashioned solitaire will just get in the way, a terrific option is to go low profile.

Instead of having a large stone placed above the finger in a vulnerable setting, check out styles that use smaller stones set low into a wider band. Often branded as “right-hand rings,” these pieces can be just as glamorous as a single large diamond and are usually less expensive.

Metal bands without stones are also elegant and easy-to-wear. Hand engraving is a wonderful art form that can elevate a simple band into something truly special. And for those do-it-yourself couples, many enterprising goldsmiths are willing to help novices craft rings from scratch in their workshops.

Option 2: The Message Matters

Those who wish to express their love in words should consider a “poesy ring” that combines a classic band of precious metal with a short and tender sentiment.

Popular from the Middle Ages onward, poesy rings can have their message hidden inside the band or inscribed on the outside for all to see. Some are engraved in script and embellished with fanciful designs while others appear outwardly plain. Small gemstones and enamel can also be used to decorate the band.

Historical examples of poesy rings are on display in museums worldwide with inscriptions in several languages, such as:

  • “True Love Is Endless”
  • “Amor Vincit Omnia” (Love conquers all)
  • “Vous et Nul Autre” (You and no other)

 

Poesy rings are gaining in popularity and many modern-day jewelers offer them in designs that replicate historical examples. Those with bigger budgets can purchase genuine antique poesy rings. And, of course, a couple can choose to design an engagement and/or wedding ring with their own words.

In my next blog, I’ll discuss a few more options for unconventional engagement rings.

About the Author
C. M. St. John is a Graduate Gemologist and Appraiser at The Provident Loan Society, the country’s only not-for-profit pawnshop. Gems and jewelry are a lifelong interest and much easier to collect than architecture, which is her other great passion.

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Queens College Students Find New Ways to Save

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Between tuition, school books, parking, meals, housing, etc. – education is expensive.

At Queens College, which is located in Flushing, tuition and fees for in-state students are $6938, while out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,408.

Luckily, for students within the CUNY community, there are many financial aid and scholarship options. According to CUNY, there are more than 1,000 scholarships, awards, and special programs given by CUNY and its 24 colleges and schools.

But what happens if you need fast cash right now due to an unexpected expense?

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