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synthetic diamonds

A synthetic diamond — also called an artificial diamond, cultured diamond or cultivated diamond — is a diamond produced by an artificial, human-engineered process, as opposed to a natural diamond, which is created by a natural geological process. Synthetic diamonds are commonly referred to as HPHT (high-pressure high-temperature) diamonds or CVD (chemical vapor deposition) diamonds after the two most common production methods.

There’s nothing wrong with synthetic diamonds, if that’s what you’re after. But the real danger lies in believing that you’re buying natural diamonds when you are instead getting synthetic ones, which are significantly less valuable.

What Synthetic Diamonds Are Not

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Synthetic diamonds are sometimes incorrectly referred to as imitations or simulants. Diamond imitations such as cubic zirconia and synthetic moissanite — which only look like diamonds — have very different chemical and physical properties from diamonds. This is what allows trained gemologists to recognize them more easily. Synthetic diamonds, however, are much harder to detect.

Synthetic and Natural Diamonds are Made of the Same Thing

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While most people associate the term synthetic with imitation products, artificial diamonds are actually made of the same material as natural ones (pure carbon, crystallized in isotropic 3D form). In the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission is working to make the naming distinction more clear. It has indicated that terms such as laboratory-grownlaboratory-created, and [manufacturer-name]-created “more clearly communicate the nature of the stone.”

How to Avoid The Synthetic Trap

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Gem-quality synthetic diamonds are more available than ever before. The process for making them has improved, and consequently, so many good synthetic diamonds are entering the market that customers can inadvertently purchase a synthetic diamond without knowing it.

There is certainly nothing inherently wrong with buying a synthetic diamond. But they are less valuable than natural diamonds, and they can easily be passed off as natural by untrustworthy jewelers and merchants.

To that end, the importance of working with a jeweler you know and trust simply cannot be overstated. A good jeweler will have the expertise and equipment to determine synthetic diamonds from natural ones.

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The bottom line is: If you’re going to invest in quality diamonds, you should do so from a reputable, authorized dealer like Eiseman Jewels.

To shop our stunning selection of natural diamond jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

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There are a lot of factors that go into choosing a wedding band. The quality, the materials, the price — they all play a big part in the decision. But what matters most is the emotional connection to the ring. Does it make the bride’s face light up? Does the groom beam with pride when he wears it? When you find the right one, you just know.

Engraving a personalized message of love on the inside of a wedding band makes it you unique to you and your spouse. Your wedding date, special nicknames you have for each other, a sentiment that means a lot to you both — these are just a few engraving examples that can add a special touch to your rings. Yes, an engraved wedding band is a romantic gesture, but it’s also a lasting expression of love between you and your new spouse. Your rings will likely become family heirlooms passed down from generation to generation.

Engraving and Personalizations Options from Furrer Jacot

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Since 1858, in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen, Furrer Jacot has produced made-to-order individually crafted wedding bands and jewelry according to the highest standards of Swiss craftsmanship. The FJ trademark stamped into every piece symbolizes this traditional company’s dedication to and responsibility for the quality and authenticity of the materials used and the workmanship of its products.

Below are the different engraving options offered by Furrer Jacot, as well as a few ideas for what to engrave on your wedding bands.

Hand Engraving: There was a time when all engraving was done by hand, but today the art is known only by a select few. A hand-engraved ring preserves the hand of the artisan, so no matter the message or sentiment, it truly remains one-of-a-kind.

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Laser Script or Block Engraving: A laser burns your personal message into the surface of the ring in script or block lettering. This cutting-edge technology provides unsurpassed detail and depth.

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A Message in Your Own Handwriting: Take your ring’s customization a step further by engraving your personal message inside your spouse’s wedding band in your own handwriting. The moment they see their wedding band with your handwriting on it, they will know that ring was made just for them.

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A Poem: A poem or any other short writing piece that is special to the two of you can also be engraved inside your wedding bands.

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Laser Fingerprint Engraving: Engraving your fingerprints inside each other’s rings is a new way to show your love and make your rings entirely your own.

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To see our beautiful collection of customizable Furrer Jacot rings, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

diamond cuts

When a diamond comes out of the earth, it is rough and unrefined. It takes hours of cutting and polishing to turn a rough diamond into the beautiful stone we know and love.

Not to be confused with diamond shape (such as round, pear or oval), a diamond’s cut refers to its symmetry, proportioning and polish. A diamond’s cut has an enormous impact on everything from its beauty and sparkle to its value and appearance. Here’s a guide to the various cuts you may encounter when shopping for a diamond.

Old Mine (Cushion)

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With its rounded corners and curved sides, the old mine cut (also known as the cushion cut) is simply breathtaking. It has 58 facets — the same number as the modern round brilliant diamonds produced today. The cut’s name comes from the fact that hundreds of years ago, most diamonds came from India or Brazil. After Africa became the diamond capital of the world, diamonds that preceded this new era were said to be from the “old mines.”

Popular throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, old mine cuts are essentially the great-grandfathers of modern brilliant cuts. There are few good examples of old mine cuts around today, so demand is high for these vintage beauties.

Old European

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Old European cut diamonds were handcrafted from 1890 to the 1930s, and were very popular during the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras. This cut’s 58 facets take the shape of thick triangular blocks, as opposed to the thinner facets found in modern round brilliant cuts. Old European cuts also appear round from the top view as opposed to old mine cuts, which have a more squared-off top view. The 58 facets make the old European another predecessor of today’s modern round brilliant cut.

Rose

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A rose cut diamond echoes the petals of a rose by imitating the narrowing spiral of the flower’s petals. Rose cut gems have anywhere from three to 24 triangular facets that come to a point at the top and a flat bottom that creates a larger surface area to enhance the stone’s brilliance. The rose cut was popular in the Georgian and Victorian eras of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Asscher

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Invented by the Royal Asscher Diamond Company in 1902, the Asscher cut is one of the very first patented diamond cuts in the world. However, it didn’t gain widespread popularity until the Art Deco era of the 1920s. Distinctive and understated, its vintage-inspired style is a favorite among brides who envision their rings becoming future family heirlooms. The Asscher cut is typically more brilliant than its cousin, the emerald cut.

Emerald

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Stonecutters initially created the emerald cut for emerald stones — hence the name. It became popular partly because of the fact that its shape helped prevent chips from occurring in the emeralds during the cutting process. Diamond cutters took notice of this new shape and began to use it on diamonds as well.

The emerald cut boasts a stunning “hall of mirrors” effect, and while it’s understated, it’s also very glamorous. Its subtle elegance is associated with royalty, which may be why emerald cuts have remained one of the most popular choices for engagement rings and other jewelry pieces since the Art Deco era.

Marquise

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The marquise has one of the most interesting histories of all the modern diamond cuts. Named for the Marquise De Pompadour, the mistress of French king Louis XV, the marquise cut was created to resemble the shape of Madame de Pompadour’s mouth, which Louis believed to be perfect. The marquise cut is made to maximize carat weight and features 58 facets and an elliptical shape with pointed ends.

Round Brilliant

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Invented early in the twentieth century, this versatile and sophisticated cut has become incredibly popular in recent years thanks to its sparkling brilliance and elegant symmetry. The round brilliant’s 58 facets are cut in such a way to increase the light bouncing off it, giving it unparalleled fire and radiance. It’s the cut of choice for brides seeking a thoroughly stylish, up-to-date and eye-catching look.

Learn more about the various diamond cuts available by visiting the experts at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

single stone

At Eiseman Jewels, our commitment to providing the highest level of service, quality and expertise is evident from the jewelry designers we choose to align ourselves with — including one of our newest designers, Single Stone.

Single Stone draws inspiration from vintage details and the charm of antique diamonds for their engagement rings and wedding bands. Whether you’re searching for a carefully restored vintage piece or a custom, one-of-a-kind heirloom, each of Single Stone’s stunning pieces is designed to mark life’s most treasured moments.

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The foundation for the Single Stone brand was laid in 1988 by founder Ari Madilian, who started his career working with his mentor learning about diamonds and the jewelry industry. A year later, Ari’s wife Corina joined him in designing and producing jewelry using vintage diamonds. Once the allure of the vintage diamonds captured their hearts, there was no going back. In 2008, they decided to launch the Single Stone collection as a full brand.

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All Single Stone jewelry is manufactured by hand in Los Angeles and is made specifically for the center stone and features old-cut stones from the late 1800s to early 1900s. Deriving inspiration from the vintage pieces in their collection, Single Stone’s new designs incorporate both vintage and modern elements for a charming look that’s fresh and classic at the same time.

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Single Stone pieces are designed to become a part of the wearer’s everyday life, and to be dressed up or down with effortless sophistication. They’re meant to be worn by someone who wants a unique piece of jewelry and who appreciates the beauty of diamonds that were cut over 100 years ago. This jewelry is timeless and sophisticated with an edge, and is as individual as the wearer itself.

To shop an exquisite selection of Single Stone designs, visit Eiseman Jewels, Single Stone’s exclusive North Texas retailer, at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

JB Star Interview

At Eiseman Jewels, our commitment to providing the very highest level of service, quality and expertise is evident in the jewelry designers we choose to stock, including JB Star. Every one of this brand’s stunning pieces is handcrafted in New York by highly trained artisans using only the finest diamonds and platinum, 18-karat yellow gold and pink gold.

We sat down with Rafael Fouzailoff, the founder, artistic designer and visionary leader of JB Star, to get his thoughts on wedding ring trends, inspiration and doing what he loves.

How did you get started in this industry?

My father, Yehuda Fouzailoff, has been in the diamond industry since 1946. He was one of the largest Sightholders in the world, with offices in Europe and the United States. I grew up around diamonds and learned a strong sense of the business from him. My goal, however, was to expand our company by designing and creating timeless, luxurious fine jewelry. Together with my brother Mark, who handles our loose diamond division, there is more than half a century of tradition and expertise behind JB Star.

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What makes JB Star stand out in the jewelry industry?

Every JB Star creation is handmade in our facility in New York City. Each piece of jewelry is expertly crafted and inspected with the utmost care using the latest finishing technology, including lasers. No piece ever leaves the shop until even the finest details are examined, which ensures the highest standard of quality. We go above and beyond expectations to make one-of-a-kind creations that will be cherished for life.

What was the first piece designed at JB Star?

We started off making marquise diamond bands, which were unique to the market because of their sleek and elegant shape.

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Where do you get your inspiration?

For me, inspiration comes from art, architecture and my travels around the globe. I am an avid believer in taking in my surroundings and implementing them into our creations. My vision has always been to stay ahead of the curve, but not go too far forward. I never build upon an existing fad. My pieces evolve from year to year so that they always maintain their integrity, yet look fresh and new. 

What are your favorite wedding ring trends?

We love to emphasize unique cuts such as cushion cut, emerald cut and square emerald cut diamond shapes. These diamond shapes are unconventional but still wearable and timeless.

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What is your favorite part about making jewelry?

To see the joy on a customer’s face when they purchase or receive my jewelry as a gift — that’s what it’s all about. It’s about crafting romance and creating dreams. Being a part of the celebration of love and life between two individuals drives us to be passionate. It’s our labor of love.

Lastly, what’s something we might not know about diamonds or diamond rings?

From a man’s perspective, sometimes it is hard to grasp why women revere diamond jewelry — the elegance of it and the feeling it provides them. We want to transcend that by educating the male customer and providing him with a high degree of service, education and quality assurance.

To see the incredible designs from JB Star, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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Giving the gift of fine jewelry is always a good way to let someone know how much you care. But if you’re looking to go above and beyond for that special someone, consider having a personalized message engraved on a pendant, watch or ring. A sweet note of love, appreciation or friendship is just the thing to take a piece of jewelry from lovely to extraordinary.

Read on to learn a few ways you can leave your mark on a special piece of jewelry.

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Wedding Bands

Adding a special engraved message is the perfect way to add that touch of romance and personality to your wedding bands. You might choose to engrave your wedding date, the coordinates of your wedding venue or a certain sentiment that means a lot to you both — the options are only limited by your imagination. Some couples take things a step further and use jewels as spacers between the month, day and year of their engraved date.

If you’re no longer newlyweds but are instead celebrating an upcoming wedding anniversary, you can choose to have your wedding bands engraved in honor of the many happy years you’ve spent together. Engraving your wedding bands is a romantic gesture and a lasting expression of love between you and your spouse. Engraved rings are likely to become family heirlooms that will be passed down from generation to generation.

Watches

Engraved watches are timeless gifts for marking a special occasion for grooms, groomsmen, graduates and fathers alike. A beautiful watch is a fashionable yet practical gift that a man will use throughout his entire life, and adding an engraved sentiment will transform that timepiece into something that’s uniquely him. It will remind him of that certain milestone — whether it be a birthday, anniversary, promotion or holiday — and that special someone who was there to share it with him.

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Pendants

Once you’ve found a special piece of jewelry for a special person, turn it into a one-of-a-kind gift with an engraved message. Personalized pendants make thoughtful, meaningful gifts that will be cherished for years to come. Give an engraved pendant necklace for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries or even “just because.”

For an exquisite selection of jewelry and timepieces to personalize, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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On Friday, April 1, 1–5 PM and Saturday, April 2, 10 AM–6 PM, Eiseman Jewels will celebrate Perfect Pairs, its second-annual wedding band event. Whether you’re looking for just the right set of bands for your wedding or a special piece of jewelry to commemorate an anniversary, visit Eiseman’s NorthPark Center salon to enjoy light refreshments and shop the latest collections from renowned designers like Bez Ambar, Crown Ring, JB Star, Precision Set, the Eiseman Collection and Furrer Jacot.xmascard-quer_matterhorn.jpeg

Speaking of Furrer Jacot, there are few people in the world more qualified to speak on wedding bands than Lucas Ruppli, who’s been Head of Design at Furrer Jacot for the last 25 years. Born in Schaffhausen, a small town in Switzerland famous for its gold and silversmith ateliers, Ruppli spent his childhood collecting gemstones, which ultimately inspired him to become a goldsmith.

We caught up with Mr. Ruppli to get his thoughts on wedding band trends for the year ahead.

What are your favorite wedding band trends for 2016?

Straightforward wedding bands with subtle details are in this year, and so are bands constructed with new and different materials.

How will these trends be incorporated in Furrer Jacot styles?

This year, we are launching our new Furrer Jacot Milgrain Collection. Our milgrain is different than others on the market—it is like a row of small pyramids, which reflect more. At the same time, it is very smooth and elegant.

How have wedding bands and wedding traditions changed over the last 20 years?

Jewelry design is a lot like every other type of design in that trends wax and wane from narrow and thin to wide and heavy and back; from deep yellow gold to white gold and back.

Today, diamonds play a more important role on men’s bands than 20 years ago. Also, men are a bit more adventurous overall in terms of designs and materials. Our Carbon Collection is very popular; it features hand-wound carbon fiber application on precious metals.

Where does your inspiration come from and how does it translate into your designs?

Sometimes I just start drawing, but I usually get my inspiration from nature and architecture. If I am in Japan or in New York, I draw differently, since it has to do with the feelings a place brings out in me. The inspiration for Furrer Jacot’s latest collection, for example, was sports. We used carbon fiber to create something very sporty, contemporary and linear. Therefore, this collection was actually inspired by the new material itself.

What do you most love about bridal jewelry?

Diamonds!

What is your favorite new style or collection this year?

It’s definitely the new Furrer Jacot Milgrain Collection. I think that the twist on this classic design form has turned out to be very attractive on these rings.

What does a man’s wedding band say about his personality?

In order for a wedding band to express a man’s personality, he has to be true to himself. He can’t choose the band according to trends. He must choose the band he loves. If he is daring, his choice should reflect that. If he is a classic guy, then a straightforward, beautifully crafted band will reflect his personality best.

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How does someone go about selecting the perfect band?

Lifestyle plays a role. Someone who works with his or her hands or who is a sporty, outdoorsy type will need a stronger band than someone who works mainly in an office. In either case, the band will show some wear and tear after a while, which will only add charm and character.

What advice do you have for young couples choosing their wedding rings?

They should really spend some time together thinking about what their symbol of union and love means to them and then find a style that represents it.

For beautiful, unique wedding bands — including bands by Furrer Jacot — visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 during our Perfect Pairs Wedding Band Event. Plus, don’t forget to follow Eiseman on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.



wedding checklist

Just when a newly married couple thinks they’re safe from to-do lists, they’re faced with an entirely new set of tasks to tackle once the big day has come and gone. Here’s our quick and easy post-wedding checklist to help you tie up loose ends after your wedding day:

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Eiseman couple, Aaron & Whitney

PRESERVE YOUR GOWN

Whether or not you decide to have your gown preserved, you should at least have it professionally cleaned within six months of your wedding. If you do decide to preserve your dress, ask your seamstress or the store where you purchased the dress to recommend a skilled preservationist. Once it’s been preserved, store the box in a place where it’s protected from heat, moisture and direct sunlight (like an out-of-the-way closet, not the dank basement).

If you decide not to preserve your gown, consider donating it to charity or consigning it to help women with smaller budgets find a gorgeous gown.

WRITE THANK-YOU NOTES

Most couples don’t look forward to handwriting 100+ personalized notes after their wedding, but there are ways to make the task more manageable. As soon as you return from your honeymoon, get a jump-start on writing your thank-you note—especially if there were a lot of guests at the wedding. They’ll take more time to write than you think!

To avoid becoming overwhelmed, calculate the number of notes you need to write and break that number into manageable chunks—say 10 notes a night. Print off address and return address labels on your computer if you can—it’s neater and will save you a ton of time. Finally, get your husband involved! Have him tackle the notes to his friends and family while do yours (though you should each sign your names on every card). You should have all of your thank-you notes in the mail by, at most, two months after the wedding.

TELL EVERYONE YOUR NEW ADDRESS

If you’re moving after your wedding, it’s perfectly acceptable to send a mass email with your new address to friends, family and colleagues. But if you’re going the traditional route, paper moving announcements can be slipped in with your thank-you notes.

RETURN WEDDING GIFTS

Now’s the time to return multiples, items you didn’t register for or things simply don’t like or won’t use. Bite the bullet and return these items within two months of your wedding. You don’t want all those toasters collecting dust for the next six months. Plus, the sooner you return them, the more certain you are to receive their full value back (and possibly receive less of a hassle from retailers). Your reward will be spending the value of the returned items on something else on your registry that you may not have received (or on something else you love!).

CHANGE YOUR NAME

If you plan on taking your husband’s name, there are many forms that need to be filled out, including those regarding your driver’s license, Social Security card, bank accounts and passport. Ideally, you should change all your IDs within 90 days of the wedding.

LOOKING FORWARD

Now that you’ve officially tied the knot, there are a lifetime of birthdays, anniversaries and other holidays to look forward to! Just as we helped you select the perfect ring and bands, the specialists at Eiseman are looking forward to helping you mark all of your milestones as a couple.

Just think: The sooner you check these tasks off your list, the sooner you’ll be able to truly relax and enjoy your new life together!



eiseman engagement

Beth and Diane of Allen, Texas met through mutual friends in June 2003 and dated for ten years before getting engaged in Chicago on their tenth anniversary. Diane owns her own meeting planning and consulting business, while Beth works as a pharmaceutical sales representative.

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The two were married in San Diego, California at the Rancho Bernardo Inn Resort and Spa. The wedding took place on the lawn, under beautiful sunny skies (they say it doesn’t rain in southern California, but it poured the day before the wedding). The ceremony was followed by a champagne brunch. Friends and family traveled from all over the country (including Hawaii) to join the happy couple on their big day.

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The couple went into Eiseman Jewels with certain bands in mind, but their sales associate suggested different rings after working with them for a while. And she was right—the bands they ultimately chose were absolutely perfect for the couple (white gold with three rows of pave diamonds). Beth and Diane are thrilled with their purchase and the service.

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“Our wedding bands were the first purchases we made at Eiseman Jewels. We actually bought them for our 10-year anniversary and since then we have made several more purchases—always from Helene!”

 



Wedding planning

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You want everything to be perfect—and that’s why it’s best to look to the experts. Luckily for modern brides-to-be, there are countless online planning resources out there for every kind of wedding these days. Here are a few of our favorites.

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THE KNOT

As one of the most popular and comprehensive wedding-planning websites around, The Knot has everything you need to plan the perfect wedding. You’ll find information on dresses, planning tools and local wedding vendors as well as plenty of ideas and inspiration. They’ve even got a special feature called Real Weddings to which couples can submit wedding photos for consideration for their site and magazine.

WEDDING WIRE

Wedding Wire provides an easy way to find local wedding venues, cakes, dresses, invitations and more. There are tools that let you design your floor plan and map out a seating chart, a wedding-planning checklist that can be filtered by month or category, and links to lots of handy wedding apps.

MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS

You can always count on Martha for entertaining advice—especially when it comes to the biggest party you’ll likely ever throw in your life. She’s got tips on everything from gowns and bouquets to invitations and traditions. Martha Stewart Weddings also features registry tips, gift-giving ideas and—of course—an etiquette advisor.

SQUARESPACE

In today’s digital age, plenty of couples opt to create their own wedding websites in order to share details and updates with friends and loved ones leading up to the big day. Squarespace, an easy-to-use website-building tool, offers mobile-optimized templates that make it easy for couples to tell their unique stories online. Use it to create RSVP forms, registry links, maps, photo galleries and more.

EISEMAN JEWELS BLOG

The experts at Eiseman Jewels have been helping brides and grooms find the perfect engagement rings, wedding bands, wedding day accessories and bridal party gifts for 50 years.

Visit the wedding experts at our store at NorthPark Center in Dallas, and peruse our extensive blog archive for ideas and advice on just about everything you need to know about planning your big day, including: