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Single Stone

At Eiseman Jewels, we have a reputation for unparalleled service, impeccable quality, and for partnering with the most revered independent designers in contemporary jewelry. Single Stone is one of those designers. Drawing their inspiration from vintage design and the unique charm of antique diamonds, Single Stone is devoted to creating engagement rings and wedding bands that remain true to original, historic details.

Single Stone

Single Stone is no ordinary jewelry designer. They use antique diamonds all selected by hand — most of which were cut over 100 years ago — in their engagement rings, and each mounting is made specifically for every single stone. The result is a timeless, sophisticated aesthetic — best viewed under candlelight — with an edge and rings that are as individual as their wearers.

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Whether they’re meticulously restoring a vintage piece or creating a one-of-a-kind heirloom, Single Stone excels in their commitment to craftsmanship. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted in Los Angeles using metalwork techniques from past eras, including Art Deco, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau. Single Stone rings are available in a variety of metals and exclusive finishes, starting at 22-karat gold all the way to 18-karat gold, including 18-karat oxidized yellow gold and 18-karat natural white gold.

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Whether it’s a bespoke engagement ring, a jewel to mark an important milestone or a piece that will help create a signature look, each of Single Stone’s stunning designs is made to celebrate life’s most treasured moments.

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To shop our stunning selection of Single Stone designs, visit our Wedding Band Event on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 at Eiseman Jewels in Dallas’ NorthPark Center, Single Stone’s exclusive North Texas retailer.

 

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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.

 

crown jewels

The Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom — a singular, world-famous collection of sacred and ceremonial objects, including crowns, robes and other items — have been stored at the Tower of London for over 600 years. With the world abuzz about Prince Harry’s impending nuptials to the American former actress Meghan Markle, speculation regarding the crown jewels she will wear during the May 19 ceremony is rampant.

Since the 1930s, almost every royal bride who has married in Britain has worn a tiara on her wedding day, so the odds are that Meghan will, too. Here are a few of the possibilities for Meghan’s wedding day jewels.

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The Strathmore Rose Tiara

While there aren’t official rules governing which types of tiaras can be worn to a wedding, they historically tend to feature a floral motif. The Strathmore Rose Tiara, which is fashioned of pavé-set diamonds set in silver and gold in the shape of a wild rose garland, was originally purchased as a gift for Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (who would later go on to become the Queen Mother) from her father for her wedding to the Duke of York, the future King George IV.

The Queen Mother’s Cartier Bandeau

Sleek, modern and packed with diamonds, this Art Deco-era royal heirloom consists of three of a set of five gem-set bracelets, which can be worn on their own on the wrist or on a bandeau frame as a tiara. If Meghan — who tends to favor simple, elegant jewelry — chooses to wear this piece on her wedding day, the connection to the Queen Mother (who first owned it) and Queen Elizabeth II (who owns it now) would make a lovely touch.

The Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot

crown jewelsWith its romantic name, storied past, and jaw-dropping beauty, this quintessentially British tiara is a little more than a century old. It is one of the best-known tiaras in the British royal family’s collection, mostly thanks to it being a favorite of the late Princess Diana, who wore it often. Unlike some other famous royal pieces, the stunning diamond-and-pearl creation is part of the family’s private collection and currently belongs to Queen Elizabeth II.

The Spencer Tiara

Although it’s not in the royal collection, the Spencer Tiara, which was worn by Princess Diana at her wedding to Prince Charles, is another wedding-day option for Meghan. However, many consider it a long shot. Not only is it a Spencer family heirloom, not a royal one, but it will also only invite more comparisons to Diana — something Meghan and her future sister-in-law Kate get enough of already.

Something New

crown jewelsMarkle may also have something new commissioned for the occasion — either a refashioning of other jewelry in the royal collection or an entirely custom piece. She might also opt to skip the tiara altogether and wear another kind of jeweled ornament in her hair.

Other Famous Crown Jewels

The most famous royal sapphire is the engagement ring given to Lady Diana Spencer by Prince Charles in 1981 — later slipped on Kate Middleton’s finger by Prince William on their engagement day in 2010. It features an 18-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

The Cullinan Diamond

The Cullinan Diamond, named after mine chairman Thomas Cullinan, weighed in at 3,106.75 carats when it was discovered in South Africa on January 26, 1905.

After being presented to King Edward VII on his 66th birthday, it was cut into several polished gems, the largest of which is known as the Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa. At 530.4 carats, it is the largest clear-cut diamond in the world. Cullinan I is mounted in the head of the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross. The second-largest, at 317.4 carats, is Cullinan II or the Second Star of Africa; it is mounted in the Imperial State Crown. Both diamonds are part of the Crown Jewels.

Although you’ll have to travel to England to view some of these and other royal jewels, you can browse our stunning collection of new and vintage jewelry at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

White Outfits for Your Wedding Weekend

The weekend of your wedding is your time to shine—all eyes will be on you. The entire weekend’s festivities, from the bridal luncheon to the rehearsal dinner, are meant to celebrate your walk down the aisle, and you’ll be the center of attention at every one. As you shop for different outfits for your wedding weekend, it’s important to keep jewelry in mind. You want every last detail to be perfect, and gorgeous jewelry will help you sparkle all the more.

BRIDESMAID LUNCH

Your bridesmaid lunch will be a gathering of all the women in your bridal party, including mothers and grandmothers. Looking chic and polished, if not a little on the conservative side, should be the order of the day. Set off your look with a classic pair of diamond hoops.

REHEARSAL DINNER

In your search for the perfect wedding dress, you probably came across one or two that you loved but which just weren’t quite right for the ceremony (too short, too racy, too avant-garde, etc). The rehearsal dinner is the perfect event to wear one of your runner-up dresses. Mark the occasion with statement earrings.

POST-WEDDING BRUNCH

It’s the day after the ceremony and you can finally slow down and breathe. Whether you’re hanging out with wedding guests or jetting off to your honeymoon, you’ll want to choose an outfit that reflects your breezy state of mind. A simple pair of diamond studs and a few bangles will complete the casual look.

From engagement rings to bridal party gifts to wedding day jewelry, you’ll find everything you need for your big day at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.



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:



Duties of Maid of Honor or Best Man

Congratulations! You’ve just been asked to play a key role in your friend or family member’s wedding. As the maid of honor or best man, you’ll be responsible for some important tasks related to the wedding festivities. But don’t worry—this is one of the most fun jobs you’ll ever have!

Duties of Maid of Honor or Best Man

MAID OR MATRON OF HONOR

You’ve never worn so many hats as you will when you take on the role of maid or matron of honor. You’ll be responsible for helping with just about everything: choosing wedding colors, going dress shopping, addressing invites, tasting cakes and leading the bridesmaid troupe—and that’s just for starters! You’ll also need to help with…

Planning the bachelorette party. Plan the bachelorette party with the bridesmaids—put together the guest list, decide on a date, send out invites and make spa appointments, dinner reservations or whatever other arrangements reflect the bride’s idea of painting the town red.

Attending pre-wedding parties: Not only should you attend all the parties leading up to the wedding, but you may even host or co-host a bridal shower for the bride. You’ll have to take good notes (or delegate another bridesmaid to handle this) so the bride will have a record of all the gifts received.

Choosing bridesmaid gifts: It’s always a good idea for a bride to plan different gifts (all within the same price range) for each bridesmaid. That way, each girl will feel special knowing the bride took the time to pick out something just for her. The specialists at Eiseman recommend choosing a pair of earrings for each bridesmaid to wear at the wedding.

Don’t forget the wedding ring!: A maid of honor’s duties include holding the groom’s ring during the ceremony. The safest place to keep it is on your thumb.

BEST MAN

Now that you’ve been appointed the best man, you’ll be expected to corral the other guys and make sure they’re performing their groomsman duties, decorate the getaway car with the groomsmen and bridesmaids, pay the officiant after the ceremony and give the first toast at the reception. Your other duties include…

Planning the bachelor party: Organizing the bachelor party might be one of your favorite “tasks,” but don’t be shy about enlisting other groomsmen to help out. Everyone who comes to the party should pitch in for the cost.

Choosing groomsman gifts: When it comes to groomsmen’s gifts, choose something you and the groom would like or use yourselves. Flasks are a classic groomsmen gift, as are cufflinks—and Eiseman Jewels offers some beautiful pairs. The gift doesn’t even need to be a thing at all—it can be an experience, like tickets to a sporting event.

Don’t forget the wedding ring!: You’ll stand beside the groom at the ceremony and keep the bride’s ring until the vows are exchanged. We’ve all heard those nightmare stories about groomsmen losing the ring, so don’t be that guy!

Sign the marriage license as a witness: You’ll seal your place in history when you and the maid of honor sign the marriage license as witnesses after the ceremony.

You’re sure to find the perfect bridal party gifts at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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Most couples want their wedding reception to reflect who they are as a couple—something that feels very personal and unique. They also want their guests to have fun. So how does that translate into the party of a lifetime? It’s all in the details.

The specialists at Eiseman Jewels have chosen their favorite up-and-coming wedding reception trends that are sure to dazzle in 2015.

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The Atmosphere

Go west. A rustic ranch sets the scene for details like wildflower bouquets, antler motifs and cowhide rugs. Serve specialty craft beers and bourbon craft cocktails in a barn draped with strings of lights and lots of leather accents.

Modern luxury. Sleeker brides will opt for sophisticated palettes of white and poppy red, or black-and-white with a glimmer of elegant gold. Beautiful lighting, clear “ghost” chairs, monogrammed napkins and sculptured floral arrangements are all part of the modern theme.

Garden parties and afternoon tea. Thank our obsession with Princess Kate (okay, and Downton Abbey) for details like flower-covered trellises, lawn games, lace tablecloths and wildflower centerpieces in antique glass bottles. Don’t forget the vintage Rolls Royce to help make your escape.

Unexpected locations. Hot air balloons, glaciers, volcanoes, castles, exotic-animal sanctuaries, museums—the best part about a unique venue is that the space speaks for itself and you don’t have to go overboard on the décor. 

The Drinks

No open bar. These days, more couples are offering wine, beer and liquor with a theme. That could mean anything from serving only local labels to showcasing drinks from the couple’s home states to offering beer the couple brewed themselves. Guests’ options might not be wide open, but they’ll be having so much fun that they won’t notice.

Small sips. Bourbon or craft beer flights, wine samplings, sangria or even a lemonade bar are all ways of letting guests sample an array of beverages, peek into your personal tastes and help you keep your bar budget in check.

The Food

Family-style dining. Getting guests to mingle and interact is important at a wedding reception. And nothing gets a conversation started quite like a meal served family style, with guests passing beautifully plated entrées and sides.

Tasting stations. From mac ’n’ cheese bars to make-it-your-self taco stands to food trucks, tasting stations are a great way for couples to show off their favorite foods in manageable portions. Providing an unexpected assortment of party food is a great way to surprise your guests.

The Dress(es)

One, two, three. A beautiful ball gown for the ceremony, a sleek sheath for the reception and a short mini dress for the afterparty—more and more brides are wearing two or three different gowns for each part of the wedding. And one of the dresses doesn’t necessarily even have to be a dress. Bridal designers are giving the traditional wedding gown a run for its money with fun, funky and dance floor-friendly pieces like pantsuits, rompers and jumpsuits.

WINTER WEDDINGS

Although few people consider winter to be their favorite season, an “off-season” wedding can be uniquely romantic and might actually save you money. If you’re considering a winter wedding, the specialists at Eiseman Jewels offer these tips to help make your special day truly magical.

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Weather

Winter weather can incredibly unpredictable, especially in North Texas. It might be sunny and 60 degrees on your wedding day, or it might be sleeting and 15 degrees. When you’re picking a wedding date, you might research the average temperatures weather conditions in the past few years for a particular month, but you can’t expect your chosen day will turn out the same. Don’t set your heart on the perfect winter weather—instead, plan for any potential weather scenario. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, reserve a backup location in case you’ll need to move indoors.

Holidays

If you plan on marrying close to Christmas, New Year’s or Valentine’s Day, determine whether you want to incorporate these holidays into your wedding theme. There are many ways to approach a holiday-themed wedding without making it look cheesy or over-the-top, but you and your fiancé need to decide up front if you want to include the holiday at all. If you don’t want to associate any holiday with your wedding, ensure that your chosen venue won’t already be festively decorated for that holiday.

Décor

Rich, vibrant colors are perfect for winter weddings—consider crimson, plum, jewel tones, forest green and chocolate brown as well as icy blue, frosty silver and snowy white for your wedding colors. To make your venue come alive, illuminate the space with many candles and strings of fairy lights, and scatter fake snow, icicles and branches under the lights to simulate a winter wonderland.

Attire

A winter wedding is a wonderful opportunity to choose a rich, elegant wedding dress made from a luxurious fabric, such as velvet or silk satins. If your dress is strapless or sleeveless, protect yourself from the cold with a real or faux fur shrug, shawl or cape. Not only will it keep you warm, but the perfect topper can also make a wedding dress feel more wintery and glamorous. And don’t forget about your bridesmaids—be sure to pick an outfit that will keep them warm, as well.

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To warm your chilly guests as they come in from the cold, offer up wintery drinks like mulled wine, hot apple cider, hot toddies and spiced punch as well as tea and coffee. Serve seasonal food and incorporate winter dishes, like warm soup, into the menu. It is best to stay away from turkey and ham for the main course, as your guests will be eating a lot of those foods over the holidays. Instead, consider something like prime rib or roast, which will be hearty and filling.

Comfort

Whether your wedding will take place indoors or outdoors, you need to ensure your guests are comfortable. If you will marry outdoors, consider placing individual throws that match your color scheme over the back of each chair. On the other hand, don’t overheat your guests at the ceremony or reception. Ask your planner or someone else to keep an eye on everyone and turn the heat down a notch if your guests appear too warm.

Embrace the magical, cozy romance of the season—when it’s done right, a winter wedding can be an unforgettable experience.



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Fall is a wonderful season for wedding bouquets and centerpieces. The vibrant, deep reds, warm oranges, dark purples and rich yellows beautifully complement the season. Fall also plays host to an abundance of grasses and other organic elements, such as gourds and berries, that give arrangements and bouquets texture. The specialists at Eiseman Jewels have come up with a few arrangement ideas that are perfect for autumn weddings.

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Don’t be afraid to try several different types of flowers in your wedding bouquets and centerpieces. Some of the wonderful choices include:

  • Calla Lilies: The sleek, slender look of this flower makes it a beautiful addition to a wedding. Colors choices for fall range from burgundies and lavenders to oranges and golds.

 

  • Ranunculus: A member of the buttercup family, this cost-effective alternative to roses adds lushness to any arrangement. For the fall, try shades of salmon, ivory, faded pink or burnt orange.

 

  • Roses: Roses are readily available year-round. If you choose to include this beloved classic in a wedding arrangement, consider the traditional deep blue-red rose or the Circus rose, which is deep yellow kissed with dark orange along the petal edges. Garden roses are also a unique addition, with their multitude of color choices ranging from brown and gold to purple and burgundy.

 

  • Dahlias: With their deep, rich color and eye-catching frills, dahlias are a wonderful addition to fall weddings. Dahlias come in an astounding variety of styles and colors, many of which would suit an autumn celebration.

 

  • Hydrangeas: This floral choice is perfect for bouquets, centerpieces and even the cake. An ideal colors for fall include deep green-burgundy, musty green-purple and faded antique lavender, ivory and pink.

 

  • Sunflowers: Few flowers say “fall” more than sunflowers, with their large petals of deep gold arranged around burnished brown centers. Add one or two to an arrangement for a pop of color in the midst of deep reds and oranges.

To incorporate some texture in your wedding arrangements, consider including wheat grasses, amaranthus, agonis, pheasant or peacock feathers and branches festooned with berries. Larger items like gourds, pumpkins, pomegranates and apples all make colorful fall additions to table centerpieces.

Be sure to collaborate with your florist and inquire about what flowers will be available in your area on your wedding date. And for more ideas for fall wedding arrangements, check out Eiseman Jewels’ Pinterest pages for tablescapes and bouquets.



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The toast is one of the most important and meaningful traditions of the wedding reception, which means that providing guests with plenty of champagne, beer, wine and spirits is on most couples’ essentials list. But just how should you set up the bar at your reception? The specialists at Eiseman Jewels offer a few options to consider.

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Open Bar

Most couples choose to have an open bar, which serves unlimited drinks at no cost to guests. Although it’s the more popular (and hospitable) option, it is also the most expensive and could take up as much as 20 percent of your wedding budget.

Cash Bar

One alternative to an open bar is a cash bar, which charges each guest for individual drinks. Although it will save you money and result in fewer drunken guests, many consider asking for payment for anything at your reception to be in bad taste. If you choose a cash bar, expect to hear grumblings from some of your guests.

Combination Bar

If funds are tight, one solution might be a combination bar, which grants guests a certain number of free drink tickets. If guests wish to consume more drinks after they have used their allotted tickets, then they are responsible for payment. You might also consider offering free drinks up until the meal is served, after which guests must then pay for their drinks. A combination bar still allows you to be a gracious host without taking too much away from your wedding.

Limited Bar

Another choice is a limited bar, which restricts what free alcoholic drinks are available. Usually the free drinks include beer, wine, champagne and perhaps one or two signature wedding cocktails. You can still offer a full bar, but guests will have to pay for drinks that are not on the list of free items available at the limited bar.

DIY Bar

A do-it-yourself bar is a money-saver that still allows guests to drink for free. If your venue allows it, you can purchase the liquor and mixers to be served at the reception from a wholesaler. Many of these wholesalers will allow you to return unopened sealed bottles, so if you buy too much, you won’t incur needless expenses.

No Bar

You can also forgo the bar completely and have waiters distribute a limited variety of beverages—such as beer, wine, champagne and a signature drink—in lieu of a drink station. This will help keep costs down and eliminate a crowded bar area.

Final Note

Regardless of which way you choose to serve alcohol to your guests, the most important rule of any wedding bar is to hire a licensed bartender. Not only will hiring a professional ensure your drinks are made and served properly, but will also keep you in compliance with laws that exist in many states—including Texas—that require a person to have participated in a sanctioned course that teaches the regional laws pertaining to alcohol.