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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.

 

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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!



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.



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Spring marks an exciting time at Eiseman Jewels—the beginning of bridal season! This year, we hosted our first-ever Perfect Pairs wedding band event at our newly designed Eiseman store at NorthPark Center to celebrate the start of the season. From April 2-4, our highly trained staff and jewelry designers were on hand to answer questions about wedding bands and showcase our brand new collections.

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We were honored to be able to share in every couples’ excitement as they came in to pick out wedding bands for one another. Models stunned in custom bridal collections by Nardos Imam. We also helped mothers select jewelry to go with their gowns and grooms choose the perfect groomsmen’s gifts, such as one-of-a-kind knives, beautiful cufflinks or classic timepieces. It was the perfect celebration of love, spring colors and sunny days ahead for us all!

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Everyone who purchased a band received a gift certificate toward their next jewelry purchase, a bottle of Moët & Chandon, discounts towards Bell’Invito Stationers and Suite 206 Luxury Event Rentals and a Parigi Restaurant gift certificate for dinner on us.

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We wish all the happy couples love and prosperity in their new lives together and hope that Eiseman can serve as your family jeweler for years to come.

 



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You’ll probably try on many dresses before you find The One, but when you do, you’ll know it in an instant. Whether it’s a romantic ball gown, a slinky destination dress or a sophisticated couture design, the dress you choose says a great deal about you and your vision for your perfect wedding.

Here are some of our favorite wedding dress design trends that are sure to be big in 2015.

Capes and Capelets: Adored by the vintage and boho-inspired set, capelets took the cake on the runways with some really interesting designs from TheiaAngel Sanchez and Ines Di Santo. This accessory is perfect for brides who want to ensure a dramatic walk down the aisle.

Something Blue: For a look that’s nontraditional but still pretty and sophisticated, opt for an unexpected shade. Blues, grays and even mint green creations stole the spotlight on the runway.

Optical Illusions: Gowns that play tricks on the eye, like this one from Reem Acra, are a more conservative way to show some serious skin (and to toe the line between sophisticated and sexy). The combination of sumptuous lace detailing and barely-there illusion netting is enough to make anyone do a double-take.

Modern Minimalism: Some of the most inspiring bridal looks are simple and tailored with clean lines (remember how gorgeous Carolyn Bessette looked when she married John-John?). A gown with a fluid shape is just the thing for the bride who wants to be both comfortable and chic on her wedding day.

Dramatic Necklines: Plunging V-necks, like this one from Dennis Basso, were prominent at bridal shows and made the biggest statement on the runways. This daring look is incredibly striking, sexy and high-impact.

Bare Backs: A sculpted back is a must for brides planning to wear gowns from designers like Amsale, which give the backs of their dresses just as much attention as their fronts. Some designers even kept backs completely bare this year.

Full Sleeves: On the runways, sleeves ranged from utterly romantic and sheer with hints of lace to full arm coverage. Kate Middleton popularized this look at her 2011 wedding to Prince William, and designers like Reem AcraMaggie Sottero and Temperley London are all keeping the royal dream alive with their sleeved designs.

 

 



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Another happy Eiseman couple has wed, and we are thrilled to share a few of their precious moments! The July ceremony took place at Keever Vineyards in Napa, Calif., and details for the Big Day were inspired by the classic tale The Princess Bride. Enjoy a few of our favorite snapshots, courtesy of Vivian Chen photography.

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Memorable Moments

Every wedding has those precious moments that bring tears to the eyes and a smile to the face of every person in attendance—and your big day will be no different. The Eiseman Jewels specialists recounted their favorite moments at weddings they’ve witnessed:

Memorable Moments

Marni Blair Mulvey, specialist in bridal, fine jewelry and fine timepieces, loves when the groom-to-be makes an effort to make his proposal one-of-a-kind. “When it’s special, the memory is something the bride will share forever.

Helene Pham-Whissen, specialist in diamonds, fashion jewelry and timepieces, always looks forward to the first dance.

Andre E. Vorster, executive vice president and director of diamond services, always gets emotional when the father gives his daughter away to the groom. “It’s special for every man to watch because they can relate,” he says.

To ensure that those memorable wedding moments last a lifetime, here are some significant instances that you’ll want your photographer and videographer to capture at your own nuptials.

  • The bride and groom with friends and family before the ceremony.
  • The bridesmaids helping the bride dress.
  • The groomsmen with the nervous groom.
  • The groom’s face when he first sees the bride.
  • The bride’s face when she first sees the groom.
  • The moment the father of the bride gives his daughter away.
  • The antics of the flower girl and ring bearer.
  • The facial expressions of the bride, groom, wedding party and guests during the vows.
  • The first kiss.
  • The first time the couple is together alone after the ceremony.
  • The wedding party having fun setting up for staged photos.
  • The first dance.
  • Bouquet and garter tosses.
  • The send-off.

And make sure you capture the mistakes and mishaps, too—even those can bring a smile to your face for years to come.



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47014465_l (1)From lace and tulle to chiffon and organza, this fall’s wedding dresses emanate romanticism and ethereality. The specialists at Eiseman Jewels have rounded up a few of the highlights of the fall 2014 bridal shows.

Carolina Herrera

For those brides who dream something shorter, Carolina Herrera’s fall collection is comprised solely of cocktail and tea-length dresses. Featuring intricate beadwork, Chantilly lace, feather trim and ruched taffeta, the Carolina Herrera line pairs classic elegance with a romantic style that recalls the era of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. “Bettina,” an ankle-length tulle A-line wedding dress with an illusion bateau neckline, cap sleeves, and floral embroidered details, encapsulates that retro-romantic blend.

Reem Acra

Reem Acra’s fall bridal collection combines ethereal fabrics with the designer’s signature elements: hand embroidery and metallic threadwork. Her modern take on a classic style can be seen in “Tiffany,” an embroidered illusion fit-and-flare tulle dress paired with a feathered crystal headpiece and veil.

Theia

Brides will feel like wintery queens in Theia’s fall bridal collection. As soft as newly fallen snow, the Theia White Fall wedding designs are infused with touches of golden thread, glass beads, sequins and silk brocades to bring out a bride’s inner goddess. “Siobhan,” pictured here, features a majestic ivory silk velvet Kinsale cloak over a gold filigree lace sheath wedding gown.

Jenny Packham

British designer Jenny Packham fall bridal collection is inspired by the soft, feminine designs of Edwardian England and the Art Nouveau movement of the 20th century. Lavish silk mikado, luxurious chiffon and intricate French lace are adorned with delicate flowers and dazzling crystals to evoke an exquisite look that’s feminine, yet contemporary. The beaded organza sheath dress “Freya,” pictured here, evokes the days Jane Austen with a scoop neckline, sheer flutter short sleeves and a ribbon at the empire waist.

Marchesa

Marchesa’s fall bridal collection is inspired by the mystical world of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden.” Handmade floral appliques, pearls and crystals flow down tulle skirts with layers of Chantilly and corded laces. Pictured here is Style B10814, a re-embroidered lace mermaid wedding dress with a V-neckline, spaghetti straps and sheer, off-the-shoulder sleeves.

Claire Pettibone

Claire Pettibone’s fall bridal collection is perfect for brides who want to stun their guests with something a little different. Inspired by the late 17th century, Pettibone’s designs set visions of flora and fauna against dramatic backgrounds and create a sense of alluring dark romanticism. “Raven,” pictured here, is an A-line silk wedding dress with a long train in black tulle embroidered with pink and red roses over silver sequins and pearls.



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When it comes to paying for a wedding, the rules have changed. The definition of who is financially responsible for what is antiquated and ill suited to today’s economy.

To help couples and their families traverse the financial quagmire of a modern wedding, the specialists at Eiseman Jewels offer this advice.

It’s Tradition

According to tradition, which hearkens back to the time of the dowry, the bride’s family is responsible for the bulk of the wedding expenses. Established wedding etiquette clearly defines who pays for what:

The Bride’s Family

 

The Groom’s Family

  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Marriage license
  • Honeymoon

 

Today, however, the bride’s family is no longer expected to shoulder all the expenses. Because the average wedding costs about $30,000, it’s common for the groom’s family to pitch in. Also, since many couples now live together before marriage and are financially stable by the time they become engaged, many pay at least a portion (if not all) of the total cost of their own wedding.

Talk Cents

After the engagement is announced, the couple should sit down with their families as soon as possible to work out the particulars of the wedding budget and designate who pays for what.

  • Let your families know ahead of time you will be discussing wedding finances so they have time to prepare.
  • Ask both sides for a preliminary guest list to gauge how big the event might be.
  • Research what your ideal wedding might cost and bring the estimate to the meeting. Be realistic. It’s also a good idea to investigate less-costly options and present those as well.
  • Determine if any of your expectations for the wedding are contingent upon a family member’s contribution.
  • If a family member offers to help pay for your wedding, be sure to find a way to say thank you and convey how much you appreciate their contribution to your big day.

 

Remember What’s Important

Be prepared to hear “no.” If a family member is unable to contribute financially, you and your fiancé may have to pay for the majority of the wedding costs and, consequently, cut back on some of your plans. It may not be the wedding of your dreams, but try to remember your wedding is ultimately about your relationship with your spouse. If you keep that top of mind, your day will be beautiful and memorable, regardless of your budget.



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For many brides, the wedding dress is the most important element of their big day. Finding the right dress has less to do with designer labels and more to do with learning what shape flatters your figure.

The specialists at Eiseman Jewels offer their tips on what silhouettes flatter your particular body type, as well as advice about which jewelry will suit each shape.

NK1220NK1220NK1220NK1220diamond necklaceBall Gown: The ball gown silhouette consists of a fitted bodice and a full skirt that flares at the natural waist. It is also commonly known as a “fairy tale” or “princess” dress.

Best For: The ball gown suits most body types, but it is an especially flattering choice for pear-shaped women. However, the ball gown may not be the best choice for petites, since a voluminous skirt can overwhelm a small frame.

Jewelry: A delicate choker of diamonds or pearls, along with small to medium-sized drop earrings will make you feel like royalty on your special day.

 

P 5717-BDA-Line: The A-line silhouette resembles an uppercase “A,” with the bodice fitted to the waist and a skirt that flares out and flows to the ground.

Best For: The A-line looks beautiful on all shapes and sizes.

Jewelry: A Y-shaped necklace accented with diamonds, pearls or colored gemstones is perfect for the A-line cut. Consider adding stud earrings and a small hairpiece that matches the stones of the necklace to complete the look.

 

Collectibles Look Book 2013_Page_11_Image_0001Sheath: The sheath is a slim, structured cut that hugs the body from the bust to the hips, then goes straight to the floor. It may also be known as a “column.”

Best For: Ideal for slim frames, as well as hourglass-shaped brides who want to show off their curves. The sheath tends not to flatter pear-shaped bodies, as it can create the illusion of extra inches around the hips and make the body appear unbalanced.

Jewelry: Sheath dresses look best with minimal, simple jewelry. Moonstones, colored gemstones and vintage-style pieces are perfect for this cut.

 

41171Empire: The empire silhouette features a fitted bodice with a high waist and a long, luxurious skirt that flows to the floor.

Best For: The empire most flatters pear and rectangle-shaped bodies, as the high waist draws attention to a small upper body, while the flowing skirt creates a graceful line along the hips and legs. This shape is also flattering for plus-sized and pregnant brides.

Jewelry: When it comes to the empire waist, think Jane Austen—small drop earrings and perhaps a small drop necklace on a thin chain will look elegant and timeless.

 

Collectibles Look Book 2013_Page_16_Image_0001Trumpet/Mermaid: The trumpet silhouette is fitted to the top of the body before flaring around mid-thigh. The mermaid is similar to the trumpet, but it nips around the knee and hugs the body more.

Best For: The trumpet and the mermaid suit curvy, hourglass figures, as well as those with small waists. These cuts aren’t the best choice for brides with pear and apple body shapes, as they can emphasize the stomach and hips.

Jewelry: The trumpet silhouette is a dream to accessorize, and you can go as bold or as subtle as you like with your jewelry. If the dress is strapless, consider wearing a large, eye-catching necklace with matching earrings and a diamond cuff.