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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.

 

setting styles

When it comes to designing jewelry, choosing the right setting is just as important as choosing the perfect metal or gemstone. In jewelry making, a “setting” refers to the metal base that holds a stone in place. Each type of setting is designed to enhance a particular stone’s beauty and appearance.

With what seems like an infinite amount of choices when it comes to stone and setting combinations, the setting you choose says a lot about your taste and personality. The descriptions below will help you select the perfect setting type that speaks to you.

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In this elegant setting type, diamonds or gemstones are set low and very close together, and are fixed with small prongs that look like beads. This setting allows light to reflect off the diamond’s many facets, making the surface of the ring appear to be encrusted with brilliant stones.

Channel

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In channel settings, diamonds are suspended between two rails of metal called channels. The stones are nestled side-by-side with no metal in between, creating a sleek, contemporary look. Channel settings work best with princess cut diamonds (or other straight-edged cuts) that create a continuous line of stones across the band without any space in between.

Prong

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In this classic setting, two or more prongs wrap around the crown of a stone to secure it in place. This mounting style highlights a stone by minimizing the amount of metal used and allowing more light to pass through, which amplifies the brilliance of the jewelry. This prong setting is suitable for almost all diamond shapes, making it one of the most popular setting types.

 

Bezel

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With a bezel setting, a metal rim surrounds a diamond by the girdle to secure it in place. Bezels can have straight edges, scalloped edges, or can be molded into any shape to accommodate the stone. The main practical advantage of this type of setting is security. A bezel setting is custom-made for the stone that it will hold, so it is always exactly the right size. This dramatic setting style can also create the illusion of a larger stone.

 

Bead and Bright Cut

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A bead and bright cut setting is a very popular and versatile setting style that uses a metal engraving technique involving chiseling the metal with a polished tool. The result is a highly reflective surface that makes the stone appear larger.

For more information on different setting types and how you can design your perfect piece of jewelry, visit the experts at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center.

 

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As a bride or groom to be, you’ve got plenty of gifts to shop for before the big day. Honor your future partner with a meaningful gift on your wedding day, and show your bridesmaids and groomsmen just how much you appreciate all their help with something totally unique.

Here’s our guide to choosing the perfect gift for everyone on your wedding day gift list.

For the Groom from the Bride

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Cufflinks are to a groom’s wedding day attire as shoes are to a bride’s gown. Although not seen by many, but they’re an important accent to the overall look. They add an element of elegance, so make sure the cufflinks you choose for your groom are beautiful ones. Have them engraved with your initials and wedding date, they’ll become a special gift he’ll wear on the big day and for years to come.

 

For the Bride from the Groom

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Jewelry is always the answer, and your wedding day is no different. A strand of pearls, diamond or pearl earrings — they all make for beautiful, thoughtful wedding day gifts for your bride. If you’d like her to wear her gift on the big day, be sure to get some input from her mom or maid of honor, as she may have already planned out her bridal accessories.

 

For Each Other

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If you’d rather choose your wedding gifts to each other as a couple, we suggest coordinating watches — Gifts you’ll wear and cherish your entire lives. Becoming family heirlooms to be passed down from generation to generation. Consider having your wedding date and a special message engraved and your gifts will serve as a lasting expression of love.

 

For the Bridesmaids

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Roberto Coin Tiny Treasures pendants make the perfect bridesmaid gifts — they coordinate to create a cohesive wedding day look, but just different enough to reflect the personality of each maid. Your bridesmaids will feel special knowing you took the time pick out a pendant especially for her.

 

For the Groomsmen

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Your wedding is the perfect chance to help your boys graduate from disposable ballpoints to a classic fountain pen. A great writing instrument will not only keep the memory of your wedding day alive, but it will also get years and years of use. You can even mix styles to match each groomsman’s taste. Metallic money clips also make excellent groomsmen gifts, that can be personalized with engraved with initials or a favorite quote.

 

The experts at Eiseman Jewels are always here to help you choose the perfect gifts for your wedding day. To browse our wide selection of bridal gifts, visit our store at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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At Eiseman Jewels, we love being a part of our customers’ love stories. Couples like Natalie and Houston make our work so fulfilling. Natalie was kind enough to share some of the details of her engagement to Houston, as well as their ring shopping experience at Eiseman Jewels.

Was this your first purchase with Eiseman Jewels?

Yes, my engagement ring and our wedding bands were our first purchases from Eiseman.

Can you tell us a little bit about how you and Houston met? 

We met through a mutual friend in the summer of 2012. I grew up in Savannah, Georgia and attended college in Dallas at SMU, while Houston grew up in Dallas and went to the University of Georgia in Athens, so essentially we swapped states.

He moved back to Dallas after graduation and became roommates with a friend of mine. Houston and I quickly became great friends, but we didn’t start dating until a few months later. We both say that being friends before we started dating really was the best foundation for our relationship.

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How did you two select the ring? Did you give Houston any hints about the style you wanted, or did he choose it all on his own? Did anyone specific at Eiseman assist you with your purchase?

Eiseman Jewels was our first stop when we started looking at engagement rings. Richard Eiseman, Jr. was actually the one who picked out the ring I fell in love with. I immediately knew that a round center diamond with two canary half-moon side stones was just what I had been looking for. A few weeks later, I brought up the ring and Houston told me that the diamonds had been sold, which left me heartbroken. But little did I know that it was Houston who bought them!

Richard helped us with the whole process. André worked with Houston to design the setting and ring, which is absolutely gorgeous. And Karen helped find and design our beautiful wedding bands.

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Tell us how he proposed! 

We got engaged on a joint family trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 8, 2015. After having a drink together at the Four Seasons, we decided to take the scenic route home. It was so beautiful. The sun was setting and there was a rainstorm off in the distance. I asked him to slow down so I could take a picture. He said, “No, let’s pull off and take a picture together!” We got out of the car and he started snapping selfies while my back was to him. I turned around and saw that he was on one knee. He said, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you, Natalie. I love you so much. Will you marry me?”

I started crying and I didn’t even wait for him to put the ring on my finger — I grabbed it and put it on myself! Later, I asked him how he was able to replicate the diamonds that I fell in love with at Eiseman, and he said that he was the one who bought them. It was an amazing surprise. We capped off the day with an amazing dinner at our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe to celebrate our engagement!

 

Visit Eiseman at NorthPark Center in Dallas and let us help you choose the most important piece of jewelry for the most important person in your life.

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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.



engagement ring budget

engagement ring budgetWhen it comes to purchasing an engagement ring, there are a lot of so-called rules—and even more expectations. Managing those expectations can be confusing and frustrating, especially since it’s such a personal (and expensive) investment. Here are a few budgeting options to keep in mind before you walk down the jewelry aisle.

Spend One Month’s Salary

Engagement ring budgets are often broken down based on the buyer’s salary. Some guides, for instance, say that a person should spend about a month’s salary on the engagement ring. But a financial analyst didn’t come up with that number—a diamond manufacturer did during the Great Depression. Sure, it’s not the most modern rule of thumb, but it may serve as a useful guide to what you should be spending on this important purchase.

Spend Three Months’ Salary

Some say the purchaser should spend about three months’ salary on the ring. That’s like saying that if a man makes $80,000 a year, he should spend $20,000 on an engagement ring! Most people wouldn’t want to start married life heavily in debt, but that ratio might be just fine for someone who has great job security and a healthy savings account or who is independently wealthy.

Meet In The Middle

If one month’s salary seems like too little and three months’ seems like too much, two months’ salary is still a substantial amount that won’t necessarily wreck the purchaser’s finances.

Focus On Quality

If your engagement ring shopping strategy involves finding the largest diamond your budget can buy, you may want to reconsider. The quality of a diamond is far more important than its size. Eiseman Jewels’ master diamond cutter Andre E. Vorster encourages those shopping for an engagement ring to focus on cut, clarity and color before size.

In the end, the amount of money spent on an engagement ring depends on the person paying for it. If you think discussing hard figures with your partner takes some of the romance out of it, there are still plenty of more subtle ways to make your feelings on engagement ring budgets known. For example, the next time you’re at dinner with your partner, bring up a newlywed friend or acquaintance. You can say that she wishes her husband would have spent less on the ring and more on the wedding—or that she wishes they eloped so that more money went toward the ring. Then weigh in on the subject and get the conversation started so you’re both on the same page.

As long as you focus on purchasing the highest-quality diamond your money can buy, you’ll find a gorgeous ring to fit both your finances and her tastes. To learn more about what you should look for in an engagement ring, consult a bridal jewelry specialist at Eiseman Jewels in Northpark Center.



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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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!



Once you’ve chosen your wedding dress, all the elements of your wedding day look will begin to fall into place, including your jewelry. Certain wedding dress necklines lend themselves to particular jewelry styles, which will help to narrow down your choices.

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STRAPLESS + CHANDELIER EARRINGS

Romantic and elegant, strapless dresses typically offer three neckline iterations—straight across, curved and sweetheart. They’re all good choices for accentuating shoulders and collarbones, and they provide an ideal foundation for chandelier earrings. Dangly earrings that fall close to the top of the neckline or graze the shoulders are perfect with a strapless gown.

ONE SHOULDER + DELICATE EARRINGS

A one-shoulder neckline is often viewed as a contemporary choice. It has one strap across the front on either the left or right shoulder and is a flattering silhouette for pear shapes or larger busts. Dainty, light-catching earrings that look good from the back are a must, as people will see them from all angles when you walk down the aisle. Wear an accent bracelet on the opposite arm from the strap to balance your look.

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BATEAU NECK + DROP EARRINGS

A bateau (also known as a boat neck or Sabrina) neckline gently slopes down between shoulder straps following the curve of the collarbone. It’s cut straight across so less of the décolletage shows, making it perfect for less-endowed women. And while drop earrings work well with any neckline, they work especially well with high ones like this. Earrings with a slight drop are simple and elegant, lending movement without interfering with the fabric close to the neck.

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QUEEN ANNE + STUDS

Made popular by the Duchess of Cambridge and Grace Kelly before her (and Queen Anne before her!), the Queen Anne neckline has a high collar at the back of the neck and opens at the neck and chest. Because the high collar is so dramatic, it’s best to keep the neckline bare with simple yet regal earrings such as sparkling studs.

Let us walk you through the steps of choosing the perfect wedding day jewelry. Visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas today.



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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!”