Monday Motivation…

A little Monday motivation to help us appreciate each new experience this week.

Anndra Neen, ALPACA-SILVER AND BRASS CAGE CHOKER HANDCRAFTED BY ARTISANS IN MEXICO CITY, $650.00

Anndra Neen, ALPACA-SILVER AND BRASS CAGE CHOKER HANDCRAFTED BY ARTISANS IN MEXICO CITY, $650.00

I love this necklace and it just happens to be made in Mexico City, where I am waiting for my connecting flight.  Remember, inspiration can be found anywhere.

Monday Motivation…

Happy Monday!  I know this week will be busy but before it gets underway I wanted to share a little Monday motivation. Keep your head up and grab the coffee!

Monday Motivation

XOXO,

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Tips For Picking A Nontraditional Engagement Ring…Part I

There are plenty of guides to help you pick an engagement ring but I realized that for those who are looking for a nontraditional engagement ring, you are kind of on your own.  I created a list of tips that I would suggest when picking a custom or nontraditional engagement.  The first tip on that list is:

  1. Think outside the “diamond” box – Keep in mind, you do not have to pick a diamond for your nontraditional engagement ring.  Sapphires have been coveted by royals for centuries and have been given as heirlooms to be passed down through the generations.  As a precious stone, sapphires hold their value over time and come in a range of shades not only the traditional deep blue color.  They can range from clear (white) all the way to a deep blue-black color.  An additional quality that makes this stone engagement ring worthy is that is sits high on the Mohs scale, therefore it is a fairly hard stone and it can be worn everyday without concern for being damaged easily.  Sapphires are in the Corundum family which is the hardest precious stone after diamonds.  When picking a ring that will be worn for decades to come, I would suggest choosing a stone that can stand the test of time versus a stone that is more fragile and “high maintenance”.  Do not get me wrong, I love gemstones but some stones make more sense for an engagement ring than others.   Below are several sapphire engagement rings that sparkle and give the look and feel of a white or colored diamond.  Price wise, they can be less expensive but the color saturation in the stone is the most important factor followed by clarity which can make the stone more valuable than some diamonds.
    Guide to Sapphire Engagement Rings

    Guide to Sapphire Engagement Rings

    A) Gemvara, B) The Three Graces, C) Peter Suchy, D) Christie’s, E) The Natural Sapphire Company, F) M.S.Rau Antiques, G) Diamond Stars Jewelry, H) Peter Suchy, I) RAF, J) Peter Suchy, K) Dover Jewelry, L) Monique Péan, M) AC Silver, N) Park Avenue Couture


Don’t forget to ask your jeweler for a sapphire identification report for the sapphire as well.  It may cost a bit more but it is worth the investment.

Later this week I will share my second shopping tip for picking a custom or nontraditional engagement ring.  Have a great week!

Best,

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Monday Motivation…

It is almost November and I am thinking back on the goals that I set for myself this year. How quickly this year has gone. Each Monday I am sharing a little motivation to get through the week. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I post a “Morning Gem” or some morning motivation everyday.  Please feel free to share with your friends and family.

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The Sapphire and Diamond Ring is a Jean Schlumberger design for Tiffany and Company.  You can find more jewelry by the designer Jean Schlumberger.

Here is to a great week!

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Monday Motivation…

This past week I came across three iterations of the same powerful idea.  Often we find ourselves wanting to reach the finish line as quickly as possible. Whether it be completing a marathon, reaching our “goal weight”, receiving a promotion at work, or launching a successful business, the goals are admirable yet the work that it will take to get there is often daunting.  I get it. I have been there, which is why this Monday I thought I would share all three versions of this idea to help make this a successful week.

The first is a quote by Dorothy Day which landed in my inbox yesterday:

People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.

(Dorothy Day, 1897-1980)

I came across the second version of this concept when I was watching an interview of actor Will Smith.  He told the story of when he built a brick wall with his brother for his father’s bakery.  Below is the snippet:

 

The third version I came across randomly and I thought it would provide a bit of motivation to get through this week:

Build it Brick by brick

Pin it, screen shot it, bookmark it, or download it.  Whatever works for you as a reminder to get through the week when you feel that your progress is going slowly.  You know the saying, “Slow and steady…”

XOXO,

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