Archive for July, 2008

A Diamonds Cut

July 19, 2008

Cut refers to the proportions, finish, symmetry and polish in transforming a rough diamond into a polished diamond. A well cut diamond will internally reflect light from one mirror like facet to another and disperse and reflect it through the top of the stone. This results in a display of brilliance and fire. Diamonds that are cut too shallow or too deep leak or lose light through the side or bottom, resulting in less brilliance and ultimately, value.

Cut is the only one of the 4Cs that is influenced by the human hand. Diamond cutting requires great skill. The diamond cutter must polish tiny surfaces known as facets onto the rough diamond. This process is what creates the crown, culet, table, girdle and pavilion of the diamond. The facets when arranged in precise proportions, will maximize brilliance and sparkle.

Many people also refer cut to the shape of a diamond for example – round, heart, princess, oval, emerald, pear, marquise, radiant, trillion, asscher and cushion.

Cut and cutting style work in harmony to create a diamond’s brilliance. Three basic cuttings styles are: brilliant-cut (round); mixed-cut (princess) and step-cut (emerald).

A round diamond is symmetrical and capable of reflecting nearly all the light that enters, it is the most brilliant of all the diamond shapes. Non-round shapes, also known as “fancy shapes” have their own guidelines to be considered well cut. As an example, a round brilliant cut, which has 58 faucets. Since the quality of the cut is directly responsible for the stone’s beauty, the precision with which the facets are arranged is of prime importance. They determine the amount of light reflected to the eye called brilliance.

Expert diamond cutters over the years have created specialty cuts with spectacular fire and brilliance. Examples are kites, stars, and half moons. Other specialty diamonds might look like a standard round, when in fact they have more facets then the standard 58.
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Wedding Day Shoes

July 15, 2008

When selecting your wedding day shoes, you should choose shoes that are complementary to your wedding dress, wedding theme and your personality.

Wedding shoes come in a large variety of shapes, colors and styles. It is recommended you shop for your wedding shoes in the afternoon when your feet are more swollen. Remember you will be in them all day so select a pair that are comfortable. Try to stay with the same heel height you normally wear. Once you purchase your wedding day shoes wear them around the house to break them in before your wedding day. Bring your shoes with you to your first dress fitting or know what heel height you will be wearing so your hem can be altered to the correct length.

Some brides may want to change to a more comfortable shoe after the ceremony. Some popular styles are ballet slippers, decorated tennis shoes or flip-flops. Do what ever feels best on your feet. After a long day, they will thank you.

My Wedding

July 13, 2008

I just thought I would share my wedding with you. I was married on July 8, 2006. I can’t believe the last two years have flown by. The 7 months we planned the wedding seemed to drag on much to do and so little time. Our original plan was to get married on a glacier in Alaska, due to running his business my father and step-mother could not make the trip. So since I wanted my father to walk me down the isle and his sadness of not being there we decided to have our wedding here and go to Alaska for our honeymoon. I wanted the wedding to be a reflection of my future husband and I. I also didn’t want to go broke. So I decided to do as much as I could myself and with the help of a few wonderful people. I realized what items were most important to us and worked my budget around them. It was not a platinum wedding but a true reflection of who we are.

My arch! I bought the lighted arch at Michaels using a coupon and decorated it with silk flowers, garland and tulle on eBay. With the help of my future husbands family we spent a day putting everything together. It was special for us to be married under something that was created with love.
I love sweets! So I created a candy bar. I ordered organza bags and customized ribbon to fill with customized M&M’s. I also ordered the customized labels and placed them on different kinds of candy.

I couldn’t resist the M&M cake topper I found on eBay..well that had to go on the grooms cake..LOL. Photobucket

Here is the entry table, my wedding cake, and the guest tables. And who couldn’t forget the bubbles. Photobucket



Just Married Photobucket