Category — Rings

Wedding Bands? CHECK!

Posted by Courtney S.


The sample was too small for Josh – but you get the idea. Here are my rings in all their glory!

My first month post marriage proposal centered all around THE ring. Driving became more than just driving, but rather the ideal time to see the sunlight hit my ring in the perfect way. Doing dishes became thrilling because the ring sparkled a bit more after it was showered in bubbles and warm water. I loved showing off my ring and was really proud to have a visual representation of our love and commitment to each other.

Besides my fiancé Josh, my cats (Shluffy & Rigby), and my complete infatuation with sleep, the love of my life is my engagement ring; she is perfect in all of her sparkling glory.  Josh admitted to me that at first he was nervous as he learned the ropes of diamonds.  Now ask him anything about the 4 C’s (cut clarity, color and carat), and he’ll proudly respond with his knowledge of all things diamond.  Josh enlisted the help of my dear friend Jaime, who works for a lovely shop on Jeweler’s Row in Philadelphia (Ben Sorkin Jewelers–highly recommended!)   He felt completely comfortable purchasing my ring there, and I’d almost go far as to say he was glad to fork over his hard-earned savings for this ring.  He proposed to me with a brilliant center diamond hugged by two gorgeous baguettes, all set on a pave band of 36 diamonds on a platinum band.   She is perfect – a handmade and one-of-a-kind ring.  To me – you can’t get more ideal than that.
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June 1, 2009   2 Comments

School Is Out & Wedding Is On!

Posted by Maya E.

Woo hoo! I am done!  I finally finished my MFA!!!

After my graduation, my fiance Loren and I, along with our parents went to our favorite Mexican Resturant in St. Louis,  Mi Ranchito. I wanted to wear my graduation cap all day, but it was so hot that it only lasted through lunch.

After lunch we went to Target to add items to our wedding registry. And yes, I registered and registered, but the only thing that I am still 100% entirely devoted to are these Jade Moon dishes.  I know, I am such a freak, I registered for 4 sets!  But I have been dying to own these dishes for the last 3 years…

I wrote a note on the registry saying that these dishes are what Maya wants MOST!

Then we decided to get creative on and registered for the things that reflect who we are. Our picks included Mahzor Leyamim Nora’im, Halachot of the Ben Ish Hai,  and The Metsudah Midrash Tanchuma.


I have a thing for BIG rings.  I LOVE them, yes I often lose them, but again I LOVE them! Here is a photo taken of me in Madrid in 2005. I think I am wearing 6 rings!


My engagement ring is turquoise, lapiz, and garnet (my birthstone).  We got it from a Swedish hippy named Martin in Guatemala in 2006.


Jamie, my amazing Maid of Honor is trying to help me find a wedding ring.  We haven’t yet found “the one,” but here are some options that she picked out for me. I think we’re getting pretty close.

Tomorrow we go wedding dress shopping. Stay tuned…

May 20, 2009   No Comments

His Dudes Won’t Wear Anything Floral

Posted by Maya E.

Thank you everyone for your help selecting an image for our invitations!  We decided to go with the image of Loren proposing to me. Here is what Loren and I came up with after merging our designs:

I asked my bridesmaids to wear black, because I figured everyone would have a black dress and that way they wouldn’t need to buy anything new. Each of them will have a different color flower in their hair (naturally in rainbow order). Loren is having his groomsmen wear black suits, white shirts- slightly open with no tie, and Converse All Stars. I wanted his groomsmen’s boutonnieres to match my bridesmaids flowers, but he wasn’t having it :)  He said his dudes weren’t going to wear anything floral!

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I love things in rainbow order. These are some spools from my art studio.

As for my own dream off-white mermaid cut/ sevillana style wedding dress…  it still  has to wait another two weeks… My thesis exhibition opens May 8th, I graduate May 15th, then on May 16th I will FINALLY go wedding dress shopping!

May 5, 2009   No Comments

Shalom, y’all!

Posted by DJ

Almost one year ago, just before the first night Passover Seder, two Jews attended a very Baptist wedding in a small Louisiana town…..

That’s us! (We were way overdressed – people were wearing jorts!)

The wedding was a total culture shock, but it must have inspired something. On the way home, as we pulled the car in front of of our newly rented house, my fiance pulled this out:

Taken a few minutes after he proposed… my favorite part is that my seatbelt was on the entire time. Safety first!

Afterward, we celebrated with my fiance’s family and some friends. The celebration included wine, matzo balls and my personal favorite, hard boiled eggs (I always call dibs on Elijah’s).

How did two Jews find each other in Louisiana? We were two out of a handful at our huge university and were both on the board of the newly formed Hillel – I was President, he was Secretary. The commentary he inserted into the minutes from our first board meeting was one of the funniest things I’ve ever read and I knew then that I was interested in him.

After a brief period of not seeing each other when Hurricane Katrina shut down our school for two weeks and we both went to our respective hometowns to help at shelters, I received a text message – “Will you go to Kol Nidre with me?”

Now here we are 3 years later, planning our wedding for late June. Stay tuned for updates including the frustrations of explaining a Jewish wedding to Cajuns – especially our vendors, who seem to think I am mistaken when I tell them our wedding is being held on a Sunday!

April 7, 2009   2 Comments

If you like it, put a ring on it!

Posted by The Mrs.

I’m sitting here listening to my new favorite song – Beyonce’s “Put a Ring On It.” Okay, I admit, I’ve been listening to it on a loop all day and it’s driving my hubby crazy.  Anyway, it’s inspired me to put together this post of fun engagement ring inspired gifts.

1. Diamond Ring Keychain,  $2.40-$2.80 at Beau-Coup Favors
2. Candy Ring Pops,  $12.95 for box of 24 at Topps
3. Diamond Silhouette Ring Pendant, $125.00 at Carrie Weston
4.  2-Carat Cup,  $14.49 at Perpetual Kid
5. Acrylic Diamond Rings, $10 each at Elsewares

The ring pops are great. I gave them out at my bachelorette party because I wanted all of my friends to feel “engaged” that night even if they were single. At the end of the evening we all wore our ring pops. It made for a really fun shot and was truly a blast.

February 8, 2009   2 Comments