Ethical Lab-Created Diamonds -- Heard of them?

Sponsored with love by Clean Origin


What’s the first thing you think about when you picture an engagement?

The ring. Of course there’s the future bride and groom, the tears and the happiness and the man on one knee but the center of every engagement is that ring — the ring that is a gift and commitment of a lifetime. That ring is everything.

Back in the day, it was tradition for the man proposing to spend three months of his salary on this gorgeous diamond and while I’m sure that happens all of the time still today, there are so many great alternatives where couples can actually save in the money department without skimping out on all of the beauty that that gorgeous engagement ring has to bring.

Have you ever heard of lab-grown diamonds?

 Engagement Rings — The Overwhelmed Bride Wedding Blog

Clean Origin is a 3rd generation jeweler that creates just that — lab-grown diamonds. The only thing that makes a lab-created diamond different from a mined diamoned is its origin. A lab-created diamond is “grown” inside a lab using cutting-edge technology that replicates the natural diamond growing process and as a result, the diamond is chemically, physically and optically the same as those grown beneath the Earth’s surface.

And what does that mean for you?

A gorgeous ethical diamond without breaking the bank. Yep, you heard that right.

Clean Origin has a 100-day money back guarantee on all products and they’ve got no brick and mortar — it’s all online, just the way we all love to shop these days. They’ve got 24/7 phone and email support, sell diamonds alone or in a setting, offer wedding bands, wedding sets, earring studs and hoops and bracelets. With over 100 ring styles available, free shipping, free resizing and a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty, you just can’t go wrong here.

So even if you’ve already proposed or already said, “YES!”, don’t forget that you’ve got the wedding day (hint hint: wedding bands) and anniversaries (hint hint: jewelry) down the road!

The Benefits of Lab-Grown Diamonds:

Of course, that price tag is one of the big benefits as lab-create diamonds mean you can get a diamond that’s 20-30% larger for the exact same price (aka, they cost about 20-30% less than mined diamonds). The reason is because mined diamonds have a long supply chain so by cutting out the miners, lab created diamonds touch fewer hands, making them less expensive, not cheap! An ethical, inexpensive engagement ring? Yes please!

And in addition to that, they’re ethical diamonds.

The mined diamond industry has come under fire for exploiting miners and families through forced labor, funding violent rebel movements in countries throughout Africa and for having a negative effect on our environment whereas lab-created diamonds are environmentally friendly diamonds because they take considerably less energy.

So let me ask you this — Where are you going to shop for your next ethical engagement ring or anniversary jewelry,

 Engagement Rings — The Overwhelmed Bride Wedding Blog

"Clean Origin has excellent customer service with excellent products at the best prices! I highly recommend them for any jewelry needs." - Parker, N.

The Perfect Bride-to-Be Gift | Maeven Box

Sponsored with love by Maeven Box

I've seen my fair share of bridal subscription boxes and let me tell you, this one takes the wedding cake:

Maeven Box

 Best Bride Subscription Boxes -- Unique Bride To Be Engagement Gift Ideas -- Maeven Box

If you're looking for a unique engagement gift or a special bride-to-be gift for a friend or for your bestie, Maeven Box is absolute perfection. And not to mention, isn't it just gorgeous? Every single little detail.

Maeven Box is a luxury bridal subscription box designed for today's trendy and sophisticated bride. Each month, their bride's receive a beautifully curated package full of wedding gifts, goodies for the bride and wedding day inspiration to stay on trend and up to date with the most unique wedding ideas out there.

This month I had a chance to take a peek into one of their boxes and I was BLOWN away. I'm not even a bride-to-be and my eyes lit up opening up this pretty little package. Scroll on down to take a peek at what they sent this month and get ready to swoon!

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 Best Bride Subscription Boxes -- Unique Bride To Be Engagement Gift Ideas -- Maeven Box
 Best Bride Subscription Boxes -- Unique Bride To Be Engagement Gift Ideas -- Maeven Box
 Best Bride Subscription Boxes -- Unique Bride To Be Engagement Gift Ideas -- Maeven Box
 Best Bride Subscription Boxes -- Unique Bride To Be Engagement Gift Ideas -- Maeven Box
 Best Bride Subscription Boxes -- Unique Bride To Be Engagement Gift Ideas -- Maeven Box
 Best Bride Subscription Boxes -- Unique Bride To Be Engagement Gift Ideas -- Maeven Box
 Best Bride Subscription Boxes -- Unique Bride To Be Engagement Gift Ideas -- Maeven Box
 Best Bride Subscription Boxes -- Unique Bride To Be Engagement Gift Ideas -- Maeven Box

Classic Wedding Invitations + Free Wedding Websites

Sponsored with love by Basic Invite

I bet the title of this post sure did catch your attention, didn't it? Because who doesn't love a gorgeous classic wedding invitation and who doesn't love a free wedding website?

Answer: Everyone loves it all.

Basic Invite has got it all and I'm going to show you some of my favorites so you can get a little sneak peek at what I'm talking about. Whether you're having an outdoor wedding or an indoor ballroom wedding, they've got gorgeous wedding invitations in there for everyone!

 Classic Wedding Invitations + Free Wedding Websites

Almost Unlimited Colors - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options. So, you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it - down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.

 Classic Wedding Invitations + Free Wedding Websites
 Classic Wedding Invitations + Free Wedding Websites
 Classic Wedding Invitations + Free Wedding Websites

Custom Samples - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

 Classic Wedding Invitations + Free Wedding Websites

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Over 900 Wedding Invitation Sets - Each of our wedding invitations is part of a set. You can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even matching thank you cards!

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Want to make your own wedding website? Basic Invite has got you covered there too!

Their all-new free wedding websites are completely customizable just like our wedding invitations! These wedding websites are mobile friendly and super easy to use. You can instantly upload all of your wedding details along with images and a map with directions which is super convenient for your guests. Choose from 180 custom colors and even choose a design to match your wedding invitation suite!

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 Classic Wedding Invitations + Free Wedding Websites
 Classic Wedding Invitations + Free Wedding Websites
 Classic Wedding Invitations + Free Wedding Websites
 Classic Wedding Invitations + Free Wedding Websites