Heather and RJ’s #GreatEngagement Story

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Congrats to Heather and RJ on their #GreatEngagement

In today’s fast-paced world it’s rare to sit down for a coffee with someone for more than fifteen minutes, let alone six whole hours! That’s the amount of time recently engaged couple Heather and RJ spent with one another during their first coffee date three and a half years ago. After meeting, these New Jersey lovebirds immediately hit it off during what they both thought would just be a quick light-hearted meeting.

Eight months prior to their proposal, RJ began planning the big day, incorporating Heather’s Christmas gift in the planning. For Christmas 2015, his present to Heather was a series of hand painted watercolor paintings he had done of different dates that the two of them would go on over the next year. Some of the dates were things Heather knew about ahead of time but RJ kept a few secret from her.

One mystery date, in the month of August, was a scavenger hunt that RJ planned with another couple, boys vs. girls. It started at the location of their first date and led Heather on a hunt with clues along the way. The last clue brought Heather to a park that the two had visited on Mother’s Day with their families. That clue held the treasure of a gold ‘love’ charm by Helen Ficolra, one of Heather’s favorite designers. After she opened the charm she was so excited about the gift she accidentally dropped in under the gazebo she was standing in! Luckily, she was able to retrieve it and added the charm to her necklace. Once the necklace was on Heather’s friend blindfolded her and led her down a garden path.

At the end of the path RJ waited, and when Heather’s blindfold was removed he proposed to her with a beautiful center round cut diamond in a vintage setting. The timeless ring look perfectly captured Heather’s personality. Heather will be using her great grandmother’s wedding ring as her wedding ring, which will go beautifully with the engagement ring.

RJ and Heather will be getting married at the gorgeous Laurita Winery in New Egypt, NJ on September 9, 2017.

Congrats Heather and RJ on your #GreatEngagement!

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Jorge and Rachel’s #GreatEngagement Story

Close up image of Jorge and RachelTwo worlds collided in this #GreatEngagement story in Jorge’s own words.

I am Dominican blooded but was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. My family moved and lived there, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for 8 years. I have lived in Bridgewater, NJ ever since. Rachel was born in Delaware and is from Chadds Ford, PA. And this is our story….

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Johnny and Shannon’s #GreatEngagement Story

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Congrats to Johnny & Shannon

Both lifelong New Jersey residents, Johnny and Shannon had quite the history with one another leading up to their engagement.

It all started 22 years ago when Johnny and Shannon both attended the same church and school in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Before the two became an item, Johnny was best friends with one of Shannon’s brothers. Despite spending a lot of time with Shannon’s brother in their house growing up, Shannon and Johnny never really thought much of one another.

However, that changed one summer when they all decided to go on a fishing trip with Shannon’s uncle. It was then that Shannon and Johnny first hit it off. When that summer came to an end, over 2 years ago, Johnny brought Shannon back to the beach where they went fishing and asked her to be his girlfriend.

Flash forward to the proposal. Johnny knew he wanted to ask Shannon to marry him on the same beach where it all started. The only issue was that it was mid-November and not exactly easy to nonchalantly suggest a beach day. In order to avoid any suspicion, he made some subtle hints that eventually led Shannon to suggest a trip to the beach herself.

When the day came the two began walking on the beach and Shannon immediately brought up how Johnny had asked her out right there two years prior. While Johnny wasn’t planning popping the question just then, he knew it was the right moment.

He asked Shannon if she was surprised when he asked her out and then proceeded to get on one knee and surprise her again at that very same special spot.  Johnny presented Shannon with a Hearts on Fire round cut diamond that he had purchased at Roman Jewelers with the help of Shannon’s sister and brother.

Shannon and Johnny are getting married on August 5th, 2016, at Millington Baptist Church, where they met those 22 years ago!

Congrats, Shannon and Johnny, on your #GreatEngagement!

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Why a Custom Engagement Ring?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Sketch of a custom engagement ringThere are so many things to consider when it comes to buying an engagement ring. Between the diamond, setting, band, and other details, there are countless options. And sometimes, the right combination of these options just can’t be found.

Custom engagement rings are usually for those who can’t find what they want in a display case or those who just want to create something original. The custom ring-making process allows a customer to work side-by-side with a skilled jewelry team to design and create a jewelry piece that has everything they are looking for.

First, one of our designers will meet with the clients to discuss what they are looking for in their custom engagement ring. This designer will then sketch a draft of the potential ring, and edit it according to the customer’s feedback and critique. Once the drawing is finalized, it is sent to a digital model maker, who translates the design into a 3-D, computerized version. From there, we create a wax model to be approved by the customer, cast the ring, and set it with diamonds to create the finished product.

Not only does custom jewelry design allow you to get exactly what you want from a ring stylistically, but it also gives an engagement ring greater meaning and purpose. Custom jewelry design lets you bring your own story and personality to your engagement ring, to create something that represents you rather than the company it was purchased from. The magic of a custom engagement ring is that it is as unique as the relationship it commemorates, something that cannot be said for a regular store-bought ring.

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How to Buy a Designer Watch

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]tag_watch_350x350The best designer watches are all about luxury and sophistication. Because of quality, attention to detail, and precision with which the best designer watches are made, they last a lifetime and usually are passed to the next generation.

In the world of watches, complexity and price go hand in hand. So the more you are willing to pay for a watch, the more choices you’ll have. And believe us, there is an overwhelming number of choices when it comes to some of the best watches, from around the world.

When you are ready to treat yourself,  (a designer watches is the ultimate treat) there are a few considerations. First, decide on your budget. Then think about if you will wear the watch for special occasions, work, or, perhaps, sports activities. Think of your style; do you prefer a high-tech gadget or a traditional elegant watch? Quartz or mechanical? Digital or analog or, maybe, a combination of the two?

One thing for certain; when you buy one of the best designer watches, you are buying the highest quality materials, craftsmanship, precision, and, with it, prestige.

If budget is a strong consideration, but you still want one of the best designer watches, consider a quartz watch. As a matter of fact, the majority of watches being manufactured today are quartz. Quartz technology allows for extremely accurate measure of time, as the quartz crystal within a watch is powered by the watch’s battery. Quartz watches have a pretty simple mechanism compared to a mechanical watch.

A mechanical watch movement is a piece of art in itself. Most of the world’s best designer watches are mechanical watches. Mechanical watches are also known as windup watches. These watches keep accurate time by using a spring mechanism and are battery free. In these watches, the energy is stored in a spring. That spring can be either wound up automatically or by hand. From the spring, the energy is transferred to a series of gears, pins, wheels, pivots, and teeth. The mechanisms are complicated and it takes a long time to produce these watches, thus making them much more expensive compared to quartz watches.

Roman Jewelers is your source for the best designer watches, including many prestigious Swiss brands.

Stop at Roman Jewelers and see for yourself the best of the best in designer watches. Try them on, get a feel, find your style, and enjoy![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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How Custom Jewelry is Made

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The custom designed jewelry process begins with a sketch. However, before we even start sketching the piece for you, we would like to get know you, since the custom jewelry design is all about you! Whether you are interested in custom designed jewelry for an engagement ring or a wedding band, earrings or pendant, bracelet, or any other piece of jewelry, we will discuss the piece and give you ideas for the design. Then, we will sketch the piece for you and, don’t worry, we will keep sketching until we hear, “That is exactly what I had in mind!” After that, we can begin your custom jewelry design process.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”646″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Selecting Diamonds For Your Custom Designed Jewelry

Diamonds are quite often important parts of our customers’ custom jewelry designs.  Therefore, selecting and matching diamonds are important steps in the custom jewelry design process. We will educate you on the quality of the diamonds and will select diamonds to fit the design perfectly. We can also use diamonds or colored stones from the piece(s) of jewelry that you are planning to re-purpose. If there are not enough diamonds in the piece(s) you are re-purposing, we will carefully match additional diamonds to the ones in your existing pieces. That is what custom designed jewelry is all about; you have unlimited freedom, creativity, and flexibility to design the jewelry of your dreams!

Selecting diamonds for your custom designed jewelry can be a time-consuming. However, it is such an important step that we happily spend as much time as necessary to assure that we make the right selection. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”648″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Creating a Model

Depending on the design, we will either have our model maker create the model by carving it by hand from a block of wax, or we will create a model using a computerized methods of jewelry design called CAD. Before we proceed to the next step, you are always invited to the store to see and approve the wax model. Seeing a prototype of the piece that was transformed from a sketch into a wax model will give you a very good idea of what the finished piece will look like. And, it is always exciting to see the first three-dimensional version of your design!

Let’s take a look at how the model maker creates the piece in CAD.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”644″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]CAD Process

CAD is just one of the many steps that takes place in the custom designed jewelry process. CAD stands for Computer Aided Design. The CAD software allows a designer to create models and prototypes of one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry with a help of computer jewelry design software.

CAD is a program in which the creative process meets the technical knowledge required to design every piece of jewelry.

The CAD designer needs to envision the piece and bring it to life using the computer jewelry design software. It is fascinating to watch the CAD designer add every element of the design to the model on the computer screen. For example, if he is designing a custom engagement ring, you might first see the shank, and then a box for a center stone placed on top of the shank. Next, you would see stones being added to the shank. And on and on, until every element of your custom designed jewelry is transferred to the screen.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”710″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Rendering of Custom Designed Jewelry

Next, the piece has to be re-created as a three-dimensional model. Every element and space allotted for each stone has to be precise. It is this computerized model that will be cut out of wax later in the process, and so our designers are extremely meticulous!

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Once the wax model is completed and approved by you, the wax is then cast in the metal of your choice: gold, platinum, or silver. We polish and set the diamonds into the setting, and thenyour beautiful piece is complete.

Now it can be enjoyed for generations to come![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Why Custom Made Jewelry?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Custom jewelry design is a truly exciting journey. At Roman Jewelers we like to say that “custom jewelry equals inspiration”. Before a piece of custom designed jewelry comes to life, there is always a special person or occasion that inspires such an exceptional, meaningful piece.

Rather than purchasing one you saw on your best friend’s finger, in a magazine being worn by a celebrity, or a trendy design that seems to be in every jewelry store, you could have a ring that is completely unique. An engagement ring that is custom designed just for you is your ring, with your story.

One day, you will be able to tell your children and grandchildren about how your custom made jewelry came to life–the visions and inspirations throughout the design process, and the love that led you to that special design. A special moment in life deserves special jewelry, to commemorate it and create a story.

It is our privilege to lead you through the exciting process of custom jewelry design and through the experience of owning custom made jewelry.

We hope you are inspired to go “the custom way.” We do not take lightly your trust in our ability to create a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. We promise, you won’t be disappointed.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Proposal Ideas if you’re popping the question this Valentine’s Day

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The proposal worked for Alyssa and Rohan, a wonderful couple we had the pleasure of meeting

Popping the question this Valentine’s Day? If so, hopefully you’ve already found the perfect ring!  Now, you need to come up with the perfect proposal….one that you will be able to talk about for years and years and to future generations.   Here are some proposal ideas based on the winners of the Top Ten Ultimate Proposal Contest sponsored by the Jewelry Information Council. Take these ideas and make them your own:

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The Perfect LAGOS Present

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Fashionable Bracelets and Luxurious packaging make LAGOS the Perfect Gift

Everyone has that “impossible to shop for” friend, girlfriend, sister, aunt who seems to have everything and always looks impeccably dressed. Don’t let holiday shopping stress you out. Smart gifting ideas take a little thought as well as an understanding of their personal style. Browse our picks for each kind of woman in your life:

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Bridal Jewelry for Your Wedding Day

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The day you have dreamed about all your life – your wedding day – is getting closer and closer. As a matter of fact, it is almost here, and you are ready! Your wedding invitations are sent out, your dress is carefully hung in the closet, and your new white shoes are neatly tucked away. Engagement ring shines brightly on your finger and the wedding band is just waiting to placed on your finger. You are ready, except for…your wedding jewelry!

We at Roman Jewelers understand the importance of wedding jewelry for the bride. As a matter of fact, we take wedding jewelry for brides very seriously. Usually, the bride spends many hours going through magazines and visiting bridal stores in search of a perfect wedding dress. A bride’s wedding jewelry is as important as the dress. Jewelry that the bride chooses for her wedding day can greatly enhance her dress or not do much at all!

When it comes to wedding jewelry for brides, we usually ask the bride to either bring her dress in or, at least, bring us detailed pictures of the dress. If the dress is pretty simple, the bride can choose jewelry with more stones and sparkle. If the dress already has lots of beads and sparkly embellishments, then we recommend jewelry that is more modest.

The first thing to decide on when it comes to wedding jewelry for brides is the metal of jewelry – white or yellow. For white color gowns, we recommend white gold or platinum. For off-white and ivory gowns, the yellow gold will match the creamy tones of the fabric much better.

But what is a bride to do if she does not like jewelry in either white or yellow metals? There is an alternative, and many brides choose to go with that alternative for their wedding jewelry – rose or pink gold. These colors go perfectly well with either a white or an ivory gown and make wedding jewelry for brides look special.

Wedding Jewelry for Brides: Less is More
Keep in mind that when deciding on wedding jewelry for brides, sometimes less is more. For example, if you are planning to wear your hair in an updo style and would like to compliment your hairstyle and your dress with long dramatic chandelier earrings, forgo the necklace. You can also complement the earrings with a thin chain, with or without a pendant.

Many brides select pearl jewelry for their wedding day. The jewelry can be as simple as pearl stud earrings and a single strand pearl necklace or as elaborate as a double or triple-strand necklace and pearl drop earrings.
The main thing when deciding on wedding jewelry for brides is to focus on your personal style. Think of the jewelry that you wear every day. Small or large? Modern or vintage? Simple and elegant? Perhaps, avant garde? Go with the style that you feel most comfortable with. You will be the center of attention regardless of the wedding jewelry that you decide to wear that day.

Oh, and one more thing. If you decide on a piece of jewelry to represent “something blue” on your wedding day, a beautiful blue topaz, aquamarine, or sapphire pendant would certainly complement your dress.
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