Is a Diamond Cocktail Ring What You Really Want? Fashion Advice Before You Purchase

Enjoy the beautiful pictures of diamond cocktail rings but still not sure how you could pull of wearing such a ring in public? There are definitely some “do’s” and “don’ts” with fashionably wearing a cocktail ring. They have been gaining considerable interest due to concerns about conflict diamonds in the last few years and taking the time to learn a few quick fun facts will help you out.

Here’s what you need to understand about diamond cocktail rings and when you should wear them.

1. If you want one to wear everyday make sure it only has one center stone and it’s less than 8 to 10 carats in size.

2. Wearing for a special occasion? An expensive cocktail ring with a center stone greater than 10 carats is ideal. Understand that if you go with a cheaper ring over 10 carats it tends to look pretty bad.

A ring is considered a cocktail ring when the center stone is colored and 3 carats or above. There’s many unique designs you can find and diamonds are often included as surrounding stones accompanying the center gemstone piece. There are two main types of cocktail rings to keep in mind. Disregarding the type of metal you go with for the band you have the less expensive ones which consist of crystal, cubic zirconia or blue topaz.

So if you’re in the market for a diamond cocktail ring but want to keep the price under $300 to $400 than going with these as center pieces will help. The second type of ring is more expensive, $400+, with such stones as aquamarine, amethyst, citrine, ruby, sapphire, etc. Depending on the size of the gemstone, additional diamonds and metal prices are vary greatly.

Fashion tips for shopping for your diamond cocktail rings.

1. Fashion advice 101 says to forget a cubic zirconia center stone. As a small stone on a ring they can pass and not look too bad but when it comes to a cocktail ring it’s out of the picture.

2. Try to stick with the darker center stones are you can wear them more often and compliment a woman’s wardrobe. You’ll also find that lighter gemstone cocktail rings are replicated more often for some reason and the darker tend to be more unique.

3. With cocktail rings it’s more acceptable to go with one center piece typically. If you do add additional stones such as diamonds, then make sure they don’t distract and clash with the main stone.

Do you know what’s great about looking for cocktail rings? You can save quite a bit more than you probably expect.

New Season, New Start? Get Our Fashion Advice

As the relentless grey months seem to be passing and the bright blue sky making a more than welcome appearance, it can be tempting to think about blowing off the cobwebs and making a fresh start in time for spring. To help you on your way, we’ve compiled a review of winter fashion 2010/11 hits and misses and a preview of what’s in store for the new season.

In tune with the more than usually icy climate in December, warm fur boots remained a firm favourite and long-laced biker boots make an appearance – a welcome alternative to high heels when it cam to trekking to work in sub-zero temperatures or standing in long snaking queues waiting for cancelled flights. 1950s schoolboy satchels made a comeback and are set to last well into the new season thanks to their versatility as gender neutral and large enough to carry your files and lunch without the need for a trolley! The so-called man-bag briefly set the fashion world against one another – trendy chic or last-year’s fad? David Cameron’s media man may have received mixed reviews but it looks like it’s here to stay thanks to a number of celebrity and high-fashion outings for the man bag including James Long’s fabulous collection at London fashion week.

The London Fashion Week was mired in controversy after Galliano’s unexpected racist outburst but this didn’t detract from the diverse high fashions on offer. From the dark, goth-like dresses of Craig Lawrence to the suave style of Alfred Dunhill, the week showed the panelled dress and fur to be this winter’s winners.

Heading into spring, we can expect to see a lot more colour. Bright block primary colours are making a splash, particularly when it comes to accessories – check out MyWalit’s range of rainbow purses, spot on trend! A bit of patriotic colour won’t go amiss either, leading up to the royal wedding in April. Kate Middleton’s style is certainly one to watch as well – check out her penchant for Australian hats. Harem trousers seem to be making an unfortunate comeback – perfect for those size zero models but less appealing for us mere mortals. Gypsy skirts are also a fashion to keep on top off – floaty, feminine and easy to pull off, no matter what your shape, this is one fashion that it’s worth investing in. (No need to shave your legs too!)

For men, matching leather is the way to go – check out Kenneth Brownne’s elegant range of leather accessories and gift sets, many matching in colour and style. Men’s fashions are set to get increasingly casual but make sure you team this with elegant and well-chosen practical accessories like leather wallets and matching belts.

How to Give Fashion Advice Without Offending Someone

If you hope to provide fashion advice without hurting someone’s feelings consider buying the person a piece of clothing that you believe would improve the person’s look. Invite the person to shop with you for a gift you want to buy the person for an occasion such as a birthday or holiday and choose items that you believe would look good on the person. When you get to the store, choose an item as soon as you can because it will help establish a price range you were looking at and the type of item you intend to purchase such as a piece of clothing or accessory. You can also choose an item and present it as a gift if you are pretty certain about a person’s size.

Even if you generally don’t like someone’s fashion style, if you see the person fairly regularly you’ll notice there are pieces of clothing that you think look flattering on the person. Use the occasion when the person is wearing a color or a cut or a fit that you like and compliment the person on the reason you like that piece of clothing. Instead of simply saying, “I like that top,” explain what features of the top you like on the person. When you’re out in public with the person, you can also choose to focus on a clothing article someone else is wearing and indicate you think it would look good on the person.

Before you make a suggestion use the information you have about the person to consider whether the choices that person makes are based on budget concerns or perhaps issues about body image or a simple lack of interest in looking current. This information will allow you to address those concerns in your discussion by pointing out ways to accentuate features you like about the person or by focusing on locations that sell less expensive garments or even by talking about clothing features such as comfort or ease of washing.

Use the opportunity to share a fashion insight if the person you want to advise gives you a compliment on your clothing. If the person offers a compliment on a pair of slacks you’re wearing, you can disclose where you purchased the slacks and describe some of the other options available in the store. If the person compliments your slacks and you’d like to see that person in different tops, you can direct your response to the fact that you love the retailer and that the same place sells stylish tops.