Why is the fourth finger on the left hand the one on which we typically wear our engagement and wedding rings? Once upon a time, long before the advent of modern science, people believed that a special “vein of love” -- called the vena amoris in Latin -- connected the fourth finger on the left hand directly to the heart.
Behind every ring purchased from Love & Promise Jewelers is a great love story. And there is nothing we love more than when our customers share their stories with us.
Who doesn't love Summer? After the long winter season in Chicago, where Love and Promise Jewelers makes its home, there is nothing we appreciate more than warm, sunny days and weekends relaxing on the beaches of the world’s greatest Lake (Michigan, for you out of towners.) Summer is also the Season of Love. More weddings take place in the month of June than at any other time of the year, with the next most popular being August--a time when many of our happiest memories are made and the world around us blossoms with color and possibilities.
"Any man can be a Father. It takes someone special to be a Dad." -- Unknown
How are you honoring the special dad in your life on Father’s Day (June 18)?
We’ve always believed that fathers matter, and that Dads need to be honored every day. But perhaps even more than mothers, fathers don’t always get the accolades they deserve. That’s why there’s Father’s Day.
Just as every couple has their own story -- where you met, how you fell in love, the special moments and memories that are unique to you -- the gemstone you wear to reflect the love and commitment you share has its own story, too. Where it came from, how it was cut, the characteristics like clarity and color that make it unique.
But how do you know if that story is true?
Topics: Buying Tips
"Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” –Unknown
We think giving thanks to our mothers should happen every day. After all, our mothers are the ones who gave us life. But they may not always get the thanks they deserve, which is why there is Mother’s Day.
When it comes to tradition, gold and platinum remain the most popular choices for both men’s and women’s engagement and wedding rings. Yet our best-selling metals, especially for men, are alternatives like tungsten, cobalt, black zirconium, and titanium. Not only do they make a unique (and decidedly masculine) statement, these metals are rising in popularity because they are less expensive than precious metals AND are more durable.
We’ve been noticing an uptick lately in customer requests for diamond-alternative gemstones that radiate eye-catching colors and sparkle. We’ve had a long-time love affair with many of the stones that are trending now. Here are five of our faves that are getting a lot of attention these days:
True or false? A synthetic gemstone is a fake gemstone.
False! Many people often confuse the word synthetic as meaning “not real.” But when it comes to gemstones, the natural ones dug from the earth and the ones that are made in a laboratory have the exact same structural, chemical, and optical properties. As the Gemological Institute of America explains, gemstones are grown in the lab using chemicals that, under proper conditions, arrange themselves into crystals -- in the exact same way they form in nature. The only differences between the two are whose hands created them--Mother Nature’s or a human’s--and the time it took to form (eons in nature, much less in the lab).
“How much art and science…and what care is necessary to render the sun-beams which are imprisoned in a tiny polyhedron of pure carbon, brilliant and sparkling!” -- French art critic Charles Blanc, 1875