Guys: Think Before Surprising Her with an Engagement Ring

kate's ring cropedIt’s going to be, possibly, the biggest purchase you’ve made to date. And it will be, almost without doubt, the most symbolic purchase you will ever make. It’s the engagement ring.

Traditionally, guys buy the ring, then pop the question, either on one knee—or maybe while skydiving. You’ve seen the photo—the girl surprised, gushing over the ring, so happy.

Well, she may be thrilled to be marrying you, but she may be less thrilled with the ring you’ve just spent thousands of dollars to buy. Continue reading

The Beginning and End of Art


“The beginning and end of all literary activity is the reproduction of the world that surrounds me by the means of the world that is in me, all things being grasped, related, created, moulded, and reconstructed in a personal form and original manner.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Van Cleef & Arpels Engineering on the Red Carpet

If you’re fascinated by jewelry closures and enjoy engineering special clasps and bails, you’ll love Cathleen McCarthy’s February 24th post on her blog, “The Jewelry Loupe.”

Van Cleef & Arpels was known for their willingness to take on difficult to “impossible” engineering challenges–like making a necklace that zipped up into a bracelet. One of these marvels was worn by Australian actress Margot Robbie at the Oscars this year. For more information, check out McCarthy’s blog.

Vision vs. Execution


“Vision, Uncertainty, and Knowledge of Materials are inevitabilities that all artists must acknowledge and learn from: vision is always ahead of execution, knowledge of materials is your contact with reality, and uncertainty is a virtue.”

Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland