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If you want to skip the traditional chocolates this year, go ahead. There are plenty of other ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, whether you are coupled up, single or getting together with friends.

Couples

Couples looking for something other than a prix fixe dinner on Valentine’s Day have plenty of options. Stay in and snuggle with your favorite foods and have a movie marathon. Or head to someplace you’ve never been before, like an art-gallery opening or try dinner and a play for a riff on a movie outing. Maybe even pretend to be an out-of-towner for the day and visit a local landmark and take a couples picture to mark the occasion.

Singles

For singles looking to meet other singles, check out local happenings. Some cities have gatherings to celebrate un-Valentine’s Day, while other parties look at the day to find love. You can also just get a group of friends together and head to your local watering hole for remembering past Valentine’s Days and commiserating about your current “singledom.” Or celebrate your solo status and buy yourself a Valentine’s Day present.

Groups

Whether you are planning a multi-couples date or a party with couples and singles, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse for a get-together. Divide up tasks like decorating and cooking and enjoy a stay-at-home date with your closest friends.

Anyone

Volunteer. Not everyone has the chance to feel loved on Valentine’s Day. Forgo your usual celebrations and head to your local soup kitchen or nonprofit organization and give the gift of your time. Another good way to spread the love is to send flowers to your local senior center or home. Your thoughtfulness and generosity are sure to be appreciated and the warm memories you make will last longer than just the meal or lifespan of the bouquet.

Ladies

Get together with your closest girlfriends and have a girls’ night in. Discover some Valentine’s Day DIY projects online and make something special that you exchange at the end of the night. Or get all glammed up and head to a fancy restaurant for some catching up and good food.

No matter how you choose to spend your Valentine’s Day, Icing On The Ring has the perfect accessory for staying in or going out. For more ideas, including finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your host or hostess, call or stop by our store in the Los Angeles Jewelry District.

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The New Year doesn’t just mark the start of a new calendar and a bunch of forgotten resolutions. For wedding industry insiders, the New Year is the start of a new quarter filled with wedding shows and the opportunity to give brides a look at new ways to celebrate lasting love.

Wedding shows give brides-to-be a look at some of the biggest players in the industry, from jewelry manufacturers, designers, watchmakers and more—basically everything you could ever hope to know about celebrating your lasting love. Some wedding shows are local and focus on vendors that can help you in your area, while some shows are huge extravaganzas that attract experts from all over the world. Icing On The Ring likes to walk the halls in both types of events, to make sure that every bride gets the chance to look her brightest come the big day.

Icing On The Ring will be at the upscale Unveiled—Bridal Style Revealed in Los Angeles on March 24. Unveiled has been named “the best of the West” by industry bible Martha Stewart Weddings and features “all things luxurious, stylish and chic in bridal!” While there, brides can stop by our booth to learn more about our April Tacori Blue Carpet Event.

Set to take place on April 13, 2013, the Icing On The Ring Tacori trunk show gives buyers a chance to view some of the beautiful, highly sought-after handcrafted Tacori rings. Special incentives and promotional financing will be available for this one-day event.  Decades of expertise have made Tacori a leader in fine jewelry, decorating countless stars as they parade down the red carpet or the wedding aisle.

As part of our devotion to finding the best possible producers, Icing On The Ring is also going to be in Las Vegas early June for the jewelry industry’s biggest trade-only show, The JCK Show, which attracts more than 2,500 participants from all over the world.

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and with it comes your chance to show someone special how much they mean to you. Whether or not you’ve already snagged the perfect gift, you can enter for a chance to rock your lover’s world with the Icing On The Ring Diamond Pendant Giveaway!

 

Here are the details on the sparkly prize: a 14k white gold Halo Diamond Pendant .30cts. Total weight with 16″ link chain and a retail value of $695.

Entering is easy, all you have to do is:

1. Log on to the Icing On The Ring Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/icingonthering.
2. Like the page.
3. Enter the contest by filling out the signup form on the giveaway at http://bit.ly/11o8hvz.
4. Once you are signed up you will receive a status page link.
5. Share this link with friends and encourage them to sign up too.
6. The individual with the most referrals (friends you get to sign up using your referral link) wins!
7. Giveaway ends Feb. 12.
8. This giveaway is in no way endorsed by Facebook. The information you provide is for the Icing On The Ring Valentine’s Day Giveaway.

The more friends you get to enter the contest, the better chance you will have to win!

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Hollywood movies may always have happy endings, with couples finding lasting love in innocuous settings from bookstores to subways. But in real life, lasting love seems to elude much of the Hollywood elite. However, we’ve rounded up a look at some of the rare Hollywood couples that have managed to find lasting love, despite the high turnover rates.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have partnered together on many film and television projects, including Volunteers, Sleepless in Seattle, and That Thing You Do as well as My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Married since 1988, the couple seems to have found lasting love. Whether on or off-screen, the couple has a chemistry that works, thanks to their dedication to maintaining their private lives in the public eye.

Despite rock stars having notoriously busy schedules, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have been married since 2002, a rarity in the celebrity world. Although the couple has had their ups and downs, they still manage to stay together, despite constant rumors of their lasting love coming to an end.

Despite his reputation as a ladies’ man, Warren Beatty finally settled down with Annette Benning in 1991. The couple made their lasting love official in 1992 and have since gone on to have children.

Another celebrity couple that has been together since 1988 is Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon. Despite having different schedules that keep them apart for long periods of time, the couple are committed to making sure that lasting love is always a priority by compromising and putting their relationship first.

John Travolta and Kelly Preston have been weathering rumors of a breakup since 1991, when they first tied the knot. Despite the rumors and personal tragedies, John and Kelly seem to have found lasting love because, so far, nothing has managed to break them up.

In some cases, the secret to a famous couple having lasting love is because only half the couple is a celebrity. Like Bono & his wife Alison Hewson. The pair have been together since 1975, but only put a ring on it in 1982. The couple work on many projects together and Alison has become known in philanthropic circles for her devotion to various causes.

Then there’s Dolly Parton and her husband, Carl Dean. Although Dolly likes to stand out, with big hair and even bigger jewelry, her husband is a notorious recluse. The couple met at a Laundromat back in 1964, showing that you never know where lasting love will turn up.

While many celebrity couples decide to celebrate their lasting love with a supersized engagement ring, not every couple that is lucky enough to find lasting love can afford a big rock. At Icing On The Ring, couples can find a multitude of affordable engagement ring options and professional advice on picking the right one for them. Give us a call or stop by our expansive showroom in the Los Angeles Jewelry District to find the ring that completes your lasting love.

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The New Year presents a new opportunity to find lasting love. If you’ve decided to put aside your college days of a different date for every night of the week and want to settle down, there are plenty of experts, of both sexes, that have advice on finding lasting love. Celebrating love is our specialty, so we’ve scoured the web for top-notch dating advice from experts who have studied lasting love.

If you think you’ve found the one, it doesn’t mean you have to stop looking. According to Rori Raye, author of best-selling eBook “Have The Relationship You Want,” keep your options open by accepting dates and discovering what you do and don’t want out of a relationship. When looking for lasting love, can it really last if you have to listen to someone slurp coffee every morning?

Whether you are in a relationship, or looking to start one, researchers have found that lasting love has several characteristics. Terri Orbuch, a psychologist and researcher at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research who has been studying more than 370 couples since 1986, has illustrated them for eHarmony:

1. Have realistic expectations
2. Sweat the small stuff
3. Consider yourselves a team
4. Accentuate the positive
5. Remember the little things
6. Have strong friendships with both sexes
7. Spend time apart

Seth Meyers, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist with the L.A. County Department of Mental Health who has appeared on nationally syndicated shows, including ABC’s “Good Morning America” and has published extensively on the subject of lasting love. According to the male relationship guru, here are some things to keep in mind while on your search for the perfect mate:

1. Don’t think to yourself that you’ve found “The One” until you’ve been together for more than several months.
2. Don’t bring the potential candidate for lasting love home to meet friends and family for at least a month—and only then if there are no red flags. If anything stands up and shouts crazy, it is probably a no-go.
3. Come up with a mantra to keep yourself focused on the big picture, rather than your newfound intimacy. Meyers suggests, “Focus on whether you like him, not whether he likes you,” or “If it’s meant to be, she’ll call; if not, I’ll have more energy to look for someone else.”

Once you’ve found your lasting love, you will probably want to commemorate the occasion with a ring symbolic of your relationship. At Icing On The Ring, there is a huge selection of rings to choose from, for every budget. Stop by our expansive showroom in the Los Angeles Jewelry District or give us a call for some guidance on finding the right ring to commemorate your lasting love.

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While few things are constant in your wardrobe, thanks to seasonal changes, styles going out faster than they moved in, that pesky matter of weight fluctuations, one thing that will last forever, no matter what your hair color happens to be, is your engagement ring.

Finding lasting love is no easy task—you’ve probably kissed more than a few frogs on your way to finding your prince. Once you have found him, you will need the perfect accessory to make sure that your ring finger sparkles as brightly as your love—and matches your personal style.

Each couple is unique in their approach to engagement ring shopping. Many men end up floundering around before they find “the ring.” Other couples find that their lasting love has created an openness in the relationship and they are able to shop for rings together. With other couples, she wants to be surprised, but not “too surprised” so she drops hints. Hints can mean mentioning celebrity engagement rings that she admires or even sending her BFF ring shopping. Further subtle and not-so-subtle hints may include things like gawking at every nearby jewelry store or sighing over the romance of the season, which is generally any time from the holidays to Valentine’s Day. A more direct approach could be sending links to rings and engagement announcements or leaving magazines open to ring ads.

Once your man has taken the hint, be sure to know exactly what you want, whether it’s a classic white diamond solitaire that will go with your chinos and tennis dresses or a colored stone that will pop against the black that makes up most of your wardrobe. Be sure to consider all of your personal preferences when you hint around; if you’re very active you may not want stones that go all the way around the band because you may knock them out. If you tend to work with your hands, one large center stone may be unwieldy, so a more balanced 3-stone setting could be better. As far as cut and clarity, you can do your research on those, but an expert jeweler can demonstrate and explain what they mean and how you know what to look for.

 When you start hunting around for the perfect engagement ring, remember that the ring is just a token to represent your lasting love, not necessarily a material possession that takes a lot of funding. There are plenty of beautiful and affordable rings available that will suit any couple’s finances. Because an engagement ring might not be the secret to lasting love, but it sure does accessorize it nicely.

We might not be able to help you find your true love, but we can help you find the perfect engagement ring. Stop by Icing On The Ring in the L.A. Jewelry District or feel free to give us a call for some advice. After all, like lasting love, diamonds are forever, so you want to make sure you make the perfect selection.

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You’ve already found the love of your dreams. Now we want to help you find the perfect ring.

If you’re like most people, you probably have a lot of questions about diamond engagement rings. For such a tiny treasure they can seem quite complicated, and buying a diamond can be an intimidating experience. But it doesn’t need to be. Here you’ll find much of what you’ll need to make an informed diamond purchase. We and our guest bloggers will help you understand how every diamond is different from the next, and why some are much more valuable than others. We’ll be covering trends, styles, and topics that range from the heart to the wallet… basically wherever love, romance and beautiful design may take us.

Icing on the Ring is A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau, we are the top rated jeweler of the Los Angeles Jewelry District, and distinguished as LA’s exclusive source for top designer names like Tacori. We’ve been family-owned and family-operated since 1969, and specialize in engagement rings, wedding bands and loose diamonds.

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In April, 2012 I flew across the country from New Jersey to visit Icing on The Ring. While most people visit the store to purchase engagement rings, wedding rings or other fine jewelry, I had a different thought in mind.

I had met Owner Vic Rupchian at several industry trade shows and shared with a number of proposals on how our services of our marketing and design firm could help his business. After getting to know him through many emails and phone conversations, I was so impressed with Vic’s vision and passion for his company, I had to see the store first hand.

One of the ideas we had discussed was to create a separate blog that focused on sharing ideas and useful information that would empower engaged couples to be jewelry savvy when buying either an engagement ring or wedding band. When I got to the store, the whole concept was validated. Icing on the Ring is an amazing store and environment for wedding and engagement ring shopping; open, spacious, classy and comfortable with private viewing rooms that honor the privacy needed to make such an important decision. Their selection is amazing and now includes their Jewelry District exclusive offering of the famed wedding jewelry brand Tacori.

But equally as impressive was the warmth and knowledge of each family member who collectively contributes to the flourishing of the store. I really enjoyed talking with Mr. Rupchian, Vic’s father, the company founder who sits in his office, a visible workstation setting stones and repairing jewelry as a true example of preserving an art that technology can never disturb.

We are proud that our company discovered the domain name and designed this blog and am honored to be associated with a store that is all about style, service and craftsmanship.

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ABOUT US  Family-owned and family-operated, Icing On The Ring is the premier jeweler in the Los Angeles Jewelry District. Our extensive showroom has a wide variety of stunning engagement rings and custom jewelry. Our knowledgeable staff will work with you personally to select the perfect engagement ring to match your loved one's style preferences and to stay within your budget. Our team of graduate gemologists and seasoned designers will then craft your custom engagement ring with high quality diamonds and detailed workmanship. It is our goal to help you get the answer you are looking for, "Yes"! Read more about us.

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