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10 Amazing Engagement Ring Styles

10 Amazing Engagement Ring Styles

Engagement rings are an important piece of jewelry. Everyone wants the engagement ring to be perfect as you do not get engaged every day. There are so many options available in the market that you can find it difficult to make the choice. Making a choice can be difficult when you are looking for perfection. Personal preference also plays an important role in making the final decision. You can chose from rings with colored center stones and there are also vintage designs.

Here are some of the latest engagement ring trends that can help you in buying a beautiful and fashionable ring.

Halo rings

The trend of halo rings has been around for some time. It is one of the most popular choices among the brides. These rings are delicate and beautiful. They are popular because they are the best design for showing off a small stone. It is a perfect design if you want to make sure that beautiful gems such as diamond, sapphire or emeralds stand out and show their sparkle.

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Rose gold

These pink gold rings are gaining popularity. Ladies love to wear the color pink and that is why these rings are making a comeback. The rosy ring is an excellent way of adding a feminine touch. They are elegant and the best thing about these rings is that it looks good on all the skin tones.

Open setting rings

These rings were highly popular about 15 years ago and they are making a comeback. It is an excellent design if you want to include a single stone. With this design you have the best opportunity to show off the stone. If you want to give the stone a chance to shine, then the best design choice for you is the four-prong settings. There is also an option of pave band to show off the gem.

Add colorful diamonds

If you do not mind considering nontraditional designs, then you should look for colored diamond engagement rings. They are a beautiful and elegant choice. You can choose from colors like pink and yellow. The colored diamonds stand out without being too much. It is a bold choice and if you want to be braver, you can choose a black diamond or the modern chocolate color.

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Marquise

You can find several unusual cuts of diamond rings in the market. One of the cuts which is gaining popularity is the marquise. It is an excellent choice as it is elegant, sophisticated, vintage and timeless. You can experiment with the placement of the design. Adding gems will help give a modern and unique touch to the ring.

Floral designs

Floral designs are an excellent choice for adding an extra feminine touch to the ring. You can add flower designs to the ring along with vines or petal designs. You can also add other designs with an inspiration from the garden. You can also incorporate a floral design to a halo ring. It is a classy and refined design that women love.

The square design

When you are looking for an engagement ring, then you do not have to limit yourself to just round rings. Square rings are an excellent choice because they are sleek and comfortable. The square bands are more comfortable as compared to the round rings. To give the design a unique touch, you can add gems of your choice.

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The over under design

This style is becoming popular this year. It is an excellent design if you wish to show off the quality and look of the stone. If you are spending money on buying a good stone, then it is only fair that you show it off. It is a clean and modern design. You can add little variations to make the design unique.

Vintage designs

If you like traditional designs, then you should look for vintage designs. There are designs that have an old look such as the Victorian look. A vintage design gives the ring an heirloom quality. Vintage designs are timeless.

Double band design

If you want to be generous and bold, then you should buy the ring with a band of diamonds. If you want to be even bolder, then two bands are better than just a single band. A ring with two diamond bands gives a modern and architectural feel to the ring.

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These are some of the excellent and stylish designs you can choose. Just be sure to consider personal preference and you will have the perfect engagement ring.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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