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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 September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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