Oct 23, 2015

Friday Frocks and Fragrance. Right Hand Rings.

You know you're in for a lovely easing into the weekend kind of Friday when The Daily Mail provides you with some superior 'What Kate Wore' photos.

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The Duchess has been making the fashion front page this week with outfits she's worn for public engagements commemorating the UK visit of President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan.  My favourite of her two most talked about looks is this lace dress by Dolce and Gabbana.  It's the colour I'm loving the most.  It's an unusual choice for lace dresses these days which heightens the impact of what looks like a run of the mill (if D&G could ever be accused of being 'run of the mill') formal frock to make a statement whilst playing it relatively safe.

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Kate favourite, Jenny Packham, created this red gown for the formal State Dinner to welcome the Chinese president and his wife.  I don't know.  It's just plain old safe to me.  I haven't seen a full length photo of the dress, though, but I'm just feeling 'safe' from what I've seen.  Purposely so, I suppose, given that the dress is in competition with that beautiful family Lotus tiara and some pretty spectacular arm parties.  Best not to try too hard when you're bound to compete unsuccessfully against the power of the rock.

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Speaking of jewels, I've just successfully placed an order with Blue Nile and it was such a lovely experience, I thought I'd briefly discuss it today.  Buying myself a right hand ring has been on my bucket list for quite a while now.  But I've never quite been able to justify it before now.  Then I turned forty, managed to achieve some personal goals and in the process found myself both more resilient and in a better place than where I was even a year ago.  If all of the above wasn't enough reason to 'treat yoself' as my friend C is wont to advise and encourage me, then I don't know what is.

So treat myself I did with a piece from Blue Nile.  As luck would have it, Blue Nile recently ran a 15% off promotion so in a case of right time, right place, I placed an order for a ring similar to the one pictured above.  I'm going to spare you photos of my new bling because my career as a hand model is officially over before it even began.  Veins, saggy bits and weird discolouration from the veins and work related injuries have left me with hands that no amount of photoshop could transform.  And yes, there's no point posting a ring action shot if the photo makes everything featured look like crap.  Maybe I'm being too hard on myself.  Aren't hands notoriously difficult to photograph?  Or was that draw?

I went with Blue Nile because of their solid reputation online and the ease of communicating with them from Australia.  More importantly, they had what I was looking for without the sting of paying for a brand name or trademarked design.  I found their site very easy to navigate and that all the information I needed about various ring options was clearly explained.  They also have a service where you can order plastic ring sizers to help you decide what size to order.

With regards to shipping, Blue Nile give you the option of paying taxes (namely the good old Australian GST) through an affiliate firm.  I prepaid the tax and had no hold ups with my purchase through Australian customs.  It took four days for my order to arrive and I'm so delighted with my ring that I've worn it with my pyjamas, whilst doing the housework and when I'm supposed to be wearing it - out and about.

Included in the parcel (along with sturdy dark blue presentation and storage boxes) is a valuation certificate.  It's not an independent valuation from what I could see but it was in Australian dollars and was a dollar value about a third more than what I paid.  I haven't bought jewelry in Australia so I'm not sure if this price difference is standard practice or not.  Perhaps a reader might like to clarify in comments.

So, all in all, I'm a very happy customer.  Long live the right hand ring!  And I hope this review has been of help to you if you were considering a Blue Nile purchase.



As we inch ever closer to the weekend, I'm keeping an eye on the weather forecast and hoping that my opening my bottle of Beach Walk yesterday is a good omen for the weekend weather. This was a purchase from Sephora on my trip to New York this past June.  I'm not sure if it's available in our Australian stores.


Toddler SSG and I felt like we were part of Noah's ark yesterday as we pottered around the house while the rains fell all day.  From puzzles to DVDs and from books to colouring in, we managed to fill our day but we'd rather be out at the Night Noodle Markets this Saturday if the weather permits.

Do you wear a right hand ring?  Is yours attached to a memorable period of your life?


15 comments:

  1. I have many rings but none of them worth more than $100 max.. this does not mean they are not totally awesome, it is more about my personal comfort levels with jewelry. In particular I most love Mystic Topaz and I have at least 5 Mystic Topaz rings most of which were purchased in the IMP on Oahu, all in sterling silver in various different settings, including one with cubic zirconias around the outside like the ring that once belonged to Diana which Catherine now wears.. and as Catherine has done with various shades of blue, I've based a lot of my wardrobe around the colours found in the stone, mostly teal green, pinks and purples.

    I did once see a "fire" topaz which is basically pinks, reds, oranges and yellows only. It was at a jewelry stand in the lobby of Outrigger Waikiki Beach, just near Dukes there. It was priced around $400-500 or so, set in 18k gold. I really considered buying it because those are quite rare to find. In fact that is the only one I have ever seen and believe me, I have been looking. I still wish I had bought it but I know myself too well. I would never have felt comfortable wearing it.. I know that it is silly to feel that way but that is how it is for me.. if I had lost it, I would have freaked out.

    The more time I spend wearing my rings, though, the more confident I get with them. I do not want to jinx anything but as time goes by and I return home with all the rings I was wearing when I left, I begin to feel like maybe I could go up in value some. Not to Costco diamond jewelry levels, but maybe I could wear something under $500.. ;)

    I'm glad that you treated yo'self, you deserve it. :)

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  2. I also want to say thanks for posting this, because it got me searching for fire topaz again, and I found this page - http://www.sylvarocks.net/twilight-fire-topaz

    I think one of those might have to come to me.. :)

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    1. They do look lovely! Decisions, decisions.

      SSG xxx

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  3. Oh that ring is beautiful! You picked well :)

    The ring I wear on my right hand is one I got from my grandmother when I was a little girl. It was much too big, but I wore it anyway, thankfully it never fell off. It fits a bit better now. It's the one piece of jewellery I've always remembered wearing and still do wear every day, and I remember the day I picked it out from a collection she had. I feel the traditional engagement, marriage and eternity rings on the left hand tell a story we are all familiar with (to an extent), but whatever rings people wear on their right hands are the unexpected stories.

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    1. I agree with you about the stories behind right hand rings, Mica! I love that you're able to have that piece of your grandmother with you wherever you go.

      SSG xxx

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  4. My sister bought me a ring with a sapphire in the middle with diamonds wrapping around it. It was a 40th birthday gift (I turned 40 on September 4th this year) from her. I can wear the ring on both hands, but usually don't wear my nicer rings out because I am worried that might someone might be tempted to try to take it off my finger. So any nice jewelry I have comes out on special occasions. You made a nice choice in the ring.

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    1. Thank you, Tracie. Your birthday / right hand ring sounds beautiful.

      SSG xxx

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  5. Am so glad you treated yoself. Because #yolo.
    Have been treating myself to all the food things in Penang. Am getting fat :(

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    1. Oh, the food things. Especially in Malaysia. Glad you had a wonderful trip. Well deserved.

      SSG xxx

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  6. I got a right-hand diamond ring for my 40th birthday. My first diamond ring and I love it!

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    1. Yep, turning 40 is the perfect reason to receive diamonds for your birthday!

      SSG xxx

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  7. I love Blue Nile. And I'm working with them now on a commercial collaboration, so I can tell you they are just as professional in their marketing relationships as they are in their product operations. Big thumbs up. Your ring is beautiful. A little sparkle does a woman well;).

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    1. Will be waiting eagerly to see your collaboration, Lisa! Actually, reading your posts and experiences were part of the reason I went with Blue Nile. Very happy I did.

      SSG xxx

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  8. I'm a bit behind on my blog reading so apologies for the late comment. I wanted to say that I bought my engagement and wedding ring from blue Nile last year and they were excellent to deal with. Engagement ring was better than I expected it to be. Diamond is amazing. And price was about a third cheaper than in Australia but with better quality from blue Nile. Can't wait til I can justify another purchase from them! Well done on a gorgeous right hand ring

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    1. So glad to hear that you've also had a great Blue Nile experience, April.

      May the time for another purchase arrive soon!

      SSG xxx

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