Sunday, January 1st, 2012


My New Year’s Eve Manicure!

Happy New Year!

Happy new year!! I hope your 2012 is already off to a great start :) I had a lot of readers ask me for photos of my ring, which you’ll notice above in my New Year’s Eve manicure photo (which is one coat of NYX Be Jeweled with one coat each of Zoya Opal and Zoya Maisie).

The ring was designed by jeweler L T Denny in Seattle, who came as a very high recommendation from a good friend of mine.  It was the perfect ring for me:  simple, elegant, timeless, with a subtle tapered band with a round solitaire.  I had always envisioned white gold, but we went with platinum, because white gold is rhodium-plated and requires re-dipping over time to maintain that “white” look (you can also consider palladium as a platinum alternative).  A good jeweler will spend a lot of time educating you before trying to sell you on something–Yelp! is a great place to start looking for a reputable jeweler!  If you missed it, Shaun (who is also know as “tech guy”) proposed to me here on Christmas Eve. :)

For those interested in the ring, a few more photos :) 






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288 thoughts on “Happy New Year – 2012 Edition

  1. Anna

    It’s gorgeous! Congratulations to you both!

  2. musical

    Beautiful! Congratulations again, Christine and a very happy new year you and Shaun :).

  3. I love how classic the ring it :) Clean, simple, sparkling, and minimalistic!

  4. Avatar of Shaun Shaun

    Thanks everyone!

  5. Avatar of Mahnaz Mahnaz Jansson

    Congratulations to the both of you!! Also, your ring is stunning!!!

  6. Elle

    This is gorgeous and completely what I pictured for you (kinda funny that I’ve been reading for years now and totally feel like I know what you’d want in a ring…lol :) ). This looks like what I might want if my bf decides to ask. I know platinum is important for the prong section of the ring but I wonder how it would differ from rose gold…I kinda like the idea of a rose gold ring. :) Thanks for sharing with all of us and congrats again! Shaun did a great job.

    • Rose gold is beautiful! Most of the jewelry I wear and tend to gravitate towards is silver/white gold so I figured it’d be nice if my daily ring would match those things, but I love the look of rose gold!

  7. Aubrey

    Wow! This is amazing, I took one look at this and instantly thought of my friend’s cousin’s ring. Kind of complicated, but we are great friends and to this day she is still like a beauty goddess to me! Her ring incorporated the classical beauty that she seems to give off to everyone, she reminds me so much of you! Thank goodness for all of the amazing role models in this world like you, and I wish you two the best! Congratulations on a beautiful ring!

  8. The ring is amazing, lucky girl! ;)

  9. ericka

    Aww… I am SO happy for you!! Congratulations! Beautiful ring, too. ;0) You must be so excited…

  10. Avatar of Cathy Angelcat47

    A beautiful ring for a beautiful woman…and I almost cried when I read Shaun’s proposal!!! BTW,you should def do your own makeup as you do such an amazing job.Would love to see an engagement photo.

  11. Avatar of Ana Ana G.

    That ring is really a classic. And I hope you and Shaun the very best; may your love always sparkle as your ring does :-) Happy New year!!

  12. Lisa

    OMG! Congratulations! It’s gorgeous, it’s so you! I wish you guys nothing but the best! I got proposed to as well last June at my surprise 30th birthday party! How exciting for both of us!

  13. Liz

    Splendid! truly elegant, perfect for an amazing person like you Christine,. I really love following your blog, it has everything a beauty fan could ask for, Thank you so much @};-
    Again, Congratulations and Have a great new year for the both of you,. =)

  14. Avatar of Chloe Chloe

    MANY CONGRATULATIONS ! and that is a truly stunning ring !

  15. Ana

    Oooo, and you’re showing your MANICURE! Ring is beautiful. Simple, elegant, classy. Just like my style. Congratulations, again.

  16. It is really beautiful, congrats once again :)

    I got married in October, and we also went for platinum for our wedding bands : we wanted something “white” (I mean silvery, not golden), and it appears to be the nicest, most durable choice. Here, it’s not even much more expensive than white gold anymore but the quality is much higher.

    After a few (very) disapointing experiences with stores specialized in wedding jewelry, we ended up getting our rings at… Cartier! Customer service was just flawless, and surprisingly, the prices tend to be lower than their competitors.
    We were extremely pleased and we definitely recommend Cartier, although we would never imagine getting into such a “chic” store before.

    I got a picture of our wedding bands (with my bouquet!) here: http://goo.gl/UZNua

  17. lazeny

    Congratulations Christine! We wish you happiness, good health and prosperity ;) And the ring is absolutely gorgeous.

    BTW, my BF also proposed this Xmas Eve. So I just couldn’t help but grin when I read this.

  18. Arantza

    Once again, CONGRATULATIONS! =)
    Such a beautiful ring!

  19. Avatar of Julie Julie

    Congrats Christine, your ring is stunning!!!! You will make a beautiful bride :)

  20. Pam

    Beautiful! I love a simple, elegant ring. Congratulations!

  21. Eleobel

    here’s how you can tell I’m a nail polish girl – I kept squinting at the nail polish wondering why there was so much hand in the way before I noticed your ring :D Congratulations! Beautiful ring and what a great start to a new year!

  22. Heather Newton

    Lovely! Congrats! :)

  23. Anna

    Gorgeous!!!! =D Good job Shaun!!

  24. asha

    Congrats u guys.. Very happy for u :)

  25. JoElla

    Christine, I can’t see!! That big ole rock is blinding me!!

    Congrats again hon, wishing you a lifetime of happiness and love XOXOXO

  26. Avatar of Michelle Michelle

    Oh, that is a gorgeous ring, Christine! Love the round cut. Did you go to pick it out together after he proposed or did Shaun pick it out for you?

    Congratulations on your engagement! I can’t wait to be hear more about your wedding planning and such in the near future :)

  27. Kathrina

    That’s a beautiful ring. And you’re going to be a beautiful bride, Christine! Congratulations again.

  28. Avatar of Carolina Carolina

    Wow, beautiful ring. Well done Shaun, and congratulations to you both again. :)

  29. Congratulations Christine and Shaun!! It’s a gorgeous, stunning ring full of fire and brilliance. Lucky girl!! How romantic. I wish you both the best and a marriage full of love, joy and prosperity!

  30. kawai

    Aaaaawwww! Thank u! So pretty and congrats!

  31. Lucky guy! Congratulations Christine!

  32. Great way to start your New year. Congrats to you both!

  33. HautePJ

    What a gorgeous ring and such a great way to bring in 2012! Congrats and best wishes! p.s. – I would also love to see posts about your wedding planning since you have great tastes :).

  34. elizabeth

    Congratulations! I hope the diamond is certified cruelty free!

  35. Avatar of Alex Alexandra

    Congratulations Christine! Stunning ring!! :-D

  36. Oh, I did miss the engagement! Congratulations! :)

  37. Avatar of AS AS

    Very nice, elegant and modern! Congratulations. Since I come from a family of jewelers I thought I would pass along a tip – since you have a four-prong setting, it is good to check the condition of the prongs every so often (in a few years, with wear, or if you accidentally bang your hand really hard), since if one prong fails, the diamond can fall out. My mom has had customers wondering what the sharp thing poking their foot in the shower was, before realizing it was their diamond! With platinum you are less likely to get the wear that causes prongs to fail. Even when it does wear, is no problem to get it fixed, since with the new laser welding tools, they can fix things in a snap!

  38. Tracy

    Congratulations Christine! Happy new Year to you!

  39. Sharon M

    Congratulations on your engagement! Your ring is lovely and classic, and will never go out of style. Have you gotten used to calling Shaun your fiance’ yet? :)