Jewelry 101: How to care for that first precious ring

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Khatchig Jingirian, above, president of Smythe & Cross Fine Jewelry in Los Altos, recommends asking a professional jeweler to inspect rings with precious stones twice a year to check for loose stones or damage.

For millennia, people have given rings as a sign of love and commitment. And for an individual wearer, they often come to symbolize a lifetime of memories. If you have just received a new ring, congratulations – you now own a precious object that will carry memories as you make them.

Following are some tips on how to care for your new treasure.

Is premarital coaching on your wedding list?


You’re spending countless hours planning the perfect wedding day, but there’s an important thing you can do to ensure a happily-ever-after marriage. Studies show that couples who have premarital counseling or education are 30% more likely to stay together.

What makes these efforts so effective? Whether offered by a therapist, clergy or educator, the best premarital training teaches couples how to communicate, manage conflict, negotiate, collaborate, problem-solve, and feed and nurture emotional and sexual intimacy over time.

Special touches: How to fill a shower with love

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Temporarily appropriate picture frames to make fancy menus, above, and use a personalized wreath, below, to welcome guests to a shower.

Hosting a shower for a dear friend or family member can be an exciting yet sometimes daunting task. I have been on the receiving end of that phone call countless times, and have been lucky enough to throw dozens of special bespoke parties for friends and families. Along the way, I have learned a few special touches that are remembered for years to come.

A walk through the history of roses as a wedding flower

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Roses are often a surprisingly affordable option to use as wedding flowers.

In recent years, the most famous wedding has been Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal celebration last May.

Florist Philippa Craddock and her team arranged their flowers, using flowers and plants that naturally bloom in the wedding season. The special arrangements featured traditional white garden roses, foxgloves and peonies. They also comprised some flowers Prince Harry picked from the couple’s private garden at Kensington Palace, including Princess Diana’s favorite, forget-me-nots, as a tribute to his late mother.

Words of wisdom for newlyweds

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At Nancy Andersen and her husband’s wedding, their guests offered sage advice on how to maintain a happy marriage.

On a beautiful September afternoon, my husband and I joined hands and vowed to love each other ’til death parts us. Our friends and family gathered to celebrate and support us, and even gave us plenty of advice to ensure a happy marriage.

To be honest, the cards on which these wise words were written were rubber-banded and tucked away for safekeeping after their initial reading. But in reviewing them nearly three years later for this article, I can see which ones I should have kept handy. There have been plenty of times when this sage advice could have helped us – not just when we lose our connection, but also to maintain that secure bond.

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