The Perfect Ring with Shimansky

The Perfect Ring with Shimansky

Hi everyone! Happy New Week! As many of you know, I’ve been engaged since last year and even though I haven’t quite started planning the wedding yet but I’ve been doing casual shopping for the wedding band. At every chance I get, I like to see my options and what kind of wedding bands are out there. Since this is something I hold very close to my heart, I want to make sure it is perfect since it’s something I have to live with for the rest of my life.

As norms are constantly shifting with the ever changing mind-set of the society, the traditional “wedding band” in the sense is no longer the norm for a lot of people. Some people still do get the traditional wedding band, some prefer just wearing the engagement ring as both the engagement and the wedding band, and some prefer a whole new “engagement ring” on its own. I have done some wedding band shopping when I had the opportunity to, referring to London in March at Tiffany & Co, Cartier here in South Africa and now recently Shimansky. Initially I did want a traditional wedding band with diamonds all-round but I really didn’t want to detract the attention away from my engagement ring if I wore them together (these are seriously some of the things you have to consider). If you are looking for a ring, whether an engagement ring, or a promise ring, I hope my post will give you some options and some insight into our very own Shimansky.

The founder, designer and creator of Shimanky, Yair Shimanky started his business in selling jewellery at a Durban market in the ’90s. Later his opened up his very first jewellery store at The Pavillion in Durban. All Shimansky diamonds not only comes with international certification from the GIA but all diamonds are cut and polished locally, at the Shimansky Diamond Cutting and Polishing Factory in Cape Town. That said, here are my top 5 ring picks (in no particular order) where the design is rather exclusive to Shimansky:

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My Girl Designer Diamond Ring 

This is world’s first square-cut diamond with a diamond-shaped table and the only internationally patented diamond cut to originate from South Africa. The centre diamond is surrounded by round-cut diamonds, with a row going down the band. I never thought that I would like a square-cut diamond before this one. How beautiful are they??? Simply breath-taking!

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2 Hearts Engagement Ring

This design involves a round-cut centre diamond set on 2 hearts. There is a heart on either side but when you view the ring from the top, it looks almost like a rose. Absolutely stunning! You can actually the metal, the picture above is the rose gold and I think it really complements the setting.

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For those who don’t know, this collection is basically “My Love” written backwards, super romantic gesture as a matter of fact. The centre diamond is set on two bands with another thinner band in the centre. You have the option of making the centre band set with small round-cut diamonds.

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Circle of Love

This collection is classy and discreet. From the top, it looks like a plain band but from the side view, you are able to see the small round-cut diamonds around the band on either side.

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Microset Diamond Band

This is one of the rings that I tried on at the store, it is a very classic piece and it is in the Classic Collection at Shimansky. What I like about this is that the band is quite thin and it complements my engagement ring without detracting the attention away from it.

Of course, a trip to the jewellers is not complete without being introduced to and trying on some other pieces with no intention of purchasing. It is always fun to playing dress up with beautiful diamonds and tanzanite. Plus the staff were so friendly and informative at the store in Nelson Mandela Square, I almost didn’t want to leave. Below are some pictures we took while I browsed their collections.

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Shimansky has recently come out with their Holidays Catalogue, it’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you are looking for a special gift for a special someone, because a little bling never hurt anyone. 🙂

With love…xxx

5 Favourite Lip Balms of All Time

5 Favourite Lip Balms of All Time

Hi my loves! Now that the heat wave has finally passed leaving me with lips on the dry side, I figured I should share with all of you my 5 favourite lip balms of all time. If anything, I’m extremely picky when it comes to lip balms because I hate those that are thick and sticky but it also mustn’t be oily and runny. I’m constantly scouring the shops and online for lip balms, and I must admit I have a very bad habit of buying lip balms and only using them a few times and then moving onto another. That said, I’ve thought about it long and hard and finally managed to come up with 5 (trust me I narrowed it down A LOT) of my all time favourites! These are still available now in stores because there were also some that I loved but discontinued, and there’s no point mentioning those.

How do I rate my lip balms? Well there are a few factors I look at when deciding whether it is a great product or not, firstly, what is the texture like? Is it thick and goopy or is it soft and creamy? Secondly, the staying power on my lips. Staying power isn’t only for lipsticks, I want my lip balms to stay on my lips for as long as it can because then I know it’s doing its job at moisturising my lips. Thirdly, whether the scent is bearable for me. Honestly I don’t know why certain products smell like soap and it is meant for the lips, how are people supposed to bear it? Naturally I’m more attracted to products that are either fragrance free, candy scented or rose. I’ve tried products that are really good but unfortunately smells terrible so they didn’t make it to the list. We are looking at the whole package here. 🙂 Here are my 5 favourite lip balms of all time, in no particular order:

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La Mer – The Lip Balm

This is one of my all time favourites! I love everything about it, it definitely has the full package. The consistency is light but very moisturising, it’s not sticky but stays on your lips for ages. The scent is a sweet mint and it even tastes good! I can’t say enough good things about this lip balm! I feel that La Mer lip balm is really overlooked because most people know the brand for their facial products so if you get a chance, I highly highly recommend this product!

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Christian Dior – Creme de Rose 

I love these jar lip balms, as much as I may dislike using my fingers but most jar like balms are way more creamier than normal lip balms in a stick form. The Creme de Rose has a creamy light pink tinge and has a very creamy consistency. The best part is that is smells like rose, not old granny rose but really delicious rose macaron type of rose. The consistency is slightly different to La Mer because this is creamier but not as light, still a favourite none-the-less! I bought mine from New York, apparently they used to sell them here in SA but not anymore unfortunately 🙁

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This is the balm I use before I go to sleep because it goes on quite thick (but not sticky) and it’s very convenient to apply (no fingers needed). Plus it comes in so many different scents, there’s a scent for everyone. This one in the picture is vanilla mint, the scent actually reminds me of my La Mer but like a 10th of the price.

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Khiel’s Lip Balm 

At first I wasn’t a fan of this balm because it seemed quite oily to me but then I went back to using it and I really fell in love with it. I also have the original, which is no scent, I actually prefer that over the cranberry.  It is very light so I wouldn’t recommend using it before bedtime but it is great for while you’re applying makeup and before you apply a lipstick. It makes the lipstick goes on smoother, especially if you’re using a matte colour.

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Blistex – DCT

I’ve mentioned this product before and it is still one of my favourites! I love the consistency, it is not a creamy consistency but it goes on really smooth. I feel that the best way to apply this lip balm is to really get your finger in there, sometimes I use my nail to pick some out. It really helps if your lips are sunburnt and especially if it is cracked, this really works like magic!

Now that I’ve shared with you my 5 favourite lip balms of all time, which is your favourite? Let me know because I’m always keen to try new lip balms!

With love…xxx