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Moissanite Engagement Rings: A More Ethical Option

We’re experiencing unparalleled times; pandemics, wars, prices rises and increasing environmental issues. It’s easy to feel a bit gloomy, but – in the immortal words of D:Ream – things can only get better (she says, with fingers firmly crossed!)

Over the last few years, we’ve had time to rethink everything – including engagements and weddings – with couples having to postpone, or scale back plans, many are reassessing what’s really important. And with many wanting to make more sustainable choices, there’s a real shift away from some wedding traditions, which frankly, feel a little out-dated.

According to the Independent Newspaper, millennials are turning their backs on unethical and expensive gems – but it’s not just millennials. Spending a huge amount on a diamond engagement ring just isn’t a priority for so many couples these days with many putting their hard-earned cash into buying a home, a honeymoon-to-remember or the wedding itself instead.

Changing times

Before COVID, excess was king. Influencers seemed to have everything, and we were urged to chase that dream too. But now many are asking – do we want to get into debt for a diamond ring we can’t afford? Do we want to risk contributing to conflict or blood-diamonds?

The good news is, there’s a way which will not only save you money, but is 100% guaranteed conflict free and you won’t have to compromise on style! Simply switch the diamond for a sparkling moissanite.

What is a moissanite?

Moissanites are a brilliantly sparkly, colourless stone, with a similar appearance to diamonds. They were discovered in fragments of a meteorite in 1893 by the scientist Dr. Henri Moissan, when they landed from space – yes, SPACE – and initially mistaken for diamonds.

As meteorites containing the gems are rare, scientists developed a thermal growing process to create the crystals in a lab, simulating natural conditions to replicate the silicon carbide gems.

The process takes two to three months to create a single stone, which is then cut in specific angles and proportions to enhance its brilliance. Moissanites are available in all of the same shapes as diamonds. Flawless Moissanite sells amazing flawless stones available in various shapes and sizes, from a classic 0.50ct (6.0 x 4.5mm), right up to a whopping 5.00ct (12 x 10.0mm)!

Moissanite durability

Natural diamonds are made from carbon and are the hardest known mineral, however moissanites come a very close second. Moh’s hardness scale measures a gem’s ability to withstand surface scratching and diamonds rank at the top at 10, with moissanite only just below, rated between 9.25 and 9.5. For perspective, glass ranks at 5.5, so a moissanite is a very robust choice for every-day wear.

As they’re a natural mineral, like a diamond, your moissanite will never lose its sparkle, get cloudy or become dull, if you keep it clean. These brilliant gems are highly scratch resistant and will never tarnish.

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Sustainability in The Seychelles with Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

I was lucky enough to have a flying visit to the adults-only, sister property to Labriz Resort & Spa on my trip to the Seychelles late last year. Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa is vastly different to Labriz (which is located on an island off the mainland) as it is found on Mahé, just a 30 minute drive from the airport and a stone’s throw from the famous Beau-Vallon Beach.

The capital, Victoria, is a short drive away where you will find local markets, a Natural History Museum, a Hindu temple and a cathedral. You could also pay a visit to the Botanical Gardens where you can see the famous coco de mer, a rare species of palm tree native to the Seychelles. If you want to get more of a feel of ‘real life’ in the Seychelles, Hilton Northolme would be a great place to stay – and fun fact, it’s also where Ian Fleming was staying when he was inspired to write For Your Eyes Only – and when you see the incredible panoramic views, I’m sure you’ll understand why!

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Sustainability in The Seychelles with Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa

Have you ever wanted to be transported to Jumanji? Do you fantasise about visiting Jurassic Park? Would you like to have a wedding or honeymoon where it’s postcard-perfect beautiful but there’s also so much to see and do?

If you want to go further afield for your honeymoon but still do your bit for the planet, one way is to stay in resorts that are doing everything they can to help the local environment and wildlife, and operate as sustainably as possible. Hilton is doing some truly incredible work in the Seychelles.

Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is the only resort located on Silhouette Island, a 40-minute boat ride (operated by the resort) from the main island of Mahé. The resort is ideally situated for guests to both observe local wildlife in their natural habitat as Silhouette Island is made up of 93% National Park and is surrounded by the largest National Marine Park in the country.

While, of course, there’s the hyper-luxurious villas, the incredible spa, the beautiful pools, gorgeous beaches and eight restaurants serving all type of fresh, delicious, food for you to enjoy; what is so magical about this place is the natural beauty of the island itself, and this is something Hilton are working hard to protect.

The resort boasts an impressive portfolio of eco-activities including guided hikes across the island to discover secluded beaches (some of which are nesting grounds for Hawksbill and Green Turtles), rare endemic flora or to visit the island’s own Giant Tortoises (the oldest of which is 120 years old!)

Just look at that face!!

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Honeymoon Travel Guide: Lti Maafushivaru, The Maldives

With its sparkling white sand beaches, snorkel-worthy crystal-clear waters and perfect weather the Maldives, in our humble opinion, has got to be most beautiful destination in the world for your honeymoon or once in a lifetime vacation.

The Maldives is a really unique country, an island nation made up of nearly 1200 islands, approximately 120 of which have resorts on them. If you’re dreaming of a relaxing post-wedding get away with unadulterated seclusion then this is the spot for you. The Maldives is one of the few places in the world where the reality will outlive your expectations. No picture can quite do justice to the colour of the sea, the beauty of the lush tropical greenery and the softness of the sand.

GETTING THERE

You can expect a 10-hour direct or 12-plus hour indirect flight from the UK followed by a speedboat (15-30 mins), seaplane (20-40 mins) or internal flight (30 mins – 2 hours) transfer depending on your chosen resort. We stayed at lti Maafushivaru, a quick 25-minute sea plane transfer from Malé; and don’t worry, the resort sorts it all out for you when you book! Transfers are an additional cost though, so do check the prices in advance.

COVID-19

At the time of writing the Maldivian government guidelines are that all guests entering the country (regardless of vaccination status) are required to take a PCR test 72 hours prior to departure. Your negative test will form part of the Traveller Health Declaration form (which can be found at imuga.immigration.gov.mv) which must be filled in within 24 hours of your arrival to the country. You must fill out this form before you return home too.

Guidelines related to Covid-19 can change without warning, so please visit gov.uk/browse/abroad/travel-abroad for the most up to date information before you travel.

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Coloured Gems, Skulls & Custom Engraving: Alternative Engagement & Wedding Ring Ideas

Rings: Sofia Zakia

If you’re reading this, the likelihood is that you don’t want your wedding to be super traditional. Maybe you’re wearing a coloured gown, sashaying down the aisle to your favourite metal song or putting skulls on the tables instead of flowers. All of these things, and many more, are really fun ways to showcase your individuality. However after the wedding itself is over, none of these things – however creative and fun – will exist in your everyday life.

You’re putting all this effort into crafting a one-of-a-kind, unique to you day, so why would you then have the ring you’ll be wearing for the rest of your life as anything other than just as unique as you are?

If you’re on the look out for a designer who can bring your unique engagement ring or wedding band vision vision to life then look no further…

Vinny & Charles

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Vinny & Charles is a family run jewellery business, designing and manufacturing nature-inspired, gemstone and alternative jewellery in their studio, located in sunny Perth, Western Australia.

All of their designs are made to order in the Vinny & Charles workshop, but they cater to customers all over the world. They craft all of their pieces from start to finish, using recycled metals, ethically sourced stones and quality craftsmanship.

We love them because their pieces are awesomely unique. Individual details like hand engraved leaves and hand picked gemstones means that their pieces are one of a kind, and perfectly reflects the unique spirit the person who wears it.

KIPKALINKA

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Although Kipkalinka jewellery is subtle and looks like classic jewellery from afar, it is so much more than that. The small business is run by Christine, a professional goldsmith with 15 years of experience. She makes her elegant and dainty skull jewellery all by hand for beautifully strange and unusual individuals like you – humans who seek to express their inner truth in a subtle but unmistakable way – those who find pride in feeling different from the crowd and own their uniqueness.

Christine’s work is known for incomparable detail and quality. She is an expert in combining precious metal alloys and unique gemstones in a meaningful, individual way. All designs can be made in sterling silver, all gold alloys of 14K and 18K as well as in platinum. She will go the extra mile to find exactly the stones that speaks to YOU. Think black diamonds, salt and pepper diamonds, rubies and tourmalines, oh my!

M. Kobernik Designs

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Unique Wedding Stationery Ideas You Probably Won’t Have Thought Of

Invitation suite by Papier

Your wedding stationery should get you excited. As creators of a print magazine, we think there’s something so extra special about seeing something beautifully designed and printed rather than just in a digital format, and your wedding stationery is no different. Sure, you could just sent a group WhatsApp, or invite people to a Facebook group, but where’s the magic in that?!

If you’re looking for something to truly knock your guests’ socks off (after all it will be the first thing they see to give them an indication of what your wedding day will be like) then look no further than these companies, who are all offering something really unique with their super cool creations.

Paper made from wildflower seeds with The Seed Card Company

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Imagine wedding and social stationery and that do not harm trees and actually help the environment! The Seed Card Company offer an inspirational range of six beautifully designed eco-friendly wedding collections, which have multiple design options in each, that include Save the Date cards, Invitations, Information cards, RSVP’s, Menus, Table numbers/Name cards, Orders of Service, Place Settings, and Thank You cards.

They are recyclable, biodegradable, and embedded with a mixture of six wildflower seed types including Bird’s Eye, Clarkia, Black Eyed Susan,
Catchfly, Snapdragon and Sweet Alyssum.

All made from post-consumer waste or recycled pre and post-consumer eco-friendly board and printed with vegan–friendly inks. Partnering with global reforestation effort, Ecologi, means each time a card or stationery suite is purchased, The Seed Card Company and Ecologi will plant a tree.

What better way to have your wedding remembered and live on?

Bold hand drawn designs from Two Tabbies

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Two Tabbies is a wee design business run by Jenni (with helping paws from her cats Oscar and Penny) in Ayrshire, Scotland, providing wedding stationery for couples looking for something a little bit different, bold and creative.

From save the dates, invitations, day stationery and everything in between, Two Tabbies creates stationery as individual as each couple making your invitations truly unique for you and your guests to fall in love with.

Whether it’s from the pre-designed customisable Tabby Collections or starting a new design from scratch, make it purrsonal with Two Tabbies!

Easy online ordering from Papier

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