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4 Tips For Having A Custom Engagement Ring Created

Getting engaged is a very special time in a couple’s life, and many men want the proposal to be perfect. An engagement ring plays a big role in a marriage proposal, so if your want to make your beloved feel really special, consider having a unique custom engagement ring created just for her. If you want to buy a custom engagement ring, use the following tips: Work with a Reputable Jeweler One of the most important aspects of having a custom engagement ring created is working with a reputable jeweler who has experience creating custom pieces. Take your time finding a jeweler, and don’t be afraid to ask to look at examples of custom pieces of jewelry that he or she has created. Start the Process Early If you have a specific date you plan to propose, such as on a holiday, anniversary, or while on a special vacation, it is very important to start having a custom engagement ring made well in advance. The process typically involves the jeweler creating a sketch, and after you approve the sketch a raw mold of the ring will be made. You will be able to view the raw mold before it is polished and diamonds are added. All in all, having a custom engagement ring created can take several weeks and the process usually can’t be rushed. Understand Diamonds It is in your best interest to educate yourself about diamonds before shopping for the stones that you would like included in the engagement ring. Most diamonds are graded according to cut, clarity, color and carat weight. When you take the time...

Using An Ultraviolet Sterilizer In Your Pond Or Aquarium

Scientists have long known that ultraviolet light can kill bacteria, viruses and algae. Pond and aquarium owners have discovered that using an ultraviolet sterilizer is a beneficial tool to keeping their fish healthy and their water clear of bacteria and excess microscopic algae. If you’ve never used an ultraviolet sterilizer for this purpose, you, no doubt, have some concerns and questions. What does a sterilizer do for a fish pond or aquarium? Ultraviolet light is effective in reducing or eliminating certain types of bacteria, viruses and algae and keeping the water clear. It doesn’t take the place of a good filtering system, however. The sterilizer is most effective if your aquarium is kept at certain flow rates which are listed in the instructions which come with the sterilizer. Will the sterilizer harm beneficial bacteria or fish? Most ultraviolet sterilizers use UV-C rays that kill microorganisms as the water is pumped towards the light and re-circulated, so there’s little danger to fish and plants. Larger organisms, as well as a small percentage of microorganisms, will not be affected. Some experts recommend turning off the sterilizer if and when you need to feed plankton or medication to your aquarium or pond inhabitants. Will the sterilizer help keep fish from getting diseases? Properly installed, an ultraviolet sterilizer can help control diseases such as ich and oodinium, but it is not a cure-all. Much of the sterilizer’s effectiveness depends on your pond or aquarium’s flow rate and size. If you find that your fish are showing signs of disease, it’s better to apply the appropriate medications rather than rely on ultraviolet sterilization. What...

The 3 Necessary Items For A Great Man Cave

If you’re looking to create an awesome man cave but you aren’t sure what items are a must have in the space, you want to spend your money wisely. There are three main items that you want to have for entertaining and for your own enjoyment, that will get a lot of use. Here are a few different items you should invest in, so you can catch all the best sports games and enjoy the latest blockbusters. Projection Screen A projection screen allows you to watch movies and sports games like you’re at the theater or the arena. It can be hung from the ceiling and you then watch the movies on a flat wall or screen. You don’t have to worry about damages to a screen, or finding a place to plug in a television stand.  This option is ideal if you don’t have the room for a wide entertainment stand, or if you don’t want to install additional electrical outlets where you want to put a television. Sound System A great sound system helps you feel like you are in the movie, or like you are cheering with fans at the stadium. You can get speakers wired throughout the entire basement or house, so you can hear what is playing even if you are at the bar or heading upstairs to grab something. The sound system also prevents you from having to sit right by the television to hear what’s going on, or blowing the speakers out of the television trying to make it loud enough for everyone to hear. (For more information, contact companies like American Sound...

Using Up Your Supply Of Incandescent Bulbs For Extra Heat

Many people embraced the newer lighting technology of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs and halogen lamps, all of which use substantially less energy than the old-fashioned incandescent bulbs. Like other consumers, you may have found yourself buying the newer bulbs on sale and gradually converting most of your lighting fixtures to these devices. However, you may still have a supply of incandescent bulbs left. What can you do with the old 75-watt and 100-watt bulbs that are known for using so much more electricity? One possibility involves swapping the new bulbs for the old ones during the cold months of the year, since incandescent bulbs give off a significant amount of heat. Some 90 percent of their energy production involves heat generation. Best Strategies Heat rises, so you’ll want the light bulbs as close to the floor as is practical. That means using them in table and desk lamps instead of ceiling fixtures. They also can be helpful when placed in hanging or track fixtures that sit relatively close to a countertop or table.  In fact, having an incandescent bulb in a desk lamp with a covered shade is an effective way of adding targeted heat to your work space on chilly days. If you’re sitting in an easy chair or on the couch reading a book or magazine, a table lamp also will give you a bit of extra warmth. Considerations You can’t expect incandescent bulbs to produce enough heat to make a noticeable difference on your heating bills. Nevertheless, they will give off some heat that won’t be entirely wasted. Consider that incandescent bulbs...

Make A Statement And Grow Your Customer Base – Using Visual Design To Improve Promotional Products

Perhaps the biggest challenge for any company is achieving the initial market penetration that turns your firm into a household name and puts you in a position where customers know what to expect from your products. Purchasing and distributing promotional items can assist with this awareness, but it’s important that you do all you can to make sure that investment isn’t wasted. Below, you’ll find a guide to using design elements of promotional products to quickly and thoroughly attract the attention of customers. Keeping these suggestions in mind will put you in a position to get the maximum return on your investment by designing attractive pieces that will appeal to customers for years to come. Slightly Askew Components When designing highly visual items such as signs and posters and even more practical things like hats and t-shirts, it’s important that your brand’s logo is prominent and clear without being boring. Drawing in the eye of a potential customer and causing them to investigate further should be your main goal, and there are relatively easy ways to make that more likely. Consider displaying your logo in a slightly obscured way or, otherwise, off kilter and tilted from its regular axis. The human eye will naturally be able to tell that something is incorrect and will spend more time studying the image, allowing for your reach to expand ever so slightly and subtly. Complementary Colors The use of color is another thing to consider when evaluating potential designs. Many people make the mistake of assuming loud and bright colors will draw in attention, but many people find themselves naturally repelled by...

Five Tips For Buying New Eyeglasses

If you’re an eyeglass wearer, sometimes it’s shocking to realize how long you’ve been wearing the same old frames or a similar version of the same style. If it’s time for a change, here are five tips for shopping for eyeglasses, so you can get yourself a whole new look. Make Notes About Your Current Specs While you may want to change up the style of your eyewear, there may be things you like about your current frames. Make sure to have a list of any must-haves in your new glasses, such as: scratch-proof lenses lightweight design comfortable nosepiece thin lenses tinting earpieces to reduce slipping or falling off fit under safety or athletic goggles Conversely, if there are things you don’t like about your current specs, besides the style, make note of that too. Look at Lots of Models You may have your heart set on a pair you’ve seen a celebrity wear or think you want a certain design, but try on a bunch of different models anyway. You may be surprised that a style you never considered before looks great on you, especially if you’ve changed your hair or wardrobe since the last time you got glasses. If you really can’t decide between two very different models, why not buy two pairs? Just like clothing accessories or jewelry, it’s nice to have options to go with various outfits. Get a Second Opinion It can be hard to know if a pair of frames is really right for you or if you’re just caught up in the moment. Bring a friend or family member with you when...

Gift Basket Ideas For New Parents

When a couple has a new baby, almost all the gifts are intended for the new little bundle of joy. In addition to giving the new parents something special for their baby, give them something special for just them. The days and weeks following the birth of a baby are exhausting so create a gift basket loaded with items that help the couple celebrate their new role as parents, as well as relax and spend a few minutes focusing on their own well-being. Food and Drink The last thing most new parents want to do is prepare a meal or get dressed up and go out to dinner. Solve that dilemma by creating a meal-focused gift basket. Include a casserole or something that can be heated up and enjoyed with minimal preparation or a gift card for a restaurant that delivers. Include a bottle of wine and wine glasses. In fact, many baby boutiques and online stores offer wine glasses personalized for new parents. Bags of the couple’s favorite snacks and perhaps a coupon for a pay-per-view movie is a good idea for tired new parents. Baskets of fresh fruit are another welcome gift idea as is a dinner of the month membership, which entitles the new couple to a freshly prepared gourmet meal, in their home, once a month. Gift Baskets for Mom A basket filled with pampering essentials will make a new mom feel special. Include bubble bath, bath salts and scented lotions so mom can relax in a bath while baby is napping. A CD of calming, peaceful music for the new mom to listen to...

3 Tips To Help You Pair Beer With Food

What’s more refreshing than cracking open an ice cold beer with dinner at the end of a long day? What many people fail to realize, however, is that certain beers go better with certain foods in the same way that wine does. How can you know which beers to pair with certain foods and flavors? Well, these tips should help get you started. Comparing Beer and Wine If you’re already familiar with common wine and food pairings, it can be helpful to think of beers as they relate to wine. Generally, it’s safe to think of ales as being similar to red wines and lagers as being more similar to white wines. As such, ales tend to go better with red meats (steaks, burgers, etc.), whereas a lager might be a better pairing for a lighter dish, such as one that includes chicken, ground turkey, or even fish. Furthermore, just as more acidic wine tends to pair better with spicier foods, beer that’s “hoppy” can be viewed in the same way. Hoppy beers go great with both spicy and oily dishes, so be sure to keep some on hand. Focus on Complementary or Contrasting Flavors Another tip to keep in mind when it comes to pairing different beers with different foods is to focus on making sure your beer either complements or contrasts with the flavors in your food. For example, if you’re serving up a robust, thick stew, then you might want to consider pairing it with a full-bodied and flavorful ale for the best results. On the other hand, contrasting flavors can also add a depth to...

How To Get More Leads At Your Next Small Business Event Or Trade Show

As a small business owner, you’re probably not going to attend huge industry trade shows that require million-dollar booths and take place in giant convention centers. But you will have many opportunities to take part in regional and local events put on by a state organization or the chamber of commerce. Even though these aren’t huge “trade shows,” they are a good opportunity to make an impression on potential customers. But don’t be one of those people who shows up to your 8 x 8 table with a stack of business cards and little else. The same kind of advanced planning that big companies do for their trade events should be part of what you do to get ready for any exhibition. That way, you’ll benefit from getting more leads and giving more people an awareness of who you are and what you do. There are three main areas that you need to consider while preparing for an event: 1. The look of your booth or table. People are attracted to what they see visually. If you don’t have a nicely set up area, with a big sign that shows what you do and has products or service information displayed, no one will stop by. These items may require some up-front spending, but the items can be used over and over again. A promotional products specialist can help you order options that fit your branding and budget. Consider creating the following: A banner for the background. This can have your company name and logo, and perhaps some photos illustrating what you do. Professional, unique images are going to give...

Tips For Buying Used Furniture

After purchasing a new home, it is necessary to purchase quality furniture in order to make all the rooms come together and enable you to fully enjoy your new property. Unfortunately, purchasing a new set of furniture can be quite expensive, which is why you should consider opting to purchase used furniture instead. Here are a few tips that will help you buy used furniture. Consider Reupholstering Potential Many new homeowners make the mistake of completely disregarding any secondhand furniture that looks old or used. Instead of making a decision to purchase a piece of furniture based on aesthetics alone, you should focus more on the quality of the structural components. If can find used furniture that has been constructed with structural components of excellent quality, such furniture may only need a “face lift” to look appealing and like new. In general, older furniture tends to be made with far better workmanship and quality products than furniture made today. Therefore, you should consider that old-looking Queen Ann chair in the store instead of passing it over completely. By purchasing and reupholstering that chair, you may end up with a classic, new-looking Queen Ann chair for cheap. Laminate and Veneer Furniture In general, when it comes to purchasing used furniture, homeowners are on the lookout for furniture that is made with solid wood. While solid wood furniture is definitely ideal, you should pass over veneer and laminate furniture simply because it’s not made with solid wood. Often times, laminate furniture can withstand far more daily use and abuse than solid wood furniture. It is often times difficult or even possible...

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As you shop in your favorite mall, you probably breeze right past that high-end jewelry store, figuring that you couldn’t possibly afford anything inside. However, while much of the merchandise might be out of your price range, that upscale jewelry store can help you in more ways than one. One of the most valuable services that a nice jewelry store can offer you is the ability to have your precious keepsakes professionally repaired. If you have a watch that needs to be resealed or a necklace that has lost its clasp, you might be able to breathe new life into those pieces by having them fixed. On my website, you will learn more about how to make the best use of your resources.