For 1-in-3 of you, time is running out to get a custom engagement ring!

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I recently read an interesting fact about marriage proposals: 33% of them happen between Thanksgiving and New Years. It makes sense - you’re already going to be surrounded by family and friends for the holidays so why not celebrate your engagement too? Plus holiday bonuses, extra vacation time and the warm cozy feeling that comes with the winter holidays all help make the timing feel just right.


Did you just realize you are one of the 33%? If so, now is a great time to get your engagement ring figured out. One of the first things to know is the ring size, which is easy: we can help you with that here. The more difficult part is settling on a ring design. Finding a ring that is an extension of your personality (or your partner’s if you’re planning on this being a surprise), can be a lot of work, and it’s hard to know where to begin. Thankfully, we've got you covered. We've made it easier
 than ever to get the conversation started with a new Custom Ring Design form.

Why a Custom Ring is Right For You

If you’ve been looking around the interwebs for advice on finding the perfect engagement ring, I feel your pain. There’s a lot of marketing masquerading as advice that makes me cringe a little, the worst offender being the engagement ring quiz. Who the hell came up with this tactic? I realize that, on the internet, you can find answers to life’s deepest questions via the online quiz, but I just don’t see how you can hone in on an engagement ring design based upon multiple choice questions related to your favorite alcoholic drink or your dream home. In the end, they will all recommend different types of diamonds, which we all know are a sham anyway.

If you’re looking for something really meaningful, I recommend working with a jewelry artist to have a ring handmade for you. Not only do you get to skip spending way too much time in places you’d rather not (the mall, generic jewelry stores), but many people find that it’s easier and more enjoyable than they had anticipated AND they end up with a truly special and personal ring. Many websites will tell you that this is the more expensive option, but it doesn’t have to be, especially if you’ve already decided that a diamond isn’t going to be part of the ring.

Beth offers many rings that use environmentally friendly Moissanites, which are as beautiful as diamonds and are a fraction of the cost. Or, maybe you don’t want a stone at all as part of your engagement ring, then more power to you! You should get what you want, not what De Beers tells you to get. You also might have also been told that you need to make a sketch of the design you’re after. While that can be a good place to start, it’s totally unnecessary and this can be more of an obstacle than it needs to be.

Go With Your Gut

When choosing an artist to work with, you should go with one whose overall style feels right to you. You’ll know it when you see it - artists work very hard to portray their aesthetic and values. Often times, these are reflected in the design of their website or explicitly stated in their about pages. On BethCyr.com, you’ll notice that we’ve designed the website to reflect the things we care about: Nature, environmental sustainability, individuality, and we aren’t stuffy or elitist about jewelry. We want you to find jewelry that is special to you, that carries a deeper meaning than just something pretty to look at, and you won’t have to think twice about how the materials were sourced or how it was made.

After you’ve found an artist whose style feels right, check out the designs that they already offer. Often times the best way to customize a ring is to alter one or two elements of a ring that the designer already makes. Even if you go with a completely custom ring, the designer will likely employ the aesthetics that already exist in their current designs. Take a look at Beth’s photo gallery of custom designs here. Most of these designs are based off of her wedding ring and engagement ring designs that she already offers. Sometimes, people know the type of stone that they want to incorporate into a design, other times people want to combine multiple elements of different designs. These are great ways to come up with a custom ring.

Take The First Step

Then, get in touch, like, now! The turnaround time on custom designs will vary from one artist to the next. For instance, Beth’s timeline is typically 4-6 weeks, so if you’re aiming for that holiday engagement window, now is the perfect time to turn your ideas into reality. If you’re late to the game, it never hurts to ask anyway, or you can check to see if there are any ready to ship rings that fit the bill. If you're interested in finding out more information about BethCyr engagement rings, that's great! We'd love to answer any questions you have. It only takes a minute to complete the Custom Ring Design form and we'll get back to you ASAP.

Now, statistically speaking, 1 in 3 of you needs to get off your butt and get the ball rolling!

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Feature on Wedding Lovely

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I had a lovely feature on the Wedding Lovely blog today! 

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Yellow Gold Tree Bark Ring with green sapphire vine and leaf ring by Beth Cyr

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Today is the first day of the rest of your life

Posted by Beth Cyr on

When I was growing up my stepdad had a lot of little phrases he liked to use. He often would say them in a joking manner with a little chuckle. As a kid, it just kind of seemed like a funny thing to say, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life."

Even though it's a cliche, that same sentence has real meaning, especially now as an adult and a yogi. Every day can be treated as a new beginning, with a sense of curiosity and wonder, but some days really are bigger and brighter than others. Today starts a new chapter in my business and my life since the two are so interconnected.

At 1:00 am this morning, Alex changed the domain over to the new site as we finished up the last few touch ups. Within a few minutes, BethCyr.com became a brand new website. I've realized over the past few years that websites are never really finished.  There is still a lot more work to be done - new products to be added and some behind the scenes pages to be created. But we set a date and everything on our list has been checked off, so it is time to release it to the world.

Within the next week we'll have the wholesale catalog and ordering form completely done - the general public can't see it, but it's there! I'll have a convenient way for retailers to purchase my work - both made to order and one of a kind work that always seemed to mentally prohibit me from doing wholesale. It is a big step to be creating another focus for my business.

It's time to release the anxieties of the past and welcome the changes of this new path.

A huge thank you to everyone that read over content and tested links and gave feedback - I am so grateful.

We hope you all enjoy the new site!

 

screen shot of bethcyr.com home page

 

 

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Was there a jewelry item that inspired me to start making jewelry? Etsymetal Blog Carnival - Apr 2016

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This month's topic: How about this month we discuss that piece/pieces of jewelry that left such an impression on you that you went into jewelry design.

Initially I couldn't really think of anything. The main reason I started making "real" jewelry was that I took a class while in art school and loved it. But thinking back, I definitely made loads of beaded necklaces and braided/knotted thread and hemp necklaces. And I sold them to my friends. But before that, before I even had my ears pierced, I remember looking at this specific jewelry catalogue that had all these cute little animal post earrings. I loved the catalogue and I loved all the earrings. Looking at them made me want to get my ears pierced! 

It is kind of funny because I don't really like post earrings and rarely wear them now. And I don't really make many post earrings either, but I'm sure there is something about that feeling that inspired me to make jewelry. It is such a clear and vivid memory still, 25 years later... 

Check out the other participants this month to see if they have any exciting jewelry inspirations:

Andrea Ring: http://www.amuckdesign.blogspot.com/
Debbie Ritchie http://www.fentondesign.ca/blog

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Top 5 Things on My Mind - Blogosphere Think Tank Feb. edition

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This week's topic is the top 5 Things that are on our minds - in no particular order: 

1. Astral Collection - the next round of pieces is being plotted... and some are actually being worked on!

2. Bernie Sanders - I've taken over a twitter account for our local Athens office. I've never really been in to twitter before, but I'm beginning to get the hang of it! I'm always on the search for good articles and memes and paying attention to events that are happening around GA or the southeast. 

3. New additions to nature collection this spring - With the amazing comments about my little turtles, I've been thinking about a whole spring collection based on woodland type creatures or plants. More than just my usual tree bark or leaf designs. I don't have much planned out yet, but I have things rolling around in my head.

4. Wholesaling - For years my business was simply dominated by only doing wedding rings. The market has changed and though I will still be doing a majority of wedding rings, I will also be working on other things that I can wholesale. I got an account last week and sent some stuff off. I was just accepted to Etsy Wholesale and will be putting some things out there. There are some other exciting things in the works that I am not announcing yet though... 

5. Teaching yoga - I've been teaching yoga every other Thursday for a few years now. Students come and go. Since the new year it's been very sparse and all the regulars have a lot going on. The other teacher and I have busy lives (she's a judge) and building a yoga class is not on our list of things we want to focus on right now. It isn't feasible for us to leave work early if no students end up showing up that night. We're considering taking a break for a little while or canceling the class all together. Or just keep it going as is... though that doesn't seem to make the most sense. So, while it is not a big deal, it is something that is very strongly on my mind right now. 

Check out the other participants this month:

Andes Cruz: https://andescruz.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/thoughts/

marie bell :: http://www.pencilfox.com/2016/02/five-things-on-my-mind-february-blog-o.html

Kathleen Krucoff ~ http://wp.me/pA5jX-OB

Robyn Hawk: http://flyviewsandreviews.blogspot.com/ 

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