Ring and Band Combinations

By Elyse on March 29, 2013 at 3:43 pm

We are happy to announce that photos of our engagement rings and wedding bands being modeled “on hand” are now up on our website! Below are some of our favorite and most popular ring and band combinations.

Asymmetrical Avens Ring with Cushion Cut Diamond and Aldine Thin Band

 

Asymmetrical Avens Ring with Cushion Cut Diamond and Dais Thin with Diamonds Band

 

Asymmetrical Avens with Cushion Cut Diamond and Milla Ultra Thin Band

 

Avens Ring and Reticulated Narrow Band One with Diamond

 

Avens Ring and Aldine Thin Band

 

Avens Ring with Milla Ultra Thin Hammered Band

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What’s Happening Now with Marriage Equality…

By Alyssa on March 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm

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We are excited to have some positive updates on marriage equality issues! The Obama administration has recently shifted its position on marriage rights to go beyond its initial position (that it is up to the states to decide), but not quite as far as Obama’s inaugural statement (that it is a fundamental constitutional right). While we were hoping for more from Obama, we aren’t going to complain about the progress that is being made. The president has found fault in both Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman, and California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in that state.

In late February the Obama administration filed friends of the court briefs with the Supreme Court, calling for the review of the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8. While broad in its scope, this brief unfortunately does not call for the abolition of all state bans on same-sex marriage, and focuses mostly on California. The administration filed another brief regarding Section 3 of DOMA, stating that it “violates the fundamental constitutional guarantee of equal protection” because it denies legally married same-sex couples many federal benefits that are available only to legally married heterosexual couples.

California and eight other states currently grant gay couples all the rights that are granted to heterosexual couples, except the right to marry. The Justice Department’s brief responds to this by saying, “California has therefore recognized that same-sex couples form deeply committed relationships that bear the hallmarks of their neighbors’ opposite-sex marriages.” Regardless, as the brief states, Proposition 8 “forbids committed same-sex couples from solemnizing their union in marriage and instead relegates them to a legal status–domestic partnership–that is distinct from marriage but identical to it.” The brief draws the conclusion that California denies gay couples the right guaranteed in the Constitution that all persons be treated equally.

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