The great allure of the modern promise ring is that each individual couple gets to define its meaning.
If you are old enough, you may remember the sacred tradition of wearing your high school sweetheart’s class ring. Or, if you’re a bit younger, you might recall the promise ring, a daintier piece of jewelry, taking its place. I still have mine from years ago (occasionally huffed at by my husband) shining its sapphire nostalgia from my jewelry box. I’m a big fan of the promise ring, and if you are too, you’ll be happy to know its popularity has soared in recent years.
Today, promise rings are no longer exclusively reserved for young lovers. People of all ages are wearing them, drawn to their simplicity and variable significances. Unlike the engagement ring and wedding ring, the promise ring does not come with any universally understood meaning. Instead, it is a fully customizable symbol of commitment in its myriad forms.
Since its first historical appearance as an Ancient Roman betrothal ring, the promise ring has taken on many forms--be it the English Posie ring, the Irish Claddagh ring, or the all-American class ring--though it is perhaps now experiencing its most exciting evolution.
Interesting Promise Ring Facts:
* In the United States, promise rings just might be most popular in the southeast region. Online search volume for these symbols of commitment is highest in West Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky and South Carolina
* Worldwide, online interest in promise rings has increased every year for the past five years
* Pictures of celebrity promise rings are popping up all over the internet. Most recently Kylie Jenner and Prince Harry's lady, Meghan Markle, were spotted wearing rings.
* Every year, promise rings see a spike in online interest on December 25th and February 14th.
It's safe to say, promise rings are back! More versatile than ever with a seemingly unending online selection. View our collection of promise rings here.
* Source: Google Trends
Today, engagement ring trends are moving toward more subtle, customized and unique rings―reason to celebrate for those with relatively modest budgets.
With its monumental meaning and sentimental value, the engagement ring is the one piece of jewelry she will wear and cherish for life. At Shiree Odiz we work hard to unite couples with the perfect ring. We know how essential it is to find the ultimate match for both your love story and her style, and we know this is easier said than done! Here we’ve selected five of our favorite unique engagement rings under 2000 dollars to spark your creative mind.
Pear shaped engagement rings are rare and truly special. This vintage beauty was designed to echo the look of handcrafted antique keys. For the old souls, the elegant and unique personalities, this ring is the perfect match.
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For the love story that is as surprising as it is special, this gorgeous Green Tourmaline Gemstone ring is a wonderful choice. Gemstone Engagement Rings are becoming more and more popular for those looking to break with the traditional diamond ring.
This delicate 18 karat gold ring contrasts beautifully with its brilliant .35 carat center diamond. It has a quintessential vintage feel and is a wonderful match for the subtle beauty with an understated grace.
This traditional and symbolic 3-stone engagement ring with a unique black diamond in the middle is the ring for the daring and different bride-to-be.
Haven’t found the perfect match yet? View more of our engagement rings under 2000 dollars.
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A guide to the best places to propose in California’s wine country
So you’ve found the love of your life. Now all you need to do is find the perfect place to pop the question. What could be more romantic than watching the sunset over a vineyard with your special someone? But with more than 4,000 wineries in California, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are 14 wineries with the most charming fireplaces, picturesque vistas, award-winning vineyards, friendly staff and special packages to ensure you give your partner the proposal of their dreams. Don’t forget to hire a proposal planning agency to ensure the proposal goes off without a hitch and a professional photographer to capture the “I do.”
Nestled at the foot of the Vaca Mountain range, Quintessa is known for its sweeping vineyard views, luscious rolling hills and organic farming practices. Described by owner Agustin Huneeus as “a property of destiny,” the winemakers are inspired by the land’s natural beauty, growing their grapes on previously untouched soil and preserving more than 100 acres of woodlands. The wine is known for its finesse and elegance, and concierge services are available at the winery to enhance your visit.
Picture this: dropping down on one knee at Casa Terra, a private pavilion on top a hill that offers stunning views of Dragon Lake. Quintessa really is the quintessential Napa Valley winery.
For a fairytale proposal, head to Castillo di Amorosa, a 13th-century medieval castle winery that’s name, translated in Italian, means the “castle of love.” More than 170 containers of handmade antique bricks and tiles were brought over from Europe to construct this authentic Tuscan-style castle, complete with five defensive towers, a drawbridge and a moat. Named a “must-see destination” by the Wall Street Journal, the 121,000-square-foot castle and 30 acres of estate vineyards have been visited by everyone from Jon Bon Jovi and Arnold Schwarzenegger to Pierce Brosnan and Adam Sandler.
Reserve a VIP tour experience, which includes an exclusive sparkling wine toast in the North Tower, a guided private tour with a sommelier, a barrel tasting of the current vintage of cabernet sauvignon, and a cheese and chocolate pairing in the Il Passito Room. With breathtaking views of the Napa Valley, Calistoga and Mt. St. Helena, a proposal at Castillo di Amorosa will serve as the cornerstone of lifelong marital bliss.
"There are so many reasons why proposing in a vineyard is a good idea. Rolling hills filled with ripe vines always look amazing as a backdrop for a proposal. If you are planning on having a photographer capture the proposal, do it right in front of the vines, it will look amazing."
- Michelle Velazquez, Proposal Consultant
The Heart Bandits
Steve Ledson not only makes award-winning wines, but he also designs gothic castles. What started as his family home quickly grew into a 16,000-square-foot French Normandy castle that now doubles as a winery and tasting room. Whether you propose in front of the dramatic circular driveway, marble fireplace, water fountain or grand staircase, the Ledson Winery & Vineyards castle is the most romantic backdrop for the biggest moment of your life.
Book a private wine tasting on the veranda overlooking the 17 acres of estate vineyards and 100-year-old oak trees in the heart of Sonoma Valley, and add a cheese and charcuterie tray from the Ledson Winery Marketplace for a sensory feast. Or, for the ultimate keepsake, reserve your own castle vineyard row. The row will be marked with a personalized plaque, and the estate vineyard grapes will be harvested to make a minimum of four cases of wine that will display your own wine label, which could feature your names and the date you got engaged.
"The day you get engaged is a day that you and your loved one will remember forever - a vital part of any amazing love story. Being surrounded by intense beauty while someone to spend the rest of their life with you only adds to this incredible and memorable day."
4. Mumm Napa
Mumm Napa believes life’s moments deserve celebrating, which is why their winemakers create not only the some of the best sparkling wines in the United States but also the most picturesque settings for proposals. At the heart of the vineyard is the Oak Terrace. Centered around an 180-year-old oak tree and surrounded by the Mayacamas mountain range, the terrace provides breathtaking wine country views and the ultimate spot to ask those four little words.
Follow up the proposal with a winery tour — named the best sparkling wine tour by Sunset magazine — and a stroll through the fine art photo gallery. Sip on the 2004 DVX, the first California sparkling wine to receive 94 points from Wine Spectator, while you take in amazing photography exhibits by Ansel Adams and Wayne Levin.
When you visit Long Meadows Ranch in the Mayacamas Mountains, you go for the wine, but you stay for the food. At the historic Logan Ives House, enjoy a farm-to-table culinary experience, showcasing estate-grown organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef and lamb, award-winning extra virgin olive oil, and honey paired with Long Meadow Ranch wines.
The rustic charm — from the American farmhouse cooking and family-style dining to the General Store and restored farmhouse — isn’t just for show. Committed to full-circle farming, Long Meadows Ranch produces world-class wine and food using sustainable, organic farming methods. Enjoy your big moment in a bucolic setting with incredible food-friendly wine.
6. Casa Nuestra (Organic Winery)
If you’re looking for a more intimate setting for your proposal, head down Silverado Trail until you reach Casa Nuestra. When you’re at Casa Nuestra, Spanish for “our house,” you’re home. Not much has changed since the 17-acre vineyard opened in the late 1970s.
Gene Kirkham, who calls himself the Happy Farmer, made the commitment to farm without the use of any chemical fertilizers and pesticides back in 1975. In 2005, his winery became the first in the Napa Valley to install solar panels. Today, the farm is also home to 23 English Babydoll sheep, Nubian goats Elvis and Colonel Parker, and brown goats Natalie and Sheila, who help keep the winery even more sustainable.
Specializing in noble grape varietals, such as Chenin blanc and cabernet franc, which are quickly disappearing from the area, the winemakers keep production small, making about 2,500 cases annually. Although the winery is small in numbers, the team is big in heart, making it the perfect spot for your proposal. But don’t forget to call ahead: Casa Nuestra is by-appointment-only.
"Being in the midst of the beautiful vineyards is an overwhelming breath taking experience. If you bring the one you love to this venue and propose they are going to love telling their story for the rest of their lives. They will want to show friends and family what an amazing guy they are marring while showing off their photos."
- Holly Drennen, Wedding/Proposal Photographer
7. Robert Sinskey Vineyards (Biodynamic Winery)
To Rob Sinskey, wine is all about the story — and his grapes have one. A child of the ’60s, Sinskey believes winemaking starts with the soil, so he turned his 200-acre vineyard into a 100 percent organic and biodynamic farm, forgoing herbicides for manure and compost and using a flock of 400 sheep to develop the vineyard ecosystem.
His wife, Maria, is cut from the same cloth. As culinary director of the vineyards, Maria uses food from her organic gardens to create menus inspired by the seasons (think pancetta-wrapped game hens with aromatic stuffing and chanterelles and succulent red wine-braised lamb with creamy polenta).
Named by Food and Wine as one of the best Napa Valley wineries to visit, Robert Sinskey Vineyards offers a chef’s table experience where you can stroll through the culinary gardens and vineyards, tour the cellar and caves, and enjoy a five-course tasting accompanied by a flight of both current and library wines.
"Napa vineyard proposals are so beautiful and full of the perfect combination of natural beauty and romance. I love capturing this special moment for a couple. What I especially love about Robert Sinskey Winery, is that there are many beautiful spots on the property for scenic photos. Additionally, their options for hosted tastings and tours offer the opportunity to make the proposal a whole wine country experience."- Lori Paladino, Photographer
8. Kamen Wines
You might not think you know who Robert Mark Kamen is, but you do. The creator of The Karate Kid, Transporter and Taken franchises, Kamen is now also the creator of what The Wine Advocate is calling one of the top cabernets in Sonoma. Although Kamen and his winemaking team use black and blue fruit to make full-bodied wine, the karate and tai chi enthusiast won’t leave you feeling black or blue.
No, as the sun sets on the 280-acre private mountain vineyard, the yellows, oranges and reds will have you feeling passionate, inspired and ready to propose. Book a private tour and tasting for you and your partner to enjoy Kamen Wines and artisanal cheese selections while taking in unparalleled views of the Mayacamas Mountains and San Francisco Bay.
Located at the northernmost part of the Sonoma Valley, Westwood Estate sits just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean. If you arrive before noon, a sensual morning fog is still likely to be resting on the Annadel Gap Vineyard. But by the afternoon, the sun is bathing the 22-acre vineyard in a warm glow, and ocean is spraying a cool breeze across the estate. This unique location makes it an ideal climate in which to grow pinot noir and Rhône — and beautiful setting for an unforgettable proposal.
When you book an experience at Westwood Estate, you won’t just get a tasting flight. You’ll share in-depth conversations, stories from the past and visions for the future with the winemakers — and your new fiancée.
"Westwood Estates Vineyard, set in romantic Sonoma, is the perfect place to propose to the love of your life, bathed in warm sunset hues, the classic beauty of the vines and layout will enhance and keep this special day printed in your lovers mind for the rest of her life."
10. HALL Napa Valley
Kathryn Walt Hall has been combining tradition with innovation since she started working in her family’s Mendocino County vineyard in the 1980s. Now, as vintner at HALL Wines, she takes her strong respect for the environment and marries it with a commitment to cutting-edge vineyard technology. The first winery in California to be distinguished as LEED Gold-certified, fully sustainable production facility, HALL Napa Valley produced the 2013 cabernet sauvignon Jack’s Masterpiece, which was awarded 99 points on Robert Parker’s quality rating scale.
If you want to score a 99 on your proposal, book the HALL Special Proposal Experience. When you arrive at the HALL St. Helena winery and tasting room, located at the base of the Mayacama Mountains, you and your special someone will be led on an exclusive tour of artisan wines with a specially inscribed tasting menu accompanied by cheese and charcuterie. HALL promises to make it the second-most memorable day of your lives.
"If the couple are both lover's of wine then a vineyard is a perfect proposal location as it will be a place you can go back and visit for years to come. You can also continue giving gifts of wine from that special vineyard for future anniversaries."
- Michelle Velazquez, Proposal Consultant
The Heart Bandits
For a truly unique proposal, head deep under Napa Valley to the Del Dotto Venetian Estate Winery and Cave. Named Cellarpass’ Most Romantic Destination of the Year, the 350-foot wine cave, hand-dug in 1885, was one of the first wineries in the valley and is one of only six historic caves still in existence today. Venetian crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling, Italian marble and ancient tiles line the walls, and marble mosaics cover the floor.
The first winery to bottle wines directly out of individual barrels, Del Dotto Vineyards offers cave tours where you can learn about the effects of different types of oak on barrel-aged wine. Follow it with a barrel tasting and food pairing prepared by executive chef Joshua Schwartz for a proposal she’ll never forget.
If you want a proposal of historic proportions, then you need to visit Chateau Montelena, the Napa Valley winery that made history when its 1973 chardonnay beat four Burgundies in a blind tasting among French wine aficionados, putting California wine on the map. (If you don’t know the story, watch the fictionalized version of events in the 2008 film Bottle Shock, starring Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman and Chris Pine.)
To experience what makes Chateau Montelena’s wine so special, visit the stone castle, built in 1882, for an intimate limited release tasting. Then tour the Montelena Estate Vineyard, where you’ll see a gorgeous Chinese garden, a shimmering Jade Lake and the stunning Mt. St. Helena.
If your girlfriend has always dreamed of a Paris proposal, then the next best place to pop the question is at the château at Domaine Carneros Winery. Inspired by the home of the famous French family behind Champagne Taittinger, the château features exquisite vineyard views of the romantic Napa Valley.
For the pièce de résistance, book the Sparkling Suite for access to your own private château balcony overlooking the vineyards. The elevated experience includes a private tasting of sparkling wines and pinot noir paired with caviar and charcuterie. To celebrate the momentous occasion, Domaine Carneros Winery will even gift you a bottle of your favorite wine as a keepsake.
A champion for California wines, Robert Mondavi is synonymous with Napa Valley. For more than 50 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been proving the world’s finest wines — from the signature wine Fumé Blanc to the finest cabernet sauvignon — come out of California.
For a spectacular setting for your special suggestion, schedule a twilight tour through the stunning To Kalon Cellar and barrel-aging rooms, and enjoy a tasting of the Reserve and Spotlight wines, accompanied by an artisanal cheese board, as the sun sets over one of the finest first-growth vineyards of the world. If you have a sweet tooth, opt for the wine and chocolate tasting, which pairs Robert Mondavi Winery wines with artisan chocolates from Montezuma to Switzerland.
"Napa Valley is hands-down one of the best places to get engaged. First of all the valley is so gorgeous and romantic. Napa has some of the worlds best food & wine, which are perfect for celebrating when your partner says yes!"
- Alexander Rubin, Photographer