Eternal Elegance (Feat. Ritani + Styling by Karrie Hlista Designs)

When I was a little girl my favorite board game was "Pretty, Pretty Princess", you know the one where you moved your piece along the board and tried to collect as much plastic jewelry as possible. Six year old me just loved adorning herself with all of the necklaces, bracelets, and rings the board game had to offer-- and honestly, I generally didn't even play the game itself, but rather just played dress up with the jewelry. Needless to say, ever since I was a child, I have been infatuated with jewelry. However, now that I've grown older (as well as out of the plastic jewelry phase) I've developed an even deeper appreciation for lavish gold and shimmering gemstones. I don't know if it's because of the timelessness of these pieces or if it's the show stopping shine but jewelry is, and always has been, an absolute necessity in my wardrobe.

As many of my long time readers know, I frequently feature jewelry sets from my long time sponsor and affiliate Rocksbox, and have even went on to partner with local Pittsburgh companies such as Terry Jolo Brand and Boho Tribe Collection. By having these wonderful opportunities, I have to admit that I have also acquired quite the jewelry collection of my very own! However, much like with my overflowing wardrobe, there is always more room in my jewelry box for new pieces. And with that being said, I have to say I was absolutely thrilled when I had the opportunity to grow my collection even more and work with Ritani, when I became an affiliate of their's last month, and got a gorgeous diamond ring to pair with my Pandora stacking rings.

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

For those of you who have not heard of my new affiliate, Ritani, let me give you a little bit of history about the company: 

The first thing you should know is that Ritani is an online high-end jewelry brand that was founded in New York, in 1999, and ever since has been modernizing the way people shop for jewelry. Ritani has an extensive online selection of jewelry items ranging from loose diamonds, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, but the most noted thing that Ritani is known for is their custom engagement rings. Another awesome thing about Ritani is that even if you design your custom creation online you can preview it at your local jeweler (That means us Pittsburgh girls, or guys, can check out our creation right here at Orr's Jewelers!) and if you love it you can pay and take it home with you, but if you are not a fan you can just simply walk away, no obligation and no pressure. 

If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, you've probably seen the photograph I posted of my stunning Ritani ring as a teaser for this article recently. For the record, I am not engaged and don't plan on being so for a long time, if ever--Honestly, I just look at marriage as legally beneficial--but chose this gorgeous, emerald cut diamond ring to pair with some stacking rings I owned from Pandora, simply because my ring stack just needed a little extra sparkle, and since I am now an affiliate of Ritani, it just made sense to promote one of their stunning pieces! (Not to mention the wonderful Valentine's Day special that they are currently offering, but more on that later on in the article.)

 Vintage  Orr's Jewelers  ring box compliments of Etsy. Flowers by  Karrie Hlista Designs . Love the ring? Shop this design and more from  Ritani .

Vintage Orr's Jewelers ring box compliments of Etsy. Flowers by Karrie Hlista Designs. Love the ring? Shop this design and more from Ritani.

As I mentioned earlier, I have always had a deep admiration for jewelry, and as I have gotten older I've grown even more fond of diamonds, and not just because they are my birthstone. Part of me feels the reason this is, is due to the fact when I was growing up, I was fortunate enough to have an aunt and uncle that ran their own jewelry business and they always gifted me with lovely diamond necklaces and earrings (some of which I still have today). I can always recall the joy I felt when my aunt would give me these pieces, due to the fact I always looked up to her, and the way that woman accessorized her jewelry could have given Elizabeth Taylor a run for her money. 

 Flowers by  Karrie Hlista Designs . Love the ring? Shop this design and more from  Ritani .

Flowers by Karrie Hlista Designs. Love the ring? Shop this design and more from Ritani.

The reason I chose this particular style of ring is because I adore the classic, Art Deco feel of an emerald cut stone, and love the simple elegance of the channel set band. I am also quite a fan of a delicate setting such as this one because though I do love bold outfits and the occasional over the top hairstyle, I do genuinely prefer more classic looks when it comes to accessories and makeup. Bottom line: when it comes to choosing jewelry I would much rather have something timeless than trendy, and what better way to do timeless than with an emerald cut diamond. However, I still had to put my own personal twist on this gorgeous classic, so I decided to pair it with some of my favorite stacking rings from Pandora, for a fresh, boho chic feel, and of course this required an outfit of the day shoot! 

Bohemian Beauty

 Crown by  Karrie Hlista Designs . Love the ring? Shop this design and more from  Ritani .

Crown by Karrie Hlista Designs. Love the ring? Shop this design and more from Ritani.

 Additional midi rings can be purchased on  Amazon . Crown by  Karrie Hlista Designs . Love the ring? Shop this design and more from  Ritani .

Additional midi rings can be purchased on Amazon. Crown by Karrie Hlista Designs. Love the ring? Shop this design and more from Ritani.

The reason I chose to pair this diamond ring with stacking rings is due to the fact I did not want it to look like an engagement ring and simply because I love the recent boho trend so I figured why not combine the two? So the stacking rings I chose to pair my Ritani diamond with are Pandora's Intertwined, Infinite Shine, and Eternal Clouds bands.

 Crown by  Karrie Hlista Designs . 
 Crown by  Karrie Hlista Designs . 

To make this outfit stick to how I wanted to style my new Ritani ring, I chose to keep true to the bohemian chic vibe and wear this gorgeous skirt from my sponsor SheIn (that you might recognize from this post) as well as a white silk blouse from Banana Republic, and my ever trusty brown suede booties.

 Crown by  Karrie Hlista Designs . Love the ring? Shop this design and more from  Ritani .

Crown by Karrie Hlista Designs. Love the ring? Shop this design and more from Ritani.

 Love the ring? Shop this design and more from  Ritani .

Love the ring? Shop this design and more from Ritani.

Lastly to put the finishing touches on this outfit (as well as acquire flowers for the still-lives in this post), I was fortunate enough to work with the local, Pittsburgh florist, Karrie Hlista! For this post, Karrie made me these gorgeous floral crowns, and gave me great insight on what greenery and flowers I should use for this shoot to keep it true to its naturalistic and bohemian feel. Then to further accessorize these pieces, I chose to layer one of my necklaces from Banana Republic, along with my gorgeous Crystal Points necklace by SLATE (compliments of Rocksbox), and this gorgeous Antiqued Feather Necklace compliments of Boho Tribe Collection.

Valentine's Day Gift With Purchase

Now what most of you have probably been waiting for *drum roll* the special offer for Ritani customers! If you decide to buy yourself (or your sweetheart) something from Ritani this year for Valentine's day, with a qualifying purchase of $250 or over you can receive a limited edition Infinity Heart Pendant Necklace, which is a $195 value. Just use the code "LOVE2017" at check out, and note this code will only work now through Valentine's Day, so act quickly! (To read all the terms and conditions, just click here or the photo above.)

One Last Look

 Flowers by  Karrie Hlista Designs . Love the ring? Shop this design and more from  Ritani .

Flowers by Karrie Hlista Designs. Love the ring? Shop this design and more from Ritani.

 Crown by  Karrie Hlista Designs . 

What are some gemstones that you have a special connection with? Let's chat about it in the comment section below of you can tweet me at @StarkravingChic! Have a photo you'd like to show off of your Ritani beauty? Feel free to tag Ritani and I both on Instagram at @Ritani and @StarkRavingChic. Later, dolls!

Xx, Bree