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What Dating Will Be like in 10 Years. This Is Crazy.

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago luxury engagement ring and timepiece boutique likes to stay ahead of the trends when it comes to wristwear. So when we heard a watch is expected to be your personal matchmaker in 10 years, we were all ears.  

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, futurists (people who study the future) filled us in on what the Bumble/Tinder of 2025 will be like & it's bad news for creeps.

Picture this: An app on your watch tracking your location, making it easier for you to bump into potential matches in real life on the fly. 

Right now, it's insanely easy to meet someone. The problem is that nothing can guarantee they're actually someone worth meeting. By 2025. you'll be able to know more about your blind date before you even step foot in that restaurant, anxiously searching for the guy from the photos.

A quick check of your watch could let you know who's a creep and who's looking for a one-night stand, or a serious girlfriend, or a wife and four kids. If this decade is all about dating quantity, the next one will be all about dating quality. 

Social futurist and writer Sara Robinson says it'll be like having your overbearing grandmother over your shoulder at all times. "See that guy over there?" she says, spinning a potential example. "He's single, drinks Scotch, and loves dogs. You should go talk to him.' And, at the same time, his watch is nudging him: 'See that woman? You like redheads, right? And she's a backpacker too. You might like her.'"

Christian Crews, a founding member of the Association of Professional Futurists, points out that meeting people will be a lot easier if you know which people are good potential matches for you:

 "Imagine how the world could change if everybody was wearing their own personal matchmaker, who was constantly searching the crowd on their behalf."

But it's not just the real-world meeting places that will have more potential for finding love. Online communities that aren't meant for dating will become spots to meet singles. Don't be surprised if you start hearing, "This is my husband. We met on Yelp." And you probably won't even think anything of it. "As more of our lives are spent online and in virtual communities, we will find relationships there just as we have at the gym, the bar, or hobbies where we meet people now," says Crews.

"Generations that have grown up online make fewer distinctions between 'real-world' and virtual relationships."

Just like non-dating sites will be used for finding lovers, dating apps will be used for finding friends. Bumble just released Bumble BFF -- which is focused on building strong relationships with other kick-ass women.

It makes sense. After hours of fruitless swiping, it's tempting to head over to the same-sex section and just look for a fun-looking friend who likes Tito's and Sprite, and wants to see the new Fast and Furious movie with you later so you don't have to sniffle over Paul Walker alone. This is our future.

From: Cosmopolitan.com

How to Take Perfect Engagement Ring Photos

With millions of couples getting engaged, you can expect your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to be flooded with proposal pictures and engagement ring selfies. This recent phenomenon of ring photos has become many couples’ preferred method for sharing the news of their engagement with family and friends. A sparkling snap of the engagement ring, paired with a cute caption and posted to social media, seems to have replaced the traditional good news phone call.

Of course, with any fad comes a lot of competition and over-saturation. I’ve seen some entirely un-friendly conversations go on between friends over how big the ring looks in person vs. how it looked in a ring selfie.

Some hand lotion and a manicure can go a long way in making your hands look their best for engagement ring photos. Otherwise, there is no reason to use any photography trickery to make a diamond engagement ring look larger or different than it appears in person. There are plenty of ways to enhance the natural beauty of your diamond to achieve a gorgeous, true-to-life engagement ring selfie.

What will make your ring sparkle the most?

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Two words: natural light. Nothing will show off your engagement ring’s sparkle quite like sunlight. If you live near the ocean, lake, or even a river, a beach scene is ideal for letting your diamond sparkle in natural light. In addition to being a popular proposal spot, the beach presents a unique photo op. This is because both the sun’s light and the reflection of the sun on the water will enhance the center diamond’s brilliance.

On the other hand, stay away from taking engagement ring photos in dim, yellow-toned light. In person, a reading light definitely gives diamonds a soft, romantic look. Unfortunately, this look does not translate well to photos, especially when it comes to yellow gold diamond engagement rings. At best the center stone will look blurry, and at worst it will look like it has a very low color grade.

What will make your diamond look bigger (and smaller)?

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No matter how large or small your ring’s center diamond actually is, certain angles and setups can change the appearance of its size. First and foremost, make sure to take a top-down shot of your ring. This is also called a “table view”, and it will give the most accurate impression of the diamond’s size. Depending on which diamond cuts and ring settings are used, side-view photos of an engagement ring can be totally misleading. For example, a large diamond set in an engagement ring that sits low on the finger will look tiny in a side-view image.

Another way to get an accurate picture of the diamond’s size is to remove all other jewelry and accessories from your hand and wrist before snapping a selfie. The shapes and sizes of your other jewelry can skew how big the center stone appears. This is especially true for watches; large watch faces are still in right now, so by comparison the diamond will seem much smaller than it actually is.

When to Share Ring Details

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There has been debate about this topic since long before the era of the selfie. Nowadays, with social media being such a huge part of our everyday lives, awkward conversations and subjects like this one run the risk of being broadcast to friends, family, coworkers, and even random acquaintances.

My recommendation is to not share the finer details of your ring, especially carat weight and price. It could lead to comparisons, jealousy, criticism, and a whole mess of other bad social situations.

What are the right details to share? Any unique touches that enhance the ring’s meaning. For example, sharing the inscriptions from engraved engagement rings is sweet and definitely not too much information. Calling out your sister-in-law for having a smaller diamond? Not as sweet.

Some Quick Do’s and Don’ts: 

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  • DON’T shy way from using your own hand. First off, it isn’t technically a “selfie” if you don’t have any of yourself in the photo, is it? Second, who cares if your nails or skin are perfect? Your friends and family shouldn’t; they should care about your happy announcement first and foremost. If you have a particularly critical audience, you can always crop the photo so that it includes only your fingers and not the nails.
  • DON’T use flash on a diamond close-up. The stone’s brilliance will reflect back in a very unflattering way.
  • DON’T rely on zoom at all. It is extremely difficult to get a high-quality photo of an engagement ring if you zoom in on the center diamond. A zoomed-in photo will almost always come out blurry.
  • DON’T take a close-up of the table if you have an Asscher or emerald cut diamond. These shapes have sizable, open tables, so inclusions will appear more obvious. I would stay away from top-down close-ups of emerald and Asscher cuts, unless you want to answer a lot of questions about the “scratches” on your stone.

Source: Josh Marion

Two Tone White and Yellow Gold Engagement Rings | Chicago

You've found the perfect mate; now it's time to start your search for engagement rings. Only you will know when you've found the perfect engagement ring - the one that captures your heart, reflects your personality, and symbolizes your growing love. 

When a dynamic couple with a creative vision want a truly original custom designed diamond engagement ring, they come to Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago to turn their diamond engagement ring dream into a reality.

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Geneva Seal's 18k white and yellow gold engagement ring. 2 carat round cut & round diamonds set in yellow with 4 prongs split shank.

Geneva Seal's 18k white and yellow gold engagement ring. 2 carat round cut & round diamonds set in yellow with 4 prongs split shank.

Geneva Seal's 18k white and yellow gold engagement ring. 2 carat round cut & round diamonds set in yellow with 4 prongs split shank.

Geneva Seal's 18k white and yellow gold engagement ring. 2 carat round cut & round diamonds set in yellow with 4 prongs split shank.

When deciding on the engagement ring, choosing a metal type could be a little difficult. Geneva Seal in Chicago recommends considering her preferred jewelry style when deciding on the precious metal of her engagement ring. 

Yellow Gold is for the bride who wears a lot of yellow gold jewelry. Choosing this metal for her engagement ring will complement her current style and taste. Yellow gold is a classic choice for engagement rings, complementing those with warmer skin tones.

White Gold is for the bride who wears mostly white gold or sterling silver. White gold offers a smooth contemporary appeal and blends well with other jewelry pieces and clothing colors.

If you're unable to decide on a metal for your engagement ring, go with both. An engagement ring similar to the 2 carat round cut diamond engagement rings below are always a timeless option. 

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What Does Your Engagement Ring Say About You and Your Wedding Style?

Do you love to be different or prefer to stay on top of the latest trend? Do you favor timeless elegance or love to be edgy? Whatever your style, Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago has an engagement ring that suits it. 

Classic Round Engagement Ring

You are going to want a classic wedding. From the A-line silhouette of your dress to your cathedral-length veil, everything is going to be timeless. The future partners are likely to be traditional, perhaps a bit conservative, faithful to each other, and very loyal. 

You'll include some special details in your ceremony, like your grandmother's brooch pinned on your bouquet. In keeping with your elegant style, you'll probably choose a band over a DJ-you can't imagine having your first dance to anything but Sinatra.

A round-cut diamond is one of the most popular cuts for engagement rings, and for good reason. It sparkles like none other. Brides who favor this classic shape are traditionalists at heart, and recognize a good thing when they see it.

Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

You are drawn to minimalist elegance yet more often than not, money is no object when it comes to showering each other with affection. Your wedding gown is designed to fit close to your body and your style icons are cool girls like Kate Hudson and Keira Knightley.

You'll choose a simple bouquet of lilies, and you'll walk down an aisle lined with candles-because you are just that effortlessly chic. Instead of registering for gifts, you might ask guests to donate to your favorite cause to keep things simple. 

Fewer facets make an emerald-cut diamond susceptible to revealing any flaws the stone may have, which means confidence is a must! Brides who favor this retro-inspired design are open to taking risks and delight in the unexpected.

Princess Cut Engagement Ring

You're a modern bride with edgier leanings. We wouldn't be surprised if you went for a more alternative bridal look, like a white pantsuit or a little white dress. You want to take your wedding off the beaten path. Rooftop gardens and small art galleries appeal to you. 

The bride-to-be will most likely be a pampered spouse, with the future groom being a dedicated, thoughtful husband. The princess-cut diamond is a favorite among brides who want a traditional-shaped engagement ring, but with a little something extra. The stone's four pointed corners make it an excellent choice for a bride with a modern sensibility.

Pear Shaped Engagement Ring

The engaged couple can be quite independent and have high standards, but ultimately supportive of each other. Also known as a teardrop, the pear-shaped diamond is a hybrid of styles. Taking cues from both the oval and marquise, this unique shape is a perfect choice for those who play by their own set of rules and think that two is better than one. 

Marquise Cut Engagement Ring

The engagement and marriage are punctuated with chic and glamorous events, calling for many opportunities to play dress-up.

Because of their shape, marquise-cut diamonds often appear larger than life. The shape of the stone is made to maximize carat weight, which can appeal to brides with a flair for drama.

Heart Shaped Engagement Ring

The future bride and groom are not afraid to indulge in public displays of affection now and then. They are also most likely to be giddy at their own wedding! 

Consider a heart-shaped diamond the wild card in the bunch. Bashful brides who shy away from the spotlight need not consider this finely-crafted shape, as they'll be sure to attract attention wherever they go.

Oval Shaped Engagement Ring

Stability and serenity are important to the couple who choose this shape.

Essentially an elongated circle, an oval-shaped diamond can have just as many facets as a round-cut stone, which means it has the capacity to sparkle just as much. This elegant shape is a favorite among sophisticated brides who are also striving for something unique.

Cushion Cut Engagement Ring

Tradition is important to you, but you like to add your own trendy twist. We bet your "something blue" will come in the form of killer heels that you'll pair with a mermaid gown. It goes without saying that your wedding will be heavy on the glamour-sequin bridesmaid (or maybe too much tulle). Crystal embellished bouquets and champagne towers are all right up your alley.

A cushion-cut diamond gets it name from the rounded corners and curved sides that make it appear softer than a princess-cut diamond but not as circular as a round-cut stone. Everything from the name of the cut to the shape of the diamond is effortlessly romantic, as is the bride who wears one

Asscher Engagement Ring

This vintage-inspired style ha been a favorite among the fashion conscious crowd ever since Carrie Bradshaw modeled an asscher-cut engagement ring during her brief engagement to Aidan Shaw on Sex and the CityBrides who both follow and define the latest trends can wear this stone with confidence.

Radiant Cut Engagement Ring

True to its name, a radiant-cut diamond catches the light in a big way. The shape mimics an emerald-cut stone but the facets allow for extra sparkle. Brides who don't want to stray too far from the classic shapes appreciate this stone's timeless nature. 

Colorful Engagement Ring

We have a feeling you like to do your own thing, We also have a feeling your dress will be unconventional, with a splash of color or quirky embellishments (or maybe even both). You never mind standing out, and your guests will remember your wedding as a crazy-fun party with amazing energy. If anyone is going to throw an exotic destination wedding or pull off a funky backyard theme, it's you.

4 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago engagement ring house specializes in picking out the perfect engagement ring for your loved one. Cushion cut diamonds in the 4 carat range are a stunning choice for engagement rings. Often, clients who want to maximize sparkle will choose a higher quality cut, to balance the large carat size.

Four carat diamonds also work exceptionally well in custom jewelry, such as stud earrings and solitaire pendants. Geneva Seal diamonds are certified by either the AGS or GIA - the most respected independent grading labs in the world.

Jewelry: The Beautiful Italian Diamond Bracelets Every Woman Needs

Modern charm is on full display with these beautiful Italian 5 cts Diamond Bangle Cuff Bracelets. 

Top: Pink Tourmaline & Diamond Bangle Cuff Bracelet crafted in 18K Rose Gold is slightly domed and packed with 24 cts of pink tourmaline gemstones for a gorgeous colorful and sparkling gemstone bracelet. 

Bottom: Aquamarine & Diamond Bangle Cuff Bracelet crafted in 18k White Gold is slightly domed and packed with 24 cts of aquamarine gemstones. This aquamarine diamond bangle cuff bracelet is the perfect gift of uniqueness, meant to be worn, loved and cherished every day!

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, an Chicago Jeweler, is home to a unique collection of high fashion designers as well as the finest quality timepieces by Roger Dubuis, Hublot,  Breitling, Omega, and more. Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry is here to provide you with the highest quality jewelry, timepieces, and customer service. 

Our 6 Carat Princess Cut Engagement Ring Is a Chicago Brides Dream

At Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago, engagement rings are our specialty. Our 6 carat princess cut diamond ring is an incredibly stunning choice for an engagement ring. A popular shape, its facets are cut for sparkle, combined with a modern square silhouette. This popular diamond cut has a presence that is both elegant and dramatic.

The ideal engagement diamond is clear to the point of being colorless. At Geneva Seal, experts determine the color of each diamond by comparing it to authenticated “master” diamonds. Each stone is then color-graded to a precise scale from “D” (colorless) to “Z” (saturated). Only diamonds of “I” level (near colorless) or better are accepted at Geneva Seal.

Near Colorless or Colorless grades are advised if you intend to select a white metal. The faint yellow in K or L graded diamonds is balanced by a yellow gold setting. Setting your 6 carat diamond in a French-set halo will add extra sparkle with a vintage influence. A solitaire setting gives a contemporary effect.

There Is a Magic Number for Marriage, According to Science

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago has experienced some of the most magical moments with our clients; especially when they're shopping for an engagement ring.

We've had clients as young as 18 & as old as 80 shopping for engagement rings. Whether it's their first or tenth marriage, they have a magical glow to them, a sense of contentment, fulfillment and happiness. We've always wondered if there is an ideal age for marriage, so we did some research and found there actually is a magic number -- or so says science.

An article in The New York Times last December boldly declared that the oft-cited statistic that 50% of marriages end in divorce is a myth, and in fact, the divorce surge is a thing of the past

"The delay in marriage is part of the story, allowing people more time to understand what they want in a partner and to find one."

According to The Institute of Family Studies, and conventional wisdom, getting married under the age of 20 carries a risk of divorce within the first five years: a whopping 32 percent. And it decreases after then. Between age 20 and 24, the risk is 20%; between 25 and 29, it's 15%; and between 30 and 34, it's 14%. But then, the trend reverses: From age 35 and up, the divorce risk climbs to 19%.

"My data analysis shows that prior to age 32 or so, each additional year of age at marriage reduces the odds of divorce by 11 percent. However, after that the odds of divorce increase by 5 percent per year," writes Nicholas H. Wolfinger, a professor of family and consumer studies and adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Utah."

Thirty-two, it appears is the magic number.

We're not ones to disagree with science but we are supporters of love and marriage at any age. Maybe it's not the age that matters, maybe it's the time it takes to find your perfect match. When you've found your perfect person, we're here for your engagement ring needs.

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