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Unique Trend: Pearl Engagement Rings

Traditionally when buying an engagement ring most people tend to opt for diamonds. But if you are someone who doesn’t like to follow the crowd, then why don’t you consider something different?  

 Pearl engagements are certainly worth bearing in mind. Pearls are classic and have long been a favourite in the world of jewellery so you never have to worry about the ring being viewed as unfashionable or outdated. You don’t have to completely disregard diamonds either. A centre pearl with diamonds surrounding it can look beautiful. The options are endless!

Nonetheless, classic beauty is not the only reason why pearl engagement rings are proving to be popular. You should also consider the symbolisation of the pearl as well. The pearl is a symbol of harmony, humility, and purity – which could be the perfect representation of you and your partner's relationship and a beautifully underlying message.  
So, how could we go about choosing the perfect style for your significant other? Whilst the many options and variations are endless, style is obviously important. As just mentioned, you don’t have to go for a ring that just contains pearls. Why not go for a pearl in the centre and then small diamonds around the band of the ring? Take a look online for some inspiration. You are assured to find something you like. 

In fact, going down the custom made route is definitely worth bearing in mind. You will be able to have a pearl engagement ring designed to suit you and you can get custom gift boxes to put it in too. Also, you will be the only person in the world with that piece of jewellery. It doesn’t get much more special than that, does it?!
In addition to this, you should consider the colour of the pearl. There are many different shades for you to select from. Dramatic colours, such as purple and deep green, are undoubtedly interesting and highly fashionable. Nonetheless, most people prefer sticking to the traditional pastel and creamy tones that are associated with weddings. A lovely ivory or pale pink can work a treat.   

Aside from this, you also need to take into account the lustre of the pearl. When it comes to diamonds you are looking for that stunning reflective quality that gives the diamond that beautiful sparkle. This is down to the cut of the diamond. On the other hand, when it comes to determining a pearl’s level of quality you need to be looking for a good lustre. This is how you get that stunning iridescent quality. Without a high lustre the pearl can easily look dull.  
Last but not least, the final point you will obviously want to bear in mind is your budget. The great thing about pearl engagement rings is that they tend to be significantly cheaper than diamond rings. If you look around you should be able to find a good deal. Remember, it’s not about what it costs, it’s about the beauty and the meaning.  

All in all, it is certainly not difficult to see why pearl engagement rings are emerging as a popular solution nowadays. However, make sure you take into account all of the points that have been mentioned in order to ensure you find the perfect one for you. After all, you are going to be wearing it for the rest of your life!
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Storage for Home-Based Retailers

Whether you are looking to move house and need to store some of your belongings in order to show your house off to its best potential or need somewhere to store your furniture during the move itself, it seems very straightforward to arrange this for the items we have within our homes. But what about retailers? When it comes to small retailers, it is quite possible that self-storage options are not something that most business owners have considered although they probably should have. Here are just a few reasons why they should take a look at this very practical and ingenious solution to any storage issues they may have!

In recent years’ internet business has boomed and there are many small businesses that operate on a mail-order basis, for example Etsy stores. Quite often for they are run by someone working from home as this is a very cost effective way of running a small business. It keeps costs down with no expensive rent to pay on business premises, however, mail order businesses rely on stock to operate and the best way to make your stock work for you is to buy in bulk. This simply isn’t a practical option for many people who work from home. Local self storage units offer the perfect solution to this problem, with units available in a variety of sizes from smaller empty units to larger ones with shelves. With prices of storage units being significantly cheaper than renting business premises (especially those with extra storage), small business owners are turning to storage companies for the perfect solution.  

Most modern self-storage companies offer state of the art security on site. For the small business retailer this is fantastic news; for a reasonable monthly amount not only are they able to store their stock conveniently but they have the peace of mind that comes with knowing it is secure. CCTV, security alarms, swipe card access and on-site security personnel are just some of the security precautions that many storage companies use in order to make sure that their customer personal items are secure.  

 Customers should also be able to take advantage of a range of insurance options when they store their items in self-storage, making sure that everything is covered. It can often be difficult to store too much stock in your own home because it can add significantly to your insurance or worse still, not be covered by your insurance company. 


Filing and archiving are sadly a very necessary evil of many businesses, whatever their size. Keeping paperwork for a number of years is a requirement. For the small business, this can present a problem if space is at a premium. Self-storage units, however, do offer a very good solution to this problem. Archives, whilst needing to be kept, are rarely something that needs to be looked at on a day to day basis. Storing them off-site can be an inexpensive solution to a problem that faces those small businesses which have space at a minimum. 

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