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Everyone in Cartagena Is Wearing This Perfect Summer Dress

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If you’re lucky enough to travel to Cartagena, Colombia, this summer, be prepared to see one dress in particular on every in-the-know, stylish woman. On my recent trip to the beautiful Caribbean city, I asked Colombian designer Silvia Tcherassi which one of her dresses is the most popular in her Cartagena boutique, and she was quick to respond: the Selvino Dress ($2500).

“The Selvino Dress is one of the most versatile pieces I’ve ever made; it’s a new classic,” Tcherassi told Who What Wear. “You can go from casual to party with a simple change of accessories. Some people arrive to Cartagena thinking that it is another tourist destination and never imagine that the women dress up at night to go to restaurants and then to the club. They see this dress in the window of my boutique or posted in Instagram and fall in love immediately. Also, its fluid silhouette and bright color match perfect with the city—and then you can wear it effortlessly in Santa Monica or Saint-Tropez, day or night.”

Harper’s Bazaar España contributing editor Sofía Paramio Delgado, below, is just one of the chic women who have worn the dress in Cartagena—you can see for yourself just how well it blends in. Although Paramio’s yellow version promptly sold out on Net-a-Porter, the dress is still available in black-and-white, so get clicking. Scroll down to see the dress in question and shop the brand.

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Why A VVS Diamond Might Be Right for You

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Shopping for diamonds can be hard. With a stone so valuable and often gifted as a meaningful present, you’ll want to find the perfect one. When faced with so many options, it can be hard to know which type to choose, but we think that a VVS Diamond might be the perfect choice for you.

What is a VVS Diamond?

VVS is a clarity grade for diamonds and you’ll be able to find grades as VVS1 and VVS2. Clarity grades are assigned to diamonds by laboratories based on the imperfections that can be found within the gem. Depending on whether there are a certain number of imperfections, the colour and where these inclusions are, they can be more noticeable, and therefore earn the diamond a lower grade.

The highest clarity grades are Flawless (F) and Internally Flawless (IF). These are then followed by Very Very Slightly Included – VVS – and this grade has two different levels of VVS1 and VVS2. The final grades are Very Slightly Included, Slightly Included and Included.

Almost Flawless

Since they are nearly flawless, the imperfections on VVS diamonds are hardly visible. In fact, there are so hard to see, they can only be seen under high magnification. In some cases, the imperfections can’t be seen by a jeweller’s magnifier. This can mean that you’ll be able to get yourself what looks like a flawless gem but with a slightly lower price tag.

Variety of Choice

When buying a round brilliant white diamond, imperfections are hard to identify anyway, so it is recommended that you go for a VS or SI diamond. However, when looking for a larger diamond, imperfections will be seen more clearly so you’ll want to find a higher clarity grade.

In addition to this, finding a fancy shape, such as a heart or princess cut, more of the diamonds available will be VVS. The same goes for locating a coloured diamond. This is because the colour and shape of a diamond will determine how easily identifiable imperfections are.

Pricing

This could be considered a pro or a con depending on what angle you’re coming at this from, but VVS diamonds could be cheaper than opting for flawless diamonds and they won’t be any less beautiful. But, as the clarity grade improves, the price will increase and choosing a lower clarity gem won’t necessarily see much difference.

Investment

If you’re seeing your diamond purchase as an investment, a VVS diamond is a rarer find than lower clarity grades. However, in general, diamond resale prices won’t necessarily increase. Especially with white diamonds, you’ll find it’s hard to sell your gem for much higher than the price you initially paid for it. If you’re looking to purchase a diamond as an investment, it’s recommended that you opt for a fancy color instead.

Overall, VVS diamonds have fantastic appeal. It’s the perfect option for those wanting something flawless to the eye, but with a lower price tag. Not only this, but they can come in a wide variety of cuts and finishes that will match your personal preferences and desires.

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Why Do We Propose With Engagement Rings?

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Proposing with an engagement ring just seems like a fact of life – the sky is blue, the grass is green and when you want to marry someone you buy a big beautiful ring and propose. But this hasn’t always been an accepted tradition and derives from symbolic gestures of eternity and ownership in different ancient cultures.

So, why do we offer a ring to the person we want to spend the rest of our lives with? When did the tradition begin and what does it mean? How has it become such a widespread and accepted tradition?

It all dates back to Ancient Egypt. The Ancient Egyptians saw circles as a symbol of eternity, so newly wedded couples would create rings out of braided reeds to exchange as a token of commitment. These rings were worn on the left-hand ring finger, due to the fact this finger contains a vein that runs directly to the heart (named the Vena Amoris at a later date) – the heart was also a symbol of love even in Ancient Egypt. This is the oldest documented use of rings being exchanged as an engagement ritual.

In 2nd Century B.C., the Ancient Romans are believed to have started the use of betrothal rings as an offering to the bride instead of money or other valuables. The symbolism involved here is distinctly less romantic than in Ancient Egypt or in modern times – this was about signalling the man’s ownership of the woman. The woman would wear a gold ring during the wedding ceremony and while attending other significant events. Then, while at home, the woman would wear an iron ring as a reminder of her binding legal agreement i.e. that she has agreed to be owned by her husband.

So far we have seen modest woven rings to symbolise eternity together, gold rings to signal ownership in public facing ceremonies and iron rings to remind wives of their legal agreement. When did diamonds and other glitz come into the equation? Diamonds didn’t come into play until many centuries later, as late as 1477, when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring that had flat pieces of diamonds spelling out the letter “M”. After this, the rest of the European nobility had to follow suit and began adding more extravagant jewels as a way to show their prowess. There are also documented uses of romantic rings in the Middle Ages called “posey rings.” These rings had romantic poems engraved on them and would be exchanged between couples.

The use of diamonds became widespread after 1880, following the DeBeers Mining Company’s exploits in South Africa. The company adopted the slogan “A diamond is forever”, and told men they should spend two months wages on a ring. Somehow, this advertising venture became embedded into our culture, and by the 1940s it was widely accepted in Western Culture that you had to propose with a diamond. Nowadays we are flooded with wonderful engagement ring options, such as tiffany engagement rings, and have more choice than ever on how we propose.

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