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  • "The Coach's Wife" Day's Jewelers Proposal

    At Day's Jewelers we are lucky to have AMAZING customers who often share their proposal stories. We recently received the story of Meghan and Andrew and are honored to share it with you. Our hope is you fall in love with "The Coach's Wife" as much as we did.

    Andrew and I met in primary school growing up together, but never really ran in the same social circle. That all changed after college when we reconnected deciding to grab dinner. Much to my surprise, Andrew arrived with a rather odd haircut, a green cross right in the middle. It was from a bet he made with the team he coached for and lost. Soon after I became what was known as "the coach’s wife" attending his games with snacks and Gatorade in support of his kiddos.

    image2 The beautiful Meghan and Andrew.

    A year and a half later, my father had promised my mother a new wedding band for Christmas. I may have mentioned to Andrew that he had to stop into Day's Jewelers. While Andrew was doing his last minute Christmas shopping, seriously last minute, minutes before closing the day before Christmas Eve, he shared his plan to propose to me with my father. The plan was to  set a diamond  belonging to his grandfather into a new ring. The team at Day's Jewelers designed a beautiful new setting Andrew had borrowed from my Pinterest boards resetting the original diamond.

    Christmas day came and went and I was told to not make plans for a certain weekend in January for a get away weekend. I was told to pack a bag, and be ready ON TIME. On time being something very difficult for me. I had been hinting for months to see the Ice Castles, assuming this was the adventure yet to come. For the first time I was EARLY and ready to go that Saturday. He walked in asking if I was ready and he had a gift for me. Opening the beautiful purple wrapping paper I found "The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planning Binder." Clearly dumbfounded I said "Why on earth do I need this?" It was then he got down on one knee and said "because you have a wedding to plan" followed by the Day's Jewelers little blue box with my beautiful shiny engagement ring. I WAS IN SHOCK.

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    Andrew once again said he had forgotten his wallet at home so we drove back to his house. We arrived to familiar cars of friends and family in the dooryard for a surprise party! Our party also happened to be the day the Patriots were fighting for an AFC championship spot, so we waited a day or two to start officially planning. A year and a half of planning and we will be married on September 17th. It all began on a winters day with a little blue box from Day’s Jewelers.

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  • Surprise Marriage Proposal Video with Forevermark Diamond Engagement Ring

    See Josh propose to Amy with a brilliant Forevermark diamond engagement ring set in white and rose gold. The proposal went on without a hitch!

  • A Day’s Jewelers Cliff's of Moher Proposal

    Day's Jewelers Proposal Story:

    Hi my nameimage2 is Michelle Devereux. My fiancé Ryan Sylvain proposed to me on June the 9, 2016 at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. We have been together 2 and half years.

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    I recently brought Ryan to Ireland for my cousins wedding. I moved to the USA with my parents when I was 7 but both my mother and father reside in Ireland. We traveled around Ireland for a few days with my brother and a couple of friends. Ryan carried the ring around with him while we were traveling and a few times he thought I was sure I would find out.

    image3On Thursday the 9th, on our last stop back to Cork, we visited the Cliff's of Moher. We were taking photos and laughing and the Ryan dropped to one knee. I remember he was nervously asking my brother for the ring, I remember spacing out into the ocean not believing this was happening. I thought I was in a dream. A wave of emotion came over me and I said yes while crying, but Ryan did this in a country (Ireland) that is so dear to my heart and will always be my home.

    He definitely put thought into and it will be a day I will never forget. Ryan told me that Day's Jewelers was great to work with and I felt so comfortable with Day's too. Our big day isn't till October 2018, but I wouldn't trade June 9th 2016 on the Cliff's of Moher for anything.

  • Surprise marriage proposal at Hadlock Field with a Forevermark diamond ring

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    On June 25 at 6:15 pm we successfully coordinated and executed a surprise marriage proposal on the pitchers mound at a Portland Sea Dogs baseball game. Josh proposed to Amy with a brilliant Forevermark diamond engagement ring set in white and rose gold. The proposal went on without a "hitch", but how?

    Rewind to June 1 when we chose the winner of the Homerun Hitch contest we were promoting with Real Maine Weddings. Josh had entered his "Why I want to propose" essay into the contest and was the clear winner. It was a unanimous decision and we spent the next two weeks getting a Forevermark diamond engagement ring that he felt was the perfect match for Amy.

    Selected by hand, less than 1% of the world's diamonds are eligible to become a Forevermark diamond. Every step of it’s journey adheres to strict criteria, calling on master craftsmen and the most experienced of experts to ensure that only the most beautiful diamonds are chosen to be inscribed as Forevermark.

    Josh & Amy live over FOUR HOURS away from Hadlock Field. Yep, you read that correct: FOUR HOURS away up in Easton, Maine. So now we have to get Josh and Amy to the game without Amy suspecting anything. We created a faux contest that he won tickets from to the June 25 game and their adventure to Southern Maine began to form.

    When Josh & Amy arrived at the stadium, Amy had no idea that her entire family and Josh's family were parking their cars and getting ready for the biggest surprise of her life. Josh & Amy found their seats and Josh left Amy with their belongings to "go to the bathroom" when in reality he was coming to meet us. We went over the game plan quickly and I handed Josh the perfectly shined ring. When Josh opened up his Day's blue box, his face said it all. He said "WOW!", smiled nervously and put the ring in his pocket. Josh returned to his seat to wait for our queue with his Forevermark diamond engagement ring now secretly in hiding.

    Forevermark brings you the most carefully selected diamonds in the world. Each one is responsibly sourced, and then meticulously cut, polished and graded before it can be inscribed with proprietary technology that makes it uniquely yours. Amy was about to receive her sparkling Forevermark diamond.

    The Portland Sea Dogs promo team announced over the loud speaker that they were going to choose one person at random to throw the first-pitch of the game. They read off the ticket number and guess who was chosen? AMYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! Amy was told she can bring someone down on the field with her, guess who she chose? JOSHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

    Here they come down to the side of the field to "throw the first pitch". Amy gets in line and she throws out the first pitch. *side note: Amy has a great arm, she threw the PERFECT PITCH*

    As soon as Amy turns around Josh is down on one knee [insert goosebumps here]. Amy is stunned. Shocked. In disbelief. Amazement. She starts crying and says, "YES!" Josh jumps up and throws a fist pump into the air and the crowd goes wild.

    Our Day's Jewelers event team, Real Maine Weddings team and the Sea Dogs promo team watched from the sidelines. Some of us cheered, some of us jumped up and down and others balled because this whole amazing moment that we put our hearts into went on without a hitch. We hit a homerun. A Homerun Hitch!

  • Top 10 Gifts for Father's Day

    “What is a good gift for Dad?”

    My boys have a great dad. He coaches lacrosse and basketball, reads bedtime stories with the best voices, helps with homework, and cooks dinner every night. I have a great dad, too. He has always been there for me—making sure that I became a good person.

    In honor of Father’s Day, and to celebrate all of the great dads, we have put together a list of our favorite gifts for Dad.

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    1. Watches

    wshg0022 Shinola Runwell Mens Chronograph Watch with Gray Dial and Gray Leather Strap $775

    WBTG0008_1 Bering Time Mens Watch with Blue Dial and Black Titanium Bracelet $189

    wmog0358 Movado Museum Classic Mens Watch with Black Dial and Gold Tone Bracelet

    wreg0122 Reactor Proton Mens Chronograph Watch with Black Dial and Stainless Steel Bracelet $550

    Tell Dad that you love all of the quality time you spend together. Give him the gift of a new watch from Shinola, Movado, Reactor, Bering Time, Citizen, or Seiko. You can also have a personalized messaged engraved on most watch casebacks

    2. Gold Link Necklace

    Figaro Chain in 14kt Yellow Gold $549 Figaro Chain in 14kt Yellow Gold $549

    Mens Railroad Link Necklace in 14kt Yellow Gold $1,395 Mens Railroad Link Necklace in 14kt Yellow Gold $1,395

    A 14kt gold necklace will be a gift that will last dad a lifetime—like all of the lessons he taught you.

    3. Crosses

    Plain Cross Charm in 14kt Yellow Gold $179 Plain Cross Charm in 14kt Yellow Gold $179

    Mens Cross Necklace in Sterling Silver $79 Mens Cross Necklace in Sterling Silver $79

    Crosses are a gift for Dad available in 14kt Gold, 10kt Gold, Sterling Silver, and Stainless Steel. Sterling silver and gold cross charms are also available, and you can add the right chain to suit Dad’s style.

    4. Keith Jack Axe Necklace

    ngpds2214_1 Keith Jack Axe Necklace in Sterling Silver and 10kt Yellow Gold $249

    The Keith Jack Axe necklace, part of the Norse Forge Collection, a symbolic of Dad—strong and true.

    5. Keith Jack Thor’s Hammer Necklace

    ngpds2213_1 Keith Jack Thor's Hammer Necklace in Sterling Silver and 10kt Yellow Gold $190

    Thor's hammer is the weapon of the storm God, Thor, and brings thunder and lightning to his foes. This Keith Jack Thor's hammer necklace's design is indicative of the strength and power of the Celtic warrior as he stands tall and fearless.

    6. Keith Jack Dragon Weave Bracelet

    nggbr0021_1_1 Keith Jack Dragon Weave Mens Celtic Eternity Bar Bracelet Item $320

    The Keith Jack Dragon Weave Eternity Bracelet symbolizes the never-ending, ever-evolving path that fatherhood is.

    7. Money Clip

    NGMC0314_1 Carbon Fiber Money Clip in Stainless Steel $59

    Give Dad the gift of a money clip—so he will know where his money is when you ask to borrow some! Most money clips can be personalized with a special message to Dad.

    8. Cufflinks

    ngclk0197_1 Cuff Links in Sterling Silver $129

    Cuff links are a great gift for Dad when he needs to dress up for work, a wedding, or a special dinner. Most cuff links can be engraved with Dad’s initials.

    9. Tie Bar or Tie Tac

    ngtt0292_1 Rembrandt Anchor Tie Tac in Sterling Silver $39

    NGTB0160_1 Engraveable Mens Tie Bar in Sterling Silver $59

    Tie tacs and tie bars are great personalized gifts for Dad. Any Rembrandt Charm can be ordered as a tie tac, and most tie bars are engravable.

    10. Ring

    dgts0884_1 Forevermark Mens Diamond Ring in 14kt Yellow Gold $1,395.00

    Give Dad a Forevermark Diamond for Father’s Day. Forevermark Diamonds are beautiful, rare, and responsibly sourced.

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  • toDAY'S Runway : Featuring May

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    Happy Birthday May! Lucky you, your birthstone is EMERALD. This fits you perfectly, you sparkle and shine all day, every day. Relax and enjoy a little Emerald inspo for the perfect look!!

    Emerald is a great stone for everyday wear as it is one of the harder stones on the MOHS scale. Emeralds are a beautiful precious gemstone, brilliant in color and prestige. Emeralds are thought to relieve stress, what better prescription than a beautiful emerald around your necklace or adorning your ears.

    This sparkling gemstone originated from the Greek word for green, smaragdus. The gemstone was first mined in 330 BC in Egypt, becoming Cleopatra's favorite gemstone. Spanning the world once cherished by Spanish conquistadors, Inca Kings and royal trade throughout the decades. It became a legend as one of the four precious stones given by God to King Solomon. The lore of Emeralds believes in the ability to foresee the future when placed under the tongue and its curability of Malaria.

     

     

     

  • Top 10 Gifts for the College Graduate

    “What is a good gift for a college graduate?”

    That was the question that came up when I was out at dinner with friends a few weeks ago. With a niece and cousin graduating from college in a couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about that question.

    While a high school graduation gift is often something practical—a computer, dorm bedding, money for books—a college graduation gift should have sentiment attached to it.

    Graduating from college is a huge accomplishment. A lot of time, hard work, determination, and dedication gets a graduate to where they are. It should be celebrated with a gift the graduate will have for a lifetime. Jewelry really is the perfect gift for such an occasion.

    Here are our top 10 gifts for the college graduate:

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    1. Hers: Diamond Stud Earrings $399

    deqt0115_1_1 Northern Star 1/4 carat total weight diamond stud earrings in 14kt white gold

    Diamond stud earrings are an essential part of any women’s jewelry box. Diamonds represent strength, eternity, and ever-lasting love. They are a great way to tell your graduate that you love her.

    2. Hers: Diamond Necklace $499

    Northern Star Eternal Fire Diamond Necklace in 14kt White Gold

    When your graduate is getting ready for her first day in her first job, she should have a beautiful diamond necklace to finish off her professional outfit. A diamond necklace is a basic that will compliment any outfit. When she looks in the mirror before heading out the door, she will see the necklace and think of the family that supports her as she makes her way out in the world.

    3. Hers: Path of Life Necklace $210

    Keith Jack Path of Life Necklace in Sterling Silver and 10kt Gold

    “As you set off on the path of life, do not surrender to the unexpected twists and turns. Remember that this journey follows the route of your choosing and when you listen to your heart you will always find your way home.” The Path of Life necklace from Designer Keith Jack reminds your graduate that the life they are about to embark on may have trials and tribulations, but they can always find their way home.

    4. His: Movado Watch $795

    Movado Museum Classic Mens Watch with Blue Dial and Stainless Steel Bracelet

    5. Hers: Reactor Watch $450

    Reactor Curie Womens Watch with White Mother of Pearl Dial and Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold Tone Bracelet

    A watch is a great gift for any graduate. A professional, polished upscale watch will set your graduate out the door for their first day of work looking and feeling put together. Many styles can be engraved with a message on the case back, so your graduate can be reminded every day how special they are to you.

    6. His: Cuff Links $129

    Cuff Links in Sterling Silver

    7. His: Engravable Tie Bar $59

    Engraveable Mens Tie Bar in Sterling Silver

    8. His: Cross Necklace $220

    Keith Jack Celtic Cross Necklace in Sterling Silver and 10kt Yellow Gold

    9. His: Gold Bracelet $499

    Figaro Bracelet in 14kt Yellow Gold

    Men are hard to shop for, and the college graduate is no exception! Select a piece of jewelry to add to his professional wardrobe. Cuff links, tie bars, and money clips are usually engravable. Add his initials to personalize his gift. A cross, a dog tag necklace, or a Figaro necklace or bracelet are also great gift ideas.

    10. Hers: Compass Rose Necklace $149

    Mariners Compass Rose Necklace in Sterling Silver

    The Mariner's Compass Rose will remind your graduate that life is a journey where they are navigators of their destiny, while their internal compass keeps them on course through all of their passages in life. This necklace also comes in yellow gold plate.

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  • Top 10 Places in Maine for your Engagement Photos

    Guest post by Cuppa Photography:

    Maine boasts an astounding array of stunning locations for engagement photography sessions. From the rocky coastline studded with picturesque lighthouses to the deep woods of the northern forests and western mountains, from quaint fishing villages to gritty city alleyways, there is something to reflect every couple.

    Here are my top ten favorite locations for engagement sessions in Maine:

    1. The Coast

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    The Maine coast is world famous for its beauty. Whether you choose a sandy beach to stroll along hand-in-hand or embrace the more rugged rocky shores, there is no shortage of coastline to fit every palette.

    Try:

    Sandy beaches: Popham, Higgins, Willard, Goose Rocks, Reid, Sand Beach (Acadia)

    Rocky shores: Two Lights, Reid, Orr Island, Acadia, Jasper, Deer Isle, Fort Williams, Wolfe’s Neck

     

    1. Gritty Urban Settings

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    Don’t be dismayed by the grittiness to be found in back alleys and working docks. The rough edges of these sorts of locations create a pleasing juxtaposition to the warmth of the love story you are sharing. It also lends itself to a feeling of a private moment being captured and can take on a candid feel.

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    Any urban center! Portland, Bangor, Lewiston, Augusta…wander the streets and keep your eyes peeled for the “in-between” places.

     

    1. Parks

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    Maine is brimming over with fantastic parks, from small city parks to the acclaimed Acadia National Park. Scattered across the state are 36 official state parks, from the miniscule Bradbury Mountain to the enormous Baxter, each with its own distinct feel. Don’t overlook the parks local to your area- they are treasures when it comes to engagement sessions, many with more than one sort of setting to make use of!

    Try:

    Fort Williams, Mount Blue, Rangeley, Vaughn Woods, Wolfe’s Neck, Lamoine, Acadia, Camden Hills

     

    1. Historic Urban Settings

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    On the flip side of the gritty alleyways of Maine’s urban centers is the historic old New England feel that many boast. Old seaports with cobbled streets, the brick and stone and clapboard of early America, Maine has it all.

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    Any urban center! Portland, Bangor, Augusta, Lewiston, Auburn

     

    1. Forest

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    From the great North Woods to the forested woodlots around every corner, trees are as much a part of Maine as it’s famous coastline is. Look for lush undergrowth through the summer months or the resplendent foliage of autumn, or even the woody bare openness of the winter woods.

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    Any of Maine’s state parks will offer a variety of wooded backdrops, or simply keep your eye out as you drive your local backroads. They don’t call Maine the Pine Tree State for nothing!

     

    1. Mountains

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    While looking out over Maine’s famous coastline, it can be easy to forget that the Appalachian Range of mountains extends up along the western side of our fair state. Don’t underestimate these mountains as a backdrop for your engagement session. Or choose something closer to the lakes region or even the coast. You won’t be sorry to include these views in your session.

    Try:

    Sunday River ski resort or the Artist’s Bridge in Bethel/Newry, Sugarloaf or Saddleback ski areas, Baxter State Park, Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island, the Camden Hills

     

    1. Farmland

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    Maine is dotted with working farms, many open to the public. With open space, rustic barnwood, and plenty of winding dirt tractor paths, farms can be a wonderful location for your engagement session. Be sure to check that the farm is open to the public or get permission before planning your session there.

    Try:

    Pineland Farm, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Laudholm Farm on the Wells Reserve

     

    1. Seasonal Wonderland

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    Make the most of whatever season you are in when it comes time to shoot your engagement session! Couples often want to wait for the warm summer months for their sessions, but there is beauty to every season in Maine, and even the coldest months can be ideal for a great engagement shoot!

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    Head to the mountains or the lakes region (Sebago, Rangely, Moosehead) to capture the peak foliage on the fall, or try a cozy Christmas tree farm in the snow mid-winter

     

    1. Small Towns

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    Maine’s small towns boast charm unmatched anywhere else in the United States. Each enjoys it’s own special “claim to fame” and capturing a bit of that identity can set your engagement session apart.

    Try:

    Rockport’s art scene and famous breakwater, Kennebunkport’s charming shops and old homes, Stonington’s lobster boats and picturesque public library, Wiscasset’s antiques

     

    1. Lighthouses

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    Maine’s rugged coastline is studded with some of the world’s most picturesque lighthouses. For many out-of-state couples, shooting their engagement session at one of these lends and iconic Maine feel to their images.

    Try:

    Cape Neddick Light, Portland Head Light, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Spring Point Ledge Light, Rockland Breakwater Light, Bass Harbor Light, West Quoddy Head Light

  • toDAY'S Runway : Featuring April

    toDAYSrunway-01Happy Birthday April! Lucky you, your birthstone is DIAMOND. This fits you perfectly, you sparkle and shine all day, every day. Enjoy a little diamond fashion inspo for YOUR month!

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