SheKnows: Congrats on your collaboration with Blue Nile! How did you get involved with the brand?
Monique Lhuillier: As the premier online jewelry destination for diamonds and engagement jewelry, Blue Nile is the perfect partner. Not only did I want the highest quality product for my collection, but I also was looking for a retailer that understood the Monique Lhuillier DNA. With my busy lifestyle, I find myself online quite a bit, whether I’m just researching or making purchases.
"Choose something that — as soon as you try it on — brings out that happiness you want to feel on your special day."
SK: Tell us about the collection. Where did you get inspiration for the various ring styles?
ML: I was inspired by the designs of my bridal gowns. Above all, I wanted my jewelry collection to be delicate, romantic and refined, qualities that define my bridal aesthetic. It was important that the collection be made with premium quality platinum, which is a metal meant to last a lifetime. Additionally, each piece is set with a pink sapphire, my favorite accent color and symbolic of a blushing bride.
SK: For all the guys out there: What advice do you have for finding that perfect, special ring to propose to their woman with?
ML: Every woman is unique and special, so she’s looking for a ring that reflects her uniqueness. My advice is for the man to spend time doing his research on the diamond, and to enter the process with an idea of what his bride-to-be wants. It’s important to keep in mind that the engagement ring is a symbol of their lives together, a piece that will last a lifetime.
SK: We have to ask: For all the ladies out there getting married, what's the best advice you have for finding that perfect dress?
ML: Every bride wants to feel beautiful and special on her wedding day. Choose something that — as soon as you try it on — brings out that happiness you want to feel on your special day. It’s all about a beautifully executed, elegant dress that evokes emotion.