JUNE 26, 2020

Today in Gear: Custom Lab-Grown Diamond Rings, 10 Inexpensive but Functional Desks & More


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In the midst of a global pandemic, heading to a jewelry store to try on engagement rings goes against virtually every piece of advice from the experts. Nonetheless, if you’re ready to pop the question but you still haven’t found the right ring, you’ll be happy to hear that Couple has effectively reimagined the entire process of shopping for an engagement ring — from sourcing conflict-free, lab-grown diamonds to offering free 3D design renders and customization options, as well as complimentary resizing and returns. You can even schedule a one-on-one video call with Couple’s Diamond Concierge if you need a bit of guidance. Plus, every ring comes with a premium proposal kit that includes a polished brass proposal box and tray, giving your proposal a bit of panache that your partner is sure to appreciate.

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A Weber alternative if there ever was one.

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The North Face Class V Belted Trunks
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Garmin Forerunner 35
Save up to 47%: This feature-loaded, runner-friendly smartwatch boasts huge value at a deep discount. No wonder it’s one of the best fitness deals of the week.


Rancourt Shoes
Save 40%: Rancourt & Co. has been making its handsewn shoes in Maine for over 50 years. Now, the heritage shoemaker is turning to crowdfunding to offer wholseale pricing.


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