We’re excited to be able to offer beautiful moissanites from three different companies! Two brands of white moissanite are available: Forever One™ by Charles & Colvard, and Supernova™ by Moissanite International. Both are great companies, offering gorgeous stones in a range of white color grades and price points. The third company, Iconic Moissanite, is my own brand of grey moissanite. Which brand you choose is truly a personal choice — you’ll have to weigh which factors are most important to you. Below is a summary and background of each white moissanite option:
Forever One (colorless, D-E-F)
The Forever One is by North Carolina based company, Charles & Colvard. Their stones are made in the USA, which may or may not be of importance to some clients. They were also the original creators of gem-quality moissanite, and have been producing it for over 20 years. Because they were the originators, they have greater brand name recognition. Their colorless stones grade in the D-E-F range, according to the diamond color grading scale. (If you’re unfamiliar with color gradings or how the scale works, read The 4 C’s to learn more.
The round shape of Forever One is also available in two faceting styles: their classic Round Cut, as well as the newer Hearts & Arrows cut. The difference between these two round cuts is discussed in greater detail in this blog post.
Supernova (colorless, D-E-F)
The Supernova is by Australian based company, Moissanite International. In decades past, Charles & Colvard was the only maker of moissanite since they held the patent. In 2016 their patent expired, thus opening the gates for other competitors. Moissanite International has been developing and fine-tuning their stones in anticipation of the patent ending. Their stones are stunning, and are truly on par with those from Charles & Colvard. The Supernovas also grade in the colorless D-E-F range, so they’re comparative to the Forever One D-E-F. However, the Supernovas come in at a lower price point than those from C&C. To learn more about the cut of the round Supernova and how it compares to the Forever One round, see this blog post.
Forever One (near colorless, G-H-I)
In addition to their colorless D-E-F moissanite, Charles & Colvard also offers a near-colorless option that grades in the G-H-I range of the color scale. It’s less expensive than Supernova, making it budget friendly. Unlike their older Forever Brilliant line (which was supposedly also G-H-I, but often was more like I-J-K for some shapes), the new Forever One Hearts & Arrows GHI are truly in the G-H-I color range. Most of the oval and rounds I’ve seen so far are even the higher “G” color grade, and honestly look nearly identical to the D-E-F to the untrained eye. The vast majority of diamonds you see don’t even grade as colorless; most are near-colorless, just like the new GHI moissanite. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting the new GHI to be that different from their old FB, but the whiteness is really incredible. I’m a believer.
Ask yourself these questions when choosing a white moissanite: ◇ Do you only like an icier/bluer stone, or do you prefer a little warmth? ◇ Are you working within a budget? ◇ Does it matter to you where the moissanite was made? ◇ Does brand recognition matter to you? ◇ Does cut matter to you more than color and/or brand name? ◇ Prefer a non-white stone? Skip below to “Grey Moissanite” section!
Forever Brilliant (near colorless G-H-I — but really closer to I-J-K)
Before C&C introduced the newer Forever One GHI, their near-colorless option used to be the Forever Brilliant, or FB for short. The FB’s were cut from a different material than the new GHI and were visibly warmer/yellower. Although C&C claimed the FB also graded in the G-H-I range, I actually think the fancy shapes (such as radiants, emeralds, pears, etc.) graded more in the I-J-K color range. Color isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it’s just something to be aware of. In fact, many clients actually prefer a warmer stone. Many antique rings from the Art Deco, Victorian, etc. periods are faintly yellow.
Iconic Moissanite (Fancy Grey color)
I founded my own brand, Iconic Moissanite, after realizing that not all couples are looking for a white stone ring. The Iconic line features rare fancy greys, a hue that occurs naturally during the moissanite crystal growing process. Iconic grey moissanites are perfect for those wanting something a bit less traditional. The wonderful thing about grey is that it’s still a neutral that goes with everything, but the grey shade lends a little something different and edgier. Iconic greys can range in shade from a warmer dove grey, to a medium smoky grey, to a dark steel-hued grey. Learn more about the Iconic Grey Moissanite here.
I plan expand the Iconic brand to include white moissanites in the near future, so stay tuned! I already have a few white Iconic moissanites cookin’ — a gorgeous Hearts & Arrows, and some insanely beautiful antique cuts of white moissanite as well, such as Old Mine cuts, and more. Keep an eye on my Instagram, where I always post sneak peeks of new offerings first!
What is a moissanite stone if not the best very of both worlds: decidedly premium quality and genuine affordability. With more than twice the fire of a diamond at a fraction of the cost, durable moissanite gemstone combines luxury and accessibility.
According to the International Gemstone Society, by spending less than $1,000, you can receive a moissanite stone the size of a one-carat diamond for three times less than the standard cost—and all without compromising on color or clarity. In fact, our lab-created diamond simulants cost up to 90% less than mined diamonds while featuring sparkling brilliance, long-lasting durability, and unique premium cuts. A stunning gemstone at a stunningly low price point? It’s no wonder that so many modern couples choose to commemorate their love with moissanite jewelry and engagement rings.
Pro: Ethical Origins
Every aspect of a moissanite stone shines, including its origins. Ethically sourced, lab-grown moissanite gemstone is renowned for its conflict-free nature and environmentally friendly processes, removed from unethical mining practices and engineered by scientists with sustainable practices in mind. Look and feel your best in diamond alternatives crafted with conscientious care and the utmost attention to clarity, color and cut. With eco-friendly simulants that dazzle just like diamonds—but don’t compromise your comfort or arrive with hidden costs—you can sparkle with confidence and enjoy beautiful peace of mind.
Pro: Irresistibly Sparkly
If you’re looking to turn heads and win hearts, it’s hard to find a more eye-catching or radiant stone than moissanite. This eco-friendly diamond alternative may even compete with the cut, clarity, and brilliance of comparable mined diamonds measured on the standard diamond carat size chart. But unlike mined diamonds which emit colorless flashes when exposed to light, silicon carbide is double-refractive, creating a multi-hued rainbow of shimmer with every turn of the stone or encounter with light. What does this mean for your premium Nexus Diamond™ jewelry? More fire, more brilliance and more sparkle in your go-to pendant, engagement ring or custom design.
Pro: Seriously Durable
Moissanite ranks a 9.25 out of 10 on the industry-standard Mohs Scale of Hardness, just a touch under the ranking of mined diamonds. The serious durability of moissanite makes it a perfect choice for the center stone in your fine jewelry pieces. Given their top-notch brilliance and incredible tensile strength, our lab-grown diamond simulants deliver elegance and dazzle, without the worries about breaks, chips and cracks. Keep in mind, however, that certain gemstone cuts and shapes may require more delicate handling than others. Pear cuts and other elegant shapes may benefit from special settings that can help protect against everyday stress and damage. Speak with one of our experts about your unique needs.
Pro: Visibly Flawless
Lab-grown moissanite will certainly make an appealing option if your gemstone’s clarity is a top priority. Our moissanite diamond alternatives must achieve a clarity grade of VS or higher to be sold on the market. In other words, when you choose moissanite, you’re guaranteed a gorgeous stone with no visible flaws, perfect in appearance to the naked eye. And, when it comes to this gemstone, good things do last forever. This sparkly stone keeps its brilliance over time, so your fine jewelry can live on as a stunning heirloom piece that dazzles for generations to come.
Con: Slightly Different Sparkle Than Diamonds
While lab-grown moissanite offers greater brilliance than mined diamonds, differences in composition between the two gemstones result in slightly distinct sparkle patterns. Moissanite’s superior clarity—free of the inclusions and color variations in its mined counterparts—comes from a shift in light refraction properties. Moissanite is doubly refractive, which means that it sparkles much more—and much more colorfully—than the single refractive diamond.
While many delight in the dramatic blaze of this lab-grown dazzler, moissanite’s rainbow shimmer is distinctive—it does not perfectly match the white sparkle of real diamonds. The difference can be extremely subtle, especially with smaller stones, but experts with a trained eye can identify a diamond vs moissanite center stone based on sparkle alone.
Con: Hints of Warm Undertones
Colorless moissanite makes a fantastic alternative for those looking to simulate the versatility of the diamond. To attain its prized colorless quality, each gem undergoes a whitening process during its development. However, the ultimate degree of moissanite’s colorlessness may vary slightly from stone to stone. Some gems closely compare to near-colorless diamonds, while others may be slightly warmer in color with hints of yellow and green.
If you’re concerned about the hue of your gemstone, our experts can help you find your perfect diamond simulant. Each of our carefully crafted moissanite stones earns D, E, or F grades on the color scale of D to Z, with D being colorless.
Con: Less Access to Repairs, Resizing, and Resetting
While moissanite is one of the most promising additions to the world of fine jewelry, its innovative nature may make it more challenging to find jewelers that specialize in your stone in the event that you’re interested in resizing or resetting—at least compared to the many jewelers who work with mined diamonds.
Additionally, certain critics of moissanite argue that the stone does not retain its value over time. But this critique is not unique to moissanite; the same has been said of mined diamonds and other diamond alternatives within the retail space. It’s even possible that—given its durable quality and forever brilliance—moissanite boasts unparalleled longevity. If you have questions about caring for your moissanite jewelry through the years, our experts are happy to share insights and resources.
When it comes to being a bridesmaid, there are a lot of things that are expected of you. One of those things is getting the bride a gift. But, is this really a requirement? Are bridesmaids supposed to get the bride a gift? The answer to this question is a little bit complicated. There is no right or wrong answer, as it is ultimately up to the bride to decide if she wants her bridesmaids to get her a gift. Some bridesmaids do opt to get their bride a small gift, while others choose not to. If you are wondering whether or not you should get the bride a gift, it is important to ask her what she prefers. In general, however, it is not required for bridesmaids to get their bride a gift. So, if you are wondering whether or not you should get the bride a gift, the answer is ultimately up to you.
For some pre-wedding events, bridesmaids are expected to give the bride a gift. According to traditional wedding etiquette, you are expected to present a gift to the bridal shower. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on an extravagant gift if you hosted or contributed large sums of money to the shower. The bach party is one of the expenses that bridesmaids are expected to plan and pay for. If you’re giving a gift to your newly engaged best friend, consider giving her a coffee mug or an engagement photo frame. If you want to surprise the bride, consider giving her a funny T-shirt or other bachelorette souvenir. As a maid of honor, you will be expected to perform a variety of responsibilities.
You will also need to make a special wedding gift for the couple. A bridesmaid gift ranges in price from $100 to $120. Guests who are close to the couple spend an average of $130 on gifts.
As part of traditional wedding etiquette, bridesmaids should give a gift to a bridal shower because the couple will receive items from their registries during the party.
bridesmaids and maid of honor, and groom gifts to best man and groomsmen Wedding attendants may also present the couple with a gift to wish them well in their lives together.
How much should a groomsman spend on a groomsmen gift? In general, bridesmaids and groomsmen spend $125 on wedding gifts to be given as a close friend or relative of the couple. Regardless of the average amount spent on a wedding gift, bridesmaids and groomsmen should consider spending as much as possible.
How Much Should A Bridesmaid Give As A Wedding Gift?
There is no set amount that a bridesmaid should give as a wedding gift, but a good rule of thumb is to spend around $50-$100. Of course, the amount you spend will ultimately depend on your budget and how close you are to the bride. If you are on a tight budget, a nice gift idea is to frame a photo of the bride and groom from their wedding day.
Wedding guests typically spend $100 on average on wedding gifts. Most brides will have family or friends on their bridesmaids, particularly if the wedding is a large one. Wedding gifts can be purchased for the same price as gifts for the wedding party, which could be as little as $50 per gift. The bridal shower is frequently held for the bride in the months leading up to her wedding. In some cases, the couple can hold a wedding shower as well. As part of the bride-to-be’s gift-giving tradition, bridesmaids frequently present gifts to her. There are several ways to give it to her, including as a gift at her shower or as a wedding gift.
Bridesmaids are expected to dress their own way, groom their own hair, and prepare for their big day. It is not necessary to give a gift to your prospective bridesmaid. If you give the person a sentimental gift, he or she may feel more attached to the proposal. A bridal party gift can range in price from $50 to more than $100.
You are providing a great gesture of support and gratitude if you can give a gift of $75 or more. In addition to a nice bottle of wine, a gift card for a favorite restaurant, or a beautiful bouquet of flowers, this can be used to cover the cost of a gift card. It is critical to consider the bride’s budget and relationship with her bridesmaids when giving a bridal shower gift. Guests typically give $50 to $150 when making monetary donations to a party.
Small Wedding Gifts With A Big Heart
Consider giving the bride or groom a small gift, such as a personalized necklace or a bouquet of flowers, if they have a limited budget. If you can afford it, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the couple’s favorite charity.
Is The Bridal Party Expected To Give A Gift?
Why should the wedding party give gifts and what is the purpose of giving gifts? Although a gift from your wedding party to the happy couple may have a negative impact on your bank account, etiquette dictates that the wedding party members should do the same. Although you should not be expected to pay more than other guests, you should not be expected to pay less.
A bridal shower is a fun and informal gathering for the bride-to-be and her family and friends. Gifts to bridal showers are almost always less expensive than wedding gifts because bridal showers are typically smaller. It is more likely than not that you will not receive a gift if you are invited to a bridal tea or luncheon. If you’re planning a bridal shower, you’ll probably be getting a theme (such as a linen shower or a stock-the-bar couples shower). In traditional bridal shower traditions, the hosts of the bridal showers will also provide gifts to the bride. If you only host a shower, a small, personal gift would suffice.
Do Bridesmaids Get The Bride A Bridal Shower Gift?
There is no set rule about whether or not bridesmaids should give the bride a bridal shower gift, but it is a nice gesture if they are able to do so. If the bridesmaids are unable to give a gift, they can still make the bride feel special by helping to plan and execute the shower.
According to wedding gift etiquette, you should bring a gift to both parties’ events. Most bridal shower gifts should be placed on a registry by standard bridal shower protocol. A small, highly personalized gift from close friends of the bride or groom is just as appropriate as a large gift. If the guest is going on their own, they should expect to spend $50 to $150 on a wedding gift. A bridal shower gift should cost one-third the price of a wedding gift. Spending money on the bride or groom is determined by your relationship and your budget. If you are not attending a bridal shower, you are not required to purchase a gift.
If you’re at the wedding, you might want to send a gift that costs between $25 and $75. You can get creative with your gift-giving by attending the shower. Wedding gifts typically include larger items than the couple’s home. For a wedding gift, a luxurious glass whiskey decanter is perfect. Using a pushpin map, you can track their world travels. The KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-quart stand mixer with pouring shield is a must-have. The Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) is a smart speaker that allows you to play music while also running your home and controlling your lights. The Nespresso coffee and espresso machine bundle with the Aeroccino milk frother will keep them warm and cozy. This handcrafted crystal flute is the ideal gift for both a shower and a wedding.
Wedding Gift Giving 101
Bridalmaids typically give the bride and groom a gift in addition to wedding gifts. It is always a good idea to give a gift to someone who needs it, regardless of whether it is a collective gift or an individual gift. The bridal shower for the bride is typically hosted by a group of friends, but it is always a good idea to present a gift to acknowledge the bride.
Do Bridesmaids Give Gifts At Bachelorette Party
It is not required for bridesmaids to give gifts at bachelorette parties, but it is a nice gesture if they are able to do so. Gifts can be anything from a simple piece of jewelry to a more elaborate gift, depending on the budget of the bridesmaids. If the bridesmaids are unable to give a gift, a simple card with a heartfelt message is also a nice touch.
In most cases, bridesmaid gifts are given at the couple’s rehearsal dinner or the wedding reception. Gifts can come in a variety of forms, including wine at the shower, custom clutches, and other day-of-the-party gifts. For the bachelorette party, the bridesmaids have never received any gifts from the bride. A goodie bag has been provided, as well as a survival bag. It is disrespectful to invite people to celebrate something that they are not invited to. I am strange and enjoy giving gifts. I decided that I would make recovery bags. A gift I plan to give is a set of wine glasses with decals for the recipient’s first and last names.
Are You Supposed To Give Gifts At A Bachelorette Party?
It is customary to present a bride with a gift at her bachelorette party. The requirement is not met. This gift is meant for her, not for the wedding, so choose something special and/or sentimental. Because this event is typically light and lively, joke gifts from party stores are frequently exchanged.
Bridesmaid Didn’t Give Wedding Gift
I was so disappointed when my bridesmaid didn’t give me a wedding gift. I had specifically asked her to be in my wedding party because I thought she was a good friend, but it turns out she was just using me for my connections. I felt so betrayed and hurt that she would take advantage of me like that. I would have never expected her to do something like that.
While we were discussing the day, one of my bridesmaids who was a friend since school has not sent a card or made any comment since. It has nothing to do with how much we spent or how much she failed to gift us. You should make it a habit to write a card no matter how wealthy or poor you are. If you don’t know where to start, ask her for her credit card, and see what she’ll give you. When one of my best friends married another, I was extremely irritated and thought the gift was out of line. Only by telling her the truth can you solve the problem. If you keep your cards, would she be willing to write a message to out in the box to keep?
You can give cards or gifts to your wedding guests up to a year after the wedding. On the day of our wedding, my brother and his partner did not send us a thank you card. Within a few months, I received a framed photograph and a card from the couple after their wedding. If your bridesmaid is usually good at cards, I’d casually mention it to her. She was devastated when she found out that our other friend had sent us an Engagement Card, which she was unaware of until after the fact, so I anticipate little from her at the Wedding. When Jayne E asked her bridesmaid to make a card for a keepsake box, she was extremely upset that she did not. My husband believes that she has more to gain from this friendship than he does, so I am giving it up.
It will not be the case in the future, but I will not be doing so. My bridesmaids planned my henny, which included the arrangements for my make-up and hair. My parents began to argue with me, as they wanted me to go abroad. They bullying my mother after an argument erupted. After receiving the message from a bridesmaid, I responded saying I wasn’t selfish, rude, or disappointing. My bridesmaids said they would have walked out on me if I hadn’t contacted them. The only time we talked was when we were alone. I am having so much trouble right now, not talking to anyone or knowing what to do. It’s a pleasure to have your assistance.
Best Bridesmaid Gifts For Your Best Friend
If you’re a bridesmaid and haven’t decided what to get your best friend for her wedding, here’s a few suggestions. You can personalize a bridal shower gift with a personalized mug or a basket that contains personalized items. A custom-made wedding gift, such as a framed photograph or a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, can be made. A gift certificate to a favorite spa or salon is a fantastic way to give someone a gift.
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When picking engagement rings, consider the cut of the center stone. True, every cut is unique and reflects the wearer’s personality, but oval cut and emerald cut moissanite looks particularly beautiful on almost all hand shapes and sizes.
Similar to a round diamond, an oval cut moissanite is round but slightly elongated. It is a beautiful fusion of two diamonds with a flanked center and is most commonly sought in three-stone rings. When cut to perfection, the stone’s brilliance shines right through.
Also known as a step-cut diamond, an emerald cut moissanite comes with fewer facets (25 to be exact) than a round cut moissanite. The emerald cut is usually in a square or rectangular shape and has tapered corners. Since an emerald cut has fewer facets, the moissanite has a limited surface to reflect light it.
However, this does not make emerald cut engagement rings less desirable. It is most popular among those looking for something unique and enchanting. Moreover, they are one of the most popular heirlooms in moissanite engagement ring history.
If your significant other is all about glamour and elegance, an emerald cut ring is a style for her! Thanks to its flat surface, lean facets, and extended sides, the stone has more potential to flaunt its clarity. Although it may be limited in terms of brilliance, it surely makes up for it in elegance!
Should You Choose an Oval or Emerald Cut Ring?
Deciding on an oval versus emerald cut engagement ring involves knowing the traits that determine their overall performance as the center stone on a ring.
Here are some guidelines to help you know whether to choose an oval or emerald cut.
You should choose an oval cut if:
You want a moissanite that has many qualities in common with round cuts but costs less per carat
You’re interested in an alternative to the most popular cuts but don’t want to sacrifice brilliance
Its overall shape is appealing to you, and you want a stone that effectively hides blemishes.
You should consider an emerald cut if:
You aren’t interested in moissanite with strong light performance
You want rectangular moissanite with large facets
By comparing oval and emerald cuts, and pairing them with multiple styles of settings, you can discover the perfect ring for you.
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Gaming together is an excellent way to spend quality time with your loved one by adding common goals and excitement to your lives. When you’re gaming together, your purpose is mutual – to beat the game – which creates an environment that encourages trust, communication, and teamwork. These are all important factors when it comes to building long-lasting relationships, especially romantic ones. Video games can also help enhance other aspects of your relationship, including your emotional connection and friendship.
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3. ARMY OF TWO Step up as your own heroes in this third person shooter that keeps you working together as you thwart enemies as T.W.O (Tactical Worldwide Operations). One of the first truly revolutionary co-ops, Army of Two’s three installments remains deadly.
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GAMING TOGETHER CAN GIVE YOU AN EDGE OVER OTHER COUPLES
It’s no secret that couples who share interests have stronger relationships. If you one, both – or even neither of you – is already a gamer, starting to game together in co-ops will give you an edge over other couples. It can deepen your bond with each other and bring you closer in ways that traditional date nights don’t accomplish.
According to a study conducted by Oxford University, playing video games with your partner is linked to better relationship satisfaction. The findings show that married couples who play as a team tend to be happier than those who don’t. This may be due to common goals and shared challenges, like in It Takes Two, that help bring partners closer together—an appealing trait for anyone who has played a cooperative online game.
A 2010 study from Brigham Young University found that couples were more positive toward each other after playing video games together. When someone was stuck on a puzzle or unable to get past an obstacle, their partner was more likely to help them out if they’d been working as partners instead of competitors.
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HOW VIDEO GAMES BENEFIT YOUR LOVE LIFE
Video games provide many benefits to gamers, including increased cognitive function and motor skills development. However, one of their most overlooked benefits is how they can improve a romantic relationship. Many recent studies show video games can increase empathy via two theories: first-person shooter games, which use graphics depicting realistic scenes to create an immersive experience for players; and prosocial games, which focus on building relationships with characters. Results from both types of experiments generally support arguments that playing either type of game has positive effects on empathy scores in terms of taking others’ perspectives and understanding others’ emotions.
GAMING TOGETHER GIVES YOU MORE REASONS TO TALK WITH EACH OTHER
If you’re in a long-distance relationship or just don’t have enough time to spend with each other every day, there are plenty of ways to make your time together or apart more connected. Teaming up for online games can unite you despite being miles apart. In addition to helping you maintain communication, playing games together can also be great for strengthening your bond.
GAMING TOGETHER KEEPS YOU ON TRACK, EVEN WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY
Playing together is a great way to stay on track with each other and gives you an extra reason to look forward to your time together. Whether you just want to play a game once in a while or make it part of your routine, when you game together you stick together. Think of gaming like a classic dinner-and-a-movie date, except you switch direction with takeout and a gaming marathon.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR PARTNER THROUGH GAMING IS SWEET
Helping your partner reach a gaming goal, complete a level or finish a game is incredibly satisfying. You can achieve this with words and ideas, through in-game character help, or – if one of you has more practice – you can show your partner how to complete a tricky level.
While grabbing your partner’s controller isn’t always appreciated, learning how to support each other in difficult situations is a critical life skill. Many games place you in high-stress virtual scenarios and give you a chance to learn how each of you reacts, copes, and overcome. Chatting about the scenarios you encountered afterward helps you reinforce that connection positively and lastingly.
Completing a single-person game as a duo is so much more fun if you’re both invested in the story and adding encouragement, motivation, and problem-solving suggestions. Now double up the fun and try a co-op game where you work together in real-time to solve challenges.
SOLVE CHALLENGES AND THRIVE BY MAKING TIME FOR VIDEO GAMES IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP
PLAYING GAMES TOGETHER CAN STRENGTHEN ANY RELATIONSHIP
Even if you and your partner aren’t competitive, video games can bring you closer. According to scientists at Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany, playing games like Mario Kart increases a couple’s interaction reciprocity and helps couples get along better. Basically, spending time sharing fun activities gets you to connect with each other on a more intimate level—and that connection can last even after you turn off your console.
Online gaming together can bring you closer together and make your relationship stronger. You can make one or both partners’ hobbies into a shared activity, start gaming together, and deepen your relationship by taking on character roles. What once may have been just something to do may become an important part of your relationship that brings you closer together and makes you happier as a couple. Playing video games can help you improve your communication skills with each other and strengthen your relationships in ways you might not expect.