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3 Things to do before the marriage proposal



Simple steps for a successful marriage proposal

Marriage proposal requires some background work to make it a successful one. It is not just about going down on your knee and asking her to marry you. You want this to be a special occasion, a moment to remember for a life-time, something for you both to be special and enjoyable.

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Well, if you won’t follow these three steps before the marriage proposal, what you thought would be the most intimate moment can end up in a disaster.

So what should you do?

Step 1 – Ask her parents

This is the first step and can be, for some guys ,the most painful step. I know it might feel awkward and it doesn’t really matter if you’ve been in relationship for long or if it was a short one. Asking the parents permission to marry their daughter isn’t exactly comfortable. But marriage proposal has some chronological order for a reason.

So why do it?

There are several reasons for asking the parents perdition. Firstly, you really don’t want to start the long term relationship on the wrong foot. Asking permission is a way of showing respect to your chosen person’s family. They will appreciate and remember it. Once you have, and hopefully got their permission, you will be bonded in a different way. You will have a secret together and that is a great connector.

Step 2 – Her taste in jewellery

Although you may feel she is the one who makes you a whole person you may have different tastes. What you might think is the best ring for her may be the worst choice in her opinion.

If you wonder what is the best way of ‘getting into her head’ and find out what she like read on.

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To find out what she likes or dislike in jewellery simply shift your mind towards hers. That means look at the type of jewellery she has already. Are they traditional or does she tend to swing towards the modern type of jewellery? I know it might not be the most interesting topic for youbut if she is talking on a friends’ engagement ring you should be all ears. What style of ring did her friend get? What is her opinion about it? Employ her best friend and share with her the great news. Ask her to be your eyes and ears when talking on someone else’s ring. A best friend can also stroll in a shopping centre and draw your girlfriend to a shop window, discussing the different rings. That is a great way to find out what she likes.

Step 3 – Do your homework

Buying an engagement ring is not something you should take lightly lightly. You will be spending much more than the average gift on the ring and you want it to be a nice ring, a ring your girlfriend will be happy to receive, aring she will be proud of to show her friends and a ring she will still be happy to wear in the years to come.

To get this meaningful ring right I invite you to download the FREE Engagement Ring Buying Guide. It is a step by step guide will lead you to the right ring for you. The ring she will love you even more for choosing. She will feel as if you steed into her mind and bought her the ring she would have chosen herself.

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Download your FREE guide here but if you have any questions I will be happy to talk you through the process. Click on the image below.

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Leap Year Proposal



Leap year – Origin of tradition and tips for 2016

I know it’s only January but you can never be too prepared…

So what is it about the tradition of women proposing on February 29th of a leap year?

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Today, although not common, nobody will make a fuss if you propose to your man. In the old days the rules of courting were very striked and a proposition by a women was unheard of.
So where did the tradition of women proposing on that day comes from?

There is an old Irish legend, saying that St. Brigid of Kildare, an Irish nun in the fifth century, was approached by maidens complaining their suitors were too shy to propose. As they wanted to change their status and become married women they asked the nun for help in changing the rules (you see, women fought for their rights many years before feminists burnt their bras).

 

The Irish nun decided to take action and help those single women. She went to ask St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, for permission so the women will be able to propose. The legend say that St. Patrick first agree for that to happen on every seventh year but after a bit more pleading from the nun he changed it to every four years on the leap year.

The story goes on to tell the nun then drop herself to St. Patrick’s feet and ask him to marry her but he refused and offered her a silk gown for comfort.

Since then there is the tradition of women proposing on February 29th on a leap year but if the man refuses in some places he should pay a fee, sufficient enough to buy a gown, in other places the man should give the women 12 pairs of gloves, so she can cover her hands and nobody see she is still single.

This was the legend. But how about you?
Will you propose this February 29th?
If you do what will you propose with? A diamond ring?

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If you man is the type who would be happily wearing one, then you should. I will invite you to download the Engagement Ring Buying Guide, which although was written with men in mind, it explains in length how to choose the right diamond. Alternatively, call me on 0845 600 5557 and I will be happy to guide you through the process.

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However, if you think he is not the type to wear a diamond rings, a great alternative would be cufflinks which are set with diamonds.

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But proposing is not only about the gift. You want to consider the location and the best timing to propose. Some men may feel uncomfortable with a women going down on her knee, and although traditionally this is how its done, you don’t have to follow it.

You want to make sure the day is special and that you are both very comfortable in that special moment.

Not all type of guys will be happy to be proposed by a women. If you have been in a relationship for long enough to consider marriage you probably know his preferences. If he is open minded, willing to try new experiences or if he is the sensitive type, he’d probably go along with your idea. You don’t have to go on national TV as well.

 

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However, if he is a traditional one, it probably won’t work. If that is the case, in your next wonder in the shopping area draw him towards jewellery shop and point at rings your friends were proposed with. He just might get the hint.

If you really want to get engaged but don’t dare to propose let me help. Just email me the name and email address of your special men and I will email him the link for the Engagement Ring Buying Guide. He might just buy into it. Don’t worry, he’ll never know you gave me his email, unless you tell him.

If you need any help until your special day contact me via the website or call me on 0845 600 5557 to arrange a time for your FREE consultation.

 

 

 

The 6C’s – What are they?



Do you need to know about the 6C’s?

A little while ago one of my FaceBook follower raised this question to me. I thought I’ll explain it best in a video.

So before we start, what are the 6C’s?

The 6C’s refers to Colour, Clarity, Cut, Carat weight, Certificate and confidence.

The first 4C’s were covered in length in the section about diamonds for investment. However, I have also recorded seperate videos about each of the C’s on the H&D Diamonds FaceBook page and you are more than welcome to view it here, just click on the images:

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4C’s – Colour

4C's - Clarity

4C’s – Clarity

 

 

4C's - Carat

4C’s – Carat

 

4C's - Carat

4C’s – Cut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This brings us to the Fifth C –  Certificate. The certificate is a paper you can easily compare to an identity card. It will tell you all the characteristic of the diamond. Starting from the shape, the dimensions, the colour and clarity and of course the carat weight. It will even include information about the finish of the diamonds such as symmetry,  polish and the width of the culet. If the diamond is round it will grade the cut as well.

Most people buy a certified diamond as a reassurance they got what they’ve paid for. It can also help when an insured jewellery is lost, the certificate will provide a good guide line as to what the lost diamond’s quality was and it will help finding a close to the original replacement diamond.

The certificate contain a lot of information but if it  doesn’t make any sense to you you need to rely on the person selling you the diamond. This leads us to the last C – Confidence.

You should have confidence in your jeweller that he or she understand diamonds. That they know what is the meaning of the certificate and how each element can effect the look of the diamond you are about to buy. They need to be transparent about all the facts, even if they do not compliment the diamond,  so that you can make an informed decision.

H&D Diamonds have no stock so we can only buy for you what you wish to purchase. If you wish to be guided by a diamond grader the service is available free of charge.

If you are after a a diamond ring with a certified diamond or a diamond that is not certified call us now on 0345 600 5557 for your FREE consultation or click on the image below.

 

 

 

 

 

Engagement Ring Metals



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are various things to consider before deciding on which metal to choose for your engagement ring.  All engagement ring metals will look good at first, but a durable metal is a “must have” in order to prevent the band from showing visible signs of scratching or even bending.  The prevalent metals of choice are:  gold or platinum.  Alone, each of these metals in their pure forms are not durable enough to withstand the ensuing daily pressures of knocks and scratches, so they are typically mixed with other metals to form a more durable alloy.  While this adds durability, it obviously has an effect on the value of the mount.   This brings us to our first point of consideration:  the budget.

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It is important to begin by setting a budget.  Some people say there is a set amount of salary that should be spent on an engagement ring (for example:  “six weeks’ pay”), but it is truly a matter of personal preference.   The choice of stone is often the biggest factor, but the different engagement ring metals are also important to factor into the budget.  Looking ahead, some people like to match the metal of the engagement ring to that of the wedding band, while others think the beauty is in the difference.

Gold

Many people choose to go with gold because of historic tradition, style and durability.  Gold in its purest form is too soft to be used in jewellery, so it is often mixed with different metals, such as copper and zinc to form an alloy.  The different alloy metals are what gives the gold different colours or hues.  24 carat gold (which is 99.9% pure gold) or 22 carat (91.7%) are both very soft and can easily misshape or scratch with regular wear.  Because of this, for engagement rings, it is more practical to choose 18, 14 or sometimes even 9 carat gold all of which are more likely to withstand everyday wear.  The hue is a separate issue.

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Yellow gold is one of the most popular colours of gold for engagement rings and it is usually a mixture of gold and both copper and zinc.  Interestingly, yellow gold often improves in colour with age, and never needs to be “re-plated” because the surface is the same as the contents.  Yellow gold is also known for its elegance, and is often considered more sophisticated than white or rose gold.

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White gold is also a very common form of gold for engagement rings. White gold is pure gold mixed with white metals such as silver and palladium, to create an alloy which looks similar in colour to silver.  Many people prefer white gold since it matches easily to many skin tones.  Contrary to popular belief, white gold does not easily tarnish since there is no copper in the mix.   A major disadvantage of white gold is that it is often very brittle, and can sometimes require rhodium or platinum plating, giving the look of platinum without the price tag.

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Pink gold, also known as “rose gold”, is made by mixing three parts copper to one part gold, giving the ring a rose-pinkish hue whose colour often intensifies with age.  Rose gold rings work best for those with warm skin tones.

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When the jewellery is set with colour diamonds the metal is often chosen to compliment the colour of the diamond.  Rose gold will enhance the beauty of warm colours.

For full description of the rings just click on the images.

We can supply all the engagement rings on our website in either gold or platinum. To schedule your free telephone consultation please call 0345 600 5557. We are only a phone-call away.  Alternatively, click on the image below and send us a message.

 

 

Can I see the product before the purchase?



Can I see the product before the purchase with an online shop?

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Quite a lot of my clients are familiar with the quality of jewellery I provide them with and are happy to point at an image of their choice and order an item suitable to their ring size. But, especially before Christmas, I was approached by new clients who didn’t know the services and quality provided well enough.

Some of the clients have heard about H&D Diamonds from friends, others found us on search engines and although the testimonials for the products and purchase experience is always extremely good and heart warming for us to read there is still a doubt.

Understanding that clients some-times would like to see a product before the purchase there are a few options where we can make that happen.

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When the jewellery is a piece existing on our website, or one we can source from our suppliers, they, just like us do not always have all the designs in stock. This means we can show an exact ring but it may be in the wrong finger size or it might be in white gold and you want it to be made in platinum. By doing so the client can get the feel of what the ring would look like in real life the same way he would in a High Street shop.

But if it is an online shop then how is it done?

The process is very similar to any other online purchase you make. You would never get a dress from a clothing shop in the post and pay for it only if you like it. The same with diamond jewellery. You pay for the item and I will post it to you with an option to return it if you don’t like the jewellery for any reason.

It is always advisable to make contact and have a telephone conversation first. This will ensure the right item was ordered and all the specifications are clear. There are occasions where, if you are living in the Manchester or Cheshire area, I will be able to meet with you to show the jewellery in person.

If the item you wish to purchase is a bespoke one, normally it is done due to the specifications of the diamond. This means the diamond will be certified and the grading of the diamond are as the laboratory specified. In this occasion, if you live in the Manchester or Cheshire area and still wish to see the loose diamond before the setting, the option is available.

When the jewellery is handmade bespoke by our Bond Street jeweller you will be given a choice of designs. The one you like the most is the one that will be produced especially for you. In this case you will not be able to see the final piece until it is done. However, 3D computer generated images will give an accurate look of the final jewellery.

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3D Image to client specification

I had many customers who chose a ring just by the image either on the website or once I emailed separately. In all occasions the reaction was the same; “the real jewellery is so much nicer than the image we saw…”

I hope this helps clarify the subject but if there are still areas you wish to discuss I am only a phone call away.

To schedule your free consultation with a diamond and jewellery expert please click on the image below or contact us on 0845 600 557.

Jewellery Advice in Manchester



Jewellery advice in Manchester is only a phone call away

When buying diamond jewellery, of course it is important you like the design however, this is not the only thing to consider. More often than not you will need jewellery advice, in particular an impartial one. Click on the image below to find out more on how we can help.

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Jewellery advice in Manchester that any buyer should look for will include information about the diamonds you purchase and their quality. That usually refers to their colour and clarity. If the diamonds are certified do not look only at the colour and clarity as there are many more aspects to consider. As all the information is stated on the certificate it would be a shame to ignore it. Just like you wouldn’t buy a PC just by the screen size and the colour of the tower, there are a lot more things to consider about the diamond.

One of the things you would want to know about a certified diamond is which laboratory the diamond was certified at.

Why is it important?

Some laboratories are stricter than others. For example, the EGL laboratory no longer can be found on the international platform for certified diamonds as it was found unreliable. In other words, it was upgrading the diamond’s quality on the certificate by more than two grades. So it is not enough to know the diamond is certified, it is also important to know by whom and what the certificate actually say about the diamond beyond the colour and clarity. Click on the image for more information on diamonds.

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A GIA Certified Diamond

 

Depending on the diamond you are getting, which usually depends on your budget, you might want to consider what will be the best setting to enhance the beauty of the diamond. There are times you can compensate on the clarity of the diamond, especially when the flaw can be covered by the setting, and get a better colour of a diamond or larger carat weight.

What if you already possess a diamond item but no longer like it? Will it be tucked in a drawer not to ever be worn again? It could be an old ring that was passed on to you, a present you received a long time ago that no longer represent who you are or even something you bought yourself and are tired of its look.

This is when jewellery advice will be needed most. Many times you can redesign the old stones in a new mount or turn the jewellery into something else. An old ring can become a pendant or a beautiful set of earrings. You might want to add semi-precious stones to your new jewellery. It is important you are aware of the durability of that semi-precious stone, especially if set in a ring, as it tend to be knocked more often than earrings for example.

What about your choice of metal? Would you like to think of the long-term as well as what fashion or trends recommend? Are you suffering from allergies and want to take that into account when choosing your alloy?

At H&D Diamonds you can expect all that support either when purchasing a new item or when reviving an old jewellery piece. Having an online shop means we have no stock so all the jewellery advice we provide is completely impartial and you get exactly what you decide is best for you after the consultation.

To schedule your free consultation with a diamond and jewellery expert please click on the image below or contact us on 0845 600 557.  

The Right Time To Propose



Is there a right time to propose?

I think it is very romantic to say, “I knew it from the first time I saw her/him that they were the right one,” but may-be this statement cannot stand on its own. I am not a marriage consultant but I have read a little about what can make marriage successful-one that will last over time.

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If I could pin-point the magic of making marriage successful, I would put it down to openness. To make sure this is the right time to propose you have to ask yourself if you’ve been open with your partner on subjects that are important to both of you. 

So what do you need to think of?

The first thing you need to accept is that you are two different entities and proposing to her means you want to be together for the rest of your life, all being well. Your differences in personality and the way you were brought up should not be swepped under the carpet so that it won’t ruin the evening. It needs to be discussed and accepted by both sides. It can be a difference in faith, origin or even the way you approach situations.

Your finances are also an important issue to discuss. I don’t mean you should know all about the other side’s savings and incomes but you would like to know habits of spending. This is true for both sides so if one of you likes to go out a lot and the other thinks this is a waste of money it might be a cause for arguments that in time will reflect on your relationship. Also, you need to consider if you can afford sometime in the future to support both your wife and children, as she might need to take time off work.

Think about your goals in life. Is there a match between what you want to achieve in your professional and personal life with the goals of your partner? Is the path you are both walking going to create a solid road you can travel on safely together? If there isn’t a match, does your partner accept this and is she willing to live with your choices? Are you willing to live with hers?

What about your family and friends? Do they support you being a couple? Do they accept your relationship and take your chosen partner as one of their own? Although you think she is marrying you and not your parents, in the long run you want them to get along so family holidays or Christmas dinner will not end up as a disaster.

What are your hobbies? Do you have anything you both like doing? It is OK to have different activities for yourself but it is important to find also a mutual thing you both enjoy doing. It can only strengthen the relationship.

I recently heard a story which I think now is a good time to share with you as it has a good lesson for life.

The Burnt Cookies – A story

When I was a child, I remember my mother used to make cookies. One evening, I remember clearly she came back from work really tired, and when she put the cookies in the oven, she left them there a little too long so they were slightly burnt.

That night she served my father a plate of slightly burnt cookies next to his tea. I remember myself waiting to see if anyone had noticed. I thought my father didn’t notice as he smiled to my mum then looked at me and asked me how was school. I can’t remember what I said but I remember hearing my mother apologising for the burnt cookies and I will never forget his answer to her. He said, “My dear wife, I love slightly burnt cookies.”

At night when he put me to bed I asked him if he really liked burnt cookies. He put his arms around me and told me this: “Your mother had a long day at work and she is really very tired and besides… a slightly burnt cookie never hurt anyone! Life is full of imperfect things that people think should be perfect. I am not the best at everything and over the years I noticed your mother is learning to accept all my faults and chooses to pay attention to all my qualities. Finding the line that connects all our differences is one of the most important things in creating a growing healthy environment and a long term relationship.”

If now is the time you feel ready to propose and you need help with choosing the ring help is on the other side of the phone.

To schedule your free consultation with a diamond expert please click on the image below or contact us on 0845 600 5557 .

Valentine’s Day propositions



Valentine’s Day propositions I have heard of

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, probably the most exciting day for some of us. who have been proposed to? How did it go? How were you approached? Did you go down on your knee?

Here are some special Valentine’s Day Proposals I’ve heard of:

The day trip proposal

This is probably one of the most romantic stories I’ve heard of from a marriage proposal.

She knew they were going away and leaving London for a day trip. What she didn’t know is that they would be staying over-night in a beautiful country cottage with a crackling fire and that by the time she sat next to the fire she had been proposed to already.

They drove all the way from London to Yorkshire. He brought her to Richard and Moira of Classic Car Hire North. This was where they left their car and took a beautiful Morgan for a few hours.

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They drove together to the North York Moors, the wind blowing in her hair in the convertible Morgan, the weather was fine and she suspected nothing at all. They wandered a little in the national park and after a couple of hours they got back into the car and continued to Scarborough.

And that is when it all happened.

After a short walk on the beach, he laid the picnic and they relaxed from the day. He then took out a piece of paper from his pocket and read to her beautiful words that reflected his feelings for her and asked her to marry him.

Of course she agreed and after a few tears of excitement they stayed the night in that pre-booked cottage he hired.

The right spot proposal

Another romantic proposal I’ve heard of was done over a summer holiday in Paris. She thought they were going for a week holiday in Paris, which is a very nice thing of course. But when she got back to England she was wearing her engagement ring.

He took her to the restaurant they had been to on their first holiday to Paris. But no! That was not where he proposed to her; that would have been just too ordinary of a proposal story to tell you about!

Instead, after dinner they went for a walk on the Seine. Think about summer now, with the sun hanging in the sky until late, are you getting the feeling? After a while they sat down on one of the benches and there it was. He knelt down, it was only them, the evening sun and the Seine, and asked her to marry him.

The all in one proposal

Some of you may have seen before when the guy is proposing and marrying the girl at the same time. This of course demands rigorous planning in advance and a secure relationship where you are absolutely sure she is going to agree to marry you.

It worked for this guy.

If you are planning to propose this year and you need help with the ring we are only a phone call away.

To schedule your free consultation with a diamond expert please click on the image below or contact us on 0845 600 5557 .

What Is Mangagement Ring?



Mangagement ring- is the UK going to follow the growing trend?

If you’ve never heard about mangagement ring it is because it is a rather new trend. It is taking off really well in the USA but one of our FaceBook page’s followers, who lives in Australia, told us he also has one. It is such a new trend that when writing the word mangagement I get a red line under it to tell me I misspelled the word.

So what is mangagement ring?

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Mangagement ring is an engagement ring for men. Confused? Let me break it down for you in a few optional scenarios.

Let’s say you have proposed. Up to now, the guy would propose to the girl-friend and would present her with an engagement ring. The engagement ring will symbolise the commitment he has for her and a promise to marry her in a time they will arrange. So your girlfriend is going to have an engagement ring on her finger but you will not be wearing any external symbol showing you are committed in any way to anyone up until the wedding day.

So? You are asking…

Well, women today have shifted a long way from being dependent solely on her male companion. Women now have the ability to earn money and support themselves. They see themselves as equal contributors to the household. If they are equal in contribution they sometimes feel the need to be equal in their status. Part of that is to want their fiancé to also wear a ring showing he is committed to her the same way she is committed to him. This is when the mangagement ring comes into the picture.

This ring will be a sign to any women who are in the bar for example not to mess about with the guy wearing the mangagement ring. The same way an engagement ring labes the women as ‘out of your reach, mate’.

Another scenario is gay couples. Since last year GLBT are celebrating gay marriage being legal in the UK. When two men who decide to share their life together have the ability to get married why not have the whole tradition and propose with a mangagement ring?

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I was chatting with Gay Wedding Photographer GrrlAlex  at the recent National Gay Wedding Show and she asked me if diamond engagement rings for men were ever requested.   Although still a new phenomenon here in the UK, in America, the idea of a man-gagement (or mangagement) ring is increasingly popular – for both straight and gay couples. Luckily, one of our FaceBook followers was kind enough to permit us to use his image of his mangement ring. What do you think?

You can see that having a diamond ring doesn’t have to be a feminine ring and actually can look really good on a man.

Last but not least, although not very common, some girls are actually taking the lead and are proposing to their boyfriends. It cannot be complete wedding proposal without an engagement ring, or mangagement ring in this case.

What do you think about the mangagement ring? Will you buy one for your boyfriend?

If you are considering it and not sure where to start, help is only a phone call away.

To schedule your free consultation with a diamond expert please click on the image below or contact us on 0845 600 5557 .

Choosing an Engagement Ring



Choosing an engagement ring – when to start?

If you are considering proposing marriage and think all you need to do is buy an engagement ring and propose you might be surprised on the purchase day.

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The engagement ring is the ring that not only will represent your love to your partner but will also be on her finger for many years to come. Choosing an engagement ring she will be happy with and you will be proud of should not be taken lightly. After all there is an expense involved and you don’t want to have any regrets about it.

Choosing an engagement ring is not just the act of browsing and seeing what is a nice ring in your eyes, or hers in many cases. Choosing an engagement ring is a process, just like your relationship, that involves getting to know not only the likes and dislikes you or your partner have, but also knowing a little more about the product you are buying, usually a diamond.

I have written in the past a lot about the different steps that need to be taken when choosing an engagement ring. The first thing I strongly recommend is to familiarise yourself with the world of diamonds. Just like when you go to buy a new television or any other new electronic device. So it is with a diamond; you must research. If you are already familiar with electronics or mobile phones you may only need to compare between models; in diamonds you might have to teach yourself first what is it you are buying. What makes one diamond better than the other? Why is one diamond more expensive than another even if they weigh the same? You can start by reading this useful and clear outline.

Assuming you have read the diamond guide you then need to think about the style of ring. Choosing an engagement ring in the right style for your loved one is not easy, even if she gets involved. I have seen couples who had done some research, coming to me with what they thought was a clear idea of what they wanted, and then changed their original plan altogether. 

It is like anything else in life that is a high-value purchase and for the long term. You might not think as much when you plan your holiday, even though you might spend the same amount on it, as a holiday is an experience that will last for a couple of weeks. The ring will stay on the finger as a symbol and that can be a positive reminder that will sparkle with beauty or one that you’d wished you took more time to look into.

So, when do you need to start the process of choosing an engagement ring? It is very individual but in all honesty I would advise you to take your time. Like any important expenditure you will need time to process all the information you are gathering. Have a look at http://bit.ly/BlogAboutDiamondJewellery as you will find lots of helpful information that will aid you in the process of choosing an engagement ring, and one you will be proud of.

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Engagement Ring on a Budget



Top tips to impress with engagement ring on a budget

1) The Halo Ring

Very popular and impressive is the halo diamond ring. It can come in variation of round, square, oval, pear and marquise shape.

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Halo ring with a cluster of diamonds at the center

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Halo ring with one diamond at the centre

The overall size of the centre piece can be misleading, giving the impression of a larger ring than it really it. The reasonable priced rings are down to the small stones set in most and at time all of the ring. If you budget allows, you can have a larger diamond in the centre of the halo, as shown above, instead of cluster of stones. This version of the halo ring will require a larger budget.

2) Halo with a gemstone

Research shows women tend to prefer a gemstone in their jewellery over pure diamonds.

Ruby & Diamond Ring

Ruby & Diamond Ring

If you know your partner is of this kind, you could have your halo ring set with a semi precious gemstone such us blue, pink or yellow sapphire or a lovely red ruby.

3) Three stone ring

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Three stone ring

In general three stone ring will be more affordable than a solitaire ring. However, you could create a three stone ring with a centre gemstone which will reduce the total cost of the ring. Alternatively, you could place a diamond in the centre and enhance its beauty with two, smaller gemstones on each side.

4) Fancy shape

All diamond shapes that are not round are called fancy shaped. They range from the square princess cut, emerald cut, Asscher cut, oval, pear and marquise cut. These diamond cuts, with the same qualities in comparison to the round diamond will be cheaper.

At H&D diamonds we are attentive to your needs and are able to create the ring of your choice. Online shop means we are not restricted to an existing stock and can create a beautiful ring to suite.

I’m thrilled with my ring, it’s unique and truly individual, thanks to your help and expertise. You were very open-minded to my thoughts and ideas, and gave me the professional guidance I needed. Without you, I would be stuck with a dull, boring run-of-the-mill high street ring. You managed my expectations on the sourcing of the aquamarines. And delivered them more quickly than anticipated. Thank you for your professionalism.

Next stop wedding ring!” ~ Amanda

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Engagement rings style



Most popular engagement rings style

 

It takes more than love to go for the next step and propose to the woman who makes you a whole person. I had the pleasure of meeting men who wanted to pop the question and were looking for the right ring. They all knew the girl was the right one for them but they were not sure which ring is the right one for her or their budget.

The engagement ring styles below could fit any budget or taste:

1) Round Solitaire

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The classic engagement ring is a diamond solitaire, especially a round, brilliant diamond, set on a tapered band. It is elegant, graceful and will never be out of fashion. When set on platinum, a durable metal, the ring should keep its beauty for many years. White and yellow gold are beautiful metal as well and cheaper than the platinum. However, gold does wear off and is more likely to be damaged than platinum.

2) Princess cut

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Princess Cut Diamond Solitaire

Second in popularity is the princess cut diamond ring. Shaped as square cut, the princess cut is a more modern style of the solitaire ring. As the top part of the diamond is flat it is important to opt for a diamond that is high in clarity.

3) Size over quality

Some brides prefer to have a big ‘rock’ regardless of the quality. When talking about quality you can learn about the 4C’s of a diamond here to get familiarised with the trade lingo. This will help you be knowledgeable when selecting the ring.

4) Three stone ring

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A three stone ring represents the past, present and future of the couple together. By choosing this option, you could get better value for your money. The reason is the way diamonds are priced. The bigger the diamond, the higher the price. This means that one diamond that weighs 1 carat might be more expensive than three diamonds, two of 0.25 carat each and one of 0.50 carat, although in total the three diamonds will weigh 1 carat.

5) Bridal Set

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Halo Diamond Ring with a Matching Band

Many brides-to-be get a beautiful and very different engagement ring that can turn finding a wedding band to suit into a frustrating challenge. Some rings are designed in such a way that having a wedding ring next to it is simply impossible. A bridal set is designed to fit together perfectly in a very complementary style.

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