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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.

 

 

 

Wedding Dress or any dress



Wedding Dress – why choose bespoke over off the rack?

When it comes to weddings, choosing the rightt dress for you can be a long, tiring experience and not always have a happy ending. I invited Lindsey, a couture dress maker of an independent clothing company called Violet Flamingo, to tell you about her bespoke work. Lindsey studied design and manufacture at University, before working as an employee for an independent brand designer. After moving on from that job in 2011, she set up Violet Flamingo with an aim to make bespoke clothing. Lindsey demonstrates different angles of consideration when buying a bespoke wedding dress by choosing three diverse dresses to share what goes on behind the scenes. Over to you Lindsey…

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Lindsey James – Couture dress designer

In a sea of mass produced wedding dresses brides are more spoilt for choice than ever before. However, having a bespoke outfit made is a much more special and personal experience. Just imagine that every fold, sleeve or lace you can dream off can become your reality and will be made to fit you perfectly. I’ve always had a passion for making bespoke items as I love the idea of what I’m wearing as being truly unique.

My wedding dress clients have various reasons for choosing a bespoke service. They may have a unique figure and therefore struggle finding a good fit, have an idea in their mind for the ultimate wedding dress which simply cannot be shop bought or they may simply desire a versatile dress that can be used after the big day and other special occasions.

The real beauty of having a bespoke garment is that it will be made to the individual’s measurements and fit to perfection. My range of clients also include brides to be who wanted to save on their budget and so they bought a ready made dress, only to find it doesn’t fit very well. They then regret there choice and come to the studio looking for alterations and individual customizations. One thing I would always advise is to not buy any cheap replicas online. More often than not the dress will not look like the image shown on the website and most individuals are sorely disappointed by what arrives in the post.

Here are three of the brides that stick out in my mind –

Hannah Prince’s wedding dress

Hannah wanted a traditional wedding dress. This is not a usual request I deal with but at the same time is a service that is offered if that is what the customer wants.

So, why have a bespoke dress if you want traditional?

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Hannah first went to bridal shops. The first problem she faced was that, being slim, all the sample dresses were far too big on her. She literally looked like she was drowning in material and started to wonder if the right fitting dress even existed.

Hannah’s wedding was taking place in Gibraltar during Summer in 2015. So on top of the issues with size, there was also transportation and local climate to be taking into consideration.

Before our next meeting I narrowed down materials which I knew would travel well and wouldn’t need professional steaming upon arrival. With these choices this pushed us towards appropriate styles for these fabrics. Due to them being soft and flowing they were perfect to be used on designs inspired by the 1920’s, 1930’s and Grecian gowns (the last being a happy coincidence of being a perfect style for a warm climate). We were now getting to a point where we could bring together lots of ideas and through the process of sketching and re sketch (and plenty of input from Hannah) the result was a completely unique, personal design which was perfect for her petite frame.

Emma Underwood – wedding dress

Emma is an old friend of mine and had always wanted to get married in red. The day I received the message ‘it’s time to make my red dress’ I knew her partner had proposed! Emma was unsure about shape when it came to starting her wedding dress. I advised that she go and try on different styles to see which she preferred. The bridal studio Emma visited had lots of large dresses supported with underskirts. This didn’t really suit Emma, who always went for a classic style and most of her clothing features draping. I suggested she try slim cut wedding dresses and although Emma was not initially keen on the idea, after trying it on she liked it. We started looking at old Hollywood glamour and designers who are the best at this kind of cutting and draping.

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As Emma has a large bust she adores drape but needs the support underneath to feel completely comfortable. I created Emma’s dress all on a hidden steel boned corset, which is also a speciality of mine.

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Once we had this initial structure I then proceeded to literally build the drape gown onto this, it was a very lengthy process but ever fitting was worth it as she was over the moon with her final finished dress.

Gillian Eyre – wedding dress

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Gillian was very clear on the cut and style she was after. The jacket and dress were made so after the wedding she could wear them again. The main part of the brief was she wanted to wear her Dr Martens which featured beautiful rose embroidery. Ideally she was looking for a fabric that would have similar kinds of flowers on. I exceeded her expectations when I suggested we have the flowers replicated onto the garment. After photographing the boot and digitizing the image I could get the flowers embroidered onto the handmade garment.

After the wedding Gillian was able to wear the jacket, the detachable floral train was made to become an oversized scarf and the dress shortened so she is able to use each element of the wedding outfit again.

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Gillian’s dress was a new and different project I enjoyed creating this summer. It is a quintessential bespoke gown, she had very clear ideas of what she wanted but I pushed her ideas further to then include bespoke embroidery. This made it not only a truly unique dress but the material was also a complete one off, no one in the world will own these garments, which in my eyes is what choosing to have bespoke over ready-to-wear is all about.

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These are just three of my lovely brides. Each client has different reasons for her chosen piece. Personally, I absolutely love the challenge of making each bride happy on their big day. If you ever require a bespoke outfit, and it doesn’t have to be a wedding dress, please get in touch as Violet Flamingo might be the company for you.

Remember if you can imagine it, I can make it!

Images of other bespoke brides from Violet Flamingo –

Amanda Dodd

Over sized white trouser with hand embellished guipure lace and crystals, removable black sash belt, matching fascinator and embellished vest.

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Danielle Troy

Duchess satin swing dress in ivory and magenta

Janine Povey

swing dress in white taffeta and mint polka dot tulle, with a matching fly away veil.

 

 

Nelly Wood

Ivory satin pencil skirt and cropped swing jacket.

Rae Butterworth

Leopard print swing dress with detachable belt and bolero jacket.

 

Rebecca Griffiths

Ivory satin swing dress overlaid with tulle and hemmed with a beautiful beaded lace trim.

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23.16ct pink diamond Recovery



23.16ct pink diamond recovery – from the Williamson mine in Tanzania

Petra diamond, the owner of the Williamson mine in Tanzania, recovered the 23.16ct pink diamond last Friday. The Williamson mine is one of the few mines in the world that the pink diamond can be found at.

The 23.16ct pink diamond was described by the mine’s owner of exceptional colour and clarity.

It was only last month that wrote about the Christie’s auction of a 16.08ct pink diamond, sold to a Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau for $28.5 million ($1.7 million per carat).

So what makes the pink diamonds so special?

Generally from all diamond mines only 1% will have a gem quality colour. Of this 1% only 1% will be pink diamonds. And it is their rarity that makes them special and sought after in auction sale especially the ones of exceptional size.

Petra Diamond will offer the 23.16ct pink diamond for sale in Antwerp this December. The estimated price is unknown yet however, we do know that the diamond is of a better quality than the 16.4t pink diamond that was found in September last year. We also know that that diamond was sold for £2.2 million.

How do the pink diamond get its colour?

We know that diamond gets their colour from traces of elements they absorb. For example blue diamond has boron traces and yellow diamond has traces of nitrogen. However, the pink diamond has no traces of elements in it. This lead scientific to believe that a sesmic shock that change the mulecular structure is what brings out the pink hue.

The Williamson is most famous for the sizeable 54.5 carat pink diamond mined in 1947. It was given by geologist John Williamson, the original owner of the mine, as a gift to then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip for their wedding.

The diamond was then cut to a round shape, leaving it with 23.6 carat, and was named the Williamson Pink. In 1952 the diamond was set by Cartier into a brooch.

The Williamson mine has been in operation for the past 75 years. So far it yield about 20 million carats but geologist suggest there are another 40million carats to be generated in years to come. This estimation is based on the average depth of the Williamson mine the, which at is around 30-35 meter deep. However, the mining can continue up to 350 meter in theory.

The Williamson Mine is currently co-owned by Petra Diamonds and the government of Tanzania, which holds a 25% stake.

1,111 carat diamond worth



1,111 carat diamond is hard to value

It has been twelve days from mining the biggest diamond in a century. Yet, Lucara, a Canadian mining company, still cannot estimate the value of the larger than a tangerine sized diamond they found.

The 1,111 carat diamond measuring 65mm x 56mm x 40mm was discovered in the southern African nation of Botswana.

So why is it so difficult to value the 1,111 carat diamond?

Estimation of the value of a rough diamond, a diamond as it was unearthed and before it was cut and polished, is done with a special scanning machine. The scanner can evaluate the diamond’s colour and clarity. It can also tell if there are any internal fractions and ultimately will be able to assess which is the best way to cut the rough diamiond to get the most value of it.

The problem Lucara is facing is that this 1,111 carat diamond is too large to fit into one of the conventional scanners used in the trade to evaluate diamonds.

William Lamb, Lucara CEO, estimate to value of the diamond to be “north of $60 million” but said it is still early days to know.

So how can you estimate the value of a diamond as large as this 1,111 carat diamond?

It seems that prospective buyers will have to turn to the old fashion way using their eyes and their knowledge to value the price of the diamond.

Lucara will not be able to dictate the price of the diamond as the price is not set purely by the carat weight but also according to the demand and interest there is in the diamond.

We know that Lamb rejected an offer of $40 million and that with London’s Natural History Museum interested in displaying the stone, and the Discovery Channel interested in making a documentary about it.

The 1,111 carat diamond will be evaluated by prospective buyers by appointment probably in Antwerp, the diamond center where most of diamond experts are based and work closely with finnaciers who will ditermin if, and how much will be the bidding price.

Winter Wedding Video



How to plan for your winter wedding?

Videos are now a near essential in any wedding. Of course you can catch moments with photography but you wouldn’t be able to hear the best man’s speech, the music of the first dance or the cheers of your friends and family when you leave the wedding ceremony.

I was giving the stage in the past for a videographer who covered mainly area of considerations before the wedding. However, I thought winter weddings may need their own attention and for that I approached Geoff of TudnoTV .

Geoff was interested in photography and videos since his teens. He has a Foundation Degree in Digital Media and Television Production as well as years of experience in both filming and editing techniques. Five years ago Geoff decided to turn his passion into his profession.

Geoff is very passionate about the work he does and even spends most of his spare time, honing and polishing both filming and editing skills, as well as practicing his hobby of landscape and aerial photography.

After this introduction I’ll pass it on to the expert himself to talk about winter weddings. Over to you Geoff…

Here at TudnoTV, we get asked to provide wedding video services all year round, not just in the traditional summer months.

An autumn or winter wedding can be a challenge, not just for your photographer or videographer, but for everyone involved.

A cold and/or wet day is not a very inspiring back drop for photos or video, issues with brides maids dresses, wedding cars and guests that you may not encounter in the summer months all conspire to make things that bit more challenging

Having said that any professional videographer worth his salt will come prepared with showerproof camera covers which enable the equipment to still be used, a large umbrella to help shelter guests and anyone else who may need it, so that we can still get those shots that everyone wants.

Other things to consider if planning a winter wedding are should you have a reception marquee or a proper brick built place like a hotel or other venue.

A few years ago, we were filming at a wedding in December, I think it was around the 21st. The bridesmaids got soaked, and hair do’s were all over the place. They had a marquee which really felt like it was about to take off every few minutes and because it was so cold, and everyone wanted the heat blowers on, the ice sculpture did not last long. The couple took it in their stride as they were outdoorsy types anyway, and they loved the wedding video.

A few other things to consider, winter or summer, are the position of the bride and grooms table. From the point of view of video and photography, in front of a big window is not ideal, as it means everyone is in silhouette.

Also consider getting the best man to tell everyone that might be speaking where the cameraman is. Only a few weeks ago I filmed a wedding in North Wales and all went well until a speech by someone not on the main table made his humorous speech….with his back to the camera the whole time!!

As wedding videographers, we like to be unseen and unheard, we move amongst the wedding party, ninja like, getting the shots we need to put together a lovely DVD for you to keep forever as a living, laughing, fun way to remember your special day. To this end we are very unlikely to tell you what to do and interrupt the day. 

This is a sign of good “fly on the wall” wedding videographer. 

One that sets everything up to suit himself rather than being in the background and getting everything as it happens is not the way to go. Photographers do that because they have too. Videographers don’t. We just film the day as it happens.

Here’s a short showreel of some of our wedding footage.

Winter Wedding Video

To book your wedding with TundoTV please contact Geoff directly via this link or click on the image below.

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Choosing Your Wedding Cake



Wedding cake – 8 top tips

Our new contributor, Judith Bond joins us today to share her top tips on how to choose your wedding cake. Judith is a bespoke Cake Maker from North Wales and is the owner of Judith Bond Cakes based in Llandudno. As well as Wedding cakes, Judith specialises in celebrations, cupcakes and corporate events and has customers all along the North Wales coast and into Chester. Judith is an enthusiastic photographer and a member of the Welshot Photographic Academy and she loves writing her blog charting her delightful adventures in cake. You can find out more about Judith on her new website . Her work has also been published in Cupcake Heaven Magazine. We are delighted that Judith has joined us and hope you enjoy her blog.

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Kate Winslet famously said:

Romance to me is spontaneity. It’s not diamonds, it’s a bunch of daffodils freshly picked from the field”.

Of course she’s right – romance means so many different things to each of us and it’s hard to beat a bunch of spring daffodils. But we all love diamonds too – it’s the perfect sign and seal of our commitment to each other in engagement and then marriage.

Not many of us should expect a 15 carat diamond engagement ring like the one Kanye West placed on Kim Kardashian’s finger when he popped the question in a baseball stadium with a full orchestra, but every diamond however large or small means the world to us and hopefully sits on our finger for a good many years.

Did you know that the word diamond is derived from the ancient Greek adámas meaning, “proper”, “unalterable”, “unbreakable”. I love this.

Once you’ve chosen your diamond ring, you’ll have a long list of other things to plan for your big day including your wedding cake – and there’s more to it than you might, at first, think.

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At Judith Bond Cakes, we’ve been working with brides across North Wales for nearly 3 years and have learnt a thing or two about choosing your cake. I’ve put together a ‘DIAMOND’ list to give you my top tips on how to choose your Cake Maker and have the cake of your dreams.

Dream

Yes, you’re allowed to dream. It’s your big day and within reason – and budget – you get to have whatever you want. So pour over Pinterest, imagine with Instagram, mooch through Wedding Magazines – collect the photographs you like, think about the colours your love, dream away – it’s a great place to start.

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When I meet with brides, I always ask them to bring pictures, colour swatches, a copy of the invitation and anything else that helps me get the feel of the wedding. It will help you explain your ideas and will help me understand better and hopefully make you the cake you’ve been dreaming of.

Hannah brought me a B&Q paint colour chart to show me the 3 shades of blue she wanted on her wedding cupcakes and it was so helpful!

Involve the Groom

Your wedding cake is very significant because it’s the first thing you and your groom will do together. You will jointly hold the knife and cut into your cake together as you set out on your married life.  When you’re planning your cake, try and involve him. Most cake decorators offer different flavoured tiers so perhaps your groom would like a tier in his favourite flavour so he gets to really enjoy it on the day. You might find he has some ideas about the design and shape of the cake, so you can involve him in the planning.

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Hailey and Adam are one of the cutest couples I have worked with. They’d been together for ages, had saved up for the wedding of their dreams and both came to the consultation to talk about their cake. Adam’s main request was that one of the tiers be double chocolate and his wish was my command. It was lovely to see them discuss design ideas together so they felt it was very much a joint project.

Ask Around

Unless you know a cake decorator that you can trust, you’ll be looking around to find someone. The best referrals will come from your friends or colleagues – people who you know and who’s opinion you trust.

  • It would be wise to investigate 2 or 3 decorators in your area. If they have a shop, visit and look at their work
  • Do you have rapport with them? Do you think you can work well together and they can make a good job of what you are asking for?
  • Make sure they are registered as a proper business – just because you’ve seen photographs on facebook doesn’t mean they are operating properly.
  • They must have a Food Safety Level 2 Certificate; and they must have a Local Authority Food Hygiene rating – this is the green label or ‘scores on the doors’ that you see on restaurant doors that indicates a rating between 1 and 5. If this is not displayed in the shop, you must ask what rating they have achieved. There is no reason for a Cake Business to have less than 5.
  • Check out reviews on their website and social media – you’ll gain a lot of information from what other people say about them

Mind the Budget

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The average UK wedding costs in excess of £18,000 today. Of course savings can be made in different areas – you can do some of the work yourself and use the skills of your friends and family to help keep costs down. A budget is essential and it’s wise to keep within it.

We don’t publish a price list for weddings but I have a rough guide that I give to brides when they show an interest. I would often ask my brides what their budget is, and I can then design them something that will comfortably fit within their means and make sure there’s plenty of cake to go round.

Opt for Original

It’s amazing how much wedding cake trends have changed. My parents married in 1970 with a 3 tier royal iced fruit cake complete with columns and silk flowers. It was beautiful in it’s day but there was no choice at all – you went to the Bakery – and they only wanted to know the date!

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Today cake trends are changing so rapidly it’s hard to keep up. My Autumn 2015 issue of Wedding Cakes tells me that we can expect rustic inspired wedding cakes to continue – this includes naked cakes, semi naked cakes, buttercream cakes, and bark like textures.

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This summer we worked with Catrin and Tim on their summer fruits Naked Wedding Cakes decorated with fresh flowers and blackberries – they chose their favourite flavours for each tier and it fitted in perfectly with their rustic barn wedding reception.

Numbers matter

Whatever size wedding you are dreaming of, you need to make sure you have enough slices to go round. Decide whether you want to keep a tier for a later occasion, although this will usually only work with fruit cake, as sponge has a shorter shelf life.

If you have a good number of guests, one of the ways you can keep your costs down is to have an additional cake. We offer our brides an extra cutting cake, normally plain iced, which we deliver straight to the kitchen. They will have this ready sliced up so that when you have your ‘cake cutting’ moment, the staff can whistle in and serve the cake really quickly, without your guests waiting around

Do a taste test

However amazing your cake looks, it needs to taste fantastic too. When you have chosen your Cake Maker, you should be offered a taste test so you can make a final decision on flavours.

We offer our 12 distinctive flavours publicised on our website. When you book a wedding consultation with us, you can choose up to 3 flavours to try and I’ll arrange to come to your home, talk through your plans and decide on your flavours over a nice cup of tea.

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As well as the classics, you can choose Fresh Raspberry – a lovely fresh flavour, perfect for a summer garden party or country picnic. Fresh vanilla sponge with baked in fruit, swirled with pink coulis buttercream, topped with fresh sugared raspberry.

Our Orange Poppy Seed is inspired by the still quiet of a little hotel in Quelfes nestled in the orange groves, a stones-throw from Faro, in the Algarve. This fresh citrus flavoured poppy seed sponge is swirled with zesty orange buttercream and is the perfect treat for a summer’s day

Our Chocolate Fudge is ever popular, perfect for chocolate lovers, and described by one of our customers as “epic”. It’s a rich fudgy chocolate sponge is swirled with indulgent chocolate ganache buttercream.

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You might like our Almond Amaretto – straight from the sun drenched town of Ravello on the gorgeous Amalfi coast. Nutty almond white sponge covered with luxurious amaretto buttercream topped with crumbled amaretto biscuit.

Our customer favourite this summer has been Salted Caramel. Everyone’s going mad for it and it’s easy to see why – this rich chocolate sponge filled with oozy salted caramel sauce swirled with cream caramel frosting will have coming back for more, and more, and more.

Settle in writing

After your wedding consultation, your taste test and your exchange of emails over details – you should make sure you have all the details of what you have ordered including costs settled in writing. This will act as your contract and it should lay out what you expect from your cake maker, and what they expect from you in terms of organisation and planning.

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Many brides take out wedding insurance now to cover them for any let downs in the planning process. You don’t have to do this but it may give you peace of mind. Your Cake Maker should have professional indemnity insurance and commercial-use car insurance for deliveries and it may be worth checking this before you sign off your deposit.

When we take a wedding booking, we ask our brides to pay at 50% deposit to secure their order. This is fairly common practice in the cake world and ensures commitment on both sides to what has been agreed.

I hope my little list will help you to choose your Cake Maker wisely and if you are in North Wales / Chester area we’d love to meet you and talk about how we can make the cake of your dreams.

We’d love you to call by our brand new website  and have a good look round and we wish you all the happiness in the world with your forthcoming Big Day and new life ahead.

Love, Judith x

The Koh-I-Noor to return to India



Will Queen Elizabeth II return the Koh-I-Noor to India?

It seem that the Koh-I-Noor with its long history is not at rest. In these days a united businessmen and Bollywood actors are getting together on one mission: Get the Koh-I-Noor back to its homeland, India.

The 105.06 carat diamond, worth over £100 million, and set in the Queen’s crown was fought for, stolen and eventually given to Queen Victoria by the last ruler of the Sikhs, Duleep Singh, after the British conquered Punjab.

Although the Koh-I-Noor, that originally weigh 186 carat and only later was cut to its current weight as demanded by Prince Albert, has been part of the crown jewels through several reigns it might have to return to India.

The diamond was worn by Queen Victoria, Queen Alexandra (wife of King Edward VII), Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. The diamond is wore only by female members of the British Royal Family. This is due to an alleged curse on the Kohinoor that affects males who wear it (but females are immune).

The Bollywood stars and businessmen wishing to return the Koh-I-Noor to India, and to Indian nation its pride. They instructed their lawyers to begin legal proceeding in London’s High Court and are willing to take it farther to International Court of Justice.

This group of influential people is not alone in their fight for the Koh-I-Noor. Indian-origin British MP Keith Vatz called last week for the diamond to be returned to India next week, while Prime Minister Nerandra Modi visit the UK. This came as a response to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s recent speak at the Oxford Union calling Britain to pay compensation to India for the 200 years of its brutal colonial rule. However, the British feel the diamond is where it should be as it was part of a legally bind treaty.  

Bollywood stars and businessmen instruct lawyers to begin legal proceedings in London’s High Court. They are demanding that the Government return the 105-carat diamond, which they say was stolen from its true home. So far the British refused the request.

British lawyers instructed by the ‘Mountain of Light’ group, the translation of Koh-i-Noor, are looking to deal with the case on the basis of the Holocaust Act, demanding the return of cultural object from national institutions in the UK to their legal owners.

The Koh-I-Noor can be seen at The Tower of London with the crown jewels but it is yet unclear if it will stay there or returned to India.

Where do you think the Koh-I-Noor should reside?

The Blue Moon Diamond



The Blue Moon diamond – flawless on auction

This year November is a truly exciting month. Only last week I shared with you the details of the Christie’s cushion-shaped stone, dubbed “In the Pink”, that was to go on auction this Tuesday and is estimated to sell for $23-28 million or even higher. The day after that will be Sotheby’s auction with the amazing Blue Moon diamond.

The Blue Moon diamond is a “fancy vivid” blue diamond which may break a record as Sotheby’s listing its projected sale price at between $35-$55 million (32-51 million euros).

 

AP Images/Kirsty Wigglesworth Model Charlene Bonnithon wears the rare Blue Moon Diamond at Sotheby’s auction rooms in London.

The flawless “Blue Moon” stone was discovered in South Africa in January last year, and is the largest cushion-shaped stone in that category ever to appear at auction. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) graded the diamond to be internally flawless” and it was categorised as vivid blue diamond.

Sotheby’s is aiming to beat its own record of colour diamonds. Their last record was set in November 2010 in Geneva, with a 24.78ct pink diamond, known as the Graff Pink, fetched $46 million. The record sale for a blue diamond so far came in November last year, when a 9.75 carats fetched $32.6 million at an auction in New York.

There is a good chance the record will be broken this Wednesday when the head of Sotheby’s international jewellery division describe the Blue Moon as “ “a simply sensational stone of perfect colour and purity.”

The Blue Moon weighs 12.03 carats and will be traveling for viewing in Hong Kong, London and New York before arriving to the auction in Geneva on November 11th.

Rare Pink Diamond on Auction



Rare pink diamond – Christie’s November sale

The largest rare pink diamond in its category will be auctioned this month at the Christine’s November sale in Geneva. The auction of ‘Magnificent Jewels’ on November 10 will present exceptional diamonds, rare colored stones, natural pearls of the highest quality and signed jewellery.

The 16.08 carat, which is the largest cushion-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond at the auction, is set in a ring surrounded with two rows of diamonds as a ‘step’ halo with another row of pink diamonds underneath.

The diamond was qualified by Gemological Institute of America (GIA) as a fancy vivid pink diamond. This means it has no traces of any other or secondary colour and its pink hue is pure. Most pink diamonds has a colour modifier like purple, orange, brown or gray. Having no trace of colour makes is rare 16.08 carat pink diamond a sought-after diamond by gem specialists. An international specialist at Christie’s said the rare pink diamond is expected to fetch between 23 and 28 million dollars (£15 to £18 million). This will be a record breaking for the auction house.

Pink diamonds have been selling for record prices in the last few years. In 2009, the 5 carat diamond was sold for over $2 million in Hong Kong, establishing a new per-carat record price for any pink diamond. In 2013 the pink Princie diamond, a 34.65 carat intense pink diamond, was sold for $39.3 million, which is more than £25 million. Although sold by Sotheby’s in 2013 The Pink Star, a 53.60 carat flawless diamond was auctioned at a record of $83 million.

Other jewellery to be auctioned on the day are an 1810 beautiful emerald and diamond fringe necklace. The necklace was belong to the Orléans family in France, the Aosta family in Italy and was finally part of the Cholmondeley collection in England. This is a special necklace for the exceptional quality of the emeralds and the delicate craftsmanship and it is estimate at $1.5 – 2 million.

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75.56ct Yellow Diamond Auctioned



75.56ct yellow diamond sold for $3.6

The 75.56ct fancy vivid yellow diamond was the most exciting cushioned modified brilliant cut diamond so be sold at the Christie’s auction on October 20 in New York.

The yellow diamond was bound to be an attraction due to the rarity of its kind in nature. Yellow diamond of such size with with grading by Gemological Institute of America of VS2 clarity and the highest colour saturation possible is not easily found. The yellow diamond that is set on a gold ring with four claws was sold for £3,609,000!!

A substantiation part of the bidding happened online from the UK, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the rest of the USA.

Another item of interest were an 18.80ct D colour marquise cut diamond ring with tapered baguettes on its sides. This ring achieved $1.48million as GIA declared the centre diamond to be of the highest chemically purity diamond Type IIa with a VVS1 clarity.

Other diamonds to a achieve high bids were the 12.75ct heart shape D colour (sold for $965,000) and a 34.12ct cushion cut fancy yellow diamond ring with a platinum mount.

The sale will continue today with other beautiful pieces as this David Webb platinum spider broach set with a large cushion cut kunzite and flexible diamond set legs.

Other jewellery on sale are be by Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Diamond Cufflinks



Diamond Cufflinks – Because you can!

Cufflinks, also known as cuff-links, have been around since the early 16th century. In those days they used to fasten the cuffs of the blouse with a cuff string, which was made of two painted glass balls connected with a chain. Those were eventually replaced by a jewellery like cuff string made of gold and diamonds. So it is not a modern idea to have diamond cufflinks.

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Why wear cufflinks?

The only thing I can compare cufflinks to is earrings. Earrings, in particular diamond earrings, give the finishing touch to the face. In the same way cufflinks upgrade the overall outfit. It is traditionally worn on a formal shirt and one may associate it with black tie event, wedding, Christening and other special times. However, cufflinks can be worn on a regular basis and once you own cufflinks you tend to build a collection of shirts to go with them. In some cases cufflinks are the trigger for a whole new shirts collection to go with. Of course this can be a process that will happen over time just like any other collection.

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The reason for wearing cufflinks is that If you wear a suit in the office cufflinks will upgrade the overall look of your suit. It is a very subtle way to distinguish you from the rest as a person of style with a certain status.

Most diamond cufflinks will be either set with diamonds only or with an additional semi precious stone. If you are buying the diamond cufflinks as a present and not sure which one to choose I would recommend you stick to a diamond cufflinks as the coloured stones may limit the wearer to certain shirts. However, if you know the person you are purchasing the diamond cufflinks will appreciate a bit of colour, or if his cloths colour scheme will suit the colour of the gemstone then you can confidently purchase diamond cufflinks set with a gemstone.

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How to wear cufflinks?

There are many styles of cufflinks but at H&D Diamonds we tend to use the cufflinks with the hinge as they are easy to use and are well secured.

Here is how it is done:

First of all make sure the cuff is folded nicely in a neat way. Make sure the four holes are in line with one another and that the two sides of the cuff are flat against each other and away from the wrist. Then turn the hinge so the cufflink resemble an umbrella in shape and slide the the cufflink through the holes. Secure by turning the hinge back. Always make sure the designed part of the cufflinks is facing forward and the hinge is to the back of the leave.

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