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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.

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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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Credit : Ross Harvey wedding photography www.rossharvey.com

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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.

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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.

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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.

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