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Are you about to pop the question? Ramsdens Jewellery share their top tips!

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If you’re considering popping the question, you will want to ensure everything is perfect.  Now that we are at the turn of Spring, with longer, brighter, and warmer days, there are plenty of ways to ensure it’s a special moment to remember.  Here, Jack Jahan from Ramsdens Jewellery will be sharing his top five tips for planning an idyllic springtime proposal.

With the UK currently ready to follow a roadmap to easing lockdown, there are great ways you can mark this momentous occasion and plan the perfect time on how you will pop the question. Here are my top tips for making your proposal a moment to remember this Spring.

Choose the perfect ring
Before you start planning on that special location when you’ll get down on one knee, you’ll want to think about choosing the perfect ring first. This can, of course, take some time to find a special one to suit your partner and to find out their correct ring size!

While engagement rings are typically based around gorgeous clear diamonds, you might want to choose something more personal to your partner. For example, choosing a gemstone that is associated with their birth month or the month in which you met can add an extra romantic touch. You could even select a gemstone that represents the springtime months, like aquamarine, emerald and pearl.

All gemstones have a meaning behind them, so you could look at selecting one that will resonate with your partner. For example, garnet is associated with passion, health, love, and other strong emotions, whilst amethyst symbolises security, spirituality, and true happiness.

Once you have decided on the perfect gemstone colour, you’ll want to consider band colour and style. Yellow gold is known for its luxurious appearance and has always been treasured for its natural radiance and beauty, while white gold is more modern and still very elegant. If your partner has a lot of silver jewellery, you might want to pick a silver band for the engagement ring to match.

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Design a romantic setting
With restrictions still in place, travelling to your dream proposal destination is likely to be off the cards for a little while longer, and you may be struggling to think of places with a romantic backdrop closer to home.  However, with the weather improving now that we are into the Spring season you might like to plan a beautiful setting in your own garden.

If the garden is going to be your special place, raking away any dead leaves and cutting back over any hanging bushes and hedges will be a great starting point. Once you’ve got your garden all tidied up, you can then think about whether you’ll pop the question over a romantic al fresco dinner, or create a romantic walkway that leads right outside where you’ll be waiting.  Whichever option you choose, you will want to make sure you plan a beautiful theme.  You may like to hang banners and balloons in their favourite colour, or even make your own bunting from polaroid images of you together clipped onto some string.  The choice is yours to make it as personal and individual as you would like.

If you’re planning to celebrate with some a delicious meal, consider ordering in your partner’s favourite restaurant dishes, or recreating them at home — your partner will be sure to appreciate all of the effort you have gone to!  Don’t forget to make your table setting special with photos, candles, special flowers, and your very best cutlery and crockery.

Add ambient lighting
While the days are staying lighter for much longer it will still add a special touch to add some ambient lighting — particularly if you plan to create this magic moment under the stars at night.  Candles are always a nice touch, and you can even make your backdrop more extravagant with beautiful lanterns to cradle the light.  Similarly, you might want to put up some beautiful fairy lights over the tree branches to set the mood.

If you plan to sit outside for dinner, think about having a floral centrepiece with fairy lights weaved through it, or make use of your best candelabra. The more light there is, the more that the beautiful ring will just sparkle!

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Dress to impress
Your proposal is bound to be one of the most memorable and special moments of your life, and your fiancés, too!  While we haven’t had much need to wear anything too fancy for the past year, now is the perfect time to make the most of this occasion. Whether this means dusting off your favourite suit, or going smart casual, looking your best will help you to feel your best – something that will help towards those nerves kicking in too!

Get your friends and family (virtually) involved
Although this may be the most private moment in your life, you might consider setting up your laptop or your phone on a stand with a good view of where you’ll both be standing when you get down on one knee.  You can then either begin recording just before your fiancé-to-be comes to join you unsuspectingly, or you can use a video service like Zoom or FaceTime to allow your family to virtually be there when the moment happens.  Whether it’s a moment between you or a moment with all your family friends joining you on this special day, taking those special images would be something to keep forever.

So get ahead with the planning for your springtime proposal with these top tips. From choosing a ring that will wow your partner, to planning the setting and getting your nearest and dearest involved, you are sure to create an engagement to remember!

Thank you to Sabah Dastgir for writing this post.

Coloured Diamonds For Valentine’s Day by Odendaal Diamonds

Odendaal Diamonds, the London-based bespoke jewellery specialist, is offering coloured diamonds especially for Valentine’s Day. Being rare, coloured diamonds they are highly sought after and therefore means they are an exquisite Valentine’s Day gift for that special person in your life.

The coloured diamonds offered by Odendaal Diamonds have been treated to enhance the colour of the stone. Choose from:

  • a pair of pink princess cut diamonds set in yellow or white gold setting, with a total diamond weight of 0.60ct.  Price £1800.00
  • a white gold ring set with a 0.30 carat pink princess cut diamond.  Price £1800.00
  • a 0.30 carat pink diamond pendant set with white or yellow gold.  Price £1200.00

Dirk Odendaal, founder of Odendaal Diamonds, said: “There’s no gift more romantic on Valentine’s Day than a diamond and a coloured diamond makes it all that more special. Research shows that almost a third of women would choose Valentine’s Day as their preferred day to be proposed to. With this in mind, many people right now will be planning how they’ll pop the question in 14 February.   A coloured diamond ring will make that moment even more memorable.”

As well as making exquisite gifts, coloured diamonds are an excellent investment. According to a January 2017 article in the Wall Street Journal, prices for coloured diamonds are being driven higher by investors who are hoping the hot market stays hot. Over almost eight years, from the start of 2009 to September 30, 2016, the latest recorded data, the price of pink diamonds has increased by nearly 180 per cent and sits at a record high.*

Odendaal Diamonds sources and procures diamonds and creates bespoke items of jewellery for private clients. These include rings, bracelets and necklaces from less than £100 in value to over £100,000.

By offering a personal service, yet having none of the overheads of a retail chain, Odendaal Diamonds provides a truly bespoke product at a fraction of the cost of a high street jeweller.

Every diamond sourced and supplied by Odendaal Diamonds comes with a reference and independent third-party laboratory certificate proving its grade and quality. This is produced by skilled technicians at a reputable grading laboratory who, upon receiving a polished diamond, verify its size, colour, clarity and cut.

Odendaal Diamonds can also supply a wide range of precious and semiprecious stones such as tanzanite, rubies, emeralds and sapphires.

For more information, visit www.odendaaldiamonds.com

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A Fashionable Evening With Red Dot Jewels

Entwined amongst their trademark for stunning jewellery pieces, Red Dot Jewels presented an evening of Diwali celebrations and fashion. Bride Icon were invited to view the illuminating range of asian jewellery, combined with a selection of beautiful fashion designs by renowned tailor Manoj Makwana.

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Shalini Gupta Patel, Founder and Creative Director of Red Dot Jewels offers authentic fine pieces of handmade jewellery, created with traditional Indian craftsmanship. Situated in Pinner, North West London, Red Dot Jewels brings together a beautiful and chic collection of bridal and ready to wear jewellery. Framed in a stylish setting with a bridal lounge for the momentous statemPreview Changesent pieces, Red Dot Jewels also includes a pret collection of subtle Indian inspired collections. Shalini’s great love for Indian culture, art and fashion features significantly into each of these creative designs.

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The evening was completed by Manoj Makwana’s debut collection of Indian fashion.  Manoj is renowned for his professional tailoring and alteration methods. With accolades ranging from western designers such as Ian Stuart and the man behind the tailoring for the Asian fashion industry, you can see exactly why his debut collection oozes perfection and style.

An evening of refined elegance and exquisite jewellery!

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                       Photos by Sinni Kumar