pear shape diamond engagement ring

pear shape tapered baguettes diamond engagement ring

For young and old alike Christmas is a magical time. A time for a wonderful celebration amongst family, friends and loved ones and a time to look forward to new beginnings as the New Year is just around the corner.  For many couples this makes Christmas time the perfect opportunity to make that all important declaration of love – a marriage proposal. In fact in recent polls Christmas Eve has been shown to be the most popular day of the year to propose marriage, even more popular than Valentine’s Day!

If you are planning your perfect Christmas proposal then perhaps the most important part of your planning needs to be giving some serious thought to choosing the perfect engagement ring for your perfect partner. After all, this is one of the most important purchases you may ever make.

 

 

diamond micro setting engagement ring

four claw oval cut diamond micro setting engagement ring

As one of the leading retailers of Engagement Rings London with a myriad of engagement rings to choose, here at Rêve Diamonds we appreciate that this can be quite a daunting task. Do you opt for one of the many designs of traditional engagement rings such as an oval engagement ring or a cushion cut or emerald engagement ring, or do you choose a handmade engagement ring for that truly personal touch? To help you through the minefield of choosing the perfect engagement ring here are few pieces of good advice to help you decide upon the perfect engagement ring for your Christmas proposal:

  • Do your homework – research her style and likes

It goes without saying that like every woman you partner will have her own personal style and tastes in clothing. The same can also be said for engagement rings as each design has its own style and it is so important that you match the two together to find the perfect engagement ring. Is your prospective fiancé a follower of fashion or does she favour a more vintage or classical look?  Would she love the classical elegance of a simple solitaire white diamond engagement ring or would her eyes light up when you propose with an engagement ring of coloured diamonds or gemstones?  Does she wear gold jewellery or does she adore platinum?

 

split shank double halo diamond ring

split shank double halo diamond ring

Take some time to know her tastes and preferences. Look for clues in the style of any rings or other items of jewellery that she already owns and wears. Is she causal in her appearance or does she love a bit of bling?  Look at her social media she may have commented on other engagement rings or saved images in the hope that you may one day pop the question.  If you are still scratching your head then talk in confidence to her closest friends and family members to help you gather a much better idea of her perfect engagement ring. Above all remember that you are buying an engagement ring to suit your fiancés tastes rather than your own.

 

 

 

  • Decide upon a realistic budget

Whilst you want your Christmas proposal to be a memorable occasion do not over stretch your budget when looking at engagement rings.  We strongly advise that you set a realistic budget and spend only what you can afford.  For example, you may want to go for the option of a Handmade Engagement Ring but always be sure that you can afford your choice as nothing is worse than starting a new future with unnecessary debt.  Setting your budget will to some extent determine the choice of engagement rings that you have.

  • Know those all-important ‘4 C’s’

We believe that it really helps when making an investment in a diamond engagement ring to know the all-important basics about diamonds known as the ‘4 C’s’ –  colour, cut, clarity and carat. Ensure that you have a good balance between the colour and clarity, and perhaps most importantly remember that how the diamond is cut will determine its defining characteristics.

Do not be deceived into thinking that size is everything as with diamonds it certainly isn’t!  It is the cut that directly influences the stone’s ability to absorb and reflect light, and it is this which gives the stone its sparkle and inherent brilliance. Poor cutting will compromise a diamonds sparkle. It is how the facets that are cut on the diamond’s surface are angled and sized that dictates how light reflects and exits the diamond which gives an effect known as the diamonds fire.  Shallow or deep cutting will make the diamond less brilliant.

Also have in mind that the carat (weight) of the diamond engagement ring doesn’t always have to be large to be expensive. It is preferable to have a well cut quality diamond engagement ring over a large but more inferior stone.

  • Choose your shape wisely

Engagement rings come in many shapes and choosing the right one is critical. Oval engagement rings are very much on trend this year but perhaps the most enduringly popular are the brilliant round and princess, followed by cushion, emerald, square, heart and pear shapes.

Choosing the shape of your perfect engagement ring again comes down to personal preference and the style and tastes of your loved one.  Consider what you feel will be important to your partner in her engagement ring. If your lady likes to be unique then an oval engagement ring, pear or heart shape will be the right choice. However, if she loves to sparkle then opt for a princess or round cut as these have the most facets to give your engagement ring maximum brilliance.

  • But also choose a flattering shape

When choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring it is vital that you consider the shape of the ring in relation to the size and shape of your fiancés fingers/hands after all this is an item of jewellery  that she will wear every day for the rest of her life so it need to complement and flatter her.

If your fiancé has large hands do not choose a delicate ring setting, or slender narrow diamond on her finger. Radiant and princess cuts, or other rings with square shaped diamonds set within, are best for women who have long fingers/large hands.  For those with shorter fingers elongated styles like pear, marquise or an oval engagement ring are flattering.  Avoid wide bands as these have the effect of shortening the fingers.  If you are still unsure on which shape of engagement ring to choose take a look at the style of rings that she currently chooses to wear as this may give you a guide to what suits her and her personal taste.

  • Set the scene

The setting of any engagement ring whether a traditional engagement ring or more modern design is crucial and there are several options ranging from pavé and bezels to split shanks, prongs etc. the classic solitaire style engagement ring setting  with either a solid metal band or the addition of a micro-pavé band is a very elegant almost understated  choice. For those who love to be glamorous then a radiant, cushion cut, or emerald-cut stone with a halo or a diamond-studded band will be the perfect choice of setting.  Of course the ultimate symbol of love has to be the trilogy engagement ring setting which has recently resurged in popularity with the engagement and marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Their handmade engagement ring is a stunning trilogy design with a trio of diamonds comprised of two round-cut diamonds and a central cushion cut diamond set on a yellow gold band.  If you want your Christmas proposal to be with an engagement ring with a deeper meaning then a three stone trilogy engagement ring could be one for you.

  • Options in Metal

Once you have decided upon the shape and setting of your engagement ring then you need to consider you choice of metal for the band and once more  this comes down to personal preference. If your loved one wears predominantly yellow gold then choose an engagement ring in yellow gold.  If she prefers the look of silver than platinum is the perfect choice.

  • Ring Size

The last thing that you want to spoil your surprise Christmas proposal is to be down on bended knee presenting your fiancé with an engagement that does not fit!! Awkward!!

So to help avoid this embarrassment it is best to try and ensure that the engagement ring that you choose fits perfectly by knowing the correct ring finger size of your loved one.  Here’s some ideas on this subject:

Borrow one of her rings or trace one of her rings on a piece of paper and take it to your chosen jeweller.

Ask one of her friends or family to find out her ring size on your behalf.

We can also send you a Free Finger Sizer by post to help you determine the correct size of engagement ring by comparing it to a ring that you know she wears a lot.

If you are still unsure about her exact ring size then we advise buying an engagement ring one size too so it will still fit on her finger when you propose and you can get it resized to fit at a later date.

We hope that these helpful hints on perhaps the most important part of planning your Christmas proposal – choosing the perfect engagement ring are helpful.  However, if you still feel that you unsure in your choice or would like to choose an engagement ring together, we are happy to help by providing you with a Cubic Zirconia ring free of charge that can be used during your proposal.  This substitute ring can then be exchanged for the real thing when your visit our Engagement Rings London showrooms to purchase your engagement ring together after your Christmas proposal.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Reve Diamonds team and speak to one of their experts or arrange an appointment to come to the London showroom to view the jewellery, diamonds or discuss your bespoke needs.

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Vintage Jewellery LondonLooking to buy some vintage jewellery? Taking some time to understand the history of the jewellery will give you a greater appreciation of its value. Here is our short guide to the main vintage style eras to help you find the perfect timeless piece.

Georgian Era (1714-1835)

This era covered  the reign of four English kings including–King George I, II, III, and IV.  Jewellery of this period was generally inspired by French 17th century design. The designs were grand and regal and included coloured gems and large jewels.  The jewellery was typically handmade using 18 cartat gold or silver.

Victorian  Era (1835-1900)

Named after Queen Victoria of England , this style was influenced by the Queen’s own enjoyment of fashion and jewellery . Her style choices influenced the jewellery trends of the day. During this period fine jewellery became more readily available to the middle classes.

The first half of the Victorian are covered the period before King Alberts death. Jewellery was romantic and sentimental in style with symbolic themes and floral details seen in the necklaces, brooches and bracelets. The use of colourful  gems such as rubies and emeralds, citrines, and amethyst were a key feature as were pearls.  After his death the colour black featured heavily in Victorian jewellery, creating a strong bold look

Edwardian (1900-1915)

The main style features of this era were elegance and sophistication. Diamond and platinum were widely used and popular with the high society of the time. Long necklaces called sautoirs  (strings of pearls ending with tassels) were in style as were brooches.

vintage jewellery

Above: Beautiful vintage amethyst and sterling silver drop necklace, part  of the art deco  collection at Modern Vintage Style

Art Deco (1915-1935)

After 1920 when women received the right to vote, a whole new attitude evolved and this was reflected in the jewellery of the day. Styles were feminine yet edgy, and had a modern, geometric  and minimalist look. Women often wore long strand of pearls, long straight earrings and wrists were adorned with stacks of bracelets . Art deco themes are still popular and are  often seen in modern vintage style type jewellery .

Retro (Circa 1935-1950)

Jewellery design experienced a resurgence in the late 1930’s. It was influenced by the fame , glamour, and elegance of Hollywood.   Retro style jewellery was dominated by dramatic bold jewellery , including flowers, sunburst designs, bows, moonstones, ballerinas and horse motifs to name a few.

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Rennie & Co showroom Hatton Garden

Rennie & Co showroom Hatton Garden

Rennie & Co is a family run Hatton Garden jeweller that specialise in the handcrafting of beautiful gold and platinum wedding rings. With links to the jewellery trade since the 1950’s, the Rennie family has amassed a wealth of experience in the art of jewellery design and manufacture. Exceptional quality and integrity are at the forefront of our business philosophy. For couples looking for their special wedding rings in Hatton Garden, an eclectic collection of bands are on show.

In partnership with A. Gerstner, a member of the prestigious Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), we offer a collection of breathtakingly beautiful and unique wedding rings in Hatton Garden. They have been produced adhering to strict ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices. The RJC has developed a benchmark standard for the jewellery supply chain and credible mechanisms for verifying responsible business practices through third party auditing. No matter whether you are looking for a fabulous diamond set wedding ring within Hatton Garden, or a simpler classic band, for most customers one requirement remains the same – the assurance that their treasured wedding rings have been produced responsibly, and not at the expense of others.

Platinum and gold wedding ring

Platinum and gold wedding ring

Rennie & Co coloured wedding rings

Rennie & Co multi coloured wedding rings

Ethically sourced wedding rings

Ethically sourced wedding rings

Rennie & Co offer a range of contemporary wedding rings that incorporate bevelled edges, tramlines and eye-catching patterns. A bespoke service is also available to our clients, who’ll be able to enjoy the journey from conception to reality with the help of their very own experienced Hatton Garden jeweller. Alternatively, a range of classic profiles are also available for customers looking for a more understated band.

Your wedding ring is made especially for you to your exact finger size. This avoids the need to cut through an existing ring creating a join, and more importantly ensures that only you will have tried on and worn your special wedding bands – to us this is the way it should be! We typically ask for 3-4 weeks to make your gold and platinum wedding rings however should you be working to a tighter deadline, do get in touch with a member of our team and we’ll try our best to accommodate your request.

Visit Rennie & Co today to take the next step in your search for your special gold and platinum wedding rings here in Hatton Garden. Our Hatton Garden jewellers can be contacted on 020 7405 4585 or emailed at diamonds@rennieco.com. Open seven days a week, our store hours are Monday to Saturday 10am–5.30pm and Sunday 11am-3pm. All of our handcrafted wedding rings can be viewed and purchased on our ecommerce website too.

 

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watch repair

Watches are great, they keep us to schedule and on time as well as being a great addition to any and all outfits. But as with all things, they do succumb to wear and tear. With age, the value of your watch will go up both emotionally, with it being with you for a large part of your life and financially as watches retain and gain value like nothing else, but the chances of it still functioning as intended will go down! That’s where repair shops come in, but they’re always so expensive (especially in London!) Watch Repair Shop is different.

 

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Hatton Jewels new jewellery shop

Hatton Jewels new flagship shop

 Today we are delighted to announce the completion of our beautiful new boutique showroom at Hatton Jewels HQ, our flagship Hatton Garden jewellers.

We wanted to create a space where visitors would feel comfortable and inspired. A place to peruse beautiful jewellery in an elegant and minimal setting, and so far the feedback has been incredible.

Taking inspiration from our surroundings in Clerkenwell the jewellery design centre of London, we have wanted to respectfully modernise our showroom so that it truly reflected the quality of our produce, and the expertise of our staff.

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