4aHatton Garden is London’s world renowned jewellery quarter, and has an abundance of shops selling precious metals, gemstones and other luxury jewels lining its streets. However, what you may not realise about Hatton Garden is that there are also several excellent dining options in the area! One of our personal favourites is the Bleeding Heart Restaurant, which is located just off of Grenville Street.

The Bleeding Heart Restaurant is known for its indulgent French cuisine, with decadent dishes such as wild mushroom velouté with rock chives and parsley croutons, or fillet of sea bream with saffron mash, salt and pepper squids, and sauce vierge. Even the dessert menu matches the French Bistro feel – classics such as Crème Bruleé are interspersed with more adventurous offerings like the butter chocolate and caramel délice, but whatever you opt for, they’re extremely yummy and, for their quality, very reasonably priced.

However, it’s not just its restaurant for which the Bleeding Heart is famous. With four separate spaces including the restaurant, the bistro, the tavern and the crypt (which, despite its name, is beautiful rather than morbid!), it’s the perfect place for drinks with friends, or private entertaining. Many couples have even held their wedding receptions in the establishment – it’s a great central London location in a truly romantic district.

So next time you’re in the neighbourhood, remember that Hatton Garden is more than just its gems! Why not pay the Bleeding Heart a visit and try their delicious French cuisine for yourself?

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Picture 1Wedding bands are arguably the most important item of jewellery anyone will ever wear – they’re an ongoing symbol of your love and commitment, and you should be proud to have yours on your finger for many years to come.

It’s therefore essential that when you’re choosing your wedding band that you opt for a design that is both stylish and meaningful, and well suited to both yourself and your partner. If you’re wondering how to create a ring with that unique touch, here are three great ways to personalise your wedding band …

  1. Include a birthstone
    One rather romantic way to personalise your wedding band is to include the birthstones of yourself and your partner in the design. Whether you choose to add two single stones, or create a band entirely surrounded by these multi-coloured gems, it’s a great way to add a personal touch to your ring.
  2. Use an heirloom
    Using a family heirloom or other piece of antique jewellery as your wedding band is another great way to ensure that your ring is tailored to you. If theirs is a ring that you could use but you’re not fond of its current design, take it along to a jeweller – they may be able to alter the settings or even melt it down and recreate another band altogether. This allows you to maintain the sentimental nature of the band, but still have a ring that suits your style.
  3. Add an engraving
    If you want the personal aspect of your ring to be a little more discreet, you could opt for an engraving on the inside of the band. Whether you choose the date of your ceremony, your partner’s name, or any other in-joke or saying, it’s a great intimate addition that will make you smile every time you see it.
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brad-pitt-angelina-jolieWhen Brad Pitt proposed to Angelina Jolie a year ago, he spent months working with the couple’s private jeweller Robert Procop to design the engagement ring of her dreams. One year later, it’s now Angelina’s turn to team up with Robert as she launches her own jewellery line, known as Style of Jolie, which will be available online from April 4th.

The collection features a range of bold and beautiful jewellery, including a pear shaped citrine and gold necklace and rose gold and emerald earrings. Emeralds are said to be the most frequently used gemstone in the range, but there are hints of other stones, such as diamonds, throughout the collection.

By designing these pieces, Angelina isn’t just creating beautiful accessories – she’s also helping charitable causes, as the proceeds from the line will be donated to funding education for girls in deprived areas. “Beyond enjoying the artistic satisfaction of designing these jewels, we are inspired by knowing our work is also serving the mutual goal of providing for children in need,” Jolie told E! News.

If you’ve been inspired by Angelina’s creative kindness and want to invest in a new piece of jewellery for yourself, why not come and pay the stores of Hatton Garden a visit? All of our stores carry ethically sourced gems of the highest possible quality, and if you truly want to follow in Angelina’s footsteps, you could make a donation to your favourite charity for the equivalent price of your new item. You’ll be looking and feeling good before you know it!

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Coutts Beautiful BoxesJust a few weeks ago we blogged about the Coutts Beautiful Boxes auction, an eBay auction of donated designer jewellery boxes intended to raise money for Holts Academy of Jewellery in Hatton Garden, and The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. The boxes were designed by big industry names including Alex Monroe, Laurence Llewellyn Bowen and Paul Smith, and sold on the online auction site in order to fund these creative initiatives.

The auction has now taken place, and we are pleased to announce that thousands of pounds were raised for these exceptionally worthy causes. Whilst the total figure is yet to be confirmed, all 21 of the boxes were sold during the week long auction. Several of the pieces sold for upwards of £700, and the most popular box, designed by famed local illustrator Jimboart, sold for an impressive £3,000 during the final minutes of the sales.

Lee Lucas, the director of Holts Academy, commented that “the jewellery boxes are a lasting legacy of this project and in themselves wonderful heirlooms. The funds raised will help to support our apprenticeship scheme, the only scheme in the UK that is government recognised and support a new generation of jewellers to start their careers.”

We’d like to extend our congratulations to everyone who participated in this fantastic fundraising event, and look forward to seeing the new generation of jewellers emerge from Holts Academy into the stores of Hatton Garden.

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getting-down-on-one-kneeA marriage proposal is probably the most nerve wracking rite of passage that any man (or woman!) will ever have to go through, and there’s a lot of preparation required if you really want to make the moment perfect. If you’re ready to pop the question, but don’t know where to start, check out our tips for planning the perfect proposal!

Choose a personal location

Think about all the places you’ve been together – parks, beaches, landmarks – and choose one that holds memories that both of you cherish. Be warned – The Knot.com says that more than half of women do not want their proposal in a restaurant, so unless your usual dinner location is one of her favourite places in the world, choose something a little more original and creative.

Maintain the ‘surprise’ factor

According to another survey from Men’s Health and The Knot.com, 47% of women say that the ‘surprise’ factor is very important in the proposal, so try not to drop any hints or allude to your intentions, even on the day! Taking her completely by surprise will ensure that it’s a moment that she’ll remember for all of the right reasons.

Their parents’ permission

The same Men’s Health survey also revealed that 60% of women think that their man should ask permission from mum and dad before getting down on one knee. Taking this considerate step shows your intentions to truly become a part of her family, and ensures good relations with the in-laws throughout the whole process.

A dazzling ring!

32% of women say that the biggest proposal mistake you can make is not having an engagement ring with you, so unless you’re 100% certain she wants to choose the ring herself, come prepared! Try to choose a ring that suits her style and personality – not every woman wants a diamond solitaire band, and selecting a band that suits her down to the ground will demonstrate just how well you know her, and make her proud to wear it and become your wife.

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