Those of you who read my blogs regularly or who know me personally may have been aware that a couple of years ago, I published a book about how to buy the perfect engagement ring.
The Engagement Ring – How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring and Get It Right First Time has been a bestseller on Amazon and has helped many a nervous groom-in-waiting to find the perfect ring to grace the wedding finger of the love of his life.
I wrote it because the truth is that as guys, we’re completely out of o...Read More »
When it comes to one of the most significant investments you’ll ever make, it’s less about price and more about value.
Listen, there are plenty of places to buy an engagement ring for not a lot of money. You’ll find them on every High Street and, if you really don’t care about the quality, they litter the internet like confetti.
Buying a cheap engagement ring is not difficult. Buying one that represents great value is another matter entirely.
Let me illustrate for you. When you buy a house, do y...Read More »
If you’re thinking of proposing, I’ve got news for you: when it comes to choosing the ring, you’re in way over your head.
I know, I know. It’s contentious and I’m not usually given to making sweeping statements, but there’s no getting away from it: the groom-in-waiting is usually the least qualified person to take on the job of picking out one of only two things she’ll (hopefully) wear for the rest of her life.
Oh yes, you think you’re qualified for the job. Of course you think you’re qualified ...Read More »
Last week I was lamenting the disposable nature of Christmas and the fact that the gifts we seem to be coerced by clever advertising to buy tend to have a very short shelf life before they go out of fashion.
I made the point that in giving the gift of diamonds – whether as a ring, a timepiece or earrings – you were buying something completely unique that would always be in vogue. And, of course, it would also have the added benefit of being a solid investment as diamonds tend to increase in valu...Read More »
It occurred to me recently that we live in an almost completely disposable society.
From razors to contact lenses, Big Macs to nappies and cupcake wrappers to the latest iPhone or iPad which will be virtually obsolete the moment it’s out of the box, we live in a world where the things we buy are designed to be thrown away almost immediately.
Christmas is a shining example of temporary fulfilment. Every year we buy presents for our nearest and dearest – perhaps from a list, perhaps not – and I’m ...Read More »
I probably shouldn’t be writing this blog.
After all, most of my job is about trying to help guys conceal the fact they’re about to pop the question to the girl of their dreams. But over the years, I’ve learned a thing or two about how the boys behave – and now I’m going to share that insight with you girls, too.
Christmas is a very popular time of year to make a marriage proposal. It’s typically a romantic season, goodwill is abundant, and we feel good. So, if you’ve been wondering when he’s go...Read More »
It doesn’t matter how you feel about your marriage or relationship with a long-term partner, divorce is rough on everyone involved in the process of separating.
You may have simply drifted apart, you may be fighting like cat and dog, but the fact is, you once loved each other fiercely enough to want to commit to each other regardless of what life threw at you.
Emotionally, giving up your wedding ring or engagement ring – or both – can often, simultaneously, be the hardest and easiest thing to do...Read More »
The internet is a wonderful thing. It has massive advantages and it's becoming the only way for people to do their shopping. Loaded with information, it has revolutionised the way we're able to research big ticket items before we commit to purchasing.
In this instance, of course, I'm talking about diamonds. It's increasingly easier to purchase diamonds online, but why you would ever do that is beyond me. In fact, I recently wrote about why hunting for the perfect engagement ring online is a lost...Read More »
It’s a little-known fact amongst women, but the hardest part of any engagement is the proposal.
No, really. I’m not trying to be controversial for the sake of being controversial. It’s just the truth. Most women simply have no concept of the level of anxiety, worry and pressure that men feel when they’re about to pop the question.
Now, that’s not because women are in any way unfeeling or lack empathy. In many cases, the woman has been waiting, sometimes quite impatiently, to be asked the questio...Read More »
The wedding day.
A riot of colour that sweeps and swirls, always moving and always changing; of polite laughter that will edge steadily and unstoppably into raucousness as the hours pass; of blossom and confetti amid smiling faces. It’s a perfect day for two perfect people, the start of what you fiercely hope will be a perfect life as perfect partners.
And just as you and your partner personify the unification of a perfect match, so the rings on her finger ought to reflect that perfection, too.
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