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The true value of a handmade piece of jewellery

The true value of a handmade piece of jewellery

Buying or being given a handmade item of jewellery is a unique pleasure. Everyone can appreciate the opportunity to wear something that’s a total one-off and while not every item of specially commissioned jewellery comes with a significant price tag, many do. I’ve written before about the importance of having your jewellery properly valued for insurance purposes and repeating that valuation process at regular intervals to ensure that if something does happen to a valuable item, you’ll get the ma...

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Halo and goodbye – the changing fashions of engagement rings

Halo and goodbye – the changing fashions of engagement rings

It’s not just clothes that are hostages to style trends – jewellery fashions that are on-trend one day can be out of favour the next, and there’s no better recent example than the halo engagement ring. For a while there the halo ring was all the rage. Originally designed for people who wanted their engagement ring to make a big, loud statement but whose budget didn’t stretch to having a diamond to match, the halo ring ticked a lot of boxes. There’s nothing wrong in making a statement with the je...

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Thinking about getting rid of some old jewellery? Think again.

Thinking about getting rid of some old jewellery? Think again.

So, here’s a question for you. When it comes to jewellery, what do Lady Gaga and Audrey Hepburn have in common? On the surface of it, it’s hard to imagine there might be any connection between the darling of 1960s Hollywood and the darling of iconic Noughties pop music. But it was there for all to see on the red carpet at this year’s Oscars ceremony in the shape of a 128 carat yellow diamond worn at the neck of the always-unpredictable singer. While the media went into a feeding frenzy over Lady...

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How much should I spend on an engagement ring?

How much should I spend on an engagement ring?

It’s the perennial question and one I get asked more than any other: How much should I spend on an engagement ring? The honest answer is that you should always spend what you can sensibly afford. For lots of people that goes against the grain because they’ve grown up believing that you need to spend a fortune on a ring to go with a proposal. I’m never quite sure whether the person asking the question is hoping to hear a price that won’t break the bank but also won’t make them look like a cheapsk...

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Is there such a thing as the perfect engagement ring? Read this and find out.

Is there such a thing as the perfect engagement ring? Read this and find out.

Is there such a thing as the perfect engagement ring? I get asked this question a lot – so much so that I wrote a book on exactly that subject (and there’s a link to buy it at the end of this article). I also made a film about it, which you can watch here. It’s a very hot topic in my world. So, is there such a thing as the perfect engagement ring? The answer is yes, there is. Can I describe it to you? No, because the perfect engagement ring is perfect only to the person who buys it or the person...

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3 Creative and Unique Ways to Propose

3 Creative and Unique Ways to Propose

When you propose to the man or woman of your dreams, you want it to be special, memorable and wonderful. You want it to be romantic and authentic. You want it to be exactly the way it should be. But really, if you're being totally honest with yourself, what you want most of all is to be a hero. You want the other person to see that you’ve gone out of your way to find the most perfect, unique and creative way to make their dreams come true. That it has taken months of military-grade planning. Tha...

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Is He Taking His Time? 5 Ways to Nudge Him About Popping the Question.

Is He Taking His Time? 5 Ways to Nudge Him About Popping the Question.

You’ve been going out for a while now; you know he or she is a keeper and you think it’s time you took the big step on the road to marriage. But they’re taking their time over the proposal and they don’t seem to be in any hurry in popping the question. You’ve tried bringing the conversation around to the future and you know they see things the same way you do, but for whatever reason, they’re dragging their feet and are showing no signs of proposing. Naturally, you could pop the question yoursel...

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How to take care of your engagement ring

How to take care of your engagement ring

Your diamond engagement ring is one of the most valuable objects you'll ever own, even if only in terms of its sentimental worth. But what's the best way of cleaning it? Expert jeweller Lewis Malka has the answer. When someone asks you to marry them and presents you with a beautiful diamond engagement thing, what that person wants most of all is for you to say the word ‘Yes’ (hopefully like you really, really mean it) and that you’ll wear it for the rest of your days. That’s the plan. And if the...

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Stop! If you’re going to propose, there’s one book you simply must read first

Stop! If you’re going to propose, there’s one book you simply must read first

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...

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Never mind the price, feel the value

Never mind the price, feel the value

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...

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