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Valentine’s Day is just a night away and all us partnered or with secret admirers are expecting to be whisked with milk baths, chocolates, roses and candlelight dinners. Cliché as it sounds, none of us would ever give up on the opportunity to be showered with any form of affection in the very hectic world we live in.  So let’s begin by thanking St. Valentine for the increase in rose sales and for giving everyone a day to declare their love!

Not known to many or to St Valentine, is that Valentine’s day is one of the top four days where the greatest declaration of love is being made. It is, the day when your special someone gets on one knee and says the words “Will you marry me?”. The gushing, the excitement and adrenaline is far from the day’s greatest build up to finding that one perfect ring. The task is not easy as the choice is endless! Ask us as we help many a young man or woman fulfill their greatest wedding proposal with our service Amore .

The numero one question every proposer asks us is, what is the right engagement ring? We all know the four perfect “C’s” cut, colour, clarity and carat but everyone is searching for that irrevocable ring that is the truest representation of the person they bestow it to. Take for example Carrie Bradshaw in Sex in the City, when her beloved Big B presents her with an eye-popping 5 carat black diamond ring and tells her “because you are not like anyone else”, at that moment there wasn’t a dry eyed soul in the theatre. Engagement rings are synonymous for needing to be special and unique.

As rhetoric as it sounds diamonds reign supreme, with Diamonds continuing to be a girl’s best friend, with rings that have a centre stone with side stones being the most preferred look, however there is a slow but tiny revolution of non-diamond precious stones like emeralds, morganite and sapphire rings (heads up to our own Duchess of Cambridge’s 12 carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring). The classic setting called the prong setting is still most favoured, with white gold followed by platinum being the most favoured metals of choice. Mixing metals such as rose gold, yellow gold and white gold are trending too.

Keeping with the fads and trends, an engagement ring must also be a unique representation of the bond you share with each other. We always find vintage stores a great place to start for inspiration. Look for beautiful curves or straight simple lines to give inspiration from different periods. Just looking around the place you live will give inspiration to the different types of other precious stones and metals to use like Pāua or moonstone.  Today many stores offer custom made designs, where you can select the stone and later come in to have the ring designed and have the setting placed, giving you room not to make the wrong call if design is not your forte. Heirloom jewellery too adds a special touch to the day, with little additional touches a jeweller can add to make it significant to each wearer from generation to generation. A new forging trend with many of us having a bit of a travel bug in us, is to have rings inspired from nature and fauna of the land where the couple had travelled to, showcased in the ring design.

So make an inspirational declaration we say. Talk to your boutique jewellers to create something you specially designed for your soon to be better half and she or he will love you for all the effort you took. Enjoy the ride and journey, as we wish every man and woman the very best in finding their one unique ring of love. May every declaration of love be filled with spasms of excitement, joy, laughter and many a great celebration. From the DU Soirée team we wish everyone a very…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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