I am completing this post in the wee hours of the morning because Rings are like the caffeine of my life… By this I mean under no circumstances should you talk rings to me post 2pm cause I’ll be up all night. I. Just. Cannot. Stop. I will trawl the internet for hours upon hours, oohing and ahhing over the latest styles and my screen shot button will be worn out from the millions of captures.

 

For those who know me mano e mano, you see my rings before you see me. I am dripping in finger frosting and I sleep with my faves next to my bed each night, so they are in the closet possible vicinity to put them on again come morning. So when it comes to an engagement ring – I just cannot even begin to imagine which would be most perfect on my love vein.

 

What rock are you? Big bling vs. simple delights | some girls know exactly what they want, and have dreamt it for eternity. For others (like me), their choice changes with every tide. Classic solitaires and 3 and 5 stone clusters are perennially popular while trends come and go. Currently a smaller diamond border encircling the main stone and continued in the band is making a big comeback, and so too are vintage settings, so really roll with what makes your heart skip a beat. And if you are very particular, there is no shame in hinting! Print this out, leave it around the house circle your favourite, job done. Or even better, tell all your friends what you desperately want! Your beloved will get the message when the time comes.

 

Shine bright like a…sapphire? | even though diamonds are the original go to,  other rocks are having a massive resurgence. Think adding a simple turquoise stone into your wedding band of diamonds,  or if you have a favourite coloured gemstone, why not have it as a feature. Or imagine a complete black diamond band with one simple diamond. Even do something a little more thoughtful… an engraving on the inside of the band or You could even create a message with the rocks; Like the Dearest Ring, a small line of stones that spell Dearest –  D.iamond E.merald A.methyst R.uby E.merald S.aphire T.urquoise. The ideas are endless.

 

SECRET BOYS BIZ | ok guys, I will break it down a little.

How many arms and/or legs will I need to remove for said item? | Traditionally a man should invest two to three months salary, however these days it really is about what you want to spend.

 

But what do I get her? | If you are flipping out about the stress of selecting and want your loves influence many men opt for purchasing just the rock and you can choose the setting together post proposal, or a sweet token ring for the actual knee dropping and workshop some ideas so it’s a joint venture. My gorgeous friend Clare’s husband dropped to one knee with a hand made twine ring. What a cute thing to set in gold later and have as a keepsake?

 

Freaking help me! She wants a big eff off diamond | ok, don’t panic, just remember the four c’s

Carat weight – this is the standard unit of weight for diamonds and other gemstones (1 carat = 0.2 grams)

Colour – D (totally white) to Z (light yellow or brown)

Clarity – The internal features (inclusions) and surface characteristics (blemishes) within or on a diamond. There are 11 grades from Flawless to 13.

Cut – This refers to the proportions and finish of the diamond. With the best cut, light is reflected from one facet to another then dispersed through the stone.  Round, Asscher, Emerald, Oval, Pear, Marquaise, Heart, Princess, Radiant, Baguette – that’s all of them! Simple 😉

 

 

Most importantly Brideys, remember this is a gift! A token of love! Treasure it and the moment you are in when you receive it

 

 

So.. which rock are you?