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January 2014


A Guide to Choosing The Best Diamond Engagement Ring For Your Bride to Be

You have found the girl of your dreams and have the perfect proposal in mind, but there is still the task of finding a beautiful diamond engagement ring to present to her. Buying an engagement ring can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. There are so many decisions you will need to make before finding the ideal ring for your proposal. Here we will provide you with a simple guide to choosing the best diamond engagement ring for your bride to be.

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Engagement rings are usually priced by quality, so choose the most expensive engagement ring within your budget.

Set a budget

Before you even walk into a jewellery store or begin shopping for an engagement ring online, it is important to set yourself a budget. Whilst many people think it is traditional to spend two months’ salary on an engagement ring, this was actually made up by jewellers to get you to spend more money on their diamonds! Instead, allocate an amount that you can afford to spend and purchase the most beautiful ring within your budget. At the end of the day, it is not how much you spend on the ring, but the meaning and feelings behind the proposal that matters.

Find out her ring size

Whilst choosing the wrong ring size can be awkward and a little embarrassing (especially if it doesn’t fit on her finger when you propose) it is not the end of the world. You can simply take the ring back to the jewellers and have it properly sized after your proposal. If you do want to make sure you get the right size, you need to take on the role as a jewellery thief for a day. Before you ask, we do not mean swiping a ring from a jewellery store, but borrowing one from your other half’s jewellery box for the day! You will need to be really sneaky to make sure she doesn’t notice, but it will be worth the extra effort when the ring glides onto her finger seamlessly after she has accepted your proposal!

Get an idea of her preferred jewellery style

Some women prefer modern jewellery, whereas others are charmed by vintage pieces. Make sure you know what style jewellery your other half likes wearing, before selecting her engagement ring. If you cannot get a good idea by looking at the other jewellery she wears, quiz someone close to her like her mum, sister or best friend. It is also important to get an idea of the metal colour she prefers. Your choices will be yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum.

Research the 4 c’s

The four c’s include carat, clarity, cut and colour. These determine the quality and cost of the diamond engagement ring you purchase. When shopping for an engagement ring either in-store or online, make sure you choose the ring with the best clarity, cut, colour and carat that you can afford.

Choose the diamond shape

There are so many diamond shapes to choose from including oval, round, heart, pear and princess. This decision is down to personal preference, but it is worth keeping in mind that round diamonds are the most traditional choice and princess diamonds (a square-like shape) are the most popular for modern engagement rings.

Select the setting

Before shopping for an engagement ring, make sure you are clued up on the different types of settings available. The setting is what holds the diamond in place on the ring. Many jewellery designers give customers the opportunity to select a bespoke setting to add a special touch to their ring.

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Once you have found the perfect engagement ring, you will just need to find the courage to ask one of the most important questions of your life!


If we could offer one piece of advice, it would be to do as much research as possible on the different types of engagement rings available. Knowing what is available within your budget, will help you narrow down your choice and find the perfect engagement ring for your bride to be.

Written by Neil Peters who recommends a well-known Scottish jewellery designers firm for your diamond engagement ring solution.


Image credits: Andrew Abogado & wwarby


Best Gift Idea for Him

It is always a very difficult task to find the right gift for a man. Somehow it turns out that all “men’s toys” are either too expensive or frankly useless. And if it is not that hard to choose something special for your beloved person, since you know his tastes and preferences, in case you are looking for a present for colleagues or close relatives it is quite a tough task to find the item that will please them.

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In case you have absolutely no idea what present to choose, you can consider buying men’s watches. This stylish and luxurious accessory has always been considered as universal gift. It is a great gift idea on any occasion, because watches will always remind about the person, who has presented them. In addition, such gift as, for example, Rolex will not lose its relevance even after many years and will never become a useless item, as many other gifts. However, despite the fact that watch is a universal present, suitable for both men and women, it is easy to make a mistake with the correct choice.

Choosing such a luxurious accessory as watch for a man, you must first consider his professional field and his position, as this factors indicate person’s social status, and thus should speak for themselves. For example, looking for a present for your boss, you should definitely select among such brands as Rolex and other luxurious Swiss products. Even if he already has a collection of these accessories, the new model presented by you will never be superfluous.

Watches for men is also a reflection of his inner world, his interests and character. So choose the gift for a man according to his outlook. If he is creative and extraordinary person, he will not be pleased even with such a luxurious, but classic watches as Rolex. Of course, he may like it, but it will not be a reflection of his style and spirit. Even the numbering on the dial can tell a lot about person’s character. Therefore, when buying watches it is necessary to take this factor into account too. If a man likes Roman numerals, it is likely he lives calm and peaceful lifestyle, prefers classical style and all products that are time-tested. However, if he likes Arabic numerals on the dial, this means that he is a realist, who knows what he wants to get from his life.

You hardly find a man, who will refuse to get high-quality wristwatch of such brand as Rolex. Even if a person never wears a wristwatch, such present will definitely change his attitude to this luxurious attribute of style.

Of course, everyone wants to have an ability to present such a valuable gifts to beloved once. However, it is not a secret that Swiss products can cost quite a fortune. You may think that only wealthy people can afford such a purchase. However, there are no desperate situations. Today it is possible to find a lot of attractive offers to buy pre-used watches of household brands with a huge discount. You shouldn’t consider these items as a second-hand products. High-quality Swiss products have more than 50 years service life. Even in case there are some scratches on the item that were left by previous owner, they can be easily polished in a specialized workshop. After polishing the watch will look brand new and will be ready to serve a person for years to come.

Gina Barnett together with Jimmy Cox from offering luxurious Rolex watches and numerous stylish accessories.

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What to Look for When Buying Bridal Lehenga this Wedding Season?

“Tis the season to be jolly!!!” Wedding season is on and in a country like India it is not a last moment preparation. Elaborate arrangements are made beforehand so that the wedding day runs swiftly as planned and expected. One of the most important factor determining the day is the look of the bride.

A girl grows up planning a perfect wedding with her price charming and when the day finally arrives she wants to look nothing less than angelic and resplendent.  The episode comes when she can hardly decide what to wear on her big day so there follows a series of dramatic dress rehearsals. Every bride as an individual wants to look different and extra ordinary, the bride has her own fantasies about her attire too.

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Fashion revolution in India has been able to render the required service. Not all brides want to wear sarees even if they want a traditional wedding! But in a multi cultural country like India it is hardly a problem. The traditional Rajasthani attire has therefore qualified to be a popular and loved wedding embellishment namely lehenga choli, ghagra choli or chaniya choli.

Fashion has definitely evolved and lehenga choli has been the inspiration behind the making of a bridal lehenga saree. Bridal lehengas are the recent favorite of every Indian bride. The making is such that it defines a modern woman in a traditional way. The wedding season calls for competition because every woman wants to look her best and graceful. Here are some helping tips on how to buy the bridal lehenga this wedding season without having to spend money the size of Russia:

  • When we talk about the best bridal lehenga we are not necessarily talking about the most expensive one or the tag of the designer but something that will suit you and accentuate your best features, something that will seem was made only for you! Take opinions of your trusted girlfriends, your parents and all your trusted ones whose honesty are the best policy. The digits need not be so unaffordably high, all that matter is what looks great on you.
  • Set your budget before you go overboard with your expense. It is to be remembered that not all designer lehengas are great. Explore before you purchase. Designers with big names overprice their design as they incorporate gold, silver and semi precious stones and do everything queen-like. Blooming designers have the same concept but they charge a fraction than those well established bridal designers. Compare and contrast before purchasing your bridal wear to avoid disappointment and regrets later.
  • Some designer lehengas are so heavy that will give the impression of a fatigued bride than a happy one. Seek your own comfort first. Some designer lehengas look extravagant but it is hardly wearable. Looks are deceiving, make a careful scrutiny.
  • There are four kinds of fitting in bridal lehengas.
  1. A-cut
  2. Straight cut
  3. Umbrella cut
  4. Fish cut or mermaid cut

Brides usually opt for the fish cut because it is the trendiest. The fitting is such that it is tight up to the knee and then it takes a twist. The lower part is frilly and loose and flares perfectly. The choli for this is made in style of a jacket with deep necks and backlines. It perfectly harmonizes the occasion.

  • Before you rush into buying the trendiest bridal lehenga you spotted you ought to know yourself first, and by that I mean you ought to know your body well. All of us have flaws and there are ways we camouflage it. Know your body well to know what shape, cut and color flatters you.

Hourglass women look ravishing in fish cut style, pear shaped and petites look amazing with ‘A’ cuts and straight bodies with no curves should opt for cholis that have neckline below the collarbone.  Understand your body and make the right choice to look extremely beautiful on your once-in –a-lifetime day. Look for the color that suits your complexion and for that decision you may need the help of your friends and relatives. If help is not available think about the time you got compliments wearing a particular color.

  • The season that your wedding takes place is an important factor that determines the bridal attire you wear. Since it is winter now heavy and warm fabrics like brocade, velvet and silk should be selected.
  • Lastly, who said you cannot be your own designer? If you have an innate sense of fashion and style, why not design your own lehenga? It will help test your entrepreneur skill and exclusivity is guaranteed. Ask your loved and trusted ones for their opinion because I bet nothing can be cooler than bride wearing her own design and stealing her own show.

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Getting Your Dream Bridal Gown

You have finally set the date and everything else is done. It has finally come down to the most important part of the wedding: finding the dream-wedding gown for your special day.

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Do the research

Shopping for a wedding gown is a huge activity and it’s really fun. However, before you actually start shopping, you have to do your homework. Wedding gown trends and styles change rapidly. To understand the latest trends, you have to go online and look at top wedding gown designer collections. For example, take a look at the Vera Wang website to understand the latest wedding trends. You can also try hip websites like Cosmopolitan, InStyle, etc to understand the latest styles and designs in wedding gowns.

Assess your body type

Wedding gowns are made to accentuate your body and make you look beautiful on your special day. However, if you don’t know your body type, you may not be able to select the best wedding gown. If possible, go to a tailor and get accurate measurements of your body. Some websites have a unique feature in which you can upload your image and the website software will allow you to change your hairstyle and dress.

Use this software to assess how different dress styles will appear on your body. You might not find wedding gowns on the software but you will definitely find dress styles like gowns, empire line busts, sweetheart necklines etc. Doing this will allow you to understand how the gowns will appear on your body type and you can focus on this dress type while shopping.

Buying or renting

Once you have completed your research, you have to decide whether you want to buy or rent your wedding gown. If you can afford it, you can think about buying your wedding gown but think about it. Renting is a far better idea as you have to pay a fraction of the amount and you can use the money for other activities like your honeymoon.

Imported gowns

It is trendy now to wear gowns from a trade website as they sell gowns at discounted rates. These manufacturing units are located halfway across the world and they work in a cheaper currency. As a result, they have knock-off copies of almost all designer brands at wonderfully cheap rates. These are not a good idea though as you cannot see the quality of the material, the stitching, etc. and there is no guarantee that the item will be delivered on time. On top of that, in case you need alterations and repairs, you will have to do it yourself as the retailer is too far away to do anything.

Comparing rates

Rates at local stores are definitely higher than online stores. However, its still ok to shop online and browse locally as well. It will give you an idea of how much a new gown will cost for outright purchase and the average rental rates in the locality. You can also try rental chains like Bridal Warehouse, which have local chains and online websites as well. These chains will usually offer the cheapest rates and the largest inventory for interested brides. If you prefer online shopping then The Bridal Warehouse is the best as it has the largest stock of new and used bridal gowns for rent.