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10 Tips for a Flawless Holiday Proposal

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and with it all the festive cheer – and food – we love to partake in every year. With all the eating, drinking, and merrymaking, it’s no surprise that the most popular time to pop the question is between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. It’s a time of year when spirits are high, vacations are planned, and families have gathered to celebrate.

If you’re planning a holiday proposal, you’ve got to make sure that you pull it off flawlessly. Despite it being a great time to do it, you need to properly navigate all the potential pitfalls this season can present. Here are 10 of our favorite, season-specific tips that will help you make your holiday proposal a memorable one for all.

  • Be prepared.

Chances are you’re going to be nervous – most people are. There’s no shame in writing down what you want to say and rehearsing it a few times before the big moment. Go ahead and do it in front of a mirror. It might sound like a strange thing to do, but you will be glad you did it when the moment of truth arrives.

  • Think about her family.

We don’t mean automatically include her family in the event. Just consider the family situation. If your soon-to-be fiancé has a close-knit family that loves you, you might want to include them. If you’d like the proposal to be just you two, then go for it!

  • Consider doing it at home.

Instead of proposing in a crowded restaurant, consider hiring a chef for a romantic, home-cooked meal. Do you have the skills? Prepare a delicious dinner for her – but don’t get lost in making it too elaborate.

  • If you’re traveling, be covert…

If you’re taking a plane, pack the ring in your carry-on luggage (rather than keeping it in your pocket) to prevent airport security from spoiling the surprise!

  • …And do it sooner than later.

If you’re planning a destination proposal, pop the question on the first day so you can relax for the rest of the trip. There’s nothing worse than nerves putting a damper on your fun.

  • Seduce her senses.

Make your proposal unforgettable by incorporating all five senses. The scent of fresh pine, a mug of hot cocoa, a roaring fire, a cozy blanket, and seasonal songs playing in the background will make for a memorable setting.

  • Secure the ring.

This tip might not be romantic, but be sure that the ring is secure inside the box before putting it in your pocket so it doesn’t pop out. Proposing without the box? Safety pin it to the inside of your pants pocket for extra security.

  • Insure the ring.

As a follow up to the above, insure the ring before you propose. Again, this isn’t romantic, but accidents happen. Be prepared for them!

  • Choose the right day.

Avoid proposing on or right before someone else’s big day or any other special day. This includes birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. This is an important thing to remember since you’re choosing the holiday season to propose.

  • Be creative, but clear.

Writing a poem or composing a song for your proposal is great, but make sure finish with the precise words: “Will you marry me?” It will prompt your sweetie to give you the answer you’re waiting to hear!

How to Find an Engagement Ring that Suits your Hand

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If you’re shopping for the perfect engagement ring, you’ve most likely encountered an overwhelming amount of styles and options. That being said, there is a way to narrow down your search beyond the standard considerations like the 4Cs (carat, cut, clarity and colour). You need to find an engagement ring that will suit the hand it’s going to be placed on.

Think of it like buying a piece of clothing. You will consider what the clothes look like themselves, but the real test will be how they look on you. It’s the same with engagement rings. In this case, it’s all about finding a ring that will complement the structure of your hand and fingers.

Engagement Rings and Finger Types

There are many guides out there about matching ring styles to your hand, and they all essentially come down to these criteria: finger length and width.

Before we get into our specific guide, it’s important to remember a general rule: choose a ring that matches your personality and style. There are technical considerations that come with different finger types, but don’t let that be the deciding factor. This guide is meant to complement and further narrow down your choices once you’ve got an idea of what type of ring you’d like – and remember, all rings can be re-sized and customized for your particular needs.

So let’s take a look at how an engagement ring will interact with your finger.The first measurement you should look at when considering a ring is finger length.

Long Fingers

If you’re dealing with long and relatively thin fingers, you’ve got many engagement ring options that will look great on them. Here are a few points to consider that will complement long fingers of a slender nature.

  • Wider bands will balance the length of the finger
  • Princess cut and round diamonds generally complement long fingers nicely
  • Long fingers can get away with bolder styles overall

This engagement ring is a particularly strong and dynamic choice for people with long, slender fingers.

Short Fingers

In this case, you typically want to choose an engagement ring that will serve to elongate the appearance of the finger, regardless of how wide they are. Note that when dealing with short fingers, you need to be careful not to choose a ring that will overpower the finger.

  • Narrower bands will create the illusion of length
  • Pear, oval and marquise diamonds will complement shorter fingers
  • Rectangular shaped stones can also serve to elongate the appearance of the finger

This white gold ring is the perfect example of flattering ring for short fingers.

Finger width is another criterion that should be looked at, but generally speaking there are more specific things you need to consider when dealing with thick or wide fingers.

Wide Fingers

Think of wide fingers as a bigger canvas for showing off the engagement ring. That means that you want to use it – don’t go for a small ring that shows too much skin on either side of it. Consider the following points:

  • Thicker bands will help balance out the finger’s width
  • Wide oval, marquise or rectangular shaped diamonds will complement this type of finger
  • Bold and asymmetrical designs can be put to good use in this case

A split-shank band such as this piececan also help to elongate the finger

Very Slender Fingers

No matter then length, it’s important to keep in mind that if the fingers are very slender, you don’t want to overpower them – even though longer fingers can carry a bit more boldness on them. That’s the only rule you need to think about in this case.

Big Knuckles

If you’ve been blessed with big knuckles, you might want to take attention away from them and make sure people are focusing on the ring. Wide bands and ornate centres are a great way to achieve this.

This round-cut diamond engagement ring with a double-cushion halo creates the perfect eye-catching focal point.

These simple guidelines will help refine your search for the perfect engagement ring without compromising your personal style. Browse Randor’s wide range of styles and designs with this in mind, and be sure to reach out if you have any questions.

Diamond fluoresence and why you need to know about it!

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Have you ever noticed the term “Fluorescence” on a GIA Diamond Grading Report? Did you know that some, but not all, diamonds show effects under ultraviolet light? For most people who purchase diamonds, fluorescence will be a non-issue, but some might be confused by the term.

To write this blog post I began by Googling it to find out what would appear on the internet –  because we all know what is written on the internet is the absolute truth! I came up with plenty of material, – some good, some not so good. I then decided to go to the GIA website and see how they described it to the consumer. Below are commonly asked questions, and helpful answers from GIA researchers who have studied fluorescence in depth.

 

What is diamond fluorescence?

Fluorescence
Diamond fluorescence, in its most simple form, is the effect that ultraviolet (UV) light has on a diamond. When you stand under a blue light or ultraviolet light, sometimes you can see your whites get brighter or your teeth appear to glow. This is the same effect the diamond has under the UV rays. Fluorescence is the visible light that a diamond emits when it is exposed to the UV rays.

On a GIA Diamond Grading Report, fluorescence refers to the strength, or intensity, of the diamond’s reaction to long-wave UV, which is an essential component of daylight. The light emitted lasts as long as the diamond is exposed to the ultraviolet source.

Is fluorescence common?
Yes. Of the diamonds submitted to GIA over the past decade, approximately 25% to 35% exhibit some degree of fluorescence. However, only 10% of those show strengths of fluorescence that may affect appearance (i.e., strengths noted on laboratory reports as medium, strong, or very strong).

In more than 95% of the diamonds that exhibit fluorescence, the visible color is blue. As blue is the complementary color to yellow, the most common tinted color in diamonds, blue fluorescence can make yellowish diamonds look white or colorless. In rare instances, the reaction to fluorescence is yellow, white or another color.

What impact does fluorescence have on the appearance of a diamond?
GIA studies show that for the overwhelming majority of diamonds, the strength of fluorescence has no widely noticeable effect on appearance. In the GIA Fluorescence Study, it was found that the average person could not make a distinction between a diamond with fluorescence and a diamond without.
In many instances, observers prefer the appearance of diamonds that have medium to strong fluorescence. In rare cases, some diamonds with extremely strong fluorescence may appear hazy or oily; less than 0.2% of the fluorescent diamonds submitted to GIA exhibit this effect

Does fluorescence compromise the structural integrity of the diamond?
No. A diamond that fluoresces has the same integrity as one with no reaction to UV. Submicroscopic substitutions and/or shifts in the diamond structure can cause fluorescence or can prevent it. Nothing in either instance inherently weakens or is bad for the diamond.

Should I buy a diamond that exhibits fluorescence?
The preference to buy a diamond that exhibits fluorescence is a personal one, as a diamond’s appearance must be taken as a whole. Other factors can influence color appearance more strongly than fluorescence, such as how the diamond has been cut, whether the diamond is viewed in natural or artificial light, and even what you’re wearing on any given day.

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I should also add to this article that Fluorescence does effect the price of a diamond. So, when comparing prices, ensure you’re comparing apples to apples. I invite you to visit our showroom and view our large selection of loose diamonds. Randy and I are always happy to share our diamond knowledge and educate our clients.

Thank you and Have a Peaceful Day!

Michele L. Moss

A new website and blog

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So here I go, the start of Randor Jewellery’s New Blog. For the most part I will be selecting and writing about jewellery related topics. I being, Michele Moss G.I.A. Diamonds Graduate, Wife of Randy Moss, not the NFL Randy Moss, but the G.I.A. Graduate Gemmologist. Together we are Randor Jewellery.

We are also Mother and Father of four, yes I said four grown adults, one of which has not left home yet, and two who still have their own bedrooms for when they come home until there next adventure, one who is married and feeling the pressure from me to start providing grand kids. Oh and I cannot forget to tell you about Brunello, our one year old Italian Greyhound, who works as security for Randor, but he’s more like the official Randor greeter.

Please feel free to email me michele@randor.com with any topics you wish to learn about. I will try to answer as quickly as possible. If I am not familiar with the topic then I can always ask Randy. He says he knows everything.

Our first topic is Diamond Fluorescence. Head over and learn about what this diamond characteristic that is not part of the traditional 4C’s of diamond quality is all about.

Thank you and Have a Peaceful Day!
Michele L. Moss

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