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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.

Planning the Perfect Proposal

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The time has come for you to ask your partner to tie the knot and you think to yourself how am I going to do this? The truth is, planning the perfect proposal can be a lot of pressure. There are decisions to make, a meld of choices and it can be really simple and personal or more lavish and public. Here are some considerations to help you work out the fine details for the perfect proposal.

Finding the right engagement ring

This is the first step. Have you and your fiancée-to-be spoken about ring designs? Do you have any indications of what they like or do not like from friends or family? Take the time to make a detailed account of their preferences and browse our selections of rings to find fitting choices or think about designing a custom ring!

Timing

Does your partner love the wintertime? Have they fancied being proposed to on a white Christmas or would a cottage in the summertime be more their speed? Picking a comfortable time to propose to your loved one adds an even sweeter note to an already sweet gesture.

Timing factors include:

  • Their favourite season(s)
  • The location
  • How busy they are
  • Their schedule and plans

Make sure to pick a time that considers all of these factors so your partner feel like they were truly thought of in the proposal.

 Alone or together

Another thing to consider is who to involve in your proposal. Do you involve family or friends? Or do you just keep it the two of you? This is something that you, the one proposing of course, have to feel out. It could be really fun to involve friends and family (at a holiday dinner as an example) but many people prefer to keep things close and intimate, too. Think about your fiancée and what they would enjoy the most and choose wisely!

Defining Features

 Some defining features to make your proposal stand out beyond the gorgeous engagement ring, timing and location include:

Hiring a photographer – Capture that moment of surprise in a beautiful photo, a keepsake to put in the home you plan to build together. This could be an amazing addition to wedding photos you’ll take in the future.

Integrating music – If there’s a particular song that signifies your relationship, why not make an added romantic and include it in your proposal?

Creating a personal motif – Find a symbol that points back to a pivotal moment in your relationship – a joke, a moment, your first date etc. This will make your gesture even more personal and remind them again why the two of you are meant to be together.

Need some help finding the perfect engagement or would like to start the process of looking at wedding rings? Randor has an incredible selection of jewelry for the occasion. For any questions or inquiries check out our education centre or get in touch with us today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engagement Ring Aftercare

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Aftercare is a very important aspect of owning precious jewellery pieces like engagement rings. Whatever the value of your ring is, it is always important to maintain, insure and take care of it. After all, it could become a family heirloom (if it isn’t already).

How you treat your ring will be apparent to anyone who looks at it. Here is how to ensure your ring stays in optimal shape for years to come.

Store your jewellery in a cool, clean and dry place in a fabric-lined case.

Cupboards, drawers and jewellery boxes with dividers are out of direct sunlight are key to ensure that your ring isn’t exposed to humidity. The fabric-lined case ensures that your ring is separate from other jewellery pieces and is not prone to scratches.

Handle your jewellery with clean hands

This sounds like a no brainer, but even if your hands feel clean, any oils, food debris, sticky residues and the like can affect your ring. Don’t take a chance and always wash your hands.

Consult with your jeweller before using ultrasonic cleaners

Small home-cleaning machines are available to opt out of professional ring cleaning. While this is convenient, they can sometimes they can damage your jewellery. Always consult your jeweller about any new ideas on how to care for your ring. If they recommend that you have your ring professionally cleaned, you should clean your ring once or twice a year.

Clean your diamonds regularly

You can clean the diamond with a recommended solution or mild detergent at home like a mix of ammonia or water. Lotions, soaps and perfumes can affect the appearance of the diamond over time so if you wear your ring frequently, be aware that it will need a good cleaning regularly.

Do not wear it while cleaning your home

Think about it, chemicals from household products vs. your beautiful, precious ring. Exposure to chemicals like chlorine for instance can corrode the gold.

Do not wear it during rough work

Rings can easily be chipped, scratched or damaged. Cleaning out your garage? It’s best to take your ring off to lower the chances of scuffing your ring!

Ring Insurance

If you’re a new ring owner, you should highly consider insuring your ring in the case is your ring becomes lost, damaged or if it is stolen. Ring insurance can be added to your home or personal property insurance to partially cover or fully cover your ring, depending on your plan. The only way ring insurance can come into full effect is if you have the ring appraised by a certified professional (which must be done every 5 years) and if you have the original receipts.

Following these steps will ensure that your ring stays safe, protected and clean at all times so you can enjoy it for the years to come. If you want to learn more about ring maintenance get in touch with us for any questions you may have.

 

Let Your Wedding Band Complement your Engagement Ring

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Did you receive a gorgeous vintage engagement ring during your proposal? Or was it a sleek, modern and contemporary ring? Whatever the case, Randor can help you find the perfect wedding band to complement your engagement ring. These two rings should sit in harmony along your finger for the years to come. Here are some tips to consider when choosing the right wedding band.

If you have a solitaire design wedding ring with a princess, round or emerald diamond, avoid matching the ring and opt for a band that will bring out its best features: the diamond. This style is one of the easiest to work with because it has one main attraction!

Our Pavé set diamond wedding ring could be an excellent choice in this scenario. It features a set of three rows of round cut brilliant diamonds on an 18kt white gold band. This would add a little texture and shine to the duo without taking away from the bauble.pave1

Our Bezel-Set Band  made of 18kt white gold could also be a great option for a solitaire ring or even for a bezel-set diamond engagement ring. Its unique use of shape between round cut and princess cut diamonds makes it the perfect addition to add texture or flare to simpler wedding rings or to support larger unique standout pieces.

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If your engagement ring is quite decorative, you might want to opt for a wedding band that has more solid features to strike a nice balance! Our Channel-Set wedding ring is a solid 18kt white gold ring that features seven round diamonds in a channel.

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We can also custom design your wedding ring for you. This is a great option if you have an engagement ring that has specific requirements. We will examine its features, curvature and how it sits on your finger and design a wedding band with your needs in mind. If you prefer to talk to somebody before coming in to our store, ask us your questions to get the process started!

What Should You Look for in a Diamond?

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Diamonds are forever, or so says popular culture. We all feel something when we look at a diamond: awe, love, a feeling of luxury and permanence. Diamonds are a status symbol, a symbol of eternal love – and an economic investment.

However sentimental a diamond might make us, ultimately choosing a diamond is also an economic choice which should be entered into with knowledge of the practical aspects of diamond quality. Choosing a diamond is more complicated than choosing a setting and style. Jewellers who specialize in diamonds and other diamond experts know that not all diamonds are created equal; some stones just shine a little brighter than the rest. So, what do the experts look for?

In the diamond world, there are four characteristics that are examined in a diamond.

The 4 C’s:

  • Clarity
  • Colour
  • Carat Weight
  • Cut

How is Clarity Evaluated?

Clarity is evaluated according to two characteristics:  a diamond’s internal features, called inclusions, and surface irregularities, called blemishes. These two types of features are called clarity characteristics.

Examining a diamond’s characteristics affects price (generally a diamond with higher clarity has a correspondingly higher price). However, these characteristics also allow true diamonds to be separated from false diamonds, and clarity characteristics can allow individual diamonds to be identified. Note: Truly flawless diamonds are incredibly rare.

How is Colour Evaluated?  

Diamonds come in many colours. Usually they range from colourless to yellow or light brown.  Colourless diamonds represent the high end of the price scale. All diamonds are graded on a colour scale that ranges from A to Z and is established by the Gemological Institute of America.

Evaluating Carat Weight

The connection between diamond weight and price is quite simple; the larger the diamond is, the more it costs. However, you may be surprised to find out how miniscule the differences can be. Diamonds are weighed to a thousandth (0.001) of a carat and then rounded to the nearest hundredth, or point.

Cut

Think of a cut as being the quality of the diamond’s designer. You may have excellent fabric for a dress, and a good colour, but if the dress is not designed or made well, it will never look good on you. Cut refers to a diamond’s proportions, symmetry and polish, all of which can have a huge effect on the appearance (and worth) of the diamond.

If you are interested in a diamond, contact us to learn more about the 4 C’s of your particular diamond. At Randor, we want you to make an informed choice that will allow you to appreciate the unique quality of your diamond.

 

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