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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!

Find that Special Holiday Gift for Him or Her

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The holidays are a wonderful opportunity to relax and spend time with close friends and family. Good company is central to this time of the year, as well as food, tradition and gift giving. No matter the holiday you choose to celebrate, receiving a gift from a significant other in your life goes beyond a formality. It’s a way to show that you’ve been thinking of them, that you’ve put some thought and some time into them – beyond what you do every day. If you are pondering what to get your significant other, consider some of our fine jewelry pieces from Randor!

A Designer Diamond Pendant –

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There are plenty of ways to show your deep admiration for somebody but three circles of round cut diamonds with a diamond bale displays a whole other level of appreciation. This piece that comes in a bright 18kt White Gold that is sure to impress your significant other and complement their holiday attire.

Designer Rings –

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This ring is encrusted with black pavé diamonds giving it a very elegant and classic look. The beautifully cut band is made from a 14kt White Gold, featuring a design on the inner band that offers a contrast to the diamonds. With its unisex design, it’s the perfect gift-giving option. You could even get yourself one too, to match your significant other!

Diamond Tennis Bracelet—

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This diamond bracelet is a simple yet gorgeous way to remind your significant other that they mean the world to you. Featuring bezel-set brilliant round cut diamonds, it’s a versatile choice because it allows you to choose your metal-type and your Kt. Gift this bracelet in a White or Yellow Gold in 14 or 18Kt. This is guaranteed to surprise them!

If you’re in the area, come into Randor Jewelry to see a wider selection of diamond pendants, rings, bracelets and earrings and to speak to one of our jewelry experts. We will help you find the perfect piece to surprise your loved one this upcoming holiday season!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Trends in Custom Designed Rings

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We have previously written about the benefits of custom designed rings and the flexibility and choice that comes with creating a custom ring with Randor. This year, there have been some re-emerging trends in women’s ring designs that offer endless possibilities on how to use colour, cut and design. Here’s a brief overview on the elements that make up these three key trends!

Rose Gold

Rose Gold is being chosen now more than ever as the base metal for custom design rings. It’s loved for its romantic pink hues and soft glow as it adds a different dimension than white and yellow gold does. This addition of colour in contrast to the diamond helps to accentuate design features of the ring. No wonder it is becoming a more popular choice!

Colour Contrasting

Not only are we seeing more colour in metals like rose gold, we are now seeing it in diamonds as well. Have a favourite colour you want to work into your ring design? Coloured diamonds and contrasting metals are a trend we’re seeing more and more of in custom designs this year. Fancy colour diamonds are offered in a sparkling blue or a warm yellow hue and are being paired with an array of metals to create different textures, styles and looks.

Vintage Sensibilities

Vintage sensibilities are showing up in many custom designs this year. The halo for instance, while a relatively new design, reflects the cluster ring that was popular in the 1980s. A halo features a center stone – which can vary in size – with a circle of smaller diamonds around it, creating a ‘halo’ effect. The design allows you to include more than one halo in a ring, depending on your taste. This creates a dynamic and layered effect to offers options on how to balance the center stone.

These three key trends are showing up everywhere in the custom design world. Like any of them in particular? We can work these ideas into your custom design easily to create a unique piece for your special day. Head on over to our education centre to read more about how to start planning your custom ring and book a consultation with us today!

 

 

 

 

The First Step to Buying the Right Diamond Ring: Visit our Education Centre

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If you are looking to find the perfect diamond ring for an engagement or wedding, or just looking for a great piece of jewellery, then you have come to the right place. Randor Jewellery is one of the most trusted and respected names in the industry.

The diamond industry is very complex, and there is often a lot of information out there that is misguided. An engagement is a major life milestone, and you want to be as well informed as possible before making such an important purchase. This is why we try to educate you on the ins and outs of the diamonds before you decide which one to go with.

Below are a few reasons why you need to visit our education centre first before making your decision.

It will teach you all about diamond grading

The price of the diamond is going to depend heavily on the grade. Our center will teach you everything you need to know about the 4 C’s. Colour, Clarity, Carat, and Cut are all exceedingly important when determining the value of the jewel. This can often be confusing to people, and many times companies take advantage of this when trying to sell to someone who isn’t aware. Learn what you are getting before you set your heart one something.

Tips for buying for him and her

If you are as nervous as most people are leading up to an engagement or wedding, then you probably have a ton of things on your mind. Buying the ring doesn’t need to be a stressful process. We’ll help you find style tips, size guides, and other tricks to making sure you get the right one to fit your partners’ taste. We don’t want you to end up with something that you or your partner is not satisfied with.

Finding the right shape

Diamonds come in all shapes and sizes. In our education centre you will find a guide to all of them. There you will learn about the ratios, shape names, the features of each cut, and which colors they are available in. Make sure you make the right choice of shape to make your partner happy.

Before taking this huge step and making a major purchase, we want to make sure that you are as well-informed as possible in making your decision. That is why we have our education centre well stocked with tips, tricks, and important information regarding diamonds. Remember that we can always custom make something for you if you don’t find something to your liking, and if you have any questions you can ask the diamond experts at Randor Jewellery any time.

 

Birthstones: Source, Symbolism, Properties

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Birthstone Chart

 

There are countless existing gemstones that you haven’t heard of, but the most popular ones are allocated to the 12 months of the year. These valuable gemstones are available in limitless colours and qualities.

History of Traditional Birthstones
Beautiful stones, minerals, pearls and precious metals have long been considered collectables. Gemstones have long been associated with healing powers, and were also worn to signify position and wealth.
In respect to birthstones, many cultures had their own references to meaning and usage. However, the influence of zodiac signs was recognized early on, with key gemstones becoming associated with their respective planetary influences.
Modern birthstones did not exist until 1912, when the Jewelers of America developed a standardized list of birthstones for each month.
While older stones tend to be left in their natural state, coloured gemstones are now often treated to enhance their colour and longevity. Common treatment methods include heat, irradiation, diffusion and oiling.
* Images provided courtesy of the American Gem Trade Association – www.agta.org

January: Garnet
The January birthstone is garnet, typically with a familiar burgundy colour. However, garnet is available in a wide range of colours and prices.
Source
The beautiful, vibrant rhodolite garnet, found in Sri Lanka, is a violet-red. The rare tsavorite garnet from Tsavo National Park in Tanzania is an intense green. The bright gold or burnished yellow-brown of the hessonite garnet can be found in Canada.
The most important sources of garnets today are Africa, Sri Lanka and India.
Symbolism
Garnet was once believed to give its wearer guidance in the night, allowing one to see where others could not. At one time, weapons were carved from garnet, in the belief that it would draw blood more effectively. Most often, garnet has been known as the gem of faith, constancy and truth, and therefore a perfect gem to commemorate friendship.
Properties
Garnet is very durable and does not require unusual care in wear or cleaning. Its versatility and strength make it suitable for rings and men’s jewellery.

February: Amethyst
February’s birthstone is amethyst, and it comes in a lovely range of purples. Amethyst is the most precious member of the quartz family, and has long been treasured by kings, queens and religious figures because of its rich, royal colour.
Source
Amethyst has been found all over the world, but today, its most important source is Brazil, with additional sources in Africa.
Symbolism
The Greeks believed that wearing this gem, or drinking from goblets fashioned from it, would minimize the effects of intoxication–in fact, the word itself is derived from a Greek word meaning, “not to intoxicate”. Amethysts have been used in many gem forms, including beads, rondels, cabochons and faceted stones.
Properties
Many of today’s amethysts are expertly irradiated or heat-treated to bring out the deepest purple colour. Amethysts are durable, so no special care is required in cleaning them. However, their surface polish can be eroded by rough wear or abrasion more easily than other gems.

March: Aquamarine
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. Aquamarine derives its name from the Latin meaning “seawater” and is ideally is a clear sea blue colour, but can also range from colourless to a deep-sea blue. It is a close relative of the emerald, as they are both members of the beryl family of gems.
Source
The leading producer of aquamarine is Brazil, with many mines spread throughout the country. Karur, India has recently become another of the biggest suppliers of Aquamarine. Other deposits of Aquamarine are sourced from Australia, as well as countries in Asia and Africa, and even in the US.
Symbolism
Aquamarine was worn to bring courage to the wearer, victory at war, and safety on the sea. It was also thought to bring happiness to marriages, rekindle love and provide oracles with the best means of forecasting the future.
Properties
The truly intense aquamarines of the past are very scarce, and therefore expensive. Most gems mined today are paler in hue. Many are carefully heat-treated to bring out the blue tones. Aquamarines are durable with no special care required in cleaning or handling them. Treat them as you would any of your fine jewellery.

April: Diamond
The April birthstone is diamond. Diamonds are most recognized as a colourless stone; however, diamonds do come in a variety of colours, called “fancies” or fancy-colour diamonds. Red, pink, yellow, blue and green have been found in nature, both in light and darker tones.
Source
The first riverbed diamonds were presumably discovered in India around 800 B.C. India remained the primary source of diamonds until more were found in Brazil around 1725. Later finds in South Africa made this the primary source around 1866, with new technology making Russia a key source after 1954. Today, Canada has become the newest member of the diamond producing nations.
Symbolism
The name diamond comes from the Greek word “adamas”, meaning “invincible”. Diamonds were thought to bring the wearer balance, clarity, strength and abundance. They were thought to be God’s tears or created by lightning bolts. Diamonds were thought to have healing powers, with the ability to draw out toxins and replenish the body. Diamonds have been the traditional engagement ring since the early 1900s, and remain the gem of choice for the modern bride and groom.
Properties
Generally, diamonds of deeper hues are considered more valuable. Colour is sometimes introduced in a laboratory to achieve the desired shade. These are correctly called colour-treated diamonds. When purchasing a fancy-colour diamond, be sure to ask if any enhancements or treatments were used to improve its colour or clarity.
Diamonds are very hard and strong. They do not require special care in wearing or handling, however one diamond may still damage another so–as with all gemstones–they should be stored separately.

May: Emerald
Emerald is May’s birthstone. It is a rare, magnificent green gemstone, and the most famous member of the beryl family of gems. Emeralds come in a range of green shades, with some more transparent and others more opaque. In general, emeralds tend to have a high level of inclusions, or visible lines, in their crystals.
Source
The interior of Columbia has always been the most important source of this precious gem, although it is found in small numbers all over the world. In recent years, significant sources have also emerged in Zambia and Brazil.
Symbolism
Emeralds were mined in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. They were thought to bring the owner youth, good fortune and foresight. Their deep green colour made them a symbol of rebirth as well.
Properties
Long ago, it was discovered that soaking a rough emerald in colourless oil subdues the natural flaws and improves their transparency. Today, most emeralds are treated in this manner. Due to a high level of inclusions, emeralds require special care in cleaning and handling. Use only mild soapy water and gentle cleaning with emerald jewellery–never an ultrasonic cleaner. Be particularly careful to store emeralds away from other jewellery.

June: Pearl & Alexandrite
Pearl is June’s birthstone–typically round, smooth and lustrous, but also available in an array of colours, shapes and sizes. Natural pearls are formed in the shells of mollusks, and are quite rare. Most pearl jewellery is made from cultured pearls, farmed mainly in parts of Asia and Australia. Pearls are a symbol of purity and have been worn for centuries around the world. As they are delicate and easily chipped, they require special care and handling.
Alexandrite
Alexandrite is another of June’s birthstones, a very rare and expensive gemstone that changes colour in different lighting.
Source
Brazil is the largest producer of alexandrite. It is also found in Russia, India, Madagascar and Sri Lanka.
Symbolism
A relatively modern gem, alexandrite was identified in 1834, on the 16th birthday of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, after whom the stones was named. The colours of the stone are green and red–also the colour of the Russian imperial guard.
Properties
When seen in daylight or fluorescent lighting, alexandrite is in the green range, with a tint of blue, yellow, brown or even gray. Under incandescent light, it turns a soft shade of red with a hint of purple, orange or brown. This unique optical property has made it one of the more valuable stones, especially in fine qualities.
Alexandrite requires no special care, but as with all gemstones, should be stored individually to protect it from scratches or chips.

July: Ruby
July’s birthstone is ruby. It is valued for its intense red hue and has long been considered the “King of Gems”. Ruby is the most rare of the Corundum family of gemstones, of which sapphire is also a member.
Source
The rubies of Myanmar (Bhurma) are touted as some of the finest available, exhibiting a fine “pigeon blood” red, which is most desirable and valued. Rubies are also found in Thailand and East Africa, where more iron tends to give them a purple overtone.
Symbolism
Rubies were thought to have the power to end a lover’s dispute and rekindle desire. Ancient medics associated its red colour with blood and relied heavily on its mystical healing qualities. Its rich red colour was prized by royalty and religious personages.
Properties
All natural rubies have imperfections in them, including colour impurities and inclusions of rutile needles known as silk.
Gemologists use the needle inclusions found in natural rubies to distinguish them from synthetics. Due to limited availability, most rubies are put through a complex heating process to improve their colour. As rubies are one of the hardest gemstones, regular cleaning methods are appropriate.

August: Peridot
August’s birthstone is peridot, with a unique chemistry that results in its delicate springtime green colour.
Source
Originally mined only on an obscure island off the coast of Egypt, and only at night, when its colour was visible against the rock among snake-infested lands. Peridot was rare and expensive. Today, peridot can also be found in several U.S. states, China, Myanmar and Africa. Simplified mining has improved the availability of this unusual gem.
Symbolism
Considered a powerful amulet, peridot was worn as a charm to ward off evil. It was used in jewellery and also adorned clothing.
Properties
Peridot is vulnerable to hard blows and excessive scratching. It can be worn everyday, although with a little extra care.

September: Sapphire
Sapphire is September’s birthstone. Few people realize that this gemstone is available in every colour imaginable, except for red. Although the intense velvety blue hues of the Sri Lanka and Kashmir sapphires were traditionally the most sought-after, beautiful yellows, pinks, purples have become more popular.
As a member of the corumdum gem family, sapphire is related to the red ruby.
Source
Sapphires were originally obtained in Sri Lanka and Kashmir. Today, they can be found in India, China, Madagascar, the US, Australia and Africa.
Symbolism
There are numerous legends associated with sapphires. The ancient Persians believed the earth rested on a giant sapphire. Other early cultures wore the stone as protection against poisoning. Sapphires have also symbolized truth, sincerity and constancy.
Stones of poorer colour were often re-buried, as it was believed they were un-ripe and would improve with more time in the ground. Scientific discovery revealed stones would deepen in colour when baked or heat-treated.
Properties
No special care is required to maintain the beauty of a sapphire. As they are quite durable, regular cleaning methods are suitable.

October: Opal & Tourmaline
October’s birthstone is opal. This is an exceptional gemstone, with flashes and patterns of different colours against a white or grayish background, referred to as “play of colour” by gemologists. This intensity and variety of colours make opals more desirable, valuable and unique.Opal is considered a mineraloid, but with a lattice structure. The 10% water in their molecular structure plays a part in their display of colour.
Source
Precious opals are primarily found in Australia, although some have also been found in Mexico and the US, with smaller numbers found in other locations as well.
Symbolism
The opal has been a treasured gem since Roman times. Originally associated with luck in the Middle Ages, it was portrayed as a symbol of bad luck in a novel during the 1800s, creating a superstition that continues to this day. However, opal remained a favourite of Queen Victoria, despite the negative connotation.
Properties
Opals do not need to be stored in water or oil, as commonly believed. However, they should be worn with care, and never exposed to heat or acid. Opal jewellery may be kept alongside other jewellery, provided it is cushioned, to protect it from being knocked or scratched.

Tourmaline
Tourmaline is also a birthstone for October. ourmaline is best known for displaying several colours within a single stone, from red to green or blue to yellow, among others. However, tourmaline is often cut to show only one colour, so that it may resemble an emerald or a ruby.
This is in contrast to the watermelon tourmaline, which is cut into thick slices with a pink centre, white ring and green edge.
Source
The name tourmaline is derived from the Singhalese word “tura mali”, meaning “stone with mixed colours”. Tourmaline is a silicate mineral, found in many locations, including Brazil, Afghanistan, Africa and the US.
Symbolism
According to an Egyptian legend, the tourmaline passed through a rainbow on its journey from the earth’s centre to the surface. In doing so, it assumed all the colours of the rainbow. Today it is still referred to as “the gemstone of the rainbow”.
Properties
Tourmaline has become a favorite among jewellery designers and gem collectors throughout the world. Available in such a wide variety of colours, it is ideally suited to nearly everyone’s taste.
Tourmaline is of medium strength, and can be cleaned and handled with usual care for fine jewellery.

November: Topaz
Topaz is November’s birthstone, and although it comes in a wide range of colours, yellow-brown is the combination commonly recognized. Topaz is a silicate mineral; the varieties of minerals naturally form a variety of colours. It is a hard gem.
Source
Most famously, topaz comes from Brazil. However, it can be found in Mexico, Australia, Africa, Russia Europe and the US.
Symbolism
Historically, the name topaz was attached to many stones yellowish in colour. Topaz was associated with wealth and during the Middle Ages was believed to have incredible powers of healing. It was thought to promote a pleasant nature, patience and love.
Properties
While many topaz stones are heat-treated to improve their colour or hue, the treatment is harmless and permanent. Conventional jewellery cleaners are safe to use on all colours of topaz and keep gems looking their best.

December: Blue Topaz
Blue topaz is December’s birthstone, and comes in a wide range of hues. However, nearly all blue topaz is heated in order to create the rich colour we identify as December’s birthstone.
Source
Most famously, topaz comes from Brazil. However, it can also be found in Mexico, Australia, Africa, Russia and parts of Europe, as well as the US. Blue topaz is the state gem of Texas.
Properties
Topaz is a silicate mineral and a hard gem. They are heat-treated to permanently improve their hue. Conventional jewellery cleaners are safe to use on all colours of topaz.

 

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