For Those Not In The Know
The leaves are red and the frost is here, which can only mean one thing: we’re knee-deep in proposal season! Here at Hatton we’re working our way through all the important bits to know if you’re planning an engagement and wedding. Our Man’s Guide series is designed to get you in the know about everything – picking the ring, proposing, planning the honeymoon… And now, an often-overlooked big pick – the groom’s ring.
Let’s talk tradition. When it comes to wedding planning, the groom customarily plans elements like band hire and transport. Nowadays, it's more likely you'll want to combine forces when it comes to planning the big things. Organising the perfect honeymoon experience will take some of the pre-wedding pressure off your partner and put the two of you on equal footing from day one.
Firstly, you’re in luck – honeymoons these days don’t have to fit the criteria of sun, sea and sand, and can be in all shapes and forms. Research shows that younger generations generally prefer intimate, personalised gestures than traditional ones (definitely when it comes to engagement rings and proposals) and the honeymoon is no exception. Here’s what you can do to give your bride the ultimate newlywed getaway!
No one has ever died from proposing (we hope). It’s big, but it’s also wonderful. To help settle those nerves we’ve tried to answer some frequently asked questions about how to go about proposing. In a nutshell, we propose you do it your way – comfortable and personal.
Gifting a beautiful piece of jewellery makes life much sweeter, especially for those who aren’t so artful at accessorising. Receiving a gift that holds both sentiment and style is ideal, particularly if we can show off these qualities with a quality piece of jewellery.
To get there, you’ll want to discover what kind of accessory is best to compliment her with; what type, shape, design, colour… Luckily, this post is filled with tips!
At Hatton by Design we want to make you the expert when it comes to diamond engagement rings. We've put together some handy tips and tricks to help you design the perfect ring for your partner. For those not in the know, we've got you covered...
No.5 The Great Diamond Pretenders
We have been looking at how to spot a whether your diamond is real or fake with simple tests that you can try yourself at home. This tiome though we are taking a look the five top fakers....!
No.4 Can You See Through It?
At Hatton by Design all of our diamonds are certified. But just in case you’re ever in any doubt about a diamond that you already own, here’s a clever way of detecting a fake....
When choosing diamond jewellery, the first thing most people consider is the carat; but what is a carat and what’s important? Well, despite the heading of this article, a carat is not directly a measure of size… but it is closely related!
No.3 The Fog test
At Hatton by Design you’ll never run the risk of buying a fake diamond! All of our diamonds are certified. Fact. But just in case you’re ever in any doubt, here’s a neat little trick...
No.2 The Sandpaper test
Continuing our features of ways to test for fake diamonds which you can try at home, today I'm going to look at the 'sandpaper test'...
The Shape of Diamonds explained
The choice of shape of any diamond is a personal decision and must be taken with consideration to the particular ring, necklace or other piece of jewellery that it is a part of. All the diamonds that you will find on the Hatton by Design website will be described as one of the core, standard shapes, and here we explain exactly what each of the popular diamond shape styles means.
Follow this link to experiment with our ring builder tool to see which you prefer. All our diamond jewellery is hand-crafted in Hatton Garden, London, so if you cannot find the shape you are looking for, please contact us and we will be delighted to source it for you; and give advice of the best way to mount it.
No.1 Using a magnifying loupe.
In the first of our on-going articles I will be giving you some easy to follow tips to check the authenticity of a diamond. These tests will all be ones which you can try at home.
One of the basic tools of the diamond trade is the jeweller’s loupe, which is essentially a folding magnifying glass to allow you to look closely at a diamond and its setting. They generally have a x10 magnification.