Whether you’re a bride-to-be, the bachelorette-adventure planning best friend or a busy bridegroom, today’s the perfect time to put a pin in your wedding plans and hone in on the little things. The entire wedding process can be at times consuming and stressful (two of our favourite wedding bloggers, Before the Big Day and Love My Dress, have shared their insightful wedding journeys!), and it’s just as important to take a step back and ensure you’re recuperated before your big day. So, in honour of #nationalrelaxationday, here’s some ideas how!
Traditionally, we spend a lot of time and money on photographers to capture our wedding day memories; but there has been a strong trend towards also having engagement photos. But how do you make sure you your engagement photos become keepsakes rather than throw-aways?
The Rockefeller Emerald sold for $5.5m
An 18.04-carat emerald of mesmerising colour and impeccable clarity once owned by the Rockefeller family was auctioned in New York on 20 June 2017 for around £41/2m.
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....!
Nick's Marathon Proposal!
After completing the 2017 London Marathon, Nick Edwards has a heart-warming surprise proposal for his girlfriend.
GENEVA MAGNIFICENT JEWELS
Previewing the best of the spectacular and significant jewellery coming under the hammer in Geneva on 17th May.
Exceptional diamonds and gemstones will leadthe Christie's spring season in Geneva, along with important private properties such as the Cartier and Art Déco collection assembled by Éric Nussbaum, one of Cartier’s most eminent experts. A particular focus has been set on Italian jewellery design from the 1900s to the present day in the dedicated Dolce Vita section.
Continuing the fight against hidden synthetics...
When you buy a diamond you need to know if it is "natural" or "synthetic", but some unscrupulous suppliers are not totally forthcoming, which is why the GIA has announced a new device for the diamond trade to easily separate the natural diamonds from the rest. Independent certification from companies like GIA is of paramount necessity when purchasing diamond jewellery.
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!
Largest Collection of Jewelry Worn by the Most Stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era Goes to auction at Julien’s Auctions. Stunning Hollywood Jewellery from the 1930s, '40s and '50s are to be auctioned and expected to sell for millions.
Sierra Leone Pastor, Emmanuel Momoh, finds a 706 carat diamond while searching through river sediment. He is not a professional diamond hunter and has given the stone to the government to help development in the region where it was found.
25 carat diamond ring expected to raise over £2 million in Hong Kong auction
Looking for a diamond ring? What’s hot and on trend this year?
Solitaire engagement rings will always be a timeless classic, however in 2017 we are seeing a rise in the popularity of multi-stoned rings. When choosing a ring, remember that it is going to last a lifetime, so my advice is that you need to be careful not to pick a style that will be a 2017 ‘fad’ but instead something that will stand the test of time. The three-stone trilogy, the halo and the cluster rings have become more and more popular over the last couple of years; a trend set to continue this year.
For the past 100 years the majority of people have chosen a wedding ring which matches their engagement ring, but it has not always been the case…
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...
Jackie Collins' jewellery collection will come up for auction in May, including many pieces of diamond jewellery, such as this Art Deco diamond and onyx platinum bracelet. The centre oval diaomnd weighs 2.85 carats.
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.
Four British stars to take title roles in new Hatton Garden Heist movie.
There are plenty of stories online about extravagant marriage proposals, from hiring bands, to writing ‘Marry Me’ in six-foot-tall letters somewhere, but the reality is that most people pop the question in a simple, intimate way, so how should you go about it? Here are our easy, straight-forward steps to success:
On Monday (6th Feb '17) Mountain Provence Diamonds announced that hey had receovered a 68 carat diamond from one of their mines in Canada.
Last year we made this man the hero at Christmas by delivering an Eternity Ring on Christmas Eve - ordered on the 23rd December! His Feefo review speaks for itself…
The TV ad’s are out in force, Facebook is awash with bouncing Boxer dogs, weeping emoji’s at Mrs Claus and the cutest little carrot I’ve ever seen! So it’s about time to share our Christmas Gift Guide!
As we relaunch Hatton by Design’s website, we’re proud to show you how to find your perfect engagement ring in three easy steps.
This week our friends in Paris have the pleasure of hosting Fashion Week.
Stateside the stars were out in force on Sunday celebrating achievements in Broadway theatre with the 2016 Tony Awards.
Love is in the air and the sun is shining - we suggest some perfect proposals!
Cannes – the perfect time to wear something fabulous! We review the latest jewels from the red carpet.
The worlds biggest diamond is set to be auctioned on the 29th June in London. Sotheby’s expect it to sell for a cool $70 Million!
You know you’re a social media fan when your wedding trends on Twitter!
The Hatton Garden heist ‘scene of the crime’ is to be moved to the Museum of London.
Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic, Jewish, Sheik, Methodist, Evangelical, Non-Demoninational, Registry Office... The list of weddings and religions goes on and on and on and there's a new listing on the block - CFSM...
The Royal tour in India gets our seal of approval with Kate wearing a selection of fantastic earrings!
Wedding planning with a multi-million pound budget takes weddings to a whole new level!
Spring has sprung - hurrah! And we kick off Spring with some happy celebrity engagement news!