Good things come in threes.
Lord of the Rings, three-piece suits, a three course meal. Three is the magic number for a good reason. So, it comes as no surprise that the trilogy ring has held up against the ever-changing engagement ring trends, with the three stone design placing itself as a timeless classic in an endless array of diamond engagement rings.
Bespoke engagement rings seem to be the most-popular modern approach to that all-important piece of jewellery. Previously on the blog we’ve sought to help you get in the know about wedding ring styles, engagement ring tips, celebrity ring favourites and especially, engagement ring trends. One thing we’ve absolutely learnt is that perfect means personal. Prince Harry has absolutely proven us right, with a private proposal and an incredibly significant bespoke diamond ring.
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!
While nothing sparkles like a diamond, wedding fashion is the next best thing. Here at Hatton we want you to be in the know about all things engagement, and the most-important purchase (after the rings, of course) is the wedding dress.
So, if you’re deep in the midst of bridal gown indecision, let us fill you in on the biggest trends to come off the bridal runway this year. You might find something that inspires!
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...
On the red carpet nothing looks quite as spectacular as glittering diamonds, and there were some A-List accessories this year! And what an event to get glam for; the annual U.S. television awards is as much about championing the latest styles as it is about going home with that iconic gold trophy.
Fashion Week hit New York runways on the 7 September and we’re loving the stunning array of white dresses on display! New York essentially is Fashion Week, with all the big names in design setting trends for the coming seasons. Here’s some of our favourite gowns, an aesthetic mix of full-skirt, flowing, mid-length and more. Who knows – maybe it will inspire your very own wedding wear!
Everyone knows that the wedding dress equates to the ‘wow!’ moment; a bride wants to feel comfortable, confident and 100% beautiful in their day-of-dress. There are so many styles of outfit to suit the shape and personality of the wearer – yet admittedly, too much choice can be stressful and overwhelming. If you’re not totally clued-up on what fit, length, skirt (so many factors!) is your ideal, you’re not alone; a good designer understands that not every bride is a walking fashion guru!
A far remove from more mass-produced modern jewellery pieces, art deco jewellery is high in demand, stylishly limited and very, very popular at auction.
Celebrity engagements are often an exciting topic of chatter, especially those statement rings! Superstars’ jewellery picks often make the headlines – I’m sure we’ve all heard the recent buzz about Taylor Swift’s controversial diamond bath and Miles Teller’s exotic proposal, to name a few…
Anonymous polls are a brilliant way to gain insight, especially when it comes to special experiences such as marriage proposals. It’s so subjective – the ideal proposal features a different scenario for different kinds of people. The usual tricks and traditions tick boxes for some couples, and not others – although, the problems really arise when you and your partner are at odds!
We’ve definitely caught the Fashion Week fever that’s reaching cities all over the world, but it’s still a fair wait until London’s summer show starts on September 21. For now, we’ll just have to delight in the exclusive designs hitting the runways elsewhere.
The word Millennial has definitely caught on in the past several years and, apparently, so has the ardour of authentic diamonds. We approve!
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.