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    The Festive Season is traditionally a time of celebration and love, a time to look forward to new beginnings as the New Year fast approaches. This makes Christmas time the perfect opportunity to ask your loved one “will you marry me?” and begin to plan your happy ever after. In fact in a recent poll Christmas Eve took first place as the most popular day of the year to propose marriage.   

    So, if you are planning to propose this Christmas you will of course need to give some serious thought to the perfect engagement ring that will grace the finger of the person you plan to send the rest of your life with.  Here at Rêve Diamonds we have many thousands of men, women, and happy couples come through our showroom doors each year looking for the perfect diamond engagement ring, and we know full well that this can be quite a daunting task. So here are a few pieces of advice to guide you through the process of finding the perfect diamond engagement ring at the perfect price: 

    • Set you budget  

    Buying a diamond engagement ring is a significant investment and they say that a diamond engagement ring should cost at least a month’s salary.  When beginning the quest for the perfect engagement ring for your Christmas proposal first and foremost we advise that you set a realistic budget and spend only what you can afford. Once you have set your budget this will to some extent determine the choice of rings that you have.   

    • Do your research 

    Do not make the mistake of shopping for a diamond engagement ring from a person/retailer that is not a true professional. To make the right purchase you will need expert advice from a highly experience and qualified jeweller such as Rêve Diamonds. Also you must ensure that the diamonds that they sell are certificated by one of the leading diamond laboratories such as the GIA, HRD or IGI. As with most things in life, the better prepared you are, the better the results will be! 

    • Know your diamonds – The Four C’s 

    Ensure that you understand the basics about diamonds and the all-important ‘4C's’, these being colour, cut, clarity and carat.  All these factors should be considered equally when comparing diamonds and we always advise that you need a good balance between the colour and clarity.  However, it is widely held that more than any other factor; it is how the diamond is cut that will determine its defining characteristic.  

    Remember that with diamonds size isn't everything, it is the cut that directly influences the stone’s ability to absorb and reflect light to impart brilliance and sparkle. If a diamond is cut incorrectly then its sparkle will be compromised. It is how the 57 or 58 facets cut on the diamond's surface are angled and sized that dictates how light reflects and exits the diamond, an effect known as its "fire". Cuts that are too deep or too shallow will make the diamond less brilliant. 

    Therefore, do not be misled into thinking that the bigger the stone, the better the ring, and the better the chance that she will say yes! With diamonds the carat (weight) doesn’t always have to be large to be expensive, and in fact many women prefer to have a well cut quality diamond engagement ring over a large but more inferior stone – and at the end of the day she will be the one who will be wearing the ring every day.  

    • Choose A Shape That Will Flatter    

    The cut will also determine the shape of the diamond and this is an important factor to consider when choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring. The most popular common shape is perhaps the round cut brilliant diamond with the princess cut in second place, but others include the emerald, the pear, the marquise, the oval and the heart shape. 

    When choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring you should always consider the shape of the ring in relation to the shape and size of your fiancés fingers/hands. For instance, for those with shorter fingers elongated styles like pear, marquise or an oval cut diamond ring are more flattering. Avoid wide bands as these tend to make the fingers appear shorter than they really are. The radiant and princess cuts, or other rings with square shaped diamonds set within, are best for women who have long fingers. If your fiancé has large hands, then do not choose a delicate ring setting, or slender narrow diamond on her finger.  If you are still unsure on which shape of diamond engagement ring to choose then perhaps take a look at the style of rings that she currently chooses to wear as this may give you a guide to what suits her and her personal taste.   

    • Ring Size 

    This can be a tricky part of the process as ensuring that the diamond engagement ring fits perfectly is of course dependent upon knowing the correct ring finger size of your loved one.  If you wish to keep your Christmas marriage proposal a secret until the day then you could consider one of the following tactics:  

    Borrow one of her rings or trace one of her rings on a piece of paper and take it to your chosen jeweller. 

    Ask one of her friends or family her ring size or to find out on your behalf.  

    Have her try on a ring you are pretending to buy for another friend or family member or have her try on one of her friends’ engagement rings. 

    We are happy to send you a Free Finger Sizer by post upon request to help you with determining the correct size of engagement ring. 

    Or you could ask her! 

    Although your actual marriage proposal can be a nervous moment – will she say yes or won’t she? With these helpful hints on choosing your perfect ring the team here at Rêve Diamonds hope that when you go down on bended knee to pop the question you will at least feel that you have done your best to pick the perfect diamond engagement ring.  However, if you are still feeling unsure about choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring for your Christmas marriage proposal then we are happy to help by providing you with a Cubic Zirconia ring free of charge that can be used during your proposal. This substitute ring can then be exchanged for the real thing when your visit our London showrooms to purchase your engagement ring together after the proposal. 


    With Christmas 2017 getting ever nearer it is time to start deciding upon the perfect gifts for the leading lady in your life, and what better gift to give at Christmas time than the sparkle of beautiful  diamond jewellery.  The gift of a piece of exquisite diamond jewellery will not only show that you have put real thought into choosing your present,  but will be a gift that will last a lifetime and certainly be appreciated as every lady loves to receive diamond jewellery.   

    Visit our Christmas diamond gift page 

    If you are looking for inspiration but have yet to make your choice then don't panic as here at Rêve Diamonds we have some suggestions that will be just perfect for the leading lady in your life. Whether she is your wife, girlfriend, mother, sister or a best friend we can offer you the perfect gift this Christmas from our stunning range of diamond necklaces, diamond rings, diamond earrings, and bracelets, and if you should you wish to propose to your loved one this Christmas we also offer a range of stunning diamond engagement rings. So with Rêve Diamonds you can make this the best Christmas ever, with diamond jewellery gifts. 

    For the perfect present for that special lady this Christmas, you cannot go wrong with Diamond Stud Earrings.  We have a superb selection of Diamond Stud Earrings to perfectly suit your recipient’s individual style and taste.  Diamond Stud Earrings are the perfect choice this Christmas for a lady whose style is chic and classic yet stunning.  These earrings are fashionably beautiful but not loud yet are a symbol of the power of femininity.  

    We offer a variety of settings to suit every face shape and style from classic four-claw settings to a diamond halo surround in a variety of classic and contemporary designs. All our Diamond Stud Earrings are made bespoke hand-crafted in your choice of metal. Giving Diamond Stud Earrings from Rêve Diamonds is a timeless gift that will always remind the lady in your life of your thoughtful Christmas gift.  

    If you want to give something special but aren’t sure that a pair of Diamond Stud Earrings is the answer, then we would like to suggest choosing one of stunning Diamond Pendant Necklaces.  This is a classic piece of jewellery that will add instant sophistication to any woman’s wardrobe and will not disappoint when opened as a gift on Christmas Day.  We offer a wide choice of Diamond Pendant Necklaces in Pear, Princess, Round and Heart cut with a three or four claw setting available in Platinum, 18k White, Yellow or Rose Gold and different chain styles and lengths. Our wide choice of made to order Diamond Pendant Necklaces will allow you to choose the design that you feel will create the perfect gift for your special female to suit her style and taste.    

    Should you be looking for a diamond jewellery gift for a modern lady then the perfectly fashionable yet classical choice has to be a beautiful Diamond Tennis Bracelet which is the ideal piece to wear with any style from casual to evening glitz.  Our Diamond Tennis Bracelets are designed to sit delicately on the wrist of the lady to whom this gift is given and are available in several widths to suit differing wrist sizes and preferences. We offer simple styles for the lady who prefers a more casual look or a more elaborate design that is perfect to be worn on special occasions.  

    If a proposal of marriage isn’t on the cards (or has already taken place), a Diamond Eternity Ring makes a fantastic Christmas gift as the ring will symbolise your everlasting love at Christmas time and forever more.  So if you want to buy a gift that exceeds all expectations for your girlfriend or wife then why not splash out on one of our exquisite Diamond Eternity Rings. Receiving a Rêve Diamonds eternity ring will be a gift that your special lady will never forget and will treasure for always.  We offer a wide selection of high quality Diamond Eternity Rings available in claw, channel, micro, pave or grain set designs and have a design to suit every taste and budget.  Whether your lady prefers the elegant simplicity of a single row of stones or the more ornate design of a fully encrusted ring that shimmers and sparkles on the finger, we will have the perfect Diamond Eternity Ring for your gift.  We also offer a bespoke design service if you wish to design your own Diamond Eternity Ring and our highly experienced designers and master craftsmen jewellers are happy to advise on your design style and settings to create the perfect Christmas present that will bring your leading lady the ultimate Christmas happiness.  

    While the most important day of the festive period may often pass by at super-fast speed, the gift of a piece of diamond jewellery from Rêve Diamonds will last forever, and let’s face it few Christmas gifts really do stand the test of time  - what did you do with that Christmas jumper you were given last year? 


    Christmas is a magical time of year, a time of joy, a time for families and friends to gather together, and a time to tell those closest to you just how much they mean to you.  So why not make this Christmas one that you will remember forever by proposing to your special someone and truly putting the icing on top of their Christmas cake!

    If you are planning a Christmas proposal we have six romantic and charming ideas for a Christmas that are sure to make this moment unforgettable:

    • Think outside the box 

    As the Christmas tree is the focal point of many homes why not make your tree sparkle even more with the addition of a beautiful diamond engagement ring. Cleverly disguise your engagement ring perhaps as the centre point of the star or angel on top of your Christmas tree, within a festive box hung like a bauble or inside a custom made proposal bauble that contains your ring.  Or for a more traditional approach why not hide your engagement ring with the other presents under the tree adopting the Russian doll tactic, and build up the excitement as each parcel gets smaller with your engagement ring being the last to be unwrapped.  As you get down on bended knee to make your proposal your loved one will be delighted to receive the ultimate Christmas present - your declaration of love and a stunning diamond engagement ring the whereabouts of which are revealed as you make your proposal.

    • Pull A Christmas Cracker

    Christmas crackers are a traditional feature on the Christmas dinner table. Why not make your proposal in front of your friends and family over Christmas dinner – a great way to share this special moment with those that mean the most to you. Present your loved one with a Christmas cracker that when pulled, instead of a corny joke, reveals a note asking her to marry you at which point you present her with your chosen diamond engagement ring.  Just make sure that you put the right cracker on her table place to avoid the embarrassment of asking Great Aunt Mabel to marry you!

    • Underneath The Mistletoe

    Make your traditional kiss under mistletoe more than just a kiss by hanging your engagement ring within the sprig of mistletoe. So that when you take your special someone under the mistletoe for a kiss you ask them to look up and watch their eyes light up as they realise that the will be getting so much more than a cheeky peck this Christmas!

    • Bake A Tasty Christmas Treat  

    If your partner has a sweet tooth why not add a festive treat into your proposal? Make your own Christmas cake (or for those who are less skilled in the kitchen buy one) and make a hole in the centre for the engagement ring to be placed tied to a ribbon allowing your loved one to pull out the special surprise which is sure to be the icing on her cake this Christmas.

    • Sing her praises 

    Festive music is a great way to sing your loved ones praises and pop the question. There are a couple of ways that music can be part of your Christmas proposal. Firstly you could enlist the help of a local group of carol singers, a church choir, or even a few of your friends to arrive at your prospective fiancés door and serenade her before you ask her to marry you. Alternatively taking inspiration from a well-known Christmas movie ‘Love Actually’, you could arrive at her door playing a festive tune on your smart phone, and without speaking tell your partner how much they mean to you, and ask them to marry you with the help of paper signs.

    • Name in Lights

    The sparkle of twinkling fairy lights at Christmas is an integral part of creating that special festive atmosphere so including some lights in a Christmas proposal is a fabulous way to retain that special magical festive theme.  Plus sparkling lights are not only festive but very romantic so almost guaranteed to give you a yes to your proposal!  Ideas using Christmas fairy lights could include writing ‘Marry Me’ in lights across her home or another building that is special to you both. If we are lucky enough to have snow this Christmas, use candles in the snow or led garden lights to pop the question.

    We are sure there are many other ways that you could make your Christmas proposal special but these are just a few of our favourite ideas. And of course don’t forget that all the team here at Reve Diamonds want your proposal to be perfect and we have a wide selection of the most stunning diamond engagement rings for you to choose from to make that moment truly memorable. Have a very merry Christmas!


    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to design your very own engagement ring? Here at Rêve Diamonds, we can make this dream come true thanks to our bespoke engagement ring design service.

    If you haven’t found the engagement ring that you will love and cherish forever, then allow our team of highly experienced creative designers and expert jewellers to guide you through the whole process from design through to creation of your perfect engagement ring.

    The time you spend with us creating your bespoke engagement ring will undoubtedly be inspirational, rewarding and memorable and will ensure that you have the perfect piece of jewellery that is exactly right for you and no-one else - a true one off that your heart desires. After all, nothing is quite as special as a custom-made engagement ring designed with love that has been created just for you!

    This is how truly amazing the experience of creating your own unique bespoke engagement ring can be:

    Be inspired by a design that you love in our collection or discuss your design ideas with our creative design consultants 

    Our website is full of ideas to give you inspiration and helpful guidance on choosing the style of engagement ring that you wish to create.  Simply scroll down through our designs to find your dream ring and use the filters on the left to navigate through the options that we have available.

    Do not worry if you are unsure as to the design that you want as our team of experienced CAD designers and expert jewellers are here to help you and provide expert advice working with you to bring your dream design to reality. So don’t be frightened to share your ideas with our expert team.

    • Receive a quotation for your bespoke engagement ring  

    We will consider your ideas, requirements and budget and your personal consultant will provide you with an approximate quotation for your design. We want to ensure that you are completely happy with all the details of the design and the price before we proceed further.

    • Select the diamond that your heart desires

    For many brides to be this is perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the design process in creating their very own bespoke engagement ring – selecting that all important diamond that will bring life and sparkle to the design.

    We have over 10,000 graded loose diamonds and fancy coloured diamonds to choose from, all the very highest quality. This vast selection means you are guaranteed to find the perfect diamond for your bespoke engagement ring, no matter your budget.  You are welcome to consider as many options as you need before deciding on that all-important centre stone. Once selected we then use the precise measurements of the diamond to complete that all existing draft design which will be your first glimpse of your very own engagement ring.

    Please note that if you own a diamond or any gemstone already, we are more than happy to offer a bespoke design service to set your stone.

    • Review and agree your very own design 

    Here you will get the very first glimpse of the design of your custom-made engagement ring. Our CAD designers will share with you the first sketches of your design and then create a three-dimensional CAD image of your engagement ring for your approval. It is at this point that you can choose to make any alterations to the design (up to three alterations are allowed for) and discuss with us any queries that you may have regarding the creation of your bespoke engagement ring.

    • Let’s go ahead  

    The final step in the process - if you are happy with the design of your bespoke engagement ring we will provide you with a final quote for your agreement which is valid for 7 days. All that is left to you once payment is received is to simply relax while our master jewellers bring your ring design to life.

    Creating your very own custom-made engagement ring with Rêve Diamonds bespoke service is undoubtedly a true journey of wonder and discovery and we aim to make this experience a  memorable part of your future journey together as with Rêve Diamonds it is never just about the jewellery.

    To find out more about Rêve Diamonds bespoke engagement ring design service visit our London showroom. All our loose diamonds are available to view in the showroom.

    Simply  book an appointmentor call us now!




    Platinum and 18kt White Gold are the two most commonly used metals for the setting of engagement rings, wedding rings and other pieces of jewellery. Whilst these two metals may have a very similar appearance, they do have unique benefits and proprieties that are very important to compare and consider when deciding upon the choice of metal for your valued piece of jewellery.  The main factors to consider is the difference between Platinum and 18 carat White Gold in terms of purity, appearance, weight and comfort during wear, durability, scratching during wear, and of course comparative cost of both metals.

    White Gold RIng against Platinum RIng after one year of Wear

     (Left to Right) 18kt White Gold Ring Next to a Platinum Ring after one year of Wear (C) Reve Diamonds

    This first difference between Platinum and 18k White Gold is the most basic and therefore can be considered as the foundation of all the other differences between the two metals.  Platinum and 18k White Gold are essentially different metals and have different purity levels.

    Platinum is a naturally occurring white metal. It is heavier, harder and rarer than gold. Due to its natural hardness Platinum can be used in a purer form than gold, usually at about 95% - a Platinum hallmark has a fineness of 900 to 950 parts and 5/10% of other alloys.

    In comparison 18K White Gold does not exist naturally as it starts out as gold which is of course yellow in colour. White Gold is achieved by an alloy of yellow gold with other white metals such as silver, nickel, zinc or palladium which bleach the deep yellow of pure gold to make it white. The purity of White Gold is determined by the amount of alloy that is mixed with Gold and is expressed in carats (K) as with yellow gold. Hallmarked 18K White Gold has a fineness of 750 parts and 25% of other alloys.

    So in comparison for purity of metal, Platinum has a 90/95% purity compared to 75% purity of 18K White Gold. This factor consequently makes Platinum much more expensive than Gold which we will discuss later.


    When the finished article of jewellery made in Platinum and 18K White Gold they are often indistinguishable as both appear whitish grey in colour. However a distinguishing physical characteristic between Platinum and 18K White Gold is the natural colour.  Platinum is naturally white. However the white colour of 18K White Gold is created by the addition of alloys to yellow gold and the final white high lustre finish by the addition of rhodium plate, a silvery-white metal. It is the rhodium plating which gives 18K White Gold the white look that makes it look very similar to Platinum to the naked eye. With Platinum, no plating is required as the metal has a unique white, grey colour which becomes greyer over time.

    As Platinum is truly white it will always stay white and will not fade to yellow. However with 18K White Gold jewellery whilst rhodium is very white and very hard, eventually it will naturally wear away and fade to show the yellowish tinge of the original gold. Therefore to restore the whiteness and shine of 18K White Gold jeweller it will require rhodium plating again. This process can only be undertaken by a professional jeweller and here at Rêve Diamonds we are pleased to offer our valued customers rhodium plating, polishing and cleaning of their jewellery free for life when required.


    Platinum is a much denser metal than 18K White Gold (approximately 20% denser) and thus more material weight is needed to produce the same ring than from white gold.  For example a ring with 4mm width of metal and 2mm height will be up to 30% heavier when crafted in Platinum as compared to the same ring made in 18K White Gold in gram weight.

    This difference also has an impact upon the comfort of wear. Only individual personal choice can determine if you prefer to wear a heavier weight of ring as some people do find that lighter rings are more comfortable for everyday wear.  Of course design can have an influence upon the weight of a ring, but the relative weight of Platinum versus 18 k White Gold should be borne in mind when making a choice between these two metals.

    One additional benefit to wearing Platinum jewellery is that it is hypoallergenic. While for most people gold jewellery does not generally create an allergy issue, some can develop an allergic reaction from the nickel alloy used in gold rings. However if 18k White Gold is combined with a palladium based alloy that is free from nickel, allergy issues are avoided


    Both Platinum and 18K White Gold are strong and durable precious metals but of the two, Platinum is undoubtedly the stronger and more durable.  This is due to Platinum only containing 5/10% of alloy whereas 18k White Gold requires 25% alloyed metal. The reason for this is that gold as a metal is extremely soft therefore if it was used in its pure form in jewellery, it would quickly and easily bend out of shape. For this reason White Gold has to be mixed with harder alloy metals, to make it more rigid and durable in jewellery. Platinum has a lower alloy requirement and is far denser therefore making it more durable than 18K White Gold.

    The implication for this within jewellery design is that Platinum offers a far more secure and robust setting for diamonds and other gemstones than 18K White Gold. For example, the prongs holding the centre stone of a Platinum engagement ring are far less likely to break then those of an 18K White Gold   ring.

    In addition, Platinum loses very little weight during daily wear and indeed, during polishing. Therefore, in theory a Platinum ring will last a lot longer without the need for replacing the band. However, a well-made ring, whether 18K White Gold or Platinum should last for many years.


    Platinum has a tighter molecular structure than 18K White Gold enabling a mirror like finish compared to a high finish on the White Gold.  Yet whilst Platinum is widely acknowledged as being stronger and more durable it is a softer metal than 18k White Gold. This means that Platinum jewellery will be more prone to getting scratched than a similar item made from 18k White Gold would be.

    However it is important to note that when 18k White Gold is scratched, the gold is lost and therefore it clearly looks like a scratch whilst when Platinum is scratched, the Platinum gets moved from one place on the item to another. This develops what is referred to as a ‘patina finish’. A patina finish has the look of an antique or worn piece of jewellery which many people find highly desirable as this gives the item an heirloom feel.

    The bonus here is that with professional re-polishing of your jewellery this will help restore the item to near its original look for both Platinum and 18K White Gold and Rêve Diamonds include free lifetime polishing and re-plating so that you never need worry about inevitable snatching.


    • Platinum jewellery attracts a higher cost than 18K White Gold. There are four main reasons for this:
    • Platinum is far rarer than 18K White Gold, has a greater denser of weight and higher level of purity.

    Platinum is more difficult to work with as it is less malleable than 18k White Gold and therefore will require a highly experienced jeweller to create a high quality piece from this precious metal. This means that the labour cost is approximately 20% greater than with 18K White Gold.

    Platinum cannot be re-used and re-melted like 18K White Gold. Therefore, any scraps and filings must be sent to a refiner which is very expensive.

    Platinum jewellery is initially more expensive than 18K White Gold. However, it can be argued that Platinum is more cost effective in the long run because it does not require rhodium plating to keep it white, re-shanking or re-tipping of ring setting prongs.

    Platinum jewellery is the ideal choice for long term daily wear. It is the optimal setting for a diamond engagement ring due to its durability and long lasting colour. Platinum will also add brilliance and sparkle to the diamond resulting in a clean, sharp, luxurious look. However, if you still can’t decide between Platinum and 18k White Gold, don’t worry these precious metals are both great options. If your budget allows choose Platinum, if not then 18k White Gold is still a very precious metal and is an excellent choice.  If you have any questions on your choice of jewellery metal, please do not hesitate to contact the helpful professional team at Rêve Diamonds who will be happy to answer your questions.


    Proposing marriage with the gentleman on bended knee with a gift box opening to reveal a stunning diamond engagement ring has always been the classical way to make this life changing proposal. However, a recent market research survey undertaken by the team here at Rêve Diamonds & Fine Jewellery has shown that 40% of men in the UK now propose without a real diamond engagement ring.

    The survey also revealed that an astonishing 40% of men in the UK said that they proposed to their loved one using fake plastic rings purchased from a well-known online auction site, or alternatively used another method such as a letter to propose to their loved one.

    Whilst times of economic austerity may be making men more cautious when making a marriage proposal in not immediately investing in an engagement ring and using a substitute, the survey revealed that after receiving the magic answer of ‘yes’, they then went on to spend an average of £3000 on an engagement ring. In fact 50% of respondents told Rêve Diamonds that they had then gone on to spend between £3000 and £5000 on a diamond engagement ring and 40% of respondents chose their engagement ring together.

    If you are considering a marriage proposal and wish to delay purchasing an engagement ring, we have a few hints and tips on how to make a romantic and memorable proposal without a ring, including details of a fabulous new offer from Rêve Diamonds of a free Cubic Zirconia ring to use during your proposal:


    Making a marriage proposal should create a memory that will last a lifetime for both of you.  Not using an engagement ring to propose is no excuse for a proposal that is undertaken lightly or without planning. Creating magical memories requires careful and considerate planning and the time has to be right for both of you. Be sure that you both feel the same way and are ready to make the commitment of marriage, then when you are sure carefully plan and execute your proposal as you would do if you had made the commitment to buying an engagement ring so that when the moment comes it is one of the most romantic moments of your partner’s life.


    Whilst you may not use an engagement ring to propose there is undoubtedly still nothing as romantic as the gesture of the man (or woman) down on one knee, gazing into his beloved’s eyes and holding his/her hand whilst popping the question ‘will you marry me?’. This is the stuff that dreams are made of and whilst you may be breaking with tradition by not proposing with an engagement ring already bought, there is no reason why your proposal cannot be every bit as romantic . So why not make a feature of your plans to propose the element of getting down on one knee. Show your emotions and declare your love when the moment is right and make memories that will last a lifetime.


    Choose carefully the setting for your marriage proposal as this will be an important part of your memories.  Whether you chose to propose on a romantic weekend break in a city aboard, during a picnic in the countryside, over diner at a top class restaurant or even at the place where you first met, make sure that your chosen setting is special to both of you and a place that matters.


    Ok so it’s not the real thing but why not give your future wife/husband a costume jewellery Cubic Zirconia engagement ring when you make your proposal?  This is a great fun idea and Rêve Diamonds & Fine Jewellery are now offering their valued clients a Cubic Zirconia ring free of charge to be used during the proposal. This substitute ring can then be exchanged for the real thing when the couple return to purchase their chosen engagement ring from the company.  Measure the ring size of your spouse to be by ‘borrowing’ a ring from their jewellery box or trace the inside of the ring onto paper then take to Rêve Diamonds who will  provide you with a substitute Cubic Zirconia engagement ring to make your proposal with.

    However, when you give this Cubic Zirconia ring be sure to explain to your beloved that this IS NOT the real engagement ring but simply a token until you can both chose the diamond that she/he has set her heart upon from Rêve Diamonds– failure to do this may mean the joke is on you!


    If you have decided that you wish to create a romantic proposal without buying an engagement ring beforehand there is no reason why you should not replace the ring with the gift of a beautiful piece of jewellery that will provide a very special keepsake for your beloved.  A stunning diamond necklace, dazzling bracelet or exquisite pair of earrings is a thoughtful way to commemorate and celebrate your marriage proposal.  Rêve Diamonds & Fine Jewellery has a superb selection of exquisite pieces to choose from before returning to them to choose your engagement ring. Giving a piece of jewellery is the perfect way to show your love to your partner and the world before you both choose the engagement ring after your proposal.


    If you have kept a special memento perhaps from your first date such as a concert ticket, a photograph, a train ticket, or anything else that symbolises your relationship and that means something to both of you, why not use it to create a new memory as part of your proposal.  Perhaps frame the item or create a memory book if you have more than one and give this to your beloved with the promise that the next part of your memories will be choosing your engagement ring.


    There is nothing so touching as a personal gift and nothing as romantic as a poem, song or letter that is dedicated to the one you love.  This is a gift that your loved one will cherish forever so use your words wisely and create a beautiful and romantic masterpiece to use in your proposal that will bring her tears of joy. Tell her what she means to you and at the end ask her to marry you.


    An engagement ring is traditionally viewed as a symbol of the love between two people. It should not be seen as something that your love depends upon, or that its value demonstrates the depth of your affection. A proposal of marriage with a substitute Cubic Zirconia ring (or even without a ring) can be an extremely significant landmark in the start of your lives together as it shows that to you both the ring is purely a symbol. Therefore if your partner is unhappy or upset about not having a real diamond engagement ring from the very start, then maybe their reaction may signify that it is time to rethink the possibility of your commitment married life together.

    If you do choose to make a proposal with a substitute Cubic Zirconia ring from Rêve Diamonds, do not make the explanation as to why there is no real gemstone ring at that point in time the focus of the occasion.  You both need to focus on your happiness, the fact that you are in love and are planning on starting your new lives together.  Enjoy what should be one of the happiest moments of your life.  When the emotion has calmed down later on then this is the time to explain why the real engagement ring will be bought post-proposal with a visit to Rêve Diamonds. Generally those couples who make a romantic proposal without a diamond engagement ring are in a relationship that is close enough that they both understand why this is so.


    Diamond tennis bracelets are a classical and elegant piece of jewellery that is appropriate to be worn with any style from casual daywear to evening glamour.  Sparkling beautifully yet modest, classic but still fashionable, a diamond tennis bracelets makes a very simple yet striking addition to any outfit.

    Originally called line bracelets or in-line bracelets, the term ‘tennis bracelet’ originated after the 1987 US open tennis tournament when famous ladies tennis champion Chris Evert’s diamond bracelet broke during her match.  Evert asked match officials to stop play in order that she could find her diamond bracelet and this search was watched by millions of television viewers worldwide. From this famous incident the name ‘Tennis Bracelet’ was born. It describes a flexible bracelet made of metal, generally gold, which is set with a row of exquisite small diamonds around the whole band.  The bracelet falls close to the wrist making it very comfortable to wear and totally secure,

    We offer diamond tennis bracelets in several widths that will perfectly suit your wrist size and of course complement your personal style and taste. Once you have chosen your diamond tennis bracelet it is vital that you care for this piece of jewellery correctly to ensure that not only does it retain its stunning appearance, but that the diamonds within your bracelet are protected from potential harm which can not only effect their appearance but can significantly de-value them. Here are some useful tips as an after-care guide for your diamond tennis bracelet:


    Precious metals that are used for jewellery making are relatively soft; a characteristic which allows it to be designed into different shapes and forms. However, whilst many metals used in making jewellery are often mixed with other harder metals in order to make them more durable and to retain their form, they are still susceptible to being scratched or even damaged during use or even incorrect storage.

    Wearing your tennis bracelet during activities such as playing intensive sports, hard manual work, undertaking housework or even holding keys, will undoubtedly make your bracelet susceptible to unsightly scratching and damage.  Whilst diamonds are famed as being extremely durable and hard, the tips or ends of various diamond shapes are susceptible to damage and therefore need to be protected from hard knocks, blows or falls which may manage to harm the outer veneer of the diamonds.   Try avoiding the activities which will cause your diamond tennis bracelet and other pieces of jewellery harm!

    Diamonds which are exposed to extreme changes in temperature e.g. from hot to cold and vice versa, can undergo serious harm through the process of thermal shock, and these situations should be avoided at all costs.

    To protect the beauty of your diamond tennis bracelet always keep it separate from other items of jewellery when being stored.  The vast majority of materials are not hard enough to damage diamonds, but the one thing which certainly can damage them is another diamond as they too have their vulnerable spots! Therefore each piece of diamond jewellery that you own should be put away in its own box or compartment in your jewellery box. Ideally you should store items within a leather, cloth or padded pouch, and wrap each piece in tissue paper before placing in the pouch for extra protection. Before putting your tennis bracelet away always wipe it with a soft cloth to remove oils that accumulate from your contact with your skin


    Diamonds can easily be damaged by contact with chemicals. Therefore it is a good idea to keep your diamonds away from all chemicals, especially strong ones.  Even if the diamonds may be able to withstand contact with these chemicals, the settings that they have been placed within may sustain damage, affecting the beauty and of course the security and safety of your diamond tennis bracelet.

    The most common way to come in contact with chemicals on a daily basis is during cleaning your home. Therefore when you do the housework always remove your tennis bracelet to avoid contact.  The precious metals used in the settings of your bracelet are also sensitive to harsh chemicals and corrosives.  Chlorine, bleach and strong household cleaning and gardening products can cause damage by either affecting the smoothness of the surface or even causing the metal to slightly corrode and become worn.

    Always remove your tennis bracelet while you shower and if you use a swimming pool or hot tub then always remove your bracelet as additionally contact with chlorine bleach can also dull its appearance. It is always best to apply perfumes, creams, or make up to your skin before putting on your tennis bracelet as if applied directly, and then it stays there, it can be harmful.


    One of the most important pieces of after-care advice that we can give is to ensure that you take precautions to ensure you do not lost any diamonds from your tennis bracelet as the main threat to any diamond is that of losing it!

    To ensure that the diamonds within your tennis bracelet stay safe and sound pay particular attention to the condition of the housing of these gemstones. Prongs are be crafted to be hard wearing but by their nature can be still somewhat fragile.  If the setting of your diamonds is harmed then this could lead to the loss of a diamond. Be aware that everyday activities such as dish washing, opening/knocking into doors, typing on your PC etc., can lead to damage so try to prevent scraping or banging against your tennis bracelet.

    Over time and with wear a setting can naturally become loose or weakened which can cause a diamond to fall out of your tennis bracelet unnoticed. To avoid loss of the precious diamonds from your bracelet, we strongly recommend that you check all the settings regularly to ensure that they are not bent or weakened. If you do notice any damage or wear and tear immediately consult a professional jeweller such as the team here at Rêve Diamonds to carry out any necessary repairs.


    When in use your diamond tennis bracelet will naturally come into regular contact with dirt and grime from both the natural oils of our skins, makeup, perfume and other environmental factors.  It is vital that you regularly wash your diamond tennis bracelet to remove this build-up of harmful dirt and grime.

    Simply washing your tennis bracelet in a small bowl of warm soapy water or other gentle degreasing solution brushing very gently with a soft clean brush to remove any remaining will undoubtedly help your diamond tennis bracelet to retain its natural beauty and sparkle.  Always remember once clean to dry the bracelet with a lint free cloth and then polish the metal over with the same cloth to produce a dazzling shine.


    To keep your diamond tennis bracelet looking at its very best, or if you suspect that the diamonds are coming loose or the settings are damaged, we strongly recommend that you take your bracelet to a professional jeweller such as Rêve Diamonds to be checked, repaired (if necessary) and professionally cleaned.  You should never attempt to try to fix any damage to your bracelet at home, especially when the damaged part is the setting for a precious gem or diamond as this could cause irrevocable harm to the piece.

    When the rhodium plating used for white gold wears away from your tennis bracelet, a professional jeweller can replace this through a process called ‘plating’ or ‘re-dipping’  Slight scratches on a platinum surface may create a “patina” of wear, a satin like film on its surface, which some prefer for its unique, platinum look, or can be polished by a jeweller to recover its shine.

    Following our simple after-care guide, keeping your diamond tennis bracelet out of harmful situations, taking it to a professional jeweller for regular checking and repairs when necessary are the most important way of ensuring that your diamond tennis bracelet will last forever.


    How To Buy an Engagement Ring - Our short Guide

    If you are planning to buy a diamond engagement ring there are a number of things to consider before you make a purchase. We have put together this guide to advise you through the process and help you make the perfect choice.

    Learn about diamonds:

    To begin shopping for a diamond, you need to have a basic understanding of how diamonds are classified. Remember that diamonds are evaluated according to the four ‘Cs’. These are: carat, colour, clarity and cut. By understanding these qualities you can determine which traits are most important to you.

    To get a quick guide to diamonds you can visit our DIAMOND EDUCATION page, but if you are serious about purchasing the perfect ring then we will talk you through all the information you require.


    We recommend a diamond ring which has the following:

    • GIA certified stone
    • colour grade of D – G
    • clarity grade of VS1 – SI2 Those that are completely eye clean are the most desirable. Some SI1-SI2 diamonds are completely Eye Clean. A SI2 diamond can look exactly like an IF to the naked eye but we advise you to view them under 10x magnification.
    • fluorescence grade of None
    • Cut , Polish and Symmetry grades of Excellent to Very Good (all diamond shapes except round cut do not have a cut grade, only polish and symmetry grades) 

    What should I avoid when buying a diamond?

    We would advise buying a diamond engagement ring that has a G (or higher) colour as diamonds under the D-G colour range tend to appear yellow. We also suggest that you avoid round cut diamonds with a cut grade below ‘very good’ as these diamonds can appear duller than those graded ‘very good’ or excellent.

    Bear in mind that round brilliant cut diamonds are more expensive than most popular fancy cut diamond shapes with similar carat colour clarity and cut grades as they have a diifferent and higher price list per carat.

    We would advise buying an oversized diamond as they look a lot closer to the next size up but are still priced according to the lower size price. For example, a 0.60ct diamond will be priced according to the 0.50-0.69 price list but will actually look like a 0.70ct. A 1.2ct will look more like a 1.5ct but can cost much less as it is on the 1ct-1.49ct price list.

    Oversizes may trade at 5% to 15% premiums over similar quality straight size but still will be cheaper than the next size up for the same colour and clarity

    Oversizes are: (0.4-0.49), (0.60-0.69), (0.80-0.89), (0.96-0.99), (1.20-1.49), (1.60-1.99), (2.50+), (3.20+) and (5.50+)

    Diamond prices jump significantly at the carat and half-carat mark. Purchasing just shy of those weights can save a significant amount of money and the slight size difference will go unnoticed.

    How much should I spend on a diamond engagement ring?

    How much you spend on an engagement ring is a personal matter. Traditionally, the amount one spends on the purchase should be equal to one to two months' salary. However, recent trends show a move away from this tradition. Everyone has a different budget, and it is a good idea to keep a price range in mind. Set a budget that works for you and stick with it. It may sound like common sense, but there is a lot of ridiculous noise out there about spending three months salary on a ring. That’s all marketing. Don’t fall for it.

    Buy direct & save money:

    Retailers can mark up a new diamond ring by up to 100%, so If you are really on the hunt for a good deal then you may want to consider cutting out the middle man. Like us, there are a number of reputable diamond merchants trying to break with the traditional supply chain of the diamond industry. We sell engagement rings to customers directly and are therefore able to cut costs.

    The best thing about buying wholesale is that you can use the money you save to buy an even bigger diamond.

    Buying an unset diamond:

    Buying an unset diamond is a great idea. You can buy an unset diamond directly from a diamond dealer or manufacturer. If you choose the diamond first and have the setting made later you will have a lot of choice in terms of design. You would also have the option of consulting your soon to be fiancée about the style and design. You may even want to include her in selecting the style and finer details of the ring. This will ensure that you do not purchase an engagement ring that is unsuitable, or not to her taste.

    Give her what she wants:

    To get an idea of the ring styles she likes, take notice of any jewellery that she wears. Does she prefer modern or traditional? Does she favour white gold, yellow gold or platinum? Have these preferences in mind when you set out to shop. If you buy something similar to what she already likes, you can't go wrong.

    What suits her?

    If she hasn't made it easy for you by voicing an opinion on the subject (or admiring someone else's engagement ring), here are a few things to keep in mind when considering shape:

    She will be wearing this ring every day throughout your married life. It will need to go with everything from jeans to evening wear. If you're uncertain about her shape preference, it is a good idea to stick to the classics. Classic designs have become ‘classics’ because they appeal to most people, most of the time

    Shapes with fewer facets, such as emerald or square, require higher clarity. The fewer the facets, the more visible any inclusions will be. Certain shapes pair more successfully with other gems in multi-stone rings. Round, oval and marquise shapes work well with other gems, where as pear and heart shapes are more challenging

    Taste in shape is often reflected in other tastes a woman has. If she prefers clean, modern lines in furniture, for example, it's likely she'll react well to the same aesthetic in emerald or square shapes. If she leans towards the traditional, a round shape is likely to please her. If she has a bohemian style she may favour more unusual shapes like trilliant or marquise.

    Which ring setting?

    While there are an unending variety of patterns, details and metal choices, most rings fall into one of these basic categories:

    Solitaire Diamond Ring:

    A solitaire is a single stone. The solitaire is still the most popular choice of engagement ring. The head secures the diamond and prongs allow the diamond to catch the light. A four-prong-setting shows more of the diamond, but a six-prong setting is often more secure.

    Four Claw Raised Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring ina Box.jpg

    You can find more solitaire engagement rings designs here

    Diamond Set - Side Stones:

    Diamonds or other gemstones, flank the main stone for additional sparkle or colour. Popular side stone settings include 'channel', which protects stones by keeping them flush, and 'bar-channel', which allows light to enter the side stones.

    Pear shaped Diamond Engagement Ring Tapered Band Pave Setting in a Box.jpg

    You can find more diamond set side stone engagement rings designs here

    Halo Setting

    The main stone is surrounded by tiny diamonds to add sparkle and the illusion of greater size.

    As to actual setting design, consider her lifestyle, and how well a certain setting will fit into it. If she is an active type, look for lower profile, less ornate, sturdy choices, which are less likely to get knocked or caught on things. If she likes glamour, look for statement settings, with a higher stone profile, more intricate ring detailing or a unique motif.

    Oval Cut Halo Micro Setting in a Box

    You can find more halo engagement rings designs here

    Ring sizes for women:

    Visit our ring size chart page, download the ring size chart PDF file via this link and print it on an A4 page. Just look in her jewellery box and find a ring that she rarely wears and simply place it on one of the rings on the file to discover her ring size.

    For accurate sizing the grey line should be seen to be on the inside of the ring.

    Another way to do it is if she wears rings, borrow one she already owns. Trace the inner circle on a piece of paper, or press the ring into a bar of soap for an impression. You can also slide it down one of your own fingers and draw a line where it stops. A jeweller can use these measurements to identify her approximate ring size. If she does not wear rings you can use the guide below to estimate her size.

    If you buying a ring for yourself the easiest way to get an accurate finger measurement is to order one of our free ring sizers. To order your free ring sizer please send a message via our Contact Us page

    Ring Sizes in the U.K and Ireland:

    Ring sizes for women typically range from size G to R. The most commonly purchased ring sizes range from size K to N. Size M is the most popular ring size.

    Ring sizes for men typically range from size P to Z. The most commonly purchased ring sizes range from size R to U. Size T is the most popular ring size.

    U.K USA / CND Diameter (mm) Circumference (mm)
    F 3.0 13.92 43.65
    G 3.5 14.31 44.90
    H 4.0 14.70 46.20
    I 4.5 15.09 47.45
    J 5 15.87 48.70
    K 5.5 15.9 49.95
    L 6.0 16.26 51.25
    M 6.50 16.65 52.45
    N 7.0 17.04 53.70
    O 7.5 17.45 55.00
    P 8.0 17.86 56.25
    Q 8.5 18.27 57.50
    R 9.0 18.68 58.75
    S 9.5 19.09 60.00
    T 10.0 19.50 61.25
    U 10.5 19.91 62.50
    V 11 20.32 63.75
    W 11.5 20.73 65.00
    X 12 21.14 66.30
    Y 12.5 21.55 67.50
    Z 13 21.96 68.75

    Treating a piece of diamond jewellery with the utmost care will ensure that your precious gems will maintain their beauty and sparkle to last a lifetime.  It is even more important that if this piece of jewellery is a diamond ring that you take suitable care of this precious stone.  The reason for this is that whilst diamonds are famed for being one of the most durable of stones, diamond rings can soon attract dirt due to factors such as the oils on our hands, the dirt on surfaces and items that we touch, and the hand creams and lotions that we use whilst wearing the ring.  Allowing dirt to collect on your diamond ring can make this virtually indestructible gemstone very quickly lose its natural beauty and sparkle.

    You should always treat your diamond ring with great care. For instance always remove it when you are washing dishes or undertaking other household cleaning jobs.  Always store your diamond ring in a jewellery box to avoid it being damaged or chipped which will not lonely spoil its appearance but will affect its value. Looking after your diamond ring will not only reduce its exposure to dirt but will help to limit the possibility that the stone could become loose which can lead to dirt getting in to the setting, and increase the risk of the diamond coming away from the setting  completely.

    Understanding how to correctly care for and clean your diamond ring can prolong the sparkling appearance of your precious jewellery and protect your investment.  The professional team at Rêve Diamonds strongly advise that if your diamond ring is of a particularly high value, or if you suspect that the diamond is at all loose or coming loose, or if you are simply not confident about cleaning your diamond ring then professional cleaning by a reputable jeweller is the best option.

    A professional jeweller will power steam your diamond ring removing the build-up of dirt, oils and grime that will have occurred during wear so restoring your ring to its natural sparkling once more. A jeweller will also check the ring to see if any repairs are required or if the stone is loose. Rêve Diamonds recommend that your diamond ring is cleaned at least every six months, and checked annually for wear or damage. This will help to keep your diamond ring in the very best condition and always looking its best.

    However if you do wish to clean diamond ring yourself in between visits to your jeweller to maintain its beauty, here are some expert tips from Rêve Diamonds on how to clean a diamond ring:


    Take a close look at your diamondring. Check that the claws are all in place and that the diamond is not chipped or moving in its setting.   If you do notice any damage to the diamond, the setting, or the claws look thin, it is vital that you take your diamond ring straight to a reputable jeweller and under any circumstances DO NOT attempt to clean your diamond ring just in case the stone is dislodged, or worse still lost, during the cleaning process.


    Before attempting to clean your diamond ring please remember that you need to have a very gentle touch.  Some settings are by their nature fragile. For example, antique diamond rings with older claws or a ring where the diamond is held in place by pressure from the shank can be very delicate. Diamond rings should NEVER be vigorously scrubbed only cleaned with a soft toothbrush bought new for this purpose, or a sable paint-brush. After rinsing your diamond ring with water, dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.


    You should never use abrasive cleaning solutions such as household cleaners or toothpaste or chlorine bleach for cleaning your diamond ring.  Abrasives will scratch gold and other metals and chemicals can damage the metals used to alloy gold for diamond settings.


    The best way to clean your diamond ring is to soak it in a bowl containing a gentle degreasing solution, such as warm water with a few drops of mild dish soap or washing up liquid.  Remove your diamond ring from the cleaning solution and using your soft, clean brush VERY GENTLY remove any dirt that remains.  If possible ensure that you gently clean the hard-to-reach places like the back of the diamond, which will tend to collect the most oil and dirt being in contact direct with the skin. Rinse in warm water and repeat until you are happy you have removed all the dirt from your diamond ring.  It is vital that you  DO NOT apply too much pressure when brushing so that you do not damage the gem settings, dislodge the diamond, or scratch the metal.  Once clean dry the diamond ring with a lint free cloth, ideally one designed for polishing gold or platinum, then rub the metal over with the same metal cleaning cloth to produce a dazzling shine.


    Ultrasonic cleaners are available that will clean diamonds by sending low frequency sound waves vibrating through a solution to remove dirt and grime. These machines are relatively inexpensive BUT they should be used with caution. As many diamonds naturally have flaws or inclusions the sound waves passed from the ultrasonic cleaner can cause damage to these flaws emphasising them, or worst case scenario, causing the gemstone to crack.  A diamond with a high level of flaws is more at risk of damage when using an ultrasonic cleaner.  Ultrasonic cleaners can also cause stones to shake loose from their settings or chip the girdles of diamonds that are set next to each other. Coloured diamonds should NEVER be cleaned in this way as it may cause the hue to change or diminish. Also avoid ultrasonic cleaning if the diamond has been treated by fracture filling.


    You may notice when cleaning your diamond ring that if it is made from white gold that the back may over time begin to appear dull or show tinges of yellowing on the surface.  Do not worry, this is a natural process that occurs when the rhodium on the surface of white gold begins to wear off and the original yellow gold will then start to emerge on the surface.  The shine and brightness of your white gold diamond ring can be restored to its original glory by the process termed ‘rhodium plating’ or ‘dipping’.

    Rhodium plating will not only enhance the reflectivity and lustre of white gold, but also enhance the sparkle of the diamonds in your ring so that they appear clearer and more brilliant. In addition, rhodium plating will enhance the life and durability of white gold jewellery and make it less susceptible to corrosion and damage.  Rhodium plating is an electroplating procedure whereby a microscopic layer of rhodium is plated over the original 14k or 18k white gold. This process can only be undertaken by an experienced jeweller such as the professional team at Rêve Diamonds who offer this service.

    If you are not wearing your diamond ring daily, rhodium plating may not be required for years. However, for engagement rings and wedding bands that are used on a daily basis, Rêve Diamonds advise that you have your diamond ring inspected and cleaned regularly and that rhodium plating may be recommended as often as every six months to maintain a bright and characteristic white finish.

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