Romantic Proposal


    Getting engaged is probably one of the most important and emotional moments in your life which makes choosing the right engagement ring for your loved one an absolute must. Not only are you investing in a ring which will be a permanent symbol of the most important relationship of your life and your love for each other, but you are about to part with a substantial amount of money - the accepted engagement ring mantra still being that you will be spending at least one month's salary!

    It is a nerve wracking feeling handing over a substantial amount of money if you are not certain your partner will love the engagement ring that you have chosen. But take heart as a recent survey has shown that 500,000 Brits didn’t expect to receive a ring when their partner proposed marriage to them, and 17 million Brits received their engagement ring after the proposal. In fact, getting engaged without a ring can make the proposal more spontaneous, and gives the couple a fun activity to look forward to after saying “yes”. Plus let’s face it you will naturally want your fiancé to fall in love with the engagement ring as much as you so why not choose your engagement ring together!

    There are no strict rules of etiquette when it comes to engagement ring shopping together. The only accepted rule that you both should not want to break is making sure that whatever you do or choose is a joint decision, and that the end goal is spending your life with the one you love most.  Many couples regard choosing an engagement ring together as a beautifully romantic task that will always be remembered and is an important step taken together. Plus going engagement ring shopping together makes the choice easier, especially if your future spouse has very particular taste and knows exactly what they you want.

    From a female point of view many girls grow up thinking how they want their engagement ring to be. So when they are given a chance to choose their engagement ring together with their future spouse, they feel special and privileged and assured that he believes in taking important joint decisions.  From a male perspective choosing an engagement ring together is almost a sigh of relief knowing that his fiancé will be ultimately making the choice, however, if worries about disclosing the budget are an issue, here at Reve Diamonds we are happy to allay these fears. If the sales advisor is informed of the budget beforehand only the engagement rings within that price range will be shown.  However, even if she figures out the price it could be viewed as a blessing in disguise, as after all you two are going to spend the life together and there should not be financial secrets.

    If you still feel in your heart that a proposal seems incomplete without the presentation of an engagement ring, why not present your loved one with a temporary until you splash out on the real deal? Reve Diamonds offer a free Cubic Zirconia ‘placeholder ring’ to use during your proposal. This free ring can then be exchanged for the real thing when you both return to Reve Diamonds showroom to choose the diamond engagement ring that is “the one”.

    Alongside our stunning collection of exquisite diamond engagement rings we also offer couples the opportunity to create a truly one-of-a-kind engagement ring, designed to reflect your love story with our bespoke engagement ring service. Under the guidance of our in-house design experts and master craftsmen jewellers, you can both design your engagement ring from scratch choosing the setting, the metal, diamond cut and carats to suit your budget.

    After all an engagement ring isn’t just a tradition, but an ornament that is going to be worn for a lifetime, so it is important to choose it together so you both are happy about it.


    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. 


    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!


    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.

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