The Engagement Story

The Engagement Story: Hinesh and Rima

married coupleWhere did you first meet?

We first met at a mutual friends party when we were 17. We started talking because we had the same surname (I don’t think we quite understood how popular the Patel surname was back then!)  we didn’t actually exchange numbers or anything so didn’t see each other again until university when we were both in London. We had mutual friends so would see each other out and about and in the third year of university he finally asked me out!

How did he propose?

We were in Thailand on New Year’s Eve 2010 and had been travelling all day. When we got to our hotel I kicked Hinesh out of our room so I could get a nap in before the NYE party!

Before the party he told me our dinner was at a restaurant at the other end of the beach so had to walk along it. As we were walking, I saw a bottle sticking out of the sand so I pulled it out, inside was some paper. I actually got excited as I thought someone had left a treasure map for us…but when I opened it, it had the words ‘Will you marry me?’ written on it. That’s when Hinesh got down on one knee and the rest is history..

Hinesh and Rima

That sounds pretty spectacular! Tell us more about the engagement and wedding planning…

These were the most stressful times and I learnt quickly to make decisions on my own…the more opinions there were the harder it was to decide on anything!

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How to choose the perfect wedding band

For thousands of years, many cultures have associated the wedding band as an emblem of eternity.  Rings have no beginning and no end, symbolising the never ending love and devotion associated with marriage. Legend has it that the vein in the “wedding ring finger” led directly to the heart. For the majority,  the engagement ring is the most exciting topic and although it does provide a great token of your loves affection, the wedding band is the epitome of the wedding. It is the symbol of the big day and your never ending love and will be part of your essential, every day wardrobe.

Choosing a wedding band can be pretty difficult with the endless variations available so it’s important to remember a few key things to help you on your way:

  • The right ring is the one that strongly reflects your personality and values — it’s not only a matter of carats and showing off. Choose a design which has symbolic meaning for you and even your partner.
  • Everyone knows that planning a wedding is a massive task in itself. It’s easy to put choosing the ring on the back burner so pick it pretty early.
  • Don’t stress about looking for a ring, make sure you enjoy the search as much as you enjoy the ring itself.
  • Single out the three most important elements for you. This can include what type of metal you want, if you want diamonds, if you wish to match your ring to your parters etc.

Check out some of our favourite celebrity wedding band/engagement ring combinations:

Our inhouse stylist has picked out her top wedding band picks:

Diamond wedding band

Chloe Ring £1299

The Chloe wedding ring is delicate and beautiful ring which I love just for the simplicity. 1.00CT of H/SI Quality Diamonds are set in an 18K Yellow Gold band and is a dead ringer for Gwyneth Paltrow’s ultra thin engagement ring and wedding band combination.

Platinum and diamond wedding band

Grace Ring £3129

Go for full on bling like Kim Kardashian with this Grace ring. The ring features 2.00CT of H/SI Quality Diamonds which radiate against the platinum band for a stunning effect. The baguette cut stones create the illusion of a solid sheet of diamond which reflects the light with a spectrum of colour.

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Jasmine Ring £1435

This classic design and the beauty of diamonds combine perfectly in this Jasmine eternity ring to create a stunning piece of jewellery that will look incredible next to any white gold engagement ring. The ring features two rows of H/SI Quality Diamonds weighing 1.00CT which are highlighted by a pave setting and an 18K white gold band which contrasts with the sheer sparkle of the diamonds. The setting gives the illusion of diamonds freely sitting on the finger.

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Sophie Ring £1925

If she loves big, bold jewellery then this is the eternity ring for her. The attention grabbing Sophie eternity ring features 1.50CT of H/SI Quality Diamonds in a mixed baguette and round design to create a stunning look. The ring is finished with 18K of white gold which further enhances the sparkle of the diamonds. This is the ideal ring for someone with a simple engagement ring or for someone planning to wear the wedding band alone. I especially love the 1920s feel this ring has!

diamond wedding band

Amy Ring £1179

This wedding band is the ideal selection for a lady who likes to mix and match her jewellery. Can’t choose between gold and white gold? Have them both! This can be combined with either a white gold or yellow gold engagement ring or even worn alone. Set in 18K Yellow Gold is 0.37CT of G/VS quality Diamonds.

What is your favourite wedding band from our top picks?

Ring Sizer – Where Can I Buy A Ring Sizer

ring sizer
We all have drawers full of stuff in our houses, but I bet many of you don’t have  a ring sizer hanging around.  Why would you?  But  a ring sizer is one of those annoying little things you only wish you had when you really need it.   You may have seen someone wearing a ring you really like on TV and found it on the internet but don’t know your size.  Or maybe you want to surprise your partner with an Engagement Ring or  Eternity Ring but need to found out their size.


There are lots of websites that give advice on measuring fingers for rings but the easiest is with a proper ring sizer.  You can find more information about Measuring your finger and ring sizers here



Sapphire Cluster Ring

If you are looking for a Sapphire Cluster Ring, I think  you are someone that knows exactly what you want and when you see it, you will know thats the one for you!


Since the big Royal Wedding last year, Sapphire Cluster Rings have become very popular.  They are a funny ring, because I believe if you don’t particularly like it first of all, it will grow on you.  I really believe the Catherine / Diana influence is greater than ever .    I know someone that was given one of these rings shortly after the Royal Wedding, but she really didn’t think it was her type of ring.  But albeit, a few months down the line, I think if she was given it again…it would be straight on her finger.


The Duchess of Cambridge is such a fashion icon at the moment that people want to look like her, people want to wear what she is wearing even it it doesn’t suit them.  But what else is interesting about The Duchess  of Cambridge is she wears dresses from Zara which is affordable by many of us and therefore, why shouldn´t we dress like her?

If you have a largish budget of just under the 2k mark then this Sapphire Cluster Ring is a must….its just stunning isn´t it?

Sapphire Cluster Ring



If you are on more of a budget then this ring may be for you…


Sapphire Cluster Ring


You can browse all Sapphire Cluster Rings here.

Kate Moss marries Jamie Hince today

Kate Moss is to tie the knot with her rock star fiancé Jamie Hince today. No details have been officially released about the venue but it has been reported that they will hold the wedding at a 12th-century St Margaret’s Parish Church, close to her home in the village of Little Faringdon, near Lechlade in the Cotswolds.

The couple are rumoured to be planning a festival-themed bash with celebrations lasting for three days for guests including  photographer Mario Testino and fashion designers Stella McCartney and Dame Vivienne Westwood.

The reception and wedding party will be held in marquees which have been erected behind the model’s mansion, with an 8ft metal fence outlining the perimeter of her estate. Security guards have been brought in to keep the paparazzi at bay and local residents have been given passes to allow them through road blocks surrounding the village.

White Gold Crossover Rings

I love Crossover Rings, I think they are just a little bit different and look beautiful. These two rings are my favourites.  These white gold crossover rings could be used as you wish, they could be an engagement ring or even used as an eterntity ring.  Its entirely up to you.  They could even be a birthday gift if that special persons birthday falls on the birthsign “diamond” or as a 60th wedding anniversary present.White Gold Crossover Ring by The Diamond StoreWhite Diamond Crossover Ring by The Diamond Store

If you are unsure if a crossover ring is the right kind of present, why not give our customer service department a call or click on live chat where you ask our staff what they think of the rings you are thinking about.