Your guide to popping
1. Play to her (or his) passions >>
If your loved one is a ski fanatic, for example, book a log cabin up a mountainside with blazing fire and sheepskin rugs, put some champagne on ice and set the scene for the ultimate après-ski moment.
2. Use your imagination >>
Consider locations which will create an indelible memory: the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, a punt on the Backs in Cambridge, even a hot-air balloon (no way out)...
3. Transform your home – to extremes >>
For homebirds, this could feel even lovelier than being in a romantic beauty-spot.
Light 200 candles, bring in sweet-smelling flowers, switch on her favourite music and, once you've proposed, promise to pay for her favourite manicure/scented candle/bath oil
(or his rugby club season ticket) – for ever.
4. Dress up >>
It'll give you confidence. Bad hair and yesterday's clothes are an unnecessary distraction.
5. Your research >>
Experience tells us that the more information you can gather about likes and dislikes with regard to jewellery, the more likely you are to succeed with the engagement ring. Bring your facts, figures and foibles to Rob – and let him solve the design challenge.
1. Hiding the ring >>
Hiding rings in cakes or Easter eggs – risky if she doesn't immediately find it, chocolatey when she does, and somehow ducking your responsibilities.
2. Public proposals >>
Elaborate set-ups in shopping malls, churches or stadiums, with opera singers, DJs, football teams etc. In fact, avoid any form of public proposal unless you are very sure of getting
a 'yes', or you will be wiping egg off your face for a very long time to come.
3. Telling other people your plan >>
This could backfire if, for example, nerves get the better of you and you decide to postpone the proposal. Other people won't know that. They'll call your other half to congratulate them. Or turn up with champagne. They may even tip off the mother. You'll be digging yourself to Australia. Keep it quiet.
4. Interfacing via text >>
Even if it is in 32pt multi-coloured comic sans script accompanied by a copy of your recent decree absolute. It might make her laugh (a bit) but won't seal the deal.
5. Rushing the moment >>
Rushing off afterwards for your next business meeting/sports event/concert performance/pub quiz. Important to savour the moment together.
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We're excited to announce that the global software manufacturer Adobe has today named our website, Cebespoke.com, as its Site of the Day. Adobe cites the quality of the build, the functionality and the fact that it is well-structured, well-written and has great imagery. We'd expect nothing less from MW Studio (www.mwstudio.uk), the fantastic creative spirits who designed, built, photographed and wrote the Ce'Bespoke site. Well done, team!
GOING, GOING, GONE...
We love to watch the activity of the world's great auction houses – especially when new records are set for sales of fine gemstones and jewellery. On November 27, for example, Sotheby's Hong Kong held a sale entitled Fine Jewels & Jadeite, which included a Cartier 'Tiger' clip brooch in yellow and white diamonds, onyx and emerald similar to (but later than) the one commissioned by Barbara Hutton. It was estimated to go under the hammer for a minimum of 1.2m HKD (about £100,000), but in fact achieved a stunning 3.52m HKD (almost £300,000), showing the enduring value of these vintage Cartier pieces. What really inspires us is the near-perfect craftsmanship – something we hope to emulate and achieve every time we embark on a new, special commission for one of our customers.
The programme is out for the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair next February, an event organised by the three main diamond exchanges there. Antwerp has been at the centre of the diamond trade for almost 600 years, with 80% of the world's rough diamonds and 50% of the polished diamonds traded there. It's important for us at Ce'Bespoke to make a date with this annual invitation-only event, in order to keep up with our contacts and source the best diamonds. There we'll meet around 80 exhibitors from the world's top diamond firms, compare stones and new cuts and pick up the news and trends. We may even indulge in some chocolate or a Belgian beer while we're there.
LUXURY ONLINE: WE'RE NOT ALONE
Many luxury brands were reluctant to embrace the internet. For luxury jewellers it was thought essential that customers could touch, feel and experiment. When they did finally go online, some brands made the mistake of replicating their communication in other channels, instead of concentrating on the user experience. It's been a journey, but there's a sense now that brands are beginning to master premium web retailing. John Ayton, chairman of watchmaker Bremont, board member at Walpole and husband of successful jeweller Annoushka Ducas, recently commented, “The luxury shopping experience is as much about usability and added value as it is about great imagery and an aspirational feel. Neither should be ignored. In the past, luxury companies have heavily compromised the user's experience.” So we hope you find our new website easy and interesting - and that it inspires you to commission a beautifully-crafted piece of fine jewellery.
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