By Paul Becker owner,
Diamonds& Fine Jewelry, Contributing Writer
With love and romance in the air, Valentine’s Day ranks as one of the most popular dates to pop the question. For almost 40 years the engagement experts at Becker’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry have helped thousands of prospective couples have a fairy-tale engagement story to tell. From a puppy proposal to a scavenger hunt, future fiancés have crafted countless creative ways to ask “Will you marry me?”
“Proposals keep getting more elaborate, and now with a Royal wedding in the works, the pressure is on to make the bride-to-be feel like a princess,” said Paul Becker, Owner and President of Becker’s. “Our experienced team members strive to at least simplify the ring buying process by finding the perfect ring or designing a custom ring to match the proposal.”
Becker suggests hiring a photographer to capture the moment of getting down on one knee and offers some unique themes:
1. Scavenger Hunt
Create clues that send your partner to a few places that are meaningful to your relationship, ultimately leading to the proposal location. Along the way, leave notes describing what each place or stop signifies. Example: “Go to the coffee shop we first met”, then the next clue is written on the coffee cup, and so on. This is ideal for couples who have places they visit often or that are special to them.
2. Puppy (Or Kitty) Proposals
For a couple that has a dog or cat, place a custom made “Will You Marry Me?” tag on the collar and tie the ring to it, then simply direct the girl to look at it. Or if the girl has been begging for a dog or cat, give the pet as a gift and instruct her to look at its collar for the name, where she’ll see the message and ring.
3. Photo Shoot Surprise
If she loves taking photos together, schedule a professional couple’s photo shoot and pop the question in the middle of the session. This ensures the authentic moment will be captured forever.
4. Custom Photo Puzzle
A favorite photo of the two of you with the text “Will You Marry Me?” can easily be made into puzzle and ordered online. Put the puzzle together and voila! It’s a good idea to get a blank box and tell her the image is a surprise as to not give it away.
5. One-of-a-Kind: Solar Eclipse Proposal
“One of our customers proposed during the total solar eclipse, which was an event very special to both him and his now fiancée,” said Becker. “This unique proposal was specifically planned at a time and place that could not be replicated. Bottom line: think outside the box and be creative!”
In addition to a one-of-a-kind proposal, couples often seek a ring that reflects their story and style. According to Becker, fancy shaped stones are on the rise, but round diamonds and classic settings like solitaires/halo rings will always be a top choice. “Not only are they beautiful, but they are extremely versatile.”
He also notes that oval shaped diamonds have been really hot since 2017 and their popularity is increasing. Emerald cut, marquise, and pears are also making comebacks. Recent celebrity proposals with pear-shapes include Paris Hilton and Cardi B. Many will surely be asking for “the Meghan Markle ring” which features a cushion cut center with round side stones.
For the alternative bride, colored gemstone engagement rings with sapphires, rubies, colored diamonds or other durable colored stones are a great way to stand out.
One of the most difficult problems facing many couples is finding a wedding band to match their engagement ring. A custom design will enhance the look of an engagement ring, while providing that delicate balance needed between the engagement ring and wedding band.
Whether shopping for an engagement ring and/or wedding band, platinum is now an affordable luxury
“Styles come and go, but fine craftsmanship has always been prized throughout the ages,” said Becker.
Wedding band trends include:
1. Contrast: if you’re not sure if you want a classic or contemporary engagement ring, opt for a classic style, but have fun with your wedding band. If the engagement ring is white gold, pair it with a yellow gold or rose gold band and vice versa. Also, don’t be afraid to mix designs and shapes. Geometric wedding bands with marquise-shaped diamond stations or cut-out designs are really popular too.
2. Ring stacking continues to be popular because it combines bridal and fashion jewelry. Brides can have fun mixing metals, shapes, and stone colors to create a personalized ring stack to wear with her engagement ring. There is no right or wrong way to stack. Often referred to as anniversary bands, they can be given for any occasion: anniversaries, birthdays, job promotion, birth of a child, or just because. “Tell your love story throughout your marriage with your ring stack,” suggests Becker.
“A diamond engagement ring is one of the most important jewelry purchases many people ever make and we want to help every couple find the rings that they will enjoy for a lifetime,” said Becker. Make sure you have a peace of mind guarantee plan, which is available with most diamond engagement rings.”
ABOUT BECKER DIAMONDS AND FINE JEWELRY
Since 1978, Becker’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry has been serving the Connecticut community by offering exceptional values on high quality diamonds & fine jewelry, along with a vast Estate Department featuring antique & vintage jewelry and pre-owned Swiss watches, while building trust and integrity. Over the years, Becker’s has become a member of the Leading Jewelers Guildand Preferred Jewelers International. Visit their flagship store in West Hartford at 65 LaSalle Rd or Old Saybrook at 105 Elm St. Each location features a Jewelry Service & Repair Studio as well as a complete Custom Design Department. For more information, call 1-888-BECKERS or visit www.beckers.com.,