As girls we all dream of that perfect proposal and wedding of our dreams, with the perfect dress followed by a dream honeymoon somewhere ridiculously hot and sunny! When Mario asked me to marry him around 3 years ago now, I wasn’t expecting it at all and he had thought of absolutely everything even down to the fact that he asked me to marry him with a ‘borrowed’ ring so that I could actually choose my real one with him and be part of the whole process. It’s becoming increasingly popular for men to propose in this way. It was really important to me and meant a lot as I was able to go through the process of looking in Jewellery shop windows, on to deciding the shape and cut of the diamond, as well as the metal of the band and then going and trying on different rings to see which I liked the best.
I have always been a big fan of traditional and antique rings, nothing too crazy or dramatic but subtle and elegant. It can be a bit of a minefield when choosing an engagement ring and I didn’t realise just how many decisions you need to make so the best thing to do is go to a trusted jewellery shop that will be able to offer you the best, quality advice. Berganza is a family run business based in the heart of Hatton Garden’s Jewellery Quarter who specialise in the finest quality, vintage jewellery including antique engagement rings. They have a huge selection of engagement rings available, all varying in price, band style and diamond size.
The great thing about picking an antique, vintage style ring is that it will never go ‘out of fashion’ and will always look beautiful no matter what you are wearing. You will also be wearing the ring (hopefully!) for the rest of your life so you need to LOVE it! We hadn’t even thought about the fact you need to pick an engagement ring that will fit with your eventual wedding ring, despite the fact you may not have started planning your wedding yet so the two need to fit together! We ended up choosing an engagement ring together that suited us really well, quite a traditional style and a cluster of smaller diamonds to create 1 big one. It’s perfect! I also went out and bought Mario a ring as a token of our engagement so it was even more special for us!