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Jewellery advice for grooms

Our guide to buying jewellery for your bride-to-be for the big day, by Peta Hunt

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You’ve chosen your dream girl, you cleverly picked a ring (well that might have been a joint effort…)  you’ve found the perfect venue, and to show your love and how clever you are, you want to buy her a gift!

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Very dangerous territory!!! Remember this could be setting a precedent for the future, if you look mean – that’s not a good start, if your gift isn’t quite right she could hold this against you later.

But don’t panic – I know that you aren’t supposed to know what’s she’s wearing, which could make things tricky, so if you are going to buy a gift for the big day here are a few simple rules:

Keep it neutral – I don’t care how much of a Goth you are, for one day in your life – no skulls!

Keep it personal – It’s always good if the gift shows that you remembered something sweet you did together, maybe, inside a ring get it engraved with where you met ie Forest Gate 06. If you can afford to, seek out a jewellery designer like Mappin & Webb who offer a bespoke jewellery service – you could create an heirloom for the future maybe using some of both your family’s old or damaged jewellery.

Take advice– Ask her Mum/best friend/sister for help and advice re colours/style if you don’t have a clue.

Don’t bankrupt yourself – Everyone would love a huge diamond but it’s better to have a partner who can concentrate on you rather than him thinking about how he can pay the bank back for the grand gesture he’s just made.

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Shiny things always go down well. – Large diamonds/Emeralds/Sapphires are fab but they don’t always have to be real, a good Swarvoski pair of earrings will shine and sparkle, look at www.secrets-shhh.net they use simulated diamonds and real gold to create beautiful jewellery.