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Unique Ways to Propose This Year

So, it has come to the time where you’re thinking of popping the question to the person you love, but you’re ultimately lost for the best way to go about it. Some people like the simplistic route of at home in front of the TV, or in a beautiful park in a secluded corner, bringing out a varnished wooden box and opening it up to reveal an encrusted beauty. On the other hand, some people want to make the event extravagant and exciting, something that will be truly unforgettable. Here is some proposal inspiration for you, making sure the way you reveal your ring is unique to you and your beloved other.

Dog Collar

dog with ring on nose

If your partner particularly loves dogs, or perhaps you are owner to a fluffy friend of your own, this is a wonderfully unique and special way to pop the question. Simply attach the ring to your pups collar with a ribbon, and send them running off to your partner. Not only is this unbelievably adorable, but it adds an angle that your dog is just as much a part of this bonding as your partner is – one whole little family.

Treasure Hunt

treasure map

If you’re anything like me, you’ll absolutely love a treasure hunt. This may seem simple and juvenile, but creating your own treasure trail for your loved one with personal clues and hints can be very romantic. Each clue could lead to a gift or memoir of your time together, and once they reach the ultimate gift of the ring, it is all that much sweeter.

In Food

ring in ice cream

Some people may not like this idea for hygiene and safety reasons, but it’s a fun twist on a proposal – especially if your partner has a passion for food/is in the food industry. You could bury the ring in a cake you created yourself (but make sure to wrap it first!) or within a solid chocolate ball which opens up like a flower when you pour hot cream over the top. To contrast, you could place your engagement ring within the packaging of your favourite takeaway, or within a pastry box from the patisserie you went to on your first date.

Special Person

party with drinks

Your proposal could include multiple people, to build on how spectacular the event is. Perhaps you could secretly arrange an old friend to come join you in the evening to reveal the ring, or gather the whole family to prepare a surprise party for the event. The more the merrier they say, and what a way to remember the moment!

Make It Personal

rings on fabric

Instead of presenting the ring in a traditional box, you could wrap the ring in something that means more to them. For instance, if your partner is into fashion, you could buy them the pair of shoes they’ve been longing for and have the ring attached to the laces, or if they’re into making clothes wrap it in some silk within their fabric box.

Hollowed Out Book

ring on book

Perhaps there is a book that the two of you treasure, quote on the daily, and re-read all the time. Maybe the other person is a big book worm. Simply buy another version of that book, hollow out the inside and place the ring. It would be both romantic and beautifully sentimental for the two of you.

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Your Guide to Wearing Cufflinks in the UK | London DE

cufflinks UK

In the past, cufflinks were often reserved for special occasions such as for weddings or formal events. However, that is no longer the case. Although these types of special events still call for formal wear and cufflinks, it’s also quite common to see people wearing them in the business sector, as well as with their everyday clothing to make a fashion statement.

As one of today’s leading bespoke jewellers, we’ve made plenty of cufflinks in the UK for our clients that are eye-catching and unique. Here at London DE, we wanted to give you a bit of insight when it comes to finding the perfect cufflinks in the UK for your needs – lets take a look!

cufflinks UK

(Pair of Diamond Set Cufflinks, London DE, £100)

5 tips for wearing your cufflinks in style

  • Keep it simple: Much like other clothing items, keeping it simple when it comes to wearing cufflinks can really pay off. This is because the simpler your cufflinks are, the more timeless they’ll be. Over the years, styles change, but a simple set of cufflinks can be worn with virtually any type of clothing.
  • Wear the right shirt: Stuffing cufflinks into a shirt with buttons on the sleeves is an absolute fashion no-no. When wearing cufflinks, be sure you’ve got the cuffs to match, whether they are French cufflinks or another type of dress shirt without buttons on the cuffs.
  • Make sure they match your other accessories: Are you wearing a tie clip, shirt studs, or other accessories with your outfit? If you frequently wear such things, you’ll want to choose a set of cufflinks that match them to maintain a good balance of style and class.
  • Add to your ensemble: Wearing cufflinks is an easy way to add to your ensemble and make it classier and more stylish. It’s like wearing a pocket square or other accessories; although they’re small, they can make a big statement.
  • Go with your gut: When it comes to cufflinks, it’s all about choosing a style you’ll be comfortable with. Don’t choose something that makes you feel self-conscious; select a style you’re comfortable and proud to wear for any occasion.


(Pair of Mother of Pearl Set Cufflinks, London DE, £79.20)


When & where to wear cufflinks

OK, so perhaps you’re new to wearing cufflinks, or it’s been a while, or you’re simply wondering what situations to wear them in. Cufflinks work best in situations like:


You’ll find at weddings, pretty much everyone will be wearing cufflinks, especially when it comes to the groom and groomsmen. When choosing cufflinks for a wedding, paying close attention to your suit is key; you want to pick a pair that complements your outfit and creates a great balance. Again, choosing a more subtle and minimalistic design will often serve you best.

The workplace

These days, cufflinks aren’t designated specifically for black-tie events anymore; they’re often worn in the workplace. If you want to dress smart with a suit and accessorize a bit, cufflinks are a perfect accessory to add to your outfit. This is especially true for those going to a job interview. A set of cufflinks will provide you with an edgy professional appearance that can certainly impress.

Black-tie events

Cufflinks are frequently worn at black-tie events like dinners, galas, the opera, and other places where wearing formal wear is required. At these types of events, the most common way to wear cufflinks is with French cuffs and a clean, sleek suit. You can choose more minimalist cufflinks or ones with unique designs and textures to give your outfit a special flare.

Date night

To really impress your partner for a night on the town, a pair of cufflinks can truly set your date-night outfit off. Additionally, it can show your date that you have style and care about your appearance and that you’re also a fashion-forward type of person.

Brunch, theatre, & dinner parties

Cufflinks can also be worn more casually, at events like brunches, dinner parties, or when you’re going to the theatre. You don’t even have to wear a full suit to look great in a pair of cufflinks. For more relaxed events, wearing a simple outfit and cufflinks that boast a more geometric and modern design will work great, providing a relaxed, yet elegant look.

Contact us today for cufflinks in the UK and more

If you’re looking to accentuate your style with a pair of cufflinks, London DE has a host of options for you. Our bespoke jewellery team can even design your very own custom cufflinks. In addition to our quality cufflinks, London DE also carries a range of loose gemstones, like diamonds, as well as coloured gemstones like emeralds, rubies, and sapphires.

London DE also carries engagement rings for your special day. We have a team of friendly consultants that are always available to provide you with insight and help you make the best decision for your engagement ring. Our pieces range from every size and style to every budget, so it’s easy to find the perfect ring for you.

We also specialize in bespoke jewellery design and manufacturing. If you want to bring your jewellery vision to life but aren’t sure how our designers can tease out your vision and create something for you that’s truly unique. We work with local workshops in Hatton Garden to create pieces that are aligned to your exact requirements.

To learn more about our one-of-a-kind jewellery and loose gemstones, contact us online today or call +44 207 859 4754.

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7 Fun Facts About UK Emerald Jewellery | London DE

emerald jewellery UK

Worn by kings and queens, to famous families, emeralds are truly a way to make a fashion statement. But these days you don’t have to be royalty to have your very own UK emerald jewellery. London DE offers beautiful and bespoke pieces for every price range. However, we also wanted to share a bit about what makes this loose gemstone so unique, so read on!

emerald jewellery UK

(One of our Colombian emeralds)

  1. They’re not always “emerald” green

Emeralds come in many different colours and they’re not always that vibrant, classic emerald green we’ve become so accustomed to. Due to the different trace elements found in them, they range from very deep shades to pale and subtle ones.

  1. Emeralds can often be more expensive than diamonds

This is because in many cases, emeralds are rarer. Even though they’re mined all over the world, emeralds are still some of the most limited loose gemstones available.

  1. The cut of an emerald is key

When it comes to emeralds, it’s all about the cut. This is because the right cut can affect colour shade, changing paler tones to darker ones and vice versa.

  1. Emeralds are a better investment than diamonds

It’s not commonly known, but you get more bang for your buck with an emerald. This is because when it comes to carats, the carat size of an emerald is bigger than that of a diamond, so for those looking for a bigger stone, emeralds can pay off.

  1. Emeralds represent royalty

As mentioned above, emeralds are the favourite stone for royal families, making them an eye-catching item to add to your jewellery set.

  1. Clarity isn’t always key

Unlike diamonds, clarity within emeralds isn’t as important due to the inclusions being viewed as desirable features, making the stone more unique. In fact, the right inclusion in the right place can even increase an emerald’s value.

  1. Emeralds are a historic gemstone

Also mentioned above, emeralds boast a rich history; in fact, they’ve been mined for more than 4,000 years. In ancient Egypt, they were considered a symbol of eternal youth, and Ancient Romans used to gaze into them to relieve stress and eye strain.

Contact us today for more emerald jewellery in the UK!

To learn more about our collection of emeralds, rubies, and sapphires, as well as our diamonds, contact us online or call +44 207 859 4754.

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All You Need to Know About Colombian Emeralds | London DE

Colombian Emeralds, emerald jewellery UK

Colombian Emeralds, emerald jewellery UK


(Contemporary Colombian Emerald and Diamond Ring, London DE, £6000)

When it comes to emeralds, you might not know it, but there are many different shapes, sizes, and colours. Even the area where they have been obtained can even affect their quality. That is why these days, and throughout centuries, Colombian emeralds have always been considered the best. There are reasons why Colombian emeralds are used in some of the most popular UK emerald jewellery sold by London DE today!

Let’s learn more about what makes Colombian emeralds so unique from the alternatives.

  • Their colour: One of the most attractive things about Colombian emeralds is their colour. Unlike the bright green emeralds seen so often, Colombian emeralds often boast a more subtle, pure tint that can be easily seen through. That’s why they’re prized in so many jewellery collections.
  • Their formation: Another thing that makes Colombian emeralds unique is that rather than being formed in igneous rock like many other gemstones, they are formed in the sedimentary host rock, meaning greater durability with fewer impurities.
  • Their strength: Colombian emeralds are very strong and durable, rating an impressive 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Of course, they can still be chipped and cracked unlike diamonds, but such cases are extremely rare.
  • Emeralds boast a rich history: Another reason Colombian emeralds are so popular is the rich history they boast. They have been worn for centuries by everyone, from kings, queens, and even Cleopatra. Today, Colombian emeralds are more widely accessible, yet still remain one of the most sought-after gemstones to date.

Contact us today for Colombian emeralds and more!

If you’re shopping online for the perfect Colombian emeralds or other loose gemstones, you’ve come to the right place. All of our emeralds are sourced from our subsidiary in Bogota and have been ethically sourced. London DE has been certified by a variety of the industry’s worldwide organisations, in addition to being accredited by more than five of the industry’s top accreditation agencies.

For more about our inventory, contact us online today or call +44 207 859 4754.