For many, edging closer to their thirties is a milestone that fills social media feeds with proposals, weddings and babies. Jim Chohaili of Diamond World Jewellers has seen his fair share of nervous moments and incredible proposals and has the insider tips to create a stand out proposal.
“I have been creating engagement rings for over 17 years and I’ve seen every idea under the sun, on all kinds of budgets. I feel very lucky to help seal the deal with some serious sparkle,” says Chohaili.
In an industry that turns over two billion dollars each year as over one hundred thousand Australians tie the knot, making your proposal stand out from the pack means thinking a little creatively.
Winter is all about cuddling on the couch, wine by the fire and spending time indoors with your partner in crime. It’s also the perfect time to sweep your lady off her feet with a unique and unforgettable proposal.
“Create a thoughtful proposal – make it personal. That’s the thing that always gets me – you can spend all kinds of money but I love to see something created from the heart,” says Chohaili.
“Take your lover down memory lane with clues leading to each of the parks, cafes and restaurants you visited throughout your relationship. They say it’s all about thrill of the chase, to me, this is romance done right,” says Chohaili.
Proposals were once an intimate and quiet affair, a bent knee in a park or over a romantic dinner – now we are moving into a realm of proposal planners, exotic holidays and lavishly orchestrated experiences. For some, creating a VIP experience is a certain way to secure the coveted answer of yes.
“Treat her like a star, there are so many beautiful wineries in the Hunter Valley. If you are looking for a show stopper, charter a flight to your favourite out of town foodie destination and wine and dine her like a celebrity,” says Chohaili.
According to Chohaili, a popular romantic winter proposal is a trip to the snow. Whether you’re a snow bunny or not, everyone loves building snowmen and nothing says romance like discovering ‘marry me?’ written in a white wonderland.
Chohaili says for those who prefer the sun on their skin, he has seen some one of a kind romantic getaways glamping in the winter sun.
“Last year a couple escaped the winter chill with a very romantic glamping adventure. The gentleman in question had thought of everything – handpicked flowers, the breakfast menu exactly as she liked it and the question was popped over a spectacular tropical sunrise,” says Chohaili.
For a twist on a classic proposal, Chohaili says he always loves hearing about proposals from the skies – hot air ballooning – and the age old throwback of horse and carriage rides.
Chohaili says to do it right – he is a traditionalist – always seek permission from her father and last but not least, make sure you perfect the ring.
“This is the main ingredient and if you have no idea, do a little background research. Take a peek through her jewellery collection and take note of the shapes, stones, style and metals that she wears, before making an appointment with a master craftsman,” says Chohaili.
Choosing the perfect gift this Mother’s Day
Mother’s day is a time to take stock and recognise the incredible role that the mother’s in our lives play. Each day, all over the world, women put their heart and soul into creating safe and loving homes for their children to learn, grow and play. Finding a way to express our gratitude isn’t always easy, that’s why Diamond World Jewellers have put together a guide to help you choose the perfect ring that shows your love and appreciation.
Before you get started
Snooping approved – This is the one time, the one and only time that you’re approved to snoop through your mums dresser. We have learned over the years that mother knows best aka she is always right. So pick a gift that you know she will love, by doing a little research. Take a look through her jewellery collection and take note of the shapes, stones, style and metals that she wears. Many women are allergic to silver or gold, or would never be caught dead in pearls – so do your homework.
For new mums – With over three hundred thousand births each year, there are the same number of new fathers trying to find a thoughtful gift that makes the sleepless nights feel worth it – at least for a day! Nothing says ‘you’re doing a fabulous job’ like a custom designed sparkler to distract from the baby blues. You can sit down with a jeweller to develop a shape to suit her style and feature a soft pink or peach diamonds - the precious stone of the season.
For all your favourite moments – Driving you to and from footy training, picking you up from the pub – or for not honking the horn when she dropped you off into front of the cool kids. Becoming a parent lifts the lid on a new level of gratitude and understanding for all the things she did – and your mum no doubt loves becoming a grandma (so she can give the little tackers back!). Say thank you for the special moments with a refurbished antique piece, or create your own replica style – art deco is making a fierce comeback.
For the mum who has everything - Breakfast in bed made by dad and the kids is a sure way to put a goofy grin on her face all day. And we’re sure there’s always a place in her heart for a statement ring. Let your queen know that she’s the only thing that matters with a show stopping, feminine style that will make her heart sing. A master craftsmen can individually set a beautiful diamond and polish it to perfection.
For the mum who is your best friend - For the woman who taught you to never stop learning, to believe, challenge and love yourself and who was always there when you needed a shoulder to cry on - there is nothing more beautiful than an argyle pink diamond, cast in a flower setting to be cherished for a lifetime.
Entering a jewellery boutique can be overwhelming with all of the choice – but after speaking with the master craftsmen at Diamond World Jewellers and you will soon understand why they’ve earned a reputation as world class diamond specialists.
Shop local – Setting up shop in Australia in 1987, Diamond World Jewellers is a family run business going back seven generations, so we understand quality! Support local trade this year and say thank you to mum by supporting a Narellan community business.