The Proposal

“I Do” in style

Ryan from Mulhern Media very kindly shared his proposal story with us.

By Ryan

Recently I have been lucky enough to be introduced to Iain from Iain Henderson Designs. What’s great about IHD is they make engagement and wedding rings from scratch… Iain and the team guided me from the initial process, gave me some ideas, advised me on what metals to choose and then made me confident in all the decisions I was making.


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Everyone wants it to be memorable. To be perfect.

We’ve seen hundreds of films that depict earth shattering proposals that us mere mortals can only dream of emulating. I mean really, who can pen a song, deliver it at 30,000 feet on a flight to Vegas with the assistance of Billy Idol (The Wedding Singer, 1998). But actually, who would want to?

We often say that we have one of the best jobs in the world. Not only do we get to create beautiful jewellery but also, we get to play a small part in love stories every day.
Over the years we’ve picked up a few tips that we’re happy to share:

  1. Remember it is not about you, fellas! It is what the woman in your life will like, she is the one wearing the ring for the rest of her life.
  2. What type of jewellery does she wear currently? Yellow gold, a white metal, this will help determine what metal to use.
  3. Listen. Carefully! She may well have commented on other peoples rings‚ what she liked/didn’t like. Make a note. If you think they can keep a secret, ask her best friend.
  4. Think about how much you want to spend. With jewellery, the possibilities are endless, so it is good to have an idea of how much you’re comfortable spending. Then we can help get the best possible ring for your money. What we like to do is break it down into the metal and the diamond (or other gemstone).If the size of the diamond matters, consider placing less importance on the colour and clarity. Alternatively, quality may take priority so opt for a small diamond with a better colour and less flaws. Looking at metals, particularly white ones, consider palladium over platinum, about half the cost. (Metals)
  5. Forget fashion fads, they have a limited shelf life.
  6. Haven’t a clue what she’ll like? Know that she is rather particular, shall we say! Worry not. Why not choose a diamond to propose with and then come into our studio and design the ring together. Not only do we think this is utterly romantic but we have witnessed first hand the brownie points this earns the chaps…
  7. Most of all, remember, this is an investment. It is worn everyday of your life together. It might get passed down to another generation.
  8. When it comes to the actual proposal, do what you feel comfortable with, if getting down on one knee is really not your thing, don’t do it. It’ll make you feel even more self conscious. And whatever you do, don’t lose the ring!
  9. Finally, do not forget to insure the ring. We will give you a free valuation for your ring for insurance purposes (at full retail value).


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