Romance is in the air

kurtis-jewellery-valintines-day-cupidOnce again, deeper relationships are being spurred between couples both young and old. Dating back to the 17th century, it wasn’t until the 1820’s that Valentine’s Day became more widely adopted.

Today, as it was then, Cupid is looking to pierce some doting hearts. Store aisles will soon be crammed with the standard fair, stuffed animals, chocolates & flowers, but we all know what women really want… jewellery.

Women in particular love Valentine’s Day, and why not? It’s all about love, relationships, and life’s wonderful spontaneity. Being spontaneous is essential to keeping the spark alive in any relationship. If you’re in need of advice on to how to be spontaneous – focus your efforts on creativity, courage, and the desire commemorate your love on Cupids day. Yes, be spontaneous, don’t just take her into your arms; toast your love, and capture her heart with Valentine’s Day jewellery.

Kurtis Jewellers has a wide selection of thoughtful Valentine’s Day jewellery for you to choose from. You are sure to find the perfect piece of jewellery for your Valentine.



Valentine’s Day Jewellery for Her

At Kurtis Jewellers we host an impressive range of jewellery and pride ourselves on our choice collections of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and of course, diamond jewellery. You can be sure to find something that will truly sweep her off her feet.

Valentine’s Day Jewellery for Him

If you are looking for a gift for the man in your life, then Kurtis Jewellers is right the place to look. As a leading watch specialist, we offer a great selection of watches from leading brands such as Cartier, Patek Phillippe, Rolex, TAG, and many more; including sports, fashion, and dress watches for a Valentine’s gift.

A Valentine’s Day Proposal

As the most classical and romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to surprise her with a truly romantic proposal. A diamond engagement ring will be the most memorable Valentine’s gift she will ever receive.

Personalized Valentine’s Day Jewellery Design

Don’t get caught on a whim. There is so much generic Valentine’s Day jewellery out there, but at Kurtis Jewellers we offer something truly unique. We make it easy for you to design your own piece of jewellery. Each piece of personalised jewellery is made to order and we’ll work with you to get it to you on time.

Valentine’s Day Engraving

Add a personal romantic touch by having a piece of jewellery or a gift engraved in a choice of modern or traditional fonts or approved artwork.



Our Top 10 Holiday Season Marriage Proposal Ideas.

Marriage Proposals Over The Holidays

best-time-of-year-tproposeWith a new year just around the corner, this is the time of year when many people take account of themselves and consider the year gone by. As far as life changing decisions go, they begin to think of what is most important to them and getting engaged, apparently, is one of those big ones. According to an article written by Chillisauce News published online on November 20th, 2104, by the Editor they found “…winter is when proposals reach their peak. Romance is very much in the air during the festive season, with Christmas time being the busiest time of year for people getting down on one knee.”


best-time-of-year-to-proposeA holiday proposal, when does he/she think it the best time:

Christmas Eve: F 15%, M24%

Christmas Day: F 10%, M 9%

Boxing Day: F 5%, M 5%

New Years Eve: F 9%, M 7%

New Years Day: F 5%, M 5%



In fact, Christmas eve is the most popular date of the year to propose with over a third of people doing so. Followed very closely by Valentine’s Day. Needless to say, Santa will not be the only one with his hands full that night. Statistically speaking, many prospective spouses will be carrying velvet boxes with diamond engagement rings over the holiday.

It is our experience that the ring is often the first step. You can get a quick education here on our website about how gemologists grade stones. Outside of this, most people still ask our opinion for some type of guidelines. We suggest: For a diamond, avoid any color grade below H (too yellow) or any cut grade below Very Good (not enough sparkle). We’d choose a better cut and clearer color over more carats, but if she’s expecting a boulder, your choice is made for you. These days it’s cool to put some color on her ring finger; black diamonds, yellow diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires are all fair game as center or accent stones.

So the numbers are in, the stones rocking your delivery may be your next challenge no matter the night – starry or otherwise. How do you propose over the holidays?


Top 10 Holiday Season Marriage Proposal Ideas


proposal-tal copy1.    Play Santa

Ask a local department store to let you play Santa for a day. Have one of your love’s friends take her shopping and convince her to sit on Santa’s lap. Once she’s in position, give her the ultimate Christmas gift an engagement ring.

2.    Make Them A Holiday Star

Within todays movie theaters, just before every movie there are ads that are played as you sit there impatiently waiting for the movie to start. Sometimes they present little word games, trivia games, and the sort on screen. Find a romantic or themed Christmas/Holiday movie to take your girl to. Contact the movie theater and buy an ad that says “Enter Name Marry Me!” and present her engagement ring.

3.    Bedazzle Your Tree and Dazzle Them

Commemorate the special moments in your relationship via photographs, illustrating, or writing each event on a Christmas ornament. Intersperse these among the usual adornments and decorate the tree with all your special moments. On the tree topper — which you should wait to put in place — write, “Will you marry me?” and hang there your engagement ring.

4.    50 First Dates a la tech

Hire a videographer or use whatever phone or tablet device you may have handy to create a short story of how you two met. The idea being that you re-enact the events of your relationship as scenes in a movie. The more staged and campy the more charming typically. Bare in mind, not all scenes need to be acted out with 100% authenticity (you don’t have to kiss… but she will find it endearing and funny that you got your friend to do the video). Soap opera style is great, you can daydream of him/her at the office, you can interview family and friends, or just walk around in a dream state thinking about the day you met.


5.    The Snow Angel

Pick a clear spot in the snow as tall as your body and as wide as your outstretched arms. Fresh powder works best—where the snow is untouched. Carefully fall backward onto the snow with your arms outstretched. Move your arms and legs back and forth, like you’re doing jumping jacks. Next, write out your proposal with rose petals in the snow or using Christmas lights from your house. Have your engagement ring in your pocket ready to get down on one knee.

6.    Christmas Is Forever

Buy 5 gifts. On each gift you write something wonderful the two of you share; your first date, your favorite vacation, a hobby, sports you share in common, etc. Each gift should reflect what you wrote. The fifth gift should simply say… Our past has been amazing. Here’s to our years ahead… and voila! She opens it to find the engagement ring…

7.    Bah Humbug Breakfast in Bed:kurtis-jewellers-top-10-holiday-marriage-proposal-in-bed copy

Get away from the family, friends and Christmas mayhem, proclaim it “Enter name Day” and let your husband or wife-to-be know that you have planned a breakfast in bed, movies in bed, a picnic later, and a special dinner. Use heart shaped bacon, strawberry Christmas trees… get creative, bring a tray with their favourite dishes. Have a folded cloth napkin with the words “Marry Me” written inside. Once nestled together sitting up feed him/her a few bites… and voila, “oh my, you need your napkin…” YOU flip the napkin up and place it on her lap just so…. and present her with the engagement ring. The rest of the day rolls out as you planned it with a focus on you as a couple over the holidays.

8.    Enlist Help From Furry Friend

Attach plastic antlers and a red nose to your (cooperative, selfless) dog or cat. Then put the ring on a ribbon around the dog or cats neck and send them to wake your beloved. If you have two pets, attach a “Marry” sign to one then “Me” sign to the second and send them in together. Peering around the corner for the result, get ready to present him/her with the engagement ring.

9.    Count Down

If you’re at a party, work your proposal into the crowd’s big countdown to the New Year. Right before everyone starts screaming, “10, 9, 8…” say, “I want to tell you why I love you so much.” After each number the crowd yells, quickly tell your sweetie a reason (you’ll have to rehearse exactly what you want to say). When the New Year arrives and everyone is hooting, simply whisper, “Will you marry me?”

10. Christmas Proposal Song or Poem

It’s Christmas time, inspire yourself by listening to Christmas music and consider proposing with a poem or song to express your love. Write an original marriage proposal poem or song. You can tie the proposal song or poem into the Christmas theme, highlighting the special significance of getting engaged during the holiday. Recite or read the poem to your sweetheart, or present it as a gift. Commemorate it by writing the lyrics down or having it recorded via cell phone or tablet device. Just remember to have your engagement ring with you for the “Will you marry me?” moment.



For some more information on “How To Squeeze In Some Wedding Planning During the Holidays” see Weddingbells online just click here.

If your curious as to how a Holiday Engagement Shoot may look see The Knot online by clicking here and read about an article about “This Might Be The Cutest Holiday Engagement Shoot We’ve Ever Seen!”



With the holiday season just around the corner you might be considering that perfect and unique gift for a special person in your life. Ideally it should capture your vision, emotions and reflect your true feelings for them. It takes a talented team to create a custom piece of jewellery, but its significance will last a lifetime. A custom piece that says you understand that special someone’s distinct personality. By purchasing custom crafted jewellery, you are choosing to create a piece like no other, as unique as your holiday wishes and as unmistakable as the individual.

Contrary to popular belief, custom jewellery can be priced in-line with off-the-shelf jewellery, without the stigmatism of being designed to appeal to the mass market. By buying custom jewellery you’re effectively cutting out the middleman and capitalizing on the uniqueness of your gift and expressing your sentiment.

With your budget in mind, our skilled jewellers can achieve the desired options and features, leaving you 100% satisfied with your one of a kind custom holiday gift. Not to mention, you can save time and energy by creating a piece versus braving the crowds during the holiday season darting from one mall to the next looking for something that may not exist. For answers to all your specific questions, we encourage you to contact us directly.

Purchasing custom jewellery for someone special helps promote their unique sense of style and lends to a shared understanding for one another. We hope the following section will help improve your knowledge of the world of custom jewellery specific to Facet Cutting and Stone Setting in order to assist your finding just the right piece. Let us know if you would like us to add or research any additional jewellery cutting related terms.

Facet cutting diagramYour holiday Facet cutting specialists

Faceting is the most commonly understood cut. It is often made to transparent stones such as diamonds or precious gems and usually sports a highly symmetrical pattern. The surface of a diamond is often covered with several geometrically arranged, flat surfaces. The motive for faceting is to coax the brilliance from a gem. The gem itself is commonly faceted using a machine. The cutting angle is adjusted vertically via a protractor and rotationally via an index gear. The facets are then ground, sanded, and polished. Water or other specialised liquids can act as a coolant and lubricant to the process.


Common faceted shapes you can identify over the holidays:


kurtis-sales-round-cut-diamondRound or Brilliant Cut

Historically this has been the standard for all other gems. The Round or Brilliant Cut accounts for more than 75% of gems sold today. With a 58-facet cut, today’s conventions assess the proportions that yield the best combination of brightness, fire, scintillation, and pattern. The cut categories are divided among its crown (top), girdle (widest part) and pavilion (base) which are measured and calibrated using a precise formula to achieve the maximum result.

kurtis-sales-oval-cut-diamondOval Cut

Created by Lazare Kaplan in the 1960’s, Oval Cut gems and diamonds are perfectly symmetrical and combine the sparkle of the elongated shape of a marquise cut with the round cut. Popular with women accompanied by small hands and short fingers the oval cut possesses the fire and brilliance of a round cut diamond which makes it an ideal choice for individuals who are attracted to round diamonds, but want something distinct.

kurtis-sales-marquis-cut-diamondMarquise Cut

An elongated shape with pointed ends, the Marquise Cut is a modification of the brilliant cut. It’s name is derived from the Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise of Pompadour, for whom King Louis XIV of France allegedly had a stone fashioned to resemble what he considered her perfectly shaped smile. Due to their long and narrow shape, these stones give the illusion of greater size. Personal preference should dictate how narrow or fat of a marquise diamond you choose, although a length to width ratio of 1.75 – 2.15 is considered the classic marquise cut.

kurtis-sales-pear-cut-diamondPear Shaped or Teardrop Cut

The Pear Shaped Diamond is a combination cut of the round-brilliant and the marquise, it’s shape most resembles a sparkling teardrop. The pear shaped diamond lends a sophisticated air to both the simplest and most elaborate ring settings. When purchasing a pear shaped diamond, you should pay attention to quality and select the highest grade cut you can afford. Pear shaped diamonds are susceptible to a few cutting issues: the bow-tie effect and “high” or “uneven” shoulders. That said, it also belongs to the category of gem whose design most complements a hand with small or average-length fingers. It is particularly stunning when astride pendants or earrings.

kurtis-sales-heart-shape-cut-diamondHeart Shaped Cut

A unique and unmistakable symbol of love, this very unique cut is again a modification of the brilliant cut. This pear shaped gem with a cleft at the top is very popular in solitaire pendants as well as rings. Heart Shaped Diamonds come in a variety of silhouettes, from narrow to wide. Heart shaped diamonds of less than .50 carats may not be a good choice, as the heart shape is more difficult to perceive in smaller diamonds, especially after they are set in claws. This is one of the reasons in which the skill of the cutter determines the beauty of the stone. Look for a stone with an even shape and a well-defined outline.

kurtis-sales-emerald-cut-diamondEmerald Cut

Emerald Cuts are a class of diamond cuts that are known as “Step Cuts.” This is a rectangular shape with cut corners. It is known as a step cut because of its concentric broad, flat planes that resemble stair steps. Your average 1 carat emerald cut diamond has 5% greater surface area than a 1 carat round cut diamond. Only 3% of the diamonds in the world are emerald cut and are therefore among the most unique available. The Emerald Cut counts itself among the most venerable shapes and was made prominent by royalty and the upper-class.

kurtis-sales-princess-cut-diamondPrincess Cut

This square or rectangular cut with numerous sparkling facets is the second most popular cut shape for diamonds next to the brilliant cut. The square or rectangular crown shape entertains a profile or side that is similar to that of an inverted pyramid with four sloped sides. This trendy cut boasts a presence that is both elegant and dramatic. The Princess Cut finds its way into contemporary solitaire engagement rings. Flattering to a hand with long fingers, it is often embellished with triangular stones at its sides. Because of its design, this cut requires more weight to be directed toward the gem’s depth in order to maximize brilliance.

Consider your stone settings over the holidays

Take into account the setting when considering your custom ring purchase over the holidays. Choosing the specific setting to be used is as important knowing the diamond that goes into the setting. One choice impacts the other plus the overall the aesthetic. Buyers who are purchasing a ring because they like a setting can often examine traditional diamonds specific to the setting or photos of other rings that resemble what they are looking to achieve. This way, they can be assured that they are choosing a diamond that stands out and is flattered by their setting of choice.

ring 4 claw stteing emptyClaw Setting

Because it draws the most attention to the stone the Claw Setting is by far the most common or classic of diamond settings. A claw is a little metal talon that grips the diamond tightly on one side, holding it in place. Claws are one of the most versatile types of settings because they can often accommodate stones of different sizes. Claws can be rounded, pointed, flat, or V-shaped. The V-shape type of claw is favoured today and is often used to clasp square diamond as the effect is very flattering when the claws are set onto the corners of the stone. This is because the V of the metal leaves plenty of room for the diamond to shine from nearly every angle.

One disadvantage of the claw setting is that is can get caught on clothing and other materials. Shorter claw sets can be a solution for more active or energetic lifestyles. Despite very few complaints, we recommend having your ring claws inspected from regularly to insure they have not loosened. For answers to all your specific questions, we encourage you to contact us directly.

BasketBasket Setting

A Basket Setting holds a cluster of stones within its claws and secures the gemstone in a basket shape. The setting may or may not be surround a larger center stone. The over all basket look is achieved when the outer claws of the surrounding stones sweep down to the finger bezel under the cluster. A crowd-pleasing choice, it optimizes the amount of light to pass through the gem, while keeping it set low.

kurtis-sales-bezel-settingBezel Setting

Bezel Settings are the second most popular setting. It’s achieved when the stone or diamond is surrounded by the bezel. The bezel is a thin metal rim custom-made to hold the stone tightly in place. Bezel settings can be full or partial. A full bezel surrounds the entire stone while a partial leaves the sides open.

kurtis-sales-channel-settingChannel Setting

The Channel Setting is a secure way to set especially smaller stones between two channels of precious metal. Since there are no claws, this setting is also a good option for a snag-free and secure design.

kurtis-sales-flush-setting copyFlush Setting

Also know as a Burnished Setting, a stone or stones set into the precious metal directly by countersinking holes into the ring and striking the metal around the jewellery to hold the stone in place. We should mention that this method is not suitable for softer gemstones as they could be damaged in the process. The edges around the stone itself are then polished. That said, it is a fashionable choice for wedding bands, especially men’s wedding bands.

kurtis-sales-milgrain-settingMilgrain Setting

Milgrain is an engraving type of embellishment added to rings giving them an “antique” look. The goal is to achieve an antique texture that captures specific time periods of jewellery fashion; examples include Art Deco, Rococo, or the Victorian era. This treatment provides a style to give custom rings an estate feel.

kurtis-sales-tension-settingTension Setting

Tension Setting is a classic approach to setting a stone held in place by tension of two pieces of precious metal. As a result the diamond appears suspended between the two sides of the shank. It is worth mentioning that tension-style settings feature a comparable look of diamond suspension but are less expensive and complicated to make.

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Whether you are trying to keep a proposal a secret, or attempting to keep a gift concealed to reveal at a special occasion, figuring out your partner’s ring size is an important and critical part of the process! Kurtis Jewellers wants to help you learn more about ring sizing and give you some tips on how to find this out without blowing your cover.

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