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Dress Up As a Fiancé: Best Halloween Proposal Ideas 2014

Dress Up As a Fiancé: The Best Halloween Proposal Ideas for 2014

Halloween is the first of many special days celebrated near the end of each calendar year, kicking off the holiday season with celebrations, costumes, and delicious treats. For the sweetest Halloween of your lives together, why not propose to your special someone on All Hallow’s Eve and start the holiday rush on a happy note? Check out these Halloween proposal ideas below!

Many couples want to meet with friends and family soon after their engagement to celebrate the beginning of this exciting new chapter, and holiday dinners and get-togethers offer the perfect opportunity. Halloween proposals also leave a lot of room for creative, memorable gestures that lead to wonderful engagement stories. Here are a few ideas for proposing on Halloween.

Say It With Pumpkins

To make your proposal and create romantic seasonal ambiance in one move, arrange a set of carved jack o’lanterns or festively painted pumpkins to spell out “Will you marry me?” where your intended is sure to find them. Follow her in to present the ring, or set the open ring box in front of your display.

A rose gold engagement ring will gleam beautifully in candlelight and echo the warm hues of the pumpkins, yet radiate elegance all year long.

Will You Marry Me In Halloween Pumpkins Proposal Idea
Will You Marry Me In Halloween Pumpkins Proposal Idea

Bobbing for Diamonds

The Halloween tradition of bobbing for apples lends itself perfectly to a traditional bended knee proposal. As you move toward the floor, your beloved will think you’re simply participating in a lighthearted party game until the very moment you pull the ring from your coat instead.

If you’re adventurous, you could even arrange for the ring to be hidden among the apples and discovered during the gameplay—just make sure it’s in a waterproof container and ends up in the proper hands!

Bobbing For Apples Halloween Proposal Idea
Bobbing For Apples Halloween Proposal Idea

A Spooky Surprise

For a playful proposal, blindfold your special someone and guide her through an old-fashioned haunted house activity with grape “eyeballs”, cooked spaghetti “brains”, and so on. At the end of the activity, just before removing her blindfold, slip the engagement ring onto her finger.

Spooky Surprise Halloween Proposal Idea
Spooky Surprise Halloween Proposal Idea

Hidden Haul

Place the ring in its box at the bottom of a small, decorated Halloween candy bowl or bucket with an assortment of your partner’s favorite wrapped candies to give as a gift. Once you’ve presented it, ask for a type of candy you didn’t include, prompting discovery of the ring as your sweetheart searches for your request.

Engagement Ring Hidden In Candy Halloween Proposal Idea
Engagement Ring Hidden In Candy Halloween Proposal Idea

Halloween is a wonderful time for unique, memorable marriage proposals. For more tips or assistance choosing the right engagement ring for the one you love, contact Adiamor. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Is the Hope Diamond Cursed? Part 3 Cursed Diamonds

The macabre stories and legends surrounding the supposedly cursed Hope Diamond have become hopelessly intertwined with its factual history throughout the years. However, in the spirit of the coming Halloween holiday, we’ll stick strictly with the spooky stuff…

Jean-Baptiste Tavernier came into possession of the richly colored “violet blue” diamond in 1653. The legend goes that he plucked the 115.16 carat diamond from the eye of an Indian idol. When the monks discovered the theft of their precious gem, they placed a curse on the diamond so that whoever should own it, or even come into contact with it would suffer serious misfortune, or even death. Tavernier himself is said to have gotten extremely ill after he stole the diamond and later, violently torn apart by a pack of wolves in Constantinople during his retirement to Russia. Other accounts have Tavernier living to old age and dying peacefully at 84 years old, however neither story has been authenticated.

Jean Baptist Tavernier
Jean Baptist Tavernier.

The Tavernier Blue, as the Hope Diamond was called at the time, was sold to King Louis XIV by Tavernier himself. The king had the diamond recut in 1673 to improve its color and

The Hope Diamond
The Hope Diamond

appearance, and the diamond became known as the “French Blue”. King Louis later died of a gangrenous infection, and every legitimate child of his except one all died during their brief childhoods.

Later, King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette inherited the French Blue, and their young lives ended at the guillotine during the French Revolution. Marie-Louise, the Princess de Lamballe, a member of Marie Antoinette’s court and closest confidant, once wore the diamond and was later ripped apart by an angry mob, decapitated and disemboweled; later her head was impaled on a spike and set outside of Marie’s prison window.

The diamond, along with the rest of the French Crown Jewels, was stolen during the rioting and chaos of the Revolution. While the Crown Jewels were eventually recovered, the French Blue disappeared for 20 years. The next in a long line of grisly deaths was Wilhelm Fals, the Dutch jeweler who recut the diamond when it reappeared in England two decades later. The jeweler was murdered by his own son, who then killed himself. Later, financier Henry

Henry Philip Hope
Henry Philip Hope

Philip Hope bought the recut diamond in 1839, and renamed it the Hope Diamond. His descendant, Lord Francis Hope was ruined financially after a lifetime of indulgences, and was forced to sell the diamond to pay his debts- he died, broke and alone.

The diamond traded hands many times for the next few years, leaving behind a trail of death and destruction. Among the many owners who owned it were Simon Frankel, a jewelry broker from New York, who bought the diamond in 1901, and suffered severe financial difficulties throughout the Depression. The next owner, Jacques Colot, went insane and committed suicide. Prince Ivan Kanitovski owned the diamond after that, but was murdered by Russian revolutionaries… his paramour Mademoiselle Lorens Ladue borrowed the Hope Diamond from her lover, Ivan, who murdered her in a fit of passion. The next owner, Simon Maoncharides, a Greek jewelry broker, drove his car off a cliff, killing himself, his wife and all his children.

 

The Curse of the Hope Diamond Movie Poster
The Curse of the Hope Diamond Movie Poster

Many others perished after owning the diamond, but perhaps its most famous owner, Evalyn Walsh McLean suffered the most tragedy. Before owning the diamond, it was said this heiress lived quite a charmed life. Upon purchasing the diamond from Pierre Cartier in 1912 however, her life turned to ruin. Whilst in her possession, she wore the diamond everywhere, and there are stories that she even had the diamond fixed to her

Evalyn Walsh Wearing the Hope Diamond
Evalyn Walsh Wearing the Hope Diamond

beloved dog’s collar, who then wore it around the apartment. Tragically, her mother in law died, and then her 9 year old son died in a horrific automobile accident. Next, her daughter died of a drug overdose at 25 years old, and then her husband left her for another woman, only to wind up in an insane asylum. Mrs. Walsh was eventually forced to sell her family’s newspaper, The Washington Post, and then died shortly after her daughter’s death… perhaps of a broken heart, destitute and alone. Evalyn’s surviving children sold the diamond to jeweler Harry Winston. Not even a decade later, Winston mailed the diamond to the Smithsonian for $2.44 in postage and insured for $155.00! Very mysterious…

The mailman who delivered the diamond may have been the last to have been directly touched by the Curse. His name was James Todd, and shortly after delivering the diamond, his leg was crushed when he was hit by a truck, and his wife and dog died not long after that fateful day. In addition, he lost his home in a tragic fire.

Today, it would appear that the curse of the Hope diamond lies dormant. The diamond resides at the Smithsonian museum with no current reports of tragedy befalling

Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian
Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian

the museum workers there. It may be that the diamond isn’t cursed at all, and many of these accounts, such as that of Tavernier have not been authenticated, however, it would behoove any caretaker of this bloody and beautiful gem to be very careful indeed…

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A Strand of Pearls: The Perfect Holiday Gift

Many a husband has found himself contemplating the holiday season without the first idea of what to give the woman he adores. While you, yourself, would be happy with any number of fantastic gifts, from tech gadgets to warm socks to a tackle-box full of fishing lures, you will not opt to give your wife any of these gifts if you know what’s good for you. And likely you’ve already tried giving lingerie (probably with mixed results) and clothing (no doubt a disaster, especially if you guessed her size). Diamond jewelry is always a good option, but from the way past attempts at accessories seem to have found a permanent home in the bottom of her jewelry box, you suspect you haven’t quite pegged her style yet. So what’s a guy to do with the holidays fast approaching and no plan for a gift that will wow her? Simple: opt for pearls.

Absolutely every woman can find a use for a strand of pearls. In the past, they would have been worn exclusively for special occasions (with the exception of Donna Reed, the only woman in the world to wear pearls while vacuuming). Today, their uses are many and varied. Most women feel just as fashionable these days wearing their pearls with a t-shirt and jeans as they would with a little black dress. Pearls have become an everyday fashion accessory along the same lines as diamond stud earrings in that they can be worn for nearly any event, even if it’s only a trip to the grocery store.

The only real question is: what style should you select? As you are about to become keenly aware, there are more options than you think. Pearls come in different shapes (round are traditional, but “natural” shapes have gained popularity), sizes (small pearls suit most women at about a quarter of an inch diameter max, although some women like them much chunkier), and colors (white, cream, pink, gold, green, blue, gray, and black are all possibilities, so you’ll have to decide which suits your lady). In addition, you can get strands that are long, short, or layered. That’s quite a few choices.

But if you want to make it easy on yourself, there is a foolproof way to purchase pearls and that is to go with the classic strand. White or nearly white pearls in a long strand definitely encompass the traditional look. She can wear them long like a flapper, make a couple of loops for different lengths, or even wind them around her wrist to form a bracelet. And the color will match any outfit. Classic pearls will not only impress any woman, but they offer a variety of options when it comes to pairing the accessory with an ensemble. So if you’re looking for the perfect gift for that special lady in your life this holiday season, make it a strand of pearls.

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Celebrating Your Holiday Engagement

You’ve been planning your proposal for a while, and whether you intend to drop to one knee during the family holiday feast, pop the question in the privacy of your own home beforehand, or wrap the ring and place it under the tree for her to discover on Christmas day, you’re going to have to face the inevitable: celebrating a holiday engagement. While an imminent wedding will certainly require you to tell the family (hers and yours), you don’t necessarily want it to get swallowed up in the holiday festivities. You want it to be a special cause for celebration. On the other hand, you don’t expect your family to supersede the season in order to make you and your new fiancé feel special. And you may not be prepared to deal with the fallout from families who are less than approving. So what can you do to celebrate? Here are a few suggestions.

1. Host a reception. In a season that’s full of parties and gatherings, you should have no trouble arranging one more (especially if you’ve been planning for this moment for a while). Family and friends can wish you well and then everyone can get on with holiday affairs.

2. Break the news ASAP. Rather than waiting for your annual holiday feast to break the good news, call friends and family as soon as you put the ring on her finger. Likely they will want to have some sort of celebration anyway, but this way it won’t interfere with plans that are already in place.

3. Keep it simple. When everyone sits down to dinner, pour some champagne and make your announcement. The assemblage will likely be so intent on the food waiting to be eaten that they’ll offer a toast and then tuck in, relieving the burden on you and your fiancé to field a gauntlet of hugs and relate the story of your engagement ad nauseum.

4. Plan a whirlwind vacation. If you don’t want to deal with the pressures of a social gathering that not only includes your giant, crazy family, but your soon-to-be in-laws as well, jet off for a holiday getaway and enjoy the calm before the storm.

5. Stay home. Let’s face it: all you really want to do is snuggle in bed and bask in the glow of solidified love. Every other year can include family (and it probably will), but take this time to enjoy being a couple by making some memories that are exclusively about the two of you.

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Proposing on Christmas: Include the Family or Just You Two?

Popping the big questions may be one of the most high-anxiety tasks you will ever undertake. Just the thought of dropping to one knee with a ring box and seeing the look on her face as you utter those four magical words (will it be horror or happiness?) is enough to get your stomach churning, your palms sweating, and your heartbeat racing. If rejection is in the cards, you’d rather avoid the humiliation of getting spurned in a roomful of people who have a vested interest in the outcome, but your families are such an integral part of your life (and your future together) that you would love for them to be present if it turns out to be the happiest moment of your life. So when you plan for a Christmas engagement, how do you decide whether or not to include the family?

There is no simple answer. It’s going to depend largely on the personalities of those involved, as well as the family dynamic. However, there are a few guidelines you can consider to help you weigh the options. First of all, does everyone get along? If your parents don’t approve of her (or hers aren’t your biggest supporters) then you certainly want to avoid any negativity that could throw a wrench in the works. Ditto if she’s not big of being the center of attention. You need to remember that this occasion is ultimately about you and the woman you love. That should be your main focus.

Of course, if the families all approve and you think she’ll be okay with the PDA, there’s no reason you can’t add a little extra holiday cheer to the mix and heighten the bonding experience of linking your life to hers by including your current relatives and soon-to-be in-laws in this special event. This way you can avoid the issue of an announcement and there is already a feast on hand to celebrate your pending nuptials (just make sure you plan ahead and arrange for some bubbly).

In short, there are pros and cons to each position. An ill-timed proposal could backfire and ruin your holidays (and everyone else’s) if you get rejected in front of the whole family. But if you’re positive the answer is going to be yes, this could one day be a touching and humorous story to tell your children and grand-children.

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Holiday Jewelry Wish List

The holidays are an excellent time to think about buying a gift that will keep a special person in your life happy for the rest of the year, and it that respect there is no better purchase than diamond jewelry. But don’t think that it’s only for women. Although the right diamond will make any woman swoon with joy, there are also many gifts for men that incorporate the hardest substance on Earth. So if you’re thinking about giving that special someone something really special this year, here are some options that may appeal to you.

1. Prong-set diamond studs. Every woman can use a pair of dazzling diamond-stud earrings and the best way to display them is generally a prong setting (unless the cut is very shallow). They go with any outfit and make an excellent addition to any collection. In short, this is a gift you can’t go wrong with.

2. Three-stone pendant. This unique pendant necklace features three diamonds in a triangular pattern or a straight line, making it a beautiful piece. But what makes it so special is the meaning that is embodied by the three stones. They serve to represent past, present, and future, symbolizing a lifelong promise of love.

3. Cufflinks. Who says men can’t wear jewelry? In fact, men have many options when it comes to accessorizing their outfits. But if the man in your life isn’t particularly keen on, say, bracelets or rings, give him a special piece to go with his dress wear. A fancy pair of cufflinks can class up his suits and let him know how much you love it when they look nice.

4. Wedding bands. Either partner in a relationship can do something nice for their significant other by updating the wedding bands. No woman will turn down a gorgeous eternity band and men will appreciate a piece that is more fitting of their style aesthetic (now that you know your partner a little better, you can find a band that he’ll really love).

5. Engagement ring. If you really want to wow that special woman in your life, consider making this a holiday she’ll never forget by giving her the engagement ring she’s been waiting for. And a tip for the ladies: don’t wait around if you’re ready for wedding bells. Express your intentions by getting down on one knee, presenting him with a ring, and taking the initiative to ask for his hand in marriage.

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What Makes a Holiday Proposal So Special?

There are 365 days in any given year that you can choose to propose marriage. While certain dates are more popular than others (for example, Valentine’s Day, or a date that is imbued with personal meaning, such as the anniversary of a first date), there is something undeniably special about selecting the holiday season as the time you will propose. And there are several reasons that this time of year provides the perfect setting for getting to one knee and uttering the question that will change both of your lives forever.

For one thing, you are surrounded by family and friends. Proposing when it’s just the two of you is nerve-wracking enough, so why would you want to do it in front of others? Put simply: no pain, no gain. Nothing will let her know that you love her more than proposing in such a high-pressure situation. And by including your friends and extended family in your special proclamation of undying love, you’re formalizing the occasion on the spot. Everyone can share in your happiness and it will add extra joy to this magical season.

In addition, there are so many different ways you can work a proposal into a holiday tradition. You can certainly give the ring as a gift, but if you decide to get a bit more creative you can propose by tying the ring to an ornament (and handing it to your girlfriend to hang on the tree), ask for her hand with a holiday poem, place the ring on top of the turkey, or find some other ingenious way to propose, such as whisking her away on a ski trip so that you can get to one knee in front of a roaring fire at a romantic chalet. In short, the season itself can help you to utter what might be the most difficult question of your life.

If you want to propose during the holidays but you’re not sure why you should, just remember that it’s the most wonderful time of the year. It is a season filled with love, family, and hope for the future. And if you’re still balking, think of how great you’ll feel starting off the New Year on the right foot, assured that the special relationship you share with the woman you love is secure and that it’s only going to get better.

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5 Thanksgiving Proposals She Will Gobble Up

What better time of year than the holiday season to propose a long and happy life to the woman you love? With the spirit of giving in the air (along with the intoxicating scent of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie), you really can’t go wrong by bringing a little warmth to the coldest time of the year. So let her know that you’re thankful for everything she’s brought to your life by giving her two gifts that will last a lifetime: a diamond engagement ring…and your heart. Here are a few ways to drop to one knee and pop the big question this Thanksgiving.

1. Do it at dinner. While the whole family is gathered around, raise your glass of champagne, say what you’re thankful for, then take out the ring box and tell her you would be even more thankful if she would give you her hand in marriage.

2. Talk turkey. Putting a ring in food is always a bit dicey (especially if it’s something that needs to be cut), but if you want to get fancy, bring her a plate covered with a lid, then open it to reveal the ring box instead of the turkey dinner she was expecting.

3. Volunteer. Some people like to volunteer during the holidays (at shelters, soup kitchens, etc.). If you are one of the many people who gives your time to help those in need, wait until you are done for the day, tell her how grateful you are for your life together, and explain that you never want it to end as you get to one knee and present the ring.

4. Say a little prayer. Most families like to give thanks to a higher power for the bounty on their table before they partake. So offer to say grace and while you’re doing it, sneak in your proposal. If everyone bows their heads and closes their eyes, you may even be able to set the ring box in front of her before she realizes what you’re up to.

5. Utilize the wishbone. Clean it up, let it dry, and then place the engagement ring on her half before you let her pull it. Tell her that it is your sincerest wish that she say yes to your proposal. Even if you don’t get the bigger half of the wishbone, you’ll likely end up with your heart’s desire.

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5 Great Ways to Propose on Halloween

This spooky holiday is a favorite for young and old, and making a spiritual connection on the night when spirits roam the Earth just makes good sense. However, it can be a bit hard to pull out the romance when frights and delights are just around every corner. But with a few flickering candles and some really great costumes, your potential for a spook-tacular proposal plan is practically unlimited. So here are a few tricks (and treats) that you can try when you propose on Halloween.

1. Sugar coated love. If your gal has a sense of humor, wait until the midnight hour and propose with a ring pop in a box. Then tell her she could opt instead for the consolation prize and give her the reserved ring pop wrapper with a diamond engagement ring in it.

2. Game night. If you decide to spend the night at home, spice things up with some spooky games. Pull out the Ouija board, have her close her eyes, then slip the ring onto the board. Once you’ve moved the pointer into position (aimed at the ring), have her open her eyes and see if the pointer glides towards “Yes”. Alternately, you could hold a séance and ask your question in an otherworldly voice.

3. A costume affair. Do it like they did in days of old: dress up like a famous historical couple (Napoleon and Josephine, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, etc.) and drop to one knee to deliver a Shakespearian love sonnet before proposing marriage.

4. Steal a line from the silver screen. Some of the best ideas for popping the question have come from the movies. Remember the ring-on-a-string scene from Stepmom or the serenade at 30,000 feet at the end of The Wedding Singer? Dress like a movie couple you admire and copycat their proposal. Want to tailor it to the holiday? Consider emulating the main characters from Tim Burton’s creepy claymation, Corpse Bride.

5. Graveside romance. Is your love still a little ghoul at heart? If she’s into the thrills and chills of Halloween, think about a proposal that is uniquely tailored to the holiday. Set up a graveside picnic at dusk, light a few candles, and propose to the glow of the pumpkins and the starry skies of All Hallows Eve.

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Diamonds for the Holidays: Why Now is a Good Time to Buy

It’s never too soon to start thinking about holiday gifts, and what better way to show your love than by frosting that special someone with season-appropriate ice? You may be thinking that it’s a bit early to break out the mistletoe and gift wrap, but the sooner you get started, the better. Think back to the hazy recollection of holidays past, when you procrastinated right up to the end and wound up frantically scrambling for gifts with no idea what to give. Do you really want to find yourself in that situation again? You really can’t go wrong with the gift of diamonds, and there are plenty of reasons to start shopping now.

1. Sales. If you begin your search for that perfect diamond pendant, a sparkly set of earrings, or even a surprise engagement ring now, you can take advantage of lower prices (due to end-of-summer sales slumps) as well as special sales and discounts. Plus, the ability to take your time will always work in your favor when it comes to making a large purchase.

2. In-stock items. As the holidays approach and the mob heads out to shop in earnest, you’ll be a lot less likely to get good deals, if you can even find the items you want. The early bird gets the worm, so don’t delay if you have something special in mind. Otherwise you could lose out big.

3. The internet. Shopping online requires time for delivery, and once Cyber Monday hits, there are going to be a lot of packages flying around the country. So avoid any mix-ups or delays with your online purchases by getting them drop-shipped before the rush starts.

4. Returns. Buying diamonds can be a bit tricky, but one rule that always applies is appraisal by an independent jeweler. So give yourself time to verify your stone so that if you need to send it back for replacement, you can do so at your leisure.

5. Family matters. Do you really want to be hunting down that perfect pair of diamond studs for your wife come Christmas Eve? She’ll be a lot more appreciative if you’re home for the holidays instead of gallivanting in the snow for something you should have purchased weeks ahead of time.