Watches – What is a NATO Strap?

In watch design, NATO refers to a style of strap that is usually made from fabric / nylon / textile that covers the back of the watch casing and as such surrounds the entire wrist when worn. Therefore when wearing a watch with a NATO strap your skin will not rest against the watch caseback. Due to this it can be a more desirable option for those who may not like the feel of steel against their skin, especially if this causes irritation. Despite being known as a NATO strap, they have no association to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation; with the name instead originating from a stocking number system.


The NATO strap is very much an on-trend style with many recognised brands utilising it. Here at Fraser Hart we stock many NATO strap watches with a wide selection available to buy both online and in-store. See some examples below:

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Gucci make great use of the NATO strap here with their Le Marché Des Merveilles Bee Gold-Plated 38mm Watch. As you can see from the three angles above, the nylon strap is crafted in the NATO style which is fully visible when viewed from behind. Not only does this cover the back of the glorious gold casing, but the decadent deep blue and red striped design aligns with the design of the round watch face for a cohesive aesthetic. Click / Tap here to browse and buy our NATO strap watches.

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Daniel Wellington’s Bayswater and Roselyn collection also utilise the NATO strap in ravishing ruby and stunning sapphire colourations. Designed with a contemporary and minimalist focus, the slender straps offer the wearer a supreme sense of comfort on the wrist while also being visually unique. With the Bayswater and Roselyn collections being unisex, they showcase how the NATO strap can be worn and enjoyed by both male and female watch lovers.

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Omega’s use of the NATO strap sees a rare leather option come into play as seen above with the brown leather strap of their classic Railmaster timepiece. Their other interations making stellar use of the strap include the stunning Seamaster watch with the blue, red and white hues evoking the aquatic inspiration infused within the decadent design.

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Even more examples can be seen with both the Montblanc and TAG Heuer brands. Their use of the NATO strap demonstrates how the style is both functional and fashionable, existing equally within the arenas of luxury and style. The NATO strap also offers decadent designs a canvas of sorts with which additional design elements can adorn, with the likes of stripes and coloured stitching designs being particularly popular. Click / Tap here to browse and buy our NATO strap watches.


The NATO strap offers the wearer comfort and practicality without sacrificing function or style. As you can see, it has been embraced by many brands and is most definitely an on-trend style within watch and timepiece design. Empowered with this watch wisdom, do you feel like adding a NATO strap to your collection? If so, click / tap here to browse and buy our NATO strap watches.

August Birthstone Jewellery – Perfect Pieces at Fraser Hart

Known to represent trust, serenity and gladness in life; the pleasing peridot is the birthstone for those born in the month of August. It gleams in a glorious green hue with slightly yellower versions of the gemstone also available. This colour pairs well with classic yellow gold as both hues work in unison to exude a classy and luxurious aura. Green is also a colour that is popularly used within watch design due to its clean and neat appearance. As such, a watch with a green-tone can make a great gift idea to gift with love to that special someone celebrating a birthday in August.

Here at Fraser Hart we have a selection of August birthstone jewellery as well as green watches and pieces of jewellery that you can browse and buy both online and in-store. Here are some of our top picks for the month of August:

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9ct Yellow Gold Peridot and Diamond Pendant
This pleasing peridot pendant does an excellent job at showcasing the appeal of August birthstone jewellery. It features a pear-shaped peridot set into glowing 9ct yellow gold for a design of pure decadence. The peridot is also accentuated with a stunning swirl of diamonds that add a beautifully dazzling element to proceedings. Threaded onto a lightweight chain, it is comfortable to wear as it elegantly drapes around the neck. A simply stunning gift idea, the recipient is sure to have a birthday to remember when they receive and fawn over this perfect peridot pendant. Click / Tap here to browse all of our perfect peridot pieces of jewellery.

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9ct Yellow Gold Peridot and Diamond Stud Earrings
Crafted in a matching style to the pendant above, these stunning stud earrings also feature a combination of 9ct yellow gold, peridot and diamond. As they are worn in the ear in a classic stud style, the wearer is assured of a secure fit so that these exquisite earrings can act as beautiful beacons for all who see them. Simply radiant, they glow in the light and attract admirable attention due to their glorious green glimmer. They are the perfect piece of jewellery to add a stamp of style and sophistication to any look – especially for those with a birthday in the month of August. Click / Tap here to be taken to our opulent offering of peridot jewellery.


The gorgeous green colour is also woven through many wonderful watch designs. It features in brands such as Casio, Gucci, Larsson & Jennings and more due to the exquisite edge that it adds to their aesthetic output.

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The Casio G-Shock Mudmaster Watch makes use of a deep military green for its comfortable textile strap. Designed with the great outdoors in mind, this solar powered watch is brimming with useful features including an alarm, countdown timer, date feature, stopwatch and more. Click / Tap here to see all of our gleaming green watches and jewellery.

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Gucci’s G-Timeless watch is here presented with a beautiful green leather strap and matching round face. Their iconic bee motif adorns this face surrounded by a luxurious yellow gold-plated bezel. An opulent and on-trend option, it is destined to impress the recipient as a gift to remember and cherish forever. Click / Tap here and browse our beautiful green timepieces and jewellery pieces.

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For those with an inclination towards classic style that will never go out of fashion, this luxurious Larsson & Jennings watch is the perfect option. Marvel at the angular rectangular face that is brimming with a gleaming green hue. Accentuated with an 18ct yellow gold-plated bezel and black leather strap, it is the epitome of class. Click / Tap here to see our stunning selection of glorious green watches and jewellery.


A very happy birthday to all who celebrate a birthday in August. May it be a birthday to remember with a perfect piece of peridot jewellery or a glorious green watch or piece of jewellery from Fraser Hart. 

Tudor Black Bay GMT

Tudor watches unveiled new additions to their Black Bay family at this year’s Baselworld with the Black Bay GMT.

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The new Black Bay GMT additions present watches with a highly functional complication – a multiple time-zone function that displays local time without losing sight of the time in two other time zones.

Deriving a matt deep blue and burgundy colour theme from other members of the Black Bay family, the Black Bay GMT’s rotatable bezel is a nod to the beginnings of this watchmaking function. The additional time zones are marked by Tudor’s aesthetic hallmark snowflake hand. A contrasting black dial means it is legible in all conditions, including night, thanks to luminescent hour markers.

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The Black Bay GMT is inspired by the Tudor divers’ watches produced in the 1950s, adopting the well-known ‘snowflake’ hands with their characteristic angular shaping familiar to collectors. This new model also features the large winding crown characteristic of the first generation on Tudor divers’ watches, meaning the Black Bay line brings together over 60 years
of Tudor divers’ watches at the same time as being resolutely anchored in the present.

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A new Manufacture Calibre with the reference MT5652 has been developed by Tudor for the Black Bay GMT model. It is certified as a chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). With a 70-hour power reserve, a wearer can take off the watch on Friday evening and put it back on again on Monday morning without having to re-set and wind it.

 Discover the world of Tudor watches at Fraser Hart HERE

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A Royal Guide to Getting Engaged with Brent Cross

Excitement for the upcoming Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is starting to reach fever pitch! With this in mind, our friends at Brent Cross Shopping Centre decided to ask our expert team a couple of questions around Meghan’s royal style to help give peace of mind to couples who may also be getting engaged or married around this time!

Where shoppers can purchase a ring similar to Meghan Markle’s in Brent Cross?

Our newly reopened flagship Fraser Hart store in Brent Cross has a wide range of diamond styles to suit every taste. Meghan Markle’s engagement ring is known as a Trilogy ring, a three diamond design often thought to symbolise the past, present and future of your relationship, or love, friendship and fidelity, which makes it a heartfelt and particularly romantic choice of engagement ring.
For the closest style match to Meghan’s ring, we would recommend product code, 01-01-0-1062, our 18ct yellow gold 2.00 carat diamond three stone ring, although we have trilogy rings in a variety of metals and diamond weights.

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This week we have also just launched a new and exclusive range of Hearts and Arrows cut diamonds, called The Amor Diamond. This cut of diamond offers exceptional beauty, fire and sparkle, so our trilogy ring from this range, product code 01-01-14-0015, may also appeal to customers looking to emulate Meghan’s engagement ring style.

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The centre stone of Meghan’s ring is a cushion cut diamond, so if this shape appeals, we have many cushion cut diamond rings in our exclusive Northern Star diamond range, such as product code 01-01-10-0017 Northern Star 18ct White Gold 0.86 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond with Double Halo Ring and product code 01-01-10-0018, Northern Star 18ct White Gold Cushion Cut Solitaire with Grain Set Shoulders 0.80 Carat Diamond Ring

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How do you pair a wedding band with an engagement ring?

Our main advice when looking for a wedding ring to match your engagement ring is to consider the metal type of your engagement ring and to match your wedding ring to this. This will ensure that the rings complement each other but also ensure longevity of wear. If you find that you are having difficulty finding a wedding ring that sits closely against your engagement ring, you might like to consider Fraser Hart’s shaped to fit wedding ring service, which can create a wedding band that sits perfectly against your engagement ring.

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How would you say wedding and engagement ring trends have changed over the decades?

Over the decades we have seen a real rise in the popularity of platinum as the metal of choice for engagement rings. This is due partly to a move to white coloured metals rather than more traditional yellow gold, but also an increased knowledge of the durability and beauty of platinum styles. While a single solitaire diamond ring has always been popular, more detailed designs have started becoming the top choice, with more multi-stone and halo designs being chosen. We’ve also seen a huge jump in the popularity of trilogy rings since Meghan and Harry’s engagement, as more people have discovered this style and the romantic meanings associated with it.

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What are some of the most frequent questions asked when shoppers come in looking for a ring?

 

A lot of people don’t realise just how much information there is about diamonds, and often ask a lot of questions about ‘The Four Cs’, which are the four key aspects that gives each diamond its quality; these being Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat. This helps them understand what they are purchasing, and to justify the price as they understand that what we offer at Fraser Hart fantastic quality items at a great price. With so much information available, customers can sometimes understandably feel overwhelmed, so our job to try and make the experience as stress free and special as possible. We talk them through the styles available, and what makes our diamonds to special, so they can feel confident they are purchasing the right diamond for them.

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WIN HSBC Rugby Sevens VIP Tickets with TAG Heuer at Fraser Hart

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are thriller to offer our TAG Heuer customers the chance to win an amazing VIP experience with the HSBC Rugby Sevens!

TAG Heuer is once again the Official Timekeeper of the HSBC Rugby Sevens for 2018. Faster, more demanding, more physical and spectacular… as the cousin of the perhaps more traditional 15 a side rugby, the HSBC Rugby Sevens everything to rival with its elder….on TAG Heuer time!

Match rhythm is a lot faster than that of traditional rugby thanks to smaller scrums, line-outs and tap-penalties Place kick conversions are replaced with quicker drop-kick conversions. All these changes have only one purpose: make Sevens more dynamic, with less stoppages. And the result of a game can change at any moment. Only teams with the best fighting spirit, hermetic to pressure as the clock runs can hope to succeed. Because even in such a physical game as Sevens, it’s your head that makes the difference!

Now TAG Heuer have teamed up with Fraser Hart to offer our customers the amazing opportunity to watch the exciting Men’s Sevens Series at Twickenham Stadium, London on Saturday 2nd June 2018 with VIP tickets!

With four pairs of VIP tickets up for grabs, all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this amazing experience is to purchase any TAG Heuer watch online or in a Fraser Hart stockist store between 16th April and 16th May.

In stores, when completing your purchase you will be asked to complete a competition entry card with your details, while online purchases will received a follow up email asking customers to complete our competition entry form online.

Discover TAG Heuer online at Fraser Hart and find our terms and conditions here.

Good luck!




Bremont London Townhouse 2018

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February saw The Beast from the East and Storm Emma cause havoc across the country.

However, no amount of snow could stop the Fraser Hart Luxury Team from attending the Bremont Watches 2018 London Townhouse exhibition.

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Bremont is an award winning British luxury watch brand inspired by a love and passion for aviation, engineering & adventure. Each piece is designed to appeal to those who share the Bremont passion for – and appreciation of – the innovation and mastery behind a beautiful mechanical wristwatch.

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The brand kept to this ‘Best of British’ theme for the townhouse exhibition; an event to showcase a number of their new watch releases, as well as some of their best loved pieces. They also alluded to their military history and influence in the decoration and layout of the townhouse.

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While our luxury team had the pleasure of attending the event, the London leg of their Townhouse exhibitions was also attended by a number of the brand’s celebrity fans such as Tom Hardy, Charley Boorman and Tom Parker-Bowles.

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Discover British watches from Bremont at Fraser Hart




Northern Star Diamonds at Fraser Hart

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Fraser Hart are proud to introduce our new and exclusive range of Canadian diamonds, Northern Star. Our buyers our continually sourcing the very best products all chosen with love for our customers, which is why we’re thrilled to introduce this exquisite diamond range.

Ethically sourced with their own unique journey, Northern Star diamonds feature beautiful designs, excellent quality and certificates of origin assuring you of their Canadian provenance. As an extra special finishing touch, each Northern Star diamond ring is finished with a natural fancy yellow diamond inside the shank, a unique design detail using these exceptionally beautiful and rare gemstones. The result is a piece of jewellery of unparalleled beauty.

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Canada’s Diamond History

Northern Star diamonds lay undiscovered for billions of years in Canada’s pristine, frozen North until two geologists made a spectacular find that would rock the world of diamonds. Today, Canada produces some of the oldest and highly coveted diamonds in the world, making it the world’s third largest provider of diamonds by value. Every Northern Star Diamond has a story; a remarkable journey that has involved incomparable care and attention, making it a perfect declaration of everlasting love.

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The Journey of your Diamond

You have a unique story, and we believe your diamond should too. That’s why Northern Star Diamonds are fully traceable from their Canadian beginnings close to the Arctic Circle, to your finished piece of polished perfection. Each Northern Star diamond is laser inscribed with a unique tracking number that links back to the mine of origin, so that you can follow its unique journey all the way to you. Furthermore, these diamonds are all hand set and only Canadian gold is used, from Canadian gold bars certified by the Royal Canadian Mint.

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Beauty of the highest quality

Not just exceptionally beautiful and fully traceable from mine to finger, Northern Star diamonds have also been chosen for their high quality. All diamonds are a minimum quality of H+ Colour, SI2+ clarity and Very Good+ cut, and are Gemscan graded to GIA systems complete with Gemscan certificates as proof of this outstanding quality.

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Dazzling diamonds in breathtaking designs

Our exclusive Northern Star Collection features a range of different styles and designs so that you’ll be sure to find your perfect piece. Whether looking for a beautiful piece of jewellery or the perfect ring for the perfect proposal, the collection is sure to have a piece to suit your style. From classic solitaires and glamorous halo enhanced looks, to fancy cut shaped diamonds and opulent fancy yellow diamond centres, your dream Northern Star diamond is just waiting to be discovered.

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Discover the Northern Star diamond collection, new and exclusive to Fraser Hart.

Tour de France 2017 with Tissot

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With the Tour de France keeping us as gripped as ever, we turned to Tissot as the official timekeeper of the Tour for their 2017 Special Edition race watches, along with some first-hand updates!

Now available at Fraser Hart, for 2017 Tissot have introduced two Special Edition timepieces to celebrate this year’s race.

The T-Race chronograph is a durable timepiece made to withstand adrenaline inducing activities and perform under pressure, just like the Tour de France cyclists. Complete with silicone strap in the tour’s iconic black and yellow colours, this piece is a must have for any Tour fan. In similar style, Tissot have also created the Chrono XL Tour de France timepiece, which comes complete with a Nato strap, also in the Tour de France colours.

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Tissot had the incredible privilege to speak with Dani King & Steve Cummings ahead of this year’s race.

 

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With three world championships, an Olympic gold medal and the current world record in the women’s team pursuit to her name, British cyclist Dani King has proven her talents on the track. Now, having this year joined Cylance Pro Cycling as leader, King looks set to mirror her success on the road. 

How did you find the OVO Energy Women’s tour?

It was brilliant – there were incredible crowds every day on the road, the races were well organised and it was great to have coverage on ITV4.

What do you think your chances are for the nationals?

I think it will be quite an open race and my chances are as good as any. Obviously I need a bit of luck and to be feeling good on the day, but I’m healthy and have done everything I can to put myself in the best shape possible.

What are you looking forward to in the rest of the season?

Ultimately the selection for the world championships in Norway at the end of September – it’s my biggest goal after the nationals. In between then there’s a few races that suit me as well, the Crescent Vargarda in Sweden being one – I’ve done it a few times and had some good results.

How important is time in your training?

It’s absolutely essential. Everything I do is based around time, whether that’s the duration of a ride for or the specific efforts within it. Every day I use time and power to ensure my training is as efficient as possible. Even off the bike you need to make the most of your time – I’ve always been the sort of person to plan my day down to the minute and make sure rest is incorporated into the day as well as my training.

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Steve Cummings is often described as an opportunist – the type of rider who seems to have an innate sense of the right time to attack. These decisions are usually made in an instant, at a crucial turning point in the race – and his ability to sneak away has delivered two stage wins at the Tour de France in as many years.

Team Dimension Data is a team that really seems to love being at the Tour de France?

I would say its true for every team, the Tour is the pinnacle of our sport and a good Tour can satisfy team sponsors and fans for the year. A good Tour is vital

As a professional athlete what’s the importance of time?

Crucial. Our sport often comes down to seconds after three weeks’ racing. Time trials obviously are also referred to as ‘the race against the clock’, so quite simply the quickest to go from start to finish wins. In track cycling these margins break down into hundreds and thousandths of a second.

Winning a stage at the Tour is hard, so winning two stages in back-to-back years is quite some achievement – has there been any secret to your success?

To be honest I just love riding my bike. I train hard, look after my body and try to arrive to major races like the Tour in the best possible shape. I’m not a rider interested in making up the numbers.


Riders who are ‘over reliant’ on their power meters have come in for some criticism in the past couple of years. Are you a stats guy, or a sensations guy? Does the beauty of racing remain undimmed by the influx of modern technology?

I am more of a sensations guy, I tend to train more off of feel, heart rate and time, I have quite a set routine – where I train and the routes I train on – so I can judge from markers on the road and distance covered etc. I’m not against the advances in technology, each to their own I guess. I stick with what I know works for me and let the others crack on with what works for them.

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The Hint List – How to Drop the Hint

With The Hint List by Fraser Hart, we wanted to help our customers get want their hearts really desired this Christmas. Our Hint List favourites can be found online, as well as in stores and being advertised in major press titles across the country. However, as much as you might know exactly what you’re hoping to find under the tree this year, dropping the hint, or even picking up on it, might not be so easy. That’s where we can help.

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Finding your Hint List

We have 42 stores across the country, where our experts are on hand to help you find your dream product. All our stores also have postcard versions of our favourite hints, which you can take away and mark your favourite on and leave it somewhere not so subtle to say “I would very much like this for Christmas please.”

Likewise, if you spot one of our adverts while out and about, keep it close and tick your favourite item, and leave it where they’re bound to find it. So far we’ve been found in the The Times, the Guardian’s Stella magazine and the Evening Standard, so keep looking out for our beautiful products.

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Subtly (or not so subtly) Drop the Hint.

Once you’ve found your perfect gift, you need to drop the hint and let them know that’s what would make your Christmas. Leave our cards in your partners coat pocket, reading book, or on top of their pillow, or why not have a little fun with it? We’ve heard of people dropping the hint next to the milk in the fridge, or wedged behind a bauble on the Christmas tree!

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Don’t Miss the Hint

If they’re dropping the hint, it’s just as important to make sure you don’t miss out on it! If you have gift guides, magazines, and papers hanging around the house, look out for circled products, big ticks and dog-eared pages.  If they keep mentioning a favourite brand, complain that their watch is playing up, or share stories of recent engagements, if might be time to pick up on the hint for that perfect pieces of jewellery, luxury watch or even grand proposal.

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Win Your Favourite Hint

If they do miss the hint, fear not. We’re also giving you the chance to win your favourite hint from our Hint List. Simply head in store and fill in your details, or head online and enter while you peruse our wide range of beautiful products!

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The Hint List – Perfect Christmas Proposals

An Event to Remember

December brings with it so many Christmassy events, why not pick one to make extra special and turn it into a moment they’ll never forget with a perfect Christmas proposal? Whether you choose to head to a Christmas market, Christmas Lights Switch On, Christmas Carol Service, or simply when building a snowman or choosing your Christmas tree together, the festive backdrop will add that extra touch of theatre to the magical moment you present a beautiful diamond engagement ring.

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Brilliant Fire

Brilliant Fire diamonds are independently IGI certified and perfect for those wanting exceptional sparkle. Each Brilliant Fire diamond is perfectly cut and polished by skilled artisans to produce an ideal cut diamond with exact symmetry and maximum brilliance, fire and sparkle. When viewed with a Diamond proportions and Symmetry Scope, 8 perfectly matched hearts can be seen. When viewed from the underside, 8 luminous arrows can be seen through the crown.

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Hidden Romance

With mince pies and Prosecco doing the rounds in December, why not propose by hiding the ring in their favourite festive treat? For a spin on a classic, you could switch out the traditional sixpence in their Christmas pudding with a glittering diamond she’d be sure to say yes to. Many choose the festive season to get creative by finding ways to hide a stunning engagement ring in a Christmas bauble, cracker or advent calendar – perfect for adding an extra element of surprise to the special event.

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Aurora

Inspired by the Roman Goddess of Dawn, our Aurora collection of certified diamond rings has been especially designed to allow the maximum amount of light to enter the stone, revealing its stunning sparkling beauty. Symbolising a love that shines for eternity, each diamond is hand selected and cut to deliver the ultimate sparkle, and is certified by IGI, the World’s largest independent gemstone laboratory.

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The Element of Surprise

If you think you’re other half has an inkling of your big plans, mix up the dates to keep the big surprise. Offer to swap ‘Little’ presents on Christmas Eve, spice up a relaxed Boxing Day or go for the fireworks backdrop of New Year’s Eve. Plus, with so many decorations scattered about, any December date could become utterly romantic with a surprise Christmas proposal under the mistletoe.

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Timeless Diamonds

2016 sees Fraser Hart celebrate our 80th birthday. As this is our 80th Christmas, to celebrate 80 years of being part of your treasured moments, we thought we would present our gift to you, dazzling diamonds at extra special prices to be at the heart of your Christmas proposals. Our Timeless Diamonds collection showcases pieces with 0.80 points of diamond, to symbolize each year we’ve been a part of your celebrations. Our breath-taking three-stone diamond ring is a perfect way to symbolize your relationship by celebrating your past, present and feature together, while our sapphire rings showcase style that never dates, that’s loved by royalty and is beautifully vibrant.

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If you’re looking for more information on finding the perfect ring, why not read our diamond guide online, or head into any of our 42 stores across the country and speak to our diamond experts.

Merry Christmas!