Top Ten Proposal Ideas

top ten proposal ideas

Getting engaged?

Next to the ring, the proposal is the most important part. Here are a few tips to be sure that your romantic moment becomes an important part of your relationship love story.

1. Think Ahead

Proposing to the person you love is one of life’s most memorable moments. It will be remembered forever so be sure to think ahead to be sure it unfolds as you imagine. If you plan to propose on the beach, be sure that there’s not a fun run on that day, with 10000 people there!

You might want to record it somehow. In this case maybe solicit the help of a friend who can be there to take a photo or film from a hidden location.

Check the weather and imagine how it will play out. A couple proposed with a ring from Trewarnes on top of the Empire State Building in NYC. However it was in winter and with puffer jackets and gloves it became a laughable and windy ordeal.

2. Coincide with Amazing Events

Big Events have their own atmosphere so you can use that to enhance your moment. It might be the New Years Eve fireworks display, or the country town annual pumpkin growing competition. Either way, you will remember the proposal every year when the event happens again.

3. Take Advantage of Magical Settings

There are often pop-up displays or art installations that look so amazing they transcend you to a state of serenity, romance and appreciation of beauty. Flower shows, Art Galleries, Wineries, Sculpture Parks and Christmas Installations could be a good idea. You’ve already got a magical setting, the rest is your own unique romantic movie unfolding. One of my ring customers told me he was going to propose on the St Kilda pier in Melbourne during a summer beach walk. I was so worried about him dropping the ring that I went to check for gaps between the timber boards. (there aren’t any).

4. Nail the Engagement Ring

If you’ve got a pretty good idea of the type of ring your partner sees themselves wearing, it’s probably a good idea to undertake the project yourself.

It shows that you know them very well and that they can rely on you to be mindful of their style. It’s important to work with a local jeweller who will be your support person for the life of the ring. They may even let you return or modify the ring after the proposal to make changes if you’re a bit off the mark.

The romantic gesture gets big points and shows the effort you have put in to get it right. You can also get a classic Trewarne Diamond ring and bring it back to custom design a unique ring together, after the proposal.

5. Reference your personal story

Every relationship has some kind of quirky history. Maybe its a funny random moment or a particularly fond memory. Like the couple that met while backpacking together in Europe and fell in love in Paris. They went back years later and he proposed on the Eiffel Tower, in the middle of the city that captured their hearts.

Another couple, Leanne and Michael, did a 12 month working visa holiday in New Zealand. A few years later Michael booked a holiday for them to go back. They travelled around for five months and Leanne was wondering why he was so adamant to get to the top of the mountain nature walk one day. They did eventually make it to the summit, where Michael proposed. The same summit they had hiked to years earlier. Turns out Michael had hidden the ring in his shoe, inside his backpack for the whole five months!

6. Involve your Friends

Depending on the complexity of your idea, you may need to enlist the help of friends. Maybe its so someone can keep your partner otherwise occupied while you decorate the room, or maybe its so you’ve got someone on hand to film the moment. They may be able to ‘set a scene’ by lighting candles etc in anticipation of your arrival.

7. Go with Tradition

Incorporating some tradition into the proposal adds to the story later on. It’s a nice touch and shows your consideration of family and of cultural values. Many grooms meet with the father of the bride, (or the father of the groom), to ask for their permission to marry the daughter, or son. A guy I know, Kieran, called his partners dad and was so busy he could only get a 40 minute ‘appointment’. After 30 minutes of small talk he overcame his nerves and managed to talk about the engagement. Fortunately it all went well and it turned out to be an emotional and memorable experience for all concerned.

8. Tell Your story in your own word's

It’s a big moment and you want to get it right but give yourself a break, it doesn’t need to be so stressful. Using someone else’s words and rehearsing a script may come across as inauthentic. Just breathe and be yourself. Remember that words from the heart, however awkward or fumbled, are the best. Take a deep breath and let your heart speak. Try talking about the things they do that make you love them, and why you’re grateful to have them in your life. Who knows, maybe your nervousness will add to the romantic story later on.

9. Look at them, not the ring

It’s no surprise that given the build up to such an epic event you are thinking about the ring. Remember that when you do pop the question and present the ring, watch their reaction, don’t look at the ring! It’s a face expression you may only see one in a lifetime so don’t miss it.

10. To party or not to party?

It may be good to give some thought to what you may do after you propose. You may want a quiet romantic evening or you may want to party. If you do arrange to meet friends and family for a celebration afterwards, make sure you can trust them to keep a lid on your surprise, It could be that you need to let your parents and future in-laws in on the announcement before they hear about it from someone else..

If you have a good proposal story or idea, please let us know in the comments below. Maybe you will inspire someone else to propose !

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Nine Perfect Strangers jewellery review

Nine Perfect Strangers Jewellery sets the standard for high-end domestic resort wear

Travelling overseas to exotic and glamorous destinations is always fun but more often than not we have to leave our favourite jewellery pieces behind. Domestic travel affords us better security so now we can choose to take our favourite bling with us and give our jewellery a vacation too. 

The production of Nine Perfect Strangers, filmed in Byron Bay, has beautifully curated the wardrobes for stars such as Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy and Samara Weaving and we can derive inspiration for what resort travel can look like this summer.


The jewellery in the new TV mini-series, Nine Perfect Strangers, is a mix of both bold glamour and earthy spiritual talismans.

Based on the New York Times best selling book by Australian author Liane Moriaty, Nine Perfect Stranges takes us inside the secluded world of an exclusive health resort where nine stressed city dwellers are seeking healing for their stress.

The show is set at an exclusive health resort in California but was filmed here in Australia, at the stunning Soma Resort in Byron Bay.

The jewellery is a mix of precious and semi-precious gemstones such as turquoise and moonstone with an emphasis on yellow gold and a subtle addition of diamonds.

Apart from the arrival of Samara Weavings character, Jessica, (who arrives in head to toe labels), the style is not at all flashy. Instead, there is an  understated elegance of pastel tones and gemstones that reflect the spiritual aspirations of the characters.

Even Jessicas bold gold jewellery has an authenticity. Over past years the trend has been towards yellow gold and away from white gold. Gold is after all, mined as a natural yellow metal. 

Gold is real and valuable, having formed with the earth during our planets original inception. White gold and rose gold metals are just yellow gold that have other metals added to them.

In this respect, Yellow Gold has an authenticity that white gold does not.

Holidays are a time to relax and unwind so a stylish resort is the ideal place. Jewellery should be understated and not too serious.

Items with softer tones can be easier to wear and may help you feel more comfortable. Brushed or satin finishes on yellow gold provide muted tones that are intriguing rather than flashy.

Your jewellery can be an extention of your personality. Rather than saying ‘look at me’ it points to subtle clues as to your true nature and your values.

It can allude to your family history, where you derive inspiration, or be symbolic of a way of living that you aspire to.

Probably because I am a jeweller…  this gorgeous Turquoise bead necklace grabbed my attention before I saw who was wearing it.

It is very similar to the style of Danish designer Charlotte Lynggaard. Her necklace, (pictured right), features a combination of turquoise, blush moonstone, serpentine, malachite, aquamarine, white moonstone and chrysoprase.

This stunning and understated string of gemstones comprises subtle pastel tones and occasional bold hues that can add some subtle colour to a natural toned wardrobe. In the show, the principal character, Masha, has added a silk tassle drop to the necklace.

The tassle represents connection to spirit, or your highest truth. These ‘Mala’ necklaces as they are known, are used in yoga and meditation practices to help the mind focus.

Masha is a deeply spiritual character so her selection of gemstones that reflect wisdom, independence and protection, such as Turquoise and Serpentine is appropriate. The mix of assorted Moonstones symbolises new beginnings as well as representing inner growth and strength. 

If your holiday involves letting go of your stress and re-connecting to your inner self and the greater energy…. a necklace like this would be the perfect choice.

Mixed Gemstone necklace featuring Turquoise

Early on in the show we learn of Masha’s violent past. someone who has endured childhood trauma and since come to peace with her demons. As a little girl she is shown wearing a gorgeous vintage gold locket. This is probably a family heirloom, most likely from her mother. 

Throughout history lockets have secreted keepsakes, often locks of hair or amulets to remind the wearer of someone they love. Lockets such as this one originate from England in the late 19th century when they were especially popular.

We still make them by hand, using the same craftmanship that has remained unchanged for over 140 years

The jewellery in the new TV mini-series, Nine Perfect Strangers, is a mix of both bold glamour and earthy spiritual talismans.  Based on the New York Times best selling book by Australian author Liane Moriaty, Nine Perfect Stranges takes us inside the secluded world of an exclusive health resort where nine stressed city dwellers are seeking healing for their stress.

Melissa McCartney plays Francis, a famous author who has been ‘betrayed’ by an online relationship scam. Her career is in turmoil and she is seeking help so she arrives to ‘Tranquillum’ to find some answers.

Her jewellery is made up of very earthy tones. Gemstones such as moonstone, carnelian, golden rutilated quartz and rose quartz.

The rose quatrz is very feminine and is a universal symbol for love, something that Francis would want in her life.

Her stunning gold signet style ring is such a feature piece. It brings an underatated masculinity to her otherwise feminine jewellery wardrobe and shows strength and style with bold, polished yellow gold. Pictured, (below), is a ‘Cushion’ ring, designed by Charlotte Lynggaard from Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen.


Cushion Ring by Charlotte Lynggaard

Jessica is the character played by Samara Weaving. As an instagram influencer, her life is lived in the spotlight and as a result, Jessica is self-critical and unhappy. She flaunts her wealth with her clothing and her jewellery. Bold, brash and branded is her theme. From the Versace ‘Medusa’ necklace she wears in the hot springs, to the Fendi track jacket she gets around in, it is clear that this girl loves to shop labels. 

Her large gold hoop earrings are elegantly fine and look great as they catch the light from under her hair. These fine gold hoops are also available in a slightly smaller 50mm size. (pictured right).

Fine Gold Hoop Earrings

Samara arrives in a Lambroghini wearing an incredible chunky chain link necklace. Known as a ‘Paperclip’ link, this fashionale style looks great in this shorter length or in a longer finer guage.

The design has an interesting history. A paperclip was worn as a symbol of unity and rebellion against the Nazi regime during the 1940’s. It was adopted as a readily available item when everything else was in scarcity.

The evolution of this style to the link pictured, gives the wearer a sense of attitude and power. 

Trewarnes have this style available in 50 and 80cm,  (pictured right), designed in Melbourne and made in Germany from 18ct Yellow Gold.

It also looks amazing as a host necklace for a gold medallion or locket pendant. The longer length gives the illusion of height so pair it with your flowing katfan and appear taller.

Paperclip Link Chain in 18ct Gold
Celeste Ruby Ring in White Gold

Stackable rings are a great way to show your own creative style in a more subtle way. The character Delilah, played by Tiffany Boone, is part of the staff at Tranquillum and so her jewellery is appropriately understated. She has a small collection of stackable rings, the hero piece being set with rubies.  

Rubies are a protective stone that are said to being happiness and passion into the lives of the wearer. They are believed to promote spiritual vitality and overall wellness. 

the ring pictured, (right), features natural rubies set in 18ct gold in a classic vintage design called ‘Celeste’, named after the Greek Goddess of the Moon.

Celeste is depicted throughout history draped in the stars of the night sky. Its an outfit thats sure to match all the beautiful jewellery you take on your next vacation.


Nine Perfect strangers is available to view on Amazon Prime in Australia. Images credit Amazon Prime. 

Top Five Reasons To Redesign & Remake Your Old Jewellery

Your old jewellery can be worn again:

Whether it’s a ring from a former relationship or an inherited treasure that you would never wear, it’s time to do something with those valuable items hidden in your drawer. A good jeweller can redesign an old ring or necklace into something fashionable and beautiful, all for a fraction of the cost of buying a new piece of jewellery.

Here’s five reasons why you should consider engaging the services of a creative local jeweller…



Whilst you may struggle to think how something so unattractive can possibly look any good, an experienced and imaginative jeweller can see magic in your old treasure. They can give you plenty of options to rework the gold and gemstones into something that is stylish and fashionable. You will have a ring or necklace that looks new, fashionable and will reflect your personal style.





If you sell your old jewellery for cash you only end up with a small fraction of the actual insurance value of the piece. This is because the gold buyer is only buying the metal and not the labour component. The best way to ensure that your jewellery lives on and retains value is to redesign and remake it. A new ring will come with a new valuation that accounts for the true value of the gold and gems as well as the jewellery crafting time.




It’s nice to have a memento of a loved one but it is better to be able to wear that treasure on a daily basis. By redesigning and remaking grandmas old ring you can take a loving memory of her with you everywhere. Your jeweller can remake the item as it was when she wore it new all those years ago, or you can use the existing gems and perhaps add some new ones to create something new and exciting. The story you will have of how you re-worked your family heirloom is sure to captivate and entertain everyone.





By using the existing precious metals and gems with your local jeweller, you’re simultaneously minimising your carbon footprint and supporting your local economy. Remaking your jewellery is a creative reuse of existing materials that results in a better quality product and a new contribution of beauty to your life, not to mention the pride you have with your new trinket by its comment creating redesign look.





In a world where we may not live close to our families, traditions are especially important. They provide a link to our family heritage and an important sense of identity and pride for the whole clan. A good jeweller can create several items from one original piece, each with its own special link to the romantic family story. You can share and promote your ancestral history with items worn by various family members, all sourced from an original heirloom.


If you have a jewellery item that you would like remade or redesigned – why not talk to us on LiveChat just now or send a picture of your item via the form below.

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We can then get you some ideas and approx. costs for remaking your jewellery item into something you will cherish for ever more.