Happily Ever After: Robert and Joanne

Every story is a unique representation of love – the meeting, the maturity of the relationship and the journey towards marriage. Two individuals coming together to build a life as one. Despite the hurdles and hiccups along the way, this is their happily ever after. Meet some newly engaged couples, basking in a state of romantic bliss. These loved up pairs have been kind enough to share their proposal stories with 77 World.

Today, we meet Robert McTiffin and Joanne Caunce, who are currently preparing for their summer wedding in Italy.

Robert and Joanne were engaged last year during renowned psychic Sally Morgan's show

Robert and Joanne were engaged last year during a live show featuring British psychic Sally Morgan. Joanne is seen wearing her Dauphin engagement ring by 77 Diamonds

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Engagement ring trends this season

If you’re searching for an engagement ring this winter, we have some insights on the latest trends. Not only are fancy shape stones making a comeback, they are currently being set in unconventional ways. Rose gold is the metal of the choice and fancy colour diamond and gemstones are spicing things up this season. So, when it comes to choosing what will most likely be the most important piece of jewellery of your life, it’s only right that you make an informed choice. Here are some up-and-coming trends taking the social media by storm:

Caption: This bespoke 77 Diamonds engagement ring features an emerald-shape diamond in a landscape setting. The band is 18k rose gold and features a diamond halo and  band

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Geneva auctions: Big sales and fails

If there’s one constant at the much-awaited diamonds’ auction in Geneva, it’s the stones that are always bigger and shinier than their predecessors. The autumn sales in Switzerland were on from November 11 till November 15, bringing cheer, and some disappointment. The eagerly anticipated Magnificent auctions, however, continue to boast of the most opulent and massive rocks going under the hammer.

The star of the auction was The Art of Grisogono, a flawless 163.41-carat diamond

The star of the auction was a flawless 163.41-carat emerald shape diamond which sold for £25.7 million. Image: Instagram @velvet_castle

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Diamonds that Make the World a Better Place

Diamonds are viewed  and cherished as a symbol of commitment and love. However, most people are unaware of the positive impact they have on various communities. In remote locations where diamonds are mined, their sales have helped turn around the lives of local communities that either developed because of the mining process, or pre-existed. Lifting them up from depths of poverty, hunger, and destitution, the sales of these precious rocks have helped generate employment, education, and health facilities.

One of the most significant impacts of organisations such as the Diamond Empowerment Fund is providing scholarships to young adults in diamond communities. Their chance at gaining higher education in colleges across the globe enables them to bring growth to their own selves as well as their native countries. Image: Instagram @realisadiamond

One of the most significant impacts of organisations such as the Diamond Empowerment Fund is providing scholarships to young adults in diamond communities. Their chance at gaining higher education in colleges across the globe enables them to bring growth to their own selves as well as their native countries. Image: Instagram @realisadiamond

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Diamond Fit for a King

At 37.30 carats, the Raj Pink is the world’s largest known Fancy Intense Pink diamond, which will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in Geneva next month. Discovered in 2015, the rough was studied for more than a year before it was handed over to a master cutter to work his magic.

The shape that was chosen for the stone was a cushion-modified brilliant which, in addition to the radiant shape, is the best shape to use for fancy colour stones. Cushions, as well as radiant diamonds, allow for better colour saturation due to premium light absorption owing to the extra depth and shape of these stones. The facet arrangements are also great at masking imperfections, the Raj Pink has a clarity grade of VS1, impressive for a stone of its size.

This rare diamond will take centre stage during Sotheby’s sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva, on 15 November

This rare diamond will take centre stage during Sotheby’s sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva, on 15 November

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Happily Ever After: Sameer & Iryna

Every story is a unique representation of love – the meeting, the maturity of the relationship and the journey towards marriage. Two individuals coming together to build a life as one. Despite the hurdles and hiccups along the way, this is their happily ever after. Meet some newly engaged couples, basking in a state of romantic bliss. These loved up pairs have been kind enough to share their proposal stories with 77 World.

Today, we meet Sameer Rizvi and Iryna Dubylovska, investment managers from London.

Sameer proposed to Iryna in celebration of their three-year anniversary

Sameer proposed to Iryna in celebration of their three-year anniversary

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Happily Ever After: Jaimie & Adriana

Every story is a unique representation of love – the meeting, the maturity of the relationship and the journey towards marriage. Two individuals coming together to build a life as one. Despite the hurdles and hiccups along the way, this is their happily ever after. Meet some newly engaged couples, basking in a state of romantic bliss. These loved up pairs have been kind enough to share their proposal stories with 77 World.

Today, we meet Basingstoke-based couple Jaimie Bettis, precision engineer, and Adriana Latacz, a purchaser, who just tied the knot in July.

Jaimie and Adriana were engaged last winter and married in July

Jaimie and Adriana were engaged last winter and married in the summer in Poland

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Happily Ever After: Nicole & Greg

Every story is a unique representation of love – the meeting, the maturity of the relationship and the journey towards marriage. Two individuals coming together to build a life as one. Despite the hurdles and hiccups along the way, this is their happily ever after. Meet some newly engaged couples, basking in a state of romantic bliss. These loved up pairs have been kind enough to share their proposal stories with 77 World.

Today, we meet Nicole Portman, an account director who hails from Los Angeles and Grégoire Diquélou, a product developer from Brittany, France, who are both living in London.

Nicole and Greg new 1Greg and Nicole met through a mutual friend who thought they would be perfect together. After much resistance, they met by chance and have been together ever since

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The Lowdown on Precious Metals

While selecting an engagement ring or another piece of diamond jewellery, we are often asked about the differences between various metals, their durability and aftercare. This week, 77 World describes each metal, aftercare tips and maintenance.

For diamond jewellery, we recommend the following metals: platinum or 18 karat white, yellow or rose gold. Diamonds should be set with metals strong enough to support and hold the stone securely. For instance, pure gold is 24 karat which is too soft to be used for diamond jewellery, so we use 18 karat gold which is mixed with other alloys to add strength and reinforcement while still containing a high gold content of 75%. Precious metals are rarely used in their purest form.

Platinum is the most durable metal so is ideal for engagement rings. The ring pictured above is the Elixir with a 1ct Marquise diamond by 77D

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Red Diamonds: The Rarest of the Rare

With the recent unveiling of one of the world’s largest Fancy Red diamonds by mining company Rio Tinto of Argyle mine (Western Australia), 77 World takes a look into the origin and history of the rare red wonders as well as some notable red diamonds previously sold at auction.

The Argyle Mine Tender will showcase five fancy colour diamonds  including the Argyle Everglow and other rancy red, fancy purple-pink, fancy deep pink and fancy deep gray-violet diamonds in oval, cushion and radiant shapes

The Argyle Mine Tender will showcase five fancy colour diamonds including the Argyle Everglow (centre) and other Fancy Red, Purple-Pink, Deep Pink and Deep Gray-Violet diamonds in oval, cushion and radiant shapes

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