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Leap Year 2024: Men’s luxury engagement rings that perfect for popping the question to him

Are you patiently waiting for your other half to get down on one knee and adorn a sparkling rock on your left hand? You’re not alone. 

Luckily for those of us who are sick of counting down the days, this year is a leap year, which in a traditional sense means it’s our year to catch him off guard, get down on one knee and pop the question for ourselves. After all, everyone knows that if you want a job done right, you have to do it yourself and if Rita Ora can propose to Taika Waititi then you can propose to your beau.

Rita Ora proposed to her now husband Taika Waititi last year© Instagram / @ritaora
Rita Ora proposed to her now husband Taika Waititi last year

While the notion that it is the man’s role to propose is outdated, many still choose to follow that tradition, except on ‘Bachelors Day’. Bachelor Day is an Irish tradition where women propose to men in their lives on Leap Day, February 29th. The tradition dates back to the early 1800s and to this day continues to be celebrated every four years. 

“A friend proposed to her husband mid-way through a hike up a volcano with a piece of volcanic rock.” 

So, how does one propose to their man this leap year? Whether you’re wanting a quiet and private affair or something more opulent and lavish, it’s essential that however you pop the question, you do it in a way that’s personal and special to both of you as a couple. “I love that so many more women are choosing to defy tradition and propose to their partners and I have heard so many charming engagement stories over the last few years” explains Rosie Lillis, Director of Rosie Lillis Communications and certified jewellery expert, “A particular favourite is a friend

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What to know before you buy, according to an expert

Man proposing to his wife on Christmas Eve

Here’s what you need to know before proposing this Christmas. (Getty Images)

If it seems like every time you open social media there’s a new engagement announcement, you’re not imagining things. With the holidays just around the corner, we’re well and truly in the throes of peak engagement season.

Based on a study by The Knot, December is the most popular month of the year to get engaged, with Christmas Day taking the top spot of the year as the most popular day to get engaged.

With just a few weeks to go until the big day, if you’re looking to find the perfect ring to commemorate your relationship, keep reading for everything to consider before making your purchase.

Close-Up Of Cropped Hands With Wedding Ring

Take the stress out of engagrment ring shopping eith these expert tips. (Getty Images)

How much to spend on an engagement ring

The decision on how much to spend on an engagement ring is a personal choice — despite the outdated “rules” that may suggest otherwise. While costs can vary, the average engagement-ring-cost-in-the-us-and-around-the-world/” data-ylk=”slk:engagement ring in Canada;cpos:2;pos:1;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “engagement ring in Canada is around $5,500, while in the United States the average cost in 2023 was $6,000, according The Knot.

That said, you should decide on a budget that fits within your income and lifestyle before you set out to purchase an engagement ring.

Consider your engagement ring’s centre stone

There’s no denying the appeal of a diamond ring to mark an engagement, since the precious stone symbolizes commitment, faithfulness and love.

Stones like Moissanite are gaining in popularity as alternatives to traditional mined diamonds, diamonds remain the most popular stone of choice with with 85% of ring shoppers choosing them as their centre gem.

However, in light of growing ethical and environmental concerns, the

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Everything We Know About Zooey Deschanel’s Engagement Ring (Including the Price Tag)

ICYMI: Zooey Deschanel is officially engaged to her beau, Jonathan Scott.

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The engagement shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to fans of the New Girl actress, 43, and the Property Brothers star, 45, especially since the couple hasn’t been shy about showing PDA. Still, ever since they posted the proposal photos on social media, we haven’t been able to stop thinking about her engagement ring and how much it cost.

That’s why we turned to Zack Stone (diamond expert at U.K. retailer Steven Stone), who analyzed photos of the ring before sharing details about the accessory regarding the diamonds and the price tag. “Thanks to its unique design, Zooey’s engagement ring from Jonathan stands out from the crowd and is sure to receive a lot of attention,” he said.

Keep scrolling for details about Zooey Deschanel’s engagement ring.

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1. What Does It Look Like?

Stone confirmed that the ring features not one, not two, but three gems. “Zooey’s ring features three large stones—two diamonds and what appears to be a purple sapphire,” he said. “Associated with wisdom, love, compassion and forgiveness, purple sapphires are thought to bring their wearer good fortune and spiritual insight.”

Stone continued, “Two of the stones are in flower patterns, whilst the third resembles a star. Smaller pink stones—likely to be pink sapphires—are attached to the ring’s outer corners.”

2. Is There a Hidden Meaning?

Stone shared the special meaning behind the arrangement, adding, “Flowers have long been gifted as a symbol of love, friendship and affection. Thus, it’s safe to say that Jonathan’s choice to include flower patterns was a romantic one that encapsulates the couple’s loving relationship.”

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