As we're all aware of here at WED Towers, love is most definitely in the air. And local jewellers Michaels Spiers have recently reported record sales of diamond engagement rings this winter, avidly informing us that the South West is in the midst of an 'Engagement Boom', and they are expecting another surge over Valentine's Day.
The independent family business - with stores in Plymouth, Truro, Exeter and Taunton - reported a 50% rise in sales of diamond engagement rings in December compared to the previous year.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the team at Michael Spiers know many people will be searching for the right ring with which to propose. Keith White MBE, Managing Director of Michael Spiers, said: "Buying an engagement ring is a huge decision because it is both a financial and emotional investment. Beautiful jewellery lasts a lifetime, so it is important to get it right. Seek the right advice and know what you're buying.
"Imitations are rife but you can't beat the romance of a diamond and a skilfully crafted engagement ring. A diamond retains its value meaning it is not only an investment for a long, happy married life, but also an heirloom in the making for generations to come."
Michael Spiers has been crafting and selling engagement rings for over 60 years and recently leapt to the rescue of world and national squash champion, Nick Matthew, making his Christmas proposal possible. Mr Matthew planned a surprise proposal to his partner, Esme, and needed a beautiful ring that was personally crafted for the sportsman's post-BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards proposal.
Mr White commented: "It was a great privilege and honour to have been entrusted with such a special commission from the World Squash Champion. We understand the significance of a marriage proposal and will go to great lengths to ensure our customers purchase a ring that they will treasure." www.michaelspiers.co.uk