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Fantastic evening at the Aviators Ball, super entertainment from @sparkfiredance @thenealesuk, wobbly comedian Francesca Martinez and all the Red Arrows pilots in attendance! Wonderful fund raising event for an exceptional charity, Aerobility. #aerobilitycharity #sofitelhotel #redarrows #avaitorsball #sparkfiredance #theneales #boeing #breitling #wobblycomedian #disabilityawareness #eventphotography @eventintergration @rafredarrows

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Great night at the Surrey ASB Partnership Event last night, recognising those who have tackled antisocial behaviour in their communities. Congratulations to everyone. #ASB @surreypolice @surreypcc #community @resolveasb #workingtogether

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Friday Favourites. One from the archives, the gorgeous Mel at Clandon Park, stunning. #fridayfavourites #clandonparkhouse #countryhouseweddings #beautifulbrides

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Many congratulations to Georgia and Ben who were married on Friday at Gorse Hill Hotel. A wonderful day and very pleased to be part of their day. #weddingday #gorsehillhotel #autumwedding #mrandmrs #justmarried❤️

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Feeling very proud when you see an award that my Dad was the first person to win 53 years ago, and still being competed for today at the Surrey County ploughing Match! #surreycountyshow #ploughingmatch #vintagetractors #surreycountyploughingmatch #bestmaintainedtractor #septembersun #hiretrac

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The Sand Church looking pretty this evening #lastofthesummersun

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Everyone safely over the photo fence, I know it was a challenge but you all nailed it! #crosscountry #showjumping #horsepower #hamptonsponsoredride #meandmyhorse

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Not a bad place to be working! #hamptonsponsoredride #horseriding #surreycountryside #hamptonestate #eventphotography #horsephotography

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Set up and ready to meet all you lovely people! #hiltonbracknell #prestigeweddingfairs #weddingplans

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Just in case you're missing Summer already, here's Mr Bly Sky! #summerday #bluesky #autumscoming

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Braved the British Summer downpour to watch the fabulous Jools Holland, brilliant! Weyfest, we ❤️you! #weyfest #joolsholland #bucketlist #britishsummer #festival

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Lovely pre wedding meeting with Georgia and Ben at the beautiful Gorse Hill Hotel. Great location for a great couple! #gorsehillhotelwedding #gorsehillsurrey #wokingweddingphotographer #septemberweddings #countrymansion #greatweddingvenues

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Absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a prestigious Highly Commended from The Master Photographers Association for this image, very high praise indeed. This is the stunning Lucy and this was one of a series of shots taken for her model portfolio, watch out for her, I think she’s going to be a star. #masterphotographersassociation #modelportfolioshoot #kidslondonmodels #childphotography #awardwinningphotographer #studiophotoshoot #notjustweddings #farnhamphotographer

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Well, the raspberries needed using. Have a good weekend all ❤️ #happyfriday #ginandtonic #silentpool

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The new Mr & Mrs Hicks - and the gorgeous Harvey too! #countryweddings #frenshamponds #cockerspaniel #summerwedding2017

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Classic cars @frenshampondhotel today. #vintagecars #trojan #frenshampondhotel #fridayfeeling

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Seeing the wonderful gardens at Hampton Court Flower Show made me remember working there. #rhshamptoncourtflowershow #surreypolicegarden #hamptoncourtpalace

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Monopoly money button holes and bouquet - what a brilliant idea! #paperbouquet #paperflowers #ecowedding #fb #monopoly

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Great to see the new add in Prestige Wedding Fairs new official showguide. #prestigeweddingfairs #myweddingdreams #wedding

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The History of the Diamond as an Engagement Ring

As Valentine's Day approaches and with it some very romantic proposals, I wondered why and when diamonds became popular as the stone for engagement rings.
The History of the Diamond as an Engagement RingA man presents his prospective bride with an engagement ring upon acceptance of his marriage proposal. Anthropologists believe this tradition originated from a Roman custom in which wives wore rings attached to small keys, indicating their husbands' ownership.
In 1477, Archduke Maximillian of Austria commissioned the very first diamond engagement ring on record for his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy. This sparked a trend for diamond rings among European aristocracy and nobility.
The sentimental Victorians popularized ornate engagement ring designs that mixed diamonds with other gemstones, precious metals and enamels. Often these rings were crafted in the shapes of flowers and were dubbed “posey rings.” Diamond rings crafted during the Edwardian era continued the tradition o…