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DIAMONDS & DIAMOND GRADING

DIAMOND COURSE DESCRIPTION

Gain the skills to grade the color, clarity, and cut of diamonds. Using authoritative texts and magnified photos, learn to determine proportions and estimate weight. Study diamond treatments, synthetics, and simulants, and understand the effect of fluorescence on diamond body color. Analyze the role cut plays in the marketplace, and acquire the technical knowledge needed to make profitable buying and selling decisions. Final exam is online, closed book, and proctored; see the Education Catalog for details.

WHAT YOU EARN

  • Diamonds & Diamond Grading Certificate

REQUIRED FOR THE DIAMOND COURSE

Buying a diamond does not have to be an uncomfortable experience. The  Diamond Education Guide is designed to give you the tools and information you need to properly evaluate diamond quality and value with confidence.

Every diamond is unique, and there are a variety of factors which affect the Rapaport price of a diamond.

Focus on those factors most important to you, and choose a diamond that satisfies your individual standards for beauty and value. This might be a very different diamond than someone else with a similar budget would choose. At diamgold we can help find the best diamond for you.

DIAMOND CERTIFICATION AND GRADING

Before being purchased, many diamonds (and all Diamgold Diamonds) are sent to a third party laboratory for a comprehensive evaluation; a process known as diamond certification. A reputable lab is one staffed by professional gemologists who specialize in diamond grading.

Each diamond certificate issued is uniquely numbered, and corresponds to one individual diamond. From that point forward, the diamond and certificate (laminated to prevent tampering or damage) will travel together from seller to buyer.

Laboratory certification provides an impartial judgment of the characteristics and quality of each diamond. This certification (called a grading report, or dossier by GIA) gives the purchaser added confidence that the diamond received is as described by the seller. The diamond certificate is also valuable for insurance purposes, as it provides a professional, independent evaluation of the diamond.

A laboratory certification is not an appraisal. An appraisal seeks to establish the value of an item, mainly for insurance purposes. A diamond certificate does not evaluate a diamond’s market value, only its characteristics and quality. That said, diamond certification from a reputable laboratory is invaluable in generating an accurate appraisal.

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How Much do you know about buying ?

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Evan Roberts Diamonds was established in 1998 on the simple premise of buying and  shopping for engagement rings should be an adventure.

We work hard to make it fun,friendly and simplify the buying process, empower and educate you the customers and, ultimately help them make a purchase they will treasure and remember for life. 

Evan Roberts Diamonds

Conflict – Free Diamond Policy

At Evan Roberts Diamonds, we only purchase diamonds through the largest and most respected diamond suppliers.

Like Evan Roberts Diamonds, proudly adhere to and enforce the standards established by the Kimberley Process.

All diamonds sold are warranted to be conflict free.

For more information on this issue, please visit Diamond Education

DIAMOND  BUYING  GUIDE

Choosing a diamond engagement ring is one of the most enjoyable and memorable experiences in preparation to a couple’s wedding.

As an enduring symbol of love and commitment, a diamond ring will be uniquely special for a lifetime.

When buying a diamond, consider all of its unique characteristics. It is really helpful to know about the 4Cs – the universal diamond classification and grading system.

The combination of a diamond’s cut, color, clarity and carat – are what give a diamond its unique personality, forming the basis for its valuation.

While every diamond can be described by its particular combination of the 4Cs, its exceptional beauty is much more than a list of characteristics, because every diamond is a unique inimitable miracle of nature.

Evan Roberts Diamonds are masters in the art of selection, each and every  diamond  sold has been carefully handpicked, giving you peace of mind that no matter which  diamond you choose, you will always be selecting a truly special diamond.

CARAT

 Carat is a measure of weight. One carat (1 ct) equals 0.20 grams and is divided into 100 points (half a carat – 0.50 ct – diamond can be described as a 50 points diamond).

CUT

Cut refers to the shape of the diamond. Round, princess, oval, marquise, pear, emerald are some of the most familiar.

Cut is also the factor most involved in the sparkle of a polished diamond. Cut is expressed in terms of the brilliance, fire and scintillation of a diamond.

To maximise sparkle, a diamond must be cut to very specific parameters of angle and dimension with a strict attention to the polished finish of the diamond.

COLOUR

Diamonds occur naturally in all colors of the rainbow. Generally, the rarest diamonds exhibit no color at all (apart from fancy colors). polished diamonds are graded for minute variations in depth of color, from ‘colorless’ to ‘light yellow’ and ‘light brown’.

This is universally known as the D (‘exceptional white’) to Z (‘tinted color’) color scale.

CLARITY

Clarity measures the diamond’s purity. It refers to how free a diamond is from these tiny blemishes and inclusions

Diamond In Engagement Ring Helped Family Escape Nazi Germany

Diamond In This Engagement Ring helped One Family Escape Nazi Germany

They left with nothing but the clothes on their backs and some precious stones.

Derek Doneen, a 28-year-old documentary filmmaker from Los Angeles, spent a year saving for an engagement ring before he told his parents about his plan to propose. His mom mentioned that there was a diamond in the family that he could use for his girlfriend Jenna’s ring instead.

Derek didn’t know it at the time, but the stone was part of an heirloom necklace that had been passed down in his family for generations, starting with his great-grandparents — Jews that escaped Nazi Germany in the 1930s — and continuing on to his grandma, his mom and finally to him.

“Even when my mom first said that, I was thinking I probably want to do my own thing and start my own traditions,” he told The Huffington Post. “Once I heard the story about the necklace, [I felt otherwise]. The fact that I’m starting a new family with something that symbolizes so much for my family is really special.”

COURTESY OF DEREK DONEENJenna’s engagement ring

The Story of the Ring  

Derek’s great-grandfather Friedrich Salzburg, a prominent attorney, and his great-grandmother Greta Ann Salzburg were living in Dresden, Germany in the 1930s. By 1933, thesituation for Jews in Germany was worsening, and the family began losing friends and clients. So in October 1935, they formally applied to leave the country. But it was several years before their request was pushed through and they were able to flee to Italy.

<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop="caption"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: #eeeeee;">Friedrich Salzburg, Derek's great-grandfather</span></span>COURTESY OF DEREK DONEENFriedrich Salzburg, Derek’s great-grandfather
<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop="caption"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: #eeeeee;">Greta Ann Salzburg, Derek's great-grandmother</span></span>COURTESY OF DEREK DONEENGreta Ann Salzburg, Derek’s great-grandmother

There was one stipulation though: they couldn’t take anything with them except the clothes on their backs.

“They had to renounce essentially all of their assets, their homes, everything really,” Derek said.

The day they were granted permission to emigrate, the Salzburgs bought as much jewelry and as many precious stones as they could afford — small, valuable items that were easy to hide. 

“And that’s what they brought with them with the idea that they could sell them and at least have something to start a new life,” Derek added. 

<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop="caption"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: #eeeeee;">Greta Ann with her sons Peter (Derek's grandpa) and Allan.</span></span>COURTESY OF DEREK DONEENGreta Ann with her sons Peter (Derek’s grandpa) and Allan.

Not long after their arrival in Italy, the Salzburgs discovered that the country was no longer a hospitable place for Jews.

“By this time, Italy began using the same race laws as Germany, specifically against Jews,” Friedrich wrote in a journal documenting the experience. “Therefore, we had to abandon the idea of Italy and decided to settle in California.”

Instead of going through the drawn-out, formal emigration process yet again, the Salzburgs boarded a Japanese cruise ship and headed for the West Coast of the United States in 1938.

After settling down in Berkeley, California, they sold all of the jewels that they had smuggled over with one exception: the diamond necklace that would one day be passed down to Derek and Jenna.

“My instinct is that they sold what they needed to sell and kept it because it held significance and sentimental value,” Derek said. “They had enough to start over and were able to get their feet on the ground.”

Years later in 1964, Greta Ann gifted the necklace to her daughter-in-law June Salisbury, whom she was very fond of. Later, June passed it down to her daughter Ann — Derek’s mother.

<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop="caption"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: #eeeeee;">Peter and June Salisbury, Derek's grandparents</span></span>COURTESY OF DEREK DONEENPeter and June Salisbury, Derek’s grandparents

“You could make the argument — maybe not in a one-to-one kind of way — but in an indirect way that it’s because of that diamond they were able to smuggle out that I’m even really here today,” Derek told HuffPost. “It allowed them to get out of the country and start a life and a family here that eventually led to my mom and me.”

The Proposal

Fast-forward many years to the beginning of 2014, when Derek’s mother handed down the necklace to him so he could begin his new life with Jenna. One of the diamonds was removed from the original necklace to create a stunning engagement ring. (Derek later had the necklace redesigned — keeping it as close as possible to the original — and gave it to Jenna on their wedding day.)

<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop="caption"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: #eeeeee;">Jenna wearing the necklace.</span></span>KYM VENTOLAJenna wearing the necklace.

In June 2014, Derek used the money he had originally saved for the ring and put it toward a surprise trip back to Cannes, France — the same place he and Jenna had fallen in love when they studied abroad there years earlier.

Derek pulled out all the stops. He brought her back to the location of their first date and prepared a sunset beach picnic with wine and cheese. Of course, Jenna said “yes!”

<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop="caption"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: #eeeeee;">Derek and Jenna after the proposal</span></span>COURTESY OF DEREK DONEENDerek and Jenna after the proposal

Afterwards, Derek told Jenna the story of the ring’s rich history. Needless to say, she was honored and moved.

“It’s a lot of pressure!” Jenna said with a laugh. “Because it’s so irreplaceable. It’s so, so cool and I love it so much. I would never want any other diamond. It happens to be an incredibly beautiful diamond, but regardless of that, the significance is the most important and coolest thing about it.”

Check out more photos of the couple’s big day below:

Surprised Proposal Reactions

Wedding Photography by Tanya Michelle

Wedding Photography

Wedding Photographer : Tanya Michelle

Average Package R12500 upward (weekends) Budget packages are also available.  

Run of the mill is not what you get, Tanya’s style is specific and often unique, she is  a  photographic artist.

Tanya Michelle will go that extra step to get that great picture without a second thought.

Tanya Michelle spends many hours in post production so that her product is not simply about paying more it carries that unique style and feel that you hired her for in the first place.

She uses top of the range professional equipment with very special lenses designed for low light

Tanya has a proven track records with loads of testimonials should you require them.

Tanya can be contacted on +27825292530 or What App / SMS  to book her as  your wedding photographer.

View her gallery of personal photos 

 

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Template of my agreement to avoid misunderstanding regarding images and  overheating on the big day…

Agreement entered into  between Tanya Michelle Wedding Photography  and ————————-, hereinafter referred to as the “Client”, and Tanya Michelle Photography, hereinafter referred to as the “Photographer”.

Date of Wedding:
Start Time:
Ceremony Time:
Ending Time:
Other Times/Arrangements and Services agreed on:

Client  Name:
Address:
Email:
Phone Number:

Ceremony
Name of Location:
Address:
Phone:

Reception
Name of Location:
Address:
Phone:

Additional Contact 1
Name:
Mobile Number:

Additional Contact 2
Name: Additional Contact 2 Name:
Mobile Number:

Additional contacts must be able to be contacted on the day of the wedding.

Amount agreed ZAR:

Booking fee/deposit:

The 50% non refundable booking fee is due on signing this agreement and balance due 3 days prior to the wedding.

Wedding Photography Entire Agreement: This agreement contains the entire understanding between the Clients and the Photographer.

Wedding Photography Confirmation: A signed “Contract for Wedding Photography Services” and payment of the booking fee are necessary to confirm the stated wedding services from the Photographer.

Wedding Photography Pre-Wedding Consultation: This normally happens at the time of booking. The Client will outline broadly what is required and the Photographer will advise on planning, logistics and timings where needed. If required the Client is welcome to an additional meeting closer to the time of the wedding (about 2 weeks) to iron out the remaining details. In any case we will contact you by phone a few days before the wedding to ensure that there have been no last minute changes.

Cooperation: The Client and the Photographer consent to happily cooperating and communicating with each other to achieve the best possible result within the understanding of this contract. We recommend that the Photographer be provided with a helper (usually the best man) who will point out key individuals to be photographed. The Photographer may also require the assistance of the best man in organizing family groups. The Client also agrees to give the Photographer sufficient warning of key events at the wedding to give the Photographer time to prepare e.g. Bouquet throwing, cutting the cake, speeches etc. Please note that not all guests at weddings like having their photo taken. In such cases the Photographer will use his discretion but cannot be held responsible for a lack of photos of these people.

Wedding Photography The Schedule: Our shooting schedule, style of working and experience are designed to achieve a great set of wedding photos for the Clients, accomplished with good humor and enjoyed by all concerned. Both the Clients and the Photographers therefore agree that punctuality and cheerful cooperation are essential to producing outstanding photographic results. In cases where the wedding does not run on time (for example, extreme lateness by one of the Clients arriving to the church) we cannot guarantee to take our normal set of photos although in such circumstances we will do our absolute best to compensate.

Wedding Photography Paparazzi Wedding Guests: All your guests will have digital cameras and all your guests will want to photograph the Clients. In the spirit of cheerful cooperation the Clients agree to give the Photographers precedence over the guests in order to take the photographs required for the wedding services described above. We cannot be held liable for a lack of wedding photos if guests taking their own photos of the Clients continually interrupt the Photographer’s work.

Wedding Photography House Rules: Note the Photographers are sometimes limited by rules imposed by registrars, ministers and venue management as to what can and cannot be done. For example some ministers insist that no flash photography is allowed, and others will insist that the Photographers shoot from a specific location. In such circumstances the Clients agree to accept the technical limitations that may be imposed on the equipment used. We advise the Clients to make themselves aware of the rules of the venue concerned and if necessary negotiate with the personnel concerned.

Wedding Photography Copyright: The copyright of photographs remains with the Photographer. The Photographer grants the Clients permission to make copies of the images under the following conditions. The images taken by the Photographer are for personal use by the Clients and their friends and relatives. Sale, Publication or any Commercial use of the photographs is not allowed without prior written permission from the Photographer.

Wedding Photography Release: The Clients grant the Photographer and its legal representatives, heirs and assigns, the irrevocable and unlimited consent to use the photographs of the Clients for editorial, competition, advertising and any other purpose and in any manner, to alter the photographs without restriction; and to copyright the images. The Clients hereby release the Photographer and its legal representatives, heirs and assigns from all liability and claims in connection with the images.

Limit of Liability: If a photographer is too ill or becomes injured and cannot supply the wedding services specified above the Photographer will try to book a replacement wedding photographer. Under normal circumstances a second photographer from the Photographer is there for the day anyway and this photographer will then shoot the day on his/her own. If both photographers are unavailable and a replacement photographer cannot be found then liability is limited to a refund of any payments received. The Photographers have working methods in place to prevent loss or damage to your images. However, there is the unlikely possibility that images may be lost, stolen or destroyed for reasons in or beyond our control. In these circumstances liability is limited to the return of fees paid for the service or part thereof according to the percentage of images supplied.

Booking Fee/Deposit: In the event of the Clients cancelling the Wedding Photography for whatever reason the booking fee is non-refundable. It will be considered as liquidated damages to the Photographers.

We have understood the contents of this contract and agree to the terms therein.

Signed

 

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One and Only Adele

“One And Only”

You’ve been on my mind
I grow fonder every day,
Lose myself in time
Just thinking of your face
God only knows
Why it’s taken me so long
To let my doubts go
You’re the only one that I wantI don’t know why I’m scared, I’ve been here before
Every feeling, every word, I’ve imagined it all,
You never know if you never try
To forgive your past and simply be mineI dare you to let me be your, your one and only
Promise I’m worthy to hold in your arms
So come on and give me the chance
To prove that I’m the one who can
Walk that mile until the end startsIf I’ve been on your mind
You hang on every word I say
Lose yourself in time at the mention of my name
Will I ever know how it feels to hold you close?
And have you tell me whichever road I choose you’ll goI don’t know why I’m scared ’cause I’ve been here before
Every feeling, every word, I’ve imagined it all,
You’ll never know if you never try
To forgive your past and simply be mine

I dare you to let me be your, your one and only
I promise I’m worthy to hold in your arms
So come on and give me the chance
To prove that I’m the one who can
Walk that mile until the end starts

I know it ain’t easy, giving up your heart
I Know it ain’t easy, giving up your heart

(Nobody’s perfect, trust me I’ve learned it)
I know it ain’t easy, giving up your heart
(Nobody’s perfect, trust me I’ve learned it)
I know it ain’t easy, giving up your heart
(Nobody’s perfect, trust me I’ve learned it)
I know it ain’t easy, giving up your heart
(Nobody’s perfect, trust me I’ve learned it)
I know it ain’t easy, giving up your heart

So I dare you to let me be your, your one and only
I promise I’m worthy to hold in your arms
So come on and give me a chance
To prove that I’m the one who can
Walk that mile until the end starts
Come on and give me a chance
To prove that I’m the one who can
Walk that mile until the end starts.

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Diamonds

DIAMONDS GUIDE

Looking for the perfect diamond engagement ring, but you don’t know enough about purchasing a diamond? The Diamond Buying Guide presents the information you need on “how to buy a diamond.” Read on to discover diamond purchasing information that includes descriptions of the various diamond cuts, clarity, color, carat weight, certificates, and more.

About Diamonds

diamondsDoes the thought of purchasing a diamond ring overwhelm you? Maybe you think you don’t know enough about certificates, cuts, shapes, grading scales, or colors to make a well informed buying decision. There’s good news — contrary to what some sales clerks and web sites would like you to believe, buying a diamond isn’t rocket science.

An understanding of diamond grading will give you the technical information needed when making purchasing decisions. And learning about the available diamond shapes will help you narrow down your choices.

Where to Start When Buying a Diamond

If you want to learn the basics of diamond buying, start with our section on the “four Cs of diamond” which explains the grading system for diamond gemstones.

On the other hand, if you’d rather skip all of the studying and just ask an expert for advise today, for a wide range of prices.

  • Asscher Cut
  • Cushion Cut
  • Emerald Cut
  • Heart Shaped
  • Marquise Cut
  • Oval
  • Pear Shaped
  • Princess Cut
  • Radiant Cut
  • Round Brilliant

DIAMOND SIZE CHART

diamonds“How big is a one carat diamond”

Our printable Diamond Size Chart illustrates the relative size of diamonds and will help you make a decision about what size diamond to buy.

Get More Information…

MORE DIAMOND DETAILS

We’ve put together some handy “checklists” so you’re always prepared to ask the right questions and make smart shopping comparisons (including checklist items aimed specifically at purchasing diamonds online).

  • The “Four Cs” of Diamonds
    These are the basics — and what you should know before you begin shopping for your diamond.
    More information...
  • Certificates
    Learn the difference between an “appraisal” and a “certificate” and why a certificate is an important part of your diamond purchase.
    More information…
  • Glossary
    The world of diamonds has its own language. If you’re confused by any of the terms used on this website, check the glossary.
    More information…
  • Jewelry Stores
    A comparison chart of online diamond jewelry stores.
    More information…
  • Checklists
    Checklists to aid you in your selection of jewelry stores, diamonds, and other jewelry.
    More information…
  • Diamond FAQ
    Not particularly important information prior to buying a diamond, but if you’ve ever wondered where diamonds come from or how diamonds are cut, our Diamond FAQ has the answers.
    More information…

 

Coffee | how coffee perks up sex life

Coffee : Some like it hot: how coffee perks up sex life

Two cups a day improve men’s performance in the bedroom, regardless of weight or blood pressure, finds study of nearly 4,000 participants

By , Health Editor telegraph.co.uk

Drinking two cups of coffee a day could perk up performance in the bedroom, a study suggests.

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Some like it hot: how coffee perks up sex life

Research found that men who drank two cups a day were 42 per cent less likely than non-drinkers to report erectile dysfunction. This fell slightly to 39 per cent for those who drank around three cups, the study of almost 4,000 men found.

The effect remained true regardless of whether men were overweight, obese or suffered from high blood pressure, the University of Texas study found. read more…

Top 30 Coffees of 2014

Coffee Review introduced 100-point reviews to the specialty coffee industry in 1997. Since then, we’ve cupped tens of thousands of coffee samples and published reviews of nearly 4,000 coffees and espressos.

Coffee Review’s Top 30 Coffees of 2014 appear below.  We selected and ranked these 30 (actually 31) notable coffees and espressos based on quality (represented by overall rating), value (reflected by most affordable price per pound), and  other factors that include distinctiveness of style, uniqueness of origin or tree variety, certification, and general rarity.

Review Date: September 2014

Price: $49.95/8 ounces

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No. 1 Coffee of 2014

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $17.99/12 ounces

Review Date: February 2014

Price: $16.95/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - No. 4

Review Date: December 2013

Price: $60.00/8 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - No. 5

Review Date: February 2014

Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - No. 6

Review Date: December 2014

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $17.75/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - No. 9

Review Date: April 2014

Price: $17.99/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2014

Price: $34.95/8 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - No. 11

Review Date: December 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2014

Price: $16.50/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - No. 13

Review Date: June 2014

Price: $16.50/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2014

Price: $18.50/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - No. 15

Review Date: February 2014

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - #17

Review Date: January 2014

Price: KRW 15,000/100 grams

Review Date: February 2014

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - #19

Review Date: September 2014

Price: $28.00/16 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - #20

 

Love retreats

Love retreats

Would you spend £3,000 on a ‘love retreat’ for dating advice?

As women the world over turn to retreats – often week-long and very expensive – for dating and relationship problems, we trial one run by Matthew Hussey, the most famous love guru you’ve (probably) never heard of…

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Matthew Hussey at one of his Get The Guy retreats in Florida

Picture the scene. A sea of women thrashing their arms about, screaming ‘yes, Yes, YES!’ as music throbs through giant speakers. It is reminiscent of clubbing back in the Nineties but we are in a bland conference room in sunny Florida, and none of these women are fuelled by any sort of stimulant. This is a love retreat – and I’m smack bang in the middle of it.

It was my friend Sam’s idea to try it. “They’re the new thing,” she claimed. “I went to one last year and it sorted me out.” By this, she meant she no longer fell apart when a man didn’t text her five minutes after a date.

“I went to [a love retreat] last year and it sorted me out.” By this, she meant she no longer fell apart when a man didn’t text her five minutes after a date.
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I’m not as neurotic as Sam but I do have a few scars from a relationship that ended a year ago. My ex had dumped me after eight years – then refused to move out of our house for six months. It was hell. I’ve now met someone new, Matt, but I don’t want to make the same mistakes again.

So in an effort to “let go” of my past hurt and move forward, I flexed my credit card and joined over 200 women – most of whom, like me, have dabbled in therapy and bored themselves senseless with self-help books – at a hotel in St Pete’s Beach.

Love retreats

Matthew gets the crowds at his love retreat energised before a long week of lessons

Sam was right. Love retreats are the new thing for those in search of more fulfilling relationships. From the “Making Love” retreat in Australia to tantric sex courses in Germany, the themes may differ but the core concept is the same. Learn to love yourself so you can learn to love other people better.

Retreats differ from traditional therapy by offering a more collective experience. “Going through the most immersive self-development experience one can have with a group of equally committed individuals creates a completely different type of momentum,” says Matthew Hussey. He’s the author of a global bestselling dating guide, love guru to the stars (Christina Aguilera and Eva Longoria, no less) and probably the most famous life coach you’ve never heard of. And he’s British. Oprah and Lorraine are fans and he’s the resident relationships expert on the American news programme, the Today Show.

It was The Matthew Hussey Retreat that I opted for. The 27-year-old from London (currently “single through choice”) was in his late teens when he began working as a life coach, giving dating tips to female friends. Word spread of his success, leading to his 2013 book, Get The Guy.

Our first day begins with frenetic activity. Matthew marches in to our introductory session and begins jumping up and down to pounding music. With his blue eyes, chiselled jawline and a tight T-shirt emphasising his six-pack, he’s more Abercrombie & Fitch model than love guide. I look around at the women, aged from 20 to 60, throwing themselves around like children. What have I got myself into?

It’s all about getting us “energised” for a tough week ahead, he tells us. He isn’t wrong. The week, which costs £3,000, comprises over 60 hours of coaching, from 7am to 7pm. The goal is to teach us to stop looking for another person to make us happy, and learn to make ourselves happy first. It isn’t exactly new, I know, but we’re being instructed in how exactly to do it.

With his blue eyes, chiselled jawline and a tight T-shirt emphasising his six-pack, he’s more Abercrombie & Fitch model than love guide
Nilufer Atik

Matthew believes that people who complement each other attract. They do this by having “high value” lifestyles – lives that are happy and fulfilled. We’re asked to list things that make us feel good and we discuss how to match our goals to these things.

“If you spend 70 per cent of your time working but work doesn’t makes you happy, what do you do?” asks Matthew. “Change what you’re doing or the way you see what you’re doing.” Treat relationships in the same way.

“What if you aren’t fulfilled at work? You leave, fix the problem or develop new skills so you enjoy your job more. It’s the same in relationships. People shouldn’t always seek new landscapes when a relationship becomes stale but should try to see each other through new eyes by having different interests. In a healthy relationship both parties should think, ‘I’m not here because I need you, but because I love you.’”

Love retreats

Eva Longoria is a fan of Matthew’s dating advice [REX FEATURES]

I know I’ve been guilty of this – I abandoned my interests and activities because my ex had none and I felt guilty leaving him at home.

During another session, Matthew asks us to imagine ourselves in a boxing ring, throwing jabs.

“If you watch a boxer, he doesn’t back away when he gets hit. He keeps moving forwards with his guard up,” Matthew says. This, he adds, is how we should approach finding love. Instead of backing away when we get hurt, the best way to rebuild our self-esteem is to put our guard back up and keep on going.

“Fear is based on our perception of failure,” Matthew tells us. “When you are afraid of being open and going into a relationship it’s because you are afraid that relationship is going to fail. But fear only exists in our minds. And we can only conquer it by taking the very action that frightens us.”

I start to cry when I realise the one person I haven’t forgiven for the breakdown of the relationship is me.
Nilufer Atik

The same applies to women already in a relationship, especially those who are holding back, like me. I told Matt I never wanted to live with a man again, no matter how long we lasted. That’s fear for you.

“Don’t be the person who is always waiting for something to go wrong because of a past hurt,” is Matthew’s advice. “When you aren’t fully committed to who and where you are now, you aren’t truly happy.”

There it is – my light bulb moment – the reason I am not fully committing. Standing with eyes closed, we’re told to picture people in our lives who have hurt us and say out loud that we forgive them. I start to cry when I realise the one person I haven’t forgiven for the breakdown of the relationship is me.

Love retreats

Nilufer with Matthew

But the most powerful lesson comes on the last day. Lying on the floor, eyes closed, we are told to imagine ourselves floating through time, picturing all the major events in our lives. Then we race into the future, until we picture ourselves lying in our coffins. It is terrifying.

“This is it, there’s no going back,” says Matthew. “All the dreams you had – all the things you wished you’d done. Now you never will.”

Cue tears – including mine. But then we are brought back to the present and told we have a final chance to get it right. To start living the lives we want to and making ourselves happy. I know what to do.

Stepping out into the evening I punch Matt’s number into my phone. I say it even before he has a chance to speak: “I love you.” It is the bravest thing I’ve done in a long time.

Matthew Hussey’s relationship tips

Be reciprocal

Want your partner to be more loving? YOU be more loving first.

Have standards

and don’t let them slip. It shows self-confidence, which is attractive.

Be congruent

If you want to come across as kind but are mean at work you won’t seem genuine.

Step outside yourself

Ask ‘Whose day can I make today?’ You’ll be amazed at how differently people respond to you.

Other love retreats

Healing A Broken Heart Retreat


Portland, Dorset

This retreat is designed to help people get over a break up. Using special ‘emotional freedom’ techniques, the therapists work on helping people release their anger, sadness and the tangle of emotions they experience when a relationship breaks down as well as helping them put a plan together to face the future.

The Crossroads Retreat

Frodsham, Cheshire

When facing a personal crossroads, how do you decide which route would lead to a more fulfilling life? You head here for their two-day structured programme. In group of up to ten, participants are ask to examine questions which will help them decide whether a relationship is right for them.

The Path of Love

Powys, Wales

A more spiritual experience that’s all about learning to love yourself, giving and receiving unconditional love, and looking at the passion and compassion you bring to your partner and loved ones.

The Ultimate Connection Weekend

Lavenham, Suffolk

This is a private residential retreat for singles and couples who want to work on building intimacy. Using a combination of ‘connective’ dance, partner yoga and practical workshops, the idea is to create a healthier roadmap for future relationships.

Shakti Tantra

Countrywide

Shakti offers weekend retreats all year round with workshops specifically for couples who want to explore, deepen and expand the sexual and spiritual side of things.

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Dating

Dating | How a man’s hand may reveal his dating personality: If his index finger is shorter than his ring finger he’s more likely to pay for dinner, study finds

  • Men exposed to more testosterone in the womb have index fingers shorter than their ring fingers and tend to be more athletic and aggressive
  • They are more likely to pay for dinner, buy chocolates and flowers, wear aftershave and go to the gym in order to impress potential mates
  • Similarly women exposed to oestrogen have longer ring fingers than index fingers and are more likely to buy potential boyfriends presents
  • They are more likely to dress up for men, wear perfume and jewellery

Is your man a cheap date?

To find out, don’t ask him his job or look in his wallet. Simply ask to see his hand.

For, the answer may be hidden in the length of his fingers, as a new study reveals the ratio of a man’s fingers determines whether or not he’ll pay for dinner.

If a man’s index or second finger is shorter than his ring finger, he’s more likely to spend money to impress women.

It means he’s more likely to shower the object of his affections with flowers, chocolates and pay for dinner.

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A man whose index finger is shorter than his ring finger is more likely to pay for dinner and buy potential love interests flowers and chocolates, according to a new study Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3148567/How-man-s-hand-reveal-dating-personality-index-finger-shorter-ring-finger-s-likely-pay-dinner-study-finds.html#ixzz3ewhmTqS0 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Dating a man whose index finger is shorter than his ring finger is more likely to pay for dinner and buy potential love interests flowers and chocolates, according to a new study

He’s also more likely to go to the gym, wear stylish clothes and wear aftershave.

In addition he may tend to make more effort to go out to meet women, and his sex drive may be higher.

Scientists said this is because exposure to the hormones testosterone and oestrogen in the womb shape the length of our fingers.

The shorter the index finger is in relation to the ring finger, the higher the levels of testosterone the person has been subjected to, previous studies have shown.

Short index fingers and longer ring fingers are called masculinised fingers, and men showing this pattern tend to be more aggressive and athletic.

Conversely, having a longer index finger than ring finger is a sign of being exposed to oestrogen in the womb, and is called ‘feminised fingers’.

As part of the new research, psychologists wanted to know if finger length could predict someone’s dating personality.

They conducted two studies with undergraduate students.

The findings revealed that men with masculinised fingers were more likely to make greater efforts to impress their girlfriend or potential partner.

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Men with ‘masculinized fingers’ are more likely to buy dinners for women, wear special cologne, buy flowers and chocolate, go to the gym and have a higher sex drive (file photo)

Dating men with ‘masculinized fingers’ are more likely to buy dinners for women, wear special cologne, buy flowers and chocolate, go to the gym and have a higher sex drive (file photo)

What do your fingers and hands say about you? (related)

 

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‘To attract women, men with masculinised fingers are more likely to buy dinners for women at nice restaurants, wear special cologne, wear stylish clothes, go to the gym, going out to meet women, and show off expensive items to women,’ Dr Marcelo Nepomuceno, of Montreal University, said in the study. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3148567/How-man-s-hand-reveal-dating-personality-index-finger-shorter-ring-finger-s-likely-pay-dinner-study-finds.html#ixzz3ewhVgA5U Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

 

‘To attract women, men with masculinised fingers are more likely to buy dinners for women at nice restaurants, wear special cologne, wear stylish clothes, go to the gym, going out to meet women, and show off expensive items to women,’ Dr Marcelo Nepomuceno, of Montreal University, said in the study.

They were also more likely to buy chocolates and flowers.

Interestingly, these results were strongest among men who are confident in their abilities to attract women.

To attract women, men with masculinised fingers are more likely to buy dinners for women at nice restaurants, wear special cologne, wear stylish clothes, go to the gym, going out to meet women, and show off expensive items

Dr Marcelo Nepomuceno, of Montreal University

‘Therefore, prenatal testosterone drives men to put more time and energy into buying products and services in order to impress women,’ the researchers concluded.

However, they found testosterone did not encourage women to carry out similar actions.

Rather, they discovered that women with feminised fingers are more likely to make greater efforts to impress a love interest.

They are more likely to wear make-up, wear stylish clothes, use a special perfume, go out to meet men, wear a necklace, use creams and oils, and wear jewellery and earrings.

Women with feminised fingers are more likely to give romantic gifts to potential boyfriends, they added.

‘Thus, prenatal oestrogen drives women to spend more time and energy towards buying products and services in order to impress men,’ the researchers said.

They concluded that prenatal exposure to testosterone in men is associated with sex drive, while oestrogen in women is associated with sex drive, driving each sex to impress the other with certain behaviours.

The research was published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

Dating Blogs You’re Not Reading

  • The blog has to focus primarily on dating relationships; and
  • The dating blog must be timely, relevant, and offer something new or interesting that other bloggers forgo or avoid completely.

If you feel I’ve missed a dating blog that meets this criteria, feel free to add it to our database of dating blogs, and I’ll review it for inclusion on this list.

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1.  Nerve’s Dating Confessions

Part PostSecret, Twitter and dating blog, Nerve’s dating site members post succinct yet telling confessions about their dating and sex lives, such as who they wish would contact them, why they regret not dating someone, or what it takes to earn their romantic attentions. It’s a fascinating and constantly-evolving ticker list with a bare and uncensored view of what other singles and couples think right now about their dating lives.

2.  Evan Marc Katz

Evan Marc Katz, author of “I Can’t Believe I’m Buying This Book: A Commonsense Guide to Internet Dating” , and “Why You’re Still Single” (Buy Direct) has one of the best dating blogs going right now. Katz avoids the mainstream dating press releases, instead focusing on providing advice to his readers on a myriad of dating and relationship topics.

3.  Online Dating Insider

Ever wondered what it’s like to run a dating site, or curious about starting your own? Then David Evans is the guy to ask and the blog to follow. One of the older dating blogs in existence (circa 2002), Online Dating Insider discusses why dating sites fail or flourish, interviews some of the top dating company movers and shakers, and offers personalized advice and information for dating business owners that can’t be found elsewhere.

4.  Sex, Lies and Dating In The City

New York City, to be exact. Simone Grant takes her readers all over the place with her dating blog, sharing intimate details about her dating adventures while oftentimes waxing poetic about being single in today’s society, and all that it entails.

5.  The Great Mate Debate

The Great Mate debate is an ingenious dating blog run by Chemistry.com, where a question is posed and answered by four or five relationship experts, thus creating a debate about love, sex, mating and relating. So not only do you get informative and helpful information, you’ll also find different takes on every subject introduced that naturally lend itself to further discussion.

6.  Kiss & Blog

“Sexual politics and self indulgence. Same thing, really,” is the very apt tagline for the Kiss & Blog, which covers a myriad of unusual topics of interest to dating singles, usually in a provocative way. Unfortunately this dating blog isn’t updated as often as I’d like, so it ranks lower on the list than it would had it a more regular posting schedule. Still, Kiss & Blog is a great, thought-provoking read when it is updated, and well worth bookmarking nonetheless.

7.  Geek’s Dream Girl

As the title suggests, this dating blog focuses entirely on helping geeks find their dream woman, with the help of online dating pros ‘e’ and assistant ‘j’, who are very female, very geeky, and very friendly.

8.  OkTrends

OkCupid‘s blog sits firmly in the all-time-favorite dating blog spot in my head, and has for years – and would hit #1 on this list easily, if only they updated a lot more than they do (the most current posting on their blog is almost a year old now.) Having said that, there’s good reason for their lackadaisical publishing schedule: no only does OkCupid crunch the data from their members and analyze it intricately and usefully, they also create fun and oftentimes eye-opening graphs giving their readers a better idea as to what they’re trying to get across. This kind of intensity takes time, and I get it… I just wish it didn’t take so much time.

9.  Online Personals Watch

Although focused more on the business of dating rather than relationships in and of themselves, Mark Brooks offers brief updates about dating news from around the world that applies to both singles and the marketers looking to attract them. I find Brooks’ ability to pick up stories before the rest of the dating bloggers do to be refreshing, although most of the time the posts are merely quick re-hashings of other blogger posts. Still, it’s a great place to visit if you want to stay on top of the dating business in a succint format. More »

10.  The Nerve Blog-A-Log

Well written, quirky, adult, first-hand dating experiences culled from Nerve.com. Users’ dating stories are retold in gory detail on the blog-a-log, and rarely do the five writers (who rotate and are voted off based on reader responses) disappoint. Although I’m somewhat biased (I’ve followed and admired Nerve.com since its inception and own several books they’ve published), and this dating blog isn’t for the faint of heart or those easily offended by graphic language, I still find it the most entertaining and unusual dating blog of the bunch, and therefore am giving it the #1 ranking.

Unfortunately after a few years of fun, the Nerve Blog-A-Log has been removed from their website in 2010. I’m keeping it on this list in the hopes that another datings site picks up the slack and creates something equally as amazing.

 

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