Today is National Proposal Day 2017

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Today is the day! If you were thinking about proposing to your partner, what better day to do it than National Proposal Day!

Planning a proposal could be one of the most stressful but exciting things a man has to do. But are proposals a surprise anymore?

In a recent study by 77 Diamonds, 62% of women suspected or knew for sure that their partner was going to propose but 75% of all men questioned want to keep the proposal a complete surprise!

Some women know exactly how they would like to be proposed to, and others know the absolute no-go’s for a proposal. The study also shows 60% of couples actually discussed the proposal with each other beforehand.

But what about the ring?

Entrusting our partners to pick out that perfect engagement ring is a pretty nerve-wracking experience. Although the men are choosing the ring as a promise of commitment to their partners, it is the women that have to have to wear that ring for the rest of their lives.

The men are often left to their own devices, and it is seen as a true test on how well our partners know one another. In fact, in the recent survey by 77 Diamonds, it was revealed that 80% of people in a relationship would not feel completely confident to buy their partner an engagement ring without them seeing it first!

We rarely see the thought-process that goes behind picking out an engagement ring, but now we can get a little glimpse into the unseen emotional rollercoaster a man goes through to get the ring right.

77 Diamonds presents “The Perfect Match”, an experiment designed to test couples to see how well they know each other, and how well they know their partner’s taste in jewellery.

We filmed three couples; Ali and Ed, James and Fay, and Holly and Ed, to see if they would be able to select the same ring as each other, in a bid to win a £10,000 diamond.

The couples were invited to the 77 Diamonds London showroom, where they were split up, with the women selecting the engagement ring she would pick for herself, and her partner selecting the engagement ring he believed his other half would want.

The couple who got the closest match on their ring selection won the diamond, which will then be set in a jewellery type of their choice. But who was the closest?

We were able to get insight into what happens when a man is faced with more diamond shapes, styles, cuts and carats than they ever even knew existed!

With a once-in-a-lifetime prize and a partner to impress, the stakes are high!

You can see how the couples got on here.