Favourite holiday engagement stories from Palladio

Tis the season for proposals! Did you know that December is the most popular month to get engaged? Prime times are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, followed by New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Getting engaged is a momentous occasion. Take it from us, Palladio Jewellers, we know. To make it really special, first find the perfect ring and then decide where to pop the question. The venue not only sets the stage for romance, it will forever be part of the love story you share with friends and family.

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With over half a century of experience selling and custom designing diamond and precious gem engagement rings, we have heard many romantic proposal stories from our clients. Here are a few of our favourites:

New York Serenade

This couple flew to New York for what she thought was a romantic weekend. Upon arrival, they strolled through Central Park where he planned to have her friend, an amazing jazz singer, waiting to serenade them with “La Vie en Rose” – their favourite romantic song. He dropped to one knee and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him. She said yes. He recalls that his hands shook as he placed the ring on her finger; whether from the cold or stress he is not sure. Then they danced, drawing a clapping crowd, before returning to the Mandarin Hotel for champagne in the elegant 35th floor lounge. As you can imagine, the rest of their trip was magical.

Grouse Mountain - Love on Ice

On a picture perfect sunny winter day, my client invited his girlfriend to go skating at the top of Grouse Mountain, hiding the engagement ring box in her ice skates. When she couldn’t get her foot in the skate and went to remove the “obstruction”, he dropped to one knee and got a resounding YES! Whether you propose on the way up in a gondola, on the slopes, or in The Observatory, a fine dining restaurant at the top of the mountain, the backdrop to your engagement is sure to be magnificent.

VanDusen Botanical Garden – Festival of Lights


Another client shared how romantic it was when he proposed at the Festival of Lights. With over one million twinkling lights spread over 15 acres, VanDusen Botanical Garden transforms into a winter wonderland during the month of December and early January. After meandering through the glittering displays, they went for a ride on the carousel, which is where he proposed. Definitely a special night!


When it comes to finding the perfect engagement ring, Palladio has got you covered.

Whether you wish to choose from our extensive selection or create your own one-of-a-kind engagement ring, you’ll be impressed by our originality, craftsmanship and service. You can trust Palladio’s master goldsmiths and craftsmen to bring your ideas to life and custom create something meaningful and extraordinary using the rarest gems, purest metals and finest diamonds.

This holiday season marks our first anniversary in our new showroom located at 900 West Hastings Street. It’s inspired by the notion of a precious jewelry box. The interior is designed to create an exclusive shopping experience that showcases – like a jewelry box does – the precious products, but at the scale of a store. Come and have a look. You might just find exactly what your soon-to-be-fiancé will love!

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