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Sweet Proposal Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is celebrated annually on February 14, which in 2022, falls on a Monday. According to History, Pope Gelasius declared February 14, St. Valentine’s Day at the end of the fifth century. However, it was not considered the most romantic day of the year until much later. History adds that the English poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, was the first to record St. Valentine’s Day as a day of romantic celebration in 1375.

Today, many express their feelings for their loved ones by surprising them with decadent boxes of chocolate and beautifully colored flowers, even stunning custom jewelry. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), in 2021, Americans spent $21.8 billion on gifts for the special people in their lives.

The one day of the year meant for romance is also a popular time for professing your love for your partner by getting on one knee, revealing a custom jewelry piece from Cornelis Hollander while asking, “will you marry me?” WeddingWire reports that February 14 edged out other holidays to take the number one spot as the most popular day to surprise your significant other with a stunning engagement ring.

Here are some sweet ideas for proposing on Valentine’s Day.

Sweeten the Day

Candy is practically essential on Valentine’s Day, with consumers spending a substantial amount of money each year; last year’s expenditures accounted for more than 54% of the $21.8 billion spent. That said, we cannot think of a better way to create an unforgettable moment than by presenting your significant other with a box that not only holds their favorite chocolates but a custom jewelry piece designed by Cornelis Hollander, like the HAAR engagement ring. You can work with our designers to customize the HAAR with your choice of gemstone cut, held in place by four prongs born from the intricate elegance below, with rows of bead-set round accent diamonds.

Paint Heart-Shaped Creations

Make a date night to paint a tangible piece together by visiting a local pottery studio or picking up everything you need to complete them at home. Choose at least one piece that your significant other can open to reveal the brilliant KERVEN engagement ring. It features a marquee-cut diamond center stone guarded by two substantial V-tip prongs and an M-shaped bar accented with round diamonds that runs through its middle. Of course, you will have to slip the ring in before your partner notices. The KERVEN calls forth your poignant commitment and razor-sharp dedication, growing stronger with time, making it perfect for a Valentine’s Day proposal.

Keep the Suspense Going with Clues

We love this idea from The Knot, in which you spread clues throughout an area and send your significant other on a scavenger hunt that ends with you surprising them with a symbol of true union that creates a singular force through its powerful statement of togetherness. That is the MOTIE engagement ring, which features a beautiful combination of straight lines and soft curves, with its four-prong body that circulates effortlessly around the finger leading up to the round cut diamond center stone. You can even enlist the help of your friends and family to pull this sweet proposal idea off on February 14.

Every Cornelis Hollander creation is special to us, and we are honored to share its significance with you. Contact us today at 480-423-5000 to begin designing custom jewelry that your special someone will love wearing each day.


Editors, History. “History of Valentine’s Day.” History, December 22, 2019.

Forrest, Kim. “The Most Popular Days to Get Engaged in 2020 Are Unlike Any Other Year.” WeddingWire, March 5, 2021.

Hill, Simone. “66 Proposal Ideas to Spark Romance.” The Knot, July 13, 2020.

“Holiday and Seasonal Trends: Valentine’s Day.” National Retail Federation (NRF).

Inman, Danielle. “Valentine’s Day Spending to Total $21.8 Billion.” National Retail Federation (NRF), January 28, 2021.

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