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So, you’ve finally met the right person and you’ve decided to propose… hardest part done right? Wrong. Finding the perfect engagement ring can be just as difficult as finding the perfect person.   There are so many choices, so many options and styles and the perfect ring doesn’t depend on your preference, but knowing what your special someone likes.  Choosing a ring that is completely not their style can have a detrimental impact on the proposal… after all, you want everything to be perfect.  We completely understand that, so we’ve put together this guide to help you to find a ring that is perfect for your loved one.

 

Choosing a diamond

Traditionally speaking, engagement rings are diamonds, they might have other stones with them, but the main stone, is typically a diamond.  But again, there are so many diamonds, all varying so much in price.  If you don’t know much about them you might not know what you’re looking for, or which one to choose.

The way diamonds are priced is according to the 4 C’s.

  1. Cut
  2. Colour
  3. Clarity
  4. Carat Weight

The better the 4 C’s, the higher priced the diamond.  Another thing to consider when looking at diamonds is the shape. Some are oval, some are pear shaped, others are square, and the shape does impact the overall style.  If you’re able to find out your partners preferred stone shape, this will make your job of finding the perfect ring much easier.

 

Choosing a metal

Once you know what kind of diamond shape you want and how much you are willing to spend, the next thing you should think about is the metal you’d like the ring band to be made from. Typically, engagement rings are made from one of three types of metal:

  1. Platinum: this is the most expensive metal because it resists tarnishing. It is also the most expensive material to repair if it does get damaged.
  2. White Gold: these have a silver-like appearance that matches well with other jewellery. Unfortunately, this colour will eventually wear off and need to be replaced.
  3. Yellow Gold: available in 14-carat and 18-carat, this is the most popular colour engagement ring. This metal is easy to repair, which is good because over time it will start to show scratches and abrasions.

 

Choosing a setting

The setting of the stone really makes the style of the ring.  The preferred setting is a personal choice, it needs to reflect the personality of the person wearing the ring. There are endless options of standard settings, and even custom engagement ring settings.   Engagement ring settings:

  1. Prong or Solitaire Setting: One of the most popular choices is a prong setting because this makes the centre stone look like it is hanging, it is more prominent, creating an attractive sparkle.
  2. Tiffany Setting: a six-prong setting that maximises the light return on the diamond.
  3. Bezel Setting: this setting encircles the entire diamond, holding it in place. This is one of the most durable settings as it holds the stone more securely.
  4. Tension Setting: a setting that makes the ring look like it is being suspended between two sides of the shank.
  5. Tension Style Setting: a setting that looks like the tension style mentioned above, but the stone is actually set into the band.
  6. Channel Setting: a way of securing smaller diamonds (or stones) into the band of the ring, flush with the shank.
  7. Pave Setting: small diamonds are closely set together so that the band is not visible.
  8. Halo Settings: this is the placement of diamonds around the centre stone.
  9. Cathedral Setting: arches of metal are used to hold the diamond in place.
  10. Bar Setting: like the channel setting, except the stone is visible and exposed on two sides.

 

Choosing the perfect engagement ring

After you have made all of the above decisions it should be much easier to choose the perfect ring. You’ve narrowed down the search massively.  Of course, you will still have some choices to make, but this should be much easier now.  If you’re still unable to find the perfect ring, then why not have a custom ring made especially for your partner, using the decisions you’ve made above.

If you’re still unsure as to what you’d like, or if you’d like to take a look at a selection of rings to find the perfect one, then contact one of our expert team members now.

 

 

We only ever think about giving diamond rings for marriage proposals, but what if we told you there were other times in life where only diamonds would do?

Diamonds might not seem like the obvious choice in gift. Many people are put off by their reassuringly expensive price. However, there are few ways to declare everlasting love or everlasting friendship that are as efficient as a diamond.

Why We Give Diamonds in Engagement Rings?

Giving diamonds in the engagement ring is symbolic of everlasting love. A diamond is a hard stone which will never be worn down by any tribulations during the marriage. It is one of the hardest stones in existence, according to the Mohs hardness scale. There are few stones which surpass it in terms of toughness.

We also give diamond engagement rings because a diamond lasts for an eternity. The diamond engagement ring is symbolic of eternal love, which is tough enough to last the distance. While giving diamond rings as accepted as a token of everlasting love and potential marriage, there are other times in life where giving a diamond is an acceptable gift. Here are our top three.

Engagement Ring3 times in life to give a diamond outside of an engagement ring

If you want to give an exemplary gift to someone you love but don't want to marry, then giving diamonds is the best way to do it. Here are some situations where only a diamond will do.

1 - Your mother’s birthday

Not just any birthday, but a big birthday. When your mother reaches 40 or 50 or 60, this is when we should consider giving her a diamond. It doesn't have to be a diamond ring. Diamond earrings always go down a treat for mothers and mother in laws. You should also consider a diamond necklace. Depending on your mother's age and what she likes in terms of jewellery, you may also consider a diamond studded brooch, watch, or bracelet.

2 - As thank you gifts for participation in your wedding

It is traditional to thank the participants in your wedding with a gift. Usually this means something like a hip flask or an engraved glass for the men and often ends with jewellery for the women. Although diamonds are expensive, a small diamond set into a silver backing can make a wonderful gift for those who helped you get married. Again, this is a symbol of eternity. Eternal friendship in this case.

3 - At a graduation ceremony

When your loved one graduates, this is the event of a lifetime. They will never do this again. Well, they might, but it's unlikely. A graduation is something to be celebrated. It is an achievement beyond anything else you will do with your life other than getting married. It is symbolic of the start of your career and therefore the start of your life as an adult. Giving a diamond at this crucial juncture is a perfectly acceptable thing to do. It may not be expected either, which makes it all the sweeter for the recipient.

The Bonus Round

You should also consider giving diamonds to anyone who has just turned 21. The eternal nature of the stone will mean that they will have this gift for the rest of their lives. What a perfect way to remember you by, even after you're gone.

Give A Diamond to Your Loved One This Christmas

Don't forget that Christmas is a perfectly acceptable time to give anyone you like a diamond.

If you have never purchased (or received!) a diamond engagement ring before, then you could be forgiven for being completely baffled by the terminology commonly used by jewellers to describe the range of options you will need to consider: style, size, shape, cut, weight, setting, metal type, etc, etc.

As with any major purchase, it pays to be well prepared in advance. Check out our glossary and you won't go far wrong when it's time to track down that perfect engagement ring.

Paisley Amazing Emerald Cut Trilogy Engagement Ring

Glossary

Accent Diamonds – smaller diamonds that are arranged around the central diamond. Typically used to enhance the main diamond.

Blemish – external flaws which can affect the clarity of a diamond.

Brilliant cut – a gem cutting style designed to maximise brilliance and sparkle. Triangular, kite-shaped, or cone-shaped facets are arranged around the centre of the diamond. This enables light to enter the diamond from several different angles and directions. The standard round brilliant cut diamond has 58 facets.

Brilliance – the level of brightness emitted from the centre of the diamond.

Carat (ct) – a jewellery industry term used to quantify the weight of a diamond.

Clarity – a diamond which minimal inclusions and blemishes.

Colour – the less colour in a diamond, the higher the grade. The amount of colour is measured on a scale, from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow or brown). Diamonds can be found in a wide variety of natural and dyed colours, including yellow, pink, blue, brown, and even black.

Cut – The cut of a diamond determines its ability to sparkle, and refers to the style guide used when shaping a diamond for polishing and finishing. Diamonds are rated on the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) cut grades scale, ranging from Excellent to Poor.

Carat, Clarity, Colour and Cut are often referred to as the "4Cs" -
the top four characteristics to consider when purchasing a diamond.

Crown – the upper section of the diamond, situated above the girdle.

Culet – a small flat facet which is added to the bottom of the diamond, to protect the pointed tip at the bottom of the cone-shaped pavilion.

Eye clean – refers to a diamond with no blemishes or inclusions visible to the naked eye.

Face-up (or table up) – where a diamond’s crown and table are faced towards the observer.

Face-down (or table down) – where a diamond’s pavilion is faced towards the observer.

Facet – a smooth, flat surface on the top of a diamond, which enables light to be reflected.

Fancy cut – a term used to describe diamond shapes which are not round.

Fire – the gleams of colour emitted from a polished diamond.

Flawless – a word used to describe a diamond with no detectable blemishes or inclusions when viewed under 10× magnification by a qualified grader.

Fluorescence – the amount of light emitted from a diamond when it is exposed to ultraviolet radiation.

Girdle – the outer perimeter of the diamond, which divides the crown from the pavilion.

Halo – a ring of stones surrounding the main, central diamond.

Inclusion – internal flaws which can affect the clarity of a polished diamond.

Loupe - a small, hand-held magnifying lens used by gemologists for examining gemstones, including diamonds. 10× magnification is considered to be the industry standard.

Melee – a jewellery trade term used to describe small diamonds weighing less than one-fifth of a carat, and which are generally less than 2mm in diameter.

Pavilion – the lower section of a diamond, situated below the girdle.

Plot - a certified map of a diamond’s inclusions, blemishes and facets.

Princess Cut – popular trade name for a square or rectangular-shaped brilliant cut diamond.

Scintillations – flashes of light and darker hues that are visible whenever the diamond, the light, or the observer moves.

Shape – refers to the face-up outline shape of a diamond – for example, round, pear, oval, rectangle, heart, or square.

Shoulders - the shoulders of a diamond engagement ring mark the point between the setting and the band.

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Brielle Princess Cut Shoulder Set Diamond Engagement Ring


Diamond Cuts

Asscher cut – a square-shaped diamond with a high crown and stepped facets.

Cushion cut – a square-cut diamond with rounded edges.

Emerald cut – a rectangular-shaped diamond with small, rounded edges.

European cut - an antique diamond cut developed before the advent of precision technology.

Heart cut – a heart-shaped diamond – most often mounted in solitaire settings.

Marquise cut – a rugby-ball-shaped diamond set with prongs at each end, to protect the pointed ends from chipping.

Oval cut – oval-shaped diamonds are available in a range of different widths, from slim to wide.

Pear cut – a combination of the round and marquise diamond shapes. Available in a range of different widths, from slim to wide.

Princess cut – one of the most popular and affordable fancy diamond cuts for engagement rings. This modern cut is angular, square and geometric.

Radiant cut – a square or rectangular-shaped diamond with subtly curved edges; similar to the emerald shape.

Round cut – the most popular engagement ring shape, the round cut features a perfectly circular central diamond.

Trillion cut – triangular-shaped diamonds are used as accent stones to frame a central square diamond.

Dessa Astonishing Marquise Cut Halo Diamond Engagement Ring


Setting Styles

Prong settingalso known as a claw setting, this is the most common type of setting for solitaire diamond rings. The diamond is placed into a metal, claw-shaped cradle and secured with 3-8 metal prongs.

Channel setting this is where diamonds are set in a straight row, and are suspended without prongs between two horizontal strips of metal, situated above and below the stones.

Pave setting also known as bead setting – is where a large number of small, round, brilliant cut stones are attached to the ring by tiny droplets of metal, giving a pavedeffect. This is to avoid seeing metal in between the stones. The technique involves small holes being made in the setting. Once the diamonds are placed in the holes, the surrounding metal is raised to form tiny beads, designed to hold the gemstones firmly in place.

Bezel setting  a setting technique whereby an elevated, metal, collar-type edging is wrapped around the rim of the diamond, providing a highly secure, protective fastener for the stones.

Scallop setting - delicate shared prongs form a scallop shape when viewed from the side.

Fishtail setting - where the diamond melee is set low into the metal, with fishtail-shaped cuts.

Flush setting - a sleek style, where diamond melee are set individually without prongs, directly into the metal.

Keavy round diamond prong setting eternity ring


Metal Types

Platinumas well as being extremely durable, platinum is a 95% pure white metal. It doesn't fade or tarnish, and it is also an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin.

Palladium – one of the strongest types of platinum, palladium hasa greyish-white tone.

White Gold is a rhodium-plated pure gold which has been alloyed (mixed) with palladium, zinc or nickel. It is generally stronger than yellow gold.

Yellow Gold is pure gold alloyed with copper and silver.

Rose Gold is pure gold alloyed with copper. It is available in several different shades, from light red to soft pink.

Gold Plated refers to a very thin layer of pure gold used to coat a different type of lesser-value metal.

Shenaz Princess Cut Halo Ring With Diamond Set Shoulders on a Yellow-Gold Band


Some Popular Engagement Ring Styles

Art Deco – inspired by the art deco era of the 1920s, these rings are characterised by geometric, angular shapes and bold lines.

Baguette – a style often used for side stones, the baguette's main feature is its long, clean lines.

Halo – this style of engagement ring features a central stone which is surrounded by a circle of smaller stones. Some rings have a double halo – where two circles of small stones encircle one larger central diamond.

Solitaire – an engagement ring with one solitary stone.

Trilogy - as the name suggests, this ring style features a central diamond flanked by two shoulder stones.

Vintage / Antique – classic engagement rings created more than 50 years ago (antique) or before the early twentieth century (vintage).

Vintage-inspired (reproduction) – modern engagement rings created in the classic style of vintage rings.

Purna Amazing Round Diamond Halo Ring With Diamond Set Shoulders

 

So, there you have it. You're now fully-informed about the array of options you will need to consider when shopping for that perfect engagement ring, and should feel more confident when it comes to discussing your precise requirements with the jeweller. Good luck!

Kim Kardashian fans have been left scratching their heads after the celebrity recently appeared in an advertisement for her new KKK Diamonds Collection fragrances, wearing a diamond ring which bears a striking resemblance to the 20-carat diamond engagement ring reportedly stolen during a raid in Paris in 2016.

Images of the ring have been widely shared on social media, sparking rumours that the celebrity may have had her ring returned. However, Ms Kardashian has refuted such speculation, and has told Entertainment Tonight that the ring is, in fact, a replica loaned from Lorraine Schwartz, the famous jewellery designer who designed both of her engagement rings from Kanye West. She explained that the ring in the ad is “a little fake that I’ll borrow from her sometimes, that she made. A really nice one. It looks really nice.”

The reality star fell victim to the organised criminal gang three years ago, when she was famously held at gunpoint, tied up and left in the bathtub. The thieves made away with millions of dollars worth of jewellery, including her $4 million emerald-cut engagement ring. According to police testimony from one of the robbers, the stolen jewellery was melted down before being sold in Antwerp.

You may recall an extravagant scene from megastar Taylor Swift's “Look What You Made Me Do” video, in which she lounges around in a bath filled with diamond jewellery. But were you aware that those diamonds were REAL, and worth more than $10 million?

The luminary jeweller, Neil Lane reveals that jewellery from his luxury diamond collection was used for the shoot, telling celebrity gossip magazine Page Six: "I had to go to the vault for this one. They wanted an over-the-top, glamorous look so we gave them unprecedented access to my collection. And wow, what an amazing turnout, diamonds have never looked better!"

The scene caused some controversy at the time, with many fans believing that the bathtub jewels were a reference to the widely reported 2016 robbery in Paris, during which Kim Kardashian was tied up at gunpoint and left in the bath while thieves made away with millions of dollars worth of jewellery.

 

Top 10 wedding blogs

 

Wedding planning sounds like fun, doesn’t it? The reality, quite often, is a bunch of spreadsheets, broken budgets, tricky decisions over who gets left out of the reception and one very stressed bride-to-be.

The good news? It doesn’t have to be that way. The internet is full of brilliant resources and bloggers who you can rely on to offer sage advice and help guide you through what should be a joyous process.

In this post, we are going to list our top 10 wedding blogs. Bookmark, subscribe - read!

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