Engagement Guide

Getting married is one of the biggest moments in your life and the ring will last a lifetime, so it's important to get it right! 

You have a few options of how to go about designing your ring...

1) Go it alone and grantee a complete surprise. Having worked on many engagement rings, I have an understanding of what works really well. I'm always happy to share my knowledge with you and guide you through the process.

2) Ask her/your friend(s) for help in the style and look of the ring. Both asking her friends and your friends for advice is a great option but choose who you ask carefully, you don't want them to let the 'cat out of the bag'. Also think about who she goes shopping with and who knows her style well. I've previously worked with clients and friends during consultations.

4) Propose first, buy the ring second. If you're really unsure it maybe best to pop the question first, then we can all work on the ring together to create the perfect ring for your fiancé.

If you have a design in mind, for a small extra cost I can make it in silver so that you can pop the question with a ring and then we can check the design with your fiancé before I create the final version.

Another option is to create a few different designs which I can print and place in a presentation pack, so you can discuss your ideas with you fiancé over your engagement. 

 

Spending within your budget

As a bespoke jeweller I create rings that cater for all budgets and I'm happy to work to yours too! I am often asked, 'how much should I spend?' and the answer depends on how much you can spend and what you are looking for!

 If are thinking of very complex design with lots of diamonds it's going to have more work than a single stone diamond ring. This is worth bearing in mind when looking at designs.

My prices start at £1,500 for a platinum and diamond ring and go up from there. 

 

How to choose a diamond?

If you are one of the 75% of men who go for the classic diamond engagement ring then you might have heard about 'the 4C's' - but what does this mean?

Diamonds are graded using the 4C's (Colour, Cut, Clarity and Carat). All of these will effect the 'beauty' of the diamond and its price. Please follow the link below to my diamond guide. 



My diamonds come with a GIA certificate, unless otherwise agreed. I would recommend being a little careful with which gemological body has supplied the certificate. As with driving licences, the standard vary between different countries in the world. This is also the case when it comes to diamond grading standards. GIA is renowned for being the most consistent and the most stringent in their grading which is why they have the reputation for being 'the best'.

Just remember diamond grading is subjective and "you're buying a diamond not the piece of paper it comes with."

I am a certified Gem-A diamond grader so I am very happy to advise you on stone quality and properties. I check all my diamonds before purchase. 

 

What Precious Metal to go for?

The main consideration is colour - does she like white (platinum, palladium or white gold), yellow (gold) or rose (gold). More information about metals can be found on the link below.

If you would like anymore information about choosing the perfect engagement ring, please get in touch.

 

Mens Wedding Rings

Men's wedding rings can be the dullest of affairs - Some guys want a plain wedding band and that's fine but, so often they don't have a choice not to. Guys often say to me that they want classic look but with a little twist.

The wedding band is a key piece of jewellery worn by men and in my opinion it should reflect thier personality. Creating a custom ring allows you to express your design flair wheather that's very geometric pattern or a more organic look, any look can be catered for.

Below I've created a look book of some of my favourite gentlemens wedding bands, Maybe it will get the creative juices flowing for what could be done with yours.

1)  A classic look, with a hammered effect running around the outside of the band. This just adds a little interest and breaks up the light giving a really lovely effect. We can do all manor of Hammered effects depending in on what you have in mind. These can also be coupled with different finishes and even mixed metal bands. To come up with a wedding band, which is truly unique.

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2) Another great choice when customising your wedding band is using two contrasting coloured metals. This can tie your wedding ring into your Fiancees or develop a unique look.
Below we used yellow and white gold, high polishing the white gold and matt brushing the yellow gold to accentuate the different colours. We also used small grooves between the metal to make the white gold stand out even more.

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3) Engraving is another technique that can give a truly unique finish.

Below we engraved a pattern that was similar to my clients Grandfather's shotgun. I thought it was a really lovely way to link the generations and to marry the classic scroll engraving into the more modern setting of a wedding band. We also opted of a slight concave to the outside edge of the ring so it had a little shape to the wedding band.

 If you're an artist or graphic designer you could always create a pattern that can be engraved onto the inside or outside of your wedding band.

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4) Sandblasting can be applied to any metal and even used in areas of the ring design. Here we have paired sandblasted the main body of the ring with fluid edges which were high polished help emphasise the contrast in the ring. 

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5) Fluting the edges can really help give a little extra detail to the very edge of the design. This can be done using a single, double or even flue. Or go the whole hog and ridge the whole outside surface.

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6) last but by no means least we have my choice of wedding band. 

I wanted to have a diamond set band but I really didn't want it too in your face or tacky.

To achieve this look I used the trillion cut diamond. These were set full eternity ring, I left some platinum between the diamonds as I wanted the stones to be a detail that was noticed at a second glance, rather than the main event. On the inside I used a very geometric pattern for the back holes which I felt was in keeping with my branding and the engraving that I was planning to put inside. 

On My wife's ring we put a sapphire on the inside of her wedding band but this is a subtle way of adding a little bling. If you wanted to echo your wife's ring on the inside of your wedding band this could be a great way to do this.

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I hope these ideas help with designing your perfect gents wedding ring. If you have an idea but are not sure it'll work, please get in touch, we'd be happy to advise you on it.