DIAMONDS are the most popular choice for engagement rings, whether that’s as a stunning solitaire or as accent stones in a cluster or halo. The brilliance and durability of diamonds make them a perfect choice.
When choosing a diamond engagement ring the ‘4 Cs’ are important.
Carat is the weight of the diamond. Popular engagement ring sizes range from 0.30ct to 1ct.
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Diamond Colour ranges from D (colourless) all the way down the alphabet to Z and ‘Fancy Yellow’ diamonds. We usually recommend a choice of G to H colour.
The Clarity of a diamond describes how free the stone is of inclusions, when viewed under 10x magnification by a trained expert. Inclusions are the individual fingerprints of the stone. All diamonds have inclusions and no two diamonds are the same.
We recommend SI or Slightly Included, which means the diamond has some inclusions (visible with a 10x lens when viewed by an expert) but importantly these aren’t visible to the naked eye.
The Cut of the diamond refers to how well the diamond was polished or cut into shape. Thanks to modern technology, it’s very rare to come across a diamond that isn’t cut well. Our diamonds range from Good to Excellent.
Another diamond feature which people consider is shape. The most popular choice is a Round Brilliant Cut, this shape is mathematically calculated to give the most brilliance. There are a wide variety of shapes available, each with their own character and advantages. An oval cut diamond has a large surface area and can elongate the finger and an emerald cut can add bring an air of art-deco glamour to your jewellery.
Sapphires are another great choice for an engagement ring. They are hardwearing stones, second only to diamonds, they are durable, and they come in every colour of the rainbow!
Traditionally the most desired colour is blue, but the exact shade can vary depending on the origin of your sapphire. Unlike diamonds sapphires aren’t graded with an internationally recognised standardised system. Colour is the most prized quality in all gems other than diamond, and colour is much more subjective.
Technically colour is broken down into hue, tone and saturation. Hue describes the type of colour, blue for example. Tone is how light or dark the gem is and saturation is how vivid the colour looks.
Inclusions are found in all coloured gemstones but they do not typically have much overall impact on their appearance or value. When buying a coloured gem, personal taste and how you respond to the colour should always be the deciding factor.
If you’re looking for an engagement ring with a bit more character, then sapphires could be perfect for you. We are happy to work with you to select the best available sapphire for your ring.
Solitaire rings are classical and timeless and make a real feature of the diamond. The diamond is the star here, whether it’s an impressive 1ct rock or a smaller dainty design. This is a diverse ring style which can suit many different tastes. The diamond can be held in a traditional claw setting or a minimalist bezel setting.
A HALO embellishes the central stone, adding to the sparkle and size of the ring. While A CLUSTER can create a central focal point made up of a delicate formation of smaller stones.
If you’re looking for something more unique or maybe a splash of colour, take advantage of the huge variety of engagement rings beyond solitaires;
TRILOGIES, or five stone rings give width and shape to a design.
The setting is the part of the ring which holds the stones securely in place. Here are the main styles;
CLAW settings make a real feature of the stones.
6 claws can enhance the shape of a round stone and often have pretty detailing in an embellished ‘gallery’ under the setting.
A 4 claw setting has a more contemporary, less detailed appearance.
In a BEZEL setting the metal hugs the edges of the stone, either part or all the way round.
All of our 18ct Gold is Fairtrade certified, but the colour; rose, yellow or white is up to you. They are all durable and wear well over time.
Our 18ct White Gold isn’t plated with rhodium because it doesn’t need to be, your ring will stay the same colour and so won’t need to be re-plated every year.
We also offer PLATINUM-ours is recycled. Platinum is a tough metal and denser than Gold, another good choice for an engagement ring.
Remember when it comes to wedding rings it is best to choose the same metal as your engagement ring so they will wear well together over time.