Diamond Engagement Rings Guide

DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RINGS GUIDE Is there any purchase more important than a diamond engagement ring? All women dream about the moment they are proposed to. Will it be in Paris? Will it be in public or private? Will there be rose petals all over the ground? And, most importantly, what will the ring be like? There is a lot of pressure on the man to get it right, and we are guessing you probably haven’t bought a lot of diamond rings in your time, so it can be a bit daunting and intimidating. But, don’t fret, as we have put together this guide to help you out.

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Grading – There is only one place to begin, and this is with diamond grading. There are a number of diamond grading systems used around the world, but it is recommended that you choose a GIA certified stone, as the Gemological Institute of America is the most recognised and widely used system.

So, how is a diamond graded?

* Cut       * Clarity         * Colour         * Carat

These are known as the four ‘C’s, and it is important to have an understanding of them. We explain them in full detail in our education section. However, we’ll give you a quick breakdown here. Cut is the way in which the diamond is cut – the proportions – it’s not the shape of the diamond. The cut impacts the way in which the light reflects off the surface. Clarity refers do the diamond’s inclusions/blemishes, and the colour is how transparent the diamond is. Finally, carat refers to the weight.

Our recommendations are to look for a diamond that has a clarity grade of VS1 – SI1, a colour grade of D – G, a fluorescence grade of none – faint, and a cut/polish grade of excellent – very good. Nonetheless, seeing the diamond in person is the best solution, so you can really get a feel for what it is like and get recommendations from a specialist.

Budget – Now that you are educated regarding the four C’s, you should consider your budget. Diamond rings vary in price considerably, so it is a good idea to set a limit. Don’t worry if you have a tight budget; there are different qualities that you can play around with to lower the price.

Metal – What type of metal are you going to choose? Popular options include white gold, yellow gold and platinum. According to our latest survey 60% of buyers preferred platinum rings, while 20% white gold, 10% yellow, and 10% rose gold.

Diamond shape – The shape of the diamond is so important and if you are lucky your girlfriend may have hinted about this before. You have many options to choose from, such as Princess, Emerald, Heart, Round, Oval, Pear, and Marquise. 50% of respondents opted for a traditional round brilliant, while 20% went for oval cut diamonds, 15% cushion cut and the remainder diving between princess, pear and emerald.

Ring setting – There are a number of patterns and details to choose from. However, most rings fall into one of the following three settings: halo setting, side stone and solitaire. The latter is a single stone, which is held securely in a prong setting so that the diamond catches the light. This is the most popular style of engagement ring. A side stone setting is one whereby the main stone is flanked by other gemstones or diamonds for additional colour or sparkle. Finally, a halo setting is one whereby the main stone is surrounded by tiny diamonds to create the illusion of greater size or to add sparkle.

Ring size – Last but not least, you need to get your girlfriend’s ring size right. Most women have a ring size ranging from G to R, with the most common sizes being between K to N. The best thing to do is take one of your girlfriend’s rings without her realising, and get the size this way.

So there you have it – all of the things you need to consider when you are looking for a diamond engagement ring. If you need some assistance, don’t hesitate to book a free appointment with one of our experts. We would be more than happy to guide you and show you the different options we have available for your budget. Explore our Diamond Engagement rings.

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Historical Engagement Rings

The history of engagement ring bestowing is far older than you might think. Traditions of giving a ring associated with love and romance go back thousands of years to the ancient world.

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From Ancient Greek rings featuring symbolic love knots, to the earliest betrothal rings from Ancient Rome showcasing intaglios depicting the god of love, Cupid. Then we see Medieval ‘fede’

rings; the precursors to the modern concept of wedding rings known as ‘posy’ rings and early diamond set Tudor rings so rare they would be fit for a Queen. Following these are glittering Georgian diamonds contrasted by their silver settings; richly ornamented Victorian engagement rings; elegant and refined pretty Edwardian styles through to bold geometric Art Deco designs and stylish retro rings of the 1940s and 50s.

If you are interested in the history of engagement ring giving, Berganza can help you choose something a little more unusual so that you can present your loved one with a truly unique and extremely rare ring bursting with history- visit us in our shop or via the website www.berganza.com  for more information and to view our entire one-of-a-kind stock.

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Bespoke Jewellery Design by Anais Rose

Bespoke jewellery design by Anais Rose image3Samantha, founder of Anais Rose has been in the diamond jewellery industry for over 16 years. Specialising in the bespoke design of engagement rings, wedding bands & all fine jewellery.

I offer a truly personal service, whether you’re looking at diamond rings from the Anais Rose collection or looking to create a whole new piece of your own, I am here to help you with both the design process and selecting the best stones for you and your setting type.

I feel you should never be rushed into purchasing or creating a piece of jewellery and so I work by appointment – giving you the space and time to consider all of the options available to you.

I’m Proud to say that my work is based highly on recommendation and I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people, creating beautiful pieces of jewellery, jewellery that carries your own story and will be treasured for generations to come!

Testimonials & exclusive jewellery designs are available to view at www.anaisrose.com

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Bespoke Jewellery Made In Britain

There is something truly unique for having your jewellery made here in Britain and in the iconic Hatton Garden the most famous jewellery street in world.

There is the heritage, the British hallmark and the traditional craftsmanship that just cannot be found anywhere else on the globe .

Commissioning a bespoke British made piece of jewellery means you will get exactly what you want at a price you want to pay without compromise, along with having the opportunity to stamp your own personality and ideas on your bespoke engagement ring  or  jewellery of your dreams which  you cherish forever.

By combining over 35 years of traditional manufacturing skills with the very latest latest 3D design software and 3D wax printing not only will  you see your designs evolve from original sketches and  become interactive drawings on the big screen you will be able to see and wear a prototype created from the latest state of the art 3D printer.

As the market leader in bringing together the past and most up to date manufacturing techniques there has never been a better time to explore the world of Bespoke Jewellery and at the same time flying the flag for “Made in Britain”

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Valuations advised as period jewellery soars 80% over past decade

Period and designer jewellery has grown more in value than the housing market, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), making jewellery re-valuations highly advisable.

The research revealed the most rare and sought-after pieces of vintage jewellery have soared in value by more than 80% during the past 10 years. It compared this with house prices in England, which have risen in value by just 47% over the same period.

Art Deco (1920s and 1930s) and Belle Epoque jewellery (1890 to 1915) pieces have soared by 88% since 2006, according to Art Market Research, while antique jewellery and post-war era (1945-1975) jewellery have risen by 68% and 70%, respectively.

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Jewellery valuation advice bb452839302436Despite the rises, auction house Bonhams claims Britons are sitting on millions of pounds worth of designer jewellery because they simply do not know exactly how much it is worth. Bonhams said many owners do not realise how valuable their jewellery is because the hallmarks, signatures or initials of its creators are unnoticed or unrecognised.

Jean Ghika, head of jewellery for UK and Europe at Bonhams, said: “People tend to think designer pieces of jewellery are very obviously branded by their creators, but that’s not always the case. The identifying marks of many leading designers can be incredibly subtle. Hallmarks, signatures, initials, even a name or a code on the back of a jewel can signify that a piece of jewellery has come from a highly sought-after house. These could include names like Cartier or Van Cleef & Arpels and these ‘signatures’ can make a huge difference to the eventual selling price.”

Nigel  Sykes of the Hatton Garden company Prestige Valuations said: “We really do advise everyone in times like these to have their jewellery professionally valued. Without an accurate up to date valuation you run the risk of being under insured in the event of loss or theft. Many insurance companies will also insist that you have items over a certain value specified individually on your policy and regularly valued to ensure the limits are adequate. See our site at www.prestigevaluations.com for more details”

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