How much does an engagement ring cost

engagement ring and wedding rings

If you’ve ever thought about proposing, you’ll have wondered how much is reasonable to spend on an engagement ring. This article gives you a few tips on how much each element of an engagement ring can affect its cost and how you can maximise your value for money.

Once you know the price breakdowns of each engagement ring element, you can comfortably set your own budget and understand what you’re actually spending your money on.

What most affects the price of an engagement ring?

The main element that will affect the price of an engagement ring is the type of diamond or coloured gemstone and its quality characteristics. For example, when creating a solitaire engagement ring, the centre stone will often make up around 80% of the ring’s value.

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qualified jewellery valuation

valuing your jewellery in Hatton Garden

Tim Bicknell (FIRV) and Michelle Knust (MIRV) are Registered Valuers with the Institute of Registered Valuers

We have over 60 years combined experience in the jewellery and watch trade.
At Jewellery Portfolio Valuations we pride ourselves in producing high quality educated and professional jewellery valuationfor a range of different purposes.
Based in The City of London’s Hatton Garden we specialise in valuations.
With detailed colour digital images, the valuations we produce will be accepted by ALL insurance companies because they know to expect the utmost attention to detail when a valuation has been compiled by a professional Registered Valuer.
The main purpose for which the majority of our clients require jewellery valued is for Insurance Purposes…… We also carry out valuations for:
The purpose of:  Probate (Conformation of Will)
                              Family Division (Divorce)
                              Sale by Private Treaty
                              Pre Sale Reports
                              Post Lost Reports
                              Forced Sale
We can do home visits, same day jewellery valuation and while you wait appointments.
Or drop off and leave to collect at a mutually convenient time.
We will work with you to choose the best option for you.

If you have lots of pieces we can do over a few sessions so that you are not left with nothing to wear!

We are both very dedicated to giving you the best possible service when it comes to valuing your jewellery. We want to make it an enjoyable and stress free procedure for you from start to finish and will will always advise you on the condition of your items as well, and whether or not they need attention or repair.

We offer free advice as to whether or not your items should be valued individually or whether or not they can be put into small groups and valued collectively.
As Registered Valuers we have to attain continued professional development points every year to keep our status.
The Institute make sure that we are up to date with current trends, market values, and  how to spot things that are not all they appear to be. It is our responsibility to be the best we possibly can when producing your document.
Please contact us on 020 7405-2233 with any queries you may have.
Looking forward to looking after you and your jewellery.
Jewellery Portfolio can be found on the Hatton Garden site in the Jewellery Valuation category.
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Engagement Ring Styles

Get to know the ins and outs of engagement ring design, to help you make the most informed decision. This rich and detailed guide to engagement ring styles takes you through the most sought after contemporary diamond rings.


Halo Engagement Rings


Halos are a popular design element that date back to the Victorian period, when small pearls or diamonds were used to enhance centre stones. Often using coloured gems for the centre stone, Victorian halo rings were designed to imitate flowers. The style gained prevalence in the 1920s Art Deco period, when geometry and symmetry ruled design. Halo engagement rings today have had a resurgence in popularity, thanks to the ability to maximise size without maximising your budget.

A halo setting is the addition of small diamonds set around the centre stone. A halo can simply be a circle of melee diamonds around the round brilliant centre stone, or could involve intricate shapes, patterns and metal detailing. A halo maximises the size and sparkle of the ring, and should complement the centre stone. It is important that the smaller diamonds are perfectly calibrated with the centre stone in terms of cut, clarity and colour, to demonstrate consistency. When the halo diamonds are brighter and clearer than the centre stone, the centre stone may appear more yellow or grey in contrast. At Queensmith, we ensure any additional diamonds added to a centre stone are perfectly calibrated, for the most beautiful outcome.

If the size of the ring is a main priority, a halo can be a great choice. The size of the ring is maximised by the addition of the smaller diamonds, meaning the centre stone can be on the smaller side and can work to a stricter budget. A ring can have more than one halo, which is great for those looking for intricacy or a two tone halo.

For a simple halo, see the Classic Oberon. The Classic Kelly is similar in style, and makes use of the optimal fire, scintillation and sparkle of a round brilliant, whilst honing the look of a cushion cut due to the slightly squared halo. For a nod to vintage design, check out the Rainer, which adds intricate detail to the centre stone, and the Velez Pavé for something innovative and totally unique.

Halo Engagement Rings Hatton Garden

Platinum Oberon Classic by Queensmith Master Jewellers


Solitaire Rings


Solitaire engagement rings are masters of simplicity. The term means that one centre diamond is used without any other stones around it: all eyes are on the one and only diamond, without distraction. This is widely recognised and the most popular style of engagement ring, and since its creation in the 1800s has never gone out of style.

The use of one diamond and a simple band allows for maximum light play and therefore great sparkle. Choosing a centre diamond is important for any ring style, but the centre stone is very much in the spotlight with a solitaire, so you should consider the right balance of cut, clarity, size and colour. Our expert gemologists are always able to answer any questions you might have about this.

It’s important any fantastic diamond has an equally fantastic setting to show it in the best light. The diversity of solitaire settings allows for both traditional and contemporary rings. With a number of settings perfectly engineered to allow light to pass through the diamond, we’re able to cater for every taste, from the twisted setting of the Turner to the illusion of the diamond floating in the setting of the Harlow. The rubover setting of the Darrieux is an ultra-modern way to frame a diamond, and a popular choice among millennials and minimalists alike.

The use of a fancy shape can make a solitaire engagement ring all the more striking, from the angular Princess Cuts of the De Carlo and Hayes designs, to the timeless look of the Emerald Cut Tierney and Oval Tierney. Browse more fancy shape designs here.


Diamond Solitaire Engagement Rings London

Rose Gold Turner Solitaire by Queensmith Master Jewellers


Fancy Shape Rings


When a diamond is cut from its original rough form, around 50% of its weight is typically lost. Rough diamonds are sorted to determine which diamond shape with make the most us of the size and shape of the rough diamond. When a round brilliant cut diamond is not possible, the destiny of the stone will be to become a fancy shape. The square, princess cut is the most popular fancy shape; the many-faceted stone is a perfect stone for maximum brilliance and thus sparkle, meaning any inclusions become less visible to the naked eye. See the De Carlo for square simplicity, or the Pavé version for added sparkle.

An emerald cut is inherently timeless. The rectangular shape consists of few facets and a large table, therefore the cut does not permit for a lot of sparkle. The style, however, is often used for art-deco inspired pieces due to its long, sharp glamorous lines. This one is popular among Hollywood stars alike, from Beyonce and Amal Clooney to Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly. The Emerald Tierney is ideal for an emerald cut show stopper, whilst the Novak gives a nod to vintage style.

The pear cut is a popular choice for a striking engagement ring, for those after something unique and contemporary. An oval cut is effortlessly elegant – a great solitaire choice for those with small hands or short fingers, to help elongate the hand, as with the Oval Tierney Pavé. See the Bacall for something more traditional. Marquise diamonds are dramatic and eye-catching. Similar to an oval, the marquise is long and slender, but this the addition of tapered ends, and due to the length of the stone can have the illusion of looking bigger than it is. Cushion cut diamonds are always a romantic choice. The stone is cut similarly to a square or rectangle, but with round edges.


Yellow Gold Emerald Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Bespoke Emerald Engagement Ring


Diamond Band Rings


Adding diamonds to a band can add detailing, intricacy and, of course, sparkle. The diamonds used on the band are melee diamonds, meaning they weigh less than 0.18 carats, and as little as 0.001 carats. There are a few ways to set the diamonds, the most popular being pavé, scallop and fishtail styles, which show the diamonds in their best light. Channel and flush settings can also be used within the band, offering more of a subtle sparkle. A beautiful way to add to the intricacy of a pavé diamond band is to add a milgrain effect. Some of the most popular designs on the Queensmith site include the Turner Pavé, Fontaine Scallop, Temple Pavé, and Harlow Scallop to name a few.


Rose Gold Oval Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Scallop Set Halo by Queensmith Master Jewellers


Trilogy Rings


Why have one diamond when you can have three? Aside from their ability to maximise the size and sparkle of an engagement ring, trilogy rings have a special significance. Some regard the series of rings as symbolic of you past memories together, present happiness and future relationship. Many couples love the way a trinity rings embodies their story together. The ‘present’ stone is the biggest stone, placed in the centre of the ring – after all, there is no time like the present. Others interpret the trilogy of diamonds to represent friendship, love and fidelity. Of course, many like to have their own meanings that truly represent them and their relationship. Whichever way you interpret it, a trilogy ring will always have a precious meaning behind it, suiting those wanting to encapsulate a greater meaning in their ring.

Trilogy rings typically come in a number of styles, the most popular being graduated. This usually means the weight of the centre two is equivalent to the two outer stones put together, similar to that of Prince Harry’s engagement ring for Meghan Markle. For example, a 0.50 carat centre diamond would be framed with two 0.25 carat stones. For a less dramatic different between the centre and outer stones, choose a ‘slightly graduated style’. A graduated or slightly graduated engagement ring is the perfect way emphasise the importance of the centre, or ‘present’ stone, such as in the Leigh. Using equally sized diamonds is more unusual, and makes for a unique engagement ring. For something alternative, try step cut baguettes to support the centre stone, such as in the Winters engagement ring, or like the Lamar use two delicate pear diamonds to draw the eye towards the round brilliant centre diamond.

A trilogy ring is also a great way to get around a tighter budget. Making up a carat weight with three stones will be significantly less costly than buying one diamond of the same carat weight. The bigger the diamond, the rarer and thus more expensive it is. A smaller stone can be used in a trilogy than what might be chosen for a solitaire, because the two supporting stones with enhance the size of the ring. Adding a halo as well as this will ensure a show stopping engagement ring, such as the Sheridan.


Bespoke Diamond Trilogy Engagement Ring

Bespoke Trilogy Engagement Ring with Yellow Diamond Side Stones by Queensmith Master Jewellers


Bespoke Engagement Rings


If you’re looking for bespoke engagement rings in London, look no further! At Queensmith, every ring is made-to-order. If you have a design in mind, we can do it! We have an in-house design team and workshop at our Hatton Garden jewellers. Let one of our bespoke engagement ring specialists take you through the full catalogue of options that are available to you. If you have inspiration from elsewhere, then bring it along to your consultation… The likelihood is that we’ve already made something similar!

Bespoke Hatton Garden Jewellers

Rose Gold Halo Engagement Ring with Champagne Sapphire by Queensmith Master Jewellers


Head over to the Queensmith site for more information on Engagement Ring styles and how to create your own perfect proposal.

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Split Shank Double Halo Engagement Ring

Split Shank Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

The experience of choosing an engagement ring is an important moment for every couple.  For many, spending possibly more money than they have ever previously spent on one piece of jewellery is a daunting prospect.  Also, for many couples the task of finding an engagement ring the design of which matches their taste, style and with sufficient personality to have the desired ‘wow factor’ can seem an impossible task. Add all these factors together and it is no wonder many couples are now following in the footsteps of Prince Harry in opting to commission a bespoke engagement ring

Here at Rêve Diamonds we offer a bespoke service that is second to none. Whether you want to create a create a brand new, personalised bespoke engagement ring, restore or remodel an old ring that is a family heirloom or has sentimental value into a new piece, we will work with you through every step of the process.  Our promise is to create a most extraordinary engagement ring that will exceed expectations and be loved and cherished forever. 

Why choose a bespoke engagement ring

Many of our valued clients that decided to choose a bespoke engagement ring tell us that they found the whole process fascinating, educational and rewarding.  The time that is invested in creating a unique bespoke engagement ring will ensure that you have the perfect ring that is not in any way a compromise, but is exactly right for you.   In addition many consider that straying from the path of the well-known brands can often provide a better value product and real character of design.  After all, nothing is quite as special as a custom-made engagement ring designed with love that has been created just for you – why settle for run of the mill when you can have perfection?

Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Double Halo Emerald Cut Engagement ring

So where do we start? 

When choosing to design an entirely unique engagement ring it is important to work with a team of talented experts who will do the right amount of hand-holding, and still provide inspiration to design an individual piece of jewellery.  Our team of highly experienced jewellers, goldsmiths and creative designers based at our Hatton Garden showroom, have been specially selected by us for their expertise and ability to work closely with clients. We do not outsource any of our work to anyone else as we have all the in-house expertise that is required – it’s part of what we do best. We have a wealth of experience and can restore and replicate items of jewellery that others do not have the expertise for.  They will guide you through the whole process from design through to creation of your perfect engagement ring – we take it step by step as we consider this to be an important part of your journey together as a couple. Our mission is to ensure that we create a bespoke piece of jewellery that is made entirely for you. Together we will design and customise every flourish and sparkle and add those vital personalised touches. 

Some couples who choose to use Rêve Diamonds bespoke service come in with screen grabs, sketches, paper tears, or a mood board of ideas to create their perfect engagement ring. However, equally as many couples do not have a set idea of the design of engagement ring that they wish to be created.  Do not worry if you are unsure of the design or wish to combine a few different ideas as our team of experienced CAD jewellery designers will help and support you. They will provide expert advice to bring your dream design to fruition using the same CAD software used by architects that goes far beyond any other online design process. 

Double Halo Engagement Ring

Split Shank Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

 Vintage Design Diamond Engagement Ring

Round Halo Vintage Design Diamond Engagement Ring

Art Deco Diamond Ring

Art Deco Asscher Cut Diamond Ring

double halo engagement ring

Split shank bespoke engagement ring











We provide a quotation for your bespoke engagement ring to avoid any nasty surprises   

Once the team here at Rêve Diamonds have discussed your design ideas, your budget etc. your assigned personal consultant will provide you with an initial quotation for the design of your bespoke engagement ring.  We will discuss this with you to ensure that you are completely happy with all the details before proceeding with the project. 

Choosing your forever diamond 

For many couples choosing the diamond is one of the most fascinating, emotional and exciting parts of the design process in creating a unique bespoke engagement ring. After all it is the diamond that takes centre stage and will bring your design to life. The right diamond expertly and correctly cut adds sparkle and fire and will give your bespoke engagement ring that jaw dropping effect. 

There is a misconception that bespoke must mean hugely expensive but that’s just not true. We have over 10,000 graded loose diamonds to choose from, all the very highest quality and within a range of prices. We can provide the perfect diamond for your bespoke engagement ring, no matter your budget and we will happily guide and advise you through this all important decision.

Once your diamond has been selected we will use its precise measurements to complete the draft design. 

Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Split Shank Double Halo Diamond Engagement

Agree your bespoke design and full steam ahead! 

Once the diamond is chosen, the quotation and design concept is agreed this is the moment that you will first see your very own unique engagement ring truly coming to life. You will see the very first glimpse of the design of your custom-made engagement ring.  Our CAD designers will share with you the first sketches of your design and then create a three-dimensional CAD image of your engagement ring for your approval. It is at this point that you can choose to make any alterations to the design – we allow for up to three alterations. Please fell at ease to discuss with our team any queries that you may have regarding the creation of your bespoke engagement ring as we want to make sure that you are 100% happy with your purchase.

When you are completely happy with the design of your bespoke engagement ring we will provide you with a final quote that is valid for 7 days. Once agreed and payment received our master craftsmen can press on with skilfully bringing your engagement ring design to life.  

To find out more about Rêve Diamonds bespoke engagement ring design service book an appointment to visit our London showroom, or visit Rêve Diamonds website for more information.

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How to look after your Jewellery

This week, we’re looking at the best ways to care for all your precious pieces of jewellery, from diamond rings to gold necklaces, we’ll show you tried and tested ways to make sure your jewellery always looks as fabulous as you, and stays protected against wear and tear. 

Jewellery is often the most special thing we own. Whether it was given to you to celebrate a special occasion or milestone, a gift from the loved one in your life or handed-down from generations above, there is every reason to look after your jewellery to ensure it still brings you a smile every time you wear it. So without further ado, here are our top tips for taking care of your jewellery.

Store jewellery separately

To start, pre-emptive care is very practical and easy to do, so start off by storing your jewellery properly to give it the best chance of continually looking great. Different gemstones have different hardness and can easily scratch or knock each other if stored together. Keep jewellery in soft-lined compartments and take care to close any fastenings so items don’t catch or tangle.

Jewellery should be stored away from direct sunlight, damp, and extremes of heat or cold. Try to keep the boxes and packaging that it comes in, as it is the easiest and often the best way to protect it from dust and damage. This won’t prevent silver from oxidising, however; you could consider storing items in airtight bags to minimise this, while silica gel packs will absorb moisture and sulphur in the air that can cause jewellery to lose its shine.

Keep Jewellery dry and away from contaminants

Soap, cosmetics, cooking grease, and natural skin oils can dull any jewellery and should be avoided.

If your jewels do come into contact with water, or any chemicals, use a dry soft tissue or towel to gently pat them dry. Household cleaners, or chemicals in makeup, hair products and perfumes can all tarnish or damage jewellery.


Regular, gentle cleans

Gently clean your jewellery occasionally to remove any oils, dust or contamination. Follow your jewellers’ advice: if you are not sure how fragile a piece is, always err on the side of caution and use simple, non-abrasive materials like soap and water, with a soft toothbrush.

Be careful not to rub or to over-handle your jewellery. Silver-dip type cleaners should only be used to clean silver jewellery, which must be rinsed and dried thoroughly afterwards. Gold, platinum and gem set jewellery can be cleaned using specialist jewellery cleaners, as appropriate.

Seek Professional Jewellery cleaners

If you’re really stuck, or have a piece of bespoke jewellery that requires special assistance, Hatton Jewels offer a professional clean which can remove any blemishes or scratches, and usually restore jewellery to brand new condition.

If you’d like your jewellery to be professionally cleaned, just contact Hatton Jewels or book an appointment to bring your jewellery to our boutique shop based in London’s famous jewellery quarter, Hatton Gardens.


Blog and images supplied by: Hatton Jewels 

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