We all have that one friend who seems to have every piece of jewellery covered, or maybe your partner has a jewellery box that is overflowing with options for all occasions. So if you’re stuck on what to buy them, we’re going to share some of our favourite but more unusual and rare pieces of jewellery, that may have not come up on their Pinterest board, but deserve a spot in any jewellery aficionados collection, from vintage engagement rings, to sweetheart rings and unique brooches.

Victorian Ruby & Sapphire Sweetheart Ring

A Victorian sweetheart ring, the two interlocking hearts each centrally set with a cushion shaped sapphire and ruby, respectively. The central stones are surrounded by a shimmering trim of small old cut diamonds, with a similarly set bow. These rings given as a token of love are now rare and rather scarce and cherished when found. See it here.

Ruby Sapphite and Diamond ring

Ruby and Sapphite Sweetheart ring

Green Agate Ring by Chaumet, Paris circa 1970

A green agate sculpted ring circa 1970 by Chaumet, Paris. The textured design is crafted in 18ct yellow gold, with the two oval cabochons featuring a rub-over set. Have a look here.

 Green Agate Ring by Chaumet, Paris circa 1970

Green Agate Ring by Chaumet, Paris circa 1970

Diamond, Sapphire, Emerald & 18kt Gold Set Bee Brooch

An elegant 18kt gold bee brooch encrusted with diamonds and sapphires along its body with emerald pear-cabochon set eyes. This is great piece that is both elegant and fun with a whimsical twist! See it for yourself here.

Diamond, Sapphire and Emerald Bee Brooch

Diamond Sapphire and Emerald Bee Brooch

Boucheron Sapphire Bird Brooch

A stunning bird brooch set with a sapphire cabochon. This elegant piece has been handcrafted in 18ct yellow gold by Boucheron and is also studded with small emeralds and rubies. Have a look here.

 Boucheron Sapphire Bird Brooch

Boucheron Sapphire Bird Brooch

Onyx & Diamond Dress Ring

A stylish dress ring, the centre rub-over set with 5 black onyx stones, forming a lozenge shape. Bordered by a glittering trim of micro-set round brilliant cut diamonds; amounting to an approximate total of 0.25ct. Handcrafted in 18ct white gold, all settings have milgrain detail. Check it out here.

Onyx and Diamond Dress Ring

Onyx and Diamond Dress Ring

Tourmaline & Citrine Cluster Ring – by Mauboussin

A fashionable cluster ring rub-over set with 10 cabochon tourmalines and 3 citrines with a central, claw set brilliant cut diamond. The ring is handcrafted in 18ct rose gold with a stylish intertwined shank and is signed by Mauboussin, Paris. See it here.

Tourmaline and Citrine Cluster Ring

Tourmaline and Citrine Cluster Ring

Brilliant Cut & Baguette Diamond Earrings

A stylish pair of vintage diamond earrings, incorporating elegant baguette cut diamonds in a channel setting and a spray of brilliant cut diamonds. This chic pair of diamond earrings has been handmade in platinum and would certainly get you noticed in a crowd. Have a look here.

Brilliant Cut and Baguette Diamond Earrings

Brilliant Cut and Baguette Diamond Earrings

We hope this has given you some insight into some of the more unusual jewellery pieces out there, and there is something in here for that person that has everything! If you are on the lookout for one of these truly unique pieces, or any type of jewellery or rings, why not get in touch with one of our expert team members at Hatton Jewels who will be more than willing to help you choose the jewellery for your needs.

At Hatton Jewels we also offer a unique design your own engagement ring service, which is perfect for ensuring the perfect diamond engagement ring as you can choose every single element of how you would like the ring to look. Just book an appointment at our boutique jewellery shop to find out about the near-endless configurations.

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Recommended by a friend who had previously used us to create their bespoke jewellery solution, Dragana came to visit us here in Hatton garden at Max Diamonds with her own amazing 2ct asscher cut diamond, looking for us to help her to design and make the perfect bespoke engagement ring. She wanted to create her own unique ring using her existing asscher cut diamond for the centre stone and incorporating some shoulder stones that would continue and compliment the Art Deco look that an asscher diamond carries.

Bespoke CAD designer

Max Diamonds assisted our client, sourcing diamonds of various different shapes from bullet diamonds to coffin cut diamonds to assist Dragana in choosing the perfect look for her ring. We arranged the diamond arrays on plasticine to show how the shapes worked with each other, enabling the client to choose the right selection of stones for her. We narrowed these choices down to a couple of styles that the client liked and then we used our bespoke CAD designer to create a series of CAD drawings to demonstrate how the ring would start to take shape. These were then shared with the client for appraisal.

design your ring in Cad

Cad design of Engagement ring

Engagement ring Cad mould

Engagement ring Cad mould

Cad mould transformed into ring

Cad mould transformed into ring

Diamonds added to ring mould

Diamonds added to ring mould

Diamond Engagement ring finished

Diamond Engagement ring finished

Bespoke engagement ring

This assisted Dragana with making decision between the various styles of diamond shoulder arrays to select for her bespoke engagement ring. After this, we at Max Diamonds helped her to decide on fine details such as whether to use one conjoined rub over to keep the shoulder stones as one, or separate seats for each shoulder stone, the claw shapes to best compliment her fantastic 2 carat asscher centre stone, what metal to use, and so on. These details were then applied to the 3D CAD model to create a final design. Once the details had been decided, a resin model was printed of the 3D CAD design and we placed the stones into the model for Dragana to try on her finger to ensure she was happy with the progress of her ring before a mount was cast from the model in the platinum that she had selected.

Beautiful engagement ring

The project to create her bespoke engagement ring was very carefully considered by both client and Max Diamonds alike with bespoke decisions and design stages followed through to the final piece, the outcome of this bespoke project was amazing; a truly one off  beautiful engagement ring that we at Max Diamonds were privileged to be a part of making for Dragana. We hope this ring will be loved and cherished by Dragana, and may become future heirloom for her family.

Bespoke jewellery design

Once Draganas bespoke engagement ring was complete and delivered from the polishers to the client, we then took into our independent jewellery valuer. We were delighted to discover that in writing this valuation on behalf of our client, it by far exceeded the expectations of Dragana and her husband to-be. We are delighted to have been a part of the story of Dragana and her future husband with our bespoke jewellery service at: MaxDiamonds.

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As the temperature begins to drop and November fast approaches, it won’t be long until the Christmas preparations are in full swing! Rennie & Co’s Hatton Garden jewellers are always busy at this time of the year, crafting beautiful jewellery pieces for a range of special occasions. Whether you’re set to propose, tie the knot, or treat your partner to a memorable Christmas gift, the time is fast approaching to make a trip to Hatton Garden.

Handcrafted eternity ring

Rennie & Co is a family run jewellers, with links to the fine jewellery trade dating back to the 1950’s. We specialise in making beautiful GIA certificated engagement rings, gold and platinum wedding bands and a wonderful selection of platinum eternity rings in Hatton Garden. An increasingly popular Christmas gift is a handcrafted eternity ring from London’s jewellery quarter.

Diamond eternity ring

Whether you plan to choose your partner’s eternity ring by yourself or are making the trip to Rennie & Co together, a wide variety of beautiful designs await. Our Hatton Garden jewellers believe that the key to finding the perfect diamond eternity ring is to choose a piece that flatters your ring finger and compliments your existing engagement and wedding rings. A fine balance must be achieved, which often starts with the decision as to whether to wear your eternity ring on your left ring finger, or on the other hand altogether.

Eternity ring setting

Our Amalia eternity ring collection made here in Hatton Garden is a popular choice for ladies looking for a vintage inspired piece. Available in a variety of widths, the Amalia is milgrain set with round brilliant cut diamonds that run either half or the full way around the band. A decorative mille edge is then carefully hand applied to the edges of the band. Available in the precious metals of 950 Platinum and Eighteen carat yellow, rose and white gold, the Amalia’s low profile means that it will sit beautifully next to most rings. We are also able to contour the eternity band to fit around your engagement ring’s setting.

Eternity ring sentimentality

Amalia Eternity Ring Hatton Garden

Amalia Eternity Ring Hatton Garden

Rennie & Co’s Claudina eternity ring is a timeless piece that showcases the shared claw setting at its finest. Set with round brilliant cut diamonds, each stone has been handpicked to ensure that it surpasses Rennie & Co’s stringent quality standards. Often worn on the right hand, the Claudina is also available in a sapphire and diamond variation – perfect for those who cannot resist the allure of coloured gemstones! For an additional special touch, why not have one of our Hatton Garden jewellers roman set a small natural pink coloured diamond to the inside of the band? Only you and your partner will ever know that it is there, adding to the sentimentality of the eternity ring.

Eternity ring Christmas gift

Claudina Eternity Ring London

Claudina Eternity Ring Rennie Hatton Garden

Unsure as to your partner’s finger size? We suggest taking away your choice of eternity ring as it is. After its presentation we can professionally measure the finger and make any adjustments that are necessary and you will still be able to surprise your partner with the ring on the day. Alternatively, should you already know the finger size, we’ll handcraft your eternity ring here in London for you from scratch. Speak to a member of the team today on 020 7405 4585 or email diamonds@rennieco.com to begin your search for the perfect Christmas gift! To view our gorgeous collection of eternity rings in Hatton Garden, browse our website or visit our showroom today!

More Eternity ring designs from Rennie & Co can be seen on the Eternity rings category.

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pear shape diamond engagement ring

pear shape tapered baguettes diamond engagement ring

For young and old alike Christmas is a magical time. A time for a wonderful celebration amongst family, friends and loved ones and a time to look forward to new beginnings as the New Year is just around the corner.  For many couples this makes Christmas time the perfect opportunity to make that all important declaration of love – a marriage proposal. In fact in recent polls Christmas Eve has been shown to be the most popular day of the year to propose marriage, even more popular than Valentine’s Day!

If you are planning your perfect Christmas proposal then perhaps the most important part of your planning needs to be giving some serious thought to choosing the perfect engagement ring for your perfect partner. After all, this is one of the most important purchases you may ever make.

diamond micro setting engagement ring

four claw oval cut diamond micro setting engagement ring

As one of the leading retailers of Engagement Rings London with a myriad of engagement rings to choose, here at Rêve Diamonds we appreciate that this can be quite a daunting task. Do you opt for one of the many designs of traditional engagement rings such as an oval engagement ring or a cushion cut or emerald engagement ring, or do you choose a handmade engagement ring for that truly personal touch? To help you through the minefield of choosing the perfect engagement ring here are few pieces of good advice to help you decide upon the perfect engagement ring for your Christmas proposal:

Do your homework – research her style and likes

It goes without saying that like every woman you partner will have her own personal style and tastes in clothing. The same can also be said for engagement rings as each design has its own style and it is so important that you match the two together to find the perfect engagement ring. Is your prospective fiancé a follower of fashion or does she favour a more vintage or classical look?  Would she love the classical elegance of a simple solitaire white diamond engagement ring or would her eyes light up when you propose with an engagement ring of coloured diamonds or gemstones?  Does she wear gold jewellery or does she adore platinum?

split shank double halo diamond ring

split shank double halo diamond ring

Take some time to know her tastes and preferences. Look for clues in the style of any rings or other items of jewellery that she already owns and wears. Is she causal in her appearance or does she love a bit of bling?  Look at her social media she may have commented on other engagement rings or saved images in the hope that you may one day pop the question.  If you are still scratching your head then talk in confidence to her closest friends and family members to help you gather a much better idea of her perfect engagement ring. Above all remember that you are buying an engagement ring to suit your fiancés tastes rather than your own.

Decide upon a realistic budget

Whilst you want your Christmas proposal to be a memorable occasion do not over stretch your budget when looking at engagement rings.  We strongly advise that you set a realistic budget and spend only what you can afford.  For example, you may want to go for the option of a Handmade Engagement Ring but always be sure that you can afford your choice as nothing is worse than starting a new future with unnecessary debt.  Setting your budget will to some extent determine the choice of engagement rings that you have.

Know those all-important ‘4 C’s’

We believe that it really helps when making an investment in a diamond engagement ring to know the all-important basics about diamonds known as the ‘4 C’s’ –  colour, cut, clarity and carat. Ensure that you have a good balance between the colour and clarity, and perhaps most importantly remember that how the diamond is cut will determine its defining characteristics.

Do not be deceived into thinking that size is everything as with diamonds it certainly isn’t!  It is the cut that directly influences the stone’s ability to absorb and reflect light, and it is this which gives the stone its sparkle and inherent brilliance. Poor cutting will compromise a diamonds sparkle. It is how the facets that are cut on the diamond’s surface are angled and sized that dictates how light reflects and exits the diamond which gives an effect known as the diamonds fire.  Shallow or deep cutting will make the diamond less brilliant.

Also have in mind that the carat (weight) of the diamond engagement ring doesn’t always have to be large to be expensive. It is preferable to have a well cut quality diamond engagement ring over a large but more inferior stone.

Choose your shape wisely

Engagement rings come in many shapes and choosing the right one is critical. Oval engagement rings are very much on trend this year but perhaps the most enduringly popular are the brilliant round and princess, followed by cushion, emerald, square, heart and pear shapes.

Choosing the shape of your perfect engagement ring again comes down to personal preference and the style and tastes of your loved one.  Consider what you feel will be important to your partner in her engagement ring. If your lady likes to be unique then an oval engagement ring, pear or heart shape will be the right choice. However, if she loves to sparkle then opt for a princess or round cut as these have the most facets to give your engagement ring maximum brilliance.

But also choose a flattering shape

When choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring it is vital that you consider the shape of the ring in relation to the size and shape of your fiancés fingers/hands after all this is an item of jewellery  that she will wear every day for the rest of her life so it need to complement and flatter her.

If your fiancé has large hands do not choose a delicate ring setting, or slender narrow diamond on her finger. Radiant and princess cuts, or other rings with square shaped diamonds set within, are best for women who have long fingers/large hands.  For those with shorter fingers elongated styles like pear, marquise or an oval engagement ring are flattering.  Avoid wide bands as these have the effect of shortening the fingers.  If you are still unsure on which shape of engagement ring to choose take a look at the style of rings that she currently chooses to wear as this may give you a guide to what suits her and her personal taste.

Set the scene

The setting of any engagement ring whether a traditional engagement ring or more modern design is crucial and there are several options ranging from pavé and bezels to split shanks, prongs etc. the classic solitaire style engagement ring setting  with either a solid metal band or the addition of a micro-pavé band is a very elegant almost understated  choice. For those who love to be glamorous then a radiant, cushion cut, or emerald-cut stone with a halo or a diamond-studded band will be the perfect choice of setting.  Of course the ultimate symbol of love has to be the trilogy engagement ring setting which has recently resurged in popularity with the engagement and marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Their handmade engagement ring is a stunning trilogy design with a trio of diamonds comprised of two round-cut diamonds and a central cushion cut diamond set on a yellow gold band.  If you want your Christmas proposal to be with an engagement ring with a deeper meaning then a three stone trilogy engagement ring could be one for you.

Options in Metal

Once you have decided upon the shape and setting of your engagement ring then you need to consider you choice of metal for the band and once more  this comes down to personal preference. If your loved one wears predominantly yellow gold then choose an engagement ring in yellow gold.  If she prefers the look of silver than platinum is the perfect choice.

Ring Size

The last thing that you want to spoil your surprise Christmas proposal is to be down on bended knee presenting your fiancé with an engagement that does not fit!! Awkward!!

So to help avoid this embarrassment it is best to try and ensure that the engagement ring that you choose fits perfectly by knowing the correct ring finger size of your loved one.  Here’s some ideas on this subject:

Borrow one of her rings or trace one of her rings on a piece of paper and take it to your chosen jeweller.

Ask one of her friends or family to find out her ring size on your behalf.

We can also send you a Free Finger Sizer by post to help you determine the correct size of engagement ring by comparing it to a ring that you know she wears a lot.

If you are still unsure about her exact ring size then we advise buying an engagement ring one size too so it will still fit on her finger when you propose and you can get it resized to fit at a later date.

We hope that these helpful hints on perhaps the most important part of planning your Christmas proposal – choosing the perfect engagement ring are helpful.  However, if you still feel that you unsure in your choice or would like to choose an engagement ring together, we are happy to help by providing you with a Cubic Zirconia ring free of charge that can be used during your proposal.  This substitute ring can then be exchanged for the real thing when your visit our Engagement Rings London showrooms to purchase your engagement ring together after your Christmas proposal.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Reve Diamonds team and speak to one of their experts or arrange an appointment to come to the London showroom to view the jewellery, diamonds or discuss your bespoke needs.

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Vintage Jewellery LondonLooking to buy some vintage jewellery? Taking some time to understand the history of the jewellery will give you a greater appreciation of its value. Here is our short guide to the main vintage style eras to help you find the perfect timeless piece.

Georgian Era (1714-1835)

This era covered  the reign of four English kings including–King George I, II, III, and IV.  Jewellery of this period was generally inspired by French 17th century design. The designs were grand and regal and included coloured gems and large jewels.  The jewellery was typically handmade using 18 cartat gold or silver.

Victorian  Era (1835-1900)

Named after Queen Victoria of England , this style was influenced by the Queen’s own enjoyment of fashion and jewellery . Her style choices influenced the jewellery trends of the day. During this period fine jewellery became more readily available to the middle classes.

The first half of the Victorian are covered the period before King Alberts death. Jewellery was romantic and sentimental in style with symbolic themes and floral details seen in the necklaces, brooches and bracelets. The use of colourful  gems such as rubies and emeralds, citrines, and amethyst were a key feature as were pearls.  After his death the colour black featured heavily in Victorian jewellery, creating a strong bold look

Edwardian (1900-1915)

The main style features of this era were elegance and sophistication. Diamond and platinum were widely used and popular with the high society of the time. Long necklaces called sautoirs  (strings of pearls ending with tassels) were in style as were brooches.

vintage jewellery

Above: Beautiful vintage amethyst and sterling silver drop necklace, part  of the art deco  collection at Modern Vintage Style

Art Deco (1915-1935)

After 1920 when women received the right to vote, a whole new attitude evolved and this was reflected in the jewellery of the day. Styles were feminine yet edgy, and had a modern, geometric  and minimalist look. Women often wore long strand of pearls, long straight earrings and wrists were adorned with stacks of bracelets . Art deco themes are still popular and are  often seen in modern vintage style type jewellery .

Retro (Circa 1935-1950)

Jewellery design experienced a resurgence in the late 1930’s. It was influenced by the fame , glamour, and elegance of Hollywood.   Retro style jewellery was dominated by dramatic bold jewellery , including flowers, sunburst designs, bows, moonstones, ballerinas and horse motifs to name a few.

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