Are you struggling to find the “right” engagement ring? I believe that everyone can have an engagement ring that is perfect for them, fitting with their values, lifestyle and tastes. You may want to read a little more about my thoughts on engagement rings in my blog post here.
Choosing a ring may feel a little daunting at first, but let me help you through the process.
Within my engagement collection I have a selection of ethically sourced sapphires in a variety of colours and sizes, cut by me in a range of designs. The first step in choosing one of my rings is to select the right sapphire. If you don’t see exactly what you are after in my gallery, please do contact me. I am cutting new gemstones all the time and would be more than happy to help you source the right one for you.
The next step is to choose a ring design. It’s worth considering the recipient’s lifestyle to ensure that you go for an option that works for them. Some people choose a design where the gemstone is beautifully displayed but carefully protected by a rim of metal, like in the first design (adapted here for two different stone shapes), which can be ideal for those with active lives whose rings get a fair bit of wear and tear. Others prefer a claw setting, with the priority being to show off the gem. Design 2 illustrates my enclosed claw ring, again adapted for different gemstone shapes. All my designs can be adapted to the gemstone’s unique size and shape, and will be made to order.
Next you will need to consider your choice of metal. I offer a choice of golds, including 9 carat and 18 carat in yellow, rose and white gold alloys, as well as silver. You can see the relative colours of these alloys in the pictures below.
A note about white gold: The white gold available on the high street is usually rhodium plated, giving it a silvery appearance. As this process is not particularly environmentally friendly I avoid it, and I love that my jewellery shows off the natural colours of white gold. 9 carat white gold tends to have a creamy appearance as seen in the photo below on the left, and 18 carat often has a greyish hue as in the photo on the right.
Red, white and yellow 9ct gold
Red, white and yellow 18ct gold
You may also want to think about where the metal comes from. For gold rings I currently offer a choice of recycled gold or Single Mine Origin Gold. I am also working towards offering Fairtrade Gold and Fairmined Gold, and hope to be able to introduce these very soon. You can find out more about each of these options on my blog here. Silver options include recycled silver or Fairtrade Silver.
Finally, have a think about how you would like your rings finished. Some people prefer a highly polished finish (left), whereas others prefer a satin / matt finish (right). Both are lovely, it’s entirely up to you!
SELECT THE ELEMENTS that you would love for your ring, and we will send you a personalised quote.