Jewellery

10 things you didn’t know about your engagement ring

engagement rings

Your engagement ring is probably the most precious piece of jewellery you’ll ever own. It’s your personal reminder of the commitment you’ve made to the special person in your life. And although we wear our rings every day, many of us probably don’t know anything about their fascinating history, the proper engagement ring etiquette or the specialist care your ring requires.

 

So we’ve compiled our favourite engagement ring facts from the definitive list ROX Diamonds & Thrills have created, featuring all things engagement rings.

 

Exclusive Alex Monroe ‘Mr & Mrs chicken’ wedding favours in aid of cancer research uk

Mrs Chicken

Following a sell-out first run, British jewellery designer Alex Monroe’s wedding favour pin badges are available again to order online exclusively for Cancer Research UK.

 

Mr and Mrs Chicken have been created in Alex Monroe’s unique style, with intricate detail, charm and humour to express a bride and groom through the animal kingdom. The pins have been cast from originals hand crafted by Alex and come in a gold plated finish. 

 

The birds are part of a range of wedding favours in aid of Cancer Research UK which includes pin badges, wristbands and packets of forget-me-not flower seeds.

Anburis Offers A Contemporary Take On The Classic Wedding Ring

Rings

New British jewellery brand Anburis is offering a contemporary take on the simple and traditional wedding band with its personalised names wedding ring - couples looking for something a little different can exchange vows with something truly unique.

 

Created using the latest digital 3D printing technology, each exclusive ring is lovingly designed by the brand’s founder, Mine Bilgutay-Ozkurt for every special customer. 

Conjuring up images of love letters, the elegant, handwritten style font fuses together the names of you and your partner into a delicate and easily wearable ring. One name reads across the top of the ring and the other beneath the ring - close to the finger - so you can feel your loved one with you at all times. 

'Alexis Dove weighs in on the death of the diamond ring'

diamond rings

As traditions change our tastes and desires for our big day become more personal. 

Cut, Clarity, Colour and Carat – the four most important qualities when considering an engagement ring, right? 

Not any more perhaps. British award winning designer Alexis Dove muses that millennials especially are no longer interested in the brilliant cut solitaire diamond rings their mothers yearned for. 

Instead, it is all about individuality, story and for many – conscience. 

 

Alexis Dove finds that the unusual stones garner most attention and that is often thanks to their unique aesthetic. rings

Bespoke engagement or wedding ring tailored to suit your style

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Independent British jeweller turns engagement and wedding ring dreams into reality.

If you have always dreamed of having a bespoke engagement or wedding ring tailored to suit your style, then look no further than British jeweller, Sparkling Jewellery, who offer a full bespoke service and will work with you to design and hand make your dream ring within in your budget.

How to choose your wedding jewellery

wedding jewellery

Add the finishing touches to your big day, with Azendi’s bridal service…

Azendi is a unique British jewellery brand which specialises in sterling silver and freshwater pearls. Focusing on design and quality, Azendi’s bridal jewellery is designed to be as precious as your big day. With a wide variety of contemporary and traditional bridal styles available, all of Azendi’s stores offer a free one-to-one consultation with one of their expert personal shoppers, where you can try on various styles to find the perfect jewellery for your dress.

The colour and style of your dress are all important in determining which bridal jewellery you should choose. Here’s some of Azendi's top tips…

Wedding Dress Shades

Tips to make your engagement ring meaningful

engagement ring

Apart from the buying of a house or a car, an engagement ring is one of the important and most significant purchases of your life. But for many guys, walking into a jewellery store feels like entering a maze. There are so many variables to judge, so many wrong turns to make and so many questions to ask. How big should it be? How much should I spend? What if I buy a fake? And underlining all those concerns is one single goal: finding the ideal ring, which his fiancé will cherish forever. It shouldn’t look like every other ring because then it'll be just a piece of jewellery without any symbolic value for your relationship.

How to pick the perfect engagement ring

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When it’s time to get down on one knee, throw out everything you think you know about nerves. Aside from the time and the place, your proposal has to contain all the perfect elements that’ll help your significant other say yes. Whatever your budget or your situation, one of the most important parts of any engagement is the ring.  

The perfect engagement ring will vary from couple to couple. For instance, few partners in a couple that is struggling for money will appreciate an expensive rock that gets them into debt. No partner in a wealthier couple that has plenty of money to spend will thank you for a cheapskate ring, either. 

4 wedding ring ideas with a difference

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Marrying the love of your life is one of the most important things you’ll ever do, and choosing the perfect jewellery to commemorate the event is no easy feat. So, if you and your spouse-to-be are struggling to find the perfect pair of rings, we’re here to help. Here are some interesting ways to go about getting yourselves the perfect mementos to mark the beginning of the rest of your lives together.

Design your own rings

Arctic Circle Blooms with Arctic Flowers Bridal Collection for AW16

Arctic Diamonds Engagement ring bridal collection

Ethical jewellery brand Arctic Circle Diamonds has unveiled its latest bridal collection Arctic Flowers, featuring sculptural engagement rings crafted in Fairtrade gold and set with scintillating Arctic Circle Canadian diamonds.

With flowing white and yellow gold designs, the Arctic Flowers collection comprises sweeping fourclaw and crossover engagement rings, alongside matching stud earrings and pendants in that wrap embrace the brand’s signature Arctic Circle diamonds. Beautifully feminine, the Arctic Flowers collection is inspired by the petals and leaves of the delicate flowers that survive in the frozen tundra of Scandinavia, as well as northern Canada where Arctic Circle diamonds are mined.

Arctic Circle reveals Northern Lights:

Arctic DIamonds Daywear Collection

the first daywear Canadian diamond collection

Arctic Circle Diamonds has unveiled the latest designs from its Northern Lights collection of Fairtrade gold and Canadian diamond jewellery, created in collaboration with British jewellery designer Sarah Jordan.

The daywear diamond collection is designed for women seeking elegant and eyecatching diamonds perfectly suited to everyday wear. Combining Sarah Jordan’s signature flowing style with Arctic Circle’s Canadian diamonds and Fairtrade gold, Northern Lights pays homage to the shimmer and shapes of the aurora borealis, witnessed over the Arctic region where the diamonds are mined.

Add a touch of glamour to your bridal style

Swarovski Diapason Leaf Medium Rhodium and Clear Crystal Earrings, and Necklace

Every bride should have the opportunity to wear beautiful jewellery on her big day and this stunning Swarovski set features the perfect necklace and earrings that will add a subtle sparkle to your look on your big day. Featuring stunning Swarovski crystals, this earring and necklace set is ideal for sprinkling a touch of glamour to your bridal style. Both pieces within the Swarovski Diapason Clear Crystal Necklace and Earring V are rhodium plated and feature clear sparkling crystals, ideal for any bride to be. 

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Bridal jewellery

Colourful gems - The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Bridal jewellery

Accessorising your bridal look with the right jewellery is an art form. Knowing whether to pick that vintage heirloom piece, simple pearl earrings or a sparkly tiara to go with your dress is key to creating the perfect bridal style.

That’s why the Wedding Team at the luxury online jeweller TheDiamondStore.co.uk have created this ultimate bridal jewellery guide exclusive for Vows and Venues. Stick to these 10 rules and you’ll walk down the aisle looking beautiful and elegant.


Splurge on a Sapphire

splurge on a sapphire ring

Save up this month to splurge on a stunning sapphire ring next month. Perfect for September birthdays or engagements; celebrate a very special occasion with a gorgeous sapphire jewel from The London Victorian Ring Company. 

Let your personality sparkle and shine when wearing one of the world’s most desired gemstones. A sapphire represents loyalty and trust and is believed to protect those close to you from harm and evil.

Be truly unique on your wedding day in bespoke bridal jewellery from Hatton Garden's leading brands

bespoke bridal jewellery from Hatton Garden's leading brands

With the first days of Summer upon us Hatton Garden is showcasing a selection of beautiful, light, feminine jewellery from four of the finest bespoke jewellery ateliers working out of the UK’s jewellery quarter in London.

For an alternative and chic bridal look opt for Karl Karter for London Rocks’ edgy Deco collection (above). Sharp geometric forms styled in 18ct yellow gold accompanied by striking rutilated quartz and diamond accents make for the perfect accessory for any rock ‘n’ roll bride.