1. Set your Budget
These days, there really are no rules on how much you should spend on an engagement ring. Set your budget and spend the amount that you feel comfortable with and that feels right for you as a couple.
2. Selecting the precious metal
An engagement ring will be worn each and every day.
Look to her current jewellery collection for reference on the colour of the precious metal she likes to wear. Does she wear silver or yellow gold?
Sterling silver is an ideal choice for a promise ring for the proposal. However, by its very nature, it is a softer metal than gold, platinum, and palladium and it will wear over time. If she wears silver jewellery, we recommend opting for white gold to take daily wear over a lifetime.
24 carat gold is pure gold. Pure gold is a soft metal and will wear down easily if worn daily. Carat is also referred to as Karat in the USA and Canada.
Metal alloy is added to pure gold to strengthen and create a durable engagement ring that will securely hold your precious gemstone in place.
As gold is a rare precious metal, a higher content of pure gold is more expensive. 9 carat gold is most durable and offers a secure setting for your stone. If your preferred choice of metal is 14ct, 18ct or even platinum or palladium, our engagement ring collection can also be created in any metal by custom order.
Environmental Considerations: The precious metal used to handcraft your engagement ring is ethically sourced by us.
We use high-quality recycled metal to minimize our impact on the environment without compromising. Mining for ore displaces animals from their natural habitat and damages large expanses of plant life.
All of our leftover precious metals are melted and reused to create beautiful new pieces. This reduces demand to dig the earth for ore and the requirement to use harsh chemicals in the purification process.
4. Selecting your gemstone
Our engagement rings can be set with a wide variety of gemstones. From a classic sparkling diamond to contemporary moissanite, vibrant emeralds, or light blue aquamarine, we would be happy to guide you through your choices.
- A simple guide to Diamonds Four C’s
The first of the four C’s refers to the shape of stone. Diamonds come in a variety of cuts - round, pear, emerald cut… Each cut reflects light in its own unique way.
Carat refers to the weight of your precious stone.
Colour, simply put refers to the colour of the stone. With emeralds, sapphires, and other engagement ring stones, we search for the most vibrant colours. With diamonds, we look for the clearest white stones available within your budget.
Clarity refers to the number of inclusions. Made by nature, almost all diamonds feature inclusions. Diamonds are graded on how inclusions impact the gem’s appearance.
Ethical Considerations: We source the best possible gemstone available within your budget. We will only ever use ethically source gemstones and we insist our suppliers adhere to the Kimberly Process.
Finding your loved one’s finger size can be challenging. There are lots of different ways to be found online to take her size and different methods will work well for different people.
- A professionally measured ring size will always be the preferred method. However, we understand this may not always be possible. If you can borrow a ring they wear on their engagement ring finger, any jeweler can measure for size within a minute.
- Enlist the help of a trusted family member or friend. Try on rings in jewellers. Once they find a ring that fits nicely, they can return to get the ring measured for her size.
- For customers ordering rings from our online collection or creating a custom engagement ring from us, we can provide you with a ring sizer. This will allow you to find a creative way to measure their exact ring size.
A Bespoke Engagement Rings: One-of-a-kind made just for you
- How long does it take to make an engagement ring?
Once your design is finalised, your bespoke engagement ring will be delivered to you within 7 weeks. We source your gemstone and create the finished piece before sending to Dublin Castle to be independently tested and hallmarked.
- Our Promise
We take great pride in working with you to design and create the most perfect engagement rings, crafted to the highest of standards. We will always ensure you are 100% happy with your special ring.
We would be delighted to discuss your ideas for your engagement ring. Contact us directly to arrange your digital design consultation. We also offer one-to-one phone/video design consultation to help you create your ideal engagement ring, wherever you are in the world.