What and what not to include in engagement ring chats can be a bit blurry. This is part one of a blog series on engagement ring questions for “Surprise me”, “hands on” and “hinter” girlfriends. Keep an eye out for the next installments.
Girlfriends have a 6th sense when it comes to engagement ring activity.
You can be as stealthy as a grain of salt - she’ll know something’s up.
You want your engagement ring to look absolutely amazing, and so do I. Whether you’ll be sliding it on someone’s finger, or the proud recipient - the quality of this significant piece of jewellery can’t be overstated.
This engagement ring you’re planning… should it be cherished and enjoyed or compulsively stressed over?
That’s a no brainer.
And this very issue shoves the exploration and choice of metal for your engagement ring to centre stage, instead of just a mere by the way formality.
In a nutshell, we use a combination of cutting-edge technologies to ensure our designs are as fluid and neat as possible, but the final stages of manufacturing are still done by hand, working with the same tools of 50 years ago.
It’s easier than you would imagine.
“Design your own engagement ring” is a mantra thrown around online, like colorful scatter cushions in a gypsy’s caravan.
The process of working closely with a jewellery designer to make a unique, once-off piece has been dumbed down to;
- Choose a design.
- Choose a diamond.
- Choose a metal.
- Ring size?
This is a fantastic budget-range to optimise, and your extra effort will pay off surprisingly well.
Engagement rings simply look nicer when setting with a larger center diamond. That’s why most designs you’ll cross paths with on Instagram or Google Images will be set with diamonds up to 3,00ct in weight.
You’re in a range where most rings you see online can be stunningly well executed.
If you had R30 000 to work with, there would be limits and constraints in what we can do for you. For instance; intricate metal work needs space for a designer to work his magic. As you can imagine a larger diamond creates a much roomier area to incorporate elements you love.
Sneak Peak; It’s not overly ambitious to set your sights on a 1,00ct diamond in a platinum setting. You have a good shot at proposing with the perfect custom engagement ring.
First of all, you’ll notice we’re not a store.
You’ll be strolling into a busy, but relaxed, studio with diamond consultants, jewellery designers and goldsmiths doing what they do best.
We’ll offer you some coffee, worth saying yes to, and then you’ll be joined by a knowledgeable consultant and/or designer for a session.
I nabbed our head of design and one of his team members for some good old feedback on common questions in the realm for vintage engagement ring design. Both have done stellar jobs at creating vintage designs over the past few months.
If you have any questions after this - get in touch. I’m sure these two would love to chat you through any further details.
Finding that special someone who you wish to share your journey with should never be taken for granted. You’re in a very fortunate position.
Pairing up your proposal with the perfect engagement ring will upgrade that moment to a highlight of anyone’s life. And I’m sure that’s what you’re aiming for.
Being in the diamond and jewellery trade for many years, I’ve grown to be sensitive to trends, both micro and large. And let me tell you solitaires are trending stronger than we’ve ever seen.
Being intrigued by this we’ve been having countless chats with visitors to understand why the classic solitaire is as appealing as it’s ever been in 2017.
Personally, I’m a fanboy of custom engagement rings.
Around 70% of the projects we undertake are customised designs of some sort, and if this number seems large - it is. We recommend our custom route every day of the week wholeheartedly.
Major shifts in the engagement ring world don’t come along every year.
Much like all other jewellery and fashion-items, there are seasonal changes, but a classy dress or suit you bought 2 years ago wouldn't be a fashion disaster in 2017.
Over the last 15 - 20 years the whole look of an engagement ring has changed dramatically. Chunky domed yellow gold rings have been replaced by delicate platinum and white gold rings.