By tracy sweeney
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We know, we know; diamonds are forever, we’ve heard it a million times! But recently we’re seeing a trend with clients wanting something that no-one else has and you know what, we think they’re right! Why not make your proposal with a coloured gemstone?
Choosing an unusual engagement ring is hugely exciting, the variation in coloured stones is immense. Coupled & contoured with pavé-set tiny gemstones, the result can be spectacular & colourful not to mention at a fraction of the cost.
Traditionally, diamonds have always been used as the centre stone in engagement rings, due to their hardwearing nature. The phrase rings true, diamonds are the most hardwearing of all precious stones & literally will last forever, but on the scale of hardness, ruby, sapphire & emerald follow diamonds, so choosing one or other of these stones can work equally as well. Think Kate Middleton with Diana’s heirloom Garrard engagement ring; a classic piece of fine jewellery, and truly lovely for its uniqueness as an engagement ring.
Harpers Bazaar recently highlighted celebrity engagement rings in their variation of colour & style; a lovely lookbook of unusual ideas, depending on what your after. Eva Longoria’s ruby engagement ring, really stands out for us.
This week we finished work on a zircon & ruby ring in 18ct yellow gold. The stone was hand cut by a local stone-cutter & hand set in the studio. A fine piece of craftsmanship and a pleasure to work on.
If you have any unusual ideas, why not discuss them with us & find out exactly how easy it can be to make something that highlights your personality & style. Wear the ring you want to wear!