4th
March
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Again, another round brilliant solitaire flanked by two baguettes. So pretty and yet something I never liked before! How dangerous that my tastes are evolving so rapidly!
By Harry Winston.

Again, another round brilliant solitaire flanked by two baguettes. So pretty and yet something I never liked before! How dangerous that my tastes are evolving so rapidly!

By Harry Winston.

2 years ago 5 notes
4th
March
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Cartier 1895 solitaire engagement ring.
I’ve never been a fan of solitaires but flicking through a magazine last night, I came across this one by Cartier. I can’t quite explain why this design is just that more elegant then other solitaires but there is that added finesse in the finish and quality. I love the way the diamond banding seems to complement the central stone just perfectly without looking too gaudy. I also know that this is a design many others offer, perhaps it’s the perfect setting and angular construction which makes this Cartier design a cut above the rest.

Cartier 1895 solitaire engagement ring.

I’ve never been a fan of solitaires but flicking through a magazine last night, I came across this one by Cartier. I can’t quite explain why this design is just that more elegant then other solitaires but there is that added finesse in the finish and quality. I love the way the diamond banding seems to complement the central stone just perfectly without looking too gaudy. I also know that this is a design many others offer, perhaps it’s the perfect setting and angular construction which makes this Cartier design a cut above the rest.

2 years ago 6 notes
21st
January
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Drawn to this ring by Boodles. Diamond setting loops around the oval stones giving it a vintage almost lace-like feel. The intensity of the setting doesn’t make it the ordinary engagement ring and I’m uncertain what kind of wedding band would compliment it. Beautiful nonetheless. From £18,500.

Drawn to this ring by Boodles. Diamond setting loops around the oval stones giving it a vintage almost lace-like feel. The intensity of the setting doesn’t make it the ordinary engagement ring and I’m uncertain what kind of wedding band would compliment it. Beautiful nonetheless. From £18,500.

2 years ago 1 note
8th
October
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I was just at a wedding tonight and guess all the engagement rings around me started me analysing designs again. Earlier on I had picked up a random Chinese bridal magazine and was quite enamoured by this Cartier design. Luckily I am not expecting any engagement ring of some sort soon as my mind keeps on flitting between cushion, round, estate … ! Anyway, I went on to the Cartier website but couldn’t find this design … not a problem, found an advert for it.
I think this design would only work well with a large enough stone. The cut is a simple round brilliant on a triple split shank with micro-pave. Just divine! So beautiful!

I was just at a wedding tonight and guess all the engagement rings around me started me analysing designs again. Earlier on I had picked up a random Chinese bridal magazine and was quite enamoured by this Cartier design. Luckily I am not expecting any engagement ring of some sort soon as my mind keeps on flitting between cushion, round, estate … ! Anyway, I went on to the Cartier website but couldn’t find this design … not a problem, found an advert for it.

I think this design would only work well with a large enough stone. The cut is a simple round brilliant on a triple split shank with micro-pave. Just divine! So beautiful!

3 years ago 11 notes
27th
September
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Lillibet Ring
Design Inspirations
A romantic mount  combining several stones and cuts to create a brilliant harmonious  ring.  The centre stone is a cushion cut surrounded by micro pave  diamonds with two heart-shaped pink diamonds on each side.
Lillibet  ring with cushion cut diamond (3.11cts) and pink diamond shoulder  stones (tot 0.69ct) with pavé diamond surround (tot 0.11ct) set in  platinum
What I think:
A really romantic stone with just a flash of pink for that feminine touch. The flash means some rose gold or silver will look just as fresh next to this engagement ring. For me this is a wonderful blend of everything I like. A cushion cut which has that slightly estate feel and some colour injection but not too over the top. Pink diamonds are so expensive anyway, this is is just enough. Love it like I do? Get it from Asprey.

Lillibet Ring

Design Inspirations

A romantic mount combining several stones and cuts to create a brilliant harmonious ring.  The centre stone is a cushion cut surrounded by micro pave diamonds with two heart-shaped pink diamonds on each side.

Lillibet ring with cushion cut diamond (3.11cts) and pink diamond shoulder stones (tot 0.69ct) with pavé diamond surround (tot 0.11ct) set in platinum

What I think:

A really romantic stone with just a flash of pink for that feminine touch. The flash means some rose gold or silver will look just as fresh next to this engagement ring. For me this is a wonderful blend of everything I like. A cushion cut which has that slightly estate feel and some colour injection but not too over the top. Pink diamonds are so expensive anyway, this is is just enough. Love it like I do? Get it from Asprey.

3 years ago 15 notes

Creating

It has long been a dream of mine to design jewellery. I have some ideas which seem far-flung at the moment but sometimes I find myself dreaming away. I absolutely adore my career at the moment, and the beautiful pieces of art that surround me have given me much inspiration. Maybe I will start designing soon, you’ll be the first to know!

3 years ago 8 notes

A Man's Guide to Buying An Engagement Ring

A great easy-to-read guide for men on the process of buying that special stone. Click onto ‘engagement’ on the top of the webpage to read.

3 years ago 9 notes

INSURE, Insure, insure

The unthinkable happened to my friend getting married next year. On Friday evening as I was dining, I noticed I had two missed phone calls from her but no message. No response when I called back. And at 1am again, I received another call and this time I picked up. Tears. Her engagement ring, a beautiful Tiffany solitaire had been stolen from her home - my first question- ‘Was the ring insured?’ … Silence. Whatever the value of the ring … you MUST insure it, anything worth a substantial amount of money needs to be looked after. If you have a ring on your finger now and no insurance, please start looking into it, because bad things happen to even the nicest of people.

3 years ago 6 notes

Rough Stones, Will The Trend Ever Catch On?

The stones lack the appeal of faceted diamonds: no flashes of colour, no sparkles, in fact, as the Journal says, they look downright gravel-like. The stones have a certain organic appeal and the jewellry stores like them because they are cheaper to produce and offer a chance to use stones which may not have been suitable for cutting. But one of the major caveats here is that a rough diamond isn’t appraised in the same way as a cut stone and so it can be tough to know the true value of a stone.

I don’t think this would be a first choice for most but if I had the money I would definitely ensure I had a rough stone piece in my collection. It stands exactly how diamonds were formed, thousands of miles below the surface under huge pressure and I quite like that aspect.

3 years ago 2 notes

The Birth of The Engagement Ring

Ok … so in case you didn’t know, the engagement ring hype (as I like to call it) was a very clever marketing ploy by De Beers in the early 20th century to increase their diamond market share and introduce the concept into other cultures e.g. Japan. But … what about our ancestors? Did they materialize the emotion of love and physically denote it with a gift? I remember learning that the Romans gave betrothal rings, wearing them on the same finger because they believe that the vein and from it lead directly to the heart … awww, very romantic but could quite possibly be another marketing ploy … who knows?

In more recent times, a gimmal ring, or gimmel ring, a ring with two or three hoops or links that fit together to form one complete ring was in fashion especially in England and Germany. The name from the Latin gemellus, twin, via Old French.

In the 16th and 17th centuries these were often used as betrothal rings. The engaged couple would wear one hoop each and rejoin them to use as a wedding ring. With triple link rings, a third person could witness the couple’s vows and hold the third part of the ring until the marriage.

An early gimmal band, consisting of two interlocked rings sculpted to form a single ring is to be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum dated to 1350. Henry III of England met the Count of Gynes in 1202 and gave him a gimmal ring set with a ruby and two emeralds.

3 years ago 7 notes