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Getting bespoke jewellery, something that’s utterly unique, for your partner is incredibly special. It says you know what somebody really likes and being the one to make that happen is a great feeling.

With an engagement ring, there’s an opportunity to really put your stamp on something that will last a lifetime. You can choose the stones, the composition, the metal, add an engraving, and even learn where the materials have come from.

We guide you through every step using our tailored experience, our technical skills, and technology, in order to help bring your idea to life.


Most engagement rings include a gemstone, usually a diamond, but they don’t have to. Often, the gemstone will be the most valuable part of the ring, so the first step of this process will be deciding whether your ring’s design will include a gemstone, several gemstones, or none at all.

The next consideration will be whether you will opt to use a diamond or another gemstone? Diamonds are the most popular choice, as their hardness makes them the ideal choice for a ring that will be worn every day. However, there are other options that we can happily discuss with you.


When we evaluate diamonds we use criteria that have become known as the 4Cs: cut, colour, carat and clarity.

The 4 Cs

Carat - This refers to the size of the diamond and is a measurement of weight. 1ct is ⅕ of a gram or is made up of 100 points.So, if you hear somebody talking about a stone that is 55points, they’re talking about a stone that is just over half a carat.

Colour - Diamonds are given a grade depending on how white they are. This scale goes from D to Z and goes from white or colourless to yellow. The more white a diamond is the more desirable and expensive it is.

Clarity - This is the measure of how many natural inclusions a diamond has. The fewer inclusions a stone has the better it will handle light and sparkle. The highest grade a diamond can recieve is F, flawless and the scale goes down to I3.

Cut - The cut is really 2 C’s in one as it not only describes the shape of the diamond but also how accurately the diamond is cut. The quality of the cut is probably the most important factor in determining the sparkle of the stone.

Learn more about the 4 CS here

Coloured gemstones

There are many coloured gemstones out there in some amazing hues and tones that serve as an excellent alternative to diamonds. As previously mentioned, diamonds are favoured because they are so hard and won’t suffer from daily wear. They measure a 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness, with the next hardest mineral on the scale being corundum. Sapphires and rubies are both forms of corundum. However, it is important to note that this scale is only a measure of relative hardness. In reality, a diamond is 4 times as hard as corundum.

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What this means in practice is that over time any gemstone other than diamond will show signs of wear. This is most visible as the edges of the individual facets become worn down. One of the photographs below shows a blue topaz, which measures an 8 on the scale, after it has been worn frequently in a ring for three years.

With all this being said, it is entirely possible to have a coloured gemstone as the central stone in your engagement ring. All gemstones can be recut and polished when they wear down. You just need to be aware that these rings need extra care.

The GIA recommends keeping emeralds away from ultrasonic cleaners and maintaining them with extreme care.

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Solitaire Engagement ring

If you’re going for a ring with a single stone, this is known as a solitaire. Designing a bespoke solitaire ring has four parts to it: you need to select a stone, a setting style, the shank style, and what metal the ring is going to be made out of.

You may think, how many setting styles can there be? But you’d be surprised

The setting style depends a lot on the stone you choose and what shape or ‘cut’ that stone is. There are two main setting style for solitaire engagement rings: a claw setting or a rub-over setting.

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Halo engagement rings

A halo engagement ring has a central stone that is surrounded by smaller stones in what has come to be known as a ‘halo’. Gemstones of all types, cuts, and sizes can be made into a halo ring, and there are a couple of different ways in which these stones can be set.

You can also choose how many rows of diamonds you have encircling the central stone. For instance, a double halo ring has two rows of diamonds around the central stone. For a full list of the different halo styles, click here

3 Stone engagement ring

As the name implies, a three stone engagement ring has three gemstones, and is also sometimes referred to as a trilogy ring. This type of engagement ring can have a mixture of gemstones, for instance, a ruby with a diamond on either side or all gemstones might be the same.

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The stone can be a mixture of cuts or they can be all the same shape. Pear cut, round brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds are all popular choices for side stones.

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Engagement ring settings

Claw settings

Though there are just two main types of settings, the actual design of the setting can be unique.

Below are some examples of claw settings, where individual metal claws, sometimes also known as prongs hold the stone(s) in place. Different cuts and sizes of stones will require a different number of claws. Round brilliant-cut diamonds can have as few as four, or as many as eight. Marquise cut stones can sometimes have just two and pear cut diamonds will almost always have three.

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Rubover setting

A rubover setting is where there is metal all the way around the stone. These types of setting are very secure and contrary to popular belief, they do not stop more light from entering the stone.

Diamonds reflect light that enters them from the top in a ‘hall of mirrors’ type of effect; they do not adsorb it from underneath, so having a setting that encompasses the whole stone does not affect the sparkle of the stone.

Neither setting is objectively better and its a matter of personal preference as to which one you go for.

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The stone

Diamonds are the most popular gemstone used in engagement rings and there are some solid, practical reasons for this. Diamonds are hard, the hardest mineral on earth and this means you can wear them every day without fear of them scratching or wearing down.

You can read our full diamond buying guide here, but, in short, you need to set a budget and get the best combination of colour, clarity, size, and cut that you can.

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There are many different shapes of diamond and this is known as the cut. Below are some examples. Round diamonds are the most popular, we specialise in pear cut diamonds, but it all comes down to personal choice, there is no right or wrong choice.

If you are not going for a diamond, then bear in mind the fact that an engagement ring will likely be worn every day and, thus, a softer gemstone might not be suitable. Emeralds are generally considered too fragile to be worn every day, however sapphires and rubies are fine.

Choosing a coloured gemstone for an engagement ring is a similar process to choosing a diamond. The jeweller will help you to get a stone with the best colour, clarity, cut, and carat for your ring.

If you are interested in the coloured gemstones that are available, you can learn more about them in our gemstones section.

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The metal

Engagement rings are generally made out of either gold, (white, yellow or rose) or platinum. There are some practical differences between the metals as well as how they look and how much they cost.

Platinum and white gold engagement rings

Platinum has traditionally been more expensive than gold, though at current prices there is little to no difference. Platinum is a denser metal than gold and it has a darker silver-coloured finish than white gold. White gold is often plated with rhodium and as with any plating this can wear off over time, a problem you don’t have with platinum.

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Yellow gold engagement rings

Yellow gold has a rich gold colour and its on-trend in the jewellery world right now.Traditionally diamonds have been set in white metals such as white gold or platinum because it makes them appear whiter however that convention is being abandoned more frequently in favour of all gold settings.

18ct yellow gold is the most popular choice for engagement rings, as it offers a rich gold colour and the durability needed for an item of jewellery that will be worn every day.

Rose gold engagement rings

Rose gold is gold that is mixed with a small amount of copper to give it a warmer red look and it has been a popular choice over the last ten years.

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Fairtrade goldengagement rings

You can now get gold in all three colours that has been mined from small scale mines which are certified by the Fairtrade foundation. Mines that are certified as Fairtrade meet high standards for environmental standards, health and safety and workers rights. Commissioning a bespoke engagement ring made from Fairtrade gold helps small mining communities in South America and Africa and is an environmentally-friendly choice. You can learn more about Fairtrade gold here.

The Shank

The shank is the part of the ring that goes around the finger and there are a number of different styles and combinations to consider. How wide will the shank be? Does it taper? Does it include diamonds?

During the process of designing a bespoke ring, the jeweller should be able to give you an idea of how these different elements will look.

In our design process, we use a mixture of hand drawing and jewellery rendering techniques as well as CAD technology to bring to life your ideas before hand making the ring.

Diamond set shank engagement rings

Sometimes an engagement ring design will have a shank that is set with diamonds. These are often referred to as ‘diamond set shoulders and the stones that go in them as ‘shoulder stones’. These stones are almost always round brilliant cuts though baguettes and princess cut diamonds can also be used. There are a few different ways that these stones can be set and this, as well as how they are arranged on the shank depends on the engagement ring design.

If a ring has diamond set shoulders the material and manufacturing costs will be higher than if the shank is plain meaning that less of your budget can be allocated to the central stone(s).

How to get a ring size right

There is no sure-fire way to get somebody’s ring size right without outright asking them or someone who knows their ring size (like a sister or BFF) however you can narrow it down.

Most women will be somewhere between a size I and P.

See our ring size guide


What does bespoke engagement ring mean? ›

But what does it actually mean? Anything “bespoke” is custom-made or made-to-order. It's anything that has been specifically designed with the customer in mind and in direct collaboration with that customer.

How much was Ciara's wedding ring? ›

Ciara's ring is one of the most valuable around.

Ciara received a ring from Russell Wilson that's worth an estimated $2 million to $2.5 million.

How much should you spend on an old engagement ring? ›

One of the classics is how much to spend on an engagement ring. There's the outdated “three-month rule,” which argues spending one-fourth of your annual salary on a ring for your fiance is the ultimate way to show your love.

How much is a Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring? ›

Jay-Z proved he was crazy in love with the pop icon in 2008, presenting her with this 18-carat emerald-cut Lorraine Schwartz ring with a split shank. It's reportedly worth $5 million — nothing but the best for Queen Bey.

How many carats should an engagement ring be? ›

One of the decisions to be made when considering the purchase of an engagement ring is how many carats should the ring be? The average according to The Knot (a research company and website for all things wedding) is 1 to 2 carats. There is no rule. Developing a budget is always a good place to start.

How much does a custom ring cost if you have the diamonds? ›

Setting a custom ring costs anywhere from $500 to $1500. However, the cost varies depending on design complexities, type, size and number of the accent stones used, and absolutely anything a jeweler will factor into the budget. Let us break down how the cost of a custom ring setting is distributed.

How much is Adele's ring worth? ›

So we consulted our trusty gem experts, one of whom tells us Adele's rock could be worth “close to the $1 million mark.” “This one looks sparkly on all fronts, and makes us believe it would be very high quality indeed,” says Rare Carat COO Apeksha Kothari, who estimated the stone at 10 carats.

How much is Meghan Markle's ring worth? ›

Meghan Markle

Duchess Meghan's dazzling trilogy ring boasts a large central diamond which Prince Harry sourced in Botswana and it is flanked on either side by two smaller jewels which are from his late mother Princess Diana's personal collection. Her incredible five-carat gem is thought to be worth £134,500.

How many carats is Blake Lively's ring? ›

The Zoe Report estimates that Lively's ring comes in at a whopping 12 carats, which explains why it's always the center of attention. The ring is estimated to cost around $2 million.

What is the 3 month salary rule? ›

It's known as the "three months' salary" rule, and it implies that a buyer should put three months of their salary toward a sparkler for their future spouse. For context, The Knot 2021 Jewelry and Engagement study found that the average cost of an engagement ring in the US is $6,000.

How much is the average engagement ring 2022? ›

How Much Should an Engagement Ring Cost? A one carat engagement ring typically costs around $5,500, but most couples spend over $6,000—and 7 percent spend over $10,000.

Do engagement rings lose value? ›

Value at Resale

Diamonds typically lose between 25 and 50 per cent of their actual worth upon resale due to market fluctuations, the markup on your ring, and the decline in diamond prices. A portion is also taken out for insurance.

How much did Heidi Montag engagement ring cost? ›

So color us surprised when we heard the supposed $100,000 dollar ring was in fact less than $3,000 dollars.

How much is Megan Fox engagement ring? ›

Listen to this article. Machine Gun Kelly has revealed that the almond-shaped emerald and diamond engagement ring that he proposed to Megan Fox with in Puerto Rico not only cost $340,000, but also has real-life thorns inside it.

How many carats is Jennifer Lopez ring? ›

“It was just—it's the most magnificent thing.” Valued at an estimated $1 million at the time, the 6.10-carat stone inspired a trend for colored diamond rings—even impressing the likes of Barbra Streisand, a diamond fanatic.

Is a 2 carat diamond considered to be big? ›

Is a 2 Carat Diamond Considered to be Big? The average carat weight for a diamond engagement ring is about 0.9 carat, meaning a 2 Carat Diamond is definitely considered big. With 2 carat engagement rings, the diamond is noticeable and eye-catching.

Which diamond shape looks biggest? ›

Wondering which diamond shapes look the largest per carat? The four shapes that look the largest per carat are (in order of which looks the largest): marquise, pear, oval, and emerald diamonds.

What carat ring is considered big? ›

Generally, anything above two carats is considered large for a ring, although some of our favorite celebrities like Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga have been seen sporting much, much larger rings. That being said, most women probably wouldn't want to wear massive rings every single day.

How long does it take a jeweler to make a custom ring? ›

Once you have settled on your design and found the perfect diamond or coloured gemstone the process of custom making your ring can begin. Most jewellers will allow 4-5 weeks for completion from the time that the design has been finalised and a deposit has been paid.

Is it cheaper to design your own engagement ring? ›

Pro: It Can Actually Cost Less Money

Essentially, if your custom engagement ring has little to no markup, you'll be saving around 20% or more on the final price. This makes a huge difference on an expensive item like an engagement ring.

Should I get a custom engagement ring made? ›

Going for a custom-made ring is a great way to express your commitment to the relationship. It shows that you went the extra mile to design the wedding or engagement ring and that you didn't cut corners or take the easy way out by simply purchasing a ready-made ring. You Will Get Exceptional Quality.

How much is Jennifer Lopez ring worth? ›

The ring is worth approximately $5 million dollars." Lopez is in good company with her stunning stone: According to E! News, Beyoncé, Amal Clooney, Elizabeth Taylor, and Angelina Jolie are all also members of the "emerald cut club."

How much is Beyonce's ring? ›

Beyoncé It should come as no surprise that Queen Bey herself totes one of the world's highest-valued diamonds. Weighing in at 24 carats, Jay reportedly paid around $5 million (now worth $6.89 million) for Bey's flashy emerald-cut ring back in 2008.

How much is Ariana Grande's ring worth? ›

Insider reports the piece of jewellery is worth three quarters of a million pounds, or $750,000. An expert has estimated the ring boasts an 8-carat diamond whilst others have put it at 5 carats, which decreases its worth to around $300,000.

What jewelry did Kate inherit from Diana? ›

The sapphire and diamond engagement ring

Arguably the most famous piece in Kate's jewelry collection is her sapphire and diamond engagement ring, which previously belonged to Princess Diana.

How much is Princess Diana ring worth today? ›

How much is Princess Diana's ring worth? At the time it was purchased, the cost of the ring was £47,000. Today, the estimated worth of the ring is believed to be £300,000, or nearly $400,000!

How much is Princess Eugenie ring worth? ›

Eugenie's sapphire is estimated to be between three and four carats. And although the ring's price tag has never been shared, some experts have appraised it at well over $100,000. It's a true stunner and perfect for a bride who wants a stone that stands out from the crowd but still feels romantic and sentimental.

How many carats is Adele's ring? ›

The Adele features 0.50 carats of brilliant round diamonds in an 14k white gold setting.

How many carats is Megan Fox ring? ›

Webster has gone on the record stating the ring was created in 18-carat white gold, with colorless diamond pave, and a pair of perfectly matched pear-shaped gems. The diamond is a D-color, and the emerald is an extraordinary untreated Colombian gem.

How many carats was Princess Diana's ring? ›

Diana chose her sapphire engagement ring from Garrard in 1981. Encircled by a halo of diamonds set in 18 carat white gold, the deep, intense blue of the 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire is magnificent, enhanced by its exceptional lustre.

Do couples split the cost of an engagement ring? ›

But when it comes to splitting the cost of your engagement ring is the choice just as obvious? The resounding answer is yes. Currently trending among the newly engaged is the decision to split the cost of the engagement ring between both spouses-to-be.

Should a woman help pay for her engagement ring? ›

When it comes to who pays for the wedding or the engagement ring, there's no hard and fast rule that “the proposer” needs to shell out all the money. In fact, more and more, couples are choosing to buy engagement rings and wedding bands together or consider it a team purchase.

What is the most popular engagement ring in 2022? ›

Insider spoke to experts about the engagement ring styles everyone will be wearing in 2022. Experts say two-stone and oval engagement rings are going to be popular. Other rings that will be on trend this year include pear and emerald-cut diamonds.

How much should a guy spend on an engagement ring? ›

General Rule: You should spend at least 2 months salary on the engagement ring. If, for example, you are making $60,000 per year, you should spend $10,000 on the engagement ring.

How much should I spend on an engagement ring if I make 100k a year? ›

Three months' salary looks very different for different people. Think about it. If you make $100,000 a year, you're supposed to spend $25,000 on an engagement ring. If you make $200,000, the ring clocks in at $50,0000.

How much is a 2 carat diamond worth? ›

On average, you can expect the cost of a 2 carat diamond to widely vary depending on its shape, cut quality, clarity, color, and whether it's a naturally mined or lab diamond. The varying cost can range from $5,000 to $50,000 or more.

Will diamond prices go down in 2022? ›

Diamond Demand & Pricing on the Rise

After a peak in the warmer months, prices will begin to fall, eventually stabilizing just in time for holiday buying. The exception to ever-rising diamond prices is with lab-grown stones. With plenty of supply on-hand, lab-grown diamond prices will continue to drop.

Are diamonds a good investment in 2022? ›

Yes, diamonds are a good investment. Diamonds are more than just one of the world's most precious gemstones; they're also one of the world's most reliable investment opportunities. That's because diamonds have increased in value since their first discovery thousands of years ago.

How much did Johnny Depp pay for Amber Heard's engagement ring? ›

The five-carat diamond engagement ring: US$100,000

He reportedly proposed to his then-27-year-old girlfriend with a stunning five-carat diamond engagement ring worth US$100,000, which featured intricate scrollwork, in January 2014. Later, he opened up about his bride-to-be to Today's Savannah Guthrie.

How much was Jenni Farley engagement ring? ›

“Elongated fancy shapes like ovals have been trending for 2021 and look great paired with rose gold; it adds a feminine touch and looks great on all skin tones,” she told Page Six Style, estimating the ring's cost at between $80,000 and $150,000.

How much was Bella's engagement ring? ›

One of the most exciting elements that went up for auction was Bella Swan's engagement ring from Edward Cullen. The fan who ended up scoring the piece beat out over a thousand other bidders, putting up a whopping $16,800. 28 Best Twilight Movie Scenes Ever!

How Much Is Demi Lovato ring? ›

Demi Lovato's Ever-Evolving Red Carpet Style

And the ring he proposed with is worth a literal fortune, TMZ is reporting. Multiple sources told the outlet that Lovato's ring costs between $2.5 and $5 million. The ring is special cut from celeb-favorite jeweler Peter Marco.

How much is Scarlett Johansson's engagement ring? ›

How much did Scarlett Johanson's engagement ring cost? And what's it really worth?! Scarlett Johansson's one-of-a-kind engagement ring reportedly cost Jost around the heavy sum of $400,000.

How much was Machine Gun Kelly's engagement ring? ›

Machine Gun Kelly just revealed that the almond-shaped emerald and diamond engagement ring he proposed to Megan Fox with not only cost $340,000 but is designed to be like thorns. He recently told Vogue, “The bands are actually thorns.

Which celebrity has biggest engagement ring? ›

FAQs about the biggest celebrity engagement rings

Coming in at $10 million, Mariah Carey's 35-carat ring from ex-fiancé James Packer is the most expensive celebrity engagement ring.

How many engagement rings does Victoria Beckham have? ›

And they're all from her husband, David Beckham.

How much is Kim Kardashian ring worth? ›

Kim Kardashian West's Engagement Ring

The diamond alone is 15-carats and costs between $2 million and $4 million.

What does bespoke mean in jewelry? ›

Bespoke Jewellery is the creation of a piece or pieces of jewellery and adornment especially for you to fill the requirements of your request. You would normally approach a bespoke jewellery designer with some idea or concept of what you are after.

What is considered an impressive engagement ring? ›

"Most women think of two carats as a decent-size diamond, with a typical color clarity ranging from VS1-VS2, F-G color. [D is colorless.] A noticeably big diamond will be three carats and above. These are the ones that turn heads." — Scott Friedman, Gleem & Co.

What is considered an expensive engagement ring? ›

How Much Should an Engagement Ring Cost? A one carat engagement ring typically costs around $5,500, but most couples spend over $6,000—and 7 percent spend over $10,000.

Why is bespoke more expensive? ›

Bespoke clothing is more expensive because of how many hours it takes to make by hand, the time it takes to do the fittings and the high quality, luxurious fabrics used. There is a substantial difference in cost between the two different processes.

How long does bespoke last? ›

The average lifespan of a good bespoke suit should last for 5 – 10 years. This also depends on the frequency of wear. The number above is based on a weekly wear. We also recommend that you should wear a specific Suit once a week and have a rotation of 5 Suits within that week.

How much does a bespoke cost? ›

Typically made using cloth that costs at least US$130 per metre, with still more extravagant materials available, a garment of this type can take up to 90 hours to fit, cut and craft by hand. This helps explain why the price of the finest bespoke suits can range between US$19,000-65,000.

Is it rude to upgrade engagement ring? ›

There's no right or wrong time to upgrade your engagement ring. You and your spouse should make this highly personal decision together. However, there are certain times when it's more popular to upgrade your ring.

What shape of diamond sparkles the most? ›

Round Cut Diamonds Sparkle The Most

The standard round cut diamond comprises 57 facets (58 including one on the bezel). This cut heightens the diamond's sparkle and shine. Because round diamonds have the largest number of facets, they create the most sparkle.

Which cut of diamond looks biggest? ›

The four shapes that look the largest per carat are (in order of which looks the largest): marquise, pear, oval, and emerald diamonds. Among these shapes, oval diamonds are a top choice among those who want a classic-style engagement ring, yet want to maximize the size of their engagement ring's center diamond.

What is the classiest diamond cut? ›

The marquise cut is the ultimate in elegance. Its oval shape meets in pointed ends, resembling the hull of a ship — this cut is also known as the Navette cut (meaning "little boat" in French). In addition to being unique, this cut is also great for someone looking to create the illusion of elongated hands.

What is the most popular diamond cut 2022? ›

New Year, New Look: The Most Popular Diamond Cut for 2022
  • Rounds. Round cut engagement rings are classic and continue to be the most popular choice amongst brides. ...
  • Ovals. Ovals have been wildly popular in recent years. ...
  • Cushion Cut. ...
  • Antique cuts (old mines and old euros)

What setting makes engagement ring look bigger? ›

Bezel setting: In this setting style, a band of metal surrounds the diamond's girdle. As a result, the diamond's circumference may appear to be larger. Bezel engagement ring settings also afford extra protection against accidental bangs and bumps. TIP: The bezel setting is generally used for round and oval diamonds.

What shape of engagement ring is the most expensive? ›

Not only is a round diamond the most expensive diamond cut to manufacture, but it's also the most in-demand stone shape for diamond engagement rings and many diamond jewelry styles.


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