HOW MUCH IS BESPOKE
Cost may not be your main consideration, but it will be part of the equation, so, at every stage, we are very clear about the different elements in the cost of your ring - ensuring that you are in control.
Our rings are Bespoke, and made to my designs and to order by craftsmen and women, all specialists in their particular jewellery fields. This means we do not hold stock, so we can offer a more cost-effective service AND get you more Carat for your Cash.
We will show you how much your ring will cost in a range of precious metals; identify a selection of actual stones to fit your specifications, and discuss with you the pros and cons of each (see Choosing Your Diamond). We will also talk you through the costs of any more complex design features you may want.
Once your design is finalised we will give you a detailed quotation which will include the cost of making the ring, the metals and gems to be used, stone setting and hallmarking (and of course VAT).
Take a look at the small selection of recent commissions and their costs below. These range from around £1,200 to over £15,000, with the cost being very dependant on the main gemstone. It should reassure you that Bespoke IS affordable.
CUSHION CUT DIAMOND WITH HALO ENGAGEMENT RING
This ring has a platinum shank and setting, with a 0.51ct G VS1 GIA-certified cushion cut diamond, and G SI brilliants in the halo and shank.
Total carat weight 0.75tcw.
PRINCESS CUT SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING
A wide-band platinum 'cathedral-style' ring, with a single 1.02ct Princess Cut G VS GIA-certified diamond, in a four-claw, weave setting.
BRILLIANT CUT DIAMOND SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING
A deceptively simple 'twist' 4-claw setting in a classic platinum ring, to show to full advantage the gorgeous 1.25ct brilliant cut F VS1 GIA-certified diamond.
SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND CLUSTER ENGAGEMENT RING
Brilliant cur blue sapphire 1.55ct surrounded by 8 brilliant cut diamonds, GSI1 0.10ct each, set in a platinum band.
Total carat weight 2.35tcw
EMERALD ENGAGEMENT RING
Oval emerald 0.40ct bezel-set in 18ct yellow gold. 9ct white gold band with scroll detail.
ROSE GOLD AND DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING
Pretty rosebud setting in 18ct rose gold with a 0.33ct DVS1 GIA-certified brilliant cut diamond.
EMERALD AND DIAMOND MODERN VINTAGE RING
This ring has at its centre a 0.40ct (6x4mm) Oval Created Emerald, with 62 round cut AA grade Emeralds and 72 round cut ISI1 Diamonds, all set in an intricate filigree 9ct gold ring.
Total carat weight 1.38tcw.
Price £2,500 (with similar size AA grade oval emerald, approx £3,900).
SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND ETERNITY RING
Six princess cut AA grade sapphires (0.72tcw), and five GSI diamonds (0.47tcw - 2.5mm square), channel-set in a 3.5mm wide, 18ct gold band.
Total carat weight 1.19tcw.
HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU SPEND
I am often asked how much you should spend on an engagement ring.
The old yardstick of two months' salary is just that, an old yardstick. My reply is always that you should spend what you are comfortable with.
You will want to give her an engagement ring that she will love, wear and cherish for the rest of her life. Engagement rings are heirlooms to pass on to future generations.
One of the advantages of a Bespoke Ring is that you decide the priorities, and we then create the combination of design, metals, diamonds and gemstones to fit your spec, and still keep within your budgetary comfort zone. This means that you are not limited by cost to what any High Street jeweller just happens to have in their stock.
So, be guided by what feels right for you - designing your ring should be an enjoyable process, you are in control and you decide how much you want to spend.