What are the reasons to get a custom made engagement ring?
Do you want to create an engagement ring that is as unique and special as your better half? How about controlling every aspect of your custom-made ring? From carat to cut, the choices are endless when visiting Clarity Diamonds in the heart of Hatton Garden.
The perfect fit for your budget
It’s easy to get dazzled by a bling ring and blow your budget out of the water, so when beginning your journey to ‘I do’, it’s paramount that you set a ring budget that works for you.
I’m here to help you find the one – creating custom engagement rings for every budget, every style, and every taste. We can discuss your budget and i’ll provide you a collection of options to match.
Buying the perfect engagement ring doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. I am able to source ethical gemstones of the highest quality, at competitive prices, passing the wholesale savings onto you, my valued customers.
You’ll get more bang for your buck by cutting out the high street stores and named brands. On average my pricing is 40/50% less than the high street- that’s some saving!
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…
Let’s talk about clarity, cut, and colour. These are three of the most important elements when it comes to designing a bespoke engagement ring.
Did you know, diamond colour is graded on how white a diamond is? The scale starts at D to Z; the further down the scale you go, the less white the diamond is – think an off white-yellow colour.
When it comes to colour, I always recommend that my clients stay between D – H colour for a bright white diamond! That said, if you choose to set your chosen diamond in rose or yellow gold, you can opt for I, J or K colour as it isn’t as noticeable. What’s more yellow diamonds are becoming increasing popular on the market.
Clarity is graded from FL (flawless) to I3 (included). This is where you can compromise the most on quality. I recommend selecting SI1 or SI2, as long as the diamond is unmarked to the naked eye, this is a cost-effective decision where can save you thousands of pounds.
Visually you will see no difference between a flawless diamond and an SI graded diamond. Inclusions are simply natural marks of a diamond, the same way we have moles and freckles etc. I also feel they give a diamond character.
Let’s cut straight to it! There are five gradings when it comes to a diamond’s cut;
- Very good
A diamond is graded into the above categories based on how well it has been cut from its rough form. A diamond’s sparkle is the result of how it’s been cut – not its colour or clarity. Round diamonds are given three grades; Cut, Polish, Symmetry, whereas fancy cut diamonds are given two grades; Polish and Symmetry.
If a diamond has been given an excellent grading then expect it to be super sparkly and watch it dance in the light. It’s been cut to perfection and will perform brilliantly!
You can read more about engagement ring cut, colour and clarity here.
One of a kind…
When creating a custom engagement ring, I know just how important it is to reflect your partner’s personality and tastes. Not only is this ring a symbol of your love, but it’s a piece of jewellery that they will wear every day for the rest of their life.
When creating a bespoke ring, you can customise every element. Select every aspect of the ring from the diamond or gemstone, to the shape and size, right through to the metal and setting of the ring.
Mostly importantly, there’s your personal touch – your partner will appreciate the time, thought, and effort that has gone into their engagement ring.
Diamonds can be sent to a lab for official quality grading. Three experts will look at the stone and agree upon the grading – it’s important to remember this is only ever an opinion.
GIA, IGI and HRD
The most known and respected lab is The Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The GIA came up with the grading system and is the most strict when it comes to its grading results.
There are lots of other labs across the world, including The International Gemological Institute (IGI) and the European equivalent of the GIA, The Hoge Raad voor Diamant (HRD), which translates to the ‘Diamond High Council’. Both are well known and respected, but not as strict or prestigious as GIA.
GIA-graded diamonds will always hold a premium in price but are by far the most popular when it comes to diamond grading labs.
A hands on approach
You’ll experience one-on-one support from the moment you make contact with me. Whether you’re chatting with me on Whatsapp or meeting with me in my Hatton Garden studio, you’ll receive a first-class diamond education every step of the way.
I’ve spent almost a decade dedicating myself to the world of diamonds and gemstones. I have the know-how and expert knowledge to make sure one of your biggest decisions is the right one.
From understanding certifications to diamond gradings, and more, you’ll soon become a diamond expert.