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    Getting engaged is a major commitment and for the person making the proposal there are many things to think about.  The most obvious is finding and buying the perfect engagement ring and this can be a minefield as engagement rings come with unique financial and emotional expectations.

    One of the most often asked questions by our customers is ‘how many carats should an engagement ring be?'  The reason for this question tends to be that carat is commonly associated with both the size of the diamond and its price.  Couple this with a keenness to meet a woman's expectations and you can have a dilemma on your hands as deciding how much to spend rests in striking a balance between dazzling your beloved without tarnishing your future financial goals together.

    What's does the term Carat mean?

    A carat is a metric unit of weight equal to 0.20 grams, and is used as the standard unit of weight of diamonds and most other gems and pearls.  It is an indication of the size of the diamond when it is loose i.e. not mounted within a ring or other piece of jewellery.  If other factors are held equal, the more a loose diamond weighs, the more valuable it will be as prices are expressed as a price per carat.  The Carat weight has the biggest impact on the price of a diamond e.g. a two-carat diamond will be priced at more than double that of a one-carat diamond.  The vast majority of consumers have the common misconception that a larger carat weight signifies a bigger better diamond engagement ring, however for jewellery experts size is less important than the quality of the diamond, meaning that large carat weight alone does not always signify a better diamond ring.

    What is the average carat size for an engagement ring?

    The average diamond carat size (and therefore price) fluctuates from country to country. For example, in America the average diamond carat weight is 1.0 carat, in China and Europe it is 0.5 carats, and in the UK the average weight of a diamond in an engagement ring is 0.9 carats.  Perhaps the reason for this is that in these social media and celebrity obsessed times there is a lot more emphasis placed upon the size of the diamond, and this is being seen as an indication of a person’s love and commitment. For some this makes them almost ashamed to give a smaller diamond, especially when it is open to public comparison/possible criticism with the rings worn by friends and family on social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook

    Should carat size influence my choice and my budget? 

    Good advice would be to not let the carat weight of a diamond influence have any influence over your budget. Set a budget that you can comfortably afford without compromising yourself and do not to attempt to reach the average carat size if you do not have the financial means to do so. After all your chosen engagement ring is a symbol of your love and a new life together so starting out with the milestone of debt through buying an engagement ring isn’t a good idea, plus you can always upgrade at a later date!

    In addition, you may also find yourself sacrificing the clarity of the diamond to achieve a higher carat weight and therefore risking the quality of the diamond which could, as a result, be quite poor. We always recommend buying a smaller diamond with a much better quality of cut as this factor determines how brilliant and sparkling the diamond will be.  After all a stunning sparkling diamond can hide inclusions, disguise colour and even give the illusion of looking larger. Two diamonds with the same carat weight can appear to be different sizes depending on the depth or shape of their cut. If a diamond is cut very shallow, it has more surface area and so may appear larger, but it would lack depth and sparkle, and it would receive a poor cut grade.

    How do I choose the best engagement ring for my money?

    We understand that you will want to buy the largest diamond engagement ring that you can afford – that is only human nature of wanting to meet, or even exceed, your bride-to-be’s dreams and expectations.  But we strongly urge you NOT to make the sacrifice of quality just to buy a ring with an extra 0.2 of a carat and we would like to suggest a few ways in which you can buy the best diamond engagement ring for your money with no compromise to quality:

    • Ensure that you buy a diamond engager ring with the best cut that you can afford within your budget.  We cannot over emphasise how important cut is in determining the brilliance of a diamond. Always remember that even the highest quality diamond will not meet its potential in terms of brilliance and shine if the cut is poor. It will just appear as a dull relation!  Choosing the best cut means that you can make savings on the other factors of clarity and colour.


    • To save money one of the best ways is to select a diamond that is graded lower in clarity.  The naked eye will not see the vast majority of flaws or inclusions in a diamond.  You could save a substantial amount of money by choosing SI1 or SI2 diamonds.


    • Think carefully about the metal that you are choosing for the engagement ring band and setting. Choosing yellow gold,  which is predicted to be very on trend in 2018, or rose gold, will make a saving over platinum or white gold.


    • Choosing a diamond that is graded lower in colour will also allowing for huge savings. Most diamonds have slight tints of yellow, which are often impossible to see with the naked eye, and since most tints are extremely difficult to see, a higher grade for colour does not make much difference in quality. It can, however, make a huge difference in price. So, to save money choose diamonds rated H and G which are considered white, with G representing the top-quality white. Note that, while these diamonds appear completely colourless, they do have a light-yellow tint against a bright white background. That said, this tint disappears when set into a metal band, as no metal is solid white. Though still white or colourless against most backgrounds, J - M diamonds run from "top silver" (J) to "light cape" (M), a cheaper silver colouring. When set on a coloured band like yellow gold, they appear colourless, though they may have a tint on whiter metals like platinum.

    Even today the giving of a diamond engagement ring is seen as the ultimate expression of commitment, the symbol of how big your love is for your partner. With all the factors you must consider when buying a diamond, that nagging question still remains: Will the diamond I buy be big enough?  Does the size of the diamond really matter when buying an engagement ring?  

    Historically there is a common misconception in society that the bigger the stone, the bigger the love.   Maybe we should blame this on the very first person to give a diamond engagement ring, Archduke Maximilian when he proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a stunning diamond engagement ring in the shape of an “M”.  Since then, an engagement ring seems to be incomplete without a stunning and enormous, diamond sparkling out for it.  

    The common misconception of many people is to only judge a diamond by its carat weight as this is the easiest factor to spot, they equate carat weight with the “size” of a diamond.  When a sensational diamond engagement ring is seen on a woman’s hand, they immediately ask themselves ‘how many carats is that diamond?’  The truth is, you can achieve some of that same impact and dazzle by not only considering the carat weight but by focusing on other diamond factors that we call the ‘4cs of diamond grading’.   

    The ‘4cs of diamond grading’ will help any diamond amateur to judge if the stone is worth the investment. The basic 4 c's of diamond grading are colour, cut, clarity, and carat weight.  While the rest of the world think that carat weight alone should be the basis of defining the value of the proposal ring, this is not the case. There are other factors to consider before you choose your engagement ring – it is not all about the carat weight! 

    Diamond Colour 

    The "colour" part of the four C's of diamond grading, not surprisingly, refers to a diamond's colour. A diamond is priced also based on the "whiteness" of the stone. The top grade given to a diamond is the letter D, meaning the diamond is very white and conversely a Z-grade is given to diamonds with tints of yellow, grey or brown.  

    The vast majority of diamonds sold range between F and J. While a whiter diamond doesn’t necessarily compensate for size, it makes for a more beautiful and impressive diamond. However, differences between colour grades are very slight and hard to see with the naked eye, which means you can compromise a little on colour and still buy a beautiful diamond. 

    Diamond Clarity 

    In addition to its colour, a diamond is also graded based on its "flawlessness."  The grade "clarity" is given to determine the blemishes and internal inclusions that a diamond has.  The clearer the diamond, the more light has a chance of passing through it smoothly which is what causes the beautiful sparkle that many people desire.   However, if a diamond has a considerable number of flaws and inclusions, it could greatly influence its glimmer. Some people may have smaller diamond stones, but they can be very clear and very sparkly or another way to save money is to focus on well-cut diamonds of good colour that have a lower clarity grade. 

    Diamond Cut 

    For many women when it comes to diamond size and diamond sparkle, they will opt for the more brilliant stone.  A diamond engagement ring with a great cut can capture the attention of many admiring eyes even from a distance, as the way that a diamond is cut and proportioned directly affects how the light shines through it to cause the desired sparkle.   The more intricate the cut of the diamond ring, the more glimmer it will give out.  For example, in round diamonds, well-cut diamonds tend to be more expensive, but they also sparkle more, allowing you to compromise on carat weight and still get impact that will absolutely bring many "oohs" from admiring friends.  You  can make a big impression with your diamond engagement ring by choosing a well-cut centre stone flanked or surrounded by smaller and less expensive diamonds. 

    Other factors 

    Also consider the influence of shape of your diamond.  If you are going for the illusion of size, a fancy-shape diamond such as emerald, pear or marquise gives you a larger table size, or top surface area. This makes the diamond look larger, regardless of carat weight. Some settings, such as a halo, can also make diamonds appear larger. 

    So now that you have an overview of the 4 C’s it is your decision as to which factor holds most importance to you.   For example, if size is what really matters to you then you may give that the most priority and move down on the gradience with other C’s of course based on your budget. However do bear in mind that as we have pointed out diamond quality matters just as much, if not more, than size — in fact, the bigger the diamond, the more poor quality shows.  

    If your budget requires you to make trade-offs, always err on the side of quality to make a big impression with your diamond engagement ring.  For example, you might consider a high-quality (but smaller carat weight) centre diamond flanked or surrounded by smaller and less expensive diamonds. This can create the big wow factor you’re looking for, while still working within your budget. At the end of the day whatever your decision it is the thought and love that has gone into choosing your perfect diamond engagement ring that is much more important. 


    With the flurry of excitement over the royal engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, many couples are now deciding to make a formal commitment to one another by getting engaged. So if you have finally decided to pop the question to your other half this Christmas you will no doubt want to find the perfect engagement ring beforehand.  Here is where it gets interesting!  Considerations such as how much should you be spending, what style of ring to choose, size of diamond…. and many more questions will no doubt be going through your head. But don’t worry we are here to help you choose an engagement ring for your bride-to-be that is on trend and that she will fall instantly in love with. Here are our predictions for the hottest trends in engagement rings for 2018:

    Trilogy engagement rings 

    The royal engagement ring is a stunning trilogy design with a trio of diamonds comprised of two round-cut diamonds and a central cushion cut diamond set on a yellow gold band.  The royal family have a lot of influence when it comes to trends and fashion. Much as Kate Middleton and Princess Diana’s engagement rings sparked a trend, so we expect to see a resurgence in popularity of the three-stone engagement ring.  A trilogy engagement ring is the perfect design to represent your eternal love for your partner as the three stones are said to symbolise friendship, love and fidelity, the necessary ingredients for a happy relationship and marriage. So if you are a couple looking for an engagement ring with a deeper meaning in your the three stone trilogy engagement ring could be just the right choice.

    Yellow gold

    Yellow gold is reportedly Meghan Markle's favourite metal and this was reflected in Prince Harrys choice of a yellow gold band trilogy diamond ring. We predict that this will kick-start a trend with yellow gold rings likely to becoming a popular choice for 2018 much as the Duchess of Cambridge's engagement ring caused an influx of requests for white gold engagement rings.  While yellow gold is by no means new, in recent years it has somewhat lost favour but it is the a very flattering colour for many skin tones and is said to add warmth to diamond rings, with the contrast between cool bright diamonds and the gold band a winning combination.

    The Split Shank

    Trilogy rings are not for every couple and one trend in engagement ring trend that is set to be very popular in 2018 is the split shank ring. This style usually features a solitaire diamond and the band either side is split which leave a gap that shows the finger.  This design gives has a very modern feel to a solitaire ring that is generally considered as a simple and traditional style.

    With the split shank style of engagement ring customisation is a definite option for those that wish to create an engagement ring that is uniquely special. For example, the gap can be made larger on the east and west points and then narrow and closer together at the diamond.  If your fiancé is a fan of all things vintage then a split shank engagement ring will definitely appeal to her as many vintage-inspired engagement rings feature a split shank and the band will often be a French-set or set with diamonds.  In addition for those who love ‘bling’ splitting the band provides more space to add smaller pavé diamonds which give the illusion of added brilliance and sparkle to the engagement ring.   It is also possible to have a variety of diamond shapes for this type of ring.  For example, to create a classic look with an art deco twist why not choose  a round diamond halo style where the split in the band is very subtle and blends into the centre being positioned close to the diamond.

    Many fashionistas and jewellery experts are predicting that this engagement ring trend is sure to dominate in 2018 as vintage fashion is still very much on trend and yellow gold is a great option for this ring style.

    Geometric Silhouettes

    Adding a geometric shape around your solitaire or oval diamond halo ring is becoming very fashionable as many brides-to-be are moving away from feminine lines towards contemporary designs that surround the diamond with a hexagonal frame. The geometric setting makes a very eye-catching statement whilst not detracting from the beauty of the centrepiece diamond.  This style is just perfect for those who embrace cutting edge styles and perfectly complements the 2018 fashion trends for strong metallics and sharp lines.

    On trend shapes

    When choosing the perfect engagement ring for your spouse-to-be it is very important to consider carefully the shape of the centre stone. Pear shaped diamonds are a must have trend for 2018. The elegant cut of per-shaped diamonds will add that extra something to a plain band and give the appearance of slimmer and slender looking fingers.

    Princess cuts are falling in popularity as diamonds with rounded edges are considered the way forward. The oval diamond is very on-trend and it the perfect choice for a look that is far more subtle and has more clarity and depth. Not only do oval diamonds appear larger in a carat by carat comparison with a round diamond, but they also have the bonus of costing less too!

    Fancy Coloured Diamonds 

    Coloured diamonds have become a very popular choice in 2017 and their popularity looks set to increase making it a hot trend for 2018.  If your partner likes to stand out from the crowd why not choose an engagement ring that features a yellow or black diamond as these are set to the stand out colours for 2018.

    Black diamonds are also very much in vogue as they add a slightly frosty feel with a mysterious edge to an engagement ring.  The trend for black diamond engagement rings first became popular back in 2010 when Carrie of Sex and the City was proposed to by Mr Big. Black diamonds are totally natural and offer a very unique brilliance and shine.  They are now being worn by some of the world’s biggest celebrities including Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez.

    Yellow diamonds are reminiscent of warmth and vibrancy and this colour has long been associated with feelings of happiness and positive energy, promoting love and hope.  Yellow diamonds are said to offer spiritual positivity and to provide relief from tiredness and the associated negative emotions.   Yellow diamonds are set to become increasingly popular in 2018 as they are a little different to the brilliant white diamond, and emit more warmth than a black diamond.

    If you decide to choose a coloured diamond for your engagement ring you must be very aware of selecting a band that will complement the diamond otherwise you will end up with a clash of colours.


    As diamond experts we are often asked the question as to whether or not diamond fluorescence is good or bad. The real answer has to be that it very much depends upon your viewpoint as the buyer of the diamond, as like all of the factors that we term the 4cs  (colour, cut, clarity and carat) it is all about individual tastes, compromise and budget. Essentially fluorescence can enhance or detract from a diamond depending upon how you view this element.

    This natural phenomenon is an important consideration when buying a loose diamond, so let’s take a closer look at diamond fluorescence, its advantages and disadvantages to help you choose your perfect diamond:

    What is diamond fluorescence and do all diamonds fluoresce? 

    Fluorescence is very simply the reaction of trace minerals within the diamond that cause it to emit a soft coloured glow when exposed to ultraviolet light (UV light).

    Diamonds contain elements such as aluminium, nitrogen, and boron and when these elements are subjected to UV light, they absorb that energy and this causes them to move to a higher energy state. In order to stay physically stable, these elements have to emit all the excess energy which they do by releasing photons or the light which is perceived as fluorescence.

    Not all diamonds fluoresce; in fact only about 25% to 35% of diamonds exhibit some degree of fluorescence. The most common colour seen in fluorescence is blue which applies to around 98% of all diamonds with fluorescence.  When a diamond fluoresces blue it has a tendency to appear higher in colour than its true body colour.   Also found are white, yellow, green, and even pink fluorescence. However, ultimately the colour is decided by the physical make-up of the diamond’s inner atomic structure.

    What are the Levels of Fluorescence?

    The GIA views diamond fluorescence as an identifying characteristic NOT as a grading factor like colour, clarity, cut, and carat weight are. There are however different levels of diamond fluorescence and the GIA Diamond Grading Reports and Diamond Dossiers describe a diamond’s fluorescence by its intensity - None, Faint, Medium, Strong and Very Strong (this fluorescence is in comparison to master stones used in the laboratory).

    Obviously, None refers to the absence of fluorescence, so the presence of this feature starts with Faint. Diamonds graded with Faint fluorescence are never hazy. This means that you can always choose a diamond with Faint fluorescence and it will not make any difference. This grade is best with a G or higher colour as it can save you money without losing the diamond’s overall brilliance.

    Diamonds in the level of Medium fluorescence are usually not hazy. For diamonds graded H-K in colour you should consider medium blue fluorescence. Since the glow is usually blue and blue complements yellow, diamonds with H-K colour can appear whiter. This effect will always be evident when you view your diamond under the sun as the H-coloured diamond (for example) with medium fluorescence will appear whiter than the one without fluorescence.

    Strong or Very Strong fluorescence will usually makes a diamond appear hazy. We would recommend that buying such a diamond is not advisable unless you can inspect it first! Diamonds within the D – F range are very prone to appearing hazy when combined with strong or very strong blue fluorescence.  On rare occasions, even lower colour grades can look hazy or milky if they have Strong Blue fluorescence, although the lower the colour grade, the less likely the diamond will be to appear cloudy.

    Can the untrained eye tell the difference between diamonds that fluoresce and those that don’t? 

    The GIA undertake in depth studies into the effect of blue fluorescence on diamond appearance. They screened four sets of six diamonds, with each group representing a different colour grade (E, G, I, and K). The diamonds in each set were as similar as possible in all respects except the intensity of the blue fluorescence. Diamond graders, trained professionals, and average observers viewed the diamonds in controlled conditions to make a judgment about their appearance. The GIA found that for the untrained eye (an average observer) the average observer representing the jewellery buying public, no systematic effects of blue fluorescence on the face-up appearance of the groups of diamonds were detected. Interestingly even the experienced professional observers did not consistently agree on the effects of fluorescence from one diamond to the next.

    They concluded that blue fluorescence has a negligible effect on the face-up appearance of diamonds in the colourless or near-colourless grade ranges (grades D through J) with the exception of the rare instances of very strong fluorescence intensity.

    So is fluorescence in a diamond good or bad?

    As we said at the beginning for this article, diamond fluorescence is neither good nor bad as like many things in life, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You may like it, or you may not!

    Let’s look at the good and bad points of diamond fluorescence:

    The good thing about fluorescence is that in diamonds where fluorescence does not cause any haziness, it can only be seen as a positive.

    One of the benefits is that most colourless (D-F) fluorescent diamonds are cheaper by 10% – 15% than a comparable gem without the blue fluorescence as for some they see this as a defect, but if you see this as part of the diamond’s natural beauty then this price drop is in fact a bonus!.

    If you are considering a diamond with bluish fluorescence, take the time to look at it under different kinds of lighting, including natural daylight, and compare it to other diamonds of the same colon to see if you notice any difference.  The effect of fluorescence cannot always be seen in usual lighting conditions, but once the diamond gets exposed to UV, it will shine in an icy blue way. The fluorescent effect under UV light can be pretty impressive as it can make your diamond look exceptional!

    Diamond fluorescence can be bad because it can sometimes cause haziness in a diamond. This would translate to milky spots that can be seen even with our bare eyes. Such gems are also referred to as “over-blue diamonds”. In addition, diamonds with blue fluorescence tend to be cheaper because of their bad reputation that is actually completely unfounded. It started some decades ago when so-called “blue white” diamonds with blue fluorescence were sold at a premium price. It was originally applied to high quality diamonds, but was later on used to market lower quality gems with blue fluorescence. This lead the American Federal Trade Commission to ban the “blue white” label. Since this time diamonds with blue fluorescence are branded with a bad name – especially by those who don't do their homework.

    Possibly the reason that diamond fluorescence sparks so much controversy and conversation, is because its effect is subjective and open to personal opinion. All things considered, there is no doubt that the icy-blue effect of fluorescence definitely adds to the soul of the diamond. It can only be a nuisance if your chosen diamond has a Strong Fluorescence in D-F colour or Very Strong Fluorescence in G-H colours – since they don’t have sufficient body colour to counterbalance the level of fluorescence.


    Buying a diamond engagement ring can be a very tricky business. When you do finally make your grand proposal and unveil the diamond engagement ring that is supposed to sit on your loved ones left hand for the rest of her life, you naturally want the ring that you have chosen to have the ‘X factor’! You want her to reaction to be one of overwhelming joy and for her to love her diamond engagement ring as much as she does you. But how do you do this without breaking the bank?  We have some helpful tips to help you choose the best diamond engagement ring and still get bang for your bucks – and it’s all about the 4C’s:

    Carat weight buying tips

    The most popular carat weights for diamond engagement rings are between one and two carats. If you are working to a budget then look for diamonds that are just under the popular carat weights such as 1/2 carat, 3/4 carat etc.  As these diamonds fall just under the popular weight, they are often sold at a slight discount compared to diamonds of full weight.  For example, a 0.75 carat diamond will typically cost less on a price-per-carat basis than a full one carat diamond.  Visually, they are difficult to distinguish; in fact a smaller carat weight diamond may have a diameter equal to that of a heavier diamond, making it appear the same size when viewed from above. If you do opt for a diamond that is less than 0.75 carats, consider a marquise cut which, due to its elongated cut, will give the illusion of looking larger than other shapes of equal carat weight.

    Colour buying tips

    To the untrained eye colour grades of diamonds are difficult to distinguish within one grade above or below unless diamonds are compared side-by-side in a controlled environment.  Even when side-by-side, changes in colour are difficult to detect in I colour and higher diamonds.

    Once a diamond is set into a ring and placed in an environment that contains colour (as opposed to the all-white background used in laboratory controlled colour grading) variations in colour become even harder to detect.   For example, an H colour diamond may look as colourless as a D when set in a ring under normal lighting conditions, especially if the two diamonds are not in comparison side by side.

    When shopping to a budget the best value for money in what would appear to the naked eye as a colourless diamond are G-J grade diamonds this is because colour is easier to detect in larger diamonds. Therefore choosing colour grade G-H for diamonds over 1 carat in weight, and I-J for those under 1 carat is the best option.  Once placed in a ring setting set in a ring, these diamonds will look just like higher colour grade diamonds. So rather than investing in higher colour, invest in a higher cut which will ensure that the very most is made of the diamond’s brilliance. As diamonds with more facets reflect more light, they tend to hide colour better than other shapes. So, consider round, princess or other modified brilliant cuts over step cuts such as emerald or asscher if you are concerned about colour.

    If your first consideration is about carat weight, and you are on a budget, then you would do well to consider a yellow gold setting and a brilliant cut diamond in the K-L colour range. The yellow gold will complement the faint body colour of the diamond.

    Another suggestion when looking for a diamond engagement ring with the ‘x factor’ on a budget is to would be to consider buying Colourless (D-F) fluorescent diamonds. These sell at a 5-15% discount to non-fluorescent diamonds since some people perceive fluorescence as a defect, but like anything beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this is only a matter of opinion.  In addition the fact is that the visible effects of faint to medium fluorescence are visible only to a gemologist using a special UV light source and not to the naked eye of anyone admiring your engagement ring.

    As the glow of fluorescence glow is usually blue (which is the complementary colour to yellow) fluorescence can make diamonds of I-M colour appear up to one grade whiter. For this reason, I-M diamonds tend to sell at a slight premium when they possess Medium to Very Strong fluorescence.

    Overall, fluorescence should not be a major factor in the diamond purchase since its effects on appearance are negligible, if not slightly positive. The exception would be to exercise caution in purchasing a diamond with strong or very strong fluorescence in D-H colour diamonds (which do not possess enough yellow colour to offset the blue fluorescence).

    Clarity buying tips

    If you are a perfectionist and really cannot tolerate imperfections, even those which you cannot see, then you will need to select a diamond in VVS2 or better - about 10% of all diamonds sold fall into this category.

    However for those on a budget, the most popular range is the VS1-VS2 diamond. These diamonds appear flawless to the naked eye, and are a fraction of the price of a truly flawless diamond. Almost half of all diamonds purchased fall into this range.

    The next most popular range is SI1, where the inclusions are usually not significant enough to impact the appearance of the diamond to the naked eye.  Many people will opt for this clarity range in exchange for a higher cut or colour grade. This combination often results in a beautiful, lively diamond with imperfections detectable only upon close inspection. In diamonds under 1 carat, the same can be said for an SI2 grade. In diamonds over one carat (where clarity is more important, and SI2 inclusions are often easier to detect), an SI2 is often half the price of a VS1 diamond. About one third of diamonds sold fall into the SI1-SI2 range.

    If your primary concerns are size and price, I1 may be your best clarity option. While the inclusions are visible to the unaided eye, you may well find the sacrifice for what it affords in size to be worthwhile.

    It always follows that the larger the diamond, the easier imperfections are to detect and it is her that Clarity really does become an important factor.  For diamonds over two carats, a clarity grade of VS2 or higher is a wise choice to help you avoid any signs of visible inclusions. In diamonds between one and two carats, clarity grades of SI1 or better will not have inclusions easily visible to the naked eye. In diamonds under one carat, clarity should be considered the least important of the traditional 4 Cs.

    Brilliant-cut diamonds (such as round, princess, cushion, oval, pear, and marquise) hide inclusions better than step cuts (emerald, asscher). When purchasing a step-cut, move up one clarity grade, for example choose a VS2 diamond instead of an SI1 if you desire the lowest grade that has no visible inclusions.

    Cut and Shape buying tips

    Cut and shape are two terms which are often confused by diamond buyers.  The cut of a diamond is the most important part of the equation when it comes to creating an engagement ring’s stunning sparkle as the quality of the cut determines the stone’s overall beauty and dazzle.  A diamond has to be cut to create its shape. But what’s referred to as the diamond’s cut isn’t the same as its shape, they are not the same but do complement each other.

    The diamond’s cut is one way of grading it.  How a diamond cutter cuts facets and angles on a diamond to let the light shine through is vitally important as it has a big impact on the beauty of your diamond in three important ways: proportion, symmetry and polish. These three factors interact with and against each other affecting the way light moves within the diamond.  It is akin to the sun hitting a mirror and reflecting onto another wall, except there are numerous little reflective surfaces and facets bouncing the light all over the inside of the diamond.

    In a well-cut diamond, light enters through the top, or table, and reflects off the angles between the flat places (the facets) on the sides (known as the crown and the pavilion) and exits back out the top. All that light bouncing around within the diamond creates the factors of brilliance, fire and sparkle:

    • Brilliance which is the brightness created by a combination of the white light reflections on and in the diamond.
    • Fire being the flashes of colour you see within the diamond.
    • Sparkle this happens when a diamond or a light source moves.

    These three factors are the reasons that a beautiful diamond catches really catches the eye and why it appears to have an inner glow.

    In a badly cut diamond, the light goes in the top, leaks out through the sides and ends up looking dull.  It may even be a bigger diamond by carat weight (and thus be more expensive), because not enough of the material was cut away to give you the sparkle everyone looks for in a diamond.

    The diamond shape is usually the first thing most people think about when choosing a diamond engagement ring and most women will have a preference. However, if you are unaware of her preference or a liking for a particular shape has been expressed, then consider a round diamond (known as a round brilliant) or square diamond (known as a princess) for the engagement ring. Generally speaking, the round diamond is more traditional and is generally the most popular cut of diamond chosen for engagement rings with the princess-cut running a very close second being a more modern shape for diamond engagement rings.  Both these cuts are known for their higher level of brilliance and sparkle than many other shapes; they accommodate almost any ring setting, and never go out of fashion.

    Length to width ratio has a major impact on the shape of a diamond. Every diamond that Rêve Diamonds sell is shown in its correct length to width ratio so that you can easily see the difference between diamonds of the same shape (e.g. a a square vs. a rectangular princess cut).  If you are not sure about your preferences, search for a shape you like, and then view diamonds of various length to width ratios within that shape until you find what you like. Then, focus your search on diamonds that are within roughly 10% of your ideal length to width ratio (e.g. if you decide that your ideal radiant cut diamond has a 1.50 L/W ratio, focus your search on radiants between 1.35 and 1.65).

    Other options are known as fancy shapes, and include diamond shapes like pear, marquise, cushion and heart. Depending on how these shapes are cut, all of them boast the dazzling sparkle you’re seeking for your chosen diamond engagement ring.


    Whether you love to be up to date with the latest trends, prefer timeless classic elegance did you know that the shape of the diamond within your engagement ring may reveal something about your personality and tastes?  Here we take a fun look at what some of the most popular cuts and shapes of diamond might say about you! 

    Round Brilliant Cut Diamond  

    This classical shape is possibly the most popular choice for engagement rings, and it is not hard to see why. A round brilliant cut diamond has a sparkle to rival many other cuts. This is due to its 58 facets and 360-degree symmetrical shape which reflect and radiate light to produce a fire and brilliance that is very eye catching. The circular shape of the cut is also said to symbolise never ending love which makes it the perfect choice for an engagement ring which celebrates your love for one another. 

    Women who favour the shape of a round brilliant cut diamond are usually traditionalists at heart, they are drawn to the dream of traditional romance, of hearts and flowers and a happy ever after.  These women are somewhat conservative and like simple elegance, they  hold in high esteem the values of honesty, faithfulness, and loyalty but can also be a little reluctant to accept change. 

    Princess Cut Diamond  

    Second in popularity for brides-to-be is the princess cut diamond. The princess-cut diamond is the ‘hopeless romantic’ of the shapes. It is a favourite among brides who love a combination of a classic traditionally shaped engagement ring, with the added touch of modernism.  Its square cut with clean chic angles produce a sparkle which is much admired.  

    The lady who chooses a princess cut diamond engagement ring loves traditional values but accepts change of modern times embracing all different cultural  influences to have a well-rounded view of her world. As the extravagant sparkle of a princess cut diamond demands attention, so the woman who chooses to wear this cut for her engagement ring may not be afraid to be centre stage and will not shrink from the spotlight. She is happy to take risks in life and act as a leader bringing life, vitality and energy to all that she does.  

    Emerald Cut Diamond 

    Being a step cut with rectangular facets that are arranged parallel to each edge of the diamond, the emerald cut diamond is designed to draw attention to a diamond's shine with its clean cut rectangular top and chiselled corners. The Emerald cut is currently enjoying a huge revival in diamond jewellery and is now the third most popular choice of diamond for engagement rings, after the round brilliant cut and princess cut.  

    Confidence is a must when wearing an Emerald cut diamond ring as fewer facets make this cut susceptible to revealing any flaws that the diamond may have, therefore it is a confident woman that choses this shape of diamond.   

    Brides-to-be who favour this retro-inspired design are open to taking risks and embrace the unexpected. Some of the most glamorous of Hollywood movie stars including Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly have chosen Emerald cut diamonds as this cut is classy, sophisticated and catches attention at every turn. Modern day women who choose an Emerald cut diamond engagement ring may have a yearning towards glamour and glitz of retro times as this cut perfectly combines contemporary lines with vintage flair.  

    Cushion Cut Diamond 

    A Cushion cut diamond takes its name from the rounded corners and curved sides that make it appear softer than a princess-cut diamond but not as circular as a round brilliant cut diamond, hence the shape of a cushion.  This cut is feminine and subtle in design but is also very stylish and on trend and is the perfect cut when looking for an engagement ring that has a soft look but exudes a lot of sparkle. 

    The lady who chooses a Cushion cut diamond engagement ring is not afraid to show her soft romantic side and her love for her partner.  She craves adventure and seeks romance in all that she does, is modern yet has traditional values and is bold enough to show that to the world. 

    Asscher Cut Diamond  

    The Asscher cut (referred to as a Square Emerald) is a vintage-inspired unique shape with prismatic brilliance and a rectangular-faceted pavilion in the same style as the emerald cut. The standard number of main facets on an Asscher cut is usually 58 and it has a deep pavilion, faceted culet, high crown and small table which allows for tremendous sparkle lustre and creates a fascinating optical illusion known as the “Hall of Mirrors” effect. 

    In recent years the Asscher cut has become very popular among the fashion-conscious crowd following Carrie Bradshaw modelling an Asscher cut engagement ring during her brief engagement  to Aidan Shaw on the worldwide hit television show ‘Sex and the City’.  

    Women who choose an Asscher cut engagement ring are usually very self-confident and outgoing with many friends and a hectic social life. They are not afraid to both follow and define fashion trends, are sophisticated yet relaxed, and are always impeccably dressed, charming and muchg admired.  

    Marquise Cut Diamond  

    The Marquise cut diamond is named after the legend that King Louis XIV of France (the Sun King) was in search of a stone polished into the shape of the mouth of his mistress, the Marquise of Pompadour.  Marquise cut diamonds are not currently one of the most fashionable of styles, but have the very big benefit that because of their shape, these diamonds often appear larger than life.  This cut is therefore perfect for accentuating long, slender fingers. The shape of the stone is made to maximize carat weight, which can appeal to brides with a flair for drama.   

    Brides-to-be that choose Marquise cut diamonds are seen as determined and strong and not afraid to ooze sex appeal.  Extroverted women chose Marquise cut diamonds that have a love for life and all things vintage and glamorous.  

    Diamonds come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s up to you to find a cut that fits you and our personality best. Think of it this way: what do you want to wear on that left hand of yours? Because it’s going to be there for a long time.



    Fantastic news this week that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have at last announced the news that the nation has been waiting for – they are officially engaged to be married!  The engagement ring is, as expected, absolutely stunning with Prince Harry thoughtfully choosing a trilogy design with a trio of diamonds. The ring sits on a gold band and the centre stone is from Botswana (where the couple recently holidayed together) and is flanked by two diamonds from the personal collection of Princess Diana, Prince Harry's mother. Prince Harry explained to the press at their official engagement announcement that this ring is ‘symbolic of life’s crazy journey that they are embarking upon together’.   

    Like many couples Prince Harry chose a diamond engagement ring to symbolise his commitment to his future wife.  But have you ever stopped and wondered why do we give and wear diamond engagement rings?   

    The origins of diamond engagement rings 

    There are several trains of thought as to the origins of the engagement ring. Some believe that engagement rings were a custom which begun in Ancient Egypt about 4,800 years ago! The Ancient Egyptians regarded a ring as the ultimate symbol of love and eternity and the central hole signified never ending and immortal love for the woman wearing the ring. They fashioned engagement rings and wedding bands from sedges, papyrus and reeds but as these materials wear away relatively quickly, they were often replaced with a ring made from other natural materials such as bone, ivory or leather or bone. The more expensive the material that the engagement ring was fashioned from signifying the wealth of the giver.  Archaeologists have found several mummies dating around 2800 BC that have been buried with silver and gold rings on the ring fingers of their left hand.   

    The more modern history of engagement rings began back in 1215 when Pope Innocent III established a waiting period between the promise of marriage, and the actual marriage ceremony and the giving of an engagement ring signified the couple's devotion to one another. During this period in history engagement rings would often represent the couple's social and economic position in society with only the very rich incorporating precious metals and jewels. Other less wealthy couples marked their engagement by the giving of an item. In England for example, a couple would break a piece of silver or gold and each of the couple kept one half, cementing the decision by having a glass of wine. Once married the item would be re-joined together to symbolise their joining together in marriage.  In America, some women were given thimbles. Once they got married the thimbles would have the top cut off so they could wear them as rings.  

    The word diamond is originated from ancient Greek translated to mean "unbreakable" - the perfect adjective when to describe the bond of love that marriage creates. At the time, diamonds were thought to be the strongest material on earth, which meant giving your other half a diamond as a symbol of your love and devotion was a truly romantic gesture. 

    The modern era of the diamond engagement ring 

    Our current lover affair with diamond engagement rings has been attributed to Archduke Maximilian of Austria who in  1477 proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a stunning diamond engagement ring comprised of thin, flat pieces of diamonds in the shape of an "M”. He blazed a fashion for diamond engagement rings amongst his contemporary European Aristocracy.  

    Diamond engagement rings did not become widely available though the jewellery industry until the 1870s when diamonds were discovered by miners in South Africa.  Diamonds then began to flood world markets, and people started to realise that they were relatively pretty common (which could have damaged their high price).  So in 1888 several major diamond mines formed together to create De Beers Consolidated Mines, Ltd which allowed them to control the flow of diamonds globally from South Africa. In turn this allowed them to make diamonds appear scarcer and therefore more valuable hence how a diamond became thought of as a rare, inherently valuable commodity.  

    The popularity of diamond engagement rings is all down to clever marketing. Once De Beers had increased the the price of diamonds, they faced a new challenge: the poor economy of the 1920s had led to a massive decline in diamond demand.  To ‘create’ demand De Beers hired an advertising agency N.W. Ayer to help them communicate just one message that would change the history of diamonds and make them an aspirational ‘must have’ item in the eyes of consumers. Frances Gerety, a copywriter working for N.W. Ayer, came up with the slogan: ‘A Diamond is Forever.’ Their marketing campaign focused upon portraying diamonds as a symbol of everlasting love, and made diamond engagement rings the ultimate way to show your commitment and it worked - diamond engagement rings are the number once choice of couples all over the world.

    Why do we wear an engagement ring on the ring finger of the left hand 

    This custom can be traced back to traditional beliefs held before the discovery of the human circulatory system worked. It was believed that a vein, known as the vena amoris or the ‘vein of love’, ran directly from the heart to the ring finger on the left hand. The special connection between the hand and the heart meant that wearing the engagement and wedding ring on this finger symbolically showed the love between the couple.  

    After the discovery of the circulatory system, medical experts realised that the scientific theory was incorrect because all fingers have a similar vein structure.  Married couples from the UK and many other Western countries wear their engagement and wedding rings on their left hand. However, couples from other European countries such as Austria, Denmark and Germany wear the rings on their right hand instead.  


    Very much like choosing clothes to flatter your particular figure and accent your best assets,  it is vitally important that when choosing an engagement ring that you select the right shape and size to flatter your hand and finger shape, and this is an art in itself.   

    Undoubtedly certain styles and cuts of engagement ring will enhance the best features of your hand and fingers and draw attention away from those that you are less keen on.  To help you we have compiled a guide to assist with finding the perfect engagement ring to best enhance your hand's size and shape.  Don't go shopping without reading our guide!  

    First of all be objective 

    Before even looking at cuts, shapes and styles of diamond engagement rings you firstly need to objectively establish your hand shape, taking into account the width and length and width of your fingers as well as the overall size of your hand.  Also consider carefully if you generally keep your nails long or prefer trimmed short nails. The reason for this is that longer nails naturally have an elongating effect on the fingers.     

    Compare these factors against the shape and size of the main stone in the engagement ring and the width and style of the ring itself, and you will have a very good chance of finding the perfect engagement ring to flatter your hand.   

    When shopping for an engagement ring be sure to allow enough time to try lots of different ring styles on your ring finger as they can often look very different on the finger compared to in the display case. 

    Do not be afraid to ask for advice as purchasing an engagement ring is a significant investment both financially and emotionally, and hopefully this will be a once-in-a-lifetime purchase for you as a couple.  Here at Rêve Diamonds we have advised thousands of engaged couples on choosing the perfect engagement ring and have seen hands of all shapes and sizes so are very happy to suggest suitable styles.   

    Engagement rings for long fingers 

    If you are one of the lucky ones who has long fingers then you will be very pleased to hear that most styles work nicely on engagement rings for long fingers. You can go bold with dramatic designs if that suits your personality and style, or opt for a larger diamond which gives you the perfect excuse to splash out on a real eye popping engagement ring!  Princess and round-cut diamonds set onto a thicker band are particularly flattering on longer fingers as wider bands tend to complement length.  

    Engagement rings for short fingers 

    Short fingers look at their most elegant when the chosen engagement ring gives the appearance of elongating the finger no matter what the width of your fingers. Therefore look for stones with a longer shape such as oval, marquise or pear-cut stones.  A narrower band will also create an illusion of length as will keeping your nails on the longer side if at all possible alongside your lifestyle.  A pear cut with its rounded end and tapered point is universally flattering. It lengthens those who might be shorter in the finger and is a nice balanced shape for those with larger hands. Marquise-cut stones set vertically can also have an elongating effect on a hand as can rectangular emerald-shaped stones as long they are not so big they overwhelm. 

    Engagement rings for slim fingers 

    If you have slender fingers avoid swamping and overpowering them. Choose an engagement ring that has smaller stones set onto a thicker band which can help to make thin fingers appear wider. If your fingers are short but slender you could look for a narrow marquise, or pear cut diamond to elongate as well as widen the finger. 

    Engagement rings for wide fingers 

    It is important with wide fingers that the chosen engagement ring doesn’t make the fingers look even wider or show too much skin on either side of the ring.  Avoid narrow stones as they will reveal too much skin on either side of the ring will further exaggerate the width of your finger.  Choose larger round stones or cluster styles set onto a medium to thick band that will draw the eye in and have a slimming effect. Angular and asymmetrical shapes, like emerald-cut, wide oval, marquise or rectangular engagement rings will help to create the illusion of slimmer fingers. 

    Engagement rings for big knuckles 

    If you feel that you have big knuckles and really do not like them then choosing the right engagement ring will draw attention away from this feature.  Look at thicker, heavier bands which will draw the eye towards the ring instead of the middle of your finger. When choosing your engagement ring, always keep in mind the larger context, it is not just about your finger, but also your hand. 

    Engagement rings for small hands 

    If you have small hands keep the diamond in proportion to your hand size by choosing a smaller round, heart or princess-cut diamond.  Very delicate rings can look out of proportion on larger, longer hands, but smaller stones in any cut really flatter very small fingers.  Small round, princess-cut, oval or heart-shaped stones work especially well with small hands. 

    Engagement rings for big hands 

    For those with larger hands avoid at all costs small designs as they can look like you are wearing a toy ring!  Big, bold designs are perfect for you and don’t be afraid to consider flamboyant cocktail-ring styles as you will be able to carry these off in great style. Look for larger stones in a bezel setting as these are very flattering for fleshier hands and avoid very petite, thin bands. 

    Engagement rings for square hands and fingers 

    If your hand and fingers are square in shape, then the objective here is to soften the angular look by utilising feminine, flowing designs and gemstones with a more rounded cut. Avoid square shapes such as the princess cut and opt for round, oval or pear-cut stones. 

    Whether you are choosing an engagement  ring together with your partner,  or if you are browsing for ideas ahead of a proposal, this guide is simply intended to help you to identify the most flattering engagement ring designs for individual hand and finger shapes. There are no prescriptive rules that you have to follow and, if you have your heart set on a particular stone shape, use that as a starting point and look for the most flattering setting. 


    Getting engaged is one of life’s milestone events but knowing how much to spend on an engagement ring can also be one of the most frustrating decisions to have to make to ensure that you get your big moment just right.  Buying an engagement ring is a pretty significant investment, and you need to be 100% sure that the engagement ring that you choose for your loved one is within your means/affordable, and reflects the lifelong commitment and eternal love you hold for them.

    There is no set-in-stone amount that has to be spent on an engagement ring, but there are so many different rules and expectations when it comes to the cost of buying an engagement ring that it can be very confusing so we hope that we some pretty solid answers here to help you on your way to deciding how much to spend on an engagement ring:

    How much of my salary should I commit to buying an engagement ring with? 

    You may have heard the rule of thumb that one month’s salary should be spent on an engagement ring? This was started by the world famous mining and diamond jewellers De Beers when during the 1930s era of the American Great Depression they ran a marketing campaign suggesting that men spend one months’ salary on a diamond engagement ring, and since that time the idea has stuck.

    In the 1980s De Beers ran another advertising campaign suggesting that in modern times an engagement ring should cost two months’ salary, which later on then became three months’ salary, as the price of diamonds rose.  Thanks to this very inventive marketing campaign, De Beers have set the bar that the perfect engagement ring needs to cost at least a few months’ salary and this is almost now expected. However,  if three months wages seems a big stretch financially yet one month seems miserly,  perhaps pick a price point somewhere in the middle which is suitable for you. This could be a good option if you are looking to invest in an engagement ring that will be cherished but won’t potentially wreck your finances.

    Consider ways to make your money go further 

    There are some pretty savvy things you can do to make sure that make your money goes further and that you still get the best engagement ring that you can for the money you have allocated.

    Firstly familiarise yourself with what is referred to as the four C’s of diamonds: clarity, cut, colour and carat weight.

    In terms of clarity, the best diamonds are flawless, meaning that they don’t have any blemishes when viewed under a microscope. Consider opting for a diamond with a lower clarity grade that will cost less as many diamonds look exactly the same to the naked eye, unless you are a diamond expert with a magnifying glass in hand. Alternatively choose a lower carat diamond meaning that it weighs less, or one that isn’t completely colourless can also lower its overall price.

    Another idea to get the most bang for your bucks is to choose a style of engagement ring that gives the illusion of the diamond being larger and more brilliant than it actually. For example, choose an engagement ring with a round diamond halo setting accented with pavé diamonds. Within a halo setting even a smaller carat diamond can look fabulous giving the illusion of looking a lot bigger as the brilliant accent stones add a sparkling unbroken expanse of light so adding to the ‘wow’ factor.

    Why not consider shopping online from retailers such as Rêve Diamonds who offer great deals, have an excellent reputation for top quality jewellery, are widely trusted and offer fully certificate diamond rings.


    If you care and treat your precious jewellery well it will bring you pleasure for many years to come.  We recommend that you have your jewellery professionally cleaned and inspected at least once a year but are also some simple things that you can do at home to help your precious jewellery look its very best for even longer.  Here ae our top tips for caring for your jewellery:  

    1. Always store pieces of jewellery separately 

    Different gemstones have different hardness and can easily scratch or knock each other if stored together so think about how you store items of jewellery.    

    Keeping your pieces of jewellery in separate soft-lined compartments is the ideal method of storage so try to keep the boxes and packaging that it came in as this is the easiest and often the best way to protect your jewellery from dust and damage.  This will not prevent silver from oxidising, so possibly consider storing items in airtight bags to minimise this, while silica gel packs will absorb moisture and sulphur in the air that can cause jewellery to lose its shine. All Jewellery should always be stored away from direct sunlight, damp, and extremes of heat or cold. 

    Wrap gold, silver, precious and semi-precious items in acid-free tissue or cotton to keep them away from dust and moisture. Take extra care with pearls, which are soft and vulnerable to scratches and other damage. Always ensure that any fastenings are closed so items do not tangle or catch each other. 

    1. Wear with care 

    When getting dressed always put your jewellery on last so that your clothes do not catch on it. Apply makeup and hairspray first so that these do not contaminate your jewels, making sure to let everything dry before adding the finishing touches. When your hair is being styled, remove earrings so that they are not caught on combs or brushes and avoid pearl earrings or necklaces if you are having hair coloured, as the chemicals can cause discolouration; remove rings and bangles when having your nails manicured. 

    Be especially careful to remove jewellery before doing any manual work, including housework, as it can be damaged by knocks and household cleaners. Diamond rings in particular may be chipped by a hard blow. 

    1. Beware contamination 

    Some chemical agents and even water can cause discoloration and tarnishing of jewellery. Soap, cosmetics, cooking grease, and natural skin oils can dull any jewellery and should also be avoided. If your jewellery does come into contact with water, or any chemicals, use a dry soft tissue or towel to gently pat them dry.  Household cleaners, chemicals in makeup, hair products and perfumes can all tarnish or damage jewellery. 

    When handling diamonds, other gemstones and pearls touch them with your fingers as little as possible, as this will avoid the natural oils from your skin dulling and damaging them.  In addition, water can damage the threading or setting of jewellery; so avoid getting threaded pearls or beaded jewellery wet, and never wet antique items without getting specialist advice first.  

    1. Gentle cleaning 

    We highly recommend that you occasionally gently clean your jewellery to remove any oils, dust or contamination.  If you are not sure how fragile a piece is, always err on the side of caution and use simple, non-abrasive materials like soap and water, with a soft toothbrush. 

    Be careful not to rub or to over-handle your jewellery. Silver-dip type cleaners should only be used to clean silver jewellery, which must be rinsed and dried thoroughly afterwards. Gold, platinum and gemstone jewellery can be cleaned using specialist jewellery cleaners, as appropriate. 

    1. Make sure that  your jewellery is insured 

    The future cannot be predicted and no matter how well you care for your jewellery like any item it can be liable to damage, theft or accidental loss.  Ensuring that your jewellery is insured not only protects you from the financial repercussions of having to replace or repair that beautiful diamond engagement ring, it gives you peace of mind.   

    1. Visit a professional jeweller at least once a year 

    If in doubt, seek professional advice rather than experimenting. We offer an expert jewellery cleaning service, and suggest that you bring your jewellery to us at least once a year as some pieces of jewellery can be especially delicate or require a specialist’s touch.  We believe that all jewellery benefits from being cleaned and inspected professionally; dirt, marks, blemishes or scratches acquired through age or everyday wear can easily be removed to return a treasured piece to its former glory. It also gives us the chance to check your precious jewellery for any damage that you may not have noticed. 

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