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    It is customary around the world for married couples to wear wedding rings (also referred to as wedding bands) as a symbol of their love and commitment to one another. A wedding ring is an item of jewellery that will be worn every single day of your wedded life together and for this reason alone the purchase of a wedding band for your loved one is an extremely important purchase.

    Below is our guide to wedding rings and tips to help you to choose the perfect wedding rings that you will love and cherish forever:

    Why do we wear wedding bands?

    The exchange of wedding bands has been a physical symbol of a relationship status transitioning from a couple to a married partnership for many centuries. In fact the giving of wedding rings dates back to Ancient Egypt when couples exchanged rings braided from sedges, reeds and rushes with papyrus, to give both as a symbol of ownership of the woman, and as a symbol of eternity as the Egyptians believed that a wedding ring symbolised a never ending partnership. Since these ancient times wedding bands have continued to have cultural significance across the world in dozens of countries as a sign of marriage.

    Why are wedding rings generally of a plain design?

    As with many fashion trends the design of wedding rings has changed throughout history. During the 16th and 17th century Gimmel wedding rings were very popular throughout Europe and were used as wedding rings.   These are rings with two or three hoops or links that fit together to form one complete ring.  The engaged couple would wear one hoop each and then upon marriage re-join the rings them to form one wedding ring. Where the Gimmel was a triple link ring, a third person could witness the couple's engagement and hold the third part of the ring until they married.

    During the Renaissance period Posey rings were the wedding band of choice. Posey rings have a short inscription on their surface. These inscriptions were often quotations from contemporary courtship stories or chapbooks and usually inscribed on the inner surface of the ring to show the couples love.

    During World War Two, wartime restrictions limited the manufacturing of wedding rings to a maximum weight not to exceed three grams per ring.  They were crafted from nine carat gold rather than 18 or 22 carat and the band was plain. The Regional Assayer Office hallmarked these rings with a special utility mark (resembling a capital ‘U'). This mark was placed adjacent to the mark for the year of manufacture on the inside of the band, guaranteeing the gold content of the wedding ring and compliance with wartime regulations.

    From this time onwards the plain style of wedding bands has been copied using rose, yellow or white gold, alongside other noble metals such as palladium, platinum and silver. The plain exterior allows for customisation with personalised engraving this is of significance to the couple.

    However, more elaborate wedding rings have recently become fashionable once more including diamond settings and the use of pave and other decorative finishes.

    What factors should we consider when choosing wedding rings?

    • Budget and shopping for wedding rings 

    The purchase of wedding rings for you and your fiancé always be included when budgeting for your wedding day.  As this is an item of jewellery that will be word everyday it is nice to be able to be comfortable spending a little bit more than you would comparison to your regular jewellery. Wedding bands can either be chosen as a pair in a similar style or you can each have different designs of wedding ring.

    Whilst some parts of planning your wedding day re done separately, you should always shop for your wedding bands as a couple. Allocate plenty of time as a couple to visit your chosen jeweller to see different styles and variety of wedding bands before making a final decision. It is traditional for the bride to buy her groom’s wedding ring and vice versa, so make your wedding ring shopping trip as fun as possible but most of all love what you buy! You will be wearing your wedding rings forever so be sure to buy the perfect ring for your style and tastes. If you have any doubts then please consider shopping around before making a final decision on your purchase.

    • Start your ring search early

    We always advise that you allow yourselves at least two to three months before the wedding date to ring shop. You will need this time to browse research prices and revisit rings that catch your eye. If you have your heart set on a bespoke wedding band, you will probably need even more time to have the wedding ring custom made, plus please keep in mind any extras, like engraving, can take up extra time.

    • Keep Your Lifestyle in Mind

    A wedding ring is traditionally worn every day so it is important to remember that if you both need to choose a wedding band that seamlessly becomes a part of your life. If you play sports or an instrument, a slimmer ring with rounded edges may make the most sense. If you work with your hands, you may want to search for a simple, solid metal ring and avoid gemstones that can come loose or features which can trap dirt. If you have a very active lifestyle or job, go for platinum, which is extra durable as when scratched, the metal is merely displaced and doesn't actually wear away.

    • Carefully consider the shape and size of your wedding ring and your lifestyle 

    Wedding bands rings come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. In terms of a wedding ring for the bride-to-be careful thought needs to be given to the shape as it will need to sit comfortably on her ring finger and complement her engagement ring. If her engagement ring is an uncommon shape it may well be that her wedding ring will need to be custom made to fit in with this design. For the groom it is very important to bear in mind that many men are simply not used to wearing rings on a daily basis, therefore it is vitally important to choose a shape that will he be comfortable wearing.  Here at Reve Diamonds we are very happy to help, guide and advise on what styles are the best when it comes to your choice of wedding rings.

    • Choose the right metal

    In modern times wedding rings can be designed in a number of different materials including gold, white gold, rose gold, silver, platinum, palladium, titanium and zirconium. For the bride-to-be it’s usual to choose a metal to match her engagement ring and for the groom, a wedding band that is sturdy yet stylish is a very good option therefore platinum or gold are good choices. Prices for wedding rings do of course vary dependent upon the style and weight of metal you choose so consider this when discussing your choice of metal and your budget.

    • Size It Right

    Most people rarely take off their wedding ring, they wear them through the cold of winter, the heat of summer, work, exercise, pregnancies etc. - all times when your fingers can swell and contract from heat, cold, water retention or weight gain. To find the right size that will best weather all of those changes, schedule your final wedding ring fitting at a time when you are both calm and your body temperature is normal. That means that you should never finalize your choice of wedding ring first thing in the morning (you retain water from the night before), right after you've exercised (fingers swell) or when you're extremely hot or cold (which can cause your hands to expand and shrink).

    • Decide on the profile of your wedding band profile

    Once you have selected your preference with regards to the metal, ring size and budget then you need to decide upon the profile of your wedding bands. There are a variety of classic wedding ring profiles to choose from such as D-shaped, Classic Court, Flat Rings, Flat Court, Bevelled and Concave. We believe that this factor is just as important as knowing your ring size. Finding the perfect profile for your wedding ring profile will ensure maximum comfort in wearing and this is very important for an item that will be worn 24/7.

    • Ensure the quality 

    As with all purchases of an item of jewellery that is more than purely costume jewellery, be sure to ensure that quality control is applied.  Make sure that your chosen wedding ring has two marks inside the band: the manufacturer's trademark (this proves they stand behind their work) and the quality mark, 18kt gold (750) or Platinum (950) for example (this proves the metal quality is what the retailer says it is).

    Reve Diamonds offer a superb selection of stunningly beautiful diamond wedding bands as we appreciate that a wedding ring is unlike any other accessory. We offer a wide range of styles from classic to exquisite diamond set wedding rings, vintage wedding bands, creative shaped and curved wedding rings, stunning decorative wedding bands and a large array of finishing touches. We can also personalise your chosen wedding band through the choice of different width, alloys, diamond content, shapes and finishes.


    Every woman wants to feel like a princess when she meets ‘the one’ and he pops the question so what better way to make your lady feel like royalty than by presenting her with a Princess Cut diamond engagement ring and make her dreams come true?  

    The princess cut diamond engagement ring is one of the favourite and most admired diamond shapes, being chic, classical and always in style.  This cut was designed to showcase the incredible brilliance and sparkle of a diamond with its many facets, and this is perhaps why this cut of diamond is such a popular choice for engagement rings. 

    What is a Princess Cut Diamond? 

    The Princess Cut displays a flat square or rectangular face, with an inverted pyramid profile and usually comprises of either 57 or 76 facets. When viewed from above the Princess cut has a square or rectangular shape, with sharp corners. From the side it resembles a pyramidal with four bevelled sides. This unique shape and faceting style creates greater dispersion of light than any other square shaped diamond cut and Princess Cut diamonds also give the welcome illusion of being of greater size due to their diameter being 15% larger than round diamonds of the same weight.  In addition a princess cut diamond with the same width as the diameter of a round brilliant will weigh more due to the fact that it has four corners which would otherwise have been cut off and rounded to form a round brilliant. 

    What is the history of the Princess Cut Diamond? 

    The Princess Cut is thought to have originated from another cut of diamond known as the ‘Profile’ cut which was created in the early 1960s. In 1979 a group of Israeli jewellers created the Princess Cut (or Square Modified Brilliant) as it is now known today.  In the 1980s optical research saw the creation of the modern Princess Cut with its many unique light refracting facets which are arranged in a similar way to those of a round brilliant cut diamond.   

    Why a Princess Cut Diamond is the perfect engagement ring 

    Princess Cut Diamond engagement rings are second only to the classic round cut in popularity with  brides to be throughout the world, but what is the reason for the popularity of this cut? 

    Quite simply a Princess Cut diamond is absolutely stunning as its many facets maximise brilliance within a diamond. However, it is also a versatile option as its remarkable and unique structure makes it as suitable for a solitaire engagement ring as for a halo setting. The neat edges of a Princess Cut diamond look totally stunning when used as part of accompanying diamonds within cluster or trilogy styles, and this cut of diamond looks equally as good set within either platinum, white or yellow gold as it makes a bold statement all of its own.   

    Are Princess Cut diamonds engagement rings affordable?   

    As wastage is minimised during the cutting process, the Princess Cut retains much of its crystal weight throughout the process, which helps to keep its cost down when it comes to crafting into an engagement ring. A good example of this is that a round brilliant cut generally yields approximately 40%,  in comparison a Princess Cut will yield between 80% and 90% and this difference can therefore be therefore be reflected in a more affordable price tag. 

    Choosing a Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring 

    There are several factor s to consider when choosing a Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring: 

    Clarity: One of the advantages of good a Princess Cut diamond is that its proportions allow it to exhibit a significant amount of brilliance and sparkle, which have the effect of making the diamonds inclusions less visible.  The best method to find a Princess Cut diamond with good clarity at an affordable price is to choose diamond graded VS1, VS2 or SI1, Princess Cut diamonds with clarity lower than SI1 are rare.  When viewing the Princess Cut diamond ensure that the stone does not have any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye.  In addition make sure that the Princess Cut diamond you choose doesn’t have serious inclusions in its corners, which are the weak spots of this cut. If there are large inclusions in these places, the corners will be weakened even further and be more prone to chipping. 

    Cut: When it comes to evaluating the quality of the cut of a Princess Cut diamond there is no specifically agreed proportions the best Princess Cut should have. Princess Cut diamonds, its cut will not be assigned an overall quality grade in the GIA grading report (unlike the round cut).  You will only be able to see a grade for the diamond’s polish and symmetry, which should have a grade of at least Good.  

    So what should you look for in terms if cut quality?  Generally, the best Princess Cut will maximize the diamond’s brilliance, without making it look too deep or too shallow. The rule of thumb for Princess Cut diamonds is to look for stones whose total depth (or height) is about 70% of their width. When viewed from the top, the diamond should look square (stones that look rectangular are usually cheaper). Ideally look for a certified Ideal cut which will ensure that the diamond that you have chosen is likely to be more fiery and sparkly than a less valuable stone. 

    Colour: In terms of evaluating the colour of a Princess Cut diamond, we recommend that you look for diamonds that do not have a visible yellow tint. This means that you should not go lower than the Near Colourless range (which contains the G, H, I and J grades) or you will start seeing some yellow. 

    SettingWhen buying a Princess Cut diamond, you should make sure that it is set in a mounting that protects the stone’s corners.  The reason for this is that this is area where the diamond gets very thin, so if the corners are not well protected, a strong blow could chip them. A V-prong setting is a great choice for keeping a princess cut stone safe. If your Princess Cut diamond engagement ring is to set a style that is set with accent diamonds, make sure that the accent diamonds are the same colour as the centre diamond or no more than one grade apart. 

    We offer a superb selection of Princess Cut diamond engagement rings to choose from in a variety of styles and settings to suit all budgets.


    It is said that diamonds are a girl’s best friends and for many centuries, people all over the world have been enchanted by the mysterious allure of diamonds regarding them as one of the most glamorous, beautiful and breath-taking natural phenomenon.   Women the world over desire to wear diamonds and this gemstone is by far the first choice for engagement rings, is stunning in earrings or when worn as a pendant. However, there is also a lot of interesting facts about the origin of diamonds and their history that you probably do not know, so here are ten fascinating facts about diamonds

    1. The word diamond comes from the Greek word ‘adamas’ which means indestructible, unbreakable, or unconquerable. A very apt name for this precious stone, as diamonds are in fact hardest naturally occurring mineral on the planet. The only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond.
    2. The ancient Romans and Greeks believed that diamonds were tears cried by the gods or splinters from falling stars, and Romans believed that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds – possibly the earliest association between romance and diamonds.
    3. Diamonds were formed billions of years ago through a combination of tremendous pressure and temperatures of 1652–2372 degrees Fahrenheit at depths of between 90 and 120 miles beneath Earth’s surface. They are carried closer to the Earth’s surface through deep volcanic eruptions.
    4. Diamonds are made of a single element—they are nearly 100% carbon. Under the immense heat and pressure far below the earth’s surface, the carbon atoms bond in a unique way that results in diamonds’ beautiful and rare crystalline structure.
    5. Scientists have discovered a planet that they believe is composed mostly of carbon, and is one-third pure diamond!  Discovered in 2004, the planet orbits a nearby star in the Milky Way, and is named “55 Cancrie”. Perhaps even more amazing, is the fact that scientists have discovered a star that is essentially a diamond of ten billion trillion trillion carats.  They aptly named this star Lucy after the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”
    6. Diamonds have been valued and coveted for thousands of years. In the first century AD, the Roman naturalist Pliny is quoted as having said, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.” Ancient Hindus used diamonds in the eyes of devotional statues, and believed that a diamond could protect its wearer from danger. Many ancient cultures believed that diamonds gave the wearer strength and courage during battle, and some kings wore diamonds on their armour as they rode into battle. During the Middle Ages diamonds were thought to have healing properties able to cure ailments ranging from fatigue to mental illness.
    7. The countries that are the main sources of diamonds have changed over time. Prior to the 18th century, most diamonds were found in India as this country was the world’s original source of diamonds, beginning in the 1400s when Indian diamonds began to be sold in Venice and other European trade centres. Then in the 1700s India’s diamond supplies declined and diamonds were discovered in Minas Gerais, Brazil which then became the world’s major source of diamonds, until the late 1800s when a huge diamond reserve was discovered in South Africa and the Great Diamond Rush ensued.  Today, diamonds are mined in many parts of the world.
    8. Only a fraction of all the diamonds mined worldwide are gem-quality. More than 80% of the diamonds extracted from the ground today are used for industrial purposes as they are not suitable for jewellery making.  They are used in industrial processes such as for drill bits and abrasives.
    9.  The largest diamond ever discovered weighed an amazing 1.33 pounds or 3,106 carats. It was called the Cullinan diamond, and was discovered in 1905 in South Africa. The mine’s owner and the South African leaders gave the diamond to King Edward of England. The Cullinan was eventually cut into nine large diamonds and 100 smaller ones, and the three largest of these are on display in the Tower of London as part of the crown jewels.
    10. The first known use of a diamond engagement ring took place in 1477, when Archduke Maxmillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring featuring an M spelled out in diamonds.

    You have planned the proposal, chosen the perfect engagement ring that you know she will love and everything is looking wonderful for planning a future together.  When you are caught up in the excitement and celebrations of getting engaged it is very easy to overlook the possibility of what could happen if the valuable engagement ring that you have chosen is lost, stolen or damaged.   

    No one really wants to consider any of these awful things happening but sadly it is a fact of life that these things are possible. Hopefully you will never be unlucky enough to experience loss through theft, but damage to jewellery is actually quite common. Diamonds can become lose and come away from the ring, your fiancés engagement ring could become caught on a piece of clothing so damaging the setting or diamonds. Sadly this type of damage is very rarely covered by   a jewellers warranty therefore you will be left out of pocket if your engagement ring is not covered by an insurance policy. The love and commitment your ring represents is just as valuable as its material worth, so insurance is a way of protecting the ring’s actual value. 

    Finding the right insurance policy for your engagement ring 

    Firstly you need to ask yourself, “can I afford to replace this engagement ring if it is lost or stolen?” If not, then it is vital to invest the time and money it takes to secure insurance. It is crucial that you carefully check what cover of your prospective insurance policy offers you with a  tooth comb as not all polices offer the same level of cover. Factors to consider are:  

    • Does the policy only cover theft or will it also cover unexplained disappearance, damage or loss due to a fire or other disaster? 
    • If you travel abroad regularly will the policy covers your engagement ring when abroad, as well as inside the UK.  
    • Will the value of your engagement ring be covered fully or partially? 
    • Does your policy cover a like-for-like replacement for your engagement ring? 
    • How will you be required to prove the loss of your engagement ring? 
    • What happens when you make a claim? Will the insurance company send you the money, or will they require you to replace your engagement ring with the same or similar ring from a certain store? 
    • What is your excess? A low cost to insure may be offset by a high excess payable by you in the event of a claim. We strongly advise that you double check the excess figure before taking out an insurance policy on your engagement ring as if the excess payable is close to or exceeds the value of your engagement ring,  this policy will in all likelihood not be the right one for you.  

    Ensure that you engagement ring is professionally valued  

    When taking out insurance always ensure that your engagement ring has been professionally valued and that you have photographic records to verify its appearance and condition. Keep your original purchase receipt as you may need to prove how much you paid for your engagement ring.  

    Use a specialist insurer 

    As tempting as it may be to add your engagement ring onto your household and contents insurance policy, it us always advisable to take out specific cover from a specialist jewellery insurance broker particularly if your engagement ring is worth more than £1500 Insurance companies dedicated to providing insurance for items of jewellery you can rest assured that you will be receiving the comprehensive cover available.  

    Here at Reve Diamonds we are very happy to help with providing advice on insurance cover for your engagement ring, and provide a valuation service for insurance purposes and that can be used when obtaining quotes for your cover.  


    An Eternity Ring was traditionally given to mark a special anniversary or time in your life together, but many couples now give Eternity Rings to show their undying love for each other and the strength of their relationship.  So, what better way to show your wife, girlfriend or loved one just how much they mean to you this Christmas than with the perfect gift of love – a stunning Eternity Ring. 

    Here at Reve Diamonds we appreciate that purchasing a diamond Eternity Ring as a Christmas present for your loved one is a significant investment, both in terms of time, money and emotion. There are many factors to consider so to help you make an informed decision, here is a short guide to all that you need to know about eternity rings. 

    What is an Eternity Ring and what does it symbolise? 

    The Eternity Ring has been given as the symbolism of commitment and eternal love since as far back in history as 2,000 BC.  

    An Eternity Ring, sometimes called an Infinity Ring, is traditionally designed from a continuous band of precious metal set with a line of identically cut diamonds. This continuous band is said to symbolise the unbroken bond of a relationship of two people going through the journey of life as one.   It is also said to symbolise the circle of life, and was often given after the birth of a couple's first child.  Whatever you interpretation of its meaning, giving an Eternity Ring means more than giving just a piece of beautiful jewellery, with this ring you are giving your heart to someone as the ring symbolises everlasting love and devotion. 

    The History of the Eternity Ring 

    The tradition of giving an Eternity Ring dates back over 4,000 years when the very first Eternity Rings were carved out of natural materials such as bone, beads or metal.  It is widely believed that the first Eternity Rings were worn by the Ancient Egyptians. They did not necessarily give this ring to mark a special occasion or anniversary, but rather as a symbol of the circle of eternity and everlasting love, as it is suggested by historians that this ring originated as a representation of the Ancient Egyptian symbol Ouroboros which is a snake swallowing its own tail to form a full circle.    

    In what order should you wear your engagement, wedding and eternity ring? 

    The Eternity Ring is most usually worn on the left-hand ring finger. Although of course this is not set in stone, for many couples the Engagement Ring, Wedding Ring and Eternity Ring Infinity Ring are worn on the same finger. The Eternity Ring is placed between the Wedding Band and Engagement Ring, but again this is ultimately down to personal preference. 

    Which style of Eternity Ring should you pick? 

    As an Eternity Ring is most usually worn on the same finger as the Wedding Ring and Engagement Ring, one of the most important factors to  consider when choosing an Eternity Ring to give to your loved one this Christmas is whether it will fit with current or future wedding sets.   

    Eternity Rings are available as both full and half rings. A full eternity ring will have diamonds set all the way around the band without a starting point or an ending point.  Alternatively you can also choose to have your Eternity Ring in a half style, which only has the stones going across the top of the band.  Half Eternity Rings are usually easier to create and size, consequently making them more affordable. Next consider the setting. We offer a wide selection of beautifully crafted Eternity Rings in a wide variety of settings including channel, claw, micro, pave or grain set designs:  

    channel setting is a ring without a centre stone. Channel Eternity Rings feature one or more rows of diamonds set side by side without separation in sections of precious metal, giving a smooth finish and maximum sparkle.  

    The claw setting is where the diamonds on the eternity ring are held in place with a claw shaped type of binding. Usually, three, four or six prongs are soldered onto the ring, and the jewel is then mounted onto the ring. Unlike the smooth metal edge on a channel setting, the stones in a half prong eternity ring and full prong eternity ring often feature. 

    Pavé Setting - a full  or half pavé Eternity Ring  is a setting that features small diamonds very close together, with almost no visibility of the metal prongs holding the stones in place. The word pavé comes from the French word, "to pave", and means your Eternity Ring is literally paved with diamonds giving it a textured surface and the illusion that the ring has a surface of jewels. 

    Once you have decided on the style of the Eternity Ring which you wish to choose for your loved one, you need to consider the metal.  18k white gold Eternity Rings are beautifully timeless and can easily complement existing jewellery. Though 18k yellow gold and platinum eternity rings are just as alluring. 

    We have a very wide selection of gorgeous Eternity rings but if you still cannot find what you are looking for, or you want something more special, then we offer a bespoke design service.  Our team of jewellery experts and master craftsmen will make your vision a reality with helpful guidance on everything from styles to setting type. 

    Can a diamond eternity ring be resized? 

    For many purchasing an Eternity Ring as a surprise Christmas gift the question of size can be a tricky issue. What if you get the size of your chosen Eternity Ring wrong?  Well do not worry half Eternity Rings can be slightly adjusted around 1 - 2 sizes depending on the style.  A full Eternity Ring can be made larger or smaller. To increase a full Eternity Ring in size slightly, the ring needs to be thick enough to allow a small amount of metal from the inner surface to be polished out of the ring. The  only way to reduce the size of a full Eternity Ring is to add metal to the inner surface (small metal pips or balls) to fill out the ring making it more snug on the finger. 


    If you are planning to buy your special lady a diamond engagement ring, then you would be well advised to learn a little bit more about what makes this the precious and sought after stone in the world.  Facts about diamonds which will help you to choose the prefect engagement ring as there is so much more to a diamond than meets the eye!

    Each diamond is unique; it is a creation of time and place and therefore has specific qualities that establish its value. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) created the first, and now globally accepted, standard for describing diamonds which is referred to as the ‘Four C’s of Diamonds’ – the measures of Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight.  This is the universally accepted method for assessing the quality of a diamond, so that jewellers can communicate to customers exactly what they are about to purchase.  All of these factors must be considered equally when comparing diamonds, but it is widely believed that more than any other factor; it is how the diamond is cut that will determine its defining characteristic.

    Colour :

    All diamonds are graded by their colour with the most valuable and rarest colour of diamond being white, that is to say, colourless which is of course the most popular colour of diamond used for engagement rings.  If you look very closely at a diamond you will find that not all white diamonds are created equally and grading allows the differentiation of whether a slight yellow hue can be detected.  Jewellers grade absolutely colourless diamonds with a "D". The scale then moves up to "Z" and, between these two extremes, diamonds will display subtle coloured tones. Diamonds with a very strong and distinct colour are extremely rare and are called fancies.

    Cut :

    The trademark glisten and sparkle of a diamond is not created by nature but by its ‘cut’ which influences its interaction with light and produces its characteristic brilliance.  It is easy to see why the quality of the cut of a diamond is so important as if a diamond is cut incorrectly, the defining sparkle will be compromised.  It is how the 57 or 58 facets which are the tiny planes cut on the diamond's surface are angled and sized that dictate how light reflects and exits the diamond, an effect known as its "fire".  If the cuts are made too deep or too shallow then it follows that the diamond will be less brilliant.

    The cut also determines the ‘shape’ of the diamond but cut and shape should never be confused, they are two different entities. The most common shape is the round cut, but others include the princess, the emerald, the pear, the marquise, the oval and the heart shape.


    This is the way in which the amount of imperfections, also referred to as ‘inclusions', in a diamond is measured. These imperfections are microscopic and therefore cannot be seen with the naked eye and are caused by foreign materials in the stone.  If you look into most diamonds with a jeweller's loupe which is a magnifying eyeglass, you will see small inclusions, they look like small clouds or feathers. Inclusions can affect the diamond's fire, but they also make each diamond unique and so should not be regarded as a fault.

    The higher the clarity grading, the rarer the diamond but providing that the diamond is graded SI1 (Slightly Included 1) or better (best and most expensive is IF, or Internally Flawless; worst is I3, or Imperfect 3), then the diamond is perfectly acceptable for use in a piece of jewellery.


    This is the measurement of weight, and thus the size, of a diamond. A carat is equal to 0.2gm or 200mgm and a carat is divided into 100 smaller units called points.  So for example, three-quarters of a carat is 75 points. The average size of most engagement ring diamonds is somewhere between one carat and half a carat.  It is important to remember that the size of a diamond may not necessarily correlate to its value as the cut grade of the diamond and its carat combine together to give it the brilliance and sparkle that we see in the finished product.

    When buying a diamond it is important that you request certification which proves that the diamond has been assessed, graded and coded with a laser by an independent gemmological laboratory such as the GIA HRD, IGL, EGL or AGS.  This will guard you against the purchase of a diamond that has been made with substitutes such as zircon, white sapphire, topaz or quartz which are natural minerals that can be nearly colourless and used as natural diamond substitutes. Synthetic substitutes include cubic zirconia and moissanite. All these are sold as legitimately cheap alternatives but be aware that they are sometimes, albeit rarely, passed off as real diamonds.

    Diamonds can also be artificially treated, most commonly by being fracture filled, irradiated or laser treated. All of this is legal, as long as it is disclosed to the buyer, but if you want a "real" and untreated diamond, guard yourself against terms such as "clarity enhanced".

    All diamonds sold by Reve Diamonds are fully certified.


    Precious metals are widely used in making jewellery from diamond rings to bracelets to earrings and cufflinks.  The most well-known and widely used in the jewellery industry are gold, silver and platinum.  

    The definition of a precious metal is one that is deemed to be rare and therefore have a high monetary value.  Precious metals are naturally occurring metallic chemical elements that are less reactive than their sister group, Noble Metals. Due to their high patina, they beautifully complement diamonds as the light bounces off the metallic surface which gives a striking and radiant shine.  They are also pliable and flexible which allows for metals such as White, Rose or Yellow gold to be formed. 

    Whilst the diamond within a ring is undoubtedly the focus of the piece, it is the colour, weight and quality of the band on which the diamond is set that is an equally important factor to consider when choosing a ring. Therefore before you decide on a band, we strongly suggest that you know the differences between some of the most popular precious metals used for ring bands, their durability and aftercare – namely of 18 karat white gold, 18 karat yellow gold and platinum which are the precious metals that we recommend for diamond jewellery. 

    18k White Gold 

    18 karat white gold is a manmade substance that is usually made from 75% gold metal and 25% of white metal such as nickel, manganese, platinum or palladium - however, this ratio often changes. This high content of gold makes white gold more precious and ideal for diamond jewellery.  It is also more affordable than some other precious metals. 

    Originally 18 karat white gold starts life as slightly yellow in colour and is electroplated in Rhodium to give it strength, protection and that stunning white finish that is so desirable. 

    The first use of white gold is thought to have dated back to World War Two when jewellers created it as a replacement for platinum.  During this time the government banned the use of platinum to make jewellery and other luxury goods in America, so that the materials could be used to make armaments.  As platinum had such a beautiful white finish, jewellers wanted to created something that would give the same aesthetic and so 18 karat white gold was born.   

    18 karat white gold is an incredibly versatile material. It is a timeless classic and looks fabulous as a setting for diamonds however, if you have a nickel allergy then 18 karat white gold is best avoided. 

    To maintain the white finish on 18k white gold rings avoid washing your hands while wearing the ring, showering, swimming, applying cream etc., as this will all tarnish its appearance.  

    18k Yellow Gold 

    19 karat yellow gold was the traditional metal used for engagement rings and has recently become popular once more due largely to its majestic look and the fact that it looks stunning when used in halo or vintage ring designs which are currently very much sought after. Pure gold is too soft to use in jewellery making and therefore 18 karat yellow gold contains 75% gold, this is usually mixed with silver to strengthen the metal and copper and to retain the bright yellow colour.  

    Yellow gold was first popularised as far back as the Ancient Egyptians and Pharaohs, Roman Emperors and Royalty all over the world have been draped in yellow gold since the beginning of civilisation. 18 karat white gold is a timeless precious metal that evokes opulence and wealth and will never go out of fashion. 

    If you decide to select 18 karat yellow gold as the setting for an engagement rings, we suggest that you select a colourless or near colourless diamond (D-H) and if the collet (the claw portion holding the diamond) is in 18k white gold or platinum this will work together to bring out the whiteness of the diamond.  If however the diamond is slightly yellow or brown (J-L), you can opt for an 18 karat  yellow gold ring setting so as not to highlight the warmth in the stone against a white metal. 

    18 karat yellow gold is the most hypoallergenic of all the three gold colours and the easiest to maintain. It beautifully complements those with olive and darker skin tones. 18 karat yellow gold can be easily marked and dented, so it is very  important that it is looked after correctly and keep the stunning shine and clarity of this metal in your piece of jewellery, 18 karat yellow gold needs to be regularly shined and polished. 


    Platinum is one of the world’s strongest metals and is renowned for making engagement rings, diamond necklaces and other pieces of jewellery as it is undoubtedly a stunningly beautiful metal that brings out the sparkle and shine in any diamond.  

    Platinum has very rich history and after its initial discovery in 1735, was highly valued by Ancient Egyptians and Pre-Columbian Indians. It is considered as a modern metal, due to the origins of its name. Before getting the name ‘platinum', it was referred to as ‘white gold' due to its silver and white colour.  However, when this beautiful, metal was re-discovered by the  17th century Spanish conquerors it was renamed to ‘platinum' the reason being that the word derives from the Spanish word ‘Platina' meaning ‘silver'. Following this re-discovery, platinum was introduced to Europe in the 18th Century, and it is thought that in early 1800s, British Chemist W. H. Wollaston was the first person to obtain a pure sample of this noble metal. 

    Platinum is rarer and more precious than gold with a higher purity content of 95% and is strong and durable. Being is hypoallergenic and naturally white in colour platinum jewellery will not tarnish and will generally last and hold its beauty for more than a lifetime.  

    Platinum is slightly more expensive than gold and loses very little metal when scratched. Over time, due to the nature of the metal, it can appear to dull so would require the occasional professional polish. 

    Whilst Platinum and 18 karat white Gold may look very similar it is important to acknowledge that they are not the same materials. Platinum is much denser than white gold, and will therefore feel heavier than 18 karat white gold, making white gold jewellery much easier and more comfortable to wear. Aesthetically, both platinum and white gold are alike, but platinum is naturally white. Although 18 karat white gold will wear off and fade (giving off a yellowish tinge) once it is replated in Rhodium it will have a white appearance. 

    Despite platinum being more durable than white gold, it scratches much easier. If you are choosing jewellery for everyday wear, such as a diamond engagement ring, it is advisable to choose 18 karat white gold, as it will not show as much surface damage. 

    Whilst the metal that you choose as the band for your diamond ring is largely based on personal preference and style, it is helpful to consider the main differences in composition and price. The experts here at Reve Diamonds are happy to help with advice on the choosing the perfect engagement ring with the perfect diamond  and with a precious metal setting that will combine to be a real head turner —all while staying in budget. 



    The prospect of starting a New Year is undoubtedly a thrilling one with thoughts of new beginnings. It’s a time for renewed energy and optimism for happy times to come and a time to take decisive action on some important life decisions that will shape your future.  So what better time after spending a fabulous fun filled Christmas with your partner to pop the question and ask her to marry you and start 2018 with an engagement announcement to your family and friends?  Getting engaged at New Year is a great way to smile way those winter blues and perfect timing with the year ahead to plan the next phase of your life together.

    So with your New Year marriage proposal in mind the next big decision is finding the perfect engagement ring that will set her heart alight. Here at Reve Diamonds we have many thousands of people come through our doors each year to make that all important purchase and we understand that buying an engagement ring can be intimidating, and sometimes even a little scary. After all, this is one of the most important purchases you may ever make.  If you are feeling the pressure and unsure as to where to start we are here to help with five tips as to how to decide upon the perfect engagement ring for your New Year proposal:

    1. Research her style and likes

    Not every woman has the same style of clothing and taste in fashion, and the same follows for engagement ring style. While one woman might love the classic elegance of a traditional three stone diamond ring, another may prefer unique coloured gemstone rings. But how do you know which style is her style, how do you determine if your fiancé to be is a princess-cut, cushion-cut, or round-cut type of girl? Would she rather have platinum, white or yellow? Is she a modern girl or does she prefer classic fashion items or a vintage look?

    Well the answer is relatively simple; take some time to closely observe her tastes and preferences. Look at the style of any current rings or pieces of jewellery that she already owns and wears as this will give you a big clue as to her preferences so that you can choose an engagement ring that she will love. If she’s a low maintenance roll-out-of-bed kind of lady, a simple, easy to wear ring might be the answer but, if she typically spends more time on her hair and makeup, she might be a bit more into some bling!

    Stalk her social media to see if she has commented upon other women’s engagement rings or saved images on sites such as Pinterest. Does she ever express an interest in a particular style when flicking through fashion magazines? Look for trends, for example are the rings that she likes platinum with a solitaire diamond, or does she prefer to go all out with the bling and would choose an engagement ring with a centre diamond and halo setting?   If you are still struggling for clues then why not speak to her female friends and/or relatives, in confidence of course!  If you can trust them with your secret – then you may well be able to gather a fairly accurate picture of her likes and dislikes.

    Perhaps the most important piece of advice is not to buy something according to your own taste but to suit your bride-to-be’s taste.

    1. Select a Shape

    There are numerous shapes of diamonds to choose from that make up engagement rings.  The most popular are perhaps brilliant round and princess, followed by cushion, emerald, square, oval, pear, and heart.  There is no wrong choice in the shape of diamond that you select; it is all about personal preference.  Unlike ever changing fashion trends, diamonds will never go out of style.  To narrow down your choices focus upon what will be important to your partner. If sparkle is a leading factor then choose either a round or princess cut as these have the most facets which are light-reflecting cuts and will therefore bring to your engagement ring maximum sparkle and brilliance.  If you want your diamond engagement ring to be more unique, then consider a more unusual cut like pear, oval, or heart.

    1. Think about the setting

    You have several options when it comes to your engagement-ring setting, from split shanks and prongs to pavé and bezels. For a classic look, go for a solitaire with either a solid metal band or, for added shimmer, a micro-pavé band. Looking for something more glamorous? Try a radiant, cushion cut, or emerald-cut stone with a halo or a diamond-studded band or for the ultimate symbol of love the trilogy engagement ring.

    1. Consider Metal Options

    There are a plethora of metal options for the band and settings of your engagement ring from the stunning silver colour of platinum to white to yellow and rose gold, and again this does  come down to personal preference.  If your spouse to be wears other pieces of jewellery that are predominantly yellow gold, you may choose to stay in that metal family. If her everyday accessories tend to be silver, platinum seems like an obvious choice. Also, consider what will look best on her skin tone. Don't forget, you can always mix up your metals by introducing a different metal within your wedding-ring pairing.

    1. Find out her ring size

    There is perhaps no more awkward moment than presenting your bride-to-be with a surprise engagement with a ring that’s too small. You go to slide the ring on her finger - and it doesn’t fit, awkward!!

    Visit our Ring Size Chart - Reve Diamonds - How To Measure Ring Size

    There are a few ways around this. First of all, step one is to determine her ring size. You could do this by borrowing one of her rings for a few hours and bring it to the Reve Diamonds showroom to get it sized for the most accurate results. Alternatively we are happy to send you a Free Finger Sizer by post upon request that you can compare to a ring you know she wears a lot. Make sure you know that it is a ring that fits her ring finger, though! If she wears rings on other fingers, make sure you didn’t accidentally grab her pinky ring by accident!  If you are really unsure about her exact rign size then we always advise buying an engagement ring that’s too big, it will still fit on her finger and you can get it resized to fit her later.

    If you're looking for the perfect ring to complement your big question for a New Year proposal, Reve you've come to the right place here at Reve Diamonds. We offer a choice from more than 100 handcrafted engagement ring designs, all of which can be customised to suit your needs and offer a 30 day return policy. We also have more than 10,000 loose diamonds and fancy coloured diamonds including yellow diamonds for those looking for something a bit different.  We also offer a bespoke service where your engagement ring can be made to your very own design to give you the perfect engagement ring.


    Getting engaged is probably one of the most important and emotional moments in your life which makes choosing the right engagement ring for your loved one an absolute must. Not only are you investing in a ring which will be a permanent symbol of the most important relationship of your life and your love for each other, but you are about to part with a substantial amount of money - the accepted engagement ring mantra still being that you will be spending at least one month's salary!

    It is a nerve wracking feeling handing over a substantial amount of money if you are not certain your partner will love the engagement ring that you have chosen. But take heart as a recent survey has shown that 500,000 Brits didn’t expect to receive a ring when their partner proposed marriage to them, and 17 million Brits received their engagement ring after the proposal. In fact, getting engaged without a ring can make the proposal more spontaneous, and gives the couple a fun activity to look forward to after saying “yes”. Plus let’s face it you will naturally want your fiancé to fall in love with the engagement ring as much as you so why not choose your engagement ring together!

    There are no strict rules of etiquette when it comes to engagement ring shopping together. The only accepted rule that you both should not want to break is making sure that whatever you do or choose is a joint decision, and that the end goal is spending your life with the one you love most.  Many couples regard choosing an engagement ring together as a beautifully romantic task that will always be remembered and is an important step taken together. Plus going engagement ring shopping together makes the choice easier, especially if your future spouse has very particular taste and knows exactly what they you want.

    From a female point of view many girls grow up thinking how they want their engagement ring to be. So when they are given a chance to choose their engagement ring together with their future spouse, they feel special and privileged and assured that he believes in taking important joint decisions.  From a male perspective choosing an engagement ring together is almost a sigh of relief knowing that his fiancé will be ultimately making the choice, however, if worries about disclosing the budget are an issue, here at Reve Diamonds we are happy to allay these fears. If the sales advisor is informed of the budget beforehand only the engagement rings within that price range will be shown.  However, even if she figures out the price it could be viewed as a blessing in disguise, as after all you two are going to spend the life together and there should not be financial secrets.

    If you still feel in your heart that a proposal seems incomplete without the presentation of an engagement ring, why not present your loved one with a temporary until you splash out on the real deal? Reve Diamonds offer a free Cubic Zirconia ‘placeholder ring’ to use during your proposal. This free ring can then be exchanged for the real thing when you both return to Reve Diamonds showroom to choose the diamond engagement ring that is “the one”.

    Alongside our stunning collection of exquisite diamond engagement rings we also offer couples the opportunity to create a truly one-of-a-kind engagement ring, designed to reflect your love story with our bespoke engagement ring service. Under the guidance of our in-house design experts and master craftsmen jewellers, you can both design your engagement ring from scratch choosing the setting, the metal, diamond cut and carats to suit your budget.

    After all an engagement ring isn’t just a tradition, but an ornament that is going to be worn for a lifetime, so it is important to choose it together so you both are happy about it.


    You have met the person you wish to spend the rest of your life with and are ready to pop that all important question “will you marry me?” Traditionally a marriage proposal is marked with the giving of an engagement ring, but have you ever wondered why we do this?

    Anthropologists believe that the tradition of giving an engagement ring dates back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians nearly 5,000 years ago. They believed that circles symbolised eternity the hole in the centre of the ring signified never ending and immortal love for the woman wearing the ring. To mark this belief, Egyptian men gave their wife to be a handmade ring made out of twisted and braided reeds, sedges and papyrus.  Naturally these rings did not last long and were often replaced with engagement rings made from other natural elements such as leather, bone or ivory with the more expensive the material of the engagement ring signifying the wealth of the giver.

    The tradition of wearing an engagement ring on the left hand ring finger is also thought to date back to the Ancient Egyptians as they believed that an engagement ring worn on the ring finger would ignite eternal love as there is a vein that runs directly to the heart. This vein was later called the ‘Vena amoris’ by Latin philosopher Macrobius Ambrosius Theodosius in 395 - 423 AD who believed the vein of love had magical properties.  In latter days the vein of love has been disproven but the tradition still remains to wear an engagement and wedding ring on the ring finger of the left hand ring finger.

    The giving of engagement rings have also been dated back to the Romans in the 2nd Century when it was given to a bride to be in lieu of a money or a valuable object and was also seen as symbolic of the legal agreement of ownership of the woman by the man who gave the ring.

    The very first recorded giving of a diamond engagement ring was one that was commissioned in 1477 by Archduke Maximillian of Austria for his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy.  He proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a diamond engagement ring in the shape of an ‘M’ which was made from comprised of thin, flat pieces of diamond.  However, it was not until the 1870's when miners discovered diamonds in South Africa that diamond engagement rings became prevalent within the jewellery industry.

    By 1872, the output of the South African diamond mines exceeded one million carats per year and as production increased, diamonds became more widely available to the general public. However, for a long time after this diamond engagement rings were still seen as mark of wealth, nobility and aristocracy.

    In 1938, De Beers the world famous diamond cartel created a marketing campaign that would have a major impact on the giving of diamond engagement rings.  This campaign initially educated the public about the 4 Cs of cut, carats, colour, and clarity and then in 1947 De Beers created the world renowned slogan "a diamond is forever". The aim of this was persuade consumers that a diamond engagement ring is the only acceptable stone for an engagement ring as it is indispensable and life lasting. De Beers also created the ideology that at least a month’s salary should be spent on a diamond engagement ring, but whether you spend one month's, three months' or the equivalent of a year’s salary on an engagement ring it is the giving of a gift that symbolises your promise of eternal love that matters.

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