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Engagement Ring Guide

Four of our best-loved designers reveal what to look out for when choosing a betrothal band

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When it comes to engagement rings, we understand the need for exceptional pieces that transcend tradition to be completely unique. With this in mind, we partner with some of the most exciting, forward-thinking designers to curate an ever-growing edit of agenda-setting bands that will thrive across generations. Here, the makers behind some of our best-loved styles - Anna Sheffield, Brooke Gregson, Polly Wales and Annina Vogel - reveal what to look out for when choosing an engagement ring, and share inspiring stories from some very happy customers.

Polly Wales

For us, the cast in place process that we use makes a ring unique – the gold flows the way it wants to around the stones and the outcome is something we just cannot predict! We also use all recycled, antique diamonds. They are all so unique and have their own natural inclusions and imperfections that just make the rings so different, even if they are the same styleIf you have a very active lifestyle, I’d say choose something low profile, something that will not snag or hook onto anything. If you plan to create a stack, you need to consider how they will all sit together.

"We are designing for our bridal client who is looking for something slightly different and a touch softer, that they know nobody else will have. A twist on the traditional, something they want to wear forever but is not so conventional. Similarly, they are looking for something ethical and with conflict free diamonds. "

This particular engagement story sticks out to me. It was a couple who had been traveling all over the world and LA was their last stop. They made an appointment to come to our studio to pick out their ring and they were beaming with happiness – so much so that it was infectious. We all left the workshop that day so happy! He picked out a ring for her and they went along their way and travelled back to New Zealand and sent photos of the official proposal on a beautiful green hillside.

Brooke Gregson

Everyone has their own reason for choosing their perfect engagement ring. Some like to go for a more traditional design focusing on diamond colour, cut and clarity. To me, the perfect partnership in life is discovering each other’s beauties and flaws and accepting them. I believe this should be the same when choosing a ring which is why, for example, I often use natural raw diamonds.

"As a romantic, the idea that a ring can act as a tangible symbol of love is very meaningful to me. People are taking a much more personal and emotional approach to deciding on the perfect piece as opposed to the more traditional route which makes it an exciting time to be designing engagement rings."

One of my favourite engagement stories was a man who knew his wife loved our Enamel Collection and that she wanted a white cut diamond. He chose an enamel to match his eye colour, a beautiful green blue. I loved that this ring would be the perfect mix of personal along with a traditional white diamond.

Anna Sheffield

I’ve always said I design for archetypes, not a specific one kind of woman, but for the different sides that we all have. I like to envision the jewellery being made for someone who has a very distinct style – she’s an individual, and she believes in the alchemy of the materials coming together in a way that makes a beautiful object that is wearable and also holds meaning, like an amulet.

"Choosing an engagement ring includes choosing the maker of the jewellery, so it's important to ensure their values are the same as yours. I always suggest asking about the origin of the stones, where the jewellery is made. I am happy when our clients learn about our commitment to using reclaimed melee, antique stones where possible, and recycled gold. This shows we go the extra mile to make the jewellery with integrity, and with a focus on sustainability."

Meghan and Jordan are two of our lovely clients living in LA. For the proposal, Jordan hired a car to take them to their favourite places in the city, and before each stop there was a bag of items that had a story behind them from that location. He proposed with a Theda ring at the last stop. So wonderful! And they were recently wed in the most beautiful ceremony in Palm Springs.

Annina Vogel

Each engagement ring is a one-of-a-kind with rare antique settings and diamonds that were cut for candle light. They are very different to today's engagement rings and were made with craftsmanship you don’t see anymore. Each ring is designed using Victorian and Georgian element - nothing compares!

"Look for the colour of the metal on the person's skin tone, the sparkle of the stones. Sometimes a subtler diamond such as a Rose Cut suits the personality more than a brightly cut diamond. Practicality, suitability, life style are all considerations."

One of our customers had a disc charm engraved with the words ‘Will you marry me?’ and attached the charm to one of our ring bands so we created a bespoke charm ring for proposal purposes… and she said yes! They return every year for anniversaries, birthdays and Christmas. We love stories like this!

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