THE Daily Telegraph carried a feature recently – How to Buy an Engagement Ring’ and one of the questions asked was ‘how do I know what she’ll like?’
The answer’s really quite simple and it’s one that brides-to-be are doing more and more – design your own.
It’s a growing trend with Cheshire brides who are going one step further by designing their own wedding and engagement rings and recycling their old jewellery at the same time.
Said Christopher Evans, Cheshire jeweller and goldsmith: “Our clients are recognising that recycling some of their old jewellery and having it melted down into something new is a great way to fulfil the traditional adage – something old, something new.
“It also means that brides are able to create a unique wedding ring set for their big day.”
Once you’ve designed on your design, you’ll be kept regularly updated of progress by your jeweller. The more complex your design, the longer it will take to craft your jewellery but remember, perfection is worth waiting for.
Advised Christopher Evans: “We are happy for our clients to ask for regular previews of the ring and we’re keen that they work with us every step of the way. We even had a couple who commissioned engagement and wedding rings and then went sailing round the world.
“We kept in contact and updated them with pictures of the pieces, as they were taking shape, via webcam. And, while it’s not the ideal way to commission jewellery, they were delighted with the finished product.”
In fact, here’s what the client, Michelle Atkins, said: “Working via the internet worried me but everything was fine. I adore the rings. They fit perfectly and everyone who sees them is just wowed by them.”
Creating a bespoke wedding and engagement ring set is a unique experience. It starts with a visit to a reputable jewellers, preferably one with working goldsmiths on the premises.
They can advise on the style, shape, cut and stones that will show to best effect on your hand shape, finger length and skin colour.
Many brides, as well as bringing their own old, redundant jewellery, will include something sentimental belonging to their own mother or grandmother.
Goldsmiths can often work with the jewellery and stones brought in by brides but, if extra metal or new stones are needed, brides have the luxury of being able to choose the cut and carat size they want to add to their new pieces.
Added Chris: “There are, of course, a wide range of off-the-shelf wedding rings produced by expert craftsmen in exclusive designs, but there really is nothing like being able to design your own wedding and engagement ring.”
Designing our own wedding and engagement ring set means that you can be as bold and unusual as you like.
Here’s an amazing and eye-catching engagement ring that was designed for a Christopher Evans client at their workshop in Poynton. It’s a gorgeous emerald cut yellow diamond that gives maximum brilliance to this diamond. It’s flanked by purple sapphires.