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If you are looking for that special ring it can be daunting as there are so many choices to make, so how do you go about finding the right ring at the right price?
I can offer you guidance throughout the process to have something special made and can design and make the ring for you.
You can find out first through conversation with you partner what it is they would prefer
First decide which precious metal you would like the ring to be created in.............
notice what your partner tends to wear already, or preferably ask them.

Will it be :-

  • Silver,
  • 9ct yellow gold,
  • 9ct white gold,
  • 18ct yellow gold or
  • 18ct white gold ,
  • platinum?


Then find out what stones are preferred.

Traditionally solitaire diamonds are favoured, but there is nothing to stop you having coloured stones too which could compliment the diamond .

Or you could choose to have a larger coloured stone with supporting smaller diamonds.

I recently picked up a good tip from a jewellery forum, (thanks to that particular jeweller for sharing it )

they said that:-   a good way of finding out your partners' preference for design is to notice where they place a vase or special object they value on a mantle piece, is it in the centre or off to the side? -the reason for this is that it is a good indicator as to whether they like symmetry or asymmetry .
This information will help me in the design process to create something that will appeal to your partner.

Once you have settled on a size then I can get you a range of prices based on different qualities of stone.

Stones of 1 carat or more can be certificated so that you have assurance that what you have bought is exactly that and for the smaller stones I generally recommend a VVS1 or VVS2 quality for the diamonds, if you want the stones to have a 'good fire and sparkle.'

Diamond Grading Terminology

A diamond's cost is based on the characteristics known as the "4 C's". Clarity, Colour and Cut are the quality elements which together with the Carat Weight determining the value of a stone. The closer a diamond grades to the benchmark for each of these scales, the rarer and the more costly it will be.

Cut has a profound effect on the visual appearance of a diamond and gives it the fire and sparkle.

Carat Weight
Carat is the unit of weight for all gemstones. One carat is subdivided into 100 "points". Therefore a diamond measuring 75 points is 3/4 carat in weight, or 0.75ct. (There are five carats in a gram. )

Colour You have a choice in quality between pure flawless and approximately 9 grades of quality below that the top level, the top ones being very beautiful stones.

Increasing degrees of colour are measured on a scale ranging from no colour at all, the traditional diamond (D) to deeply coloured (Z).

Beyond "Z" is the range where the diamond's colour is , called "fancy colours". Diamonds of known colour are used as comparison stones for colour grading.

Clarity is measured on a scale ranging from pure (flawless) to heavily included

A diamond's clarity is determined by internal characteristics called "inclusions" and surface features called "blemishes". These irregularities are naturally occurring and were created in the liquid magma (volcanic rock) within which the diamond was formed.
This chart represent the grades of colour and inclusions that may be found in the different qualities of diamond.

this is what the

GIA DIAMOND CLARITY SCALE says:-

Another white stone to consider is white sapphire, which is beautiful but has slightly less fire to it.

This offers you the choice of a very good price in terms of a comparable sized diamond.

Please make sure your partner would be happy with this idea, as it could be they would prefer a small diamond of a high quality rather than a larger sapphire.

If you would like coloured stones then I will be able to guide you through the alternatives.

I have found some stones such as topaz to be beautiful when cut as a cabochon stone, this is a relatively affordable stone even in a large size but can look stunning in a simple setting.

Consolidate your thoughts by deciding:-

  1. what size of stones you would like in mm across the stone
  2. what shape you prefer, round, oval, square , emerald cut pear shape etc.
  3. which precious metal your partner would choose.
  4. consider whether your partner likes simple designs, or elaborate designs open work , wide or narrow shanks, ie (the band that goes around the finger.)
  5. claw set stones, or bezel set, (a bezel set is a rub over of the metal all around the stone which hold it into the setting , if you imagine a small tube with the stone set in the top this is one I use in preference in many of my designs , and is more practical to wear , but for larger stones the claw setting lets in more light.


I am happy to work with you to finalize the design, you can then discuss the design details with me either by email, or phone and I will do a sketch to show you the final idea, it can still be tweaked at this stage.

I offer a selection of ideas for a charge of £55.00
  or if you prefer I will interpret your ideas through our conversations,  if you know what you would like and just want to visualize it.

As you can see from this Information, the quality level for the stone has an impact on the price you would pay for it, but will also give you room to adjust the choice of stone to fit your budget, if for instance you want to keep to a particular size of stone.

once we have reached an agreement based on your choices above I can get an estimate worked out;- then if you are happy with everything you can give me the go ahead.

Normal delivery time would be 4 – 6 weeks.

I look forward to hearing from you

Please feel free to call me on 01509 239348 to make an appointment to see me in Loughborough, or come to see me at my shop in Melbourne in south Derbyshire Which is normally open on Fridays and Saturdays 11-4.00 o clock (directions are on the 'contact' page of this website). Or you can email me on :- helen@helenburrell.co.uk

Many thanks Helen