So, you have just thought about popping the question. Congratulations! (Or maybe you are expecting someone special to propose sometime soon.) The excitement must be incredible…

The budget for a custom engagement ring is something that a lot of people tend to struggle to deal with because there have been so many rules and expectations that float around due to society’s expectations. There are often some “guides” set for the purchaser of the ring based on the salary they earn. 

There may also be a bit of pressure since an engagement ring is something serious that is going to last a lifetime, so many people understandably are willing to spend a lot of their hard-earned cash in order to bring satisfaction to themselves and their partner.

Where to Start

The first thing to do is to think about your current financial situation. If you are someone that has a comfortable amount of money in your savings, then obviously you are less likely to be worried about how much it is going to “break the bank” when buying an expensive ring.

If you see yourself in a situation where you are somewhat struggling to get by and have to limit yourself to your spending quite often, then maybe even wait out proposing until everything is in its right place. Remember, you only get one first time when it comes to proposing to your partner.

There is nothing wrong with putting off a proposal because you can’t immediately afford a bespoke engagement ring. It is also not uncommon to propose without an engagement ring, in order to have you and your partner go and shop for one together. In fact, although the tradition of getting down on one knee is still alive and well – some people like to make sure they get a custom engagement ring for their partner that they are absolutely going to love.

The “Month Rules”

A common “myth” is that you should spend around three months’ worth of your current salary on your partner’s ring. This came about during the 1930s during The Great Depression. Due to the financial struggle everyone faced, diamond companies were taking a big hit in sales. The company De Beers created the marketing campaign in the hopes that it will improve some of their sales for their rings.

Other rules are similar, for example, some people suggest spending two months’ worth of salary on a ring, or even one month. Obviously, these are not legal rules and many people consider them to be just outdated guidelines that have changed over the years.

For instance, let’s say you earned around $40,000 a year, then spending $6,000 is the way to go, according to the two-month rule.

However, you can also look at the guidelines as being something motivational. Having a higher budget will lead to you being able to spend more money, which may lead to some more satisfaction and value.

But remember to not feel the need to have to go by any of these “month rules”, and you should only do what you are comfortable with.

How much do Aussies spend?

According to surveys done by some Australian jewellers, around 77% of people stuck to their budget when purchasing a bespoke engagement ring. In 2019, the average amount spent on a ring was around $5290. 

Compared to other countries, for example, those in the United States, Australians tend to spend a little less. In 2018, the average American spent $7,829 USD (which is $11327.50 AUD). Compare that to the figure from 2020: $3756 ($5434.42 AUD). This may have been due to the painful Covid 19 lockdown, which saw the world become increasingly more inactive. 

Ring Attributes That Can Affect The Pricing 

There are a lot of different things that make up a ring. A lot of people are not aware of how much there is to learn about rings, with all the different elements that can be swapped around and changed. 

Although there are a lot of things that come into play that influence the price of a ring, it is arguably the band and the diamond itself that are the two biggest.

Going to an engagement ring designer is a great way for you to have full control over what you do and do not want on your ring. 

The Diamond

Without a flicker of doubt, the diamond used for your bespoke engagement ring is going to be the main cost. When determining the value of a diamond, we usually start by asking if the diamond is natural or lab-grown. 

Natural diamonds are always going to be more expensive than man-made diamonds for a variety of reasons. This can be because of the labour costs required, as well as the machinery that is needed for mining as well as the time needed to cut and polish.

The Four C’s is a technique used to grade diamonds. The four C’s stand for cut, colour, clarity and carat. The better characteristics that a diamond possesses, the more money it will cost.

The carat of a diamond is probably the biggest of the four c’s. For those who might not know, a carat is a unit of measurement equal to about 0.2 grams. The larger the carat, the bigger the diamond – obviously bumping up the price. 

The clarity of the diamond is regarding how “clear” the diamond is. If it has some blemishes and impurities, it will have less value. This is on a scale from being flawless to included.

The colour and cut come into play, but arguably not as much as this can be a type of preference. 

The Band

The material used for the band of a ring is going to be responsible for a large chunk of the price. Gold is arguably the most popular and frequently used, which is not surprising. There are a variety of karats with gold too, as well as there being different “colours” like white gold and rose gold.

Other materials used for bands include things like platinum, silver, titanium and palladium – just to name a few.

Conclusion

Getting ready to purchase a ring for a partner can be an overwhelming task. There are a lot of things to consider, but you should also feel such a sense of eagerness and anticipation. 

In summary, there is no set budget that you have to spend in order to purchase a ring for your partner. Many people feel the need to stick by certain guides, such as spending 1 to 3 months’ worth of your annual salary on your ring. If you feel that you cannot afford a ring of your choice, then it is okay to wait.

There are lots of things that can affect how much a ring is going to cost – but the diamond (or gem) of choice is most likely going to be number one. The cut, colour, clarity and carat are known as the Four C’s, a grading guide that determines the overall value of the stone based on the characteristics of it.

The material used for the band is also going to make an impact. Materials can range from gold to silver, platinum, titanium and palladium.

With endless options to choose from, seeing an engagement ring designer can help give you some clarity as well as some inspiration!

For centuries, lovers have exchanged rings as a sign of many things including commitment, trust, appreciation and oneness with God. The craftsmanship involved with being a custom engagement ring maker is unbelievable, with years of experience and knowledge required. 

A lot of people are not entirely aware of the nature and dedication that is part of creating a bespoke engagement ring. This article plans to explain the ins and outs of what goes on during the creation of a bespoke engagement ring, and what tactics and methods ring designers use to help bring the magic of having your own ring come to life.

The Beginning

Every bespoke engagement ring creator will begin by having an initial consultation with you in order for you to discuss what type of ring you wish to be designed. This is the time when you should explain in thorough detail what you are after.

It is very important to mention your budget too, as the custom ring designer can then make some adjustments so things can be more suitable for you. 

Jewellers often also showcase some ring designs that they have worked on in the past as part of the inspiration. This is also something that is very important, as you may see a particular design that absolutely stands out and blows you away. 

If this happens, be sure to mention to your designer that you would like to incorporate elements of the ring that inspired you into your own custom ring design.

A ring that is suited to your style can be used as a starting point so that it is much easier to work from and fewer changes will need to be made.

Making Refinements

After you have had a good discussion with a professional, various visualisation processes may take place such as sketching. In today’s world, computers can be used to make 3D models, but still, the majority of the time, people tend to prefer seeing some sketches done on paper.

Designers can also create models in order for you to comprehend the design better. These can be made out of things like wax and metal, and at times can be made with plastic from 3D printers. 

During this stage, you will be heavily involved in the decision-making as it is your ring after all. 3D representations of your ring are often a great way to notice things that you may not have realised stood out.

bespoke ring sketches

The Inclusion of Diamonds

One of the best guides when choosing and discussing diamonds is by using the “Four C’s”. It refers to the most important elements of a diamond: 

Because the diamond is likely to be the most valuable part of your ring, this is a big decision that you will need to make and it is often the most exciting part of the process.

But what does each term mean exactly?

Cut

The cut of a diamond is probably one of the biggest deals when it comes to the diamond, as this fundamentally will affect how your diamond will look. This is in essence the shape of your diamond. The cut of the diamond determines how well it will reflect light and how much shine and light can be seen. 

Colour

Quite straightforward – this refers to the colour of the diamond. The colour of the diamond is on a grading scale from D to Z, (where D has no colour and Z is tinted). The diamonds that are considered colourless are from D to F and generally reflect more light, plus are considered more valuable.

Clarity

Diamonds are subject to imperfections that are either external or internal. These are known as inclusions and blemishes. A lot of the time, diamond imperfections are not really noticeable or visible to the naked eye, but if there are major imperfections then this can affect the overall brilliance.

Carat

The carat weight is a unit of measurement used with gemstones. One carat weighs about 200 milligrams or 0.2 grams. 

A diamond being held between tweezers

The Creation

After the designs have been thoroughly looked over and both you and the designer know exactly where to go, the process of actually making the ring begins.

This procedure varies a lot, as there are so many different ways that rings are made. It can also depend heavily on what type of ring has been decided upon. 

A lot of custom engagement ring makers have their own secrets and tricks for getting things right. In the past, creating rings was a skill that was passed down, often from father to son. There have been centuries of trial and error, style changes and inclusions of technology.

Traditional Methods

Traditional techniques are still used to create rings. One of the most common processes will see the ring maker cut start by cutting the chosen metal to size. If there were any kinds of patterns, styles or textures to be included, it would usually be done at this time.

Tools like hammers and mallets would be used depending on the particular type of style of the ring. 

Using Wax Casting

More commonly, wax is used as a cast in order to create rings. This has been the case for several hundred years too. This process is so popular because it allows a much easier way to keep up with what you are trying to make. The process is also known as the “lost wax process” because no traces are to be left by the time you would have put the ring onto a finger.

The ring makers use wax to get the model of the ring. After the wax ring has been created, they will embed the carving in a metal flask which is then filled with a plaster-like substance. Then, the wax model of the ring is left to set and become hard.

It is then placed in a specialised oven that is heated to extremely high temperatures. The wax is then completely melted until the only thing left is a hollow impression of the initial design. 

Conclusion

Hopefully, we have helped bring some ease to the understandable confusion that comes with grasping the process of creating a custom bespoke diamond engagement ring.

To recap, every time a custom ring needs to be created, you must first attend a consultation with a designer. This is to ensure that the designer knows exactly what to do, as well as give you some more inspiration and ideas that can help you.

The consultations are likely to span multiple sessions, where you can make revisions and mention things that you like and dislike. You also will discuss the kind of diamond or gemstone that you are after, where the four C’s (cut colour clarity carat) will be discussed. 

And finally, once everything has been confirmed, the ring will start to be created. There are all sorts of different methods, modern and traditional. Most commonly the “lost wax” method that has been around for a very long time is still favoured by a lot of jewellers because of the accuracy. 

Having custom engagement rings means that you are able to show a much more unique display of affection because the ring is quite literally one of a kind!

If you’re looking for a bespoke engagement ring Varoujan Jewellers can help. Call us today on (02) 9232 2329.

Around the world, lovers have embraced the idea of marriage since the dawn of time itself. 

Throughout the course of human history, there have been countless cultures and ideals that have formed. Some have decayed as the years have passed, while others still stay alive to this very day. 

Countless religions, spiritual beliefs and political circumstances have all affected the way a culture views marriage. Besides love, wedding rings have seemingly always been the centrepiece of a marriage. A wedding ring has proved that it is more than just metal, it is a display of commitment to a love that two people shall share until they leave this Earth.

Without marriage, the world would be in a completely different state and all cultures would lack the integral part of what it means to be in love. 

Here’s a look at what a wedding ring means in different cultures:

Ancient Rome

It is widely accepted that wedding rings have their origin thanks to the Ancient Romans.

Dowry was a common system back then – a gift from the family of a wife to the husband as a means of “thanking” him for allowing her into his family. Fidelity was followed; a promise of loyalty and faithfulness.

A ring was placed on the fourth finger of the left hand. Yes, this is where we get the term “ring finger”. The significance of this placement is due to the belief of vena amoris – which is Latin and means literally “vein of love”. 

The traditional belief was that there was a vein that ran directly from this finger into the heart. The ring obviously then is of great importance, signifying that there is an everlasting bond between two people as it was on the very finger they believed was connected physically with the many emotions of deep love and affection.

Early Ancient Roman rings were made of iron, and gold was supposedly only allowed to have been worn by people of great importance..

Although fairly minor, Romans were also engraving their rings. Often engraved were relevant Latin quotes and Biblical illustrations of angels, Christ and heaven, thus being the first bespoke engagement rings.

Medieval Europe and The Renaissance

The Middle Ages were a time when people started to begin including precious gems to their rings. Over 545 years ago, in 1477, Maximillian gave his wife a diamond ring. This is the first reliable account of a diamond ring being properly used, made by a noteworthy engagement ring designer.

However, in Medieval times, diamond ring designers were still incredibly hard to come by and it was virtually impossible for you to ever see even the wealthiest of people have one.

Other custom made engagement rings of this time were “Posie rings” which are rings that are made of gold and featured short quotes or sentences that were related to love and often religious. Posie rings got the name the French “poésie,” which means poetry.

A lock of hair and a ring were showcased at the Leonardo Museum in Vinci beginning on 2 May 2019, the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance Genius’ death. Leonardo was also a master at creating all sorts of jewellery, creating machines and tools for goldsmiths for cutting and polishing gems. Leonardo had a natural talent for not only painting but also for being a custom ring designer in Florence.

Asian Cultures

In Asian cultures, engagement and wedding rings are not as common or significant in comparison to Western traditions. Men often do not wear wedding rings at all, and women have started to wear wedding rings only quite recently compared to Christian-influenced countries. Asian cultures seem to have adopted the concept of wearing rings for marriage from Western cultures.

Chinese culture originally did not involve any engagement rings at all, but as mentioned, women are now expecting a special bespoke diamond ring. 

The Japanese, like Westerners, traditionally also used to wear a wedding ring on their left hand because they believe a vein leads directly to the heart through the left hand. These days, most Japanese people do not have a preferred hand to have a ring on. Most modern Japanese rings are made of white gold or platinum, with lab-grown diamonds being very popular.

In South Korea, after 100 days as a couple, a ring is given meaning that you both are in a serious relationship. This is a modern tradition. Wearing a ring on your index finger in South Korea shows friendship, and is a common practice between two best friends. A ring on the middle finger shows that one is career-focused and has a high standard of working towards the future. Like Japan, lab-grown diamonds have started to take off in South Korea.

In Jewish Culture

The Jewish wedding ring plays a major role in the Judaism religion, with the ring exchanged under what is known as a “chuppah” which is a canopy the two stand under during a wedding ceremony. Historically, however, the Jews did not wear rings as a sign of their everlasting marriage.

As a matter of fact, there is actually no direct mention of the wedding ring in the Bible either. 

The Jewish seemed to have adopted the wearing of wedding rings as a part of being influenced by other cultures and beliefs around the world, which is now making it especially an important symbol of marriage to them.

According to the book of Mishnah (the first significant written collection of the Jewish oral traditions), a man can set a woman ready for marriage in three different options: By paying a “bride price”, signing a contract of marriage or by engaging in consummation.

While only one of these is enough, most engage in all of the three. 

In a traditional; Jewish wedding, a groom would put the ring on the right index finger of his future wife, and declare that their love is true and connected under the law of Moses.

In Islamic Cultures

Wedding rings in Islam are said to have a specific set of rules and teachings, and sometimes it can be a complex topic. Some view the idea of wearing a wedding ring as a practice of the West, and thus goes against the teaching of Islam. But like other cultures, Islam has also partially adopted the idea of wearing a wedding ring.

For Muslim men, some view is as haram to choose to wear a ring that has been made out of gold. The rule has been mentioned in a few sayings and traditions of Muhammad.

The “hadiths” mention that gold and silk are materials that are only permitted for women, and are not allowed for men.

There is also a rule that dictates how a wedding ring should be worn according to the religion of Islam. That is that women are allowed to wear their wedding ring on any finger that they please, while the men are not allowed to do so. Muslim men should not be allowed to wear a ring on either the index or the middle finger, according to another hadith.

Conclusion

There is no sign of slowing down when it comes to marriage and weddings, especially these days with the new lab diamonds. Until the end of time, people will forever have the desire to make their love “official” no matter what culture they are part of. A wedding ring has always been a symbol of marriage, if not THE symbol of marriage. 

It is truly beautiful to think that although there are so many different cultures, religions, traditions and beliefs – that we all have one thing in common. Love. 

Style is a big way in how we define who we are.

Fashion is one of the most obvious – our clothing choices and preferences show everyone who we wish to identify as. Even wearing a different pair of glasses can make you seem like an entirely different person to some people, while others may think nothing of it.

Jewellery is a major game-changer when it comes to style, for both men and women. Earrings have been a symbol of status, bracelets can be used as a charm, necklaces show off gems in a confident way… But rings are without a doubt the most powerful and influential of all.

Rings come in so many different types and provide so many different meanings. Even the simple placement of a ring on a different finger creates a whole other sense of purpose and comes with its own meaning, varying from culture.

Rings in this day and age are almost always associated with marriage or engagement. Since ancient times, we have used rings as a sign of love and commitment. During all this time, thousands of different rings have been created and adapted. Most are unique to either the cultures or individuals.

With the ways of the modern jeweller and custom engagement ring designers, there will never be a shortage of new styles of rings. 

Gold Rings

18k rose gold ring

Starting off is probably the most common of all. Gold rings are simple, plain, timeless and elegant. There are a couple of reasons why gold rings are so universally used as wedding rings.

Firstly is the obvious fact that gold is a highly valuable material. Entranced with its qualities for millennia, humans find gold a scarce and precious metal that has a bright golden shine. Gold is associated with wealth and riches, as many items and possessions being made from gold have been created exclusively for royalty. Gold has been harder to find than many other metals and always will be.

Secondly, gold is such a perfect material for a ring because it has everlasting properties. Gold’s pure form will never tarnish or rust, and is easy to keep in a shiny state.

Gold is often used in making most engagement rings in one way or another, providing the base of the ring for any gem or jewel to be on top.

Silver Rings

Silver rings come in many different types. On its own and in its pure form, silver is just far too soft to be used when trying to craft a wedding ring. 

This is why many people go for the option of “sterling silver” which is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper.

“Flashing” is the name of the process used to treat the silver. Bands will get plated with a thin amount of silver which is extremely pure, giving the ring a noticeable shine. This process is well known to lose shine over time – pretty quickly too.

Sterling rings can be also treated with a Rhodium Plate, which makes it more shiny and durable compared to other materials. This plating doesn’t scratch, dent, or corrode and keeps its shine pretty well.

Silver is a great choice for those who don’t like the repetitive choice of gold, and prefer a clean, minimal and shiny look. Silver is also generally going to be much less expensive than gold.

Using sterling silver makes it extremely easy for engagement ring designers to create custom engagement rings. This is because silver is naturally so malleable and fun to work with. Many different unique designs with all sorts of shapes, loops, bends and effects can be made with silver.

Eternity Rings

In the grand scheme of the history of rings, eternity rings are quite new. Around the 1960s the diamond merchant De Beers came up with the whole concept of an eternity ring.

The American journalist Edward Jay Epstein said that De Beers had an agreement that was kept secret with the Soviet Union. At the time, it was common for women to have a ring with a single large gem like a diamond. 

The Russians produced diamonds that were so much smaller, often less than 0.25 carats. So, De Beers created rings that contained lots of small diamonds. They were originally marketed at older married women. 

“She married you for richer or poorer. Let her know how it’s going.” was the slogan at the time.

Now, eternity rings are associated with high levels of creativity and craftsmanship as bespoke engagement rings. The intricate, feminine look appeals to a lot of women. To be symbolic of eternal and never-ending love, an eternity ring is given by a husband to their wife on a big anniversary, for example on the 20th anniversary of marriage.

Sapphire Rings

Oval Brilliant Cut Royal Blue Sapphire Ring

Although not as widely recognised as diamond rings, sapphires are often underrated when it comes to being a precious gem for a ring.

Sapphire is a highly valuable gem, with its most famous variant coming in blue. There are also other colours of sapphire like pink, orange, green and purple. A lot of people do not know that sapphire is also the traditional gift for a 45th wedding anniversary, and the blue colour of the gem signifies commitment.

Sapphires are also second to diamonds when it comes to durability. Because of this, sapphires make a great alternative to a diamond ring. Sapphires have also been associated with royalty for centuries. Kings of the middle ages would wear sapphires and lots of them believed that the precious jewels would protect them during a battle. 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has a 12-carat engagement ring that features a sapphire. It originally belonged to Princess Diana.

Silicone Rings

These rings are definitely a more modern trend. Silicone rings are rings that are much cheaper and flexible, and are usually targeted toward men who live an active life. The rubber is flexible and is very durable. These rings can be designed in an almost unlimited amount of colours and textures.

Men wearing regular rings who engaged in heavy-duty tasks like firefighting, weight lifting, mining, etc. had the risk of the ring damaging their hand or getting the ring scuffed. There have been numerous instances in which rings have been the culprit to many disastrous injuries.

Silicone rings can come in awesome designs too, some even replicating traditional metallic rings. They are also widely approved in lots of different workplaces and professions – even more than any other ring. They prevent things like blistering, ring avulsion and degloving. This is because if it gets caught, the silicone simply breaks before causing damage to the finger. It is hypoallergenic and non-conductive.

Summary

If you have decided to “put a ring on it” it is completely understandable if you happen to be feeling a little bit overwhelmed when it comes to picking a ring. This is not surprising, as this is going to be the ring that you hope to wear for the rest of your life right?

For those of you who want a traditional ring that lasts forever and requires low maintenance, then go with gold. Gold has and always will have a high value and remains timeless.

For those who want a pristine, shiny appearance, it may be a good idea to go with a silver ring. Silver is best for people who want custom engagement rings, as the metal is easily able to be shaped the way a bespoke engagement ring designer wants.

Eternity rings are for those who want an especially unique and modern appearance, and sapphire rings are for those looking to stand out with the famous beautiful blue gem on their hand and feel like royalty.

Finally, silicone rings are perfect for people who live an active lifestyle and do not want to risk any damage to their hands or their ring.

Creating a bespoke piece of jewellery is extremely personal. However, nothing is more exciting than seeing something you have imagined come to life. Working closely with a reputable jeweller will make the custom process painless and stress free. 

Before you start the design process there are a few things you can do beforehand to make sure you are ready to meet with your jeweller.

Start Planning Ahead of Time

Custom made rings take time to design and make, therefore, you need to make sure you allow plenty of time. If you are wanting a bespoke ring made for a certain occasion make sure you allow anywhere from a few weeks to a month creation time, depending on the complexity of the design and construction. 

Consider Your Budget

Generally bespoke rings can cost anywhere from $5,000 upwards. Having a general idea of how much you can spend on your piece will allow your jeweller to provide ideas and suggestions that fit into your price range.  

Find a Jeweller

This is where it pays to do your research. Not all jewellers are created equal, therefore, you want to make sure you choose a master jeweller that has plenty of experience in designing bespoke jewellery pieces. Take your time to go through reviews or ask friends and family for recommendations. Taking the time to find the right jeweller will be the difference between receiving a design you like and a design you love.  

Gather Your Inspiration

Once you have narrowed down the jeweller you want to design your ring, do some research and gather some inspiration references. This can be anything from pictures in a magazine or pictures you have seen online. This will help your designer get more of an idea of what you are after before they go to the drawing board and create a custom design for you.

Book an Appointment

Book an appointment to meet with your jeweller once you have all of your resources gathered. Taking the time to book an appointment will mean you can sit down with your craftsman and thoroughly discuss exactly what you want. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to talk through ideas and also get new ideas from your jeweller. Keep in mind that your jeweller will be able to provide expert opinions on designs and construction so you can rest assured you will walk away with a truly stunning custom made piece.

Approve the Design 

Before going ahead with building your custom piece, your jeweller will provide you with a full sketch or wax model of your ring. This allows you to see everything you discussed in your initial appointment in real life. If you want to make any adjustments or revisions, this is the time to do it. Your jeweller will work with you on any necessary revisions to ensure you are completely happy with the design before moving forward.

Bespoke Pieces by Varoujan Jewellers 

Varoujan Jewellers are dedicated to creating custom made pieces you will treasure for a lifetime. Our master jewellers work closely with you to create a high quality ring you will be proud to show off. From stunning show pieces to elegant engagement rings, no matter what you are looking for, the friendly team at Varoujan Jewellers will be able to help you.  

To learn more about the Varoujan Jewellers bespoke process, contact us today! 

Buying jewellery is unlike anything else. If you have ever stepped foot into a jewellery store you would have quickly noticed that jewels come with their own language. When you’re dealing with Carats, gemstones, designs and quality, it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on. 

This is why finding the right jeweller is so important. Before you commit to a jeweller there are a few points that you should consider before purchasing any fine jewellery.

Reputation and Credentials

Before you start on your journey to find the perfect master jeweller, do some homework. When starting your search you want to find out a couple of things. The first is how long has the store been in business. A trusted jeweller will have been in business for a while and have a good following. This is where reputation comes in. Ask around or search online to read reviews and find feedback on the store. When buying jewellery you want to make sure the store’s reputation meets your standards. Finally, check credentials, a master jeweller will be proud to show off their credentials along with any industry awards and recognition.

Selection of Services

A well respected jeweller will offer a good selection of services. These can include:

Knowledgeable Staff

When dealing with a reputable jeweller you want to make sure the staff are knowledgeable in the products they are selling. All staff should be able to confidently answer any question that you may have or be able to point you in the direction of a staff member who can answer your questions. Ideally look for a jeweller that deals in custom designs and lose diamonds as this means they have plenty of knowledge on fine jewellery.

Sound Listener

At the end of the day, a jeweller should be working with you to find the perfect piece of jewellery. Therefore, you want to make sure you choose a jeweller that listens to you. A trusted jeweller will listen to the wants and needs that you have while trying to guide you in the right direction without overwhelming you with too many choices. It should serve as a red flag if the jeweller leads you down a path that doesn’t meet your requirements

Education

While you are there as a customer, your jeweller should work to help educate you on the particular piece you are wanting. For example, if you are looking for a diamond engagement ring, then your jeweller should be giving you information on what makes an amazing diamond ring. From the size, cut and quality of the diamond, having this information on hand will make sure that you really understand the beauty of the piece you end up buying.

Trust Your Jeweller

At the end of the day, you want to make sure you can trust your jeweller. Take the time to forge a relationship and go with your gut instinct. Shopping around and doing your research will mean that you create a relationship with a trusted jeweller that will last years.

Work With Varoujan Jewellers 

The team at Varoujan Jewellers pride ourselves on providing exceptional designs and superior craftsmanship. Our service is unrivalled as we work to build a relationship with everyone who walks through our doors. 

No matter what kind of fine jewellery you are after, our team will be able to help. Can’t find anything that you like? No worries, we are highly qualified and experienced in designing custom pieces that you will treasure for years to come.  

If you are in the market for an engagement ring, congratulations! No doubt you are feeling the nerves and stress that comes with popping the big question! Choosing the right engagement ring for your loved one can be extremely hard but with a bit of guidance you will be on your way to narrowing down your options and walking away with a stunning piece.  

It is important to know that everyone is different and everyone’s choice in jewellery is different, so remember to keep in mind who you are buying the ring for.

What is your budget

This is one of the biggest decisions you need to make before even stepping foot into a jewellery store. Knowing the amount you intend to spend on the ring will allow you to explore all of your options before making a final decision. There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to how much you should spend on an engagement ring so that is completely up to you and how much you can afford to spend. Remember, an engagement ring is more about the gesture rather than the price tag so working within your means will enable you to make the perfect decision.

Consider who the ring is for

Jewellery is very personal and everyone’s likes are different. While some people prefer larger statement pieces, others prefer more subtle pieces. This is no different when it comes to an engagement ring. Think carefully about the person you are buying for and what they wear on a day to day basis. Ensuring the ring matches their personality will mean they are happy to wear their engagement ring every day.

Work with a jeweller

Working with a jeweller is a wise decision when it comes to buying an engagement ring. Following on from our first point, a certified jeweller will be able to assist you and show you all the options available to you. They will also have a solid knowledge on engagement rings including shapes, sizes, carats, metals and designs.

Choose a gemstone

Most engagement rings feature a diamond as the centre stone. Is this something your partner would want? Roughly 90% of engagement rings showcase a diamond, this is closely followed by sapphires. If your partner wears rings regularly take note of what colours they incorporate. Or, if you know your partner likes jewellery that is unique, then consider something with a pop of colour. Speak to your jeweller if you are unsure of the options available when it comes to gemstones.

Choose your metal

Gold, platinum, silver or rose gold, what will you choose? Does your loved one have a preference for certain metals? If so, this will make your choice much easier. If not, then ask your jeweller to show you the metal options available within your price range. Seeing the precious metal choices first hand will allow you to get a good understanding of the differences and in turn allow you to make your final decision on the metal.

Consider a custom design

Sometimes you will view the options available but not fall in love with anything you have seen. This is where a custom made piece can be your best bet. If you decide a bespoke piece is for you, find a master jeweller that has experience designing and making stunning engagement rings. The benefit of going down the custom design route is that you have complete control over the ring design. From shape, colour, size and cut, you call the shots.

Speak to Varoujan Jewellers 

The team at Varoujan Jewellers are dedicated to helping you find the perfect engagement ring. We take our role in the process very seriously and take the time to ensure you find exactly what you are looking for. Our master jewellers are experienced in designing and creating exquisite engagement rings. We work closely with you to make sure you walk away with a piece you are proud to propose with. 

Contact us today or visit us in store to learn more about how we can help you find the engagement ring of your dreams!