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What is a solitaire ring?

Solitaire rings feature just one diamond and with no other gemstones to distract from the main piece, extra emphasis is placed upon the diamond as its sparkle decorates this classic ring. When it comes to choosing a style of ring, the solitaire is iconic. The minimal design is the most popular ...

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What is a palladium ring?

Palladium has been used in creating luxurious jewellery since 1939 and with their radiant white shine, they provide an alternative to engagement or wedding rings made from white gold or platinum. Many metals can fall victim to tarnishing due to alloys reacting with the moisture and sulphur in the...

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Is there a difference between man-made diamonds and real diamonds?

There’s often a stigma around man-made diamonds with some not believing them to be real diamonds. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth, while they may not be naturally mined, the gemstones that are created in a lab have the same chemical and optical properties as those formed within ...

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What is a hallmark and does all gold jewellery need one?

In the UK, it is a legal requirement that any gold jewellery being sold has an official hallmark from one of the four Assay Offices in the UK. The hallmark, a mark stamped on jewellery to certify the purity of gold, silver, platinum or palladium, is applied to jewellery after they have been ...

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What is a Princess Cut Diamond?

The Princess Cut is one of the most popular diamond shapes and looks like a square version of the brilliant round cut. The design itself is similar to an inverted pyramid and when placed into the ring’s setting the diamond’s square appearance features clean, straight sides that helps create ...

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What is a Halo Ring?

The halo ring is a style that first made its debut in the 1920s. The setting itself features a central gemstone that is surrounded typically by diamonds, but other coloured stones can also be used. This helps draw more attention to the main piece and can give it a larger appearance. For example, ...

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What kind of ring do you propose with?

A common misconception is that wedding and engagement rings are the same, but they are different pieces of jewellery to celebrate different moments in a relationship. Traditionally, an engagement ring is the ring you give when you’re proposing and then during the wedding, you exchange the wedding ...

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What is an eternity ring?

An eternity ring is a beautiful piece of jewellery that takes precious metals such as platinum or gold and sets several diamonds around them. With origins that can be traced back to the Egyptian era, the eternity ring has been a symbol of everlasting love for centuries. With some suggesting it as...

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Why are platinum rings more valuable than gold?

When it comes to picking a metal for your engagement or wedding ring, platinum is typically a more expensive choice. The main reason for this is that precious metals are priced by weight and platinum is much denser than gold, so any platinum jewellery will weigh more. Another reason why platinum ...

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What is the Difference Between White Gold and Platinum?

White gold and platinum may look similar in appearance as they provide a ring with a white sheen that helps enhance a diamond’s sparkle. However, the main difference lies in their natural state. Platinum naturally has a white colour while gold is naturally yellow. In order to create a white gold ...

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