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  • You’ve just got engaged! High Street or Bespoke ring?

You’ve just got engaged! High Street or Bespoke ring?

Believe it or not, the hardest part of the engagement is proposing! Well for the groom it is. All the planning and preparation has gone according to plan, and if that didn’t include the ring, the fun is about to begin. Where should you start though? In my experience the bride-to-be has had her sights set on her dream ring since she was able to dream. The groom has just realised that he should have proposed with a ring and saved himself a potential headache.

So is the next stop the High Street or a Bespoke jeweller?

Well here would be my reasons for going to the High Street:

  1. You are in a rush and don’t have the time to wait for a bespoke piece.
  2. You don’t want the added pressure of researching and running from one shop to another.
  3. You want to keep it simple and don’t want a fussy design. For you it’s about the diamond and not such an elaborate and complicated design.
  4. You’re not sure what you want! By shopping around and trying on different rings, you get a better feel of what suit’s you best.

And here are my reasons for choosing a Bespoke piece:

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  1. You want something individual and unique. It’s something you will wear for the rest of your life and you want it to mean something.
  2. You have something specific in mind, and you won’t be able to find it in any High Street shop.
  3. She knows what she want’s, and this is not the time to have your first marital argument.
  4. You want to make sure 100% that the metal and the diamonds are sourced from ethical mines. This is a great way to find that out for your specific ring.
  5. You may have been left an heirloom from a grandparent, and want to reuse the diamonds from that ring, or just have it re-sized.

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So you have thought these things through, all that leaves is the cost. How does this differ? Well if you are on a tight budget, you should start by looking in the High Street. They have rings that start at a few hundred pounds. As a bespoke jeweller, I wouldn’t be able to match that, however the more you spend with me, the greater the saving made versus the price of the High Street. It’s a win win situation.

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