How to Choose the Best Engagement Ring Jeweller

Finding the right engagement ring jeweller is essential to ensure that your ring is every bit as perfect as you have imagined. One of the many mistakes the couples make is to look for the cheapest option or go to the nearest store and look for a ‘cookie-cutter’ ring. Although the budget is certainly something that should come into your decision, it is not the only thing to consider. A good engagement ring jeweller such as Cape Diamond will match the price you get from other jewellers, making us affordable. We also give you the option to create a custom design that will be different from all the other designs you would find in a regular jewellery store.

Choosing an Engagement Ring Jeweller

How do you go about choosing the right engagement ring jeweller? For starters, here are a few things to keep in mind when making your decision.

Reviews. 

Customer reviews are there for a reason – to give you honest, genuine feedback on products and services. If your prospective jeweller has no reviews or very poor reviews, it goes without saying that you are not likely to get your dream ring. Jewellers who have a large number of high reviews on platforms such as Google, on the other hand, are known and trusted by customers. This is one of the simplest ways to see whether your chosen jeweller is good at what the do rather than simply telling customers that they are the best.

Experience.

Experience is something else you cannot afford to overlook. Jewellers who have very little experience will seldom be able to give you any type of guarantee that their work meets any quality guidelines. They may not have a comprehensive understanding of metals. They may not understand the importance of conflict-free diamonds. They may not have expertise in stone cut, clarity, and carat. The result of this lack of experience means that your ring may not end up the way you expect.

Certification. 

With experience comes certification. Trusted jewellers are registered with certification boards such as The Jewellery Council of South Africa and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). This type of registration gives you peace of mind that your jeweller is part of a trusted certification board, which means that they are governed by high-quality standards. 

Customisation. 

As we briefly mentioned early, ‘cookie-cutter’ rings can be purchased at any jewellery retail chain. The thing about these rings is that they are designed and made on a mass scale. Every single ring within a certain style is identical and the designs are typically generic as well. A jeweller that offers custom ring design will help you turn your ideas into reality, giving you expert input into your ring’s unique design. 

Variety.

Finally, if you would rather have a ring that is already made rather than a custom-made ring, you should have a wide variety of rings on offer that are made in bulk. At Cape Diamonds, we offer a selection of stunning rings in various metals and designs, including our iconic Fynbos Ring collection that is inspired by the Cape’s rich natural heritage.

To find out more about working with a trusted, highly skilled engagement ring jeweller, contact Cape Diamonds today.

Symbolic Engagement Rings for the Romantic at Heart

If you’re a romantic who wants something more than the usual engagement ring styles, you may be considering a ring that has plenty of symbolism. Over the ages, there have been many symbols in rings that give them something special. Whether the symbols are fairly well-known or they have symbols that few know about, there is something about symbolic engagement rings that makes something to treasure for a lifetime. 

Beautifully Symbolic Engagement Rings

Looking for some inspiration on symbolic engagement rings and their meanings? Here are a few beautiful examples of how symbolism can be used in your ring.

Three Stone Rings

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Three stone rings are by far the most popular type of symbolic ring. This ring features three stones in a row. The centre stone is usually larger and it represents your present. The stones on the side represent your past and future. Some variations of this style include clusters on the sides instead of single stones. Although the classic round cut stones work well in this ring, stones can also be in various other cuts to make the ring more modern.

Two Stone Rings

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Two stone rings are another deeply romantic style of ring. These rings represent two essential facets of your marriage – friendship and love. It also symbolises the partnership and commitment in your marriage, standing side by side throughout your journey. Although many classic styles feature the stones together, some modern versions feature the stones in asymmetrical designs or separate but joined by a slit or open band.

Birthstone Rings

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Although these rings have more symbolism for the bride, there are, nonetheless, romantic and sentimental. Birthstones include a wide variety of beautiful gems that can be used instead of diamonds or, better still, alongside diamonds. You can make your birthstone the centre stone and use pave diamonds on the band. You could even use a two or three-stone design with diamonds and your birthstone. 

Infinity Rings

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The infinity ring is another well-known romantic and symbolic ring, symbolising the infinity of your love. There are a few different styles within this design. Two tone, intertwined bands add plenty of femininity to this ring, while pave encrusted loops will add lots of shine and frame the centre diamond perfectly. You could even go one step further and add three stones or a heart cut diamond instead of a classic round or princess cut stone.

Knot Rings

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Knot rings are another ring that is rich in meaning and romance. The knot represents the strong bond of your relationship. It also represents the fitting together of each partner, connecting in a way that strengthens your love. This ring is often set on a split band. Pave diamonds add lots of sparkles while the main stone can be round or pear-shaped.

Heart Cut Rings

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Saving the best for last, what could be more romantic than heart cut rings? This cut has been a popular style for many, many years. There are numerous styles to choose from that feature hearts. A very simple solitaire heart set on on a delicate band will be perfect for those who prefer minimal rings. If you prefer something more sparkly, you can look for halo hearts or add side stones to turn the ring into a two or three stone ring.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to add more romance to your ring. Cape Diamonds will help you design a ring that is full of meaning. Contact us today to find out more about our custom-made engagement rings.