Important Points On Buying An Engagement Ring This Christmas


Buying An Engagement Ring This Christmas

The important factors of buying an Engagement ring, as the saying goes ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’. ‘Diamonds are forever’.

Diamond engagement rings symbolise love and devotion. For centuries proposing has gone hand in hand with an engagement ring.

Choosing an engagement ring is not an easy task. The moment you pop the question, you just want her to fall in love with that sparkling ring; I mean, how could she possibly refuse the proposal and lose that ring?!

We thought we would help you along with some useful tips on how to choose the perfect ring:

Each engagement ring should reflect the person who is wearing it; his or her own style and personality. They are a sign and symbol of love, which will be worn every day for the rest of your life. Therefore choosing the right ring is equally important, as you want something your loved one will be proud to wear and cherish.

  • Therefore when buying a diamond engagement ring it is important to pay attention to the 4C’s, Clarity, Cut, Carat and Colour. Each one of these contributes to the overall quality of the diamond you are buying;
  • When buying a diamond engagement ring, you should choose your jeweller as you would a doctor.
  • The jeweller should have expert training and be able to answer questions and provide answers about the quality of the diamond ring you are buying.

At Mark Lloyd FIPG Master Goldsmith we have many types of diamond engagement rings in stock. However, we can also source diamonds and create bespoke diamond engagement rings unique to you.


Engagement rings made for you

Having a ring made especially for you, means that you can take part in the whole process.  Choosing the metals, the diamonds or any other stones through to the design of the ring, makes it all that more intimate.

We care for your bespoke jewellery as much as you do, therefore anything made by Mark Lloyd FIPG comes with a lifetime guarantee and a ‘complimentary health check’. In addition, this includes checking how your piece is wearing, looking at any stone settings, cleaning and polishing.

*Mark Lloyd has recently gained his fellowship with the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths.  This is only given to craftspeople of the highest calibre, who produce only the finest workmanship and he is the only one in the north East of England.

The 4 ‘C’s’

  • Clarity

Clarity, the less inclusions, blemishes and more clear the diamond the higher the price. The clarity is graded under standard viewing conditions at 10 x the magnification. Grades run from flawless to a level that includes a significant number of imperfections.

  • Cut

The cut of the diamond represents the dimensions of the diamond. A better cut equals a brighter diamond. Diamonds are renowned for their ability to transmit both light and sparkle. When we imagine the cut of a diamond, we tend to think shape i.e. pear, round, emerald. However, the cut grade is really about how the diamond’s facets interact in light. A diamond’s cut is crucial to the stone’s beauty and value.

  • Carat

The carat defines the quality of the diamond. The carat is the weight of the stone and bigger is not always best. It’s important to consider all of the 4 C’s when buying a diamond engagement ring.

  • Colour

Light source and background have a significant impact on the overall appearance of a diamond. A diamond’s colour is graded in a more standardized viewing environment against colour masters. The fewer colours in the stone, the more desirable and valuable it becomes.

To make an appointment with either Mark or Michelle Lloyd, click here or call into our shop to see the current display of engagement rings.

D Colour Diamonds Hand Selected By Mark Lloyd FIPG

A diamond with no colour at all is extremely rare and ranks as the highest colour grade. All diamonds are colour graded on a scale from D (totally colourless).

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Saving £s on Diamond Engagement Rings

Many people think that having a bespoke ring designed is expensive. For your information, the cost is often less as you are going directly to the designer and cutting out the middleman.

Bridal Sets

In addition to designing beautiful engagement rings, bridal sets can also be created uniquely to your own requirements.

Book a FREE 30 minute consultation with Mark Lloyd FIPG

Award-winning Jewellery Designer Mark Lloyd has created many pieces of stunning jewellery and diamond rings. He has built up a reputation over the years in the area as the jeweller to go to when it comes to bespoke jewellery designs. Furthermore, all the diamond rings Mark creates are made using the best materials and carefully selected diamonds and stones.

Therefore if you want a ring that is truly bespoke, by collaborating with Mark Lloyd to create your very own dream ring can be a very rewarding experience.

Recent Engagement and Wedding Ring Project

Below are photographs which were taken thanks to

of a recent engagement and wedding rings Mark was asked to design.

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