choosing the right ring
If you are lucky enough to have found ‘the one’ you may wish to follow the universally accepted rules of engagement when choosing a designer engagement ring – “give her what she wants”.
It is all well and good knowing your IFs from your I3s, but if you don’t buy the right type of designer engagement ring, all could be lost!
One way to find out what your partner likes is to take a cue from the style of jewellery that they already own.
- Do they prefer contemporary or classic?
- Do they favour white gold, yellow gold or platinum (currently the most popular metal for designer engagement rings)?
- How do they react to other people’s engagement rings?
- Have they expressed interest in a particular style when flicking through style and fashion magazines?
- If you can trust them with your secret, after a quick consultation with their friends and relatives, you’ll glean a fairly accurate picture of their ideal designer engagement ring.
Most women prefer a single diamond solitaire designer engagement ring – but there are many ways to present a diamond on a ring. It may run counter to your romantic instincts, but your sweetheart will thank you if you involve them in the decision, albeit covertly.
Spend an amount that feels right for you. If you’re looking for guidance, feel free to discuss your budget with us. Bear in mind that beauty should prevail over budget when choosing your designer engagement ring!
Element have engagement ring collections that suit all budgets, and you can rest assured that all of our collections balance scintillating sparkle with the very best in contemporary design. We will be delighted to share our knowledge, and guide you in choosing an eternally gorgeous designer engagement ring that is perfect for your budget and her aspirations.
shape & width
You’ll be wearing your wedding ring for an eternity, so the shape is probably the first thing to have a think about. Do you prefer a classic profile with a medium width, or would you like more of a statement with a broad chunky ring? It may be that you need to wear a very slender or even a shaped wedding ring that sits alongside your engagement ring.
You may even fancy a shape that doesn’t conform to tradition; a shape that symbolises something meaningful in your relationship. It is possible to create a bespoke wedding ring from any ideas you may have – it may just be the seed of an idea or something more fully formed. However far you have got, we can interpret your ideas and create a completely unique wedding ring for you.
You may love the idea of a beautifully made traditional plain gold wedding band, but this may not truly reflect your style. The wedding ring designers that we work with cover styles from a simple and pure aesthetic to more contemporary designs where combinations of metals, texture and form are used to create brilliant and beautiful rings.
One thing we often say to customers is that you should love your wedding rings more and more every day, and we think if you take the time to consider you as a person now and how you think you may be as a person in years to come – you’ll make the right choice today!
Metal & finish
Fortunately, in chosing your wedding ring, it’s highly likely that the ring you really would like can be made in a precious metal that you have fallen in love with. Please read our precious metal guide where you’ll find out about hardness, durability, purity and price.
setting diamonds into my wedding ring
A little sparkle, and the symbolism of setting a diamond into your wedding ring can be a lovely and sentimental added touch. Feel free to browse our selection of diamond set wedding rings for some ideas.
Ultimately, it’s important to try on a few wedding rings so you have an appreciation of fit and feel.
Element Jewellery have over ten years of experience in helping customers to choose their wedding rings, and we’d love to give you the same guidance in our Hebden Bridge boutique.
the tech bit
Titanium is as strong as steel but 45 percent lighter. It is twice as strong as aluminium. Titanium is resistant to dilute sulphuric and hydrochloric acid, most organic acids, most chlorine gas and chloride solutions, which means its safe to swim in your titanium jewellery.
Where does Titanium come from?
Titanium is found in space and on Earth. It is present in meteorites, the sun, and M-type stars. Rocks from Apollo lunar missions showed the presence of titanium. You could set off on a space mission or alternatively you could pay Element a visit in Hebden Bridge, and find a great selection of beautifully crafted titanium wedding rings.
handmade in the uk
The Titanium Wedding rings sold at Element Jewellery are all handmade in the UK by Prism design, based in Wiltshire. A lovely firm of jewellers, who have invested heavily in state of the art machinery to enable them to produce classic and innovative designs from the highest grade of titanium available.
Your titanium wedding rings will be handmade within 2-4 weeks, or you may find one of the rings from our stock collection is the perfect fit.
can you size a titanium wedding ring?
Due to the tensile strength of titanium it is very difficult to alter the size of a ring. However, it can be done up to a size difference for most plain titanium wedding rings.
With the very latest laser engraving techniques, we are able to offer this service for around £40 for a simple name and date. Allow your imagination to flow, as we can engrave fingerprints, skylines, coastlines, your own handwriting.
IN LOVE WITH YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING?
You may already own an engagement ring, and perhaps you need a shaped wedding band to sit against it? Element Jewellery work with a fabulous firm of jewellers based down in Wiltshire who can create the most lovely shaped wedding band in any precious metal to sit alongside your engagement ring.
Simple as that!
And here’s how…..
UNITE YOUR WEDDING AND ENGAGEMENT RINGS FOR ETERNITY
Pay Element Jewellery a visit in Hebden Bridge, remembering to bring your engagement ring with you! Try on as many shaped wedding rings as you’d like from a range of around 30 styles. You may strike lucky and find the perfect fit straight away, in which case we’ll help you to choose the right precious metal and the right size.
If you don’t find quite the right shaped wedding ring, rest assured that minor tweaks can be made with only a small additional charge.
A GUARANTEED FIT
Should you require a more bespoke shaped wedding ring to contour around your engagement ring, we offer this service too. We are happy to emphasise that there is a guaranteed perfect fit.
It does mean you’ll have to part with your beloved engagement ring for about a week, so that we can send it away to have a shaped wedding ring designed to contour perfectly around it. You’ll be given a choice of designs and when you’re happy that we have found the perfect fit, you can ask us to go ahead and produce a bespoke shaped wedding ring for you. This service is between £60 for a single design and £150 for three designs.
REMEMBER TO CONSIDER
When you’re choosing your shaped wedding band, we always advise to go for the same metal. The reason for this is that the harder metal would, over time, wear away the softer metal.
You may also want to revitalise your engagement ring – so we’ll happily give your ring a quick polish and clean. A professional clean from a jewellers attracts a small fee of around £30.
And finally on choosing your shaped wedding band, have a think about whether or not you’ll want to wear an eternity ring alongside your wedding and engagement ring. In which case you may want your eternity ring to have a flat edge so that you can fit the eternity ring of your dreams alongside.
All Element jewellery collections are made using hallmarked precious metals; platinum, gold, palladium and silver. Discover a few properties about these beautiful materials, and use this information to help you to make your choice of material when commissioning your designer engagement ring or bespoke jewellery.
You have arrived. Platinum is the Rolls Royce of precious metals! With its lustrous beauty, its tempered grace and rarity, this metal is in a class of its own. A rare and precious metal, platinum is blended with a small amount of iridium to create a more malleable alloy, suitable for precious jewellery. The alloy Pt 950 is 950 parts platinum and 50 parts iridium. Platinum kindles a gemstone’s fire and enhances its intensity, and its colour remains unchanged, even after many years have come and gone. Element are proud to be a stockist of the Award Winning Goldsmith and Platinum Jeweller, Paul Spurgeon, and Internationally renowned jewellers Henrich & Denzel.
Gold is a very noble and beautiful material, and has been used for centuries in its various forms by jewellers and craftsmen from around the world. It is rare to find jewellery crafted solely from pure gold. The raw material is blended with other metals such as silver, copper, zinc and palladium, to create blends known as “alloys.” These alloys can be yellow or grey or a variety of colours from green to rose.
White gold is achieved by adding a rhodium plate to grey gold, giving it a bright and lustrous finish. Over time, the rhodium plate will wear off, so your jewellery can be re-plated to maintain its appearance.
The most frequently used alloy is 18ct or Au 750. This means that for every 1,000 parts by weight, 750 parts are pure gold and 250 parts consist of other metals. “Au,” the abbreviation derives from the element’s Latin name Aurum.
Gold is a wonderful material for crafting jewellery. It is more durable than silver, but not as resilient as platinum or titanium.
Silver is an inspiring and treasured precious metal, mined around the world, and used by jewellers and designers in the creation of jewellery and silverware. As with gold, pure silver is usually blended with zinc or copper to produce a more resilient alloy. The most common of these is sterling silver or Ag 925. For every 1000 parts of silver, 925 parts are pure silver, and 175 parts consist of other metals. Ag is an abbreviation that derives from the element’s Latin name Argentum.
Silver has a reflective honesty, and a simplicity which is why jewellery addicts simply cannot resist its charm. There is something truly satisfying about finding the perfect silver bangle!
This precious metal has been used for making jewellery since 1939. Often enjoyed as an alternative to other white metals, particularly as it has a natural white lustre similar to platinum. It is lighter, yet harder than platinum, a fabulous juxtaposition for you to consider. Over time, it will develop an alluring hazy patina. Over the last few years, jewellers all over the world have honed their techniques and are celebrating this new kid on the block by producing jewellery with a metal that conforms to a new set of rules!
Titanium is the hardest natural metal in the world. Three times the strength of steel and much stronger than gold, silver and platinum and yet is very light. Pure titanium is also hypoallergenic which means that it won’t react to your skin in any way. Titanium is scratch-resistant and can be anodised to produce an exotic array of colours. Tougher than Rocky, faster than a speeding bullet, lighter than light, you simply have to try it on!
Jewellery featured on the Element website contains basic information about dimensions and fit. It sounds obvious, but it’s a good idea to check that the dimensions we have given will be suitable for the shape and size of your neck, wrist, and fingers.
If you’d prefer to try a piece of contemporary jewellery on at home, you can return it to us within 14 days if you feel it’s not right. Please see our returns policy for the ins and outs.
BANGLES & BRACELETS
Most women’s bracelets are made to a length of 20cm, and 22cm for guys. These sizes are for average sized wrists. In some cases, lengths can be altered for a small charge. Bangles are a slightly different matter, in that you need to consider the width of your hand, as well as the size of your wrist. Even though an average size bangle with an internal diameter of 65mm (circumference of 20cm) might be ample on your wrist, you need to consider if it will comfortably go over your hand.
NECKLACES & PENDANTS
Your choice of necklace length depends on the look you’re trying to create as well as how it will fit. An average 16” or 45cm necklace would typically fall to just below the collarbone on a woman with a 12-14 bust size, of 5’ 5” height. The same length necklace would fall differently on someone of a different build and height. Element Jewellery may be able to extend or shorten some necklaces for a small charge. For an idea of the length that works best for you, measure one of your own necklaces, considering the clothing you will be wearing it with.
RING SIZING – COMFORT & FIT
It’s important that your ring feels right for you. Some people prefer a good snug fit; others prefer a looser fitting ring. You typically need a half or a full size smaller for rings less than 4mm in width. Opt for at least a full size larger for rings more than 5mm in width. Some people have slim fingers with bigger knuckles, and it’s a balance between finding a ring you can fit over your knuckle and one that’s comfortable to wear.
FREE RING SIZER
If you are unsure of your ring size, we can provide a free rinky dinky ring-sizing belt. This comes with a ring-sizing guide to help you get a little closer to the perfect fit. Simply contact us, and we will send one out to you the same day.
Only use this as a guide – for an accurate measurement pop into your local jewellers, particularly for surprise designer engagement rings!
Using gold you may already own to create new jewellery is an ethical alternative to using Fairtrade Gold.
Element are able to offer a bespoke jewellery service from design to creation of new jewellery from your old gold, diamonds and gemstones.
If you would like to use your own metal, we would like to make you aware of a few things. The metal used in your jewellery may have a high degree of porosity, or it may contain solders or alloys that can make it unsuitable for casting. We recommend that only metal with a UK hallmark of 750 or above (applicable to gold and platinum/palladium) can be re-cast.
It will only become apparent after the melting down and re-casting of your metal as to its success. Once we have carried out the re-casting, which may prove to be unsuccessful, we can sometimes remedy the situation by adding new metal (an additional cost to you that we would agree with you beforehand).
The purity of your metal may have been hallmarked prior to it being remodelled, but we cannot guarantee that your new item of jewellery will be hallmarked to the same purity, especially if it contains new metal.