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Most popular shapes, metals and average price of engagement rings in Antrim

Best Engagement Rings in Antrim 2023

When looking for engagement rings in Antrim, your search cannot be complete without a visit to Bespoke Diamonds. Our customers travel to us from all over Ireland to find their perfect engagement ring. Our rings are custom made in Ireland for every customer so you can choose your own design, setting, diamond/gemstone, metal and any other features. Book your appointment today!

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County Antrim is a county located in the north-east of Northern Ireland. It is known for its beautiful coastline, including the famous Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. The county is also home to Belfast, the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, which has a rich history and vibrant culture, including the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction, built on the site of the former Harland and Wolff shipyard where the famous ship was built.

What engagement rings are people buying in Antrim this year?

Planning on popping the question in Antrim this year?

From classic diamond solitaires to more unique and modern designs, Antrim couples know what they like and are not afraid to travel and browse online to suit their taste and budget.

Many local jewelry stores in Antrim only offer a selection of engagement ring styles and cannot offer a complete range. Choosing your engagement ring should be fun and you shouldn’t be limited to whatever the “local store” can offer. Create the perfect ring that reflects your personal style and values whether that is something traditional or more contemporary, we can help you can find a beautiful engagement ring that is perfect for you.

The latest trend, the popular option, or something uniquely yours?

While trends can change from year to year, there are a few classic and timeless styles that are always popular among couples in Antrim. From our annual nationwide report, here we look at the most sought-after engagement rings among Antrim couples in 2022, from solitaire diamond rings to halo designs and beyond. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or something a little more unique, there’s sure to be a ring on this list that catches your eye.

What are the most popular diamond shapes in Antrim?

The shape of a diamond refers to the overall outline or silhouette of the stone, while the cut refers to the proportions, symmetry, and polish of the diamond. The shape of a diamond can greatly affect its appearance and how it sparkles and shines.

The fire and shine of a diamond refer to the rainbow-like flashes of color that are visible when the diamond is moved or viewed from different angles. The fire and shine of a diamond are affected by the cut and overall quality of the diamond, not just the shape. A well-cut diamond will have a higher level of fire and shine, regardless of its shape.

What are the most popular gemstones in Antrim this year?

Gemstone engagement rings are a beautiful and unique alternative to traditional diamond engagement rings and can also be used in other types of rings and jewellery. They offer a range of colours, styles, and shapes to choose from, allowing couples to find a ring that perfectly reflects their personal taste and style. Gemstones such as sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and morganites are popular choices and can add a pop of colour and personality to the piece. Whether you want a classic, elegant look or a more modern, trendy design, there is a gemstone out there to suit your preferences.

Here we rank the most popular gemstones used in any of our pieces including engagement rings, wedding rings, earrings, pendants and bracelets in the last year.

Customer Stories: Engagement Rings Belfast

For some, finding an engagement ring can be a journey. This was definitely the case for Jack. He came to us all the way from Belfast in search of the perfect engagement ring for his partner. He had exhausted all the options of engagement rings in Northern Ireland. Jack couldn’t quite find the style he knew his partner, Jules, would want. When he came to us he had been shopping for engagement rings in Belfast for a few weeks. He found us online as he realised that his best option was to go for a bespoke-designed ring. As we manufacture all our rings in our Dublin office, he knew we could help him design what he had in his head.

The choice of Engagement Ring

Jack wanted to get Jules a simple style ring that incorporated some antique-inspired elements. He wanted to keep it simple but the engagement ring to still have its own intricacies. In the end, Jack decided on a style that resembled an online image. But he made his own personal tweaks and adjustment to coincide with his vision for this ring. He also decided to get the ring engraved with the location of his meaningful planned proposal site in Belfast, along with the year.  The ring was then made in 18k rose gold.

Proposing With the Beautiful Engagement Ring in Northern Ireland

Jack made his second trip from Belfast to see us to collect his bespoke-made piece. To save Jack from making several trips from Northern Ireland to check on progress, we have kept in close contact. This was done over e-mail and phone to update him & make sure he is happy on how it is turning out. He was overjoyed with how the ring turned out. Just a few weeks later, he proposed to Jules in the place they met in Belfast. She loved the ring and says she “wouldn’t change a thing about it!” We couldn’t be happier for the pair.

Why do people travel to Bespoke Diamonds from Belfast?

An engagement ring is a big purchase and something you will wear forever – when choosing yours, doesn’t it make sense to explore all the options? Nowhere has as many options as Bespoke Diamonds – if we don’t have a design you like, we will make it for you! Whether it’s a tweak on our designs or something you have seen somewhere else, our skilled goldsmiths can create anything while our ring consultants will advise you on every detail.

Our 1-hour consultations give you all the time you need to discuss your preferences, learn all about diamonds, lab grown diamonds, gemstones, ring metals and the pros and cons of every style and setting.

The best price for your budget

At Bespoke Diamonds, we can source the perfect diamond or gemstone for your budget. If you see a ring you like but need the diamond to be smaller or bigger, we can immediately give you a range of options which can be used in that setting. This means you never pay more than you want to and can choose the best quality diamond for your budget.

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This year has seen a number of rings and diamond shapes become increasingly popular. While these rings don’t feature on our top seller list, they are worth mentioning as their popularity has increased substantially compared to the previous 12 months.

Radiant Cut Diamond Rings:

Modern, rectangular shape and brilliant cut facets, unique look, sparkle and fire.

Cushion Cut Diamond Rings:

Rectangular or square shape, “pillow” appearance, warm and cozy, popular choice.

Sapphire Engagement Rings:

Durable, blue colour, outsold many diamond shapes this year.

Side-Stone Engagement Rings:

Variation of solitaire ring, with added diamonds on the band, popular for those who want to stand out.

Coloured Diamond Engagement Rings:

Yellow, blue, grey, black and brown diamonds are all being requested more this year.

Breakout Trends in Engagement Rings for 2023

Who Chooses the Engagement Ring?

Couples Together vs Man/One Partner

More couples choosing an engagement ring in Antrim come in together rather than having one partner pick the ring. This can be a practical solution and ensures that the receiver of the ring will love it. However, our “Love it or Return it” guarantee* gives partners the confidence to choose on their own should they want to (if the receiver of the ring would like to change the ring within 100 days, we will take the ring back in exchange for another design or custom design.
We do notice that this varies around the country and particularly in country towns and rural areas.

Natural Diamond vs Lab Grown Diamond

This year we have seen a huge swing towards lab grown diamonds and Antrim is no exception. In recent years, people have chosen lab grown diamonds for various reasons including sustainability, ethical reasons and their lower price but some still prefer the idea of natural diamonds too. We see this trend continuing next year and also expect lab grown gemstones and lab grown coloured diamonds to make their mark too. Not included in this figure are Moissanite Engagement Rings which we have seen increase in sales again this year.

Click for the ultimate guide to Lab Grown Diamonds in Ireland.

What wedding rings are people buying in Belfast this year?

Wedding rings come in a variety of styles to match different preferences and tastes. One popular option is the traditional plain band, which can be found in different widths and a variety of metals such as gold, platinum and white gold.

Some couples choose to add a touch of sparkle to their wedding bands by opting for a diamond-studded band. Another popular option is the “crown style” wedding band, which wraps around the center stone of the engagement ring, adding an elegant and unique touch to the overall look.

Wedding bands can also come in a matching set, with matching metal and style, which are usually worn by both partners but it is not necessary to do so. Couples also choose to engrave their wedding bands with personal messages or special dates. The possibilities are endless with the range of wedding ring styles available.