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

Engagement Rings in Carlow 2023

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County Carlow is located in the southeast of Ireland and is known for its beautiful countryside and rich cultural heritage. The county is home to a number of historic sites and landmarks, including the Carlow County Museum and the Old Leighlin Bridge. When it comes to engagement rings, our customers make the short trip to Dublin to ensure they have the best range to choose from!

Below you can find the most popular engagement rings, diamond shapes and gemstone rings among Carlow couples in 2022, and learn some more about the newest trends and styles available to you from Bespoke Diamonds.

What engagement rings are people buying in Carlow this year?

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From classic diamond solitaires to more unique and modern designs, Carlow 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 Carlow 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 Carlow. From our annual nationwide report, here we look at the most sought-after engagement rings among Carlow 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 Carlow?

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 colour 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 Carlow 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 - Jane & Sean from Carlow

Jane and Sean, a couple from Carlow, recently got engaged. Sean had already proposed with a proposal ring while the couple were walking on The Barrow Way Walk. They then decided to go to Bespoke Diamonds in Dublin to choose a ring for their engagement.

Choosing the Ring Together

At Bespoke Diamonds, they chose a three stone ring with 3 round cut diamonds. The center diamond was bigger than the other two, giving the ring a unique and elegant look. Round diamonds are popular among engaged couples because of their classic and timeless design. They are also one of the most brilliant cuts, meaning that they sparkle and shine more than other diamond shapes.

Sean and Jane both work remotely for Dublin companies, so traveling to Bespoke was just a matter of booking an appointment when they had to go to the offices. They are not sure when the wedding will happen but are considering Summer 2025 as an option. They are excited to start planning their special day and are looking forward to a beautiful wedding surrounded by friends and family.

Wedding Plans

Overall, the round diamond ring chosen by Jane and Sean is perfect for those who want a classic, timeless and elegant ring that will stand the test of time. They were fortunate to have the opportunity to go to Bespoke Diamonds and work with expert jewellers to find the perfect ring for them. They are now looking forward to their wedding day and all the memories that come with it.

Why do people travel to Bespoke Diamonds from Carlow?

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

In Carlow, our customers are slightly more traditional in choosing the ring – 52% of our customers are one partner choosing the ring, without the other partner knowing! 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.

48% prefer to come in as a couple and choose the ring together. This is increasingly popular, particularly as we offer completely custom designed rings and the ability to change any element of an existing design. You can even choose your diamond from our collection or we can source the ideal diamond for your budget.

This is similar to the average of 53% we have seen around the whole country.

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Natural Diamond vs Lab Grown Diamond

Like the rest of the country, Carlow has been favouring Lab Grown diamonds over natural diamonds. In recent years, people have chosen lab grown diamonds for various reasons including sustainability, ethical reasons and their lower price. 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.

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Bespoke Diamonds End of Year Report 2022 - Highlights and FAQs

  • In 2022, couples in Ireland spent €2958 on average throughout the year. There was a big gap in prices with rings purchased from €500 – €60,000. Around the country, the price varied from €2093 in Kerry to €3612 in Cork. This shows a slight increase on last year and is around 10% more than in 2019 (pre-Covid).

    Average price of engagement rings in Ireland
  • The most popular style of engagement ring in Ireland in 2022 was an Oval Solitaire with a yellow gold band.

    The price for this averaged at €3900 and the size of the diamond ranged from 0.7ct to 3ct.
    The top 5 most popular were:

    1. Oval Cut Solitaire with a yellow gold band
    2. Round Cut Solitaire with a yellow gold band
    3. Oval Cut Side Stone with a yellow gold band
    4. Oval Cut Side Stone with scallop set diamonds on a white gold band
    5. Oval Cut Three Stone ring on a white gold band
  • The top 9 diamond cuts in Ireland 2022 were:

    1. Oval Cut
    2. Round Cut
    3. Emerald Cut
    4. Princess Cut
    5. Cushion Cut
    6. Radiant Cut
    7. Pear Cut
    8. Marquise Cut
    9. Heart Cut

    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.

  • This year, 53% of engagement rings were bought by the men/one partner of the couple. 47% of engagement rings were chosen by couples coming in together having already proposed or decided to get married.

    This varies around the country with those in Dublin, Cork and Galway more likely to come in together while it was more often 1 partner from rural areas.

    Who Chooses the Engagement Ring?
    Who Chooses the Engagement Ring?