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

Best Engagement Rings in Donegal 2023

When looking for engagement rings in Donegal, 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!


County Donegal, located in the northwest of Ireland, is a place of rugged natural beauty and unique cultural heritage. From the wild and windswept coastlines to the serene and unspoiled landscapes of the Glenveagh National Park, the county offers a vast array of natural wonders to explore.

Visitors can also discover the rich history and heritage of the region with a visit to historic sites such as the ruins of the medieval Castle of Doe or the ancient fort of Grianán Ailigh. The county is also famous for its traditional music, which can be heard in the lively pubs and music venues throughout the area. Donegal is a destination for those looking for a true taste of Ireland’s unique culture, history and landscape. It is a truly unique corner of the island with its own character and charm that is definitely worth a visit.

What engagement rings are people buying in Donegal this year?

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

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 Donegal 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.

Why do people travel to Bespoke Diamonds from Donegal?

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 Donegal 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.

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Natural Diamond vs Lab Grown Diamond

This year we have seen a huge swing towards lab grown diamonds but Donegal has been one of the exceptions. 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.

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Customer Stories - Donnacha & Nicola from Donegal

Donnacha and Nicola, a lovely couple from Donegal, recently got engaged. They had been dating for quite some time, and both knew that they were meant to spend their lives together. When it came time to choose an engagement ring, Nicola wanted something a little unique. She had initially wanted a white gold ring, but when she saw the 18k yellow gold ring from Bespoke Diamonds, she fell in love with it.

The ring that caught Nicola’s eye was a Princess Cut solitaire ring. The princess cut is a popular diamond cut that has been around since the 1960s. It is known for its square shape and sharp, pointed corners. The princess cut is also known for its brilliance and sparkle, making it a popular choice for engagement rings.

Yellow gold has been a popular choice for engagement rings for centuries. Its warm, inviting color is associated with love and commitment. Yellow gold is also a durable metal that can withstand daily wear and tear. Additionally, yellow gold is timeless and will never go out of style.

Donnacha officially proposed to Nicola around Christmas, with her family present. They were all overjoyed for the happy couple. Nicola was over the moon with her beautiful ring, and Donnacha was thrilled that she loves it as much as he does. They are now looking forward to their future together, and the princess cut solitaire ring will forever symbolize their love and commitment to one another.