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

Best Engagement Rings in Galway 2023

When looking for engagement rings in Galway, 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!

What engagement rings are people buying in Galway this year?

Planning on popping the question in Galway this year?

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

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.

About Galway

County Galway, located in the west of Ireland, is a place of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. The county is known for its stunning coastal landscapes, including the rugged cliffs of the Wild Atlantic Way and the picturesque beaches of Salthill. Inland, visitors can explore the rolling hills and verdant countryside of the Connemara region, with its traditional farming communities and charming villages.

The county is also rich in history and heritage, with a number of castles and ancient monuments to visit, such as the medieval Galway City Walls, and the Clifden Castle. The county town of Galway is a charming and vibrant place, renowned for its traditional music, arts and festivals, and is often referred to as the Cultural Heart of Ireland. Visitors can enjoy the colorful street performers and buskers, stroll through the quaint narrow streets and visit the many independent shops, cafes and restaurants.

What are the most popular gemstones in Galway 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.

Caroline From Galway’s Custom Made Ring

Caroline knew exactly the type of ring she wanted. She wanted to emulate the design of her grandmother’s ring but just with a more modern look to it. First, we viewed the ring design along with the updates Caroline wanted. We then viewed many loose diamonds and chose the best one for her budget. We were confident we could deliver on her vision and set to work designing the ring. This was made in our Dublin workshop. We stayed in frequent contact regarding the design of the ring through emails and phone calls. Caroline also wanted it engraved with her and her partner’s initials.

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Back to Galway With Her Custom Engagement Ring!

After approximately 4 weeks, it was time to make one more trip from Galway to collect her ring. Caroline and her fiancée decided to make it a celebration day with a meal near Stephen’s Green where they later went to take some special  photos with the ring.

She was overjoyed with how it looked and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. She couldn’t wait to get back to Galway and show all her friends and family, especially her grandmother!

When buying your engagement ring, shopping around to make sure your dream gets realised is so important. Even if it means an occasional trip to Dublin all the way from Galway!

Coming to us from Galway?

When you book an appointment with us, you may wish to make a special day of it in Dublin! Whether you are coming from Galway City, Tuam, Ballinasloe or Oranmore, make the most of it by planning some other activities around the city.

Pear cut custom made halo diamond engagement ring

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 Galway 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.

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Natural Diamond vs Lab Grown Diamond

This year we have seen a huge swing towards lab grown diamonds and Galway is no exception. 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.

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

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