Choosing your ring is an exciting time and your choice now will be with you forever. It will be a constant reminder of this special time in your life. It’s important to take your time and enjoy this period – you only do it once!
We offer a wide range of engagement rings you can customise. You can design and adapt each ring in partnership with our in-house ring designers. Every ring is selected, designed, cast, and manufactured in our own premises in Kildare Street, Dublin 2, with our experienced caster, goldsmith and designer using state-of-the-art equipment. The company owner oversees and reviews the process each step of the way.
We make your special ring For You alone. Our rings are not tried by hundreds of other people before you. Unlike the experience in many jewellers, our Ring Designers will never push you towards a different ring design. The perfect ring is the one you choose, customize and love, not just the one that is in stock!
We have a wide range of ring designs to inspire you. We customize the width, thickness, diamond size, diamond type, diamond colour, metal colour, and setting for you. Our website makes it easy to choose your ring. Here is a quick guide to help you price-check your chosen engagement ring design.
The price for an engagement ring varies wildly across the country, from hundreds to tens of thousands. Some people suggest you spend a specific amount or choose a ring based on salary, star sign or social status. We believe you should choose a ring you love. A ring you are happy to wear every day and that still means as much to you in 20, 30, or 50 years. Price is of course a consideration but don’t ever feel a need to spend more than you want to.
For some, a Moissanite ring may be the ideal choice – all our rings may be set with a Moissanite stone instead of a diamond. This beautiful gemstone looks like a diamond, sparkles more than a diamond and costs significantly less than a diamond.
Yes. An engagement ring can have any colour gemstone either as the centre stone or as second stones. Popular gemstones for gemstone rings are: Yellow Diamonds, Sapphires, Emeralds, Morganites and Rubies.
If you plan to buy the ring without your partner, it is a good idea to start shopping 2-3 months in advance of when you want to propose. This will give you ample time to choose, consider and order the ring, have it customized if you want to and allows some buffer time for you, in case plans change regarding when and where you propose. It is also worth considering whether your partner would prefer to be involved in the ring choosing process. For many women, choosing their own ring is a must – when you consider that they will be wearing it everywhere they go for the rest of their lives, it’s a reasonable request! If you are unsure, it may help you to ask a close friend of hers what they think your partner would prefer; they may also have some insight to the type of ring your partner would like too so this approach can yield a lot of benefits! Ultimately, how far in advance you buy the engagement ring comes down to having options and a buffer time; for most situations, this will be 2-3 months.
In many cases, we can make an engagement ring within 1 week, depending on whether the diamond and band colour are in stock. We stock a wide variety of diamonds and band colours but we also have access to over 500,000 diamonds to ensure you can get the perfect one for you. This can take up to 4 weeks to acquire and set in your ring.
A bespoke engagement ring need not mean expensive. The diamond(s) or other stone(s) you choose is usually the major price factor for the price of your ring. We have a wide range of affordable engagement rings priced under €2500 with moissanite engagement rings for any budget. Every ring we offer can use a moissanite stone instead of a diamond – the cost for these is significantly more favourable than diamonds.
Read all about moissanites and compare Diamonds vs Moissanites.
The fact is that there are no magical ways to choose an engagement ring. We suggest you choose what suits you and your partner and ignore the noise from elsewhere. You know your partner – would they prefer to choose for themselves or would they prefer you to choose? If you are nervous or unsure about that, you can always ask a friend of theirs for an opinion.
In recent years, over 60% of couples choose the ring together and while everyone has an opinion on that, what suits you and your partner is most important. It can be a wonderful surprise to produce a beautiful ring that you have chosen for them. Equally, going together can be a magical time you spend going for lunch, browsing, trying rings on and learning all about diamonds.
One piece of advice is, if going together, book appointments with jewellers so you will have ample time.
The four Cs of diamonds refer to the key characteristics of a diamond used in determining its value. These are:
Cut: The cut of a diamond relates to how well the diamond is cut to reflect light. Each certified diamond is graded excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor. We only recommend diamonds with an ‘excellent’ or a ‘very good’ cut.
Carat: The carat of a diamond relates to the weight of the diamond. Roughly, this relates to the size of a diamond. Generally, the larger the carat the more expensive.
Colour: The colour of a diamond relates to its lack of colour. The less colour a diamond has, the more rare it is and the more expensive it is.
Clarity: All diamonds have very small inclusions. These inclusions relate to the diamond’s clarity. It is important to have a diamond which is ‘eye clean’ which means that there are no visible inclusions to the naked eye.
At Bespoke Diamonds, we also believe there are 3 more Cs that you should keep in mind.
Certification: The certificate confirms the features of a diamond. Generally diamonds 0.30 carats and above are certified.
Cost: We would encourage all customers to shop around. We are very confident that our prices are exceptionally competitive. By shopping around you will better understand the style you like. It is also a way to see what budget will let you to purchase.
Confidence: A diamond ring is a big purchase and your jeweller should ensure it is the right one for you. Their aim should be to help you get the best diamond for your budget. Meeting your jeweller in person and seeing the diamond and certificate before purchase can be a great way to gain confidence in your purchase.
Yellow gold is the most common and classic choice for engagement rings but both white gold and rose gold are very much in vogue too. Other colours such as platinum are also widely used.
There is no hard and fast rule for the band colour and so it is usually up to the couple to decide for themselves.
Traditionally, the engagement ring is given when proposing but increasingly in recent years, the ring is chosen and presented after deciding to get married. It can be great to choose the ring together. This also avoids any difficulties and helps choose a ring you are delighted to wear.
In Ireland, the engagement ring should go on the fourth finger of the left hand (the ring finger). This is because in Roman times, the vein running through that finger was thought to run directly to the heart – it was called ‘Vena Amoris’ – the ‘Vein of Love’. The truth is the vein doesn’t go directly to the heart but the tradition remains.
Some same-sex couples choose to wear their rings on the right hand. This is because before same-sex marriage was widely available, having a ring on that finger was seen as a sign of being in a monogamous relationship.
The halo engagement ring style is a timeless design that gives a small twist to the solitaire. In the halo setting, the centre stone looks bigger due to the “halo” of diamonds around it. It is also a perfect setting for those who want to use a different gemstone in the centre.
At Bespoke Diamonds, we have over 700 rings in stock. However, there are endless opportunities for you when we enter the world of designing your own ring.Book an appointment