You know how it goes... It takes a LOT of Pinterest browsing to decide on the ring set of your dreams. Then when it comes to it, you have no idea where to source your rings from.
Look no further than Aksoy Jewellers who can custom make pretty much any ring design that you desire. Aksoy pride themselves on their 3D printing service which will help you to create the ring of your dreams. Whatever you wish for, regardless of the level of intricacy, can be created with ease.
If you have a ring in mind, bring in a picture so that your unique ring design can be drawn up as a blue print and sent to their specialists who will carefully create your dream ring. Only the most precious metals are used so that your ring will last you a life time. You can also choose the colour, cut, carat and clarity of your certified diamonds.
While rose gold, platinum, white gold and gold are popular choices for women; platinum, palladium, gold and white gold remain firm favourites for men. Rings comprised of mixed metals are also increasingly popular for men, while the ladies tend to be matching their wedding bands to their engagement ring. And although rose gold engagement rings are on the rise, platinum and gold are still the most in demand metals for ladies' wedding bands.
Whatever about ring colour, Ozgur Aksoy believes that the main focus for wedding bands should be that they sit perfectly with your engagement ring.
"Nowadays, there is an increase in intricate engagement ring designs, with the availability of bespoke rings. We want to make sure that our wedding bands are precision cut so that they sit perfectly with your engagement ring. Why settle for second best when the two can fit together as a perfect match?" - Ozgur Aksoy
There is also an option to remodel your old jewellery to update and modernise those sentimental pieces that you would love to bring a new look to. The possibilities really are endless in this exciting time for bespoke design. Time to dig out the jewellery box!
Thinking of popping the question this Christmas? Or have you a sneaking suspicion that your significant other might be doing a spot of engagement ring shopping? Start dropping those vital hints now to ensure that your ring is the one you really want. Learn how to choose the perfect diamond in our Comprehensive Guide to Engagement Rings!
When choosing your engagement ring, it's important to take diamond shape and the four Cs in to account. Diamonds come in a variety of shapes and different diamond shapes will suit different people. The 4 Cs ensure that you're buying a quality diamond. Your jeweller will help you do this by weighing up; the Carat, Cut, Clarity and Colour of your diamond. While to the untrained eye, a diamond might be just a diamond - the clearer and whiter the diamond and the quality of the cut will add value to your ring.
The carat measures the weight of the diamond - not it's actual 'size'. 1 carat equals .2 grams.
The cut refers not to the shape but to the reflective quality of the diamond. The more light that reflects off your diamond, the better the quality. When cut properly, light will reflect upwards from the centre of your ring to create dazzling sparkle.
Diamonds contain naturally occurring marks, or blemishes, called inclusions. More often then not, these will be invisible to the naked eye but nonetheless their size and location will affect the diamond's clarity grade. The less inclusions a diamond has, the more expensive it will be.
Diamonds are graded on a colour scale from D (white/colourless) to Z (light yellow). The closer a diamond is to being colourless, the more expensive it will be. Diamonds in the D, E, F categories are considered the best ones to buy.
Diamonds come in lots of different shapes and sizes. From oval to emerald, there's a shape to suit all fingers. There is a symbolism to ring shape too. Here's what they say about some of the popular choices:
Round - The wearer of a round ring is traditional and knows what will stand the test of time. Comprised of 58 facets, the round ring is designed for maximum sparkle and can be customised by setting as a halo or by adorning with additional diamonds.
Princess - The person who wear a princess cut ring is anchored in tradition but is very open to change. These people are known to look to different influences to gain a better understanding of the world.
Emerald - This dramatic ring shape is one of our favourites. Its vintage design appeals to someone who values tradition, yet has the confidence to make a statement.
Marquise - This ring shape is for a true romantic. Originating in France, this unique diamond shape was created when King Louis XIV requested a new diamond to be cut for the woman he loved.
Cushion Cut - Cushion cuts are very in vogue at the moment, with the Great Gatsby showcasing 1920's style. These pretty rings exude opulence and should be worn by real romantics who value vintage design.
If they do pop the question, do let us know and tell us all about your engagement. If you'd like us to inspire others with your ring design, tag us on Instagram with #corkweddingbling. We'd be happy to spend the day looking at engagement rings!