THE BLOG SELECTION

Julie PeelThis is a small selection of recent or popular postings from my Blog. Check out the dropdown 'Blog' menu for more pearls of wisdom (desktop only).

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MAKE SURE YOU CHOOSE THE PERFECT RING

If you want to make sure that you are on the right track to her perfect ring the first thing you need to do is understand her style.

With limitless scope for individuality, the more you get a feel for her personal style, the more successful your quest will be. Here are three ways to tackle this knotty problem.

IS MORGANITE RIGHT FOR ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Pink Sapphire rose gold ringI am often asked for a pink stone, and there are a lot of Morganite rings around, especially online. They look really lovely and many ladies add them to their wish-lists on Pinterest and elsewhere. On the plus side - Morganite is a very pretty pink, and looks especially lovely when set in rose gold. It is also relatively inexpensive so you can get quite a big Morganite rock on a limited budget.

BUT, is it a good stone to put in an engagement ring? Find out here ...

WHY BESPOKE IS NOW BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE

Blue sapphire Asscher cut platinum ringSick of seeing rows and rows of the same-old indistinguishable diamond engagement rings?

No woman wants her special ring to be the same as a hundred others, and there is no reason why it should be. Thanks to new technology Bespoke is now affordable, and can even cost you less than that solitaire on the High Street. How is that possible?

THE PROBLEM WITH DIAMOND CERTIFICATES...

When you are spending hard-earned cash on something as important as an engagement ring, you want to make get what you think you are paying for. With changes in the way many diamonds are sold, there is a lot of reliance on so-called diamond ‘certificates’. But is there too much?

If you are buying a diamond ring – you need to be aware of the potential pitfalls. Read on …

HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU SPEND ON A RING

Bespoke emerald cut diamond trilogy ringAlmost all my clients have three key questions: Will she love it? How much should I spend? and How do I get the best value?

When you don’t know much about what you are buying, working out what is a sensible spend is tricky. An engagement ring is loaded with emotional significance – an expression of love and commitment, a symbol of how much you understand her etc – so it's important to be logical about the less romantic question of cost. Read on ...

WHY ETHICAL IS BETTER VALUE

As a jewellery designer specialising in creating unique bespoke rings I’m very keen on the ethical sourcing of the gold, diamonds and other gems I use. If people knew more, they would be more concerned about how their diamonds, emeralds, gold, rubies and sapphires get to their fingers.

What most people DON’T realise is that it can actually be more cost-effective to source ethical gems. Read on ...

IS YOUR DIAMOND RING AN INVESTMENT

An engagement ring is forever not for saleVery few people have bottomless pockets, so, whether your budget is £2,000 or £20,000 you want to make sure that you are getting value, and know what to expect for what you are paying. Some of the messages out there about fine jewellery suggest that a diamond ring is a good financial investment. But is it REALLY? Find out here ...

CUSTOMISED OR BESPOKE

When it comes to engagement rings (and other jewellery for that matter) the terms ‘Bespoke’ and ‘Custom-made’ are often used interchangeably for personalised designs, but there is a difference. And if you are thinking of buying a special ring, it is worth knowing what’s what. Find Out More ...

THE WEDDING BLOGS

Organising your wedding is a major project. Something you only do once and which you haven't done before. So, expert advice from people who are specialists in all sorts of wedding-related activities can be very useful. I have gathered a great team of experts to give you just that advice. Find out more here ...

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