Choosing the Right Engagement Ring


The average cost for an engagement ring in Ireland is around €2,500 (Source: Association of Fine Jewellers). Tradition states you should be spending around two months wages on that special item but really it comes down to what you want/can spend and what style you or your partner would like.

Your final ring choice is governed by a number of factors, including: what metal you/your partner wants, the diamond size, diamond cut, diamond colour and clarity. The diamond shape can also make a difference to the cost as fancy cuts can often command a higher premium.

What really matters is that you pay for something reflecting your budget and demonstrates an understanding of what your partner would like!

We offer a deposit system where you can pay up on the ring of your choice over a period of time which can really take the pain out of a big purchase like an engagement ring, we also offer a Finance option through our partners Flexi Fi which gives you the option of walking out of the store with your dream ring on a 24 or 36 month payment plan after paying a deposit of only €40.

If you are purchasing a ring for someone else, here are some questions we are often asked...


Do I need to know my partner’s finger size?

No! People very rarely do, the size we can organise after your partner is sure they like the ring you have chosen. We will either order a new ring in the correct size or if suitable size the ring you have purchased. If your partner doesn’t like the style you have chosen, we will change it for something else!


What if my partner doesn’t like the ring I have chosen?

See above! We will never leave you stuck, all our rings can be exchanged for a different style, if we don’t have what you are looking for in our collection we can order it or make it up to your specification.


I’m not sure if my partner likes yellow gold, rose gold, white gold or Platinum?

We currently sell about 80% of our rings in White metal (White Gold or Platinum) As a rule, if you don’t know if your partner would prefer white metal or yellow gold, go with a white metal! Most people who choose yellow gold or rose gold as an engagement ring have always made their feelings known on that subject or usually wear yellow or rose gold, so chances are you would have noticed!


Do Diamonds look better in white metal or yellow/rose?

Diamonds reflect whatever is around them and so if you set a lovely diamond with beautiful properties in white metal it will not impact on the beautiful colour of the diamond, setting the exact same diamond in yellow gold with a yellow gold setting can impact the colour of the stone as the diamond will reflect the yellow gold and make the stone appear yellow. This is the reason most of our yellow gold rings will have white gold or Platinum claws.


What shape diamond should I choose?

The round brilliant cut diamond is still the most popular choice around the world. Oval cut diamonds and fancy cuts such as Pear shape and Marquise cuts have increased in popularity also however the modern round brilliant cut remains the king! If your partner has admired a particular shape then that gives you a good idea however while some shapes are safer such as the Round, Princess, Oval and Cushion others such as the Pear, Heart or Marquise can be either loved or loathed! The former which I have listed are definitely safer options!


I have a style in mind, can you make it up for me?

Yes, we can make any style according to budget within reason. We will develop a CAD drawing first and price for you. Sometimes a design cannot be achieved to match the budget so please bear this in mind. Something to consider is that when a bespoke ring is made to order in a particular style, we cannot exchange it.


I don’t have a clue what to choose!!

No problem, we have 145 years of experience in helping people find the perfect engagement ring, our staff will guide you based on the information you supply and remember….it can always be changed!


Interesting facts about Engagement Rings

The most popular diamond shape for an engagement ring is the round brilliant cut however in recent years fancy cuts such as the Oval and Marquise have challenged the Round Brilliant Cut’s crown!

The most popular style of ring changes by the year but at the moment the timeless classic Solitaire, Three Stone and Halo Style are three of the most popular styles.

The tradition of an engagement ring was introduced in 1477. Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring set with a diamond as a token of love. Ancient cultures believed that the third finger on the left hand, had a special vein called Vena Amoris, the vein of “love,” this vein runs directly to the heart.

The word diamond comes from the Greek word “adamant” which means steadfast or invincible. It is from this word that the diamond gets its name. Diamonds are the hardest precious gemstone in the world and can only be cut and polished with another diamond or with specialist laser equipment.

Countries such as England, United States, France, and Canada traditionally wear the engagement ring on the left hand. Where as Germany, Russia and India wear the ring on the right hand.

The most common metals used for engagement rings is either white gold, yellow gold or platinum. Most other metals are too soft or malleable for everyday wear.

Although Valentine’s Day is one of the most important days of the year for romance, December is in fact the most popular time of the year to get engaged.


Diamonds were first discovered in India as far back as 800 B.C. But diamonds were not used on wedding bands or engagement rings until the 15th century.

The youngest natural diamond is 900 million years old!

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