Looking for a ring: where to begin? (UK Bee advice especially appreciated!)

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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278 posts
Helper bee

Me and my fiancé had to search for a good while to find a good engagement ring here in UK! We actually ended up buying a beautiful ring from Ernest Jones, it really is great quality, the service was brilliant and they had a good payment plan which suited our empty wallets! xD OH, and congratulations on your engagement!!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  KittyNoire.
Post # 4
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Worker bee

Have a read on the pricescope forums 🙂 Although many on there have large expensive rings, they are helpful and will help you get more bang for your buck.  I learned so much on there about the quality of diamonds too, so worth a read anyway 🙂 good luck!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Sproggy93:  Hatton Garden in London or Birmingham’s jewellery quarter! We got so much more for our money in Hatton Garden versus the high street. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

UK bee here! I wouldn’t go to a high street shop, you don’t get great value for money. We got my ring from 77 diamonds, who are online but also have a showroom in London. You can choose a setting and put pretty much any size or shape diamond in which you choose separately so you can get a custom ring with  a much better diamond than you would get in the high street

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK

The lanes in brighton have a ton of jewellery shops ranging for high end to antiques. I visited the show room for 77 diamonds but personally didn’t find anything I liked but their prices were good. We ended up buying from purely diamonds who are also in London and have a show room but we didn’t visit them. Their customer services was excellent and they have a really wide selection and also gem stones. Another really good place we found was diamond heaven in Birmingham. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Sproggy93:  Where in the UK are you based? Personally I would advise going to somewhere like hatton garden to try on lots of styles and then go to an independent jeweller and have them make it for you. That’s what I did for my wedding band and I couldn’t be happier with the price or craftsmanship. I wish I had done this before getting engaged. We got my ering from H Samuel because we didn’t know any better. I love my ring but I adore my custom wedding band because I know the quality is awesome 🙂 

Post # 9
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306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: An amazing castle. August 2015

Uk bee here also. I don’t know where you’re based but I would definitely recommend going the custom route. I had a ring picked out in Peter Jackson jewellers for about a year before we got engaged. I then realised that someone I knew had the same ring so my fiancé went to a local jeweller and asked about getting one made and he was quoted £800 less for making the same ring. I chose a different design in the end, making it unique to me as I didn’t want anyone else to have my ring but am impressed with the price and quality. I will be getting my wedding ring made there too.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Sproggy93:  I found my jeweller in Canterbury by accident. I saw a small shop with pretty rings in the window so I went in to have a look at their bands. I mentioned that my ring size is D 1/2 and before I knew it the owner of the shop came out from the workshop at the back if the store to talk to me! I explained the sort of band I wanted and he just got out a sketch book and started drawing. He was so passionate that I fell in love with his passion for jewellery! I didn’t choose him by recommendation but instead because of a feeling I got. We walked in the shop at 5:15 and even though they closed at 5:30 he stayed until 7pm just talking and designing. All this just to give us a quote! As you can imagine I am now a very good customer (I have bought both my and FI’s custome wedding bands there as well as earrings for my mum and my wedding day necklace. He is also helping FI design my anniversary ring). i wish you were nearer to Canterbury so you could go there! I’d suggest you go to an area which has little independent boutique type shops and see if anyone catches your eye. Aside from the jeweller himself, I liked how quickly they responded to my emails and the fact that he had a workshop onsite. I liked the fact that everything was done onsite 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

If you’re under a budget, have a look a Warren James. They’ve always got decent reductions on and their stuff is pretty good quality 🙂

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

We bought the diamond from one of the online US diamond merchants – Whiteflash. We imported an AGS certified,  triple excellent hearts and arrows round brilliant (known as A Cut Above) and had it set by Mappin & Webb jewellers in Glasgow.  

Despite import duty and postage this was still cheaper than buying a diamond on the high street, and we got a much better diamond.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: An amazing castle. August 2015

Sproggy93:  I knew a friend who had her wedding and eternity rings made by my jeweller so I asked her if she recommended him. I also asked on a fb spotted page for recommendations and this jeweller was highly recommended. As you are not too far from (closer than me in Cumbria anyway haha) the jewellery quarter in Birmingham I would maybe go there to get some ideas on what you like (I already knew I wanted a plain solitaire). Also ask people you know if they have had any jewellery made. 

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