(Closed) UK BRIDES – where did you buy your ring from?

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Post # 17
11 posts
  • Wedding: September 2015

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maocat:  Fiance had mine made at Diamonds Factory which has their workshop in Hatton Gardens. I love my ring and Fiance said they were brilliant and had a great experience.


Post # 18
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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That’s cool, I’m in London and Chinese too πŸ™‚ I was thinking more just cat rather than Chairman Mao!

If you know what you want, looking online is a good thing to do. I personally found it hard to picture rings I was seeing online, so getting to try some on really helped me to decide what it was I really wanted, but it turns out that I’m quite picky!

With the diamond choosing, it’s all down to your budget, what you want and what matters most to you with regards to the diamond, or the things that you’d be willing to compromise on. You’ll probably have heard of the 4 Cs, I’ve put them below in my order of importance (others may disagree).


Essentially how well the diamond has been cut, the better the cut, the better the proportions, the better the diamond will sparkle.

The Cut rates 3 aspects of the diamond – cut, polish & symmetry. Having an Excellent (Ex) or Very Good (VG) rating for any of the 3 means you will have a diamond that will sparkle a lot.


This refers to the weight of the diamond and slightly to the size. Note – diamonds of the same carat will not necessarily be the same size appearance wise. This depends on the depth of the diamond and the table size (the top visible part of the diamond).

In comparison there is not usually that much visual difference between say a 0.8 and 0.9ct diamond.


Diamonds are given a colour letter starting from D-Z, D is near colourless and the further you move down the alphabet, the more yellow a diamond will appear.

Colourless diamonds are considered more valuable, so a D will cost far more than a Z.<br />D-F rated diamonds all look very white to the eye, even a G is quite white, though when compared to Ds and Es we were able to see that the G was more yellow.


This refers to marks/impurities in the diamond, most will not be visible to the naked eye if above SI1, but I would recommend viewing the diamonds you’re considering buying in person.<br />Clarity ratings: Flawless (FL), Internally Flawless (IF), Very Very Slightly Included (VVS1 & VVS2), Very Slightly Included (VS1 & VS2) and Slightly Included (SI1) – there are more but you are better off with these ranges.

With the above Clarity ratings the diamonds should look clean to the eye – be careful with SI1s though as some of these may have inclusions that you can just about see.

Inclusions are the marks you’ll be able to see on the enlarged photos of the diamonds. When we looked at diamonds almost all of them to the eye looked clean, but when we looked using a loup you could see the inclusions.

I’ve put the 4Cs in that order because originally my boyfriend was adamant that we had to have a D colour and at least a VS1 diamond, excellent cut and a smaller carat. After looking at diamonds in person we decided that we would have been happy with a lower colour to an F or G an SI1 and a Ex, VG, VG cut.

Wow…I keep writing essays. I hope that helps and isn’t just a lot of jargon… :/


Post # 19
644 posts
Busy bee

Mine came from Fraser Hart because i needed something easy to point out to my Fiance as he is not good with that sort of thing. My perfect ring happened to be there. My wedding ring is being made by Robins and Moore Goldsmith who are local and lovely had i known about them before i’d have had them make my engagement ring. 

Post # 20
43 posts
  • Wedding: March 2015

If you’re not set on new and would consider antique, Grey’s Antiques Market in London have hundreds of rings from loads of dealers and they are so beautiful, personally I think way prettier than new. We went to Hatton Garden and found it really tacky, loads of cash for gold places. We spent the best part of two days in Grey’s browsing! Also you can haggle πŸ™‚

Post # 22
2569 posts
Sugar bee

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Supersleuth:  Always loved your rings! And such an inspiration to me. The yellow gold is lovely.

Post # 23
1160 posts
Bumble bee

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maocat:  My Fiance got my e ring from an independent jewellers in Norwich but I had my wedding ring customised by Alba Rose Diamonds http://www.albarose.com/ – I designed it myself (not that it’s a particularly unique design or anything) but as we’re getting married on the 7th March (next month!!) I had 7 stones put in for the 7th and 3 of them are diamonds for March. The others four are sapphire to go with my ering

Post # 24
737 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hatton Garden 

Post # 25
987 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

eBay! πŸ˜€

Post # 26
6401 posts
Bee Keeper

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maocat:  re the 4Cs, this is quite personal; for me (and probably for most people), cut is king, as they say. It is the one thing I wouldn’t compromise on, and ideally I prefer triple X stones.

With the other 3, I see it as being a bit of a trade-off; I’m happy to compromise within reason on all 3 eg I prefer D-F coloured stones but would consider a G, or, at a push, possibly an H. I would prefer VS2 clarity or better, but would consider SI2 providing the stone was eye-clean, and depending on the type of jewellery (SI2 clarity and below can make the stone slightly weaker so I would probably stick with SI1 and above for something like a ring, that is likely to get knocked/bashed a lot). Then with carat it would depend what it was for, and what my budget was (plus I don’t like giant stones for rings). 

So,I bought a pendant from Blue Nile last year, and was spending up to £800. I wanted a minimum size of 0.35ct and maximum of 0.5ct, cut had to be triple X, and colour at least H. I ended up with a .41ct triple X F colour SI2 clarity stone, and am very happy. 

Post # 27
9 posts
  • Wedding: December 2015

We bought the loose stone in NYC after making email inquiries via Pricescope vendors. We saved about 35% on 77 diamonds pricing when converted to GBP.  

We found UK vendors weren’t quite as clued in about cut as the people we contacted online. Whilst my diamond isn’t especially large for London, its performance is amazing – the only diamond I’ve seen that sparkles the same way belongs to a friend who bought hers in South Africa. It’s a G, VS2 otherwise. 

We had it set in London as the prices we were quoted in London and NYC for a 3-stone setting were broadly equivalent in dollars and sterling. I’d definitely try to buy the diamond from Whiteflash or James Allen if possible.

Post # 28
80 posts
Worker bee

We bought my ring from Blue Nile, their customer service is amazing! So helpful 24/7 aswell… You wont be disapointed πŸ™‚ x

Post # 29
1219 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My DH bought my Engagement Ring online from 77 diamonds and I love it. We had great service online and when the ring turned out to be too small (my fault entirely) they invited us to go to their showroom and have it resized. When we got there, they used big thick wedding ring type bands to size my finger, which seemed stupid considering my Engagement Ring is super thin. When I got it back it had gone from too small to too big and I had to have it done again by a local jeweller. Apart from that, it was all good.

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