Choosing your engagement ring or choosing a ring to propose to your partner with, can feel overwhelming; it can be hard to know where to start. I am here to make the process clearer and easier, to guide you every step of the way, so you feel confident in your choices and that you find the perfect ring. I offer a range of engagement rings in my signature style, from large and statement to elegant and delicate.
You can also commission a completely unique ring, customise an existing design with different metals or gemstones, or if you have inherited diamonds or gold, these can often be reused in your new ring.

HOW TO START

I recommend first browse my engagement rings online, to short list the styles or designs you initially like the look of. Are you drawn to chunky statement pieces, or more delicate styles? Do you like the colours of diamonds on offer or would you prefer a different gemstone or diamond? Are you happy with yellow gold, or would you prefer a different metal? My main collection is in 14ct yellow gold, as I love the mid-warm yellow tone with the colours of diamonds I use, but there are a lot of different choices possible. Browse the Metal Guide for an overview of metals and the Bespoke Gallery for examples of custom pieces.
Thinking about your daily life is important, as this is a ring you or your partner will wear everyday – are you someone who wears a lot of rings, so a chunkier ring will be no problem to wear, or would you prefer something subtle?  These are all questions that are worth considering – you are welcome to email hello@ellismhairicameron.com with any questions you may have – I would love to hear from you.

STONE CHOICES

I work predominantly with diamonds, for both their strength and beauty. Diamonds are a classic choice, but as well as traditional white, coloured diamonds can come in an array of shades (such as orange, red, yellow, green, champagne, cognac). Diamonds are robust gemstones, perfect for everyday wear.
However, if you would prefer another stone, (perhaps your birthstone, or a stone that holds sentimental meaning for you?) here’s my guide for engagement ring choices:
Rubies and sapphires are also perfect choices for an engagement ring, as they are very hard stones, so perfect for an engagement ring. Sapphires come in a range of colours, so there’s a lot of potential for variety.
Garnets, Aquamarines and Tourmalines are softer stones, but can still good choices for engagement rings, if treated with care. If you work with you hands, cycle or do other physical activities, remove the ring when doing this, as this will avoid damaging the stone.
Very soft stones, such as opals, pearls and emeralds are more suitable for cocktail or occasion rings, although they can be worn in engagement rings if treated with extra care. Like above, you will need to remove your ring when doing physical activities, and also when washing your hands, as opals can weaken when submerged in water.
If you’re not sure what the best option would be for you, I am here to offer advice and answer your questions – email hello@ellismhairicameron.com

USING AN INHERITED DIAMOND / GEMSTONE AND/OR GOLD

There’s also the possibility of remodelling an inherited ring / inherited stone. I would be happy to discuss incorporating a heirloom stone into one of my designs. Please contact me for further details on how this works.
 

PLANNING A PROPOSAL

If you are surprising your fiancée with an unexpected proposal, I would recommend purchasing one of my in stock engagement rings, as then once you have proposed the ring can either be sized or exchanged for a different style, within 14 days of purchase. Simply email me at hello@ellismhairicameron.com when you order, to let me know that you are planning on proposing, so the ring may come back for a resize, or be exchanged for a different style.
All Made to Order jewellery is non-exchangable and non-refundable, so I would always recommend proposing with an in stock ring, for flexibility.
Please note that if exchanging, the proposal ring must be returned in an unworn state, as any damage / wear and tear affects my ability to exchange the ring.
I also have a Diamond Gallery, where you can pick a diamond (or contact for other stones) to propose with, and then your fiancée can help design her ring when you have proposed.

RING SIZE

It’s highly unlikely that you will know your partners ring size if it’s a surprise, and it’s very hard to guess without measuring their finger. I would always recommend ordering the style of ring you like, which I will make in a ‘standard’ ring size, as all my engagement rings can be sized once you’ve proposed to the correct ring size.
 

 CHOOSING THE RIGHT METAL FOR YOU

Choosing the right metal for your ring is really important. As well as 14ct yellow gold, I work in a variety of metals; including yellow, rose or white gold in 9ct, or 18ct, in addition to platinum or palladium.
Every metal has its positives and negatives, please read the Metal Guide or contact me for more details.

GET IN TOUCH

I would love to answer your questions and help you decide on the perfect ring. Email hello@ellismhairicameron.com with your questions and ideas.