Ultimate Ways To Buy The Best Value Diamond Engagement Ring

Knowing exactly how to go about finding and then buying the best diamond engagement ring can be quite an arduous task. To make this once in a lifetime monumental task easy for you, we have compiled sets of guidelines to act as comprehensive engagement ring buying advice.

How to buy the best value diamond engagement rings? 

  1. Ask for recommendations from friends and family

    The most straightforward way of finding a good jeweller is by simply appealing to family members and friends for suggestions. You will likely get more than a few referrals which leave you with the final decision. However, do not be in any haste to choose one specific jeweller based on the profusion of praise. Be sure to do some background work by yourself to find exactly what you’re looking for. Visit the jeweller’s website if they have one, start an email correspondence with the jeweller and finally make an actual physical visit to the jeweller once you sufficiently narrow down your list. You’ll find many jewellery shops in the famous Londoner Hatton Garden area so if you’re near there, have a wander and enquire about their diamond engagement ring selection.

  2. Consult the telephone directory for a jeweller

    Jewellers Directory - Best Value Diamond Ring

    Another equally straight forward way of finding a jeweller is to consult a thick volume telephone or listed jewellery business directory. This piece of advice might sound slightly old fashioned, but there is one advantage to using an actual physical directory. It is more likely for a long established jeweller to have contacts in a seemingly outdated physical telephone directory than for a newcomer to the business. Remember, it’s essential to choose a jeweller who has been in the business for a considerable time. If you lack time to embark on a Sherlock Holmes style quest for an established jeweller, then you can simply seek out an online jewellery business directory. The business directory will not only have a jeweller’s physical address and phone number, but it might also have the jeweller’s website and email address and a brief introduction. A website makes it possible for you to seek out any additional information about the jeweller such as work history and locations of subsidiary outlets. Remember, it’s possible to find a jeweller who makes great value engagement rings.

  3. Consult the GIA Alumni Association online directory

    Finally, to aid your search for the ideal jeweller specialising in large diamond engagement rings or white gold diamond engagement rings or platinum diamond engagement rings, consult the GIA. The acronym, GIA, stands for the Gemological Institute of America. GIA is the foremost international authority on the grading of diamonds. Any jeweller who is on the online Alumni list of this reputable organization, such as our talented Hannah, is worthy of being considered a senior professional in the field. However, you are bound to find many GIA certified professionals on the Alumni list, and therefore, your final judgment of choosing the actual jeweller still lies with you as the prospective buyer.

To support you with making this crucial decision, we have compiled some guidelines to identify a good jeweller and the quality of the diamond that you purchase:

  1. Qualities of a good jeweller
    Below is a list of the primary considerations you should take into account when choosing the ideal wedding diamond jewellery expert:

    • Reputation – the jeweller should be someone known for being exemplary in his/her line of work as ascertained from their past clientele
    • Work History – the jeweller should have worked in the diamond industry for more than 4 Years and also be up to date with the latest trends in the jewellery industry. He/she should be a diamond expert.
    • Open – the jeweller should be easy to talk to and someone who uses simple language to answer a client’s queries
    • The jeweller should be willing to provide an independent grading report on any diamond purchased. The report can be from the various gemological grading institutions such as GIA (see above), AGI, HRD or IGI
  2. Qualities of a good diamondBest Value Diamond Engagement Ring - Ovadia Jewellery

    1. Carat – this refers to the actual physical weight of the stone. The larger the diamond, the heavier it is and hence, the more carats it has. The more carats a diamond has the higher its cost.
    2. Colour – regarding diamonds, colour refers to the absence of colour within the stone. The more transparent a diamond is, the higher its colour grade.
    3. Cut – this refers to the number and arrangement of the individual facets on the diamond. The more elaborate the facets that a diamond has, the higher its cut grade.
    4. Clarity – this refers to the presence or absence of any physical flaws within the diamond itself or upon its surface. Flawless diamonds are way more expensive than those with flaws included.

Finally, remember the best day to buy a diamond is any day not preceding a holiday season or other notable days such as Easter, Christmas or Valentines.

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Unusual Wedding Ring Designs To Inspire Your Bespoke Jewellery Collection

Unusual Wedding Rings

Any fashion choice you make, be it an article of clothing or even an accessory, should be an extension of your personality. This is the spirit behind bespoke jewellery. Traditionally, a wedding ring was just a bland gold band in comparison to the glitzy bespoke engagement ring that most people receive these days.

With bespoke jewellery, one is able to design their own wedding ring and get it made by expert craftsmen. It is certainly the way to go if you require something more than the average wedding band designs that you can pick up in any shop.

Here are a few ring designs to inspire you with finding a unique wedding ring idea for that special day.

Unusual Women’s Wedding Rings

There is no reason for tradition to dictate the shape of a piece of jewellery you will wear for the rest of your life. You should feel free to express your individuality.

Here are a few unusual concepts to ponder.


A Star Wars or sci-fi themed wedding may be out of the question for most people. However, with this R2D2-inspired platinum wedding band from Ingle & Rhode, you can celebrate one of the biggest days of your life with a little sci-fi twist.

This ring is set with Australian diamonds, Australian kings plain blue sapphires, and a red ruby ethically sourced from Malawi. It is not just a piece of jewellery but also a conversational piece liable for making anyone who sees it ask how you met and wed your life partner.


ANNA'S-OPEN-STYLE-18k-ROSE-GOLD-WEDDING-RINGThere’s just something so alluring about an open style fitted wedding ring. This 18K gold ring from Harriet Kelsall will go well with any engagement ring featuring sapphire. It 3 mm wide, band tappers elegantly close to the sapphire center. The craftsmanship is remarkable, with a fine polished finish and a handmade profile to match the shape of most engagement rings.

5MM Celtic ring- wedding rings direct

5MM-Celtic-Wedding-RingWhen it comes to grace and elegance Celtic design wedding rings are always a great way to go. This 5mm wide ring keeps in step with Celtic design traditions. It is made from polished 9k yellow gold and features a weave pattern that goes all round the band. The price varies depending on whether you want the decorative design to go all round the band. There are even more Celtic wedding ring designs to inspire your choice on the wedding ring direct website.

Tension ring with sapphire in sterling silver – Anthony Blakeney

Tension ring with sapphire in sterling silverThis is a simple hand textured ring made of silver and sapphire tension ethically sourced from Sri Lanka cut in Belgium. This masterly crafted ring from Anthony Blakeney comes in the richest of colours that include white, violet, pink and yellow. With the most requested one being blues of varying shades.You can relish wearing this ring every day for many years to come without it fading or tarnishing.

Unusual Men’s Wedding Rings

Men really don’t care that much about things like rings and most things to do with wedding ceremonies. However, if you must put something on for the rest of your life it would be ideal for that wedding ring to be as unique or unusual the wearer.


BINARY-CODE-WEDDING-RING-MENThis is a unique concept for a wedding ring from Ingle & Rhode. It is certain to spark your interest if you are into computers and programming. It is a 5mm wide platinum wedding band made from ethically sourced raw materials, featuring a court profile design (flat inner side and a gently curving inside).  You can have a special message engraved around the ring in binary code to commemorate this life-changing event.

Palladium Diamond Ring – Ernest Jones

Palladium Diamond Ring - Unsual Wedding RingsThis is an elegant fine polished wedding ring made of palladium 950 from Ernest Jones. Its channel is a row of well-set glittering diamonds, which come to a total of a ¼-karat diamond. Palladium is a hypoallergenic metal, which means there is no chance of irritation or allergic reaction with prolonged use.

This ring’s construction, fine finish, and luster make it an ideal pick of a wedding ring, promise ring or anniversary gift. It is certain to see you through years of bliss and struggle.

Gold Tree Wedding Band – Silvery Lake

Gold Tree Wedding Ring - Unusual Wedding RingsThis fashionable silver wedding ring from SilveryLake has a tree, the symbol of an eternal family, prominently featured on its design. The tree has bark finely textured to detail. There is also a play on contrast with the bright silver of the metal and the dark colour. This adds to this ring’s beauty.

The smooth textured base surface makes it comfortable to wear. The inside of the tree is also gold plated which makes this ring capable of surviving the rigours of daily use for decades to come.

Diamond ring with beveled edges– wedding rings direct

Diamond ring with beveled edges - Men Wedding RingsThis timeless and elegant bevel edge wedding ring from wedding rings direct is sure to last through the vows and stress of wearing it daily. This ring has an 8 mm wide base and bevels at 6 mm. It has 5 groups of 6 expertly cut diamonds all set equal distances across the ring. In all, this stunning wedding band has 30 expertly cut diamonds and has a fine finish flanked all around by a polished bevel.

Hopefully, these unique and unusual wedding ring designs have given you some ideas and inspiration for your ideal wedding bands you will cherish for years to come. Visit our Ovadia Jewellery shop in London’s Hatton Garden to talk to us about your ideas so we can turn them into reality for you.