Wednesday, 17 January 2018

How to choose an Engagement Ring

The most important thing to buying an Engagement ring is to DO YOUR RESEARCH and look at the stones using a eye glass, Know what you are buying before you commit. 

 There are so many different styles of engagement rings, remember to look at the styles that better fit your lifestyle. Think ahead of what style of wedding you would like a see if they fit nice together. If you are on a budget then make sure you go for a single stone design as you will get a bigger better stone for your money. if you like unusual shapes then make sure you can get a matching wedding ring to see and check if they fit nicely together, as you might need a shaped to fit wedding ring.

The best metals to choose for low maintenance would be Platinum, Palladium and red gold, yellow gold, as these do not need Rhodium plating every 3-6 months for people with hard labour jobs, all white gold is Rhodium plated and cheaper but can cost more over time. Remember the metal you buy your engagement ring is the same metal you should buy for your wedding, this helps the rings to last and not wear to much over the years.
Some people cannot see the difference in the diamond setting but it can make a lot of difference depending on what hobbies you have or your lifestyle.
Bezel set is the safest setting, Pave set is for a more vintage look and channel set is a more popular modern setting also very safe. The French V slip or Cathedral set lets a lot of light in to the stones so is very nice for diamond wedding rings and engagement rings shoulder stones.

We always recommend to look at diamond grading charts before you buy an Engagement ring, it helps to know what you are buying and where's best for you to spend your money. Clarity is the most important as this is the imperfections in the stone, next is colour, D highest and Z Lowest. Then the Cut, the more symmetrically cut the stone the better the sparkle. When talking about Carat people think it is the size but this is not true it is the weight of the stone.

Brilliant cut diamonds are the most popular shaped of diamonds as this cut will sparkle more than other cuts, a good Emerald cut diamond is nearly as clear as water. Princess cut diamonds if you get a symmetrically cut stone will be almost as sparkly as a brilliant cut.
Remember that the symmetry is as important as the Colour, Clarity, Carat.

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Just Engaged?

Firstly, congratulations on your engagement and hope you were given the engagement ring of your dreams! 
This is a very exciting time in your life which you need to share with your family and friends but where to start on the wedding plans! 
Here are some ideas on how to get on track to planning the perfect wedding day with your special someone.

Choose your wedding party:
This can be very hard but choosing your best man and maid of honour very early can help with all your plans and they can help with picking the venue, dress, suits, Photographers etc…

Choose a style:
What style of wedding would you like, traditional church wedding, hotel wedding, Barn wedding, wedding abroad. Choosing your style can help to look for a venue that will be to your liking with so many wedding venues it will be easier to narrow it down. When you have chosen a few venues book to view them with the chosen wedding party to check out which of the venues are most suitable for your wedding plans.

Set the budget:
Yes, the budget! You must have one so be realistic, look at average prices online to help you get an idea for you to set the budget and then try not to go over that budget for each item. Ask for discounts where you can and ask friends and family to recommend suppliers they have used. But most importantly make sure you set a good amount of the budget for the things you will have after the wedding day! Like Photos and wedding rings.

Set the date:
Once you have chosen your favourite wedding venue book the date. The most popular dates are between May and September and on Fridays or Saturdays. If you love your venue but the price is too much, then ask for a weekday or winter/spring prices as most venues will do offers for out of season weddings.

Wedding planners:
Wedding planners can be very helpful, you can either have a personal wedding planner or you can do your own wedding planning online to help you get organised and know when to book certain parts of your wedding and help with time scales.

Guest List:
You will need to do a rough guest list as soon as possible so you can get the estimated numbers for the total wedding, like how many for the day and how many for the reception. You will need to know numbers for the venue, food, cake, accommodation etc…

Find Suppliers:
The best place to find wedding suppliers are from recommendations and wedding fayres. Recommendations are always good but if you do not have any then go to wedding fayres, you can take your wedding party to help you pick suppliers. Wedding fayres are a fantastic way to get ideas and to see what is out there for your special day. Some wedding suppliers offer on the day discounts, it is a great way to see their work and to book consultations before using them for your special day. 
Family run businesses are recommended as they will take the most pride in their work and normally have better customer services.

Ready to book:
Once you have all the above in place you can book to view dresses, meet photographers, cake and food trials, but the most important thing to remember is to have fun! Enjoy booking and planning your wedding day and have what you want but try not to worry about making the people attending happy, REMEMBER IT IS YOUR DAY!!

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The whole world has been watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the proposal last week, their 16-month relationship that began when they met on a blind date in London arranged by a mutual friend. Prince Harry revealed he proposed while the couple made roast chicken at his home in Kensington Palace.

Wow, the Engagement ring is stunning but what would you expect when the centre stone Prince Harry had sourced from Botswana as this Place has special meaning to him. The 2 side stones were from his late Mothers Princess Diana’s brooch totalling 4.5 carats and all set in 18ct Yellow Gold. The 3-stone engagement ring was commissioned by London-based Cleave & Company, the official jewellers to the Queen. 

We have heard that the wedding will be held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, May 2018. It is said that Harry and Meghan will be planning most of the wedding and that the Royal Family will be funding the Church, flowers, and decoration for the day.

Meghan will have a very busy time ahead not only planning a wedding, but she will have to be Baptised and confirmed into the Church of England and apply for British citizenship.
Although Meghan will not become Princess Meghan due to the standards of British royal protocol, the former Hollywood star lacks "royal blood", there is talk that the couple will become but not confirmed Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The couple will embark on their first official visit together in Nottingham on Friday, visiting the World Aids Day charity Fair at the Nottingham AcademyMs Markle will not be continuing her acting career in the United Nations, she will instead start new charity work as a full time Royal.

We here at Goldfinger Rings wish them all the best in the future and a wonderful wedding.

Are you thinking of proposing? Would you like a similar 3 stone diamond ring made in Hatton Garden too? then we can help you to design your own, choose your own diamonds, and mount and have the ring handmade for that special someone. 

If you would like to book your free design consultation all you have to do is Call us today on 0207 405 7590 or email us at

Monday, 3 July 2017

 Why book a wedding planner?

Your wedding day is possibly one of the biggest days of your lives, which can cause a lot of pressure to get it right and doesn’t get any easier if it is a small intimate wedding or a large elaborate wedding. So, having a wedding planner can simplify this for you.

A wedding planner is not there to run the whole show! They can be someone you go to book venues and suppliers. As a wedding planner, they will have a lot of contacts whom will have exclusive offer deals with and they would have a good knowledge of the type of venue you are looking for.

You might just need a little help with table plans and menus, just the little things that are very time consuming. A wedding planner can look over all your contacts, insurance and booking form for all your suppliers and can negotiate on details and price.

Your wedding day should one of the most memorable occasions, a wedding planner should not take over but simply offer ideas you may have not considered, support where you need it, help in areas you may unsure of and generally relive the pressure and stress that comes with planning a wedding.

Some brides have a wedding planner just for the day of the wedding, this will give you the chance to relax and enjoy your special day. The wedding planner will work with you to arrange the times and coordination for the day.

Expensive?? A good wedding planner is worth their weight in gold. Obviously, there is an additional cost but it is definitely worth it, to save time and money. Using the experience and knowledge of reliable suppliers will help you to stay within your budget and saving you money overall.

Goldfinger Rings met up with one of our recommended wedding planners Lisa Evans of Taylored weddings. She is a very charming, professional and has been working in the wedding industry since 2011. 

See her website for more details

Friday, 19 May 2017

Re-Fashion your Jewellery

Yes that's right Re-Fashion! You can re-fashion almost any piece of jewellery in to a more in fashion item by adding more stones to changing the metal from Gold to Platinum. In this day and age,
we love to restore old houses, old furniture, old cars so why not restore your beloved jewellery that might have seen better days.
Jewellery was meant to be worn!

 So many people are passed down amazing jewellery but it might  not be quite to your taste, design something to suit you, use the diamonds and gem stones to make a  stunning new piece of jewellery. We can help whatever the item of jewellery, we offer free consultations at home or our meeting room in London.

Family Run company & UK manufacturer.

Also Did you know you should have your jewellery re-valued every 3 years? We offer new valuations and we can also do a probate valuation on a lost loved one’s jewellery.

So if you would like to book a 
free consultation please contact us on 0207 4057590 and we will
happily arrange a day and time around you. 

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Thursday, 3 November 2016

What's the best ring setting

Claw Set
What It Is: This is the most common type of setting for Engagement Rings and Eternity Rings having 2, 4,6 or 8 claws that hold a single stone firmly in a metal. These days many ladies are choosing to have claw setting as a wedding ring. When deciding between two and four claws for a wedding band, know that two claws show more of the diamonds, while four claws are more secure, but can sometimes overwhelm a small stone so showing a lot of metal which can mean you will see more metal then stone.

Advantages of Claw setting:
  • Allows the most light through from all angles and help’s the diamond sparkle.
  • Allows easy cleaning of the stone.
  • Holds even the most fragile gems securely.
Disadvantages of Claw setting:
  • Offers less protection to the stone than other styles as a lot of the stone is exposed.
  • Can get caught in hair or snag clothing.
  • High-set prong settings can scratch and hurt other people if brushed against.
Tension Set
What It Is: A design in which the stone is pressure set in the shank/band to hold the stone firmly in place. The minimal amount of metal touching the stone can give the impression that the stone is "floating". Only extremely hard stones such as diamonds can withstand the required pressure.
Advantages of Tension setting:
  • Allows a lot of light into the stone.
Disadvantages of Tension setting:
  • Ring is built to fit and difficult to resize at a later date not good for lifetime wear.
  • Repair options are limited, only the manufacturer can fix your ring.
  • Less metal means less protection to the sides of the stone, recommended for less active people or for special occasions only.
  • Not recommended for gems stones. 
Bezel Set
What It Is: This setting is normally used for Engagement or dress rings, using an almost flush rim or ring of metal with edges fully or partially surrounding the whole of the stone, also known as Rubover set.
Advantages of Bezel setting:
  • Protects the sides of the stone from being nicked or chipped.
  • Conceals existing chips in any stone you are having set.
  • Very secure setting for any shaped diamond or Gem stone.
  • The ring surface is completely smooth so not catching or snagging on clothing.
  • A white metal encircling a white stone can make the stone appear larger.

Disadvantages of Bezel setting:
  • A yellow gold bezel setting can make a "white" stone such as a diamond appear less white because the yellow tint of the setting is reflected in the stone but would look fantastic with a yellow diamond.
Channel Set
What It Is: Popular for wedding bands, this timeless setting has metal running parallel down each side of the stones with no metal separating them, the stones are then set down in to a cut channel and the metal then securing the stones all the way down both sides of the stones. Round stones are the most popular shape to set in a channel but you can also have square or rectangular cut stones which set into a channel setting stops almost all of the dirt getting between the stones.
Advantages of Channel setting:
  • Protects the sides of the stones.
  • Provides better security for small stones than a claw or pave setting.
  • The surface is completely smooth and unobtrusive.
  • Square or Rectangle stones set in a channel setting are very hygienic. 
Disadvantages of Channel setting:
  • A ring set with stones all the way around can be difficult to resize as stones would need to be taken out to re-size but it can be done.

Bar Set

What It Is: This setting would normally be a popular setting for an Eternity ring. Bar setting is thin vertical bars of metal between stones to secure them firmly in place, you can have this setting around some or all the ring.
Advantages of Bar setting:
  • Protects the sides of each stone's sides but not as much as Bezel setting.
  • The surface is relatively smooth as to not catch on clothing.
Disadvantages of Bar setting:
  • Leaves the top and bottom of the stone exposed.
  • The uneven edges of some designs may not be as comfortable as other settings.
Pave Set
What It Is: This setting is very popular for wedding rings and can give a very vintage look, The French word for "paved", a pavĂ© setting involves one or more rows of several small stones set down into holes that set them level with the surface of the ring, little grains in a 2 pip or 4 pip setting to hold the stone in. This setting is good for people on a tight budget as you will need less stone to go further around the ring.
Advantages of Pave setting:
  • Gives the illusion of more and bigger diamonds than they really are.
  • Gives a very vintage and sparkly feel.
Disadvantages of Pave setting:
  • Not recommended for fragile gems, although the proximity of the stones offers good protection for the girdle of each stone.
  • Setting can be scratchier than channel or invisible set.
  • Pips are not quite as reliable as other settings for securing stones.

Invisible set

What It Is: Very popular for wedding rings for men and women, this setting sets the stone "flush" into a hole in the band so that it does not protrude at all. The ring's metal is then pressed and smoothed around the stone's surface to secure it.
Advantages of Invisible setting:
  • Protects a stone's sides from being nicked or chipped.
  • Conceals existing nicks or chips on a stone's girdle.
  • Secures a stone well.
  • The ring surface is completely smooth.
Disadvantages of Invisible setting:

  • As this is such a safe setting it can restrict the light from getting to the stone.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

15 interesting facts about Sapphire Gem stones 

  • Sapphires have been treasured for thousands of years by ancient Romans who polished and wore them as jewellery.

  • As most people know sapphires come in a variety of blues, but did you know they also come in pink, yellow, orange and green, they also come in red but are better known as a ruby.

  • What changes the colours of the stone is the mineral corundum. A sapphire is turned blue when it contains iron, titanium and chromium.

  • The consistency of chromium affects the colour, a little chromium can turn the corundum pink, while a higher level of this element will turn it red (ie. a Ruby)

  • The rarest colour of sapphire is the pinkie/orange variety, they are called padparadscha, and the name comes from the Sanskrit word for lotus flower. The word sapphire comes from the Greek word Sappheiros.

  • Sapphires are among the most durable naturally occurring elements in the world. Gemstones are rated on their ability to withstand scratching based on a system called the Mohs Scale of Hardness, and sapphires score 9 out of 10. The only natural item that can scratch a sapphire is a diamond. The durability of sapphires makes them an excellent choice for engagement rings and other pieces of jewellery that you plan to wear every day.

  • Because of this hardness, sapphire also has industrial uses. The recently announced Apple Watch will feature lab-created sapphire glass in its screen.
  • Sapphires are found in many places throughout the world, including Australia, Malawi, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and the United States. Brilliant Earth’s ethical origin sapphires are sourced from mines in Australia, Malawi, and Sri Lanka.

  • French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte gave to his beloved Josephine a sapphire engagement ring in 1796. The ring, which sold at auction for close to a million dollars in 2013, features a pear-shaped sapphire next to a pear-shaped diamond, on a simple gold band.

  • Throughout history various cultures have attributed mystical powers to sapphires. In ancient times it was believed that sapphires protected their wearers from evil. In the middle ages, Europeans believed that sapphires cured eye diseases and preserved chastity. Sapphires have been used to symbolize nobility and faithfulness.
  • Deep blue sapphires have long been associated with royalty (which contributed to the naming of the colour “royal blue”). Sapphires were often worn by medieval kings, who believed that the gemstones would protect them from their enemies.

  • The most famous royal sapphire today is the engagement ring given by England’s Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, and now worn by Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge. It features an 18-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

  • Sapphire engagement rings certainly aren’t only for royals. Before the twentieth century, blue sapphires were the favored gemstones for engagement rings. Sapphires were quite popular in Victorian engagement rings and wedding rings.

  • Sapphires can exhibit a phenomenon called the “star effect,” This occurs when needle-like inclusions create a six-ray star pattern on the surface of a cabochon-cut sapphire, often called a “star sapphire.”

  • Perhaps the most intriguing type of sapphire is the “colour change” variety. These gemstones exhibit different colours depending on the lighting, often changing from blue in daylight to purple in incandescent light.

If you want a sapphire engagement ring or eternity ring, Goldfinger can offer you a free home consultation and show you a wide range of colours, size and shapes.

Please contact us on 0207 405 7590 or email us