Choosing the Ring

The right place

You found the person you want to be with forever, but what about the ring? Relax, in Temprell, you’ve come to the right place.

Choosing an engagement ring may seem daunting at first but with a little advice from our experts you’ll be well on your way to seeing it being worn with pride at every party from now to the big day and beyond. Scroll through the panel below for the four Cs, the main things you need to watching out for as you set about the task of picking your ring.

Cut

Now this is important

Cutting diamonds is a serious business - obviously they don’t just come out of the ground in the form you see them in the ring. The act of cutting and polishing the various facets is what gives them their ability to ping under light. The more accurate the cut and the more respectful of the diamond’s proportions the more sparkle you get.

When you see a diamond from the side too much depth means loss of light through anterior facets. Too shallow and light is lost through the girdle facets. The diagram above shows you exactly the sort of stone shape you need to be looking for.

Once you’ve established your ideal proportions, you need to consider the actual shape of your stone. The one you have in your mind’s eye is almost definitely the brilliant-cut, the classic vaguely round shape that's on every advertisement and movie. However, as you’ll see from the diagram above, there are others such as the Princess or Emerald cuts. Each have their own properties and each has its place in the various settings you could choose.

At Temprell we rigorously select our diamonds for cuts. We’re constantly on the lookout for the very best in terms of artistry and brilliance - we never buy anything but the very best. Which means, even if you aren’t a qualified diamond grader, you can rest assured that your diamond isn’t just the real thing but the best real thing.

Colour

The white wedding

The generally accepted idea of a diamond is the classic absolutely pure polished ice conception - flashing tiny rainbows under candlelight. However, like almost everything else diamonds come in variations of colour. Grade D indicates a perfectly colourless diamond with Z being a diamond markedly tinted.

Since it is those diamonds graded D that emit the all important flash of beauty, they are the ones chosen by Temprell for our engagement rings. We want your ring to catch the eye of everyone in the room and, for that reason, only the whitest diamonds form the centrepiece of our engagement rings.

Clarity

The diamond’s fingerprint

No two diamonds are the same, even when they have an identical cut weight and colour-grade. What makes them different is their clarity, the various properties imparted to the stone as it was forged under pressure and heat in the earth millions of years ago. Normally this takes the guise of other minerals having been present at the stones formation, disrupting the alignment of atoms as the crystal forms and changing the refractive qualities of areas within it.

Sometimes this can be so extreme as to create a wave of dullness through the stone, other times it creates a bridling in the stone. At Temprell we only select the stones that tend towards the flawless end of the grading spectrum…they are flawless to the naked human eye and beyond. Only a somebody trained would discern anything shy of perfection, even under magnification.

Carat

Watch your weight

Many people believe that carats refer to the size of a stone. Indeed whenever we refer to carat its normally accompanied by a comment about the proportions of the stone in question. However, what we’re actually referring to here is weight.

As a general rule of thumb, the higher the carat, the higher the value of the stone. That said, any jeweller will tell you that its better to have a better quality small diamond than a poor large one. In diamonds, as in life, size might be important but it isn’t everything.

Ring Advice
The cut
The Setting
Sizing up

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The cut in detail

Brilliant

Brilliant

Princess

Princess

Emerald

Emerald

Oval

Oval

Brilliant

If you’re looking for extreme sparkle and a guaranteed showstopper then the round brilliant diamond cut represents the absolute apex of the form. Furthermore, it’s synonymous with both engagement ring tradition and timeless style.

Princess

When you have a higher carat stone or are searching for a cut that embodies a formal elegance you ought to be considering the princess cut. Square and obviously modern it makes a bold statement when compared to daintier examples.

Emerald

If you have a diamond of exceptional clarity often the favoured cut is the emerald. With its facets cut and polished into extending oblong windows it allows the viewer to become lost in the diamond’s core. Meanwhile, its deco styling makes it ideal for vintage-feeling rings.

Oval

The oval represents a softer variation on the classic round cut. Where a less austere form is required this organic shape works whilst still allowing for sparkle and harmonises well with halo settings.

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Find your setting

Halo

Halo

Solitaire

Solitaire

Trilogy

Trilogy

Cluster

Cluster

Halo

Much like a bride with her bridesmaids, the halo setting features an important central stone with a halo of attendant stones surrounding. Its a classic setting that evokes engagements rings of yesteryear and is guaranteed to dazzle.

Solitaire

Sometimes simplicity can be spellbinding. The solitaire takes this maxim to its logical end by elegantly placing a single magnificent diamond on the ring. It’s the most recognisable engagement setting and the absolute epitome of quiet sophistication.

Trilogy

Representing the past, present and future of your loved one, the trilogy makes a stunning formal arrangement of stones in a setting that’s arresting and chic. Perhaps the only instance in an engagement where three isn’t a crowd.

Cluster

If you’re looking for unique shape in your ring, it could be that the cluster is the way to go. Creating the appearance of a larger stone whilst affording the luxury of a greater number of building blocks the cluster guarantees dazzle and form.

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Sizing up

The perfect fit

Getting the right size for a ring is something best left for an in store visit. However, we know it doesn’t always work like that… and everyone loves a surprise. So, if you absolutely have to get the ring before popping the question, we’ve included a downloadable size guide on the link below.

You’ve got a few choices, with varying levels of sneakiness! Either use an existing ring against the guide or bring it into Temprell surreptitiously. Maybe, if you’re struggling for a window, press the ring into Blu-tac and bring that to the store or wait until your loved one is asleep and use the paper size guide on the downloadable document. Whichever way you go, don’t get caught.

Download the Document