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    How to Choose an Engagement Ring

    Choosing the right engagement ring can be a bewildering business, considering all the various factors to consider. What style do they like? Should you choose yellow gold, white gold or platinum? What is the best shape and how big should the diamond be? How much should you spend? If you want the proposal to be a surprise, how do you keep it secret, and get the right ring size?

    Start with them. What is their style, what kind of jewellery do they wear? Do they like classic and traditional or contemporary and modern, elaborate or simple?

    What’s their colouring? Do they usually wear silver or gold? If they wear silver, consider platinum or white gold. What’s their lifestyle? Are they very active?

    Be attentive. Have they commented on other rings they have seen in shops, magazines or worn by friends? If you’re still not sure try asking their friends and family what they think they would like.

    Traditional or contemporary?

    Think carefully about the kind of jewellery your loved-one usually wears and consider that they are going to be wearing this ring everyday for the rest of their life!

    Most traditional engagement rings consist of an 18k white gold, yellow gold or platinum band set with one large diamond and possibly some smaller gems set as side stones.

    However, you might decide on your own unique design. If you do go down this route, you can arrange an appointment with one of our master jewellers in Hatton Garden who can help you to choose a style that won’t go out of fashion.

    For something different but that is still classic, look at some of the more striking vintage jewellery styles such as Art Deco.

    Metal Type

    In choosing the metal type, you should look at the kind of jewellery your partner wears. What colour is the metal they usually go for? Most people have a definite preference and stick to it. If you like the idea of gold but they usually wear silver, consider the option of white gold or precious platinum.

    Platinum is a precious white metal, popular because it is very strong and durable and doesn’t tarnish. It is more expensive but will last a lifetime.

    Gold comes in several colours so try out a few options. The most popular is the classic yellow gold, closely followed by the more expensive white, which is excellent for people who prefer the look of white metal but want something more precious than silver. White gold naturally tends to have a light greyish colour and to make it appear whiter it is often plated with rhodium, a metal with similar properties to platinum.

    What kind of setting?

    The kind of setting you choose must suit the shape and cut of your diamond but the less metal you have surrounding the stone the more of it you will see and the more it will be able to sparkle. But do be conscious of security; don’t go for a setting that leaves the stone too vulnerable.

    A solitaire setting with a single stone is the most common and classical for engagement rings, but you might prefer something with smaller stones set either side of the central diamond. These side stones might have raised settings or be channel set so that they sit flush to the side of the ring. Another option is pavé setting; this is where lots of very small diamonds are set closely together giving the impression of one continuous (and very sparkly) surface.

    Which diamond type?

    The round brilliant cut diamonds are the most popular for engagement rings as they have the most sparkle, but you might prefer something different such as the emerald cut or even a romantic heart-shaped diamond.

    More elongated shapes such as the oval, marquise or pear shaped stones can have a lengthening effect on shorter fingers. Some of the fancy cuts work particularly well when set with side stones and they often can look bigger than traditional round diamonds of the same carat weight.

    Once you have decided on the best shape, then look at your budget and pick the best quality diamond you can afford. Arm yourself with plenty of information, starting with the all-important four Cs – Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat weight.

    Please see our diamond guides for more information.

    Ring Sizes

    Surprising your partner with the ring you have chosen is romantic and exciting but also a little risky. Read our ring size guide for more tips.

    If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, don't hesitate to call us on our free phone number 0800 043 3573 or by email:info@hattonjewels.com

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    All orders for Goods shall be deemed to be an offer by the Buyer to purchase Goods pursuant to these Terms and Conditions and are subject to acceptance by Hatton Jewels Ltd. Hatton Jewels may choose not to accept an order for any reason.

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    Items that are manufactured from our Build Your Own Rings range are not eligible for a full refund however a life time credit note will be issued for the full value of the item. If the item you received was a special order for a non-standard ring size* or if you ordered a Bespoke Item made to order, we regret that it can only be able to return it to us if it is faulty, as it will have been specially made and cannot be resold. *Standard Rings Sizes - Ladies I - O, Gents L - V

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    We are confident you will be delighted with your Hatton Jewels purchase.

    However, you do have the option of returning items to us within 30 days of receipt for a full refund or exchange if you decide that the item is not right for you or the goods are faulty. We regret that we cannot offer refunds or exchanges on goods that have been worn, damaged or have had any alterations by a third party. Returned items can only be accepted if they are:

  • In the same condition they were received
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    If a product is not in stock and we are able to replicate it, this does not apply to antique pieces, Hatton Jewels guarantee the carat weight listed on the product as minimum and guarantee the same quality of gemstone, metal and workmanship for the order placed.

    Lifetime Warranty

    All Hatton Jewels handmade pieces come complete with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty that covers any manufacturing defects and any necessary repair will be conducted free of charge under the following terms and conditions:

  • The item is identified by our production department as being defective as a result of a manufacturing default.
  • The item has not had any damage as a result of mishandling or Inappropriate impact (eg. knocks, dents or pressure), and has had no alteration, manipulation, repair or care by a service provider apart from ourselves or is the consequence of normal wear and tear.
  • Proof of purchase must be presented.
  • This does not apply on antique pieces or signed jewellery.
  • In order to ensure all stones are secure within your piece we advise having your piece checked by a jeweller at regular intervals.

    If purchased from ourselves even if not covered by guarantee we endeavour to resolve at the lowest price possible

    Repairs and Alterations

    All repairs on jewellery that has not been purchased through Hatton Jewels are completed at the customer’s risk. We will guarantee the specific work we complete for 1 year.


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    Hatton Jewels Ltd

    5 Hatton Place
    EC1N 8RU
    Tel: 0203 116 0069
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