About our materials
Our engagement rings are handmade right here in Australia using responsibly recycled or fair-mined metals and ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones.
Diamonds and diamond alternatives
For diamonds we can offer traceable Australian stones in contemporary cuts, vintage modern-cuts, old-cut vintage diamonds and laboratory-created diamonds.
You can also opt for moissanite – a laboratory-made diamond alternative.
Learn more about diamonds and diamond alternatives here.
The most popular gemstones for engagement rings are sapphire, ruby and garnet.
We can offer you Australian, US, vintage, Fair Trade and synthetic options.
Of course, other gemstone varieties are available. We can also work with your own heirloom diamonds and gems if their condition is suitable for setting in a ring.
How the design process works
You might be wondering how you can design an engagement ring via the internet?
It’s actually easier and more convenient than you might think. We have literally hundreds of very happy customers who’ve already worked with us in this way.
Email works best
Once you make contact with us you’ll guided through the design process by email. You can share your ideas and we will go back and forth with you until the design is ready and the diamonds or gems are chosen.
Drawings and photographs to help you visualise your ring
As most people are ‘visual’, we rely heavily on drawings and photographs of existing rings to help zero in on the design you’re after.
Of course, we’ll be asking a lot of questions about your partner to understand their colour preferences, style, taste, interests and any special requests. And we’ll take into account practical things like workplace requirements as well.
If you’re ready for some inspiration take a look at our Gallery page.
Always available to talk one-on-one
After more than 10 years of designing rings this way, we have perfected the art of designing remotely. (Just read through our testimonials if you’re unsure.) But if you need reassurance that you’re dealing with real people, we’re also very happy to chat with you by phone.
How long it takes
There are many things that can affect how long it might take to create a custom designed and handmade ring. It’s rarely a quick process, so give yourself plenty of time.
Design and manufacturing can take up to six weeks or longer
Coming up with the right design might only take a few hours, but then again it might take weeks.
Similarly, finding, choosing and having your preferred diamonds and/or precious stones delivered all takes time.
Then there’s manufacturing which, depending on the season (back log of work), complexity of the design and what other skills are required (gem setters, engraving, valuation etc.) all adds to the process.
That said, as a rough guide, it usually takes us about five to six weeks to deliver a handmade ring once the design has been signed off.
Let us know if you have a deadline
Bespoke jewellery design and manufacturing is one of those industries where things take as long as they take.
The important thing is if you have a specific deadline, please, please, please let us know when you first contact us.
If we can’t meet your timeline, we’ll be honest and upfront about it rather than stress and disappoint you with unfulfilled promises.
What should your budget be?
We find the best place to start is with how much you can afford or want to spend – and work backwards from there to get the best value from your available budget.
What’s a ‘ball park figure’?
To give you some kind of an idea, the starting point for a handmade engagement ring is about $2,500 to $3,000. Most of our customers tend to spend somewhere between $4,500 and $7,000.
Vintage rings with diamonds over a carat start at $10,000.
The thing to remember is, once you’ve settled on a design, the metal and labour costs are fairly set. It’s with the diamonds and gemstones that you can choose to spend a little or a lot
Still not sure about designing the ring yourself?
Designing an engagement ring without the input of your partner might not feel right for you.
Either because you don’t feel confident or because you know your partner will want to be involved.
You’re not alone, and there is an alternative.
The Promised Ring
From time to time people come to us wanting to buy the important bits for their partner’s ring, but don’t want to go through the design process without their partner’s input.
That’s why we created The Promised Ring.
We’ll happily help you choose the right metal and even the diamonds and/or gemstones if you like. You can propose with those and work on the design together later.
You can read more about The Promised Ring here.