Engagement rings on fingers

Updated on the 15th of February, 2017.

I love seeing our engagement rings, dress rings and wedding rings in real life.

Most of the rings that we make evolve from an intensive design and consultation process. Sometimes, a customer and I will work together for weeks, maybe even months, to get the design details right – sometimes, it’s to wait for the perfect gemstone or diamond to come along.

They are often surprises, so it is important that the lifestyle, taste and finger type/size of the intended recipient is the focus in the design process. It is gratifying to see that the end result is both well received and perfect for the wearer.

The most frequent comment I get when the customer receives the ring is how much more beautiful (or delicate) it is than it looked in the photo. There is such a difference between seeing an image of a ring photographed alone in a lightbox and seeing it in person.

Photographs (particularly, my not terribly skilled ones) somehow just don’t tell the whole story. Their apparent size can be overwhelming; or the details are so magnified that the subtlety is lost. It is when the ring is finally on its finger that the magic happens. It is a thrill to receive a photo from a customer and to be able to share a little bit of the joy of the big ‘moment’.

The following images of engagement rings on fingers are a mix of those supplied by customers of Ethical Jewellery Australia and some taken when the ring was collected in person. They have been paired with photographs of the rings (taken either by myself or Ferdinand, one of our fabulous jewellers) on their own to show unseen details and to illustrate the difference without a hand to give a sense of scale. The photo quality varies greatly as these images span quite a few years.

A gorgeous detached halo style ring

handmade detached halo style in recycled platinum. Central emerald cut cognac diamond with white diamonds in the halo. The bezels have milgrain edging and the ring is made with recycled platinumRing image: handmade detached halo style in recycled platinum. Central emerald cut cognac diamond with white diamonds in the halo. The bezels have milgrain edging and the ring is made with recycled platinum by Ethical Jewellery Australia handmade detached halo style in recycled platinum. Central emerald cut cognac diamond with white diamonds in the halo. The bezels have milgrain edging and the ring is made with recycled platinum

Argyle diamonds in recycled platinum. This is a dress ring created to celebrate a very special birthday.

“The twisty trio”

Rings image: Engagement, wedding and eternity rings all handmade in recycled 18 carat yellow gold. The wedding and engagement ring are made with twisted wire and the eternity ring is singly bead set. All feature diamonds from the Argyle mine in Western Australia. Handmade by Ethical Jewellery AustraliaRings image: Engagement, wedding and eternity rings all handmade in recycled 18 carat yellow gold. The wedding and engagement ring are made with twisted wire and the eternity ring is singly bead set. All feature diamonds from the Argyle mine in Western Australia. Handmade by Ethical Jewellery Australia

A lovely take on the classic four claw solitaire with a matching wedding ring and a diamond eternity band. The metal is recycled 18 carat yellow gold and the diamonds are from the Argyle mine in Western Australia. 

His and hers engagement rings

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia: Handmade his and hers engagement rings in recycled palladium. His features hand engraved stars and hers is an embrace style with a central Argyle diamond as well as small Argyle diamonds on the shoulders. Rings image: his and hers engagement rings handmade in recycled palladium. His features custom engraved stars and hers is an embrace style with Argyle diamonds in the centre and on the shoulders.

Hers features Argyle diamonds in a recycled palladium embrace style setting, and his has recycled palladium with a custom engraving.

This ring started as a Promised Ring pack. Interestingly, the design the customer thought his partner would like was very close to what she chose. She just added some diamonds on the shoulders.

The classic Promised Ring pack

Image of a promised ring pack. A round Arygle white diamond and a bar of recycled palladium in a sustainable timber presentation box. An Ethical Jewellery Australia alternative to presenting your partner with a finished ring.

An Argyle round diamond and a bar of recycled palladium in a sustainably forested timber presentation box.

“The pineapple ring”

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery AustraliaRing image: Three stone synthetic ruby ring surrounded by argyle diamond haloes in recycled platinumRing image: Three stone synthetic ruby ring surrounded by argyle diamond haloes in recycled platinum

This interesting ring was named after the pineapple top inspired under-carriage pattern. This ring was made in recycled platinum and features synthetic rubies and white diamonds from the Argyle mine in Western Australia. Read more about this ring here.

An Argyle pear diamond wedding ring

Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia: Argyle pear diamond solitaire claw set in recycled palladium with a fitted wedding ringArgyle pear diamond solitaire claw set in recycled palladium with a fitted wedding ring

A gorgeous (and flawless) 78 point Argyle pear diamond in a recycled palladium claw setting with a fitted wedding ring.

Yin and Yang

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia: Tsavorite garnets and Argyle diamonds in a recycled platinum bypass styleTsavorite garnets and Argyle diamonds in a recycled platinum bypass style

Petite bypass style in recycled platinum with tsavorite garnet and Argyle white diamonds.

Floral engraving

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia: Half bezel solitaire with a round moissanite in recycled palladium with foliage engravingHalf bezel solitaire with a round moissanite in recycled palladium with foliage engraving by Ethical Jewellery AustraliaRing image -Half bezel solitaire with a round moissanite in recycled palladium with foliage engraving by Ethical Jewellery Australia

Half bezel recycled palladium with a 5mm round moissanite and custom engraving. This is one of our most popular ring styles – you can see more examples in this blog article.

White diamond ring lined with pink hearts

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia: Central white diamond with heart and round pink diamonds on the shoulders. Argyle diamonds and recycled platinum.Image - Pink and white diamond ring in recycled platinum

Beautiful Argyle diamonds – a 70 point white diamond is flanked by 8 point pink hearts and  1.3 point rounds in recycled platinum.

The past, the present and the future

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia: Trilogy style engagement ring, princess cut Queensland yellow sapphire flanked by round Argyle diamonds in recycled platinumTrilogy style engagement ring, princess cut Queensland yellow sapphire flanked by round Argyle diamonds in recycled platinumTrilogy style engagement ring, princess cut Queensland yellow sapphire flanked by round Argyle diamonds in recycled platinum

Trilogy style (past/present/future) in recycled platinum with a Queensland yellow sapphire and Argyle diamonds.

Embrace style with a parti sapphire

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia: Embrace style in recycled palladium. The ring features a central Queensland parti sapphire with two fair trade rubies and Argyle diamonds in the shoulders. Embrace style in recycled palladium. The ring features a central Queensland parti sapphire with two fair trade rubies and Argyle diamonds in the shoulders.

Embrace style recycled platinum ring with Queensland parti sapphire, fair trade rubies and Argyle diamonds.

Engraving and edging with Argyle diamonds

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia: Bezel set diamond with milgrain edging, Argyle diamond in the shoulders and custom engraving with matching wedding ring.  Bezel set diamond with milgrain edging, Argyle diamond in the shoulders and custom engraving with matching wedding ring.

Bezel set with a supplied diamond and Argyle shoulder diamonds. The ring was made with recycled platinum and features milgrain edging and custom engraving.

Claw set pari sapphire ring

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia: Four claw recycled platinum set with Qld parti sapphire, heart claws and Arygle diamonds bead set in the shoulders. Four claw recycled platinum set with Qld parti sapphire, heart claws and Arygle diamonds bead set in the shoulders.

Queensland parti sapphire set in heart shaped claw with bead set Argyle diamonds in the shoulders. Made in recycled platinum.

Detached halo style with rondelles

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia: Detached halo style ring in recycled platinum with Arygle round diamonds.  Detached halo style ring in recycled platinum with Arygle round diamonds.

Detached halo style with shoulder diamonds, milgrain edging and rondelles. Recycled platinum and Argyle diamonds. If you like the halo style, there are more examples here.

A very floral engagement ring with a wedder

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia: Petite recycled platinum flower and leaf rings with accent Argyle diamonds. Petite recycled platinum flower and leaf ring with accent Argyle diamonds.

The engagement ring was made to match a favourite very old market find silver ring – the leaf wedding ring was shaped to match. The rings were made in recycled platinum and feature 5 and 2 point Argyle diamonds. The non-hand shot just shows the engagement ring.

A compass-point inspired ring

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia: Vintage style ring, compass point four claw style with side diamonds in a marquise shape and a matching fitted wedding ring in recycled palladium. Ring image: undercarriage of east west oriented four claw recycled palladium vintage style engagement ringVintage style ring, compass point four claw style with side diamonds in a marquise shape and a matching fitted wedding ring in recycled palladium.

Vintage inspired ring in recycled palladium with Argyle diamonds and a shaped wedding ring. Interesting compass point orientation for the setting of the main diamond and an intricate under-carriage. Pictured with wedding and eternity bands.

Blinged-up halo ring

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia: Edwardian replica halo style ring in recycled 18 carat yellow gold with Moissanite halo.  Edwardian replica halo style ring in recycled 18 carat yellow gold with Moissanite halo. Ring image: elaborate under carriage of a halo style ring

Inspired by an Edwardian ring, this bling-tastic halo ring was made with recycled 18 carat yellow gold and moissanites. The detail and under-carriage were beautifully done.

A classic bezel solitaire ring

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia: Bezel set cognac diamond engagement ring hand made in recycled palladiumBezel set cognac diamond engagement ring hand made in recycled palladium

Simple and elegant bezel solitaire. An Argyle cognac diamond in recycled palladium. Another of our popular styles, often embellished with engraving and milgrain edging.

A trilliant parti sapphire in a semi bezel

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia:Semi bezel large parti coloured trilliant shaped Queensland sapphire engagement ring handmade in recycled platinumSemi bezel large parti coloured trilliant shaped Queensland sapphire engagement ring handmade in recycled platinum by Ethical Jewellery Australia Semi bezel large parti coloured trilliant shaped Queensland sapphire engagement ring handmade in recycled platinum by Ethical Jewellery Australia

A large trilliant (3.18 carat/8.9mm) shaped parti coloured sapphire from the Central Queensland gem fields, set in a recycled platinum semi bezel.

Local blue sapphire surrounded by Argyle diamonds

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia:inverell sapphire square emerald cut with crossover shoulders that have been set with Argyle diamonds and milgrain edged. Ring image: side view of handmade NSW sapphire engagement ring showing scroll engraving.Ring image: Side view of handmade engagement ring. NSW blue square sapphire with ARgyle diamond set recycled platinum shoulders by Ethical Jewellery Australia

A gorgeous locally cut, unheated, blue sapphire from the Glen Innes region in NSW with diamonds from the Argyle mine in Western Australia. The ring was made in recycled platinum and features milgrain edging and engraving.

Malawi sapphire in a claw setting

 Engagement ring on finger image by Ethical Jewellery Australia:Malawi sapphire with Argyle diamonds handmade recycled platinum engagement ring

 

 

ring image: handmade engagement ring with 2.28 carat sea blue oval sapphire from Malawi with Argyle diamond set shoulders in recycled platinum by Ethical Jewellery Australiaring image: handmade engagement ring with 2.28 carat sea blue oval sapphire from Malawi with Argyle diamond set shoulders in recycled platinum by Ethical Jewellery Australia

 

A beautiful fair trade sapphire from Malawi. Set in a four claw recycled platinum setting with Argyle diamonds on the shoulders.

 

These are just a small selection of our handmade engagement rings.

You can see more of our sold pieces in this gallery. For wedding and eternity rings, look hereEngagement and wedding rings (and more) are custom made to order using ethically sourced and processed diamonds and gems and recycled metals.

Designs are customer driven and we offer you as much support through the design process as you need. If you would like some engagement ring design tips, download a free copy of our engagement ring design guide.

Price is a common question – it is difficult to be specific as it can change with finger size, metal type and diamond/gem specifications. However, there are general guides here and in this blog article.

If it all seems a bit overwhelming and you don’t know where to begin, contact us and we will be happy to help with your project.

Cheers,

Melinda

 

By | 2017-05-04T14:36:38+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Advice, Design, Featured, Fine Jewellery|

About the Author:

Melinda is a Gemmologist and jewellery designer. In 2007 she founded Ethical Jewellery Australia a boutique online engagement, wedding and commitment ring company. EJA creates handmade rings using the most ethically responsible raw materials possible. This includes recycled metals and Australian and Fair Trade Diamonds and Gemstones that have been processed by a non-exploited workforce.

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