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
Argyle diamonds in recycled platinum. This is a dress ring created to celebrate a very special birthday.
“The twisty trio”
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
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
An Argyle round diamond and a bar of recycled palladium in a sustainably forested timber presentation box.
“The pineapple ring”
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
A gorgeous (and flawless) 78 point Argyle pear diamond in a recycled palladium claw setting with a fitted wedding ring.
Yin and Yang
Petite bypass style in recycled platinum with tsavorite garnet and Argyle white diamonds.
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
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
Trilogy style (past/present/future) in recycled platinum with a Queensland yellow sapphire and Argyle diamonds.
Embrace style with a parti sapphire
Embrace style recycled platinum ring with Queensland parti sapphire, fair trade rubies and Argyle diamonds.
Engraving and edging with Argyle diamonds
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 here. Engagement 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.