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Buying an Engagement Ring - A Couples' Guide

Bruce-JacksonAh! the romance of the proposal, the flowers, the music, the candlelight, the bended knee and then at last, the climatical moment , he presents you with a magnificent diamond solitaire, the perfect engagement ring, the engagement ring of your dreams, a beautiful everlasting symbol of your commitment to each other...

Courtesy of Bruce Jackson, Director of Unio Goldsmiths and Gallery

A Girl's Guide

No?... Not quite? Worried it might not be like that?...What if he gets it wrong – it's traditional not contemporary; chain store; yellow gold not platinum and you wanted a blue diamond / white sapphires! How can you wear that for the rest of your life?! Worse, how can you tell him that it's not what you want?!

Let's face it girls, sometimes a man needs a little help, a little subtle female guidance. If "you've seen one jeweller, you've seen them all" is what he's thinking. Knowing what you want is one thing, but finding it, well that's something else again.

 

The simple fact is that an engagement ring is more than just a beautiful piece of jewellery or a romantic gesture, it is the embodiment of the commitment between the two of you; symbolic and at the same time personal and intimate. Finding an engagement ring is easy, but finding the right engagement ring takes thought and care. It's not simply a matter of throwing money at it. Couples who come in to our gallery for engagement rings have one thing in common; whatever their backgrounds, whatever their budgets , it is the desire to buy or commission an engagement ring that is unique – as unique as they are to each other.unio 3

Unio Goldsmiths and GallerySome couples have a clear idea of what they what and a ring on our website has drawn them into our gallery, however if you can't find what you want here, we can design and make the perfect ring for you. With the emphasis on design and quality, working with Bruce will give you the opportunity to be involved in the creation of a ring that captures your own style and personality. Whatever brings you to us, designing your ring with your fiancé can be a very exciting and romantic process. Having a ring designed and handmade for you is his ultimate engagement gift for you, following the development of the ring through to the moment you see the finished ring for the first time is something you will be able to treasure forever.

Of course you could just leave it to him and trust his judgment, but be warned; you may find yourself stuck with that CZ cluster for a long time indeed.

And now for the Guys

OK so you've decided to "tie the knot", to start that time honored process that leads to the altar, to children, to Mothers in law! Congratulations! But were do you begin? How do you choose the right ring, you don't even want to be in a jewellers shop! Suddenly you're out of your comfort zone and it's going to cost you – big time!

Before you even start looking with horror at the number of noughts at the end of the price tags, you need to make a big decision- whether to propose with a surprise ring or whether to talk it though first and get the ring together afterwards. Like all things to do with women there is no clear cut answer here. On the one hand they love the romance, you down on one knee clutching a huge diamond solitaire, but on the other side she's going to have to wear it for the rest of her life so it's only fair to let her choose! I guess the point is, how well do you know what she will like?

A commissioned ring from Unio is a wonderful and romantic way for the two of you to start your engagement as it will have been designed to match your girlfriend's style and personality (as well as your pocket!). However, remember it can take up to six weeks to design and hand make a commissioned ring and some girls just can't wait! Our range of ready to wear rings can be bought from our Gallery and unlike most other jewellers our rings are all made in house and not mass produced.Bruce Jackson and Emma Bolderson But why not be involved with the design of your engagement ring, it doesn't have to be an expensive option, you may even want to use that diamond from Granny's ring, no problem, we will design and make the ring that's right for the two of you and together we can really capture your individuality into a truly meaningful symbol of your engagement.

So now the big one – how much should I spend? As a guide it has been suggested that its two months salary - is that before or after tax!! But seriously my advice is to spend what feels right. Every partner deserves the biggest diamond in the world, but who needs to start married life in debt? Far better to spend what you can afford – whatever the cost, it will always be her most precious ring.

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