Diamond Engagement Rings
To your fiancée, the timeless romance of natural diamonds represents the promise of eternal love. This means that diamonds are still the “go-to” gemstone choice for most engagement rings.
The engagement ring you choose is something your fiancée will wear and adore every day for the rest of her life - and we know the challenge of finding the perfect ring (without breaking the bank!) can feel very intimidating.
Whether or not you decide to acquire your engagement ring from Julia Pharo Jewellery, we hope the information and advice on this page will help you to make the right choice - and never forget, we’re always here to help.
The fact that you are visitng our website probably means that you’ve already decided to eschew the generic, mass produced diamond engagement rings you’re likely to find on the high street.
You’ve realised that your fiancée deserves an engagement ring more special than that.
And the good news is, that with a little savvy research and a modicum of legwork, it’s quite possible to find a stunning engagement ring that is as unique and as beautiful as your fiancée - and bring it in bang on budget too!
If you’ve been scouring the internet (or jewellery stores) exploring the many confusing options available, you will now know that not all diamond engagement rings are created equal.
But how can something that seems so similar vary so much in price?
The answer, in a nutshell, depennds on two key factors:
■ The weight and quality of the diamonds found in the ring
■ The type and quantity of precious metal used for the ring
It’s unlikely you bought that nifty new run-around based solely on the colour of the paintwork or the alloy wheels. (Alright, I concede the alloy wheels might have been a deciding factor...).
But I’m willing to bet a full tank of unleaded that you also took the time to research tech specs such as performance, safety, economy and, of course, those all important optional extras. You probably also read or watched expert online opinion and reviews before confidently walking in to the car dealership for a test drive.
Taking the time to become familiar with the basic tech specs of a diamond engagement ring can give you a similar degree of confidence when you’re out and about ring shopping, as well as helping to make sure you’re getting the best possible engagement ring for your budget.
Getting to grips with engagement ring essentials is easier than you think - and we hope you’ll find Julia Pharo’s no-nonsense Diamond Dialogue Guide useful in getting you up to speed on all things bling.
Answering twenty-five of the most frequently asked questions about diamonds and diamond engagement rings, you’ll find Julia’s handy Q&A session at the bottom of this page or by clicking the link below.
The Carat Collection™
With both classic and contemporary diamond engagement ring designs to chose from, The Carat Collection™ provides a straightforward solution for those seeking the sophistication of a one carat (total carat weight) diamond engagement ring, expertly made to the highest fine jewellery standards and featuring dazzlingly beautiful, responsibly sourced diamonds.
In short, a diamond engageent ring you will be proud to present to your fiancée-to-be.
Your engagement ring from The Carat Collection™ will feature sparkling white (F-G Colour, VS1-2 Clarity) diamonds set on your choice of either platinum or 100% recycled 18K gold.
And rest assured that these stunning 1ct tw diamond engagement rings are hand finished with the same uncompromising attention to detail that you will find in every piece created by Julia Pharo.
A final piece of good news... Should you find your ring size estimate to be a little off, every diamond engagement ring in The Carat Collection™ can be quickly and easily resized to provide the perfect fit.
Your only decision? Will she love a classic diamond halo, one of Julia’s stunning modern designs, or, perhaps, a simple solitaire.
Whatever design you chose, you’re guaranteed to take her breath away.
Bespoke Engagement Rings
When it comes to creating your fiancée’s dream ring, nothing is better than bespoke – a ring that is both unique and beautiful that perfectly symbolises the love you have for each other.
Designing your bespoke commission with Julia Pharo is a creative and enjoyable experience.
Whether you’re visiting Julia in person at her London Studio or joining her online via our Virtual Studio, your design consultation will be conducted in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and is entirely free and without obligation.
During your time with Julia, you’ll explore a range of stunning engagement ring designs, view gemstones, discuss precious metal options and also, should you wish. add personal touches such as unique design details or engraving to make your commission truly unique.
Every step of the way, the design of your bespoke engagement ring will always be guided by your own preferences and budget.
And with bespoke engagement rings by Julia Pharo starting from around £2000, there’s no need to go broke when going bespoke!
The Colour of Love
It’s not only diamonds that can be a girl’s best friend.
Coloured gemstones can also be engagement ring rock stars as seen by an increasing number of headline grabbing coloured gemstone engagement rings worn by royalty and high profile celebrities.
And don’t forget, even if diamonds really are your girl’s “best friend”, diamonds also come in a wide variety of fancy colours too!
Eyecatching and individual whether choosing her birthstone, favourite colour or a particular gem with a special or personal meaning, there’s a gematone (and a colour!) that is bound to win her heart.
A coloured gemstone engagement ring accented by dazzling white diamonds - why not?
From the rich red of Ruby, the soft pink of Morganite and the dazzling sparkle of a Fancy Yellow Diamond to the verdent green of Emerald and the cool blue of an Aquamarine - there’s a vast array of gemstones in every cut and colour to choose from.
As a Certified Gemmologist and Member of The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A), Julia Pharo will present you with a selection of the very best ethically sourced coloured gemstones that fit within your available budget and work with you to design the perfect setting for yout engagement ring.
To help you gain knowledge and confidence when choosing diamonnds and gemstones, Julia has written a handy, easy-to-read guide, Selecting Your Perfect Gemstone.
Written in plain English, it’s entirely free to download and is exhilarating insight into the exciting world of gemstones.
Make sure you don’t go gem hunting without it!
Their Dream Ring
You may already know exactly how your partner’s dream ring should look. If so, congratulations! You’ve already done the difficult bit.
If you’d like to explore the possibility of having a bespoke engagement ring created by Julia Pharo, do get in touch. Whether you visit us in person at Julia’s studio in London’s Hatton Garden or via our online Virtual Studio, your consultation with Julia is free of charge and entirely without obligation.
For those less certain which ring to choose, take some time to look at different engagement ring styles and don’t forget to also explore gemstone options. Would you like your engagement ring to feature a traditional diamond, coloured gemstone, or both?
As you’re doing your research, it’s very likely that one or two ring styles will somehow just seem to “click” with you and simply feel like the kind of engagement ring your fiancée-to-be will love.
If you’d prefer not to spend hours researching ring styles on the internet grab a copy of Julia Pharo’s expert guide Selecting Your Perfect Ring Style.
It’s free to download and includes lots of helpful industry-insider information as well as essential questions you should be asking your jeweller when selecting an engagement ring.
A romantic proposal means that you’ll probably need to be super-discreet when it comes to finding out the ring size of your fiancée-to-be.
Fear not! You’re in the right place to get expert advice to help you covertly figure out their finger size without letting the cat out of the bag! (Suave James Bond spy outfit optional).
And please don’t worry, Julia offers a complimentary resize for many of her rings should your fiancée need her ring adjusted.
Our complimentary resize is valid for adjustments of +/- 2 ring sizes for ring purchases marked “Resizing Available”. (Please note other terms apply.)
We regret that some rings (such as eternity style bands and those with complex settings or detailing) simply cannot be resized due to technical constraints. Such rings will always be clearly marked “No Resizing Possible” in our website listing.
You can find all of Julia’s top tips on how to surreptitiously discover your fiancée-to-be’s ring size by clicking the link below.
Two Hearts Creating One Ring:
Proposing With An Engagement Gem™
If the mere mention of alternative ways to propose brings to mind that online video of bungee-jumping lovers popping the question as they plummet toward the ground, please don’t panic!
There are far more romantic (and far less white knuckle) alternative ways to propose than that.
Let us introduce you to the Engagement Gem™ proposal.
Whether a diamond or coloured stone, proposing with an Engagement Gem™ is an exciting way to pop the question, particularly if you’re uncertain about which style of engagement ring your fiancée will adore.
Your choice of Engagement Gem™ will be perfectly and securely presented in our specialised ring box - allowing you to propose to your fiancée-to-be in a traditional (or non-traditional) way.
But the magic of proposing with an Engagement Gem™ doesn’t end after she says “Yes”.
Together, you’ll join Julia in the studio to celebrate your engagement by designing the perfect ring for the Engagement Gem™ you previously chose in a totally bespoke, unique experience creating special memories you will both treasure forever.
Having already discussed your available ring budget with Julia in advance, you can also relax and enjoy the design experience with your fiancée, knowing that it won’t be spoilt by any mention of financial matters and that all of the possible engagement ring designs created for you by Julia will fall easily within your pre-agreed budget.
A Diamond Dialogue with Julia Pharo
Growing up on her grandfather’s diamond mine in South Africa, having an uncle who was an expert gem cutter, and with cousins who still mine diamonds in South Africa and Botswana to this day - it’s fair to say that Julia knows a thing or two about diamonds.
A fine jeweller in Hatton Garden, Julia is also a Certified Gemmologist and Member of The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) as well as a Member of the Alumnus Association of The Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
Here, Julia answers twenty-five of the most frequently asked questions about diamonds and diamond engagement rings.