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Ring Size Guide
Engagement Rings
Wedding Rings
Fine Jewellery
Metals
Diamonds
Hallmarking
Jewellery Care
Ring Size Guide

If you have access to a printer, just print out the below page, take off your existing ring, and draw around the inside, you should probably do this 3 times to avoid any random results.

Measure the inside width of the circle you've drawn, and then compare this to the above chart. You can also place your existing ring over the circles, to find the closest fit

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Ring Size Guide

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Ring Size (UK) Measurement (mm)
A37.8
B39.1
C40.4
D41.7
E42.9
F44.2
G45.5
Ring Size (UK) Measurement (mm)
H46.8
I48.0
J48.7
K50.0
L51.2
M52.5
N53.8
Ring Size (UK) Measurement (mm)
O55.1
P55.76
Q57.15
R58.47
S60.00
T61.29
U62.89
Ring Size (UK) Measurement (mm)
V63.84
W65.22
X66.54
Y67.51
Z68.77
Choosing your ring
Metals
Diamond Set
Plain

A good start is consider whether you would prefer a plain band or a finish or perhaps a diamond set ring. A wedding ring traditionally is worn every single day even though you cannot necessarily always wear the engagement ring, at work for example. This means that a wedding ring should suit your everyday life, think about whether you need it to very practical or if something more decorative will be suitable.

For the this may mean a comfortable shape ring and a hard-wearing metal or a plain wed versus a diamond set band. If you have smaller fingers think how the width of your wedding ring will sit on your finger, if you are wearing an engagement ring as well will you need a slimmer wedding band?

When choosing a ring to sit with an existing engagement ring consider whether a straight band will sit flush with your ring or whether a shaped band will be needed if you would prefer no gap between the two rings.

It is also possible to choose matching wedding ring profiles in different widths or metals to keep some similarity between the two rings.

We also offer the option to engrave on the inside of the rings, something a lot of couples now do to add a personalised touch, this can be added at the checkout.

A good start is to consider whether you would prefer a plain band or a finish or perhaps a diamond set ring. A wedding ring traditionally is worn every single day even though you cannot necessarily always wear the engagement ring, at work for example. This means that a wedding ring should suit your everyday life, think about whether you need it to very practical or if something more decorative will be suitable.

For the this may mean a comfortable shape ring and a hard-wearing metal or a plain wed versus a diamond set band. If you have smaller fingers think how the width of your wedding ring will sit on your finger, if you are wearing an engagement ring as well will you need a slimmer wedding band?

When choosing a ring to sit with an existing engagement ring consider whether a straight band will sit flush with your ring or whether a shaped band will be needed if you would prefer no gap between the two rings.

It is also possible to choose matching wedding ring profiles in different widths or metals to keep some similarity between the two rings.

We also offer the option to engrave on the inside of the rings, something a lot of couples now do to add a personalised touch, this can be added at the checkout.

View our metal guide

Diamond set rings are chosen by the width and the setting style, if you have a diamond set engagement ring then you may want to match the setting style and width to the shoulders of the engagement ring. Alternatively, you may prefer to choose a different style to accentuate the two individual rings.

If you have a solitaire or an engagement ring with plain polished shoulders then you can choose any style you would like to compliment your existing ring.

Diamond set wedding rings are normally half set or 60% set to make them practical for everyday wear, the diamonds in a full set ring on the underside of the band are more susceptible to wear and tear. A full diamond set band cannot be re-sized at a later date if required.

Diamond Set Guide

  • CHANNEL SET

    Channel setting is the most secure way of setting diamonds into a wedding ring because the entire edge of the band is covering the sides of the diamond. It also makes the diamonds a bit more subtly since they are set low into the ring which makes it perfect for adding a bit of sparkle to the ring.

    You can increase the width of the design so that the diamonds will be larger to fill the band or you can choose a design where the metal widens but the row of diamonds stays the same width.

  • PAVE SET

    Pave or grain setting is where small beads of metal are used to hold the diamonds in the band, this can be vintage in appearance especially if the design has a beaded edge.

    This setting style also allows you to set multiple rows of diamonds to create an encrusted look so little metal can be seen.

  • PRONG SET

    Prong set ring have diamonds set onto of the band with each diamond being held by claws this allows the sides of the diamonds to be visible which makes them very sparkly.

    As you increase the width of a prong set band the diamond size will increase.

Plain wedding rings are available in a variety of profiles, choosing your preference will depend if you are matching the band to another ring so you would need to choose the most similar shape. If not then you can choose based on the appearance of the band shape and the comfort.

The width for the ladies on average is 2mm-3mm and for the gents is 5mm-6mm, this will depend a little on your finger size though and personal preference as there are a wide range of width options. The ladies plain wedding ring is often a fraction larger than the width of the engagement ring to ensure it still stands out as a ring however this is not always the case, some people would rather an exact match.

Choosing the wedding ring weight depends if you would prefer something light that doesn’t feel too obvious to wear or something heavy that you can really feel on your hand. As you increase from light weight to medium weight to heavy then depth of the ring increases.

The ladies band will be a case of matching a style to the engagement ring, that may mean an exact like for like style or something complimentary that doesn’t over power the existing ring but suits well.

A solitaire engagement ring can be easily worn with a plain band of matching profile (the shape of the band) or with something diamond set or with a finish (a pattern applied to the plain band). Engagement rings with diamonds in the shoulders or halo are often matched with the same style diamond setting as the engagement ring.

The Gents wedding rings begin with choosing profile, usually by selecting the most comfortable preferred shape. The deciding whether you prefer a plain polished band or with a finish added on to the design.

Plain Wedding Ring Guide

  • Traditional
    Court Shape

    Court shaped wedding rings have a gentle curve on the inside and the outside of the ring, this is a very traditional wedding band shape and is considered very comfortable due to the curve inside the ring.

  • SLIGHT COURT

    The slight court is similar to a traditional court shape with the curved inside and outer band profile but with less of a curve to it.

  • D-SHAPE

    The D-shaped wedding bands are also a very traditional wedding band profile. They are shaped like a ‘D’ with the inside of the ring completely flat but with a curved outer shape. The Curve becomes more pronounced as you increase the weight of the band.

  • Engagement
    Match Court

    This profile is a similar shape to most engagement rings, it is a little flatter on the top with curved edges.

  • FLAT COURT

    The flat court is the reverse of the D shaped band, it has a curved inside with makes it comfortable but is completely flat on the outside of the ring.

  • FLAT

    The flat profile is completely flat on the inside and outside of the band with flat sides as well.

  • FINISHES

    The finishes are a range of patterns which can be applied to the plain wedding rings for those who want to go for something a bit different.

Bracelets
Earrings
Pendants

A diamond bracelet is a classic way of adding some extra sparkle. Tennis bracelets were originally created for a more active lifestyle as an alternative to bangles and heavy bracelets. The term Tennis bracelet was coined in 1987 during the US Open when Chris Everet requested the match to be paused whilst she searched for her diamond bracelet which had fallen on the court.

Bracelet Guide

  • Single row
    Tennis bracelet

    A single row tennis bracelet will add a little sparkle whilst still being easy to wear and very elegant in appearance. Single tennis bracelets are the most traditional style comprising of a row of prong set diamonds.

  • Double Row
    Tennis bracelet

    Three and four row tennis bracelets will add a substantial amount more sparkle for something extra special, these are made up of multiple rows or diamonds to give an encrusted appearance.

  • Three Row and Four
    Row Tennis Bracelets

    Three and four row tennis bracelets will add a substantial amount more sparkle for something extra special, these are made up of multiple rows or diamonds to give an encrusted appearance.

  • Designer Bracelets

    Designer bracelets offer something a bit more unusual to the classic tennis style, these designs vary in diamond shape and often feature clusters of diamonds to form a pattern. An ideal choice for someone who prefers something more unique.

  • Bangles

    Diamond Bangles are a traditional style of jewellery, these allow you to add diamonds to something more substantial. Diamond bangles come in a variety of settings from channel which will be the most secure, to prong and grain setting which will show off the most sparkle.

Diamond earrings make a wonderful gift and come in a range of different style. Choose from the Classic studs which can be worn day to day to some more elaborate drop designs for more of a statement.

Earrings Guide

  • Studs

    Classic diamond studs are most traditionally Round diamonds in a four or six claw setting however they are now available in all diamond shapes and can be matched to the engagement ring shape for a nice touch. Consider the diamond size, for example are they for everyday wear or would larger stones be preferable for a more evening look?

  • Halo

    Halo diamond earrings have a row of small diamonds around the main diamond, this adds some sparkle to the design and will make the overall appearance larger. A halo design is a bit more modern and unusual than the classic studs.

  • Drops

    Drop earrings add a lot of sparkle for a special occasion or evening look, they add a bit of movement which will allow the diamonds to catch the light a sparkle more. Drops come in lots of shapes and sizes depending on how much of a statement you wish to make!

  • Clusters

    Cluster earrings will give a diamond encrusted appearance, these often combine different diamond shapes, so the overall effect can be very different. Clusters are usually great values since they are made up of lots of smaller diamonds all set together.

  • Hoops

    Hoop earrings can range from designs which are snug to the ear and suitable for wearing everyday due to their fixed clasp, to larger multi row hoops which will be much larger and more sparkly. Hoop earrings also move and catch the light in a way which studs cannot.

A diamond necklace can add a subtle bit of sparkle which is easy to wear every day like a single stone pendant or be a breath-taking piece such as a diamond tennis necklace. Choosing a diamond necklace has many options so think about the occasion it may be for and how often it will be worn.

Diamond pendants can often be matched to the style of an engagement ring or diamond earrings so it is worth checking if a similar style is available.

Pendants Guide

  • Diamond solitaire
    Pendants

    A solitaire pendant is traditionally a round diamond in a four claw setting but they are available in all different diamond shapes if you would prefer something more unusual. Pear cut diamonds make elegant pendants because of their drop shape. A diamond solitaire pendant can make a classic gift which would be more suitable for every day.

  • Diamond Halo
    Pendant

    A halo diamond pendant will add a nice extra row of sparkle around the center diamond, this may match nicely to the style of an existing engagement ring or earrings. A halo set pendant is a nice twist on a classic design.

  • Diamond Trilogy and
    Journey Pendant

    Trilogy pendants and journey pendants (three or five stones increasing in size) are a special way of celebrating a special occasion. A Trilogy pendant traditionally represents the past, the present, and the future and a Journey pendant commemorates the special moments, dreams and the journeys that occur in life.

  • Designer Pendants

    Designer pendants can be styles such as clusters and more decorative drop pendants. These designs will usually comprise of lots of smaller diamonds creating a more sparkly overall appearance. These are often a more

  • Diamond Tennis
    Necklace

    The diamond tennis necklace is a real showstopper, similar to the diamond tennis bracelet the necklace comprises of diamonds which often completely encircle the neck. A diamond tennis necklace will make a real statement and add some serious sparkle to any outfit.

White Gold
Yellow Gold
Rose Gold
Platinum
Palladium

White gold is a modern choice, it’s bright white rhodium finish makes it perfect for making jewellery with diamonds set in the design. Gold is a historically precious metal used throughout history for jewels, white gold is hugely popular due to its elegant appearance and value in comparison to Platinum.

White Gold

  • About White Gold

    White gold has become an increasingly popular choice for most people, it suits most skin types and the whiteness of the metal will compliment different styles. White metals will reflect the diamond encouraging an overall colourless appearance and sparkle. White gold is made up of natural gold mixed with white alloy metals to increase its whiteness. To make it a bright white it its plated in a rhodium coating.

    Over time this plating will wear away bringing the metal back to its slightly yellowish white appearance, this can be easily rectified by re-plating the ring to make it look brand new. White gold and Platinum have a very similar overall appearance (platinum is slightly darker) however white gold is slightly less expensive. We use 18ct white gold for our engagement rings which is 75%gold mixed with 25% white metal alloys. These are Hallmarked at the Birmingham Assay office.

  • Caring for White Gold

    To care for your White gold jewellery, we recommend storing it in your box or a soft cloth bag when you are not wearing it. We advise against wearing your jewellery when doing manual activities for example gardening, washing dishes, using the gym etc since there is more potential for damage. Avoiding chemicals whilst wearing your jewellery, hand creams, antibac gel, sun creams, cleaning products etc will help minimise the effect on the rhodium plating.

    To clean around the diamond setting we advise only luke warm water and a very soft brush. You can always pop to our shop if you would like us to clean the diamond settings for you, this process takes about 5 mins and is complimentary. If you would like the metal polished up as well then this will take approx. 1 week and costs £25.

Yellow gold is a rich luxurious colour recognised throughout history for is regal appearance. Diamonds stand out brightly from its warm colour giving each piece a classic traditional feel.

Yellow Gold

  • About Yellow Gold

    Yellow gold is the most traditional style for engagement and wedding rings, its naturally rich yellow in colour and because of this it’s colour won’t tarnish over time. Gold is graded in Carats, the gold used in our engagement rings is hallmarked 18ct at the Birmingham Assay office.

    Pure gold is too soft to be used in fine jewellery making so it is mixed with alloy metals to increase it’s strength. 18ct gold is 75% gold and 25% alloys. When used in engagement rings often the band of the ring is make in yellow gold but the claws are made in white gold or platinum, this is to avoid the yellow colour of the metal reflecting through the diamond and causing it to look yellow. However it is possible to have the claws and the band all in yellow if you prefer it’s appearance.

  • Caring for Yellow Gold

    To care for your Yellow gold jewellery, we recommend storing it in your box or a soft cloth bag when you are not wearing it. We advise against wearing your jewellery when doing manual activities for example gardening, washing dishes, using the gym etc since there is more potential for damage. We advise avoiding chemicals whilst wearing your jewellery etc hand creams, antibac gel, sun creams, cleaning products.

    To clean around the diamond setting we advise only luke warm water and a very soft brush. You can always pop to our shop if you would like us to clean the diamond settings for you, this process takes about 5 mins and is complimentary. If you would like the metal polished up as well then this will take approx. 1 week and costs £25.

Rose gold is a soft warm colour suitable for most skin types. Rose gold has had a resurgence recently with many people favouring its gentle tone.

Rose Gold

  • About Rose Gold

    Rose gold has become a very popular choice over recent years, favoured for it’s warmer pink hue of gold. 18ct Rose gold is made using 75% gold mixed with 25% reddish alloys like copper to alter its colour.

    Like Yellow gold, Rose gold wont tarnish over time and it is often made with rose gold as the band of the ring but white or platinum as the claws. This will keep the diamonds looking nice and white and avoid the pink metal reflecting through the stones. Our Rose gold engagement rings are hallmarked at the Birmingham Assay Office.

  • Caring for Rose Gold

    To care for your Rose gold jewellery, we recommend storing it in your box or a soft cloth bag when you are not wearing it. We advise against wearing your jewellery when doing manual activities for example gardening, washing dishes, using the gym etc since there is more potential for damage. We advise avoiding chemicals whilst wearing your jewellery etc hand creams, antibac gel, sun creams, cleaning products.

    To clean around the diamond setting we advise only luke warm water and a very soft brush. You can always pop to our shop if you would like us to clean the diamond settings for you, this process takes about 5 mins and is complimentary. If you would like the metal polished up as well then this will take approx. 1 week and costs £25.

Platinum is a rarer precious metal than gold thus slightly more expensive, it is naturally white in colour making it a great choice for diamond jewellery designs.

Platinum

  • About Platinum

    Platinum has grown to be extremely popular due to its natural white colour and high purity. Jewellery made from Platinum is usually Hallmarked 950 which means it is 95% pure, it is a harder metal than gold naturally so does not require more alloys to strengthen it.

    Due to this high purity Platinum is considered to be hypoallergenic so suitable for those who may have had reactions to jewellery in the past. Platinum is naturally white in colour so there is no need for plating, it will not alter in colour over time. It is a very rare metal which is found only in select locations around the world therefore is more expensive than other precious jewellery metals.

  • Caring for Platinum

    To care for your Platinum jewellery, we recommend storing it in your box or a soft cloth bag when you are not wearing it. We advise against wearing your jewellery when doing manual activities for example gardening, washing dishes, using the gym etc since there is more potential for damage. We advise avoiding chemicals whilst wearing your jewellery etc hand creams, antibac gel, sun creams, cleaning products.

    To clean around the diamond setting we advise only luke warm water and a very soft brush. You can always pop to our shop if you would like us to clean the diamond settings for you, this process takes about 5 mins and is complimentary. If you would like the metal polished up as well then this will take approx. 1 week and costs £25.

Palladium is a naturally white metal similar in appearance to platinum. Palladium has similar properties to platinum but has more alloy mixed with it making it lighter than platinum.

Palladium

  • About Palladium

    Palladium is a metal in the Platinum family meaning it shares a lot of the same chemical properties as Platinum. It is a naturally white metal which when viewed next to Platinum would appearance the same. One of the main differences is the weight, Palladium is a less dense metal so it considerably lighter in weight than Platinum.

    Palladium used for jewellery making is usually Hallmarked 950 meaning it is 95% pure and 5% alloy. It is a harder wearing metal than gold so does not need more alloy content to add strength.

  • Caring for Palladium

    To care for your Palladium jewellery, we recommend storing it in your box or a soft cloth bag when you are not wearing it. We advise against wearing your jewellery when doing manual activities for example gardening, washing dishes, using the gym etc since there is more potential for damage. We advise avoiding chemicals whilst wearing your jewellery etc hand creams, antibac gel, sun creams, cleaning products.

    To clean around the diamond setting we advise only luke warm water and a very soft brush. You can always pop to our shop if you would like us to clean the diamond settings for you, this process takes about 5 mins and is complimentary. If you would like the metal polished up as well then this will take approx. 1 week and costs £25.

Shape
Carat
Clarity
Colour
Cut
Certification
Conflict Free

Diamonds come in a range of shapes each providing a different overall appearance, taking some time to compare these may unearth a favourite which you had not previously heard of.

Shape Guide

  • Round Brilliant Cut
    Round Brilliant Cut diamonds are the most popular shape. These are cut to maximise the reflection of light through the diamond. Cut with 58 facets the round diamond has been has been optimized over the years to provide the maximum amount of light giving it a fantastic fire and sparkle.
  • Heart
    Heart shaped diamonds are cut with the brilliance of a round diamond yet striking in appearance and by far the most romantic shape. The heart shape will be clearer in larger carat weights so that when set the prongs do not alter the appearance of the shape.
  • Emerald cut
    Emerald cut diamonds have a completely different sparkle to most other diamond shapes, the have a mirror like sparkle often associated with the 20s. The Emerald cut takes its name from the gemstone since this step-cut style was originally only used on gemstones. This type of cut was popular for showing off the high quality your diamond since inclusions are easily spotted in this type of cut.
  • Asscher cut
    Asscher cut diamonds are step cut like emerald cut diamonds are but in a square shape, they have cut corners so can appear octagon shaped from a distance. This is an unusual style of diamond cut which has a mirror like sparkle. As with emerald cuts inclusions can easily be seen so it is important to buy as high a clarity as possible to
  • Marquise cut
    Marquise cut diamonds also known as navette (old French for little ship) are faceted like a round brilliant but elongated to create a 'boat' like shape which will really maximise your carat weight. The marquise cut produces an elegant alternative to more traditional diamond shapes, emphasising length of slender fingers. Legend tells that the marquise cut was named for Marquise de Pompadour by King Louis XV because of its resembled her smile.
  • Radiant Cut
    The Radiant cut is similar in shape to an emerald cut diamond but it has been faceted like a brilliant. Perfect for those who perfect the rectangular or square shape of the emerald cut but whould prefer a sparkle like a round brilliant. The radiant is an unusual cut created to show the beauty of each diamond shape in a striking new way.
  • Oval Cut
    Oval cut diamonds are faceted like a round brilliant cut but elongated slightly which maximises your carat weight in the same way a marquise cut does. This is perfect for those who would an impressive size stone for the carat with maximum brilliance.
  • Cushion Cut
    The cushion cut diamond is reminiscent of the old Mine cut of the 19th and 20th century. The mine cut featured larger facets and soft, rounded corners. Cushion cut diamonds have a different sparkle to a round brilliant cut but are cut to disperse the light creating flashes of spectral colour. Cushion cut diamonds are a popular choice for fancy colours due to the way they hold the colour and reflect the light.
  • Princess cut
    The Princess Cut diamond has become increasingly popular over recent years due to its modern square shape. Faceted with either 57 or 76 facets this shape is known for its brilliance, if you are looking for something slightly different but with a fantastic sparkle then a Princess cut is perfect.
  • Pear Cut
    Pear cut or tear shape diamonds combine the traits of a round brilliant cut and a marquise cut creating an elegant shape with fantastic sparkle. Pear cut diamonds can increase in width or length as the carat weight increases. As well as being popular in engagement rings pear cuts also make very beautiful drop pendants and earrings.

All diamonds are weighed in metric carats. Carats are divided up in a similar way to a British pound. For example in every pound there is one hundred pence. For example a 0.75pt diamond will be a 0.75ct which is 0.75pt out of one carat. The common misconception with carat is that this refers to the actual physical size of the diamond. It in fact just refers to the weight of the diamond when it is on the scales.

The physical size is determined by other factors from the 4c's. When diamonds are weighed it is usually done to the most accurate hundred thousandth. The reason for this is a point either way can alter the cost.

We always suggest trying different carat weights on to see which is the best for you. Many of our customers have started of looking at a 0.40ct diamond and ended up leaving with a much bigger diamond mainly due to the bigger size sitting much better on their finger.

If you are ever in doubt about carat weight please feel free to contact us and one of our diamond experts will explain this to you in more detail.

Carat Scale

  • 0.25ct.

    4.1mm

  • 0.50ct.

    5.2mm

  • 0.75ct.

    5.9mm

  • 1.00ct.

    6.5mm

  • 1.5ct.

    7.4mm

  • 2.00ct.

    8.2mm

  • 2.50ct.

    9.0mm

  • 3.00ct.

    9.3mm

  • 4.00ct.

    10.2mm

  • 5.00ct.

    11.0mm

Clarity is the measure of imperfections in a diamond. These are more commonly known as 'inclusions'. Inclusions come in different forms such as feathers, bubbles and carbon marks. They can come in different shapes and sizes depending on the size and location in the diamond.

Below you can see the clarity charts you can purchase from us. Take your time and read each in detail. If you need any more information please contact us and one of our diamond experts will be happy to take you through the different grades.

Clarity Scale

  • F
    Flawless diamond
    The diamond shows no inclusions or blemises of any sort under 10X magnification when observed by an experienced grader.
  • IF
    Internally flawless diamond
    The diamond has no inclusions when observed by an experienced grader using 10X magnification, but will have some minor blemishes.
  • VVS1 / VVS2
    Very, very slightly included diamond
    The diamond contains minute inclusions that are difficult even for experienced graders to see under 10X magnification.
  • VS1 / VS2
    Very slightly included diamond
    The diamond contains minute inclusions such as small crystals, clouds or feathers when oberved with effort under 10X magnification.
  • S1 / S2
    Slightly included diamond
    The diamond contains inclusions (clouds, included crystals, knots, cavities and feathers) that are noticeable to an experienced grader under 10X magnification.
  • I1 / I2 / I3
    Included diamond
    The diamond contains inclusions (possible large feathers or large included crystals) that are obvious under 10X magnification and may affect transparancy and brilliance.

A common misunderstanding with colour grading is that in fact what the colour grading is referring to is the lack of colour in the diamond. For example a K colour diamond is going to be a light yellow while a D colour will be colourless or 'white'. The colour scale goes from Z being the lowest and D Being the highest. At diamond heaven we sell a minimum of an H colour up to a D colour unless you are looking for a cloured stone such as a fancy coloured diamond such as a blue, yellow, pink green. These can be specially sourced if needed.

Which Colour is for you?

If you want a diamond that is near colourless we recommend D-F. While they're expensive they are more than worth it. If you don't want to spend the amount for D-F then we recommend the G colour. While not as colourless these stones are still a beautiful while colour which will save you some money and give your stone a fantastic look. In the trade, it's called commercial quality and the majority of the multi stone jewellery found in a retail shop is of this colour.

Colour Scale

  • D

  • E

  • F

  • G

  • H

  • I

  • J

  • K-M

  • N-Z

  • colourless

  • near-colourless

  • noticeable colour

Cut is an important factor when buying a diamond as it can relate to how well the diamond sparkles. At aspire we only sell good cut. The reson being as you move into the lower grades the diamonds not only sparkle less but can start to appear less round.

Cut grades were developed by the GIA (Gemmological Institute of America) during the 1940's and 1950's to enable independent labs to not only evaluate clarity and colour but to check the structure of the diamond itself. A round brilliant cut diamond will have 57 or 58 facets which are precisely cut and defined. While these are miniature in size they are extremely important as they govern how well the diamond is going to sparkle.

Cut Grades

  • Excellent
    The excellent cut is one of the most valued and cherished cut grades. This cut reflects almost all the light that enters the diamond. In some cases when an excellent cut diamond is reflected such a large amount of light it can be upgraded to the rarer 'Ideal Cut'.
  • Very Good
    A very good cut will not reflect as much light back as an excellent cut however this grade will only loose a small percentage of light giving your stone a fantastic fire. These stones are a fantastic purchase and prove to be stunning value.
  • Good
    Good cut diamonds reflect most of the light that passes through them. Around 20% is lost but these stones are brilliantly priced and are substantially cheaper than a very good or excellent cut. Fair-The fair cut will still sparkle but when compared to any of the higher grades you will see a difference in the sparkle of the diamond. If buying a higher grade stone in a larger carat weight however you can find some very good priced diamonds. Still worth a look!
  • Fair
    A large proportion of light is not reflected back from these stones, the are often cut to unusual dimensions, causing them to have issues with dark tables.
  • Poor
    Most of the light will not be reflected back out of the diamond. These stones are usually too deep or shallow to be able to reflect the light back out.

A diamond Certification is your confirmation of the specifications of your diamond. This means that the diamond has been sent to an independent laboratory and evaluated by a team of specialist gemmologists to determine the characteristics of each individual stone.

A diamond certification is important to verify the item you are buying is genuine. This will also be used by your insurance company to confirm the details of your purchase along with an Insurance Valuation (we provide this complimentary with your purchase).

There are a wide range of Certification Laboratories available to choose from depending on the amount of detail you would like. The most widely known is the GIA in part because they invented the diamond grading scale which is now used throughout the industry. Established in 1931 the GIA now laser inscribe the majority of their diamonds therefore using magnification you are able to read you certificate number off your diamonds for added security.

When deciding what certification to choose, think about what aspects are important to you, a GIA certification will carry a premium because it is the leading authority in diamond grading but will also give you a broad spectrum of information about your particular diamond. GIA diamonds also hold value well so are a perfect choice for those looking for an investment piece since they are highly regarded throughout the industry.

If you would like to get the most value for your purchase then consider a different certification such as AGI or GIE, this will allow you the peace of mind you need whilst also providing confirmation for your insurance company. For a lot of people having a diamond certificate is important but the overall appearance of the diamond is more important as this is what they will be looking at everyday.

Sample Certificate

We believe in working together within the diamond industry to ensure that our customers are provided with conflict free stones. All the companies we purchase from are members of The Kimberly Process or the Stop Blood Diamonds Initiative.

Conflict diamonds or blood diamonds are mined and sold, with the proceeds then used to fund conflict in war torn countries. This process has a huge impact on the local communities whose human rights are disregarded, they are often forced into diamond mining and rebel causes.

The Kimberly Process

The Kimberly Process began in May 2000 when diamond producing states in South -Africa met to discuss procedures to stop the circulation and sale of conflict diamonds. The result was the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) which documents the control of rough diamond production and trade. The KPCS has been in force since 2003 when participating countries began implementing the rules. The Kimberly Process represents 81 countries all meeting the requirements necessary to trade.

Under the terms of the KPCS all participating countries must put in place legislation to control the import, export and internal tracking whilst also only trading with other members of the Kimberly Process.

Stop Blood Diamonds

The Stop Blood Diamonds Initiative is set up to stop the exploitation of human rights within the diamond trade. They campaign against inhumane practices and aim to create awareness within the industry and the public. Stop Blood Diamonds is a helpful resource for potential buyers who require any additional information or have concerns regarding purchasing a diamond.

Hallmarking

The Hallmark is the stamp on the inside of the metal confirming it's purity. All precious metals sold in the UK require a Hallmark, our jewellery is Hallmarked at the Birmingham Assay Office whose logo is an anchor.

Your jewellery will have three stamps, a makers mark to show who made the piece, a metal purity mark (for example 18ct gold is 750) and the mark of the Assay Office that stamped it.

Hallmarking Faqs

  • Do Aspire hallmark their own jewellery?

    The short answer to this is no. All hallmarking is done independently. This then means that the consumer can feel at complete ease when buying an item of jewellery from us.

  • How long has jewellery been hallmarked for?

    The earliest record of a hallmark was in 1300 and appears to be one of the earliest forms of consumer protection.

  • What should my hallmark say?

    Your hallmark will have the company stamp (who it was made by) the metal stamp (for platinum 950) and also the symbol stamp for the assay office where it was hallmarked. (In our case this would be anchor which represents the Birmingham Assay Office)

  • Where can I find out more?

    Feel free to visit the Birmingham Assay office website: www.theassayoffice.co.uk

Jewellery Care

All fine jewellery is subject to daily wear and tear especially rings since we use our hands constantly during our day to day activities. If you have any concerns about how to care for your jewellery don't hesitate to contact us for advice.

Jewellery Care Guide

  • Daily Wear

    We recommend removing your jewellery when applying any hand creams, suncreams, soaps etc this will build up under the settings of the diamonds and dull the sparkle of the stones over time. This is also important if your jewellery is white gold as it may cause the rhodium plating to wear away quicker. Day to day damage is often caused by thinks such as wearing the jewellery in bed, grabbing metal door handles, and catching claws on clothing, this can cause scratches to the metal or loosen the setting around the diamond. Whilst these things cannot always be avoided it is always good to be aware.

  • Activities

    We advise not wearing your jewellery during manual activities such as gardening and when participating in sports which may cause damage to your jewellery. Activities which may allow dirt to get into the jewellery may impact the integrity of the settings and cause the metal to become scratched. Diamonds are extremely hard as a substance but when they have been cut and faceted they can easily be subject to chips if impacted. If you intend to go swimming, we suggest removing your jewellery as the chemicals may affect the metal and the water may cause your fingers to shrink slightly causing your rings to become loose.

  • Storing your jewellery

    To keep your jewellery safe when you are not wearing it we suggest storing it in its original box or a soft cloth bag. If you have a safe at home this would be ideal to store your items securely. If you need to transport your jewellery try to keep them individually wrapped to avoid tangling or scratching the pieces.

  • Insure your jewellery

    Always keep your valuables insured to cover yourself against theft, damage, and loss. This can be cover from a specific jewellery insurance company or covered on your house or contents insurance, always double check what is covered though as not all companies will cover for accidental damage for example. We will provide you with an Insurance Valuation along with you purchase so you can provide a copy to your chosen insurer. We also recommend a specialist jewellery insurance company should you prefer this option.

  • Cleaning and polishing

    We always recommend bringing your jewellery in to us for cleaning and polishing ideally once a year. This will allow us to remove any dirt from under the diamond settings, polish up the metal and check the settings around your diamonds to ensure they are all still tight. This service costs £25 and will take approx. a week. We require you to bring your receipt in with you to arrange a clean and a polish. If you would prefer to post the item to us, then be sure to include a copy of your receipt in the parcel and a cover note explaining that you would like to use this service. We advise using Royal mail special delivery and to ensure your items are all tracked and insured during transit.

  • Accidental Damage

    If you think you have damaged your jewellery get in touch with us so that we can provide you with the best advice. It is always best to rectify any problems as soon as you notice them, if possible return the item to us so that we can arrange for an accurate quote to repair from our workshop.