Little bit of Luxury

I love a little bit luxury, something that adds a elegance and shows high quality. Every girl needs some luxury in their life.

Platinum vs White Gold: Which is the best metal for your engagement ring?

When you start looking for a diamond engagement ring, you may be surprised to learn that yellow gold is not ideal when teamed with diamonds – unless the diamonds are fancy, brightly coloured ones that look good against the gleam of yellow or rose gold. This is because diamonds are cut to reflect light, and if mounted against yellow gold, they will reflect yellow, instead of that evocative rainbow fire that marks a diamond’s quality. You will very quickly decide that you need to make a choice between white gold and platinum, but which should you choose and why?

Platinum vs White Gold

White Gold

White gold is something of a misnomer, but calling it ‘gold mixed with some other pale metal’ is not likely to garner it too many purchasers, even though that would be more accurate! White gold is gold mixed with, usually, one of three silver-hued metals, nickel, silver, or palladium. Because of the high content of gold, the metal is not actually ‘white’ (by which a silvery hue is actually meant). Rather, it is like a very pale-yellow gold. Like its more colourful counterpart, white gold is categorised in carats of purity, and the price is very much the same as yellow gold, itself an alloy, usually. This is because pure gold is very soft, and any jewellery made from it would be misshapen after one day of use. When rings are offered for sale as white gold and betraying no hint of yellowness, this is almost always because the ring has been plated with rhodium, a beautiful silvery element that looks very attractive. However, this plating will come off in time, perhaps giving your engagement ring time to shine moonlit silver until the wedding ceremony, after which time it will revert to the colour of pale gold! White gold tends to be a hardy metal, given durability by the addition of the other metals, so it is a good choice as an engagement ring which will be worn all the time.

Platinum vs White Gold

Platinum

Platinum that is used in jewellery is also an alloy, albeit with a much higher purity. Most platinum only has about five percent of other metals mixed in with it, and this is why platinum costs a little more than white gold, which may have ten percent or more of other metals mixed with it. Platinum naturally has an attractive silvery shade and will not discolour over time as there is no plating to wear away. Like gold platinum is highly un-reactive, so rings made from either metal will not tarnish or discolour with day-to-day use. It is also very hard-wearing which makes it ideal for regular wear as a ring – the jewellery item that takes the most abuse, given how often we use our hands during our lives! One big advantage of platinum is that it is hypoallergenic, while one of the metals commonly used to make white gold, nickel, is a metal that more people are allergic to than any other.

So, which should you choose? It is entirely your choice. Platinum is heavier, being a denser metal, and it is more expensive. It has the advantages of being hardwearing and hypoallergenic. On the other hand, if there are no allergies involved, and cost is an important factor, then white gold is an excellent option. For more advice and help in making up your mind, there is an impartial platinum vs white gold comparison at Pricescope diamond and jewellery forum that can help you weigh up the differences between two metals that will both set your diamond off to a great effect. Happy shopping!

Designing the perfect engagement ring with Durham Rose

When you find the love of your life, they are perfect for you, support you, love you for you, make you laugh and you just know you want to spend the rest of your life with them. For some it’s an instant connection for others it take time to build on that connection but finding that one person you love with all of your heart is something that dreams are made of and therefore something you want to keep for the rest of your lives together.

Durham Rose designing the perfect engagement ring

As your relationship progresses marriage is for me is the goal. I always knew I wanted to get married, I’m not saying I had my dream wedding planned out from the age of 6 but marriage was something I wanted.

When you find your true love and you decide the next step is marriage, then starts making plans for the most important question you will ever ask. Will you marry me? Along with the question comes finding the perfect ring. Yes you could head to the high street and find just about the same ring in every shop, which is wonderful. However does it really depict the women you are wanting to marry? does it show their personally? all their likes and dislikes? My guess is it doesn’t. Have you thought about designing that special ring with the help of some design experts?

Designing the perfect engagement ring

Well Durham Rose can help you out with that. Durham Rose is a family ran company owned by Manu and Pip. It was set up in 2011, when Manu couldn’t find the perfect ring for his now wife. Manu found jewellers who would design him a ring, however they could only sketch the designs. Manu wanted to be able to really see how the ring would look and make adjustments to it, the jewellers said that he ideas were unachievable. There was a few jewellers in the UK who offered 3D design programmes, but the price of this service, was expensive and wouldn’t be achievable for most budgets.

So, Manu used his engineering background and his knowledge of using a design software called CAD, to design and create the engagement ring of Pip’s dreams. Then took his unique design to a jeweller to make, before popping the question to Pip.

Durham Rose

Manu and Pip decided to start their very own bespoke jewellery company Durham Rose, to help people to design the perfect ring. They have build the business up and now have a highly experience team of creatives working with them to design and produce unique one off items of jewellery for you to treasure. Durham Rose specialises in engagement and wedding rings, but they are also happy to create a ring or an item of jewellery that you would like.

durham rose design process

What could be better then designing the engagement ring of dreams for your loved one. Durham Rose will be with your every step of the way, sending you 3D CAD designs so you can see just how the finished ring will look. Also by using CAD you can adjust things so it is just perfect.

With Durham Rose they will also send you a details invoice of your ring, the metal, the stones, they will also give you options of the different stones, the carat of the metal you choice. This then allows you to ensure that your design comes within your budget. Durham Rose really go all out to help you design your ring and to work within you budgets, however if your budget is under £950 they advise you to look to the high street.

durham rose engagement ring design

Sometimes you have to think about the experience you will be getting, the designers with years of experience, bespoke design to have the item of dreams, not just the cost.

Once you are 100% happy with your design, then will just 50% deposit they will begin to bring your design to life. It then take 4-6 weeks for your ring to be ready, however should you want it that bit quicker they do offer a fast track service.

After Care

durham rose re-sizing

Once you have created your ring, Durham Rose offer a 12 month warranty, which gives you peace of mind. Also Durham Rose know that before your big day you want to have your ring cleaned, so they also offer a free ring cleaning service.

Plus just encase you opt for the wrong size they offer free re-sizing by 2 sizes. My advise tho, is to try your best to find out their ring size, ask a best friend or use your imagination. There is nothing more upsetting for someone who has just got engaged to have to send the off the ring to be resized, when all you want to do is show off that gorgeous ring.

Finding your forever

So, you have found the love of your life, designed an engagement ring to make all of her friends envious now you have to plan how to propose. Whatever you have planed make sure its something they would love and try to keep it a surprise. Oh and the traditional side of me thinks you should ask her Dad or Mum for their permission. Believe me it means a lot to the parents.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Durham Rose.*

 

Sustainable designer jewellery by Sacet

As you all know I love gorgeous things and at the top of that list is jewellery. I just love it. Although I love costume jewellery, the items that can be be bought cheaply and only worn once or twice. However what I really love is high quality designer items.

Buying jewellery online can be difficult, I like to see and feel what I can getting. It’s always a worry when you spend a lot of money on something that you haven’t seen before. Then you have the worry about sending it back via the post and having the extra costs of postage.

Sustainable designer jewellery

sacet earings and necklace

Sacet are designer online jewellery boutique, that have some of the most beautiful items I have seen in while. Not only that but they are a sustainable brand, because each items is made to order, within their artisan workshop by some amazingly talented craftspeople.

Sacet do any much as possible to ensure they remain sustainable by by using recycled silver. They source this as often the larger silver mines do not have the best working environments, which Sacet pride their selfs on.

Gemstones and diamonds are used in almost all of their items, and Sacet ensure they choose suppliers that adhere to good working conditions and offer their worker fair pay.

Ordering from Sacet

sacet necklace

One thing I love about Sacet is you are able to order samples of the items you would like. You get to choose 3 sample items with get sent our to you with free returns. You are able to trial them for 5 days. Once you have chosen your items then it will be made bespoke just for you. If however you do not return them then you will get charged £25 per sample item. The samples although look like the real deal, they are not.

Such a wonderful idea, I love that you can try before you buy. Sacet items are investment pieces and you need to be sure

My Sacet items

earings by sacet

I was kindly sent out the Classic Pave Diamond round earrings and necklace. They are beautiful, very simple and elegant they also look beautiful on. I love that they are very understated so can be worn all of the time, both with jeans and a t-shirt and a dress out for dinner. It’s wonderful to have something so pretty that I can always wear, without going for one of my large statement items, that I love but it isn’t always suitable to wear them all of the time.

Thank you Sacet for sending me these gorgeous items. I love them.