How To Choose The Best Diamond Shape For An Engagement Ring

Deciding you’re going to propose to your partner is an incredibly exciting time. However, for some, deciding which ring to buy can quickly turn this excitement into fear. It isn’t uncommon for people to feel out of their depth when browsing engagement rings and when greeted with a range of different styles to choose from, it can be really daunting. 

You will have probably been told to look at the four C’s when purchasing an engagement or wedding ring. Carat, colour, clarity and cut are all important but, there is actually one other huge factor that needs to be considered; diamond shape. A diamond’s shape is often one of the most noticeable things about a ring. To help anyone struggling to decide which diamond shape to choose for an engagement ring, the Essex jewellers at Bonds of Brentwood have put together a helpful guide. 

The most common diamond shapes

Getting familiar with the most commonly seen diamond shapes is a great place to start. Thankfully, the majority of the shapes are pretty self-explanatory and you can envisage what they will look like just from their name. 

Common engagement ring shapes tend to include; 

  • Round
  • Square
  • Pear
  • Heart 
  • Oval 
  • Marquise 

All of these shapes are very distinctive and completely different from one another. Many people narrow down what they’re looking for by shape so, once you have decided on a shape you will find engagement ring shopping much easier. 

Things to consider when deciding on a shape 

When it comes to choosing which shape to go for, there are certain things you need to bear in mind. It is important to always have your partner in mind when doing this and to consider what they like rather than what you like. We would always suggest you take some time to think about the following three things; 


You want to ensure that the engagement ring you choose reflects your partner’s personality. For example, if your partner is a traditionalist then it is quite likely that they will want a classic round-shaped diamond ring. Think of the ring as an extension of your partner, it is something that everyone will see, so make sure it matches them as a person. 


You also want to make sure that the ring you choose fits in with their everyday style. Think about the jewellery that your partner wears already and take this as a guide. Whilst an engagement ring needs to be extra special, they are going to wear it all the time so it has to work with the rest of their jewellery and their style in general. Always consider their personal taste before you hand over any money. 


Lastly, you need to know that the ring you choose compliments the size of your partner’s hands. For example, if your partner has small hands with shorter fingers then elongated styles such as a pear, oval or marquise shapes will probably be best. Proportions are so important when choosing an engagement ring and can make a huge difference when the ring is actually placed on your partner’s finger. 

Taking the time to consider these three things should help you to instantly narrow down your diamond shape choices. It is also a good way to ensure that you make the decision with your partner in mind rather than making a random choice because you ‘liked it’. 

Purchasing an engagement ring 

Now that you understand a little bit more about the different diamond shapes that you regularly see and also the things you need to consider when deciding on a shape, you are set to purchase your partner’s dream ring. It goes without saying that you know them better than anyone so, have faith that they will love the ring you choose for them. 

If you’re searching for the best place to purchase an engagement ring in Essex, Bonds of Brentwood can help. From classic diamond rings to contemporary styles we have a huge selection from you to choose from. As experienced jewellers in Essex, their team will be able to provide you with their professional opinion as and when required and, also supply you with any additional information you require about the rings in our shop. You can trust that you are in safe hands with our team. 


A Guide To Engagement Rings For Men

According to tradition, an engagement ring is to be placed on the left ring finger of a woman as a symbol to others that she will be getting married. However, in this modern age, tradition is changing and these days both women and men purchasing engagement rings to gift to their male partners. Due to this, lots of people are seeking advice in relation to engagement rings for men. 

It isn’t uncommon to spend a fair amount of time obsessing over engagement rings and trying to find the perfect one for your partner but, not even knowing where to start can make things incredibly difficult. If you’re looking for some guidance when it comes to men’s engagement rings keep reading today, below are four things you need to think about before you step foot in a jewellers. 


Unlike wedding rings, which tend to be plain bands, engagement rings usually have a bit more to them and there is no reason why a men’s engagement ring can’t have a specific style. From classic traditional rings to fashion Rolex rings and everything in between, there is something suited to everyone’s personal taste. Think about your partner’s everyday style and how they usually express themselves through clothes then, apply this to the rings you think they’d like.


These days, there are so many choices when it comes to the colour of rings and you aren’t just restricted to classic yellow gold. It isn’t uncommon for modern men to prefer a white gold or even a black engagement ring, depending on their personal taste. Don’t limit yourself when looking at rings, always explore all colour options. Remember to take into account the colour of any other jewellery they wear too, for example, if they wear a watch you will want to make it match this. 


As far as shape is concerned when looking at men’s engagement rings usually, you will be choosing between flat and domed. On one end of the spectrum, you have a high domed ring that looks like a D shape. This is considered a more classic, traditional shape. Whereas on the other end, you have a totally flat ring. This is considered a contemporary, minimal shape and lots of guys are going with this style currently. Both are very comfortable so, it is really just a visual decision. 


When we say size, we aren’t just talking about the actual ring size, whilst this is important as the ring does need to fit, we are more meaning the visible width of the band. The most common ring width for men is 8mm however, it can differ depending on the size of the man’s hands. To narrow things down for yourself, look at rings between 6mm or 10mm and consider your partner when you’re choosing. Men with larger finger sizes tend to prefer wider rings so, use this as a guide. 

Purchasing a men’s engagement ring 

The four things above should help you start to narrow down the thousands of rings that are out there for your partner. Remember, you know them better than anyone else and we can assure you that they will appreciate the time and effort you have put into choosing a ring for them. 

If you would like some more guidance and to view a selection of men’s engagement rings in Essex, Bonds of Brentwood can help. We are a trustworthy jewellers in Essex and our experienced team will gladly go through things with you in more detail. We have a huge range of engagement rings in store and they can show you the different materials, colours, shapes and styles that are available. You can trust that with our help, you can find the perfect ring for your partner. 


Rose, White Or Yellow Gold; Which Is The Perfect Colour For You?

One of the first things to think about when you purchase a new piece of jewellery is the colour of the gold it is made from. Whether you’re looking for a new ladies watch, a necklace or a ring, the colour of the metal can make such a huge difference to the overall look of the item. 

This decision is incredibly personal and often, people have a preference without really knowing why. If you’re looking at investing in a new piece of jewellery and would like to explore the different options available, keep reading today to find out more about rose, white and yellow gold. 

Rose gold 

Rose gold is quickly becoming the most popular choice for a lot of women’s jewellery. This colour works well in all kinds of jewellery and is often associated with being soft and romantic. Surprisingly to some, rose gold is actually a really strong metal due to the fact that it is made with copper which is known for being sturdy. 

One of the only downsides of rose gold is that copper can sometimes cause people to have an allergic reaction and it isn’t considered to be a hypo-allergenic metal like others we are looking at today. If you know that you have very sensitive skin then this may not be the best choice for your jewellery.  

White gold 

White gold is usually chosen by women who love the look of platinum but want to spend a little bit less. This particular colour is known for being sophisticated and it has an incredibly modern minimalistic look to it. White gold often contains some nickel, which provides the strength needed for it to be a durable piece of jewellery. 

Similarly to rose gold, allergies can cause problems with white gold, if you have a nickel allergy you will need to choose jewellery made with a nickel-free alloy. Cleaning and polishing is also essential with white gold and your jewellery may need to be dipped every few years in order to retain lustre and colour.

Yellow gold 

Yellow gold is probably the most traditional choice out of the three and it has been favoured by women for many years. This colour often symbolises wealth and it is often chosen these days by women wanting a more traditional-style to their jewellery. Yellow gold is known for being easy for jewellers to manipulate, so it is great if you’re wanting something resized.

The one thing to bear in mind with yellow gold is that the higher the actual gold content the less durable the piece of jewellery is. So, if you purchase a high karat amount, it can be easily scratched and dented. Yellow gold will also need to be cleaned and polished regularly like white gold to keep it looking its best. 

Choosing the perfect colour for you 

When deciding which colour of gold would be best for you one of the biggest things to take into consideration is your skin colour. For example, rose gold stands out beautifully against pale skin tones, whereas yellow gold contrasts elegantly with olive and darker skin tones. 

You should also think about how frequently you will be wearing the jewellery and consider the gold’s durability. Lastly, price will play a part in your decision too. All of the coloured gold will vary in price depending on gold content and you may find that the actual colour differs slightly with price too, so ensure you view the jewellery in person before you purchase it. 

Investing in a new piece of jewellery 

Now you can work out which colour of gold you would be best for you, finding a jeweller you can trust to purchase from is the next step. If you’re searching for jewellers in Essex, look no further, Bonds of Brentwood can assist you. They have a huge range of watches and jewellery for sale from wedding rings to diamond bracelets so, you can trust that you can get everything you’re looking for all in one place. As experienced Essex jewellers, their team can help you find the perfect pieces for you.  

How To Buy The Perfect Engagement Ring

Making the decision to propose to your partner, no matter how long you have been together, is a very exciting time. Taking this huge leap in your relationship to pop the question involves finding the perfect engagement ring, which is often seen as one of the most important purchases you can make. 

With over 60 years of experience, our passionate team at Bonds of Brentwood is dedicated to ensuring that you get the most out of your shopping experience and have put together this guide to help you buy the perfect engagement ring. 

  • Decide the ring style 

Being just as important as the stone that will be set on it, the style of the engagement ring is very important. You need to establish whether your partner would prefer a ring that is lavish and contemporary, classic and timeless, vintage-inspired or something more unusual and distinctive. The ring should reflect your partner’s personal style, so it is always wise to purchase something that matches the jewellery they already wear. 

  1.   The diamond 

The clarity, colour, carat and cut of your chosen diamond can really affect the look and feel of the engagement ring you have chosen. For example, here at Bonds of Brentwood, we are an international diamond wholesaler and we source and distribute diamonds from all over the world. The main stone for your ring can come in the form of a cluster, a halo, solitaire or three stones, and diamonds can also be inserted through channelling grooves of the band. 

  1.   Metal type

The type of metal you choose can have a big impact on the overall look, as well as the price of your chosen engagement ring. There are many different metals, all of which vary in grade, strength, colour and price. For example, white gold is very popular for its understated, elegant appearance and looks great when paired with wedding rings of the same metal, or can be worn with other gold colours for a bolder fashion statement. 

  1.   Ring size 

Being one of the most prominent factors, getting the size of your engagement ring correct is something that causes the most stress for partners. Although there is often no need to stress, as it is very easy to have a ring adjusted if you don’t get it the right size the first time, it is always extra special when the ring can be worn right after your proposal. 

  1.   Speak to professionals 

There are so many factors to consider when you are buying a significant piece of jewellery like an engagement ring, so it is important to speak to a team of professionals who can help you choose the perfect ring. By booking an appointment in store at Bonds of Brentwood, our team can make choosing the perfect engagement ring as stress-free as possible, allowing you to take your time to find exactly what you want. 

No matter whether you are looking for a completely bespoke, original piece of jewellery or if you want to alter something you already own, you can contact us to book an appointment with our dedicated staff and jewellers in Essex. They would be more than happy to help you. 

To find out some more information regarding the different engagement rings in Essex we have available, or to buy used Rolex watches, please feel free to call us on 01277 229061.