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Expert Advice to Choosing the Best Ring on a Budget

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Hatton Jewellers, the luxury jewellery company based in London’s Hatton Garden. Recently they carried out a survey and discovered some surprising trends: half of Brits buy an engagement ring spontaneously and a third of Brits are looking to spend under £1500 on that special diamond ring.

They also discovered that people in Wales spend the most (35% of respondents spend over £3,000). Here in the Southeast this figure goes down to 17%, so here are some suggestions of how to make your budget stretch to get the ring of your dreams.

Which diamond shape looks the biggest but doesn’t break the budget?

A brilliant cut diamond would be the classic choice when looking for a shape that looks larger, however pear, oval and emerald look the biggest when all other shapes are compared at the same carat weight. Nina Kanani, Jeweller at Hatton Jewellers adds, “We have seen a huge uplift in oval cut engagement rings. They’re the perfect option for a bride who wants something a little bit different but is still classic and timeless. The oval cut diamond is usually made up of up to 58 facets and within the brilliant cut diamonds, it is one of the most radiant.”

Which engagement ring setting reflects more light?

When a diamond reflects light it makes it sparkle and stand out. Four claws high setting on the stone is a great option for reflecting more light as four claws is enough for security but less intrusive with letting light refract through the stone.

Which is the most affordable but premium looking metal?

When engagement ring shopping, you want to ensure it’s a piece of jewellery that lasts and looks elegant. However, if you’re not wanting to break the budget, 9ct white gold looks the same as 18ct white gold and looks similar to platinum, therefore making it the affordable choice.

Should you choose one larger diamond or several smaller diamonds?

One larger stone is always better in our opinion, however, you can have a cluster of small stones to make it appear as one larger stone, which would make it a much more affordable option. if the budget is sensitive.

Which of the 4C’s is the most important for an expensive-looking diamond ring?

If you haven’t heard of the 4C’s of diamond quality, it refers to the cut, colour, carat and clarity. They are all important aspects of choosing an expensive looking diamond ring, however, the most important would be cut. This is because the cut determines the amount of sparkle the ring will generate. For example, you could have the best colour and clarity but without a well-proportioned cut the diamond will not sparkle as brightly.

You can find out more about diamonds, in the Hatton Jewellers Diamond Guide. See online at

About Hatton Jewellers

Hatton Jewellers is a luxury jewellery company based in the heart of the UK’s jewellery hub, Hatton Garden. Established in 1977, they manufacture and sell men’s and women’s fine jewellery. They also stock a large collection of iced out hip hop jewellery, from iced-out pendants and chains to gem-set bracelets and rings. They are one of the largest e-commerce fine Jewellery retailers in the UK, priding themselves on offering a fully stocked range of contemporary and classic items.


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