Where is a good place to buy a reasonably priced but long lasting engagement ring? Also what material do people find the best for engagement rings? I need a good strong replacement ring that will not wear down next to the wedding ring I will have (made of damascus steel, as we like unusual) Thankyou for any advice
If you have it the same carat metal.as your wedding ring you will.be fine. Had mine over 34 years and wedding ring 33 years. Both as good as new. 9 carat gold
Same metal is best for not wearing down x
Depends where you are based but I would always recommend having it made to your requirements. I know of 2 places I would recommend but are in Leeds / Halifax. Message if you'd like to know more. We had both our engagement and wedding rings made. Also doesn't matter what material as long as they are the same really. If you have 2 different golds 1 will wear the other. X
My engagement ring is platinum and I will be getting a matching band. It's hard wearing and one of the toughest metals x
I have palladium ... but I'd recommend the Jewellery Quarter if u want one made specially.
Depends what your budget is for "reasonably priced" , I know someone in Hatton garden London who I'd gladly put you in touch with ... he bespoke makes everything
Smoochrings.com they come to your hoyse
Tungsten carbide xx
Go to an antique jewellery dealer older rings have better diamonds and are made better! Mines a 1930's ring with a gorgeous sapphire and just under 1 carrot of diamonds to buy it new would have been double if not treble the price and the diamonds would have been much lower quality x
Need same density metal as wedding ring - may need to Google the science if going for unusual wedding ring metal or find a jeweller who can set in the same metal steel and make one. Xx
Your engagement and wedding ring should be made of the same density of metal.ie 9 carrot with 9 carrot..
Anna Britton-Lewis, hows your knowledge on metals? Xxx
You need your rings to match. If they're not the same metals, the harder one will wear down the softer. Even joining them won't work, as the more reactive one will become a sacrificial metal, and erode while the other stays nice. Always match.
Definitely the same metal. Palladium and platinum are your harder wearing metals. If you do go for Damascus steel, I would get your engagement ring made from it too. Also ask the person making your wedding ring to do it so the two rings sit well together. Not sure how easy it will be for them to put a diamond in it though as steel is quite a hard metal to work with compared to gold. Also something to think about... if you ever need it resizing it'll have to go to someone who works with steel rather than any jewellers and the pattern in the Damascus steel would have a gap. Hope this helps ️
Silver for us. Ive always worn it. I had a white gold ring once and it was a mess about getting it redone once a year and when it faded it looked awful. Ps and the money we save will be going on the honeymoon instead. Win win :-)
There are plenty of jewellers in the jewellery quarter - Birmingham who would make something high quality with a good price. We used Element Bespoke and they were amazing.