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Finding Your Dream Engagement Ring in Birmingham: A Friendly Guide for Lovebirds

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Let's start by breaking down the basics – from the dazzling array of styles and cuts to the nitty-gritty of the 4Cs (carat weight, cut, colour, and clarity). This guide’s got everything you need to know to make a choice that feels right.

And here’s the exciting bit – I’ll take you behind the scenes of how we craft our custom engagement rings right here in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Each ring is a labour of love, known for its exceptional craftsmanship and eye-catching designs.

Whether your heart’s set on a classic beauty, a vintage charmer, or a ring that’s bang
on-trend, we’re here to help you find that one special ring in Birmingham.
Picture yourself exploring a treasure trove of sparkling diamonds and precious
gemstones. It’s not just about picking a ring; it’s about discovering the
symbol of your unique love.

1. Match Their Style: Classic or Contemporary?

First things first: think about what makes your partner’s style unique. Do they gravitate towards classic and timeless pieces, or are they all about modern, trendsetting designs? A sneaky peek at the jewellery they love to wear can give you heaps of clues about what they might like in an engagement ring. Taking note of the metal colour of their usual jewellery is a great place to start.

2. Lifestyle-Friendly Design

Next up, consider how the ring fits into your partner’s day-to-day life. If they’re always on the go, bustling about or hitting the gym, you’ll want a ring that’s as tough as it is gorgeous – think durable metals and secure settings. But if their lifestyle is more on the gentle side, those intricate designs and delicate settings could be a perfect match.

3. A Ring That Lasts a Lifetime

Lastly, let’s talk about the ring’s lasting value. An engagement ring isn’t just a symbol of your love – it’s also an investment. It’s important to pick a ring that’ll keep its beauty and worth as the years roll by. This means looking closely at the quality of everything that goes into the ring – from the type of metal to the choice of gemstones and the skill that’s gone into making it. All custom engagement rings from Poppy Elder Fine Jewellery are crafted in The Jewellery Quarter using ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones with sustainable gold and platinum.

Solitaire Rings: Timeless Beauty

A big favourite of my commissions that are made in Birmingham is the solitaire engagement ring. It's the kind of classic that never goes out of style – just one stunning diamond or gemstone set in a beautifully simple setting, letting the stone really shine. Solitaire rings are a hit for their elegance and versatility, a go-to for many couples looking for that perfect ring. A solitaire engagement ring doesn’t have to be the typical round diamond however. It's a perfect style to really add your own spin on by choosing a more unusual diamond shape such as a Kite Diamond, or Baguette cut for an art-deco inspired look. Gemstones such as sapphires also look great as a solitaire!

Vintage Rings: A Nod to the Past

Got a soft spot for all things vintage? You’re in luck. Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter created an amazing selection of antique and vintage engagement rings. These pieces are little slices of history, full of character with details like delicate filigree and unique gemstone cuts. They’re just the ticket if you love the romance and sophistication of old-world styles. A great option is to use an Antique Cut diamond which are always full of personality, and perfect for those looking for a sustainable engagement ring.

Modern Rings: Sleek and Trendy

And if modern and trendy is more your vibe, rings made in Birmingham have got you covered there too. You’ll find everything from sleek, minimalist designs to bold, statement-making shapes. It’s all about finding a ring that feels like you – and trust me, there’s no shortage of contemporary and cutting-edge designs to choose from here.

In Birmingham, we’re proud of our jewellery heritage and the range of styles we offer. It’s all about celebrating diversity in design and finding that special ring that truly reflects who you are. So, whether you're drawn to the elegance of a classic solitaire, charmed by vintage intricacies, or captivated by modern aesthetics, you’re sure to find an engagement ring in Birmingham that’s as unique as your love story.

Tailor Every Detail to Your Love Story

As a custom jeweller in Birmingham, I’m all about giving you the freedom to decide every bit of your ring. From choosing the perfect metal to selecting the gemstones that speak to you, every element of your ring can be tailored to your taste. Imagine having a ring that not only looks stunning but also holds deep personal meaning – maybe an engraving that whispers your inside jokes or symbols that represent your journey.

Your Ideas, Brought to Life with Expertise

Custom engagement rings are all about turning your dreams into reality. Whether you’ve got a clear picture in your mind or are looking for some creative guidance, I’m here to help. We’ll work together, combining your ideas with my expertise, to craft a ring that’s more than just jewellery – it’s a piece of art that tells your unique story. I have decades of experience in creating collections of engagement rings for one of the UK’s largest jewellery manufacturers, so I know a thing or two about what works best, and more importantly what doesn’t. 

In Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, where tradition meets innovation, your custom engagement ring is not just a possibility – it’s a promise of quality, creativity, and personal expression. Let’s create something extraordinary, a ring that’s as one-of-a-kind as your love.

You might have heard about the old rule of thumb – spending two to three months' salary on a ring. But let’s be honest, every couple’s situation is unique. What’s most important is choosing a budget that feels right for you, without stretching yourself too thin.

So, how much does an engagement ring cost? Well, that's completely down to the options you choose. If you are looking to design yourself an engagement ring be mindful when looking at your budget that things like a chunkier band will add more onto the cost. Taking the width of your engagement ring band down by 0.5mm can make a difference to the cost. Maybe you think a bespoke engagement ring would be more expensive. You might be surprised. So how much does a bespoke engagement ring cost?

Now, when you’re figuring out your budget, keep in mind what goes into the cost of an engagement ring. The size and quality of the diamond or gemstone, the metal of the band, and any extra special touches – all these play a part in the final price. I’m all about transparency and helping you understand these factors, so you can make a decision that gets you the best value. By creating all my custom engagement rings in Birmingham, I have full control of the process to ensure there are no nasty surprises.

Remember, an engagement ring is a symbol of your love, not just a financial transaction. It’s about finding that perfect ring that you’re both going to love for years to come, within a budget that makes sense for you. So, take a deep breath, think about what you really value in a ring, and let’s find a way to make it work for your budget.

I always recommend an annual stone check and polish on diamond rings. Not only does this keep your ring looking as good as new, but ensures any diamonds that may have taken a little knock in everyday wear are secure in their setting.

Safekeeping: When to Give Your Ring a Break

First things first, know when to give your ring a little break. It's a good idea to slip it off during sports, gym sessions, or any heavy-duty activities. These are times it might get bumped, scratched, or exposed to stuff that’s a bit rough for its delicate beauty.

And remember, those harsh chemicals and abrasive materials?
They’re no friends to your ring. Whether it's cleaning products or rough surfaces,
it’s best to keep your ring safely away.

Cleaning: Keeping the Shine Alive

As for cleaning, it’s easier than you think. A soft toothbrush and some washing up liquid in warm water can work wonders. Just gently brush the ring, making sure you get into all the little spaces where dirt loves to hide. Rinse it well, and you’re all set.

Of course, for that extra sparkle and peace of mind,
book your ring in for a bit of TLC in the workshop for a full polish and stone check.

Taking care of your engagement ring is all about a little bit of love and attention. With these simple steps, you can ensure your special Birmingham made engagement ring remains as beautiful and radiant as your love story.


A Personalised Shopping Experience

Forget about bouncing from one store to another in the Jewellery Quarter, seeing the same styles over and over. With me, you'll get a one-on-one service that’s tailored to your needs. I’ve spent 16 years in the jewellery industry, and I’m here to offer you my expertise and guidance every step of the way. I’m happy to arrange a consultation by the means that’s most convenient to you. Either book in a video consultation, or an in person appointment to start the process.

Quality and Value Beyond the Ordinary

And here's the best part – while offering unique designs and personal service, my prices are still comparable to those in the Jewellery Quarter. In fact, you'll find that my rings are much more affordable than high-street prices, and the quality? Unmatched.

When you shop with me, you’re not just buying a ring; you’re investing in quality craftsmanship, exceptional design, and comprehensive aftercare. It’s all about getting that perfect, special ring that you won’t find anywhere else, without breaking the bank.

So, when you're ready to find that dream engagement ring in Birmingham, remember: Poppy Elder Fine Jewellery is your go-to for truly unique, beautifully crafted, and reasonably priced options. Let's create something extraordinary together – a ring that’s as unique as your love story.

Get in touch today to start your very own dream Engagement Ring