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Hatton Garden Engagement Rings
Propose with a handmade engagement ring, crafted especially for you and your partner. Choose from our core collection or design a bespoke engagement ring.
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Why Holts Gems
A service that revolves around you
At Holts Gems, each ring we craft is tailor made to your personal preference. Immersive and transparent, our service allows you to be as involved in the process as suits you. Collaborate with some of Hatton Garden’s finest jewellers and gemstone experts, and craft a ring that’s truly one of a kind.
Be involved from start to finish
Share your ideas and browse designs.
As a bespoke jeweller, we’re able to create the design you have in mind. Explore our core collection of designs, browse ideas online or make your mark with a vintage inspired engagement ring.
Choose your centre stone.
Let our experts know a bit about the centre stone you’re after - we’ll then prepare a selection of the finest diamonds or gemstones that suit your preference and budget.
Review and finalise your design.
View our sample ring settings or share your original design idea with us. We’ll iron our the details together, and once perfected, your concept will enter our workshop.
Learn more about engagement rings
Why buy an engagement ring in Hatton Garden?
Hatton Garden is believed to have been a jewellery hub since the Middle Ages, when industries would form and exist in clusters nearby and across the original City of London. The land became available to merchants when the family of Sir Christopher Hatton began to sell off the land he had been gifted by Elizabeth I in 1581. Originally the garden of the Hatton estate, the location was perfect for traders with the nearby Thames acting as a transportation route, and wealthy buyers passing through on their way to London for business.
Now firmly established as a destination for fine jewellery and engagement rings, Hatton Garden remains the largest jewellery quarter in the UK. Once filled with artisanal makers and bespoke jewellers, the area is beginning to diversify, with creative and media industries moving in, and the foodie market of Leather Lane expanding. Holts Gems is proud to remain one of the longest established Hatton Garden jewellers, our reliance on the quality craftsmanship of our in-house goldsmiths, attention to detail and personable service truly standing the test of time.
Why are diamond rings so popular?
Diamond engagement rings have long been the most popular choice amongst proposers for a variety of reasons. Essentially, diamonds have become widely regarded as the most precious of gemstones across the globe, which mirrors the stones significance as a symbol of eternal love.
So why buy a diamond engagement ring? - What makes the gemstone so suitable for engagement rings? There are two main factors that make diamonds the most obvious and well suited choice for engagement rings. The first reason being the unmistakable, alluring beauty of diamonds.
As diamonds are (typically) colourless, the stone is universally loved - it suits every metal colour, skin type, and most tastes. Due to the structure of diamonds, they have an inherent high optical dispersion, meaning they disperse plenty of light in different colours. Diamonds are unequivocally sparkly: the fire, scintillation and brilliance of a cut diamond make for a gemstone that is unlike any other.
Aside from the obvious allure of a diamond, the stones are an intelligent choice for engagement rings. The purpose of an engagement ring is a token of love, a reflection of an enduring relationship: engagement rings should be made to last for at least a lifetime. Whilst a few gemstones are suitable choices for engagement rings, the most advisable choice is always diamond engagement rings. The gemstones are the hardest and most durable natural substance on earth - and you may be surprised how many knocks an engagement ring goes through day to day. Read more about how to choose the perfect diamond for your engagement ring here.
What are the different types of engagement ring settings?
Solitaire engagement rings
Also known as single stone rings, solitaire engagement rings are inherently refined and minimalist, the simplicity of the design allowing the centre diamond to be the focus point of the engagement ring. Stylish and timeless solitaire engagement rings are a traditional choice, and the perfect match for those that value timelessness and romance.
Style-wise, solitaire engagement rings are favoured by those with minimalist aesthetics, and the refined setting style is typically simple and incredibly wearable. For an alternative solitaire engagement ring, try a fancy shape diamond, such as a princess cut or pear diamond, or a sapphire, ruby or emerald for a pop of colour.
Diamond shoulder engagement rings
Diamond shoulder engagement rings are amongst some of the most popular designs we see clients asking about, and have certainly risen in popularity over the last few years. A development of the solitaire, diamond shoulder engagement rings typically feature one centre diamond, with a diamond set band. The band features melee diamonds that typically weigh less than 0.2ct each. A diamond band can be a subtle embellishment or a statement design feature - either way, a diamond band is a beautiful addition to any centre diamond or gemstone, and a great way to inject a little more sparkle into your engagement ring
Halo engagement rings
Traditionally, engagement rings feature one solitaire diamond. Throughout time, however, ‘halos’ have been used to add decorative detailing around the central diamond or gemstone of rings, pendants and earrings. Typically, a halo features melee diamonds or gemstones simply set around the circumference of the centre stone, but can also involve intricate metal work and bold design features. Adding a halo to a diamond ring can be a great way to increase the size of your ring without facing the steep cost of increasing the carat weight of the centre diamond, as well as adding further sparkle and intricacy to the engagement ring.
Whilst halo engagement rings most commonly follow a simple, traditional style, there is plenty of scope to get creative with your halo engagement ring design. From vintage engagement rings to contemporary designs, the style has an answer for all tastes - so it’s definitely worth doing your research on the plentiful ways you can style a halo engagement ring.
Trilogy engagement rings
Also known as trinity rings, trilogy engagement rings feature three stones, usually diamonds. Three stone engagement rings are thought to be a particularly romantic token of love, as each stone represents the past, present and future of the couple’s relationship. Trilogy engagement rings typically feature plain bands, with graduated stones. This means the centre stone is larger than the two side stones.
Trilogy engagement rings traditionally feature graduated diamonds, but the style choice offers numerous opportunities to play around with different sizes and shapes of diamonds, as well as the setting style. With three stones to choose, a trilogy engagement ring is the perfect way to introduce colour into your engagement ring with precious gemstones. Trilogy engagement rings provide a great opportunity to produce an engagement ring that is both traditional, yet creative. Whichever way you style your trilogy ring, it’ll always be a romantic and thoughtful choice.
How long does it take to make an Engagement Ring?
There are so many benefits to creating a bespoke engagement ring - from adding your personal touch, to knowing the provenance of the diamond or gemstone and ensuring the metalwork has been crafted by experts - for you and only you. Because of the craftsmanship that goes into each ring we create, the lead time for each ring is typically between 2 and 4 weeks, depending on the complexity of the design. Whilst you won’t be able to take your ring away on the day you place your order, you can rest assured that dedicated, expert craftsmanship has gone into your creating your unique ring.
Your ring may take slightly longer to create if the design is a little more complex, but you can see our typical lead time below. During your consultation, we’ll be able to let you know the exact due date as according to the particular design you choose.
Solitaire engagement rings - 2 to 3 weeks
Diamond shoulder engagement rings - 3 to 4 weeks
Halo engagement rings - 3 to 4 weeks
Trilogy engagements rings - 2 to 3 weeks
To ensure your engagement ring is ready long before your proposal date, we recommend you place your order at least 6 weeks in advance. If you need your ring in a shorter time frame, we may be able to help you out - get in touch with us to find out more.
You can learn more about creating a bespoke engagement ring here.
How did the tradition of diamond engagement rings start?
Most of us expect that at some point in our lives, we will either be the purchaser or the recipient of an engagement ring - and more often than not, a diamond engagement ring. But how often do we question the origins of this culture? When did the tradition of diamond engagement rings start, and who started it? Whilst the diamond engagement ring can be pinpointed to one particular 1930s advertisement, the custom of giving a ring or piece of jewellery to mark an engagement is something that has existed for millennia, according to some.
It is believed that cavemen used braided blades of grass to tie around their partner’s wrists, to show a unification between the two mates that they belonged to one another. The custom evolved, the gesture of offering jewellery dipping in and out of tradition with the passing of time. It is the Ancient Egyptians, archeologists claim, that first gave ‘engagement rings’ to their betrothed. The Ancient Egyptians associated circles with symbols of eternity, so would braid reeds in small circular forms to be worn on the left ring finger - upon the ‘vena amoris’, the ‘vein of love’, believed to run from the fourth finger of the left hand straight to the heart. Since, archeologists and historians have found proof of Ancient Romans using a similar process, only this time using metals such as gold and iron to craft the ring.
The European Middle Ages saw further variations of engagement rings, from the diamond set ‘M’ shaped ring given by Archduke Maximillian of Austria to Mary of Burgundy in 1477, to ‘posie rings’, gold rings given to lovers, containing short inscriptions such as poems or courtship stories.
So why did diamond engagement rings become popular? Diamond engagement rings as we know them became the prominent choice of engagement jewellery in the 1920s. When the Great Depression struck America and consumers were no longer prioritising buying diamond jewellery. De Beers, the renowned diamond mining and jewellery company, set about organising an advertising campaign that would make Americans and consumers around the world adopt diamond engagement rings as a staple of their relationship. The company circulated adverts with slogans such as ‘a diamond is forever’, and encouraged men to spend two months’ salary on a ring for their partner - the campaigns always featuring diamond engagement rings.
Hatton Garden was quick to adapt to the new trend, with merchants increasingly crafting and selling diamond engagement rings to meet market demands. As diamond engagement rings became the more prevalent choice amongst young couples, Hatton Garden engagement rings became much sought after - the history of the area proving an accreditation to the quality craftsmanship of such fine jewellery, whilst the prices remained lower than that of the big name brands of Bond Street and Central London.