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You've announced it to her family, you've called her friends in advance, the date is thoughtful and romantic, the setting, perfect. Then there's the ring ... Where do you start?

Some men are lucky, their partner's have known what style/stone/setting they have wanted for years, and even been thoughtful enough to strategically leave their current out on your dresser (by accident of course) which gives them a chance to check the size.

Some girls say 'you know what I like', some girls don't know what they like.

It can be daunting, luckily the AM team are here to help, our Boutique manager Jutta has answered some of the question we receive daily at Alex Monroe.

She doesn’t like diamonds, what other stones work for engagements?

Sapphires are the best alternative and even though most people associate a blue colour with sapphires, they also come in other lovely colour hues. AM has the Eyebright ring collection available in Diamond as well as 4 coloured sapphires.

Sapphire is a very desirable gemstone due to its excellent color, hardness, durability, and luster - perfect for an engagement ring.

Kate Middleton’s engagement ring is a a blue sapphire I believe (Princess Diana’s hand me down!!!)

We can also exchange any of the diamonds in our Goldcrest ring collection available in the boutique or online to suit a sapphire option for a client as a bespoke commission. 

I know she’ll want something simple but special, what can you suggest?

I would recommend our Eyebright Diamond ring as it is our most classic solitaire diamond ring but with an AM twist, being the organic twig band of the ring.

Another simple and very easy to wear ring is our ‘White Dream’ diamond ring which has a rub-over setting. This is a good choice for any ladies who may be concerned about a ring being catchy or who are not used to wearing rings at all or indeed use their hands for work and don’t want an engagement ring to get in the way.

A rub-over or bezel setting holds the diamond or gemstone in place with a 'rim' of precious metal arcing round the stone. Rub-over or bezel settings offer maximum protection to the gems and also add considerably to its perceived size.

Diamond Eyebright
White Dream
Fine Bark Diamond Ring

I know nothing about diamonds or their carats, can you help me understand?

Our bespoke manager Susie is your girl here, she is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to diamonds, so much so that she's written a great guide to help you understand more.

I don’t know her ring size, how can I find this out without giving the game away?

This is always difficult, the best idea would be to get your hand on a ring she already has to gauge. It might not be 100% perfect but once the cats out the bag we can easily resize it for you at our Boutique!

I’m going bespoke; where do I start?

First things first, please contact our bespoke department for a completely free of charge and non-committal appointment which can take 15-30mins of your time to discover options/budget and time frames. Don’t be scared we can cater for most budgets and love to hear from anyone with an exciting project or just a little idea for a commission.

What’s the best/longest last metal?

We work with 18ct yellow gold, white and rose gold as well as Platinum which is the strongest but all are perfectly suitable for engagement and wedding rings. 

I'm looking for something really special, what do you recommend?

How much time do you have? If you're looking to make your girl a spring fiance, then our new Wild Rose collection is for you (sneak peak above) completely romantic and whimsical, the new styles come in both yellow and rose gold with diamonds, there is also a style to suit every budget. For now though I would recommend my personal favourite; the Wild Posey Diamond Ring.

Which metals compliment which stone?

Blue goes well with white gold or platinum. Green stones look amazing with yellow gold and pink hues are particularly pretty to match with rose gold.

EVERYTHING goes well with DIAMONDS. Timeless and stunning.

We often find that clients who approach us with the request of an engagement ring with an diamond alternative, change their minds and select a diamond as they are just so beautiful and timeless. 

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Wild Posy Diamond Ring
Blue Sapphire Eyebright
Heritage Ring Five
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