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FREE Shipping to UK FREE Shipping to UK

Most of our UK-based wedding ring orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery.

We send lower value rings under £100 via Royal Mail Recorded Delivery (upgradeable to Special Delivery in-the-cart for £6.95).

We also ship to Other Countries for a fee (from £9.99) dependent on the order total; this is confirmed during checkout when shipping address is requested.

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Brilliantly Low Prices Brilliantly Low Prices

We sell UK industry-standard, plain wedding rings for men and women at brilliantly cheap prices.

Specialising in traditional court, D-shape, flat & flat-court plain styles, with a shiny or matt finish, for both men and women.

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Customers' payment details are encrypted using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer); with the global certificate authority Comodo's Positive SSL Certification.

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Precious Metals Guide
Our Guide to Buying Diamonds…

Diamonds are a girl's best friend and one of man's greatest assets.
Diamond
Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring mineral known to man, in fact, their name derives from the Greek 'adamas', meaning 'unbreakable'. Both its hardness and high light dispersion make diamond ideal for many industrial applications, but its their use in jewellery that diamonds are best known for.

Rough diamonds are cut by highly skilled craftsmen into faceted gems, and it is these which are set in to wedding rings, necklaces, earrings and other items of jewellery. Faceted diamonds are graded according to the 'Four Cs', these being colour, clarity, carat and cut; each if which are explained below.
Colour:
The highest and most prized diamonds are perfectly clear, having no colour or hue, but this level of perfection is very rare. Being a natural mineral, diamond is subject to chemical impurities which can give a yellow, brown, blue or pink hue along with a wide variety of other colours. The fewer impurities the whiter the diamond appears and the more value it has. However diamonds which exhibit a blue or pink hue can actually increase the value whereas the yellow and brown hues decrease the value. Colour grading is rated in an alphabetical scale, with D, E & F being the purest, G, H, I & J being 'near' colourless, K, L & M showing a faint yellow and so on, all the way to Z which shows the strongest colour impurities.

Clarity:
Aside from chemical impurities which can affect the colour of a diamond, structural defects can also affect the quality and value of a diamond. Tiny surface cracks, blemishes, and scratches along with internal cracks, cleavages and cloudy patches are called inclusions. The overall clarity of a diamond is graded on the scale pictured below:

Clarity Rating Chart

Carat:
When it comes to diamonds, carat refers to its weight and size. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams, and regarding diamonds smaller than one carat, a point unit is employed, for example, a diamond weighing half a carat, or 100 milligrams would be 0.50 carat. The carat system where multiple diamonds are used, such as in a diamond engagement ring, or a pair of diamond earrings may use the TCW unit, being Total Carat Weight. The means a pair of earrings rated 0.10 TCW would have a 0.05 carat diamond in each earring. Similarly a diamond wedding ring which features a large diamond flanked by a number of smaller diamonds may be rated TCW 0.25 is the combined weight of all the diamonds and not just the main, central diamond.

Cut:
The fourth and final 'C' is cut. This does not refer to the shape of the diamond, but the quality of the cut, the symmetry and proportion of the facets and the overall polish. Only the most skilled diamond cutters can achieve a perfect cut and any imperfections can be easily spotted by a diamond expert. The perfect symmetry of cut will reflect light out of the diamond from the same angle it entered which makes the piece far more visually attractive, far more 'sparkly' and far more valuable.

Diamond Shape Chart

Diamonds can be cut into a variety of shapes. The classic diamond shape is called the 'round brilliant' which is round when viewed from above and a flat topped kite shape when viewed from the side (far right, above). Other shapes include the princess cut (square), the emerald cut (rectangular), oval, heart shaped and pear cut (far left, above). The quality of the 'cut' has more affect on the value of a diamond than its shape.
Looking after your diamond jewellery
Diamonds may last forever, but they do require care to keep them in pristine condition. If you have a variety of diamond jewellery, it is essential to keep it all separate as one diamond can easily scratch another, so keeping each piece in separate velvet bags or separate compartments in your jewellery box or in individual boxes is advised.

If you have a diamond wedding ring or engagement ring which you wear daily, keep an eye of the clasp which hold the diamond(s) in place. The claws can come loose and if left unattended, you may loose the precious gems. It is advisable to have them checked and cleaned by a competent jeweller every year or so to make sure all the clasps are tight and to clean the tiny nooks and crannies for you.

Be careful not to use any old abrasive cleaner you find under your sink. Although they probably won't harm the diamond, they may affect the metal or setting. Again, seek advise from a competent jeweller on which specialist cleaner to use.
Our experienced and trusted personnel are happy to answer your enquiries and provide advice and information about our products.

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