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That’s what you call a rock

If you're hoping that hubby-to-be is going to pop the question sometime soon here's some serious bling options

Celebrity Engagement rings

Pippa Middleton and Beyoncé’s flashing their rocks

 

As soon as any celebrity announces their engagement the size of the rock on their left hand becomes a focus of much attention and speculation. The weight of Beyoncé’s solitaire must put a few pounds on her hand every morning when she slips it on and Poppa Middleton chose a gargantuan art deco inspired rock for her engagement to her now husband James Matthews.

 

Serena Williams and Ashley Green

Serena Williams and Ashley Green showing off the bling.

On court Serena Williams is not one to shy away from bling so no surprises her engagement ring from her fiancé Alexia Hainan is a bobby dazzler. Simplicity doesn’t have to be discreet and Ashley Green’s engagement ring is chic, whilst ensuring no one can miss the solitaire on her fourth finger.

Engagement rings of the rich and famous might be beyond us but don’t throw in the towel yet. If you’re looking to choose a ring (congratulations if the question’s been popped) or if you’re hoping that it might happen, then discreetly leave this blog lying around (like shoving it right under their nose) as we’ve got a selection of diamonds for all budgets – you don’t have to rob a bank to get something special.

 

Winsor Bishop Cambridge

 

It’s supposed to be your best friend and sit on your left hand for the rest of your life so it’s worth taking the time and investment to choose the right one.  Take it from someone who bought in haste and rather regrets not savouring the moment and making sure this was the one (the ring I mean!). I recently spent a decadent couple of hours at the relatively new Winsor Bishop in Cambridge gawping at their eye-catching collection of diamonds. Trust me I was tempted to divorce Mr Muddy and then opt for a recoupling ceremony all in the name of a new ring – the lengths us girls will go to for diamonds.

Let’s talk diamonds

 

Windsor Bishop

Clockwise from top left: Classic Engagement Ring, 0.2ct, £850; Skye Emerald Engagement Ring, 0.79ct, £2,760; Memoire Princess Engagement Ring, 1.05ct, £4,550; Classic Princess Engagement Ring, 0.94ct, £6250

If you’re after a traditional diamond engagement ring then there’s a huge selection on offer from a cluster diamond – a collection of smaller diamonds that’ll give you more bang for your buck, to a minimalist single diamond. It comes down to personal taste and budget.

 

Winsor Bishop Cambridge Engagement Rings

Clockwise from top left: Emerald Cut Solitaire Platinum Diamond Band, 2,29ct £27,495; Flame 18ct White Gold Diamond Ring 1.32ct, £3,750 ; Emerald Cut Aquamarine ‘Zambia’ ring, £3,250; 1.22ct Diamond Ring, £7250; 18ct White Gold Oval Cut Sapphire Cluster with Diamond Set Shoulders, £9,950.00

Some of us are after a ring that’ll sit on our finger every day of the week regardless of what we are up to.  Alternatively you could opt for something a little larger and dramatic but I wouldn’t suggest digging the garden in one of these.

 

Wedding Bands

 

Windsor Bishop

Clockwise from left: Inspire Baguette Brilliant Diamond Ring, 1.25ct, £4,395; 18ct Rose Gold Memoire Diamond Ring, £675; Platinum Classic Band, £675; Platinum 0.15ct Diamond Set Wedding Band, £950;

Remember the wedding band when picking your engagement ring as it’s important to consider how they will sit alongside one another.

 

Planning the proposal

 

Winsor Bishop

 

So all you’ve got to do now is plan the proposal.  Winsor Bishop are such romantics and will play ball with any mad scheme that you have planned.  Equally if you’re struggling on the best way to get down on one knee, they’re full of ideas.  They’ll take rings to punts that have been hired for the big moment, they’ll hide things for you and pop up in unexpected places – all in the name of love.  They have a large selection in stock but it’s always worth ringing ahead and they’ll make sure that they have as much as possible on show and more importantly get the bubbles on ice – they’ve even got a champagne bar in the shop. Winsor Bishop will design bespoke jewellery if you have specific look in mind and they’ll make alterations if you want to change something about the design

 

Design Inspiration

 

Winsor Bishop Cambridge

18ct rose gold 18 inch diamond 0.72ct set chain necklace, from £5,000

If you’re lusting after these shiners but already have a rock on your finger there are some stunning pieces of jewellery for special anniversaries, birthdays and other occasions demanding some serious attention. The London Rose rose gold and diamond necklace is what I’ll be shoving under the nose of Mr Muddy for the next significant celebration – if you’ll excuse the rather scary looking woman! It’s uber flexible and offers multi-ways of wearing it including a long pendant necklace and bracelet.

Finance Options

Not many of us have huge amounts of cash stuffed under our mattress waiting for such occasions and as you’re hopefully going to be wearing this ring for many years to come (well, that’s the plan anyway) it’s worth investing in the right one.  Winsor Bishop offer various finance options that will allow you to spread the cost on all purchases over £750, with a 20% deposit. Payment terms range from 6 – 36 months – it just makes life a little easier.

Winsor Bishop, 29-30 Trinity Street, City Centre Cambridge, CB2 1TB, winsorbishop.co.uk

 

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