Choosing a jeweller

When shopping around for an engagement ring, please look at the full picture when it comes to choosing the right wedding jewellers for you. You must not only be comfortable with the quality of the stone(s), design, and craftsmanship but also be confident that the information given is trustworthy.

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Also of paramount importance is the after-sales service, i.e. will the jeweller look after the maintenance of your ring, will they supply you with a complimentary valuation certificate if you need to insure your pieces etc.

Don’t just look at the price when deciding on an engagement ring and who will make it for you. This ring should be made to last you a lifetime and the right jeweller will help you to look after it for a lifetime.

Price and quality

How do you know whether you are being quoted a reasonable price for an engagement ring?
Stones, namely diamonds and metals are priced in US Dollars. The strength of the Australian Dollar will have a huge impact on the cost of your diamond engagement ring. Metal and diamond prices vary on a daily basis but most jewellers will hold their prices for a certain length of time, in particular when quoting to custom-make a ring.

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Manufacturing process

Engagement rings can be made in various ways. Hand making means that the jeweller is making the piece from scratch. Casting involves the previous manufacture of a wax model which is used to produce casts from. The cast will then be hand finished. Casting is a method used to mass-produce the one piece of jewellery at a lower cost. Prices will be different for a handmade piece as the labour costs will be higher.

Article provided by: Deborah Windfield Jewellery

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