Choosing the perfect loose diamond to compliment your personality

Whether you are looking to purchase a loose diamond as the centre piece in your engagement ring, to incorporate as part of a bespoke piece of occasion jewellery, or purely as an investment, selecting the perfect diamond can be both exciting and daunting.

Here at ASR Gems, our experienced jewellers are experts when it comes to loose diamonds and to help you get started.

Whether you are looking to purchase a loose diamond as the centre piece in your engagement ring, to incorporate as part of a bespoke piece of occasion jewellery, or purely as an investment, selecting the perfect diamond can be both exciting and daunting.

Here at ASR Gems, our experienced jewellers are experts when it comes to loose diamonds and to help you get started, we have put together some helpful information on our website to help you gain a better understanding of what to look for in a diamond, including the all-
important 4 C’s: carat, colour clarity & cut! To learn more, click here.

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Once you have a good understanding of the types of diamonds available and their quality, you can start decided which style of diamond you like best! We always find it so interesting to see what cut people choose and how it suits their personality and character perfectly.

Don’t believe us? Have a read of our guide below to find out which cut matches your personality type.

Round Brilliant Cut

One of the most popular diamond cuts, specifically when it comes to engagement rings, a round brilliant cut diamond resembles two pyramids placed base to base and with 57 facets, it’s the diamond to choose if you are looking for one that sparkles like no other.

Matching personality traits: Traditional, glamorous & sincere

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Princess Cut

A cut that became popular during the 1960s, a princess cut is the shape of an inverted pyramid and features a square face. A modern take on the round brilliant cut, this style is a top choice for engagement rings and bridal jewellery too.

Matching personality traits: Clever, dreamer & fun-loving

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Cushion Cut

A cut that resembles a traditional antique design, a cushion cut diamond is not dissimilar to square cut, featuring rounded sides to create its cushion like shape. This is a cut that has been around for well over 100 years and is loved by many for its distinctive look.

Matching personality traits: Romantic, brave & trustworthy

Emerald Cut

It’s all about symmetry when it comes to emerald cut diamonds, featuring an open table face and step facets to create its unique shape. Available in a wide range of different sized rectangles, this cut is the perfect addition to any piece of elegant jewellery.

Matching personality traits: Bold, extravagant & detail orientated

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Asscher Cut

This unique diamond cut was the first to be formally patented in 1902. Featuring rectilinear step facets and clipped corners, this cut rose to popularity during the Art-Deco period.

Matching personality traits: Sophisticated, elegant & mysterious

Radiant Cut

This mixed cut diamond combines features of both step & brilliant cut diamonds. If you love the shape of an emerald cut but want the sparkle of a round brilliant cut, this is the diamond for you, featuring 70 facets.

Matching personality traits: Unwavering, charming & outgoing

Oval Cut

A smooth cut, oval cut diamonds are known as a modified version of the round brilliant cut, featuring a sophisticated and elegant shape with the typical 57 facets of a round brilliant diamond.

Matching personality traits: Unique, creative & bright

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Pear Cut

Pear cut diamonds are delicate in their shape, combining the features of both round brilliant and marquise cut diamonds. The ultimate diamond choice to be included in either an engagement ring, a pendant or a pair of earrings.

Matching personality traits: Daring, confident & easy-going

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Marquise Cut

Also known as a navette cut, this style of diamond has roots that date back to the court of the French King, Loui XV during the 18th century. The unique shape of marquise cut diamonds gives it the illusion of appearing larger, whilst its pointed edge gives it an elegant quality.

Matching personality traits: Good sense of humour, dramatic & rebellious

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Heart Cut

Known as one of the most romantic cuts, heart cut diamonds have been traditionally exchanged by lovers for centuries and make the perfect choice of diamond for a true romantic.

Matching personality traits: Romantic, feminine & passionate

Were we right? Is a princess cut the diamond for you, or maybe an emerald cut? Whichever style of loose diamond you decide to choose, our team at ASR Gems are here to advise and answer any of your questions. To learn more about our loose diamond collection and to book an appointment get in touch with us on 0207 183 2977 or email us at email@asrgems.com

Jewellery Showcase for the run-up to Christmas

You may not want to hear it but Christmas is just around the corner… Whether you have already got some gift ideas in mind for your nearest and dearest, or if you don’t know where to begin, at ASR Gems we are on hand to advise you when it comes to selecting the perfect piece of jewellery for your loved ones this Christmas.

You may not want to hear it but Christmas is just around the corner… Whether you have already got some gift ideas in mind for your nearest and dearest, or if you don’t know where to begin, at ASR Gems we are on hand to advise you when it comes to selecting the perfect piece of jewellery for your loved ones this Christmas.

Choosing a piece of jewellery as a Christmas present not only makes a wonderful surprise, a perfectly selected piece will hopefully be something your special someone will treasure and wear for years to come. You might also be in the process of selecting that all-important engagement ring, if you are planning to pop the question this over the Christmas period. The only decision you need to make now is selecting a piece of jewellery to choose for that extra special gift, which can in some cases be easier said than done!

To help spark some inspiration, below we have included a selection of our favourite pieces of jewellery in our collection at ASR Gems.

Oval Sapphire Ring

With a classic setting, this oval sapphire ring is the epitome of traditional jewellery. A piece that suits any outfit and occasion, this ring makes for a perfect gift or engagement ring.

Product description:
18k white gold ring set with an oval sapphire, surrounded by diamonds.

Pink Sapphire Halo Ring

A ring for anyone who adores pink. Set with a brilliant round pink sapphire, surrounded by a host of sparkling diamonds your loved one will want to show this ring off at every opportunity.

Product description
18k white gold ring set with a round pink sapphire surrounded by a double halo of diamonds.

Cluster Ring

If you are looking for a ring that stands out from the crowd and is something a little different for that special someone, you need to take a closer look at our beautiful statement piece cluster ring.

Product description:
18k gold ring set with a 2.15ct garnet, 1.85ct amethyst, .95ct pink tourmaline and 0.06pts of diamonds

Emerald Cut Sapphire Ring

This is a simple yet sophisticated ring with a stand out blue sapphire. An elegant piece to compliment your loved one’s jewellery collection and a dazzling engagement ring.

Product description
18k white gold ring set with a Emerald cut sapphire and a pave ring band set with diamonds.

Diamond Drop Earrings

For a beautiful pair of earrings that will never lose their sparkle, these diamond drop earrings are just the ticket for an extra special piece of jewellery.

Product description
18k white gold drop diamond earrings with secure latch back closure.

Love these pieces but still can’t decide? Why not create you very own piece of bespoke jewellery? Our experienced team of designers at ASR Gems are here to help with our custom design service.

If you think one of our pieces would make the perfect Christmas gift or surprise engagement for your loved one, or if you would like to book a free bespoke design consultation at our London based jewellers, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch with our team on 0207 183 2977 or email us as email@asrgems.com

September birthstone: Sapphire

With the arrival of September brings a change in seasons as we begin to welcome autumn and all the vibrant colour it presents.

If you know someone celebrating their birthday in September a special piece of bespoke jewellery could make for the perfect surprise gift, whether they are a close friend, family member or possibly even an engagement ring for that special someone.

One of our specialities at ASR Gems are precious gemstones and this month we are celebrating sapphires as the September birthstone!

Deriving from the Greek word for blue, sapphires are highly regarded as the ultimate blue gemstone. Mined in locations around the world, some of the most valuable sapphires have been discovered in Myanmar, India and Sri Lanka. With a rich history of meaning, since the Medieval era, it was believed that sapphires had the ability to help protect your loved ones and represent loyalty & trust.

Greatly prized by ancient rulers and royalty throughout history, sapphires are a popular gemstone seen in priceless regalia. As far back as 800BC we have records of the rulers of ancient Persia holding sapphires in high regard, believing that the colour of the sky was blue because of sapphires reflecting upon it.

Those who believe in the healing properties of gemstones consider sapphires to have the ability to calm those suffering from stress and anxiety. The gem is also considered to provide strength to anyone trying looking to overcome an obstacle or blockage in their life.

By many, purer blue sapphires are considered to be more valuable. However, these precious gems come in all shades of blue and a range of other colours, including yellow, orange and pink. However, the rarest of all are Padparadscha sapphires, in a shade of orange/pink, this sapphire derives its name from ancient Indian word ‘Sanskirt’, describing the colour of the tropical lotus flower.

Some of the most famous sapphires in the world include the Stuart Sapphire, forming part of the British Crown Jewels. This 104-carat oval sapphire originally belonged to Charles II and is currently positioned on the crown worn by Queen Elizabeth II.

However, one of the largest in the world is the 422.99-carat faceted Logan Sapphire, belonging to the Smithsonian Institute, located in the United States.

A sapphire that we are all familiar with, having seen countless images of it across the media in recent years is the engagement ring of the Duchess of Cambridge. Originally the engagement ring of Lady Diana Spencer, the 12-carot oval blue Ceylon sapphire is surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds and is set in 18-karat white gold.

For those who are lucky to call this beautiful gem their birthstone, September is the perfect time to surprise them with a beautifully designed piece of sapphire jewellery.

At ASR Gems, we are experienced in designing bespoke pieces of jewellery and engagement rings featuring sapphires in all colours, to suit your style and personality. If you would like to learn more about our jewellery collection or visit us for a free bespoke jewellery design consultation, get in touch with us on 0207 183 2977 or email us at email@asrgems.com

July Birthstone: Ruby

Birthstones have been popular since the 8 th century, many people choosing to wear their birthstone, set within a piece of jewellery.

The experienced design team at ASR Gems love the opportunity to incorporate birthstones into a custom designed piece of bespoke jewellery. From pendants to earrings, eternity rings to engagement rings we are here to guide our clients on every step of their jewellery design journey, working with them to create a piece that perfectly .

Birthstones have been popular since the 8 th century, many people choosing to wear their birthstone, set within a piece of jewellery.

The experienced design team at ASR Gems love the opportunity to incorporate birthstones into a custom designed piece of bespoke jewellery. From pendants to earrings, eternity rings to engagement rings we are here to guide our clients on every step of their jewellery design journey, working with them to create a piece that perfectly complements their birthstone, whether it be a diamond, emerald, sapphire or another gemstone entirely.

July is coming to an end but before it does we thought we would share with you a little history of the birthstone for this this month, Ruby.

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Often referred to as the king of precious gemstones, Ruby with its vibrant red colouring is symbolic of passion and energy and is said to bring love and success to those who wear it.

Back in 1870 Tiffany & Co published the following poem to celebrate the Ruby as the birthstone for July but sadly nobody knows who wrote it.

The glowing ruby shall adorn,
Those who in July are born;
Then they’ll be exempt and free
From love’s doubts and anxiety.

Ranging from pink to blood-red, the name Ruby comes from the Latin Ruber meaning red and is one of the original cardinal gemstones, alongside diamonds, amethysts, sapphires and emeralds.

Rubies have a high hardness level, being beaten only by diamonds, making them excellent additions to custom pieces of jewellery that will see regular wear, including for example engagement and eternity rings.

Majority of rubies found today come from Southeast Asia and Africa, with some of the finest rubies found, uncovered in the Mogok mines of Myanmar.

One of the earliest records of transporting rubies in literature is from 200 BC noting the transportation of rubies westward along the North Silk Road of China.

It was believed by the ancient Hindus that a ruby was capable of protecting the wearer from evil. They also believed sapphires to be unripe rubies and therefore understanding that if a sapphire was buried it would ventually transform into a ruby that would go on to support the health of the wearer, promoting both physical and mental health.

Over the year’s rubies have proved a popular gemstone choice to the addition of bespoke engagement rings, particularly in halo and twist ring settings. Smaller rubies added to an eternity ring band or as a teardrop pendant and matching earrings are also popular choices.

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When we think of rubies we think of wealth, love and the arousal of the senses. If you were born in July and would like to design your own piece of bespoke jewellery to celebrate your birthstone, or if your loved one was born during this month and you feel a custom designed piece of jewellery would make the perfect gift, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch with us on 0207 183 2977 or email email@asrgems.com to book your free bespoke
design consultation today.

Our guide to engagement ring styles and settings

Popping the question to your other half isn’t easy but neither is choosing the perfect engagement ring. If your partner knows exactly what style of engagement ring they want but you cannot tell the difference between a Halo setting and an Art Deco style ring, don’t panic! Here at ASR Gems we are experts when it comes to selecting the right engagement ring for your partner and to get your started we have put together a short guide to engagement ring styles and settings.

Popping the question to your other half isn’t easy but neither is choosing the perfect engagement ring. If your partner knows exactly what style of engagement ring they want but you cannot tell the difference between a Halo setting and an Art Deco style ring, don’t panic! Here at ASR Gems we are experts when it comes to selecting the right engagement ring for your partner and to get your started we have put together a short guide to engagement ring styles and settings.

Classic styles – To ease you in gently, let’s start with the classic engagement ring styles and the ones you are most likely to be familiar with.

Two of the most popular engagement ring styles include solitaire and three/four stone settings. Other styles such as halo, cluster and twist are also crowd pleasers. One of the best thing about telling these rings apart? The names a pretty self-explanatory.

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If you want to mix things up slightly, you could always go for a coloured stone setting with sapphires or perhaps a bombe style ring with a raised dome setting.
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If you don’t want the stones to be set in prongs, a bezel setting might be the option for you or to add an extra touch of bling why not consider a pavé ring with additional diamonds encrusted around the band.
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Vintage styles – If your other half is in love with everything vintage, a ring inspired by another era is a wonderful choice. Let’s start at the beginning to give you a quick crash
course in popular vintage inspired engagement ring settings.
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Baroque – A style from the 18 th century that is ornate and normally features a gold setting with uneven stones

Acrostic – Dating from the romantic era these rings include coloured stones set in the style of a traditional eternity ring that spell out a word. Now that’s what we call romantic!

Art Nouveau – The most stylised jewellery dating from 1890 – 1900, this type engagement ring setting celebrates the creative arts, featuring designs inspired by nature.

Edwardian – A short-lived era from 1901 – 1910 but no-less spectacular. Edwardian rings feature oval, bombe and cluster settings, often with coloured stones.

Victorian – During the latter half of the 19 th century, engagement rings of the Victorians were ornate and absolutely fabulous!

Art Deco – During the twenties and thirties engagement rings featured geometric and fan shaped designs with baguette cut stones.

Retro – Spanning right across the 40s, 50s 60s & 70s, retro engagement rings come in all different shapes and sizes, many of which were inspired by more traditional styles

Contemporary styles

In recent times, minimalist & etched designs are becoming increasingly popular with thin bands featuring etching and often smaller stones.

If you are looking for something completely different some new and creative settings include shaped bands and modern clusters featuring multiple coloured stones in an uneven setting.

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Of course, if none of these styles are exactly what you are looking for, you could always consider a custom design, to ensure your fiancé has a completely unique engagement ring.

At ASR Gems bespoke engagement rings are our speciality and our team of experienced designers are on hand to discuss your requirements and help you to create a one of kind ring. To book your free consultation, get in touch with us on 0207 183 2977 or email us at email@asrgems.com

Could designing a bespoke engagement ring be the best decision you have ever made?

Making the decision to propose to your significant other can be a question you take a considerable amount of time to mull over. However, now you know it’s the right time to pop the question you have the all-important engagement ring to choose. Of course, you want it to reflect your partner’s personality, be unique and unlike any other ring available and most importantly you want them to fall in love with it the moment you open that special box.

Making the decision to propose to your significant other can be a question you take a considerable amount of time to mull over. However, now you know it’s the right time to pop the question you have the all-important engagement ring to choose. Of course, you want it to reflect your partner’s personality, be unique and unlike any other ring available and most importantly you want them to fall in love with it the moment you open that special box.

Sure, here at ASR Gems have a wonderful selection of beautiful diamond engagement rings on offer but if it’s a completely unique ring you are after, maybe designing a bespoke engagement ring it the perfect choice for you.

Unsure? We might be able to convince you with our top three reasons for designing a custom engagement ring.

Commemorate your engagement

Choosing to tie the knot is an important milestone in your relationship and often a joint decision so why not take this opportunity to commemorate your engagement by designing a bespoke ring together as a couples. Custom designing your engagement ring give you both the opportunity to mark this special occasion with an experience you will remember forever, making your ring all the more special.

Personalising your engagement ring

The wonderful thing about choosing to design a bespoke engagement ring is that you can take your time as a couple to discuss every element of your rings design from the carat, the material, whether it’s silver, gold, or white gold, the cut, the diamonds and any other gemstones you may wish to include in your very personal design. In essence, you can personalise every element of your engagement ring making it completely unique from any other ring available.

Your engagement rings uniqueness

Your reasons for designing a bespoke engagement ring with your partner might be obvious and have a very personal meaning to your relationship. However, if it is still an option you are considering it is important to remember that by choosing to design your ring will make it entirely unqiue and unlike any other ring available. It will also undoubtedly reflect both of your personalities, adding to its importance.

To inspire you, the following well-known couples have also made the decision to design their very own bespoke engagement rings:

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Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III – In 1955 Prince Rainier III of Monaco designed a 10.5 carat square-cut diamond engagement for his proposal to Hollywood beauty Grace Kelly.

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry – Prince Harry chose a yellow gold band combining diamonds from Princess Diana’s collection along with a main stone from Botswana to propose to Meghan Markle.

Amal Clooney & George Clooney – George Clooney popped the question to Amal Clooney with an ethically- mined emerald cut diamond engagement ring, estimated at 7-plus carats.

We hope this has helped you move a little closer towards your decision as to whether a bespoke engagement ring is the right choice for you. Our team at ASR Gems would love the opportunity to discuss our design process with you and you can do so by booking an appointment here.