How To Buy An Engagement Ring & Enjoy Yourself

The Proposal

You’ve made the decision, you’re going to do it, it’s exciting isn’t it! You know where you will propose, but what will you propose with? You don’t have a ring? Then let us help.
Whatever the design you choose, it’s personal to you. It’s a ring for better or for worse… But mostly, it’s an intention. A beautiful, lifelong intention to love.

Some of our customer’s lovely proposal photos…

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 So, getting the perfect ring is important, right?

Here is the good news: at Stephen Einhorn it’s pretty impossible to get it wrong because we are here to advise. We are extremely experienced in making and selling engagement rings. So relax, sit back, have a cup of tea or something a little stronger, and we will take you through the few vital steps for getting that perfect piece of jewellery on that perfect finger.

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An engagement ring is about beauty, not money

That is very important to bear in mind, we will not sell you a really expensive ring that you can’t afford, that’s not our ethos. There have been several conventions discussed over the years about how much you should spend on a ring…. A month’s salary, four months, a year?  We do not believe that buying a piece of jewellery should be a source of stress and anxiety. Whatever your budget, you can find something truly beautiful to be treasured for a lifetime. Blow the budget by all means, but only do it with a happy heart.

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What if I don’t know their ring size?

Don’t worry you do not need to know the ring size. Every ring that you buy here in our London shop is custom-made. This means that if you’re buying a ring on spec and it doesn’t fit you can simply bring it back unworn and we will exchange it for a brand new one, that we have made specially, that fits like the proverbial glove.

What style engagement ring is best?

If you are not sure what style your loved one would like here are a few pointers:

1. Does your intended wear a lot of jewellery which the ring needs to compliment? If they do is it cool or warm toned jewellery? Platinum? Rose gold? Yellow gold?

2. What is their style like? Do they wear modern asymmetric skirts or tea dresses? Do they like vintage or modern styles? Plain simple stylish clothes or are they more decorative in their choices? Sharp suits or jeans and jumpers? Do they like contemporary designs, or something more classic?

3. And of course, have any large hints ever been dropped as to what they want? Do they have a favourite colour or gemstone. Do they like geometric, circular shapes, or patterns?

Knowing the answers will help you to narrow your choices down, and will aid our expert sales assistants in their consultations with you. Last but not least it’s also about your taste as well, after all your intended will be very flattered with the style that you have chosen for them.

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Once you’ve popped the question with the engagement ring of your choice, if it’s not the right size, bring your intended in to see us and we will hand you both a glass of bubbly before sizing their finger. We then get you back in for a fitting before the stone is set to make sure your new heirloom fits like a glove. It is an exciting process to be a part of and means that every ring is made to fit the wearer perfectly.

When you buy a ring from us you don’t need to get hung up on whether the ring is the right size or not it really doesn’t matter. If you don’t want your future partner to guess what you’re up to you can guess the size, it’s really the style of ring that’s more important and of course the actual proposal itself.

What precious stone should I choose?

A diamond is a classic and traditional choice, for versatility, it can’t be beaten. They go with everything, it is the toughest stone in existence, and it comes in a huge variety of shapes. If you do choose a diamond you will have to decide on your preferred cut, colour, clarity and carat, all of which our expert assistants can help you with.

If you’d prefer a coloured gemstone, the precious gemstone world is your oyster. Black diamonds, emeralds, black, blue and other hued sapphires, rubies, tsavorites, tanzanites… really you just need to select a colour. Don’t be pressured into choosing a stone because you feel you should. You just need to choose one you love!

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Confused by all the precious metal options?

Here, too, there are a wide variety of options and it is important to choose not only what you love, but what suits your soon-to-be-fiancées skin tone. Here at Stephen Einhorn we love each metal for its unique look and qualities. The cool blue of platinum, the radiance of yellow gold, the creamy richness of white gold, the warmth of rose gold. Whatever stone you have chosen, you can complement or contrast with the metal and choose the carat to suit your budget.

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What style should I go for?

Apart from the fine craftsmanship, honest advice and high quality materials, people come to Stephen Einhorn for our designs. Whether it’s for clean modern geometric lines, classical shapes or Stephen’s signature open settings, we have something for everyone. Every piece can be further customised with engraving or personalised to your exact specifications by our expert jewellers.

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Our bespoke engagement ring service

You can also go down the bespoke route and have something uniquely designed for you by Stephen, but it’s a good idea to involve both partners in this process – designing a bespoke engagement ring for another person can be tricky! Find out more about our bespoke service here.

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Enjoy yourself! This is an exciting purchase savour it…

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But what if I live outside London or overseas?

If you don’t live near London and so can’t pop into our shop to see us, fear not! Call us and we will talk you through all your options and help you guess the initial size.

View Stephen Einhorn’s engagement ring collection here online

 

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The History & The Enduring Style of Signet Rings

The signet ring is named after the French signét for ‘small seal’ and the Latin signetum meaning ‘sign.’ Signet rings have been used throughout history to create a signature for the wearer, impressing a seal into wax or clay and leaving a unique mark that was considered binding. If a gentleman’s word is his bond, the signet proved the authenticity of that bond, and it looked damn fine doing it.

The use of signet rings dates back at least as far as ancient Egypt and can be seen from their discovery in some prominent tombs, also in Mesopotamia dating 3500 BC when people first started using them to authenticate business deals and documents. There are also multiple references to seals in the Bible which many historians surmise are signet rings. People in medieval times used signet rings to sign and seal documents and the practice became even more legitimised when King Edward II ascended to the throne of England in 1307 and declared that all official government documents had to be sealed with the King’s signet.

Such illustrious signet rings bore the crests or emblems of the family of the wearer. They were a way not only to sign a document but to demonstrate your heritage. Only the most distinguished of families had a crest of their own to wear on a signet ring. Rings were not merely signifiers of family membership, they were also adopted by clubs and societies, each member identified by a flash of jewellery. In modern times when the rings are no longer used in an official capacity they are still often the mark of belonging and men and women alike will wear their family crests, even if they have no intention of pressing them into wax. In fact signet rings today are not always created with a design in relief or raised for the purposes of a seal, designers such as Stephen Einhorn can be far more imaginative in the way they represent someone’s crest or symbol because they are not constrained by functionality. Signet rings can be made in two tone precious metals such as contrasting gold’s, set with pavé stones or enamelled to create a coloured design.

Famous wearers of the classic family signet include Prince Charles and Churchill, the latter was never seen without his solid gold ring, as well as fictional icons such as the man from U.N.C.L.E. and several of James Bond’s more stylish adversaries. Even The Green Lantern of DC Comics fame sports his own symbol on a signet ring. Traditionally signet rings were passed down the family line: ancient heirlooms, nowadays traditions can be alluded to, as new heirlooms are commissioned and created. Wearers of the modern, contemporary style of signet ring can be seen in Hipster bars and country pubs, pushing swings in the playground and pushing pens in the boardroom.

These rings can sport a newly designed crest or be used to bring to life an old one, they can commemorate years of service to a cause or to a company, or even a new beginning.

But where should you wear a signet ring? Is there a particular finger it should grace? The simple answer, of course, is no. Just as the ring can be designed to the wearer’s exact specifications, it can also be worn on the finger of their choosing. Signet rings can be seen on pinkie fingers of both hands, on ring and index fingers, even thumbs. Traditionally since the Middle Ages they were worn on the pinkie, or little finger, on the non-dominant hand (so on the left hand if right-handed) making rolling in the wax used to form a seal possible without removing the ring. Now, though, rings are worn to replace wedding bands, as statement rings and teamed with contrasting jewellery for both men and women.

Combining style and sophistication with legitimacy and gravitas, the signet ring is a unique piece of jewellery. Stephen Einhorn has always been particularly drawn towards these rings, combining as they do his two passions for classic design and functionality. After all, what could be better than something that is not only beautiful, but could enable the wearer to leave their mark on the world? If you’re looking for a statement ring with a modern  design aesthetic, the signet ring is it. And who knows, it may even give you the impetus to start that secret society you’ve always longed for. No ring, no entry. It’s all about exclusivity, after all.

To find out more: Please visit our mens rings section

 

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Wonderful and Clever Women.

Our London Showroom display:

We have a new wall display in the shop, which is based around incredible women. Inspired by the women’s marches that we saw, and joined, all around the world we needed a display to mark that incredible coming together.

 

I have met quite a few very impressive women in my life but none of them were famous,  simply kind, brave often quite heroic but in a quiet way. Our wall is dedicated to these women and also women who have come to our attention throughout history who have achieved quite extraordinary things. Not only that, they have gone against the crowd, had to put up with abuse and anger, often to the detriment of themselves and their families, they have been the only women amongst many men, they have been told what they are trying to do is impossible, and they have been told to simply ‘go away’! And throughout this struggle they have fought on to achieve exceptional things. We need to teach our daughters and our sons and grandchildren about these wonderful women.

There are so many that I could tell you about but here are a select few.

Augusta Ada King Noel Countess of Lovelace. She was a mathematician who worked with Charles Babbage and was the first person to realise that machines could have another purpose other than pure calculation. She was the first person to realise that there could be a ‘computing machine’. She was born in 1815 and was the only legitimate daughter of Lord Byron.

Hedy Lamar, not only extraordinarily beautiful but also along with composer George Antheil, invented the technology for spread spectrum and frequency hopping to defeat the threat of torpedoes during the second world war. Using this system they could jam enemy torpedoes. The technology they invented is now incorporated in WIFI and Bluetooth that we use today.

Rosa Louise Mcauley Parks a civil rights activist who refused to give up her seat to a white teenager on a bus on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery Alabama. The United States Congress called her ‘The First Lady of Civil Rights’. There is now a Rosa Parks day in the USA.

Elizabeth Fry born in 1780 a quaker was a prison reformer. She visited Newgate and discovered that the women and children imprisioned there (some of them without a trial) needed clothes and food. She went back with clothes and food and started the first rehabilitation program as she firmly believed in reform rather than punishment. She started a school in the prison for the children. In 1817 she helped found the Association for the Reformation of the Female Prisoners in Newgate providing materials and teaching women to knit and sew in order to support themselves and their families after prison.

Marie Stopes Stopes has often been credited with beliefs especially about race which do not sit comfortably with anyone who believes in racial equality. However she was the first women to start a birth control clinic and her manual published in 1918 called ‘Married Love’, opened up the first discourse on contraception inside marriage and later outside marriage. Without her pioneering work we wouldn’t have the freedoms we enjoy now, over our own bodies. To younger women all these rights are normal to them. They have never known a time when there was no choice. Thanks to women like Marie Stopes we can take all these rights for granted.

Come in and view our new London Showroom display for yourself at:
210 Upper Street
Islington
London
N1 1RL
http://www.stepheneinhorn.co.uk 

 

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Sapphires

There are many beautiful colour variations of sapphires, encompassing mostly all the spectrum of colours, except red sapphires, which are termed ‘fancy’ and include orange, yellow, violet and lilac.

In the Middle Ages the clergy wore blue sapphires to symbolise heaven. In Ancient Greece and Rome monarch’s believed them to protect you from harm. In modern times they have often graced the throats and fingers of royalty.

Sapphire is the single crystal form of corundem (aluminium oxide). The red variety – coloured by a mineral called chromium – is the ruby (this also produces pink sapphires until the colour deepens enough to be red). All other colours are called sapphires.

Different trace minerals produce a whole spectrum of differently coloured sapphires: titanium and iron colour it blue, for example. The clarity, the colour – the hue -  and the origin of the stone all play a part in its valuation. It is very durable, exceeded only by diamond. Two distinctive varieties of sapphires are the ‘Star’ sapphire which displays asterism – a six pointed star at the centre of the stone, and ‘Colour Change’ sapphire which changes colour according to whether it is viewed in a natural or artificial light source due to the differing wavelengths of light it absorbs and refracts.

They are 9 on the Moh scale. They are found in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, East Africa, China. Every stone is different particularly in the larger carat sizes. Therefore each sapphire ring we make is always slightly different.

Watch out for our new gemstone guide, coming soon…..

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Leather Jewellery.

Leather jewellery is becoming more and more popular. We find it fly’s out of our London showroom. The appeal seems to be that it combines something extremely precious with something that is synonymous with toughness, masculinity, and wearability. That is not to exclude the ladies of course because us ladies like toughness and wearability too. Leather jewellery is fantastic for making a statement. It looks modern, contemporary and cool.
It appears that some men look on leather jewellery as being more wearable in an everyday setting.

Our Men’s Anchor leather wrist bracelet

Throughout history the wearing of jewellery has been about status. The more land you had the more jewellery you wore. If you were a Viking, you might wear your savings on your arms as silver amulets and beads. When you went shopping you could use a bit of jewellery for your purchases. Nowadays, except on rare occasions people tend not to want to shout about their wealth ( Kim Kardashian being one of the exceptions)  people generally like to be a bit more discreet about what they are worth. For this reason its now very hard to  look at someone and calculate their net worth. Often the richest people look very low key indeed.

The making of our Leather Snap bracelet 

Leather jewellery is a great compromise between these two worlds. We know that our customers like to pair gold with leather. Its a great contrast between the two worlds of expensive jewellery and a more urban style  and at the same time this type of look is very popular.

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The Most Romantic Gift Of All, The Romance Of Real Rubies

Please allow us to introduce you to our most wonderful Raspberry Heart collection.

We have a number of different stone and metal options which are all available to order using our drop down menus on our product pages. The ruby and gold necklace is a particularly popular choice as is the diamond and gold necklace. Our Raspberry Heart collection is a stunning and very luxurious collection full of heirloom pieces. There will be lots of daughters looking sideways at their mothers Ruby necklace, with lust in their eyes, if you buy one of these. Or… if you have a slightly wild unconventional side, or your loved one does, how about a black diamond necklace? All these combinations are a possibility.

Ruby and Gold Heart Necklace

Our Stephen Einhorn Raspberry Heart Necklace

The Raspberry Heart is a timeless collection, not only for Valentine’s Day but as a simple romantic gift  for anytime of the year. It’s a little piece of luxury that is never going to disappoint. The rather stunning heart pendant necklace from the collection, and each earring, is set with 33 pavé set stones. This is all done in our workshop in Islington, using a special microscope which magnifies up to 100 times.


Raspberry Heart Diamond stud earrings

Raspberry Heart diamond Pave stud earrings

The stones are set using an age old technique of raising the metal around them to hold each tiny stone in place and make it secure. It is slow and very accurate work that you need to be very skilled to do.

 

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This collection like everything at Stephen Einhorn is handmade in our London based workshop, so when you buy from us, it’s a lifelong relationship. (Not in an intense smothering way, but in a helpful, ‘yes we are here to help’ type way.) We are one of the few people who still make their designs in the UK, So.. pick any precious metal, or any stone, within this collection to make it yours.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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The Shimmering Imelda May

We were lucky enough to be invited to Ronnie Scott’s to see a showcase of this rather wonderful singer. I hadn’t seen her perform before and she was pretty amazing. Personally I’m not interested in any singers or musicians who can’t acquit themselves in a live situation, but Imelda May is the real deal. She has a depth of passion and such a self assured way that she delivers each song that she makes the hairs on the back of your neck prickle… (Well mine did, maybe I’m too hairy?) Oh and Jeff Beck joined her on stage, pretty good for a Monday night. Check out this video in which she is wearing our silver Shimmer earrings and gold small Heart necklace.

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Unwrap Our Christmas Gift Guide

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Whether you’re looking for inspiration or already have the perfect gift in mind, unwrap our wonderful Christmas gift guide for handcrafted jewellery designs for him & her. We have new designs, our beautiful Winter jewellery collection, and lovely little sparkly things for your table settings on Christmas day. Have a look and if necessary pass your wish list on to Santa…

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A Winter Engagement

It’s that lovely time of year again… Hasn't it come round fast? The time of families, too much alcohol, and of trying not to eat too much, yep failed again… And it’s the time for that special winter proposal. What could be more romantic and more unexpected than to become engaged over Christmas or New Year? A snow topped mountain, or in front of a log fire, a ring slipped into your Christmas stocking perhaps? Oh how unexpected! We are here to help those wishes come true, simply take a look at our stunning collection of engagement rings  Remember, when buying an engagement ring London and UK based customers can visit our jewellery shop on Upper Street Angel, Islington. Here you are able see our unique engagement ring collection up close and personal. We can talk you through our conflict free diamond and ethical stone policy, we will happily explain to you about the 4C’s of diamonds, we will even let you know our wedding cake preferences should you feel like asking.  We'd love to see you... and don’t forget we are one of the few British companies left who make our engagement rings on site. We can alter, we can revamp, we can service, and generally look after your cherished Stephen Einhorn ring. We pride ourselves on the highest levels of customer care and aftercare; with us it's a lifelong relationship. A bit like being married really…  If on the other hand you aren't based in the UK fear not! You can choose and buy your beautiful engagement ring right here online and if you have any questions just get in touch – we’re here to help.

It’s that lovely time of year again… Hasn’t it come round fast? The time of families, too much alcohol, and of trying not to eat too much, yep failed again… And it’s the time for that special winter proposal. What could be more romantic and more unexpected than to become engaged over Christmas or New Year? A snow topped mountain, or in front of a log fire, a ring slipped into your Christmas stocking perhaps? Oh how unexpected! We are here to help those wishes come true, simply take a look at our stunning collection of engagement rings.

Remember, when buying an engagement ring London and UK based customers can visit our jewellery shop on Upper Street Angel, Islington. Here you are able see our unique engagement ring collection up close and personal. We can talk you through our conflict free diamond and ethical stone policy, we will happily explain to you about the 4C’s of diamonds, we will even let you know our wedding cake preferences should you feel like asking.

We’d love to see you… and don’t forget we are one of the few British companies who make our engagement rings on site. We can alter, we can revamp, we can service, and generally look after your cherished Stephen Einhorn ring. We pride ourselves on the highest levels of customer care and aftercare; with us it’s a lifelong relationship. A bit like being married really…

If on the other hand you aren’t based in the UK fear not! You can choose and buy your beautiful engagement ring online and if you have any questions just get in touch – we’ve been doing this for over 20 years and are here to help!

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