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The tradition of giving a diamond engagement ring as a promise of marriage began in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring set with a diamond as a token of love.

This royal tradition has lived on over the centuries and the giving of a diamond ring has become as much of a milestone as the engagement itself. Be assured that Michel Jewellers are here to assist you through this most important event and we're proud to play a small part in it.

What style should I choose?

If you're buying together, take your time and try on different styles. Remember that a wedding band will eventually sit next to the ring so the two must fit together. You may even want to have the ring handmade to your own design and Michel Jewellers will be happy to accommodate you.

If you want to surprise her with a ring, look out for styles she likes on friends, in advertisements and in jewellers' windows. Does she prefer traditional or modern jewellery? Does she wear yellow, white gold or platinum jewellery?

The most popular engagement rings are diamond solitaires, followed by clusters and the increasingly fashionable three stone ring. Emerald, sapphire and ruby also make beautiful engagement rings.

What size does she wear?

The easiest way to find out is to borrow a ring from her jewellery box and take it to your jeweller for sizing. Don't forget to replace it before she notices it's missing!

Wedding bands

Your wedding rings are the most symbolic purchase you will ever make, and should be as individual as you are.

Whether you want a simple, classic band; sleek, contemporary style or an elaborate diamond-set design - we have the perfect ring for you. Most styles are available in 9ct and 18ct golds (white, yellow or rose or a combination) and platinum or palladium.

We specialise in shaped wedding bands, to ensure a perfect fit to your engagement ring and for that finishing touch, we can also engrave a special, private message inside your rings.