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About Joseph George

A second generation jeweller, Joseph George has been designing and creating beautiful jewellery for over 40 years. Stunning and unique jewellery creations.

Compliment engagement and wedding bands with an eternity ring.

Is it time for an eternity ring?


One of the most popular trends in bridal jewellery is to compliment an engagement ring with other bands. We see this all the time, with the most common example being a wedding band that is received on the big day as a symbol of two people coming together. However, for a more perfect balance, many partners also get their significant other a third ring, creating a stunning ‘trio’ of bridal jewellery.

This third ring is commonly referred to as an ‘eternity ring,’ and in this article we’ll take a closer look at what these look like and when they should be given.

Smaller diamonds are by far the most common choice for eternity rings, and these typically form either a ‘half’ or a ‘full’ circle.

What is an eternity ring?

An eternity ring is quite similar to a wedding band in a lot of ways, but is often a little bit more detailed and elaborate. It’s almost always a relatively simple circular shape which represents the endlessness of a long and happy relationship. In terms of stones, smaller diamonds are by far the most popular choice for eternity rings, and these typically form either a ‘half’ or a ‘full’ circle around the band.

Custom made eternity rings are very popular, as they need to fit the existing style of the engagement and wedding rings. The three bands need to work as a complete set, and you need to think very carefully about how they will look when worn at once.

A custom eternity band can perfectly compliment your engagement ring. A custom eternity band can perfectly compliment your engagement ring.

When to give an eternity ring?

In the past, an eternity ring was usually given on an important anniversary. This could be 10 or even 20 years, but in recent times it has become common for an eternity ring to be given much earlier, often in the first year of marriage or at the one year anniversary. The meaning of an eternity ring is endless love, so it makes a lot of sense for these pieces of jewellery to be given once a couple has settled into married life.

Another time where people give eternity rings is after the birth of a child. In most cases, this will be the first child, and in some parts of the world the term ‘maternity ring’ is used instead.

In any scenario, complimenting an existing set of bridal jewellery can be a perfect gift on a special occasion or at a significant milestone. Get in touch with Joseph George today and talk to us about the perfect eternity ring.

Don't wear your ring if it's likely to get damaged.

How to look after your precious rings

Unlike some other pieces of jewellery, rings almost always have a special meaning. Be they wedding bands or eternity rings, the associated memories and strong emotions make them truly unique heirlooms that should be taken care of for posterity. Of course, all jewellery requires the right care, but the tendency that many of us have to wear our special rings every day can make them more prone to damage or dirtiness than other pieces.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some common issues that crop up when taking care of precious rings, and we’ll also discuss the best ways to keep them in immaculate condition.

One common mistake that a lot of people make is to overdo their ring cleaning.

Clean carefully

A new ring always looks brilliant, but if you want to keep it that way, you’ll need to have the right cleaning regime. One common mistake that a lot of people make is to overdo their ring cleaning by giving it a scrub every day. This does more harm than good, and while you probably won’t damage a high-quality item, you may take a little bit of the shine off the metal.

Instead, talk to your jeweller when buying to find out how often your ring needs a clean, and make sure to use the products they recommend, rather than any old soap you have lying around the house.

Don't wear your ring if you'll be doing any activities where it could get damaged. Don’t wear your ring if you’ll be doing any activities where it could get damaged.

If in doubt, take it off

You might grimace at the thought of taking your custom engagement ring off, even for just a moment, but in some cases it’s simply smarter to remove it from any potentially dangerous situations. That could be while doing the dishes or when heading to the beach, but as a general rule of thumb, don’t wear it in any environment where damage could occur.

You’ll also want to have a decent storage option for when you take your ring off. Putting it in the bottom of a bag or your pocket might be convenient, but the chance of losing a ring just isn’t worth taking the risk.

If you are in any doubt at all, it’s always best to consult with an expert jeweller. They’ll be able to give you answers to any questions and can provide a professional clean. That way, you can rest easy knowing that your precious ring is going to remain in great condition for years to come.

earrings for face shape

How to Choose the Right Earrings for your Face Shape

Every woman loves a sparkling piece of jewellery, whether it’s to spruce up for an exceptional night out, or to simply add some style to their everyday look. Earrings are a popular choice amongst women who want to add some glamour to their everyday look as they can be worn on any occasion and add something special to every outfit and face shape.

When you invest in a piece of fine jewellery it is important to select a piece which not only looks stunning, but also enhances your beauty by playing up your good features. Here are a couple of tips on selecting the right sort of earrings for your face shape.

While selecting earrings, the golden rule is to choose a design which balances out the stronger characteristics in your face. Every face is beautiful, and jewels – as with hair styles and make up – can be used to draw in the eye to the most appealing parts of your face.

The oval face is considered to be “flawless”, in the sense that it is well balanced and not particularly long, wide, or pointy. This well balanced shape can carry off any sort of earring design without counterbalancing the face.

The long, or circular, face shape has a high forehead, a long chin and a narrow width. The kind of earrings that suit this face shape are ones that incorporate width as this counterbalances the length. Long earrings accentuate the length of the face and are thus not ideal for this shape. Ideal designs for this shape include circle earrings that add volume to the side of the face and studs or clusters that draw attention to the width of the face rather that its length.

heart shaped rings

Round faces are wide all the way around. The best way to counterbalance this shape is with drawn out shapes like chandelier and dropdown styles. The length of these pieces will add length to the face and draw the eye down. For best results, pick slender earrings rather than wide ones.

This is another shape that has a lot of width as well as an unmistakable geometric shape that is an very strong look. To soften a square face, the best earrings to pick are those that have twists, which will contrast the strong lines of the jaw and forehead.

Heart shaped
The heart shaped face and the upside down triangle framed face are incredibly elegant; the temples tends to be high with a pointed jaw. Earrings can again be used to soften these components, with dangling oversized pieces being the most effective look.

precious stones

The Enduring Appeal of Precious Stones

No piece of jewellery says love quite like an engagement ring. Exquisite, valuable, and indestructible, these qualities have earned gemstones their reputation as the ultimate symbol of enduring love, passion, and commitment. It was said that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with valuable stones.

The Greeks believed that the fire in a precious stone reflected the unfaltering flame of fondness whilst the Romans believed that gems were tears of the perfect creatures.For the Indians, they were rabbit’s feet keeping the wearer away from sickness, misfortune, and bestowing qualities of keenness. To others, they were stones that heal disease and impart wisdom – talismans of power and foresight.

Once only owned by the powerful or the astoundingly rich, precious stones are now more accessible albeit no less stunning or valuable.
The most crucial factor in picking an engagement ring is that it reflects the wearer’s taste and personality.

The latest ring design trends

ring designs and trendsAlthough precious stones have a timeless appeal, the way in which we choose to display them is constantly changing. With this is mind; what are the current styles for engagement rings?

A sense of individual expression is what characterises a lot of the popular designs at the moment. Engagement rings come in all shapes, sizes and styles. Now is the perfect time to invest in a piece that feels completely one of a kind.

The settings for engagement rings are currently solid, yet feminine with a distinctive deco feel. Other common characteristics include:

  • Geometric, deco shapes with circle and square cut gems
  • Wide style engagement rings that catch the eye
  • Asymmetrical arrangements that incorporate unusually cut precious stones, for instance, princess cut;
  • Brightly coloured gems (extreme yellow, cognac, or chocolate chestnut)
  • Mixing round stones with abstract shapes;
  • The usage of space within the ring plot (showing gems against skin) to give a significant ring a light, modern feel

Valuable stone engagement rings are a marvellous choice as they are imperishable and compliment any outfit as well as other embellishments. Remember that an engagement ring is something that you wear for a lifetime so taking the time to carefully select the right design is imperative. You’ll also need to consider how it will sit with your wedding ring and without a doubt an unbelievable time.