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Nervous about picking out the perfect wedding or engagement ring? Check out these for inspiration.

Celebrity inspired wedding and engagement rings


Has your celebrity crush recently gotten married? It might be disappointing that Dave Franco and Alison Brie are off the market, but if there’s one thing we can take away from their marriage (aside from their love) it is their beautiful wedding rings.

Celebrities are constantly in the spotlight, so they have to style themselves with the best jewellery pieces. Here are a couple of our favourite celeb wedding and engagement ring styles that you can steal some inspiration from!

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

You might think we’d be ogling Blake’s ring (and don’t get us wrong, we are) but this spotlight is actually directed at her husband! Ryan’s wedding and engagement rings are an incredibly unique gold band set that says ‘I’m taken’ in style. Want to get the same detailing? Check out our collection of customisable bands – specifically this two toned designer wedding band.

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Pippa Middleton and James Matthews 

You’ve seen Kate’s gorgeous royal sapphire ring – but have you seen her sister Pippa’s deco-inspired diamond ring? This stunning piece of jewellery features a square halo design that is irresistible inspiration for your own engagement ring. We can’t wait to see what the wedding ring looks like once she and James officially tie the knot. If you’re interested in a similar design, check out our Cushion Cut Engagement Ring.

David Beckham and Victoria Beckham 

If you’re a guy who enjoys a bit of flair, then you’re like David Beckham and you’re going to love this wedding ring. He has a couple of different rings that he wears – ranging from a simple gold band to a more elaborate ring with three tears of diamonds. Whatever style you’re looking for, David’s worn it and you can find it in our men’s collection.

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Alison Brie and Dave Franco 

And of course, we have to give mention to Alison’s engagement ring as it inspired this whole post! Her ring is a stunning rose-cut diamond featuring rose quartz and diamond pave. You can get the look with our Halo Round Diamond Engagement Ring with side stones.

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Still need some help selecting a wedding or engagement ring that will make you feel like a celebrity? Stop on by Joseph George Jewellery in Melbourne, and we’ll find the style that best suits you and your fiance.

How will you share your exciting news?

How to take a good photo of your engagement ring for social media


Social media is a great way to share significant moments in your life, especially with friends and family who live far away. However, sharing news of your engagement is no ordinary post – you’ll also want a beautiful photo of your engagement ring.

You’re allowed to be excited, the love of your life just proposed! Here are a few tips to take a great photo of your ring for social media.

Plan it out 

While it might be tempting to grab your smartphone and frantically post a photo onto Snapchat, take a moment to think about how you want to spread the news.

Apart from your closest family and friends who you’ll have told already, social media will be the first time many people in your life will hear about your amazing news and see your ring. Find a good spot, ask a friend to help, and even book a cheeky manicure. It all goes a long way to making a great photo.

Find your angle

Hands aren’t always the easiest to photograph – snapping from the wrong angle can result in some less than flattering results. We recommend setting up your camera directly opposite the back of your hand.

This way, whether you’re holding your hand up in front of a beautiful backdrop or laying flat, your fingers will appear elongated and elegant, allowing that solitaire diamond to truly shine.

Try a few concepts 

There’s no one way to take a good engagement ring photo. Instagram is full of creative ‘ring selfies’ where you can find inspiration for your shot. You could go for a minimalist approach with a simple background to highlight the details of your ring, or find a beautiful natural setting such as a park or beach to set the tone.

Alternately, you can have a bit of fun with it and include your excited partner in the background, or go for a less obvious arrangement where the ring isn’t the main subject of the photo.

Only post the best one

No matter how much you love your ring, there’s no need to post a million photos of it. Just choose your favourite, and hit share!

April's birthstone is the glamorous diamond.

Exploring the magic of April’s diamond birthstone


April babies are amongst the luckiest when it comes to birthstones. If you have a special someone in your life who has a birthday coming up in April, maybe you can make their year with a diamond, or even pop the question with a beautiful diamond engagement ring.

However, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to this special gem. Here are some of its unique properties.

April’s birthstone: the diamond 

The diamond is believed to have special meaning for those born in April, bringing inner strength and fostering good relationships. The origin of specific birthstones is shrouded in mystery, but one theory ties it to a biblical breastplate decorated with twelve different gems.

According to the American Gem Society, people used to carry gemstones for good luck, wearing a different stone each month to benefit from the various properties. However, it wasn’t until 1912 that a specific stone was assigned to each month, creating a tradition that has endured for over a century.

The name diamond actually comes from ‘adamas’, which is the Greek word for invincible. In addition, this sparkler of a stone is a symbol of eternal love, making it a fitting choice for an engagement or wedding ring.

Diamond’s special properties 

In addition to being incredibly beautiful, diamonds are full of surprises. In addition to being the hardest material on the planet, they are the only gem composed of a single element, carbon.

Most diamonds were formed deep below the Earth’s surface billions of years ago, and travelled rapidly to the surface due to a violent volcanic eruption. The volcanic material, called Kimberlite, cooled when it reached the surface, containing precious diamonds that are mined today.

While diamonds are 99.95 per cent carbon, they also contain other trace elements that help determine its colour. Under a microscope, you’ll see why diamonds are so tough – the carbon atoms are arranged in an isometric structure, which means the atoms are bonded in the same way throughout the diamond. As noted by the Gemological Institute of America, if the carbon atom structure of a diamond was more varied, then it would be graphite.

Looking for the perfect diamond to give an April baby?

Joseph George has a collection of beautiful diamond rings for you to choose from, as well as stunning diamond earrings to make their birthday extra special.

Do you know your different diamond cuts?

A history of diamond cuts – Part 1


When you’re browsing through different engagement rings on display, it’s easy to be enchanted by the brilliance of the gems and overlook the work it takes to get them to their final state.

Diamond cutting is an art that has evolved over time to produce a variety of intricate, eye-catching designs you can see in our range of engagement rings. Here’s a closer look at the different diamond cuts and their history.

Round brilliant 

The Marina engagement ring features a stunning round brilliant diamond. The Marina engagement ring features a stunning round brilliant diamond.

Perhaps the most iconic and classic of diamond cuts, this cut was designed to maximise a diamond’s brilliance. With 58 facets, the round brilliant cut had its origin in the Mazarin technique developed all the way back in the 17th century.

You can find an example of the round brilliant cut diamond in our Marina engagement ring.


A pear cut diamond is the star attraction in the Xanthe engagement ring. A pear cut diamond is the star attraction in the Xanthe engagement ring.

This elegant diamond is teardrop-shaped, and combines elements of brilliant and marquise cuts. It was created in the 15th century thanks to the work of Lodewyk van Bercken. A Flemish jeweller, van Bercken also invented the scaif, a vital diamond polishing tool.

A pear cut diamond is at the heart of our Xanthe engagement ring, surrounded by a halo of round brilliant diamonds.


A regal princess cut diamond is at the heart of the Eris Engagement ring. A regal princess cut diamond is at the heart of the Eris Engagement ring.

The princess is a dazzling cut with bevelled sides to allow light to disperse throughout the gem. An evolution of the Barion cut developed in the early 1970s, the princess cut was created after careful research by Israeli jewellers Ygal Perlman, Betzalel Ambar, and Israel Itzkowitz in 1979.

Our beautiful Eris ring features a prominent princess cut diamond, framed by two intriguing trapezoid cut diamonds.


The Themis ring features a mesmerising emerald cut diamond. The Themis ring features a mesmerising emerald cut diamond.

This heritage cut was first pioneered back in the 1500s in the form of the table cut. However, the more sophisticated emerald cut that you see in pieces such as the Themis engagement ring came about in the art deco era circa the 1920s.

With a flat top plane, an emerald cut features a unique step-cut that can be seen through a top view of the diamond.

If you need some help finding the perfect diamond cut, we’re here to help at Joseph George Jewellers. You can come into the store to browse our collection, or contact us online to find out more.