Looking for the perfect engagement ring?
Origin and classic styles
The tradition of wearing a ring to demonstrate loyalty and fidelity dates back to ancient times. There's evidence that Roman brides wore engagement rings in the 2nd century BC. The notion of the engagement ring as we know it today stems from 1215, when Pope Innocent III declared a mandatory waiting period between betrothal and the actual wedding ceremony. Couples intending to marry exchanged rings to signify their commitment to each other during this waiting period - a tradition that remains popular today.
Historically engagement rings held coloured gemstones like sapphire, emerald and ruby. But with new diamond finds at the turn of the century diamonds became more readily available and the brilliant white diamond took centre stage. Diamond is the hardest wearing gem known on earth and as such is a fitting symbol of your enduring everlasting love.
Classic styles include the elegant diamond solitaire, the wider three stone ring like the trilogia pictured here, or the popular sparkly diamond halo ring. At DesignYard we like to push the boundaries of convention and offer a wide range of contemporary engagement rings that are just that bit different - think of Cardillac who create wonderfully flowing rings where the design is more important than the gem.
Diana Porter’s highly organic work in Fairtrade gold and Canadamark diamonds will suit a lady who is ethically minded, whereas Josephine Bergsoe’s delicate organic work puts sustainability to the fore by using recycled metals and reclaimed gems. And for the stylish lady who likes her jewellery bold it is worth looking at Cassie McCann's or Angela Hubel's fabulous rings.
Picking your engagement ring: where to start
With so many choices, our website is a great place to start your journey to find the perfect engagement ring. Maybe you're planning a surprise engagement or maybe she's already said yes and you're looking for the perfect ring together. Either way we recommend you book an appointment to come see your favourite rings in person and learn all you need to know about engagement rings.
At DesignYard our knowledgeable and down-to-earth staff can guide you through different styles, metals, and gem choices in a private appointment at our Dublin gallery. Simply book your appointment online. Afternoon appointments are usually available within 24 hrs, or even same day.
What to expect from your private appointment
Our bright and spacious gallery is located in a gorgeous Georgian building, nestled between art galleries and lovely eateries, in the heart of Dublin city centre. Ring the number on the door when you arrive and we’ll buzz you in. You will be met by our friendly staff and you will have the space to yourself so that you can ask any questions and express your thoughts freely. With jewellery the devil is always in the detail and Nicole or Ronan will expertly guide you through the seemingly endless options - metal choices, gem options, and ring styles to suit your special person’s (life) style.
We use our collection as a starting point: most makers are happy to work to commission and so changes are possible. Or maybe you have your own ideas altogether and we can help you design your dream ring from scratch. Oftentimes our customers have a sentimental piece of jewellery or old gold they would somehow like to integrate into their engagement or wedding rings - just let us know what you have in mind and bring everything with you on the day.
What happens next?
Initial consultations typically take approximately 30-45 minutes. You may be lucky and find the perfect ring in the right size and walk out the door ring in hand. But more often than not, our customers need a bit of time for all the information to settle, so it is not unusual to book a follow-up appointment or second viewing. You will receive an email from us with the details about the rings on your shortlist. And if you’ve asked for alterations or a bespoke ring, we will send you an email with the specific quote for you to consider. We are happy to answer any questions by phone or email or indeed in person, so feel free to contact us or book in for another appointment - it is all part of the process!
Whether your budget is big or small at DesignYard we understand the importance of your special purchase. Especially if you’re new to the world of jewellery there is a lot to discover. Designyard offers a comfortable space for you to learn and play with jewellery - we make your experience easy and fun by guiding you through the myriad of options to find your perfect ring. But the fun doesn’t have to stop at the door: why not pop into one of the local eateries for a meal or glass of wine afterwards?
Start creating memories - your journey to find your perfect engagement ring with your private appointment begins here: