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Choosing Diamond Jewellery

Choosing diamond jewellery is always an exciting occasion but one that, without some knowledge of diamonds, can be a little overwhelming. You probably already know that diamonds are the world's most precious gemstone; the hardest natural substance and the ultimate token of love and affection. However you may not know that their rare beauty has captivated us for over 3000 years, or that each diamond is totally unique, with its own characteristics and personality. These individual properties determine a diamond's allure and value.

To evaluate a diamond's value, jewellers use what has become known as the 4 C's - cut, colour, clarity and carat (diamond weight). By using the 4 C's it is possible to determine your diamond's characteristics and since these do not alter, you are assured your diamond will stay as special as the day you chose it. For more information about the 4 C's, please click here. The excitement experienced in choosing diamond jewellery will never fade, quite simply because - "a diamond is forever".

The occasion
There is no better way to celebrate a special anniversary or momentous occasion than with diamond jewellery. Various types of rings are traditionally associated with the birth of a baby e.g. an eternity ring - read more here, the passing of an important exam or of course, the proposal of marriage. Choosing an engagement ring is a very important decision and now more and more couples are choosing to purchase the ring together. Whatever the occasion, diamonds say it all! Click to view our collection of diamond engagement rings, diamond earrings, diamond necklaces and all other diamond rings.

The budget
Remember: each diamond is unique so whatever your budget, you are investing in something that will be yours for a lifetime. Diamond jewellery can be passed down through generations and purchased to remember your loved ones by. If you want to stick to a tight budget but are not seeing anything suitable online, we would be happy to suggest some alternatives that you may not have spotted . Alternatively please pop into your local F.Hinds branch as they often stock heavily reduced sale lines that are no longer online.

The look
A beautiful diamond solitaire is universally recognised as the ‘classic diamond' engagement ring, diamond necklace or solitaire stud earrings. However diamond cluster rings, earrings and necklaces, plus rings with stone set shoulders and diamonds paired with other precious gemstones such as rubies, sapphires or emeralds can be equally striking. Coloured diamonds are becoming more and more popular, and here at F.Hinds we can proudly present our exclusive collection of pink diamonds from the One in a Million range. View the collection here.

The style
First of all you need to choose the colour of gold. Popular colours like yellow and white gold are available in abundance, and we have seen a rise in coloured gold such as rose gold. Mixing white, yellow and rose gold allows the wearer to mix and match styles and colours to suit every outfit. Click to view our collections of rose gold and multi coloured gold jewellery.

The design detail
Take time to consider the many different types of settings, clasps, mounts and patterns that will present your diamond jewellery with the maximum effect. There are so many beautiful designs available today that whether you prefer the traditional or unusual, there is something for you.

The final decision
To buy from us, we hope! We are diamond and gemstone experts and so we guarantee the quality of all our diamonds. This offers you complete confidence in your choice. If you have any questions at all, please contact us by email at or drop into one of our stores to chat to one of our trained diamond advisors.

Our exclusive diamond service

Director and sixth generation family member Andrew Hinds is personally responsible for buying all our diamond jewellery. Each design is individually selected and the diamonds it contains are matched by expert craftsmen and women to maximise their beauty and unique qualities. Andrew and Roy Hinds (Andrew's father and predecessor) also personally inspect our finished diamond solitaire pieces, individually selecting each and every one of our certificated diamond solitaire rings and other jewellery.

Excellent value

As one of Britain's leading jewellers, we use our considerable buying power to source diamonds from across the globe and pass the savings on to our customers. This allows us to offer excellent value for money for all our diamonds.

30 day change of mind guarantee

We hope that you will be delighted with your purchase, but if you change your mind for any reason, you can return it to us within 30 days of receiving the goods (with the receipt and in its original condition and packaging) and we will be happy to provide an exchange or a refund. Please see our Returns Policy for full terms and conditions.

Our 10 year diamond pledge

We offer a free annual inspection and cleaning service on all diamond jewellery from us for up to 10 years after purchase. For either online or in-store purchases, you can take the item(s) into a branch so they can arrange this in store. We will check for any damage and advise on any work that may be needed, plus we will clean and polish the item to help retain its original shine and lustre - all free of charge.
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