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Unique Engagement Rings as Rare as You
As well as having a vast array of both different and classic style engagement rings, our jewellers take pride in creating bespoke individual handmade designs. We can produce the best women’s and men’s engagement rings to suit any taste and style, so you know they will love the ring you buy for them. We craft all of our handmade engagement rings in our Melbourne design studio located on Collins Street. From the initial design to the finished work, your ring will never leave our hands. We work to the highest standards to create a piece of singular beauty that will last for the ages, and you can be assured that you and your partner will receive the best engagement rings money can buy.
Designs from contemporary tension sets to classic solitaire diamond engagement rings
Since our official beginnings in 1981, MDTdesign has been keeping pace with innovative design techniques and trends in the jewellery industry. In particular, we have seen many developments in the field of bridal pieces during the 30+ years we have been in operation. Traditional diamond engagement rings have evolved to now include different cuts, settings, and colours, and there is now even a movement for using other precious jewels in place of diamonds. There has also been an increase in demand for stylised men’s engagement rings that still retain a masculine quality, such as tension set rings. No matter your personal taste, our jewellers are sure to be able to design and craft the best engagement rings to cater to any style.
Melbourne’s best engagement rings, hand-made
Looking for a handmade, custom engagement ring? Something that is truly and uniquely yours? From classic designs to something totally modern like a tension set, engagement rings are a symbol of the love you share with your special someone and the future love to come. We can create unique designs for your women’s or men’s engagement rings that you will treasure for eternity. All lovingly made by our hands, to be worn proudly on yours. Talk to us about your dream design and buying an engagement ring at our Melbourne CBD Collins Street store, contact us online, or call (03) 9654 6805.
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CUSTOM ENGAGEMENT RING STYLES
Solitaire (Single Stone)
The Solitaire is the most classic of all engagement rings with the most common being a 4 claw or 6 claw setting. A single Sapphire or Diamond set in a ring, all on its own, so that you may gaze at its sparkling beauty for eternity. Solitaires most often feature round “brilliant cut” diamond, but you may choose yours from any other fancy shape, including Emerald Cut, Princess Cut, Marquise Cut, Asscher Cut, Heart Shaped, Pear Shape, Radiant Cut or a Cushion Cut diamond.
At MDTdesign, we will help you choose the band and the setting that best suits you and will show off your stone in all its dazzling beauty. The choices can be a little overwhelming so we’ll help guide you through the options until you discover a ring that you will call your own.
We have a large range of loose of diamonds and sapphires in an array of colour and shapes for you to compare and select from so that you can be sure you are choosing the perfect centre piece for your handmade engagement ring.
Three Stone and Trilogy Engagement Rings
Choosing a trilogy of 3 or more diamonds or other gemstones gives you an endless array of ring styles to make your choice from.
You can select one single solitaire diamond as your feature stone, accompanied by smaller diamonds set next to it to create your special unique ring. Or create a 3 or 5 stone ring from a combination of different shaped stones – 3 Round or Princess Cut diamonds, a Round diamond in the centre with Pears shaped diamonds on the side, or how about making these per shaped stones sapphires instead? You could also choose a sapphire in the centre and complement it with colourless diamonds on the side to help lift the sapphire and make it stand out even more.
You can even choose a single stone with diamonds set into the band in channel set, claw set, grain set or pave set styles. (Ask us, we’ll show you what they mean!)
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Halo Engagement Ring Designs
If you love the idea of a single stone, of any shape, with one or more rows of diamonds around it, then you are dreaming of a Halo engagement ring.
Originally halo engagement rings were designed to create the illusion of a larger looking diamond than if it were just set on its own. This concept has taken on a new style of it’s own an is a great way to add more focus to your centre featured diamond or sapphire. At MDTdesign we’ll help you design a ring featuring a centre stone of diamond or sapphire, surrounded by a halo of other beautiful stones to help enhance its beauty.
Sapphires look especially good in a halo design engagement ring as it tends to bring out the best of the coloured stones when true white diamonds are placed alongside it.
Where once there were only white diamonds, now you can select from a brilliant array of Pink, Champagne and Cognac Australian Argyle diamonds or even Ellendale Yellow diamonds, which are among the most coveted coloured diamonds in the world.
Coloured diamond always look best when accompanied with white dimaonds.
The varying intensities of colour and differing hues make each stone truly unique and are what determines its value. Once you’ve chosen your favourite coloured diamond we won’t be surprised if you want to surround it with a halo of white diamonds or a row of white diamonds in the band to enhance its beauty and colour and create a truly eye-catching ring you’ll want to show off again and again.
Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire
If colour is what you seek in your engagement ring, you can go beyond diamonds. We carry a large selection of Emerald’s, Ruby’s and Sapphire’s in different colours, shapes and origins. When it comes to coloured stones, there is a huge amount of varying colour available.
From the deep coloured blue Australian Sapphires, Ceylon Sapphires, Padparadscha Sapphires in a vibrant pink/peach tone, yellow, green and purple sapphires are all examples of coloured sapphires and all come in a variety of shades and hue’s.
Ruby’s are available in red and pinky tones with a deep clear red colour being the most sort after. A more red ruby than one that displays pink tones is classified as a higher quality ruby and price can vary substantially when taking into account not just colour, but clarity and cutting style of the stones and the most common ruby’s are Mozambique or Burmese ruby’s.
While some people love the brilliant green of Emeralds, it is not the first thing we normally recommend for engagement rings as they can be brittle and may be easily damaged with everyday wear. Although Emeralds have a similar hardness to Sapphires, emeralds are often slightly included which can make them brittle or susceptible to damage over time. Although diamonds and sapphires are the harder and longest-lasting when compared to emeralds, taking a little extra care when being worn os a small price to pay as there is nothing quite like the colour or a vibrant green emerald to gaze into.
If you choose a coloured stone we recommend a halo of white diamonds to draw more attention to the centre stone and make it a focal point of your ring.
Tension Set Rings
At MDTdesign we helped pioneer the contemporary trend for tension set diamonds and are renowned in Australia for having the largest collection as well as being customisable. These tension set rings are also known as a pressure set rings or floating diamond rings.
As we hand-make 100% of our jewellery in our on-site jewellery workshop, we have the advanced technical skill and knowledge required to ensure your diamond is securely held in place simply by the tension of the metal we have hand-worked to create your ring. Hand forging, hammering and beating the metal compresses the metal to make it harder and gives it the strength to hold diamonds and sapphire in this unique way.
Tension setting enables light to enter your diamond from all angles, allowing all the natural brilliance and sparkle of your diamond to shine like never before. Seeing the stone from all angles adds a point of difference that will add some interest to the look of your piece. You simply won’t believe it, till you see it.
Setting the diamond this way means we can create for you a stunning new ring designs that have a much more modern and contemporary look with your diamond or sapphire being the true hero and focal point.
Multi Diamond Set
Whether you desire diamonds set in a cluster or a row along the band, multi stone rings can be a beautifully different way to show off your personal style. Mix and match diamonds of different colours or even different stones for a truly unique look that will be unlike any other ring you’ve ever seen.
Do you dream of something modern, yet different? A well-cut sapphire can show off stunning colour that is sure to make you the centre of attention. Ask to see our stunning range of both loose and set into engagement rings, pink, yellow, green, purple and the most common blue sapphire.
You’ll love the eternal elegance that only solitaire engagement rings can bring. Keeping the focus solely on the single stone can then allow your mind to run free with options for a paired wedding band. Having either a diamond set, engraved or plain wedding band, and sometimes a combination of all can then add a more unique feel. Let us hand-craft you a classic single stone engagement ring in a vintage or modern look and you’ll see why solitaire settings are a stunning choice.
Argyle Pink Diamond
Want a diamond that’s different? Argyle pink diamond engagement rings are a rarity and will ensure your ring stands out from the crowd. With the Australian Argyle diamond mine closing in the year 2020, these pink diamonds are often smaller in size than white diamonds due to their rarity and cost. They often look best when complemented with white diamond or in a wide gold band which will help highlight the pink colour.
Tension settings give your diamond an illusion of floating within the ring, creating a truly modern engagement ring. With light free to strike the diamond from every angle, tension settings let diamonds sparkle more brilliantly.
It’s amazing how a yellow diamond in your engagement ring hints at glamour and romance. Yellow diamond rings are sophisticated and fashionable while being timeless in their design. We stock a large collection of both loose yellow diamonds as well as already set yellow diamond engagement rings.