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Lab-grown diamonds: Everything you need to know

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How to get the perfect engagement ring for any budget

Useful buying tips from our expert jewellers, find out how to get the perfect ring within your budget.

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The entire Nightingale team calls Yorkshire their home, so it's only natural that we have some great date ideas in the local area which won't break the bank.

So here's Claire to tell you about some fantastic ways to spend the next bank holiday with your dates, mates, family or partner.

Diamonds might be the most popular gemstone for engagement rings, but they're not the only choice available to you.

We use lots of different gemstones in our ethical engagement rings, all coming from socially conscious sources. They can really help your ring stand our from the crowd, and support those in the industry working hard to raise ethical standards at the same time!

Here's 5 our favourites, picked for their quality, beauty and durability (important when you'll be wearing it every day!)

Our favourite thing about a custom engagement ring is how well it suits the wearer.

You know your partner better than anyone, and one of the best ways of showing that is when you’re down on one knee giving them their perfect ring.

So to help with that, we’ve got 4 sources of inspiration that you can use to truly reflect their personality and uniqueness when picking out an engagement ring.

Botswana gained its independence from the British Empire in 1966 and in a little over 50 years has transformed itself from one of the poorest countries in the world into a model for economic development in Africa. 

Their relationship with diamonds sits at the heart of this success, but is anything from typical. 

So what's made Botswana a diamond success story instead of falling victim to them like so many other African nations? 

Today we'll explore this remarkable story and Botswana's relationship with ethical diamond mining

 

Lab diamonds are new to the market, so often people get conflicting information on their cost, quality and resale value. We've got the answers for you right here.
The latest reports say mined diamond prices are only going to go up this year. Here's why it's happening and what you can do to make sure it doesn't affect your engagement ring buying!
At a time when the Kimberley Process is facing more scrutiny than ever, is appointing a country with one of the worst modern reputations for miner abuse really the correct move to make?

It's that time of year again! Christmas and New Year are some of the most popular dates for popping the big question. And if you're planning yo...

At Nightingale, we understand that an engagement ring isn’t just an accessory, it’s part of a moment often encapsulating a journey. Therefore, ...

With lab diamonds surging in popularity it's only natural that more and more questions about them are arising. So what better time to sit down ...

Ever wondered how and why diamond engagement rings became the universal symbol of romance and marriage in modern culture? The origins might sur...

Last week Pandora made headlines around the world when they announced all diamonds used in their jewellery would be lab-grown instead of mined....

Many diamond retailers use the Kimberley Process to display their commitment to ethical origins, but does this actually give buyers any gaurantees that the diamonds they're buying are free from human suffering? In short, no.

The classic rule when buying a diamond engagement ring is that it should cost 3 months salary. When the rule emerged it was great news for diam...

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The beautiful green emerald sits alongside diamonds, sapphires and rubies in the ‘Big 4’ of gemstones. 

A favourite of the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, emeralds have been mined since at least 300BC, leaving their mark on history whilst still being one of the most sought after gems of modern times.

Today we’re going to help you get familiar with these luscious gemstones as well as giving you some practical tips if you’re looking to use them in your engagement ring.

At Nightingale we’re all about ethical diamonds. And as far as we’re concerned, they should be the minimum standard when making jewellery. 

Unfortunately, that’s not the case. It took a lot of time and effort for us to find sustainable diamond suppliers for our ethical engagement rings and we'd rather you didn’t have to go through the same trouble.

So we’re going to lay out all the knowledge we have to help you find a truly ethical diamond.

One of our favourite times of year is nearly upon us. Valentine’s Day!

Being the most popular engagement date of the year, we naturally get a lot of questions from customers. So we thought why not put everything we know into a handy engagement ring guide for Valentine’s Day 2022!

Here’s what we’ll cover...

  • Popular engagement ring styles for 2022
  • Tips for finding the perfect ring
  • Advice on making the most of your budget

A firm contender for the most romantic style of engagement ring, the symbolism of the Toi et Moi ring (or Moi et Toi as they're also known) is plain for all to see. Two gemstones. One representing you. One representing your soulmate.

This beautiful design style is enjoying a revival which looks to continue well into 2022 and beyond. If you're interested in a toi et moi engagement ring you'll find all the information you need to know right here in our easy guide.

White gold and platinum can give a similar aesthetic to your engagement ring, but there are some important differences between the two metals which can be important when choosing between them.

Both are very popular choices for engagement rings, so we thought it best to give you a simple guide to help you decide.

Deciding to propose to your partner is a big decision. And along with that decision usually comes a big financial commitment to buy a suitable engagement ring. 

Here's 6 tips to help you get a ring that's perfect for you and your budget.