Hell no! The 3 months salary myth is an incredibly effective marketing campaign created by DeBeers (a diamond mining company) back in the 1950's. It is just marketing, which has leaked into social norms. You spend whatever you feel comfortable and we will do out best to accommodate your budget. We have created bespoke pieces for $2,000 and others for $40,000 but our average cost for a bespoke ring is $4,000.
Again, very much hell no! We are gemstone first kind of people. Princess Diana had a Sapphire, which now sits on Duchess Kate's finger. Emma Stone has an Akoya pearl, Katy Perry has a Ruby engagement ring and Halle Berry wears an emerald. DeBeers is again at play here, marketing to you that an engagement ring should be a diamond, this came into play around the 1950's too. Before this many proposals involved a simple band or no ring at all. People come in all colours, shapes and sizes...just like gemstones.
We can definitely source an ethical stone. Ethical can mean different things to different people so we address this on a case by case basis. In your consultation be sure to mention this is important to you and we will ensure to source you an ethical stone within your requirements. Feel free to reach out via chat to discuss the ethical landscape of gemstone sourcing, like most things in life it is not black and white.
Most definitely! Our initial consultation has been refined to ensure we ask the right questions to start to tease out what an engagement ring may look for you. Don't worry if you feel you have no idea about any of the elements we are here to guide you and support you through the design process. We find that more often than not, you already know what you want.
Nope! We are a gemmology led jewellery design business. We work with a network of trade jewellers, lapidaries (gemstone cutters), casting houses and diamond setters. There are lots of people involved to create a ring. Our network of suppliers are small businesses, local businesses and family owned. Everything is made within Australia. Oval + Pear starts with the stone - we then build from there.
6 weeks once your ring design has been confirmed. Initial consultation to delivery can take up to three months, dependent on if you know what you want or if you need more guidance. We try and work within special timelines, if you are aiming to propose by a certain date please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.
Definitely, but most are perfectly ok to put in rings. It is true that diamonds are the hardest (and when we say hardest, we mean least resitant to scratches) gemstone. We are here to guide you on what stone is appropriate for long term ring wearing and the best setting to protect your stone for many lifetimes. The best and least resitant to scratching are those stones above quartz on the MOHs scale so think Diamonds, Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Spinel, Garnets, Tourmaline, Zircon. There are other factors to consider apart from hardness as well which we can discuss in your consultation. If you would like to learn more about the MOHs hardness scale click here.