I work in the retail jewellery industry so when I got engaged I had a very specific idea of what I wanted my ring to be like.
I searched every high street store, and although there were some lovely rings the diamonds in my budget were smaller than I'd have liked or were not certificated - the diamond colour was very important to me. I also looked into having a ring made by a local goldsmith, but again the diamond stats I wanted were out of budget. Additionally, I was very picky about the setting and band of the ring and it seemed like if we were to purchase from the high street I would have to compromise.
When I found Diamonds Factory I was relieved to see that they had my ideal ring setting, and I could choose colour/clarity for my diamond. I also really appreciate that you can choose 9ct gold - I much prefer having lower gold content and a bigger diamond rather than 18ct gold and a tiny stone. It's hard to find a quality stone set in anything other than 18ct or platinum. Being an online store, they don't have as many overheads as brick and mortar shops, so the prices are great if you have expensive taste but limited funds like I do!
I did a lot of research on the company to make sure they were legit and not too-good-to-be-true, and read a lot of these reviews on trust pilot before taking the plunge. After placing my order, it was an exciting wait to get my ring!
When I received it, I was speechless. It was perfect, and the most beautiful ring I've ever seen! For my job I see a lot of rings and a lot of stones. This one exceeded my expectations. I had chosen D colour VS2 and just under half a carat and it came with a GIA certificate for peace of mind. It sparkles beautifully and the actual band and setting are sturdy and well made. The box it came in and the whole presentation was also lovely.
I've now had the ring and worn it non-stop for three years, and I'm as happy with it as the day I first put it on my finger. Sometimes it'll just catch my eye and I'm blown away all over again by how beautiful it is.
I definitely recommend Diamonds Factory, and wouldn't hesitate to purchase again.