The best diamond rings in Canberra

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Unique Diamonds, one of Canberra’s most recommended diamond ring specialists. Photo: Unique Diamonds.

Derived from the Greek word adamas – unconquerable; diamonds were aptly named for their brilliance and sheer strength. As history has it, the first known written references of diamonds date back to over three thousand years ago. At this time, their value lay in their ability to refract light, used decoratively or as talismans.

As time progressed, diamonds began to represent something more. Today, diamonds reflect the commitment of eternal love, with many associating diamonds rings with those engaged to be married. However, the reality is there are many sentimental occasions for which a diamond ring is perfect.

Be it to celebrate a personal accomplishment or honour of a significant milestone, this is a gift to be cherished. Indeed, any celebration that is cause for joy is an excellent occasion for a gift of a diamond ring.

Yet even with a basic understanding of the 4 C’s, navigating the wonderful world of diamonds can feel overwhelming. From knowing which aspect to prioritise, to its setting, and design, there’s a lot to take in. If you are contemplating spoiling someone special, look no further. Here is our pick of the finest diamond ring specialists in Canberra.

What makes a great diamond ring specialist?

Great diamond ring specialists create breath taking, magical, and enduring designs that stand the test of time. Here are a few attributes which we think separates the best from the rest:

  • Prestigious & principled. Generally, the best diamond ring specialists have a reputation as the most prestigious and principled in their field. These established gem powerhouses are known for the quality and calibre of their diamond ring creations. With a strong reputation amongst clients, their credentials also extend into broader jewellery and bridal industries. Look for affiliations with the likes of GIA and Jewellers Association of Australia, and seek personal recommendations from others.
  • Diamond specialists. When it comes to selecting a stone or two, engaging a professionally accredited diamond specialist can help secure your investment. Not only do they offer diamond specific expertise; they are also likely to prioritise certified quality stone inventory. Therefore look studios with qualified gemmologists and diamond brokers to source, select, and supply the right stones at the right price.
  • Custom-made & ready to wear. For those seeking a custom-made creation, look for a diamond ring specialist with full-service capabilities. From sketching and 3D visualisation to melting, forming, setting, and polishing these handcrafted masterpieces are one of a kind. While some buyers desire a design of their creation, others prefer the guesswork removed with a ready-to-wear alternative. From predesigned, precast, to fully formed and ready to go, they make finding that elusive design easier. Hence look for a specialist with a selection of rings readily available, with tailored options along the way.
  • Ethical & sustainable. Leading diamond ring specialists recognise the importance of social and environmental stewardship across the jewellery industry. In doing so, they openly embrace sustainable practices from procurement right through to design and manufacture. Whether it be ethical diamonds, recycled gold, or lab grown gems, they ensure diamonds are enjoyed for generations to come.
  • Aftercare & service. Any diamond ring purchase should be accompanied by the absolute best in client service. This means taking the time to educate clients on their diamond and setting choice to ensure they make informed decisions. It also means carefully and methodically working through each step of the ring design journey. From sourcing a selection of stones to the final clean and polish they are forever at your service.

The best diamond ring specialists in Canberra

Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

Unique Diamonds

From humble beginnings over ten year ago, Unique Diamonds have flourished into one of Canberra’s premier diamond specialists. Backed by an impeccable reputation, they are highly regarded for their custom manufacture of diamond rings for all occasions.

Offering both natural and lab-grown diamonds, along with highly sought coloured diamonds and precious gems; the team at Unique Diamonds are home to one of the most extensive collections of diamond rings in the region. With both ready-to-wear and tailor-made options, they are a premier destination for anyone seeking a beautifully crafted diamond ring.

Adopting a simple three step process seamlessly connects each stage of the custom design journey. Here clients are heavily involved in stone selection, ring design, and final development, before their talented goldsmiths, gemmologists, and diamond setters craft each piece by hand.

Passionate about delivering quality service and meticulous craftsmanship, they pride themselves on ensuring each customer receives the education, guidance, and support they need. This client centric approach ultimately ensures that customers receive a unique bespoke creation, tailored to their exacting needs.

Additional services include jewellery maintenance and repairs, engraving, evaluations, and insurance. With two design studios, here in Canberra and South Melbourne, Unique Diamonds deliver a luxury experience befitting the global stage.

Their stunning Kingston based design studio welcomes clients for appointment to discuss their diamond ring needs. Standing head and shoulders above the rest, Unique Diamonds breaks new ground, redefining what it means to offer a truly immersive client experience.

Clients Louise and Ben Milligan shared this glowing review on Google, “Wonderful experience and service. I wanted a bespoke eternity ring for wife and Mia and the team there were able to give us exactly what we wanted. They were able to provide us with great advice (especially re sizing for the type of ring we wanted) and everything was done on the timescales promised. Highly recommend.”

Harlequin Jewellers

Engagement and wedding ring specialists, Harlequin Jewellers have a reputation of excellence when it comes to diamond rings. Proprietor and jeweller, Matthew Hengge, works directly with clientele to design and hand make unique jewelled creations.

With a passion for producing master cut stones and perfecting his clients’ visions, Matthew offers complimentary design consultations and promises to help find the perfect piece. Appointments at their Braddon studio or by video can be conveniently booked online.

Michael and Dee shared this feedback on Google, “Matthew made new wedding bands and a beautiful diamond ring for our 25th wedding anniversary. The handmade rings attest to the quality of Matthew's workmanship and attention to detail. Through the whole process communication was excellent. He listened to our ideas and gave clear advice along the way without being pushy. A great experience from start to finish.”

Harry Rose Jewellery

Internationally acclaimed award winners, Harry Rose Jewellery first opened their doors in Canberra in 2009. With a reputation for meticulous craftsmanship and bespoke jewellery design, Harry Rose have become synonymous with diamond ring design.

As a diamond specialist and gemstone supplier, Harry has crafted diamond rings in all manner of stone and metal combinations. With access to an extensive selection of precious gems, they are a great choice.

Flo Tran had this to say on Google, “Highly recommend Harry Rose. We received exceptional service for our custom engagement ring and wedding bands. Harry listened to what we wanted and gave us his professional opinion before the rings were made. Couldn’t be happier with the end results and the fantastic service.”

Arnold & Co. Jewellers

Arnold & Co Jewellers are fine custom jewellers with over a decade’s service to the Canberra region. As certified gemmologists and bridal specialists, their unique pedigree positions them as one of the leading diamond ring specialists.

With a focus on ethical sourcing, master craftsmanship, and unparalleled quality they have quite the reputation for their custom-made designs. Offering three levels of boutique service they assist clients with pre-made custom designs, assisted custom design, or full custom design services.

Gemma Turenko shared this on Google, “A fantastic experience at this jeweller! For both engagement ring and our weddings rings. They were so nice, accommodating, and knowledgeable. The best jeweller in Canberra by far. Thank you!

Diamond Boutique

Master jeweller, gemmologist, diamond broker and valuer, Olivia Hutchinson began creating bespoke designs over twenty-three years ago. Today, Diamond Boutique is home to some of the regions finest handmade jewellery.

With a vast selection of pieces covering all manner of precious stones, they specialise in diamond and gemstone rings. Offering a range of consultative services and the ability to source stones upon request they craft each piece by hand.

As Annette Brown stated on Google, “I would highly recommend Diamond Boutique. I felt special from the moment I stepped in the door to the time that I received my beautifully designed diamond ring, made with exceptional quality.”

For more, take a read of the best jewellers and the best engagement rings in Canberra. To help you pop the question check out our articles on the best fine dining restaurants, the best florists, and the best hotels in the region.

Your experience diamond rings in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the diamond ring specialists listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the four C’s of diamonds?

The four C’s reflect individual diamond grading components developed for diamonds by the Gemmological Institute of America. This universally accepted benchmark examines diamonds cut, colour, clarity, and carat to assess quality. Graded by professionals on a consistent scale it offers a tool to by which one can evaluate diamond purchases.

What is a GIA certification and why does it matter?

A GIA certified diamonds have been graded by the Gemmological Institute of America and come with a universal certification of authenticity. Grading covers a stones carat, colour, clarity and cut, along with proportions and any notable inclusions. Buying a certified diamond offers peace of mind and assurance that you are purchasing what is claimed. For larger value diamond purchases many consider it essential.

Should I buy a diamond that exhibits fluorescence?

Whether you elect to purchase a diamond with fluorescence is really up to you. In some instances, it can improve a diamond’s colour while in others it can make the stone look cloudy. To get a feel for the stone ask to see it under different light conditions such as UV and daylight. If you are considering purchasing a diamond with fluorescence ensure it is sourced from a reputable jeweller and accompanied by a GIA certificate.

What is a lab-grown diamond?

A lab-grown diamond, also known as lab-created, synthetic, artificial, cultivated, or cultured, are man-made diamonds that mirror natural diamonds. They display the same chemical and optical characteristics of natural diamonds, however, are generally lower in price. Lab created diamonds may be a good option for those prioritising ethical sourcing. Much like a natural diamond, lab created stones can also be certified.

How are diamonds priced?

At a wholesale level, a diamonds price is generally determined by the four C’s of a stone. Diamonds are usually first priced based on their shape and sizes range. After that, they are broken down by colour and clarity and priced per carat. That price is typically multiplied by the weight of the stone. Other factors like cut, inclusions or imperfections, and fluorescence also play a role.

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