How To Buy An Engagement Ring – A Full Guide For Him And Her

Hi there and welcome to our guide for how to buy an engagement ring.

First of all, we do suggest to buy engagement rings together.   This is a really beautiful experience to share together and it means that you get the engagement ring that your partner wants.

However, if you want it to be a surprise and propose whilst on a sun kissed, island beach somewhere, you need to do a bit of detective work to make sure you buy the right one!

This means looking at their jewellery box, asking friends and family or you can give us a call or pop in anytime to our shop on Kirkcaldy High Street.

We really do suggest to do this together as if you buy the style you like and it isn’t what is wanted, it isn’t a great start!!

However, we’re across from the old cinema in Kirkcaldy and Richard or Jackie will be happy to point you in the right direction regarding cut, styles and carats and let you see our selection of beautiful engagement rings from classic and contemporary to antique and vintage and everything in between up to modern day.

Our number is 01592 264305.

You can have a look at just some of the different styles and designs we have available on our main engagement rings page over on our Kirkcaldy website here.

We won’t go into the 4 C’s of Cut, Clarity , as you can read our “4 C’s” guide here and did we mention we have a code on that page for 10% off?

We will go into the 5th “C” which is price and the myth started by the jewellery company De Beers (who more or less own the diamond industry) and said that the engagement ring should be 1 to 2 months wages.  See what they’re trying to do there haha!

We say whatever you are comfortable spending. End of.

So, onto the main meat and potatoes of the guide…

Diamond engagement ring

image credit

How to buy an engagement ring

“1: Buying from a jeweller

There are alternatives to buying an engagement ring from a jeweller. You could, perhaps, consider buying an antique ring from a shop or auction, but if you want a new ring it is best to visit as many jewellers as possible to gauge what is available on the market.

It is worth remembering that major high-street jewellers are inevitably pricier than London’s jewellery centre at Hatton Garden, so if you can visit there – many different shops, all in one street – so much the better.

Consider, too, that jewellers are busiest in the run-up to Christmas and before Valentine’s Day. August is traditionally their slowest month, so it may be the best time to ask for a better deal.

Make sure you run this checklist through your head every time you visit a shop:

· Does the store have a long-standing and solid local reputation?

· Do the staff evidently possess a sound gemmological knowledge? Watch out for gratuitous and unexplained jargon.

· Is the shop willing to sell you diamonds with a well-known gemmological certificate? If so, make sure you keep the original rather than a copy.

· Is the shop a member of a trade association? If so, which one?

· Will the shop present a detailed receipt with your purchase? This is key to any possible insurance claim or future repair.

· Does the shop appear to have a busy repairs service? (A good indication of customer trust.)

· Exactly which warranties and guarantees does the shop offer? Read them closely.

· Will the salesperson let you examine the diamond through a loupe and on a white background? If diamonds are viewed on a black background, the eye’s perception of colour is hindered.

2: On the web

Buying diamond rings via the internet is not recommended because you should view the diamonds in person so that you can cover all of the above details. If you do choose to do so, only buy cert stones and pay special attention to the delivery terms and possible tax and duty charges if buying from a foreign-based site. But the internet does offer you a chance to do your homework.”

See more from the original source here

We don’t suggest buying something that is going to be so precious as an engagement ring online as you really can’t tell from the images what it’s like or have a really good look at it before you buy.  You also need to  ask the questions above to the the jeweller personally to gauge trust.

Picking the Perfect Diamond Shape for Her Finger

“When it comes to engagement ring preferences, most women are particular about one crucial element: the shape of her diamond.

There are ten basic cut shapes for diamonds: round, emerald, princess, cushion, asscher, heart, marquise, oval, radiant, and pear. The challenge lies in choosing the right one.

You may have heard a few tips from your bride-to-be’s girlfriends about her ring shape preferences, but in the end, the right decision is up to you. (No pressure or anything.)

If either of you are unsure about what shape to go with, however, we have the perfect solution! Choose the shape that best flatters her hand.

Similar to picking clothes that look best for your body type, certain diamond cuts looks best on different hand sizes and shapes. So before you go hunting for that rock, take a look at your future fiancé’s hand. Take a really, really good look. Then keep this in mind:

For Short Hand Shapes

If she has square-shaped palms with short fingers, go for a smaller sized diamond. A shorter, tiny hand looks best with a smaller-sized gem because then everything appears to be delightfully proportioned.

Don’t worry; this doesn’t mean her diamond will be dinky. Smaller sized diamonds look bigger on short hand shapes than they do on long, wide, or thin hand shapes, so the diamond will look appropriately large on her hand. Don’t pick bulkier cuts for her little finger.

Keeping the carat size on the smaller side means you have more room in your budget to focus on the colour and clarity of her diamond; the spellbinding sparkle of the rock that makes her friends go “ooh” and “ahh.”

Shapes to Wear:

  • Small Round
  • Asscher
  • Marquise
  • Princess
  • Oval
  • Pear

Shapes to Avoid:

  • Large Round
  • Emerald
  • Heart

diamond shape

image credit

For Long Hand Shapes

A bride with rectangular palms and long fingers has many options, because long fingers accommodate many different diamond shapes. Round and princess diamonds tend to be the most popular choices, but if she is a little less traditional, an emerald could be the one.

Long fingers also allow you to explore options that are off the beaten track, like an asymmetrical-set oval cut diamond.

Shapes to Wear:

  • Round
  • Emerald
  • Cushion
  • Princess
  • Oval
  • Asscher

Shapes to Avoid:

  • Marquise
  • Radiant
  • Pear

diamond shape

image credit

For Wide Hand Shapes

A woman with broad palms and wide fingers has more room for a heftier diamond. If she fits this hand type, it’s best to find the cut that allows for minimal skin to show on both sides of the rock because this will slenderize the finger. Don’t pick dainty shapes that will appear too frail for her strong hand.

A cluster of diamonds makes a wide finger look slim!

Ladies with wider fingers have more room to play with, which can be fun. She can pull off a larger than average carat size, a rock cluster, or something a little bolder.

Shapes to Wear:

  • Round diamond with cluster
  • Radiant
  • Marquise (Set on the horizontal!)
  • Princess
  • Oval
  • Pear

Shapes to Avoid:

  • Marquise (Traditional)
  • Emerald

diamond shape

image credit

For Thin Hand Shapes

Trying to determine which rings flatter a woman with oval palms and narrow fingers is like trying to see which clothes looks good on Gisele Bundchen, pretty much everything works! Because of this, focus your choice of shape based on her sense of style and fashion preferences. Is she classic? Go for a round or princess cut? Is she edgy? Try the emerald cut.

Also note that many people make the mistake of buying too many carats for a slender finger. You don’t want to give her premature arthritis, so think about proportion.

Shapes to Wear:

  • Round
  • Emerald
  • Cushion
  • Princess
  • Oval
  • Pear

Shapes to Avoid:

  • Radiant
  • Heart

Ultimately, the diamond most flattering for her finger will be the diamond that is given with love. When you put your heart and soul into picking the perfect diamond shape, she’ll know, and be proud to show off the diamond you picked just for her.”

See more from the original source here

10 Different Diamond Cuts

10 different cuts of diamonds

“The round cut diamond is the most popular cut since 1919. Roughly 75% of all diamonds sold are of this variety. Round diamonds usually costs 25-35% more than other cuts because of two reasons; One, the demand is very high and two, the yield is very low. This means that a lot of the stone has to be removed to make this shape.  Due to its proportion and symmetry, they utilize the reflection of light equally, thus giving out its maximum brightness.

The princess cut diamond was first created in 1980 and is the most popular fancy cut available. It is usually used for engagement rings and works with any style of rings, making it a popular choice. It’s a bit less expensive than round diamonds because a princess cut diamond can be made with a half of a whole diamond.

Cushion cut diamonds are a square cut with rounded corners. It has been around for 200 years and is popular for people who prefer the classic look. Refinements in the cutting process have recently made this cut more popular.

Emerald cut diamonds are most probably the most unique cut available. Only 3% of diamonds in the world are emerald cut. They have a very vintage and distinct look. It has a very subtle sparkle and it has a tendency to look larger due to the nature of its cut. This is known as the hall of mirrors effect. The cut creates flashes of light that contrasts the dark planes of the cut. Emerald cut diamonds costs 15-25% less than round cut diamonds.

The Asscher cut diamond is very similar to the emerald cut. It was created back in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers, hence the name. Asscher cut diamonds were very popular back in the 1920’s, that’s why they are mostly seen in antique shops. Recently, they have made modifications with the Asscher cut that gave it more brilliance, making this cut more popular.

Radiant cut diamonds were more popular back in the 1980’s. It is a bridge between the princess cut and the cushion cut. It is a square cut diamond with brilliant-cut surface pattern, which makes it really beautiful. It has a very modern look, combining the brilliance of round diamonds and the elegance of emerald cut diamonds, making really popular nowadays.

Oval diamonds were first created back in the 1960’s. It is a brilliant cut diamond, like round diamonds, but it gives the illusion of a larger size. It has the same brilliance with the round diamond, making this popular with those who want a more unique look. The shape also gives the wearer the illusion of more slender fingers.

Marquise diamonds are very distinct due its football-shaped appearance. It was created for King Louis XIV, who wanted a stone carved into the shape of what he described as “the perfect mouth”. It has a elongated shape, maximising the entire surface of the diamond and tends to give off the illusion of greater size.

The pear diamond is a combination of the round and marquise cut diamond. It has a conical point on one end and gives the wearer the illusion of elongated fingers. It typically possesses a very good symmetry, but most can only appreciate its beauty in larger sizes.

Heart cut diamonds are obviously made to represent love. It’s a modified brilliant-cut diamond and is popular for pendants and rings. To fully appreciate the design, the diamond should be more than .50 carats.

So, those are the most popular diamond cuts. When choosing a diamond, make sure to know what you really like. Do you prefer the vintage look? Or the more brilliant type? But, above all the criteria stated, what’s really important when buying a diamond is the memory. Despite the particular diamond cut you choose, they are forever so make sure you love it.”

See more from the original source here

These days non-diamond rings are getting popular.  So, if you’re looking for something a little bit more “jazzy”, here’s a few different ideas for stones.

Types of gemstones that can be used in Engagement rings

image credit

“Gemstone Engagement Rings

Non-diamond engagement rings are becoming almost as popular as traditional diamond engagement rings. Below are links to colourful a la mode gemstones which are suitable for eye-catching engagement rings.

Coloured Diamond Engagement Rings

Are you searching for traditional classic diamond engagement rings, or exquisite coloured diamond engagement rings? Use our helpful links below to find out more about the different types of coloured diamonds and diamond engagement ring styles.

Black Diamond Engagement Rings For a unique engagement ring that makes a statement.

Yellow Diamond Engagement Rings As one of the most popular types of fancy diamond engagement rings, yellow diamond engagement rings come in a wide range of beautiful soft to intense yellow shades.

Blue Diamond Engagement Rings From cool icy tones to rich warm summer blues, blue diamond engagement rings are famous for their depth, flash and fire.

Pink Diamond Engagement Rings Made with one of the rarest types of diamonds in shades of subtle coral to vivid rose, pink diamond engagement rings definitely make a romantic statement.”

See more from the original source here

Even if you’re on a budget, there are plenty of engagement ring options available in our shop on the High Street in Kirkcaldy near the old cinema.

Pop in any time between between 10am and 4pm Tuesday to Saturday or give Richard or Jackie a call on 01592 264305

We will be honoured to help you choose a beautiful ring which is both affordable and will stand the test of time.

Here’s a map with directions and our address below. We hope this has helped,  thanks for reading and we hope to see you soon!

The post How To Buy An Engagement Ring – A Full Guide For Him And Her was first seen on A.K. Campbell & Sons Blog

What’s On In And Around Kirkcaldy This Weekend (Week Mon 19th June 2017)

If you’re out and about at the weekend, why not come see us in our shop on Kirkcaldy High Street and we can help you choose a beautiful piece of jewellery to wow on your night or day out.  Visit our website:

Or give Richard or Jackie a call on: 01592 264305 (We get unique pieces in constantly.)

As usual, we’ll break this post into:

Stuff to do with families, walkable pets, pubs, restaurants, gigs and things we just think look fun.

Family days out


Scotland’s Secret Bunker – Secret Bunker Fife


“For 40 years Scotland kept a secret!
Hidden beneath an innocent Scottish farmhouse lies Scotland’s Secret Bunker. 2014 marked the 20th anniversary since the Bunker opened to the public, unveiling 40 years of secrets. We invite you to take the journey down the 450 foot tunnel and through the blast doors to discover the secrets of the bunker, which was built to help safeguard Scotland during the Cold War in the event of a nuclear attack.
The Secret Bunker lies 100 feet underground and is the size of two football pitches, one on top of the other so there is plenty of exploring to do! Come and discover how Scotland would have been governed from the depths of Fife and how they would have survived a nuclear attack from the most deadly bombs!”

Scotland’s Secret Bunker, Troywood, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 8QH
Enter the postcode KY16 8QH into your Sat Nav to find them.
Open 10am – last admittance at 5pm
Prices: Family with 2 adults and 2 children £33.00
Get more info from original source here

The Scottish Deer Centre


A map of the Scottish Deer Centre in Fifeimage credit

“The Scottish Deer Centre is set in the Fife countryside and covers over 55 acres. Our collection includes 14 species of Deer from around the world, Fife’s only Wolf pack, Otters and other rare Scottish species including the Wildcat. We also host Raptor World Bird of Prey centre!
Spend a day at the SDC looking at our many species with Play areas inside and out for the children, Ranger tours and daily Bird of Prey shows.”


The Scottish Deer Centre
Bow of Fife
KY15 4NQ

01337 810391

For SATNAV use ….
KY15 4NQ

Opening Hours: Open every day (except Christmas and New Years Day)
1st July – 31st August: 10am – 5:30pm
1st Sept – 30th June: 10am – 4:30pm
Family 2+2 £26.00
See more from original source here
Dog walk of the week – don’t need a dog!!

Silver Sands Beach Aberdour

Picture of silver sands beach in Aberdour Fife

image credit


“If you want to be transported to a tropical beach then visit Silversands. The water is crystal clear and the beach itself is award winning.
Silver Sands offers the freshness and variety of the seaside as well as the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. The shoreline has views to the Islands of Inchmickery and Inchcolm where there is a famous Abby. The Fife coastal path passes by this beach.


Pub of the week


Penny Farthing Kirkcaldy

Picture of the Penny Farthing on Kirkcaldy High Street, along the other end from A K Campbell jewellers

image credit


“The Penny has been a historical part of Kirkcaldy high Street for nearly 40 years. We guarantee a warm, traditional and friendly atmosphere.”

33-35 High Street

11am – 11pm Monday and Tuesday
11am – 12am Wed to Sat
12pm – 12am Sun

More info here


Restaurant of the week


Giovannis Restaurant

Giovannis restaurant in Kirkcaldy about a 10 minute walk from A K Campbell and Son Kirkcaldy

image credit

“A friendly restaurant with the best food and service in town.”

Address: 66A Dunnikier Rd, Kirkcaldy KY1 2QN
Tues to Sunday 5 – 11pm

Sun closed

Phone: 01592 200659

See more from original source here



Kirkcaldy – Beyond Jovi Live in Fife!

Beyond Jovi at the Windsor Hotel in Kirkcaldy

image credit

Beyond Jovi’s first foray to the Kingdom of Fife!

Tickets priced £7 and will be available from the Windsor Hotel in Kirkcaldy and etickets using the link below

Windsor Hotel Kirkcaldy
Friday at 8 PM – 11:59 PM

Silent Disco @ the Dean Park, Kirkcaldy


Dean Park Kirkcaldy silent disco

image credit

“Tickets are available to purchase at the Dean Park’s reception priced at £6 per ticket.*

Ticket numbers are limited so act quickly to avoid disappointment.

Dust off your dancing shoes guys, we can’t wait to see you there! 🕺🏼💃🏻

*there will be a £10 headphone deposit (per set) payable on the night and refunded when returned.”

Saturday at 8 PM

Get more details here


Things we just think look fun


The Fort – Walk On – 25th June

The fort walk Kirkcaldy

image credit


“Everyone is welcome! There is no need to pre-book. Just turn up and we’ll sort you out! 🙂

Kick-Off: 10AM
FPS Limits:
Pistol/AEG: 360fps
Sniper/DMR: 500fps
Food: Burger Van
£20 Walk-on
£35 Gun hire + Walk-on
£45 Full hire + 5000 BB’s + Walk-on

Plenty of Hire Guns available.

ALL GUNS WILL BE CHRONO’D & TAGGED. Anyone caught with a hot gun or dense ammo during a game will be banned from both of our sites.

We’ll be on site at 8:00am. Be ready to Skirmish by 9:45AM for safety brief. We’ll be kicking off the games as sharp as we can.”

Sunday at 9 AM – 5 PM
The Fort Fife
Strathore Road, KY1 4DY Kirkcaldy, Fife


See more from original source here


Royal Highland Show 2017


image source


“Come and join us at the Royal Highland Show and meet our award-winning nutritional team for helpful advice, free samples and money-off vouchers.”

June 22 – June 25
Ingliston, EH28 8NB Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Get more info from original source here
There you have it for another week, we hope you find something interesting to do here and have a great weekend, here’s hoping for sunshine!
Disclaimer:  A K Campbell and Sons are not affiliated with any event or outing we share here, it’s just stuff we think is fun and so, if you have any problems you have to go to the organisers of the event or whatever, not us!
Basically, we’re not being paid by anyone to post for them or making any money from any sales i.e tickets etc. And, if injured, it’s on your own head!
You are legally responsible for yourselves! 🙂
What are you up to this weekend, got anything to add?  Comment below!
Hopefully see you in our shop on Kirkcaldy High Street soon!

The following blog post What’s On In And Around Kirkcaldy This Weekend (Week Mon 19th June 2017) See more on:

What’s The Difference Between Antique, Estate And Vintage Jewellery?

In this article, we’re going to talk about the differences between antique, vintage and estate jewellery.  We’ll also cover the different time periods including art deco, Victorian, Georgian and retro jewellery.

As always, you can visit our main website for Kirkcaldy here or give us a call on 01592 264305 and ask for Richard or Jackie to see what we have in at the time as we get different pieces constantly…
You never know what treasure you’ll find – it’s been called an “Aladdin’s Cave” by one of our customers!

image credit

What do all these terms mean?

“The terms antique, vintage, and estate are used to help date older pieces of fine jewelry. So what is considered vintage jewelry and what is considered antique? This is a common inquiry, and the answer varies from how we would classify vintage cars or old houses.

All jewelry that is not brand new is considered estate jewelry, but not all estate jewelry is considered vintage or antique. Antique jewelry and vintage jewelry are defined by when the item was made.


Estate Jewelry

Estate jewelry is any piece of jewelry that is used. This term encompasses all second-hand jewelry, regardless of whether it could be defined as antique or vintage. The item could be less than a month old and it could still be considered estate jewelry.

Instead of describing all used pieces as estate jewelry, dealers usually limit this term to jewelry that was made within the last 30 years. Anytime this term is used to describe a piece of jewelry that may look like it’s much older than this, inquire to verify the exact age with the seller.


Vintage Jewelry

Jewelry has to be at least 20 to 30 years old to be considered vintage. This could be anything made during the 1990’s or earlier. Vintage is probably the most common term of the three since it encompasses a large collection of periods when jewelry was mass produced.

Would an engagement ring from the 1800’s be considered vintage? Technically speaking, yes. Although instead of classifying the ring as vintage, most dealers would call the ring antique so they can highlight just how old the ring is.


Antique Jewelry

Antique jewelry is any piece of jewelry that is about 100 years old or older. Many pieces from the 1920’s are now considered antique, especially those made in the earlier part of the decade. When an item is called “antique” by a reliable dealer, you can rest assured that the heirloom is very old.

However, beware of the term “antique style” which is another reproduction indicator. Anytime the word “style” is used when describing a piece of jewelry that appears to be old but there is no other mention of the item’s age, this could mean the item is a reproduction.


Beware: The Term “Estate Jewelry” Can be Misleading

Sometimes the use of the terms “vintage” or “estate” can be misleading, so it is very important to understand how reputable dealers use these terms and how unreliable dealers use them so you can avoid accidentally buying a reproduction.

Read more from the original source here

There are, of course, different eras to consider so we’ll go into those now…

image credit

“First Things First…I’m certain you’ve all heard people talk about vintage, retro and antique when your friends talk about the latest treasures they’ve found, but what is the real difference between each of these terms?

Antique –
100 years old or above. These pieces are rare, hand crafted and you rarely find more than one of the same piece due to their age. Think stunning broaches and elaborate diamond and pearl studded bracelets.

Vintage – Between 20 and 100 years old, this currently means that 90’s jewellery is not considered to be vintage – no matter how much you love that ying-yang charm choker! Think strings of pearls with cameo clasps, art deco earrings and oversized rings.

Retro – Usually brightly coloured designs. Anything really from the 1950’s onwards fits into this category, but the designs that are considered retro are not as fine as those that are classed as vintage as they are more shouty and elaborate. Think brightly coloured gem stones, gold and charm bracelets.

The Georgian Period

It is very rare that you will come across jewellery from this period but if you do it is typically made from either gold or silver. A tell tale sign of Georgian jewellery is the shape of the stones – look for Rose and Table cut stones including diamonds and sapphires.

The Victorian Period

Birthstones were very fashionable in the Victorian era and were even used in place of diamonds in engagement rings – though that’s not to say that diamonds weren’t popular too! The solitaire cut was created in this period.

The Edwardian Period

Platinum was used a lot throughout the Edwardian period and jewellers were becoming more advanced in their work, so jewellery became much more elegant and feminine. Garnets and diamonds were the stones of choice.

Art Deco

The Roaring Twenties to Fun Fifties…

Jewellery became more glamourous thanks to the Hollywood years. World War II saw gold replacing platinum in jewellery making. Emerald cut stones were ever popular and semi-precious stones became more widely used due to rationing and the availability of other more precious stones. Jewellery was often more modest, but still intricate in design. This era saw pearls become high in demand – (did you know that in 1917 Pierre Cartier bought his mansion on 5th Avenue – now the New York Cartier store – in exchange for a double strand of natural pearls he had been collecting and were valued an estimated $1million at the time! WOW!)

It’s time for Retro…

60s onwards…

Diamonds again became popular following the war and designs became more extravagant. Platinum became popular again and engraved jewellery came into fashion. Through the sixties and seventies, pieces were more colourful so as to complement the fashions of the times.

Read more from the original source here

Then, finally, we have the Nouveau Style Jewellery…

image credit

“The Nouveau Style period was from 1890 through 1910 when art nouveau jewellery was exotic, expressive, and exuberant. New art or, “art nouveau” in French, was a time period of both the mystical and imaginative world of art jewellery. Some of the popular items and themes that you would have found during this time period would have been gentle curves in many jewellery designs along with colours that would have been light or pale such as moonstone, peridot, opal, pearls, amethyst, and even citrine. Other things used to help solidify this time period as Nouveau Style jewellery would have been the use of glass, ivory, horn, and even copper.

Many of the engagement rings of the Nouveau style period were made to tell of story of some sort. They were more than just engagement rings as they displayed many artistic characteristics that have not been seen before this time period or after this time period, making them truly unique in their own right.

See more from the original source here

There you have it, hope you found it interesting?!

If you have anything to add, comment below!

The following blog post What’s The Difference Between Antique, Estate And Vintage Jewellery? was first published on A.K. Campbell & Sons Blog