Richard and Holly's Engagement Ring


Is there an easy way to mention cost when planning an engagement ring? Money and romance don’t naturally go hand in hand, but then engagement rings don’t grow on trees! Luckily for clients of Neil Rayment Jewellery, our master maker is driven by the love of what he does rather than commercial gain. His considered prices and artistic approach, along with informal chats over coffee, music and Welsh cakes, means he puts proposers at ease. Richard experienced this when visiting Neil to discuss the art deco ring he hoped to commission for his partner Holly. He had specific style ideas, and Neil advised what they could achieve with his budget. Once agreed with the person who is paying for an item, Neil discreetly works to that cost, and if requested, never mentions money in front of the other half. In Richard’s case, plans for his 1920s style emerald and diamond ring for Holly were underway.


An Education in Emeralds


As Neil explained to Richard during their appointment, clarity is a factor to look out for in emeralds, as well as colour. He seeks a consistent, darker shade throughout the emeralds he selects, as a lighter shade will reveal any imperfections. At Neil Rayment Jewellery, we source stones from trusted suppliers, at a price within the client’s budget, and examine them under both artificial and natural light to get a complete representation of the stone’s qualities. Clients can pick their own from this selection if they wish. Our master jeweller Neil is liberal with the information he provides customers, explaining how their stones will be priced, cut and chosen. This is an important part of our service with the aim of putting you at ease regarding your investment. We involve clients as much as possible in the commissioning process, whilst also being transparent about where their money is going.


A Classic Reproduction with a Neil Rayment Twist

Neil created a state of the art graphics preview of Holly’s ring, and the next step was to email a screenshot of this to Richard. Clients are welcome to visit the studio to see a preview, but we’re also happy to accommodate busy lives by communicating in different ways! The design incorporated a halo of baguette diamonds, a bead and milgrain edge, and tiny pavè settings – even underneath the ring, in an extra touch of luxury that Neil could not resist adding! Richard loved the preview, and gave the go-ahead for the ring without needing to see a wax model.



Cardiff Bay Meets Hatton Garden


It is important to our master maker Neil that his pieces are constructed in the most expert way. He applied his fusion of traditional skills and innovation to design Holly’s engagement ring, personally sourcing the gems and moulding the precious metal all from his historical Cardiff Bay Studio. To fulfil the complex method of diamond mounting he’d selected, he couriered the ring to one of Europe’s best diamond setters based in London’s esteemed jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden. Another luxury touch, perfect for this art deco style ring!



She Said Yes!


Richard emailed Neil to say Holly had accepted his proposal, and loved her emerald and diamond engagement ring! He even shared images of them both at the proposal venue, where they planned to marry in future. We take time to support our clients through the commissioning of an item at Neil Rayment Jewellery. It can be an exciting yet nerve-wracking process to commission jewellery, particularly as part of an engagement. There’s not only the “Will she/he like it?” worry, there’s the “Will he/she say yes?” concern! We’re happy to offer an ear to listen and to give advice from our years of experience. We’re also very proud to be a positive part of our customers’ romantic stories.


Wedding Bands: Safe from the Best Men!


A year later, when their wedding planning was well underway, the couple returned to Neil Rayment Jewellery. Master maker Neil had designed wedding bands alongside Holly’s engagement ring. This is a free, no obligation extra service that Neil offers, believing that planning ahead means perfectly fitted rings in future, complementing not only existing rings, but his customers’ styles and lifestyles. For example - a fragile diamond studded wedding band is probably not so suited to a client who wants to wear his while mountain biking! Neil ensures his commissions match client needs. Holly and Richard’s bands were a twist on traditional smooth wedding rings, with patterns suited to their appreciation of vintage. When the bands had been fitted, finished and polished, we held them securely here at our Cardiff Bay studio. We don’t wish to stereotype best men…but this is a handy service, which removes the possibility of lost rings on the big day!


Why not explore the possibilities of a jewellery commission that reflects your own unique style and lifestyle? Call Neil Rayment Jewellery for an informal chat on 029 2132 8114, or email