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How to personalise your engagement ring with birthstones

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How to personalise your engagement ring with birthstones

An engagement ring is arguably one of the most emotionally charged pieces of jewellery a person will ever wear. Understandably, most of our clients are keen to instil theirs, in some way, with a touch of ‘self’. This could manifest in the form of a hand-engraved message, a one-of-a-kind bespoke design, or – a nuance we love here at Lebrusan Studio – the incorporation of a birthstone. Choosing a gemstone that celebrates your partner’s birth month is a sweet gesture of careful consideration and a subtle way to imbue their special jewel with a sense of uniqueness.

Today, we’ll explore the ways in which a symbolic birthstone can be incorporated into an engagement ring.



Oval-cut fancy sapphires from our stock of ready-to-choose reclaimed gemstones

The durability of precious gemstones is ranked using the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Some cookies are a little tougher than others, which makes them better equipped to take on the challenge of being worn every single day. For example, the diamond – the toughest natural substance known to man – scores a perfect 10 on the scale, whilst the garnet is ranked at a soft 6.5. Hardy gemstones tend to prove the most popular amongst engagement ring clients, but we can employ some clever techniques to enable some of the softer birthstones to live long and happy lives.

The only beautiful phenomenon that simply doesn’t have the brawn to stand up to everyday wear and tear is the pearl, which scores only a 2.5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness and is incredibly easy to scratch and abrade. Luckily for those born in June – the birth month associated with the pearl – moonstone and alexandrite are tougher birthstone options.

JANUARY: Garnet (6.5 – 7.5)

FEBRUARY: Amethyst (7)

MARCH: Aquamarine (7.5 – 8)

APRIL: Diamond (10)

MAY: Emerald (7.5 – 8)

JUNE: Pearl (2.5), moonstone (6 – 6.5) and alexandrite (8.5)

JULY: Ruby (9)

AUGUST: Peridot (6.5 – 7) and spinel (8)

SEPTEMBER: Sapphire (9)

OCTOBER: Opal (5 – 6.5), tourmaline (7 – 7.5)

NOVEMBER: Topaz (8), citrine (7)

DECEMBER: Turquoise (5.5), tanzanite (6 - 6.5), zircon (7.5)



Andy's bespoke solitaire engagement ring, set with a 2.39ct reclaimed diamond - the birthstone for April

There is arguably no celebration of a gemstone’s natural beauty more successful than a traditional solitaire setting; simple, timeless and effective. Loud and proud, raised claws enable light to enter and leave from every possible angle, ensuring maximum sparkle. This striking setting is best suited to hard-wearing gemstones like the diamond, sapphire and ruby, since it leaves its centrepiece almost completely exposed to the elements.

Softer gemstones like tourmaline or emerald are safest in small carat weights, secured within the embrace of an enclosed rub-over setting.



Craig's bespoke trilogy engagement ring, crowned with a 0.53ct old-cut diamond and two marquise-cut garnets to celebrate his partner's January birthday

As far as trilogy settings go, the flanking of a central diamond with two coloured gemstones is a design classic, enabling the wearer to enjoy the romantic timelessness of a sparkling diamond whilst also embracing additional colour and symbolism that’s true to them. This is a wonderful option for those born at any time of the year, whether their birthstone is as soft as an aquamarine or tourmaline – which we wouldn’t recommend as a large central stone – or not.

Our new collection of Athena birthstone trilogy engagement rings, starting at £7,000



Laura's bespoke engagement ring, set with a 0.8ct Sri Lankan sapphire centrepiece, encircled by a halo of amethyst - the birthstone for February

The halo setting is all about impact. Encircling a central stone – usually a diamond - with a number of pave gemstones (small sparklers secured in a continuous row by tiny metal prongs or beads), it creates an amplified visual impression, enhancing its size and brilliance. Once again, the halo lends itself to softer birthstones that are most resilient when small – as well as to colourless diamonds, whose role in a halo engagement ring is to ensure maximum sparkle.

Though the diamond’s hardness and classic connotations make it the most popular choice of central stone amongst our clients, thanks to the resilience of rubies and sapphires, June and September babies may also encircle their birthstones with a halo of diamonds or other gemstones, too.



Hashim's bespoke engagement ring, crowned with a 0.4ct Canadian diamond and set with a gradient of pink sapphires in each shoulder

Why stop at the ring’s head? Just as our signature hand-engravings demonstrate, the band is equally as fun an opportunity for embellishments. As before, if your partner’s birth month happens to correlate with any gemstone that scores below an 8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, this style is a practical means of you incorporating its magic in small volumes.



A secret setting does exactly as it says on the tin; it secures a gemstone into the inside of a ring’s band, tucking it quietly away for only chosen eyes to see. Whether your partner’s birthstone is soft, hard, sparkly or dull, this is a wonderful opportunity to add a romantic and personalised touch without compromising the appearance of classic simplicity that your partner may well be after. What’s more, the small-scale and highly secure nature of the secret setting makes it a trusty option for birthstones soft or hard.

Feeling inspired? We’d be delighted to play a small role in your story. Get in touch today to get the conversation started, or book an initial consultation at our London or Brighton headquarters.


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Love, Arabel & Team
Ruby McGonigle
Ruby McGonigle

Ruby McGonigle is a copywriter and digital marketing professional with over five years of jewellery industry experience. After graduating with a BA in Linguistics, she combined her passions for written word and all things sparkly by joining the Lebrusan Studio team as in-house wordsmith and content creator. Among bi-monthly blog posts, notable examples of Ruby's work include a think-piece on the ‘natural diamonds vs. lab-grown diamonds’ debate, a probe into why traceable and third party certified ASM gold is so important, and an investigation of why platinum is no longer more expensive than gold.