Couples are in good hands finding wedding rings with Grampian’s jewellery experts

Your ring is something you’ll wear and cherish forever, so finding it is a special moment. Couples are in good hands with Grampian’s jewellery experts, says Amy Shearer

Once you’ve got the rings sorted, Jamieson & Carry can also help you select other pieces of jewellery for your special day

Back in your mum and dad’s day, engagement rings and wedding bands were pretty straightforward: a diamond solitaire for one and a simple gold band for the other. Nowadays, like just about everything else wedding-related, that’s no longer the case. Coloured gemstones, white and rose gold (or platinum, palladium or tungsten), intricately shaped bands… in 2023 there’s a whole world of choice out there – which is why it’s always so helpful to speak to an expert.

Wedding rings and jewellery Aberdeen

One long-established firm that has been helping couples in Aberdeen and beyond to find their rings is Jamieson & Carry. The independent, family-owned jeweller can trace its origins back to 1733, and has been in its current premises in Union Street since 1925, where it combines the age-old traditions of jewellery with modern sensibilities. As one of the partners, Philip Carry, puts it, “romance and passion” are still at the heart of everything the firm does all these years on. “The romance comes from the occasion and the passion comes from our team, who ensure that we look after each individual or couple and they select the correct ring for them,” Philip explains.

Engagement rings and jewellery trends in Aberdeen

Despite wedding trends changing over the years, he believes some engagement ring design features remain as desired as ever. “The classic styles of the solitaire and three-stone ring will always be popular as they accentuate the diamonds so well. At the same time, we have seen these styles adapted with diamond-set halos or diamond-set shoulders, which are then complemented by beautiful diamond-set wedding bands.”

As for metals, he adds: “Platinum is the most popular, with yellow and rose gold not far behind.”

The way people shop for an engagement ring has also changed, with both halves of the couple now often involved in the process. “There are still romantics in the world who prefer to pick a ring ahead of their proposal,” smiles Philip. “However, the purchasing of an engagement ring is such a special time that couples often come in together to enjoy the experience. That way they each have an input to the style or design of the ring, and can enjoy a glass of champagne at the same time!”

Regardless of whether you shop in store or online, Philip believes you should always enlist expert help. “Speak to us either digitally or face to face,” he advises. “We are here to assist you in making the correct choice for that special occasion.

Left: Damascus steel ring with gold inlay, £550, LumoBlue; Right: Even if you start ring-hunting online at Jamieson & Carry, you can chat to its expert jewellers and ask their advice

Handmade bespoke wedding rings in Aberdeenshire

Alternative Aberdeenshire jewellery business LumoBlue makes all its unique rings by hand in Scotland using only the finest materials. It actually started out as a hobby: when co-owner Katie discovered she had a nickel allergy, her husband (and now business partner) G began making jewellery from hypoallergenic metals and materials. Juggling work and a busy home life, the pair have managed to grow the business and gain customers across the globe.