Bespoke Engagement Rings
Create your own forever ring with our bespoke engagement ring design service. A ring which is unique, enchanting and beautiful.
A Blacklock Bespoke Engagement Ring
Add personal touches to our signature engagement ring designs such as Brilliance 40 (link), or create a one-of-a-kind, an original. We delight in making a ring that expresses you, your partner and your unique relationship.
*There is a minimum spend of £3,000 for a bespoke engagement ring commission.
189 years of Being the Quintessential British Fine Jeweller
A fine jeweller founded in the North East in 1832 which has a reputation for designing and making some of the finest jewellery in the UK. Our spirit of pioneering excellence is at the heart of how we approach a bespoke engagement ring commission – in the 2000’s we introduced the tension setting to the industry – making a diamond appear to float between precious metal. This is now a style of engagement ring that is greatly sought after.
We have a team of designers and craftsmen who revel in the finest of details – designing and making rings with precision and empathy. This is a way of working that we employ for every commission however big or small.
Chris Blacklock, a gemologist and 6th generation of family owner is now taking the business forward with great passion. The current custodian of a wonderful name that has a reputation for honesty, fair-dealing and excellence in service and goods.
Tweak One of Our Signature Designs or Create Something Unique to You
Blacklock bespoke offers you the chance to actualize the ring that only you can have. Whatever your enquiry we look forward to hearing from you.
“Creating a bespoke engagement ring not only marks a special moment in life – it touches on legacy and a vision of your future relationship based on love and respect. It awakens deep emotion and makes it material. The experience itself from design to delivery is by its very nature unique and one we cherish being involved with!”Chris Blacklock
Gemologist and Senior Partner of Blacklock
Precious Stone for Life
It all starts with a diamond or precious gemstone. The quality of our stones is essential and it is something we don’t compromise on. We will only use gemstones and diamonds that we are comfortable putting our name to – stones with life about them.
There are lots of choices – it doesn’t have to be diamond; sapphire, ruby or emerald are great alternatives – they are hard wearing and as you wear your engagement ring continuously this quality is essential. Adding diamonds around or to either side of a coloured stone such as a sapphire or a ruby works exceptionally well as the contrast with the ‘gin and tonic’ sparkle of the diamonds against the rich blue of the sapphire or the deep red of the ruby is beautifully distinct.
We choose each stone individually, based on 189 years of experience that has been passed down from generation to generation. Chris Blacklock, FGA chooses each stone himself – if the stone is bright, alive and it scintillates then it will be selected and put aside ready to be set into a stunning Blacklock piece.
Craftmanship & Design
We design and craft all of our fine jewellery in house and in Britain. Our designs have a history of being innovative – they push the boundaries in terms of complexity, technical excellence and detail – so it is necessary that we use the best Craftspeople. We are lucky enough to have Craftsmen and Craftswomen who have honed their skills over many years from making some of the finest jewellery in the world. They revel in a challenge to bring the finest gemstones that have been carefully selected to life.
We design around the stone so our rigorous approach to sourcing and selecting the right gemstone and diamond is paramount. Once the stone is chosen we proceed with design – a process which takes inspiration from the wonderful world we live in – whether capturing the warmth of the sun reflecting off the Mediterranean sea, or the bold, modern elegance of architecture such as the Shard.
Quality & Selection
Whenever a gemstone or diamond is selected a strict quality and selection criteria are followed.
We only deal in natural stones of a very good / excellent quality.
Our diamond qualities range from D-G in colour and Flawless to VS2 in clarity.
Please note; there are certain anomalies in the quality of stone in terms of cut that will allow for flexibility in what we present.
Certification & Authenticity
Each diamond (over 0.33cts) will be certificated (HRD or GIA). Upon request coloured stones can be certificated at an additional cost. We also offer to source Canada Mark and GIA Origin stones whereby the stone has a paper trail which traces it from mine to retail.
Authenticity of what we do and what our suppliers do is paramount. We ensure that our suppliers uphold our very own high standards when it comes to the Kimberley process and ethical sourcing. No stone is sourced through an intermediary without the necessary paperwork, understanding of the origin and / or industry knowledge and recommendation.
How We Approach a Bespoke Commission
This fabrication process is based around the ideals of the finest British craftsmanship where attention to detail is married with design excellence.
We share ideas with you and then design the setting on our drawing board.
We present We carefully craft with precious metal and set the stones one by one.
Once the detaWe quality control every stage. Hallmarking to verify metal quality.
Only when we are thrilled by the result do we allow the ring to be delivered.
Supporting paperwork such as certificates and valuation will be sent separately.
Ready to Begin Your Bespoke Journey?
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Call: +44 7515 475 604
Recent Engagement Ring Commissions
Hexagonal Emerald Engagement Ring
A stunning 3 carat emerald is set in a heritage style diamond hexagonal halo.
The clear space around the stone focuses the eye and accentuates the quality of the emerald.
We made sure that the small diamonds used were of a very high quality (D colour, VVS clarity) to ensure a strong contrast with deep green Emerald – adding drama to the overall affect.
Sapphire Engagement Ring
(from the Cipher collection)
A stunning 4 carat oval sapphire (Ceylon in origin) was set in the geometric halo setting from the Cipher Collection.
The precision of the overall setting and craftsmanship of the under bezel is something to behold. When revealed it had show stopping appeal – a significant sapphire surrounded by beautiful white diamonds in a precision geometric setting.
Halo Engagement Ring
(from the Brilliance 40 collection)
A variant on the Brilliance 40 octagonal halo. Instead of platinum and white diamonds in the shank and halo we changed out with 18 carat rose gold and pink diamonds in the halo.
The central stone was a 0.93cts triple excellent cut white diamond with Canada mark certificate.
A truly scintillating ring.
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Our Love Stories
The Pink Princess
“I was utterly delighted in the
service and their ability to source
Mysterious, Dreamy Green
“The speed, professionalism and
quality of turnaround was
something to behold.”
“The options they gave us were
fantastic – they understood what
we wanted straight away.”
The Pink Princess
‘My girlfriend had been very clear about her love of pink diamonds. I enquired about a central stone that would be a pink diamond and soon realised it was unattainable in terms of budget. Chris Blacklock went away and sourced a fantastic smaller pink diamond that was just incredible in terms of its colour – we then got it set in the most perfect diamond encrusted mount that everyone now talks about. – we even gave it a name ‘the pink princess’. I was utterly delighted in the service and their ability to source amazing diamonds.’
‘I had seen a few celebrities wearing pink diamonds and desperately wanted one. My now husband played a blinder and used Chris Blacklock – a gemologist and fine jeweller to source and set the most fantastic stone. I show it off at every opportunity.’
Mysterious, Dreamy Green
‘My partner just loves emeralds and I was desperate to propose in a short period of time. Chris Blacklock took me through the ins and outs of emeralds and sourced the most amazing 3 carat stone that had minimal oil and amazing vibrant green colour. The speed, professionalism and quality of turnaround was something to behold. My now fiancé just can’t stop loving it. Delighted!’
‘I fell in love with emeralds when travelling the world and in particular Colombia – the mystery of them fascinates me. I wanted to make sure I got one from a reputable fine jeweller as they are complicated stones. I ended up with the most perfect stone with a clear provenance in a stunning design. Thank you so much Blacklock!’
‘Our family have bought jewellery from Blacklocks for over 50 years – we are always delighted with the end goods and the service we receive is second to none. They build lifelong relationships with their Clients. The options they gave us were fantastic – they understood what we wanted straight away. In the end I was able to stand back and let my partner decide on exactly what she wanted.’
‘I just love their jewellery – I spotted a ring from the Cipher collection and loved the precision of the design. I requested to customise it to exactly how I wanted it – featuring a sapphire as the central stone instead of a diamond. They presented the most amazing sapphires and I knew straight away which one I wanted. It came back way better than I could have imagined, everyone comments on how amazing it is. It is a show stopper!’
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