Category Archives: Gold




Arlington & Co. Hatton Garden – Engagement Ring History – Ancient Egypt to 1940’s 

The engagement ring dates back to the ancient Egyptians, if not earlier. This is how the ultimate symbol of love and commitment has evolved from then until the 1940’s.

The Egyptians have been found buried with metal wire around the third finger of their left hands, which was believed to be directly connected to the heart by a vein. Engagement rings were also used to some degree in ancient Rome.

Most historians would agree that the first use of a diamond ring to mark an engagement occurred in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring with diamonds.

From the 1500’s there are references to engagement and wedding rings in Shakespeare’s plays, and in the 1600s and 1700s lovers in Europe often exchanged poesy or posy rings, silver or gold bands with a line of poetry or a love message engraved on the inside.

The Victorians often had romantic symbols such as hearts, flowers & bows incorporated in their engagement ring designs even snakes featured as they were seen as a symbol of eternity.

Towards the end of the Victorian era diamonds became a more popular feature.

In the early 1900’s engagement rings were a widely known custom, and due to the industrial revolution and a growing middle class in Europe and the U.S allowed fine jewellery to be within reach of more people than ever before. Edwardian engagement rings tended to incorporate ornate lacy designs using platinum.

From the 1920’s until the 30’s engagement rings took on more geometric designs, reflecting the love of Art Deco at that time. Incorporating stones cut with long lines such as the emerald cut and using coloured gemstones, such as rubies & sapphires.

During the 40’s despite World War II engagement rings were big and bold, featuring curved designs with ribbons, bow and flowers once again. Platinum was scarce due to the war effort, so gold was the more prominent precious metal.








Arlington & Co. Hatton Garden – Diamond Set Bands.

Diamond set bands are used in a number of ways. The traditional is the diamond eternity ring given to a partner for an anniversary, the birth of a child or just because, it is very popular to have a wedding ring set with diamonds too. Not forgetting the more modern commitment ring or pre engagement ring.

Here at Arlington & Co. we have an array of beautiful designs to suit all tastes and budgets, we design and hand make diamond rings in platinum and 18ct gold.

To arrange a no obligation consultation please fill in our enquiry form on our website (please see link) or phone on 020 74054402 to speak with one of our friendly consultants.

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Arlington & Co. Hatton Garden – Rose Gold

Pure gold has a slightly reddish colour to it although it is yellow in colour, however, gold can be produced in various colours.

Rose gold is made from  gold and copper alloy. The pinkish orange colour of copper alloyed with gold gives the gold a beautiful pinkish gold hue.

18ct rose gold contains 75% gold the remaining percentage is made up of copper and silver.

Here is a selection of rose gold engagement rings available in store. We also make rose gold wedding rings, eternity rings, and diamond jewellery.



Arlington & Co. Hatton Garden – Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Rings.

Engagement rings fit for a princess!  A selection of designs we design & manufacture here at Arlington & Co. incorporating the beautiful princess cut diamond.

Often referred to as a modified brilliant cut. The princess cut, is a square shaped diamond with an array of intricate facets.

Created in the 1960’s it has gained popularity in recent years and is a distinct alternative to the round brilliant cut.

All designs are available in platinum, 18ct yellow gold & 18ct rose gold.





DIA-WEDSArlington & Co. Hatton Garden – Diamond wedding ring inspiration.

Wedding season is upon us….

Here is a selection of diamond set wedding rings Arlington & Co. design & manufacture in house. Shown in platinum, also available in 18ct yellow gold & 18ct rose gold.

To view our full collection please visit us in store at 11 Hatton Garden, London.

This video shows how a plain wedding ring is made, which can be diamond set as the designs above.







Arlington & Co. Hatton Garden – Bespoke Jewellery Designs.

Bespoke jewellery designs at Arlington & Co. are exclusive and not available at any other jewellers. From rough sketches through to the finished product, our intricate pieces often take many months to design and manufacture. The process will often involve the making of silver prototypes to assess the dimensions and aesthetics of how the final piece will look. We ethically source the finest diamonds and gemstones from around the world to design and create elegant bespoke pieces that suit our clients and their individual lifestyles.