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Lily Arkwright Award Nominations


Award Winning Jeweller

Proudly nominated for two of the UK's showcase Jewellery awards.

We're thrilled to have been nominated for Showroom Design of the Year by The Retail Jewellery awards committee and also Team of The Year by the Professional Jeweller awards team.


Shoulder Set Engagement Rings

What are shoulder set engagement rings?

Shoulder set engagement rings feature accent stones that flank the main stone on the ring's sides. The ring's overall brilliance and sophistication are enhanced by the side stones, which are typically diamonds or other gemstones that gracefully line the shoulders of the band. The elaborate designs in the setting enable the accent stones to draw attention to and enhance the main gem while also bringing visual interest to the profile of the ring. Shoulder set rings are available in a variety of styles, from traditional to modern, providing designers with design flexibility and personalisation options to accommodate varying tastes. The way they frame the centre stone gives engagement jewellery a timeless appeal that is both elegant and alluring.

What is the history of shoulder set engagement rings?

Originating in the Victorian era, shoulder-set engagement rings reached their peak of popularity during the Art Deco era. This particular style became well-known due to its elaborate design, which framed the main gem with accent stones set along the ring's shoulders. Shoulder-set rings gained popularity over the course of the 20th century, adjusting to modern preferences while keeping their timeless appeal. They saw a comeback in the middle of the 20th century and are still captivating due to variations in stone arrangements and setting styles. Their ability to draw attention to the centre stone while enhancing the ring's overall design with elegance and detail, displaying a timeless fusion of modern aesthetics and vintage sophistication, is what gives them their timeless appeal.

Can you resize a shoulder set engagement ring?

The intricate design of a shoulder-set ring makes resizing it more difficult than resizing a plain band. It can be difficult to enlarge the ring because you have to change the size without compromising the integrity and alignment of the accent stones on the shoulders of the ring. Shrinking the ring could be more practical, but there are restrictions based on how intricate the setting is. Expert jewellers with experience in complex settings are able to determine whether resizing is feasible and offer suitable solutions. But major size changes could compromise the ring's structural integrity and beauty, so deliberation and expert craftsmanship are needed.


Celebrity Shoulder Set Rings

Pixie Lott's shoulder set engagement ring

Pixie Lott showcased with pride a dazzling engagement ring presented by her partner, Oliver Cheshire. The ring centred around a stunning oval cut diamond, encircled by smaller diamonds embellishing the band. Its vintage-inspired design and careful artistry radiate grace, symbolising the enduring love shared between them.

our favourites

Lily Arkwright Loves

Giselle round or Eden oval rings

Shoulder set engagement rings elegantly encase the central stone with smaller diamonds along the band's sides, enhancing its radiance. This classic style highlights the focal gem while integrating intricate details, creating a captivating and polished allure. The petite diamonds on the band complement the centrepiece, emitting lasting beauty and grace.