Our Signature Solitaire
The Story of our Signature Solitaire
The solitaire ring has been a favoured choice for romantics throughout the ages. From its origins in Ancient Rome and a resurgence of popularity in the 1940s, right through to its status today, it has lived through centuries of adornment and is without a doubt the most classic of engagement ring designs. With an effortless elegance and time-honoured minimalism – traditionally a single uncut diamond set upon a simple band – it is no wonder that it has appealed to so many as a representation of true love.
Natalie’s personal aesthetic underpins the design of our Signature Solitaire, with her eye for impeccable detail and delicate craftsmanship championing this iconic style. Over the last five years this piece has become the most beloved amongst our Bespoke couples, symbolising their devotion, and honouring their distinctive personalities.
Each and every Signature Solitaire has been lovingly handmade by our master jewellers, who hold exceptional industry experience, collectively spanning close to 100 years. This expertise is evident in the intricate wirework that accentuates the chosen gemstone, and the precision with which each stone is dutifully set. Their devotion to and passion for their craft is forever instilled in the creation of each piece, lending its own distinctive magic.
Originally a six-claw, brilliant cut diamond ring, our Signature Solitaire has evolved over the years as we explored the possibilities of personalisation with each client who entrusted us with this significant moment in their lives. Over time this has seen us create countless pieces, each one truly unique through the use of specially sourced gemstones: from salt and pepper diamonds and coveted Australian sapphires, to pale pink morganites and bi-coloured zoisites. Adding thoughtful features through tailored bands, accent stones and hidden details, no two Signature Solitaires are ever the same.
This individuality epitomises the personality and style of its wearer, and these intimately personal touches lead to the creation of a modern heirloom that tells a precious story to be held close and passed down for generations to come.
In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Signature Solitaire, our bespoke design team have created fifteen signature solitaires; with each one unique in design, these handmade beauties are available now and ready to ship.
How long does it take to create a Signature Solitaire?
Just like our bespoke process, bringing your dream Signature Solitaire to life is a personal process, and depending on your individual budget and preferences, can span from 3 to 6 months. The time from your initial consultation, to finding the perfect stone and finalising details varies from client to client, however once your piece is ready to be handcrafted by our master jeweller, production times are approx. 10-12 weeks. Your bespoke designer will always keep you updated and involved in the process and once you receive your piece, it’s worth the wait.
Will the Signature Solitaire sit flush with a wedding band?
Yes! As the setting of our Signature Solitaire sits above the band, most wedding bands will sit flush with your piece, as long as the height of the wedding band is not greater than the height of your solitaire.
What wedding bands work best with a Signature Solitaire?
The beauty of our Signature Solitaire means that when it comes to finding your wedding band, different designs, styles and shapes suit the classic nature of the solitaire. For a timeless set, here at NMJ we love the Millgrain Wedding Band, Queenie or Gentle Point Ring. If you’re drawn to diamond or crown style rings, we can’t go past our Khyati Diamond Ring, Gala Diamond Ring, Diamond Point Ring, Madelyn or Diamond Sun Ring. We’ve created a collection of our most popular designs to pair with Signature Solitaires here.
What customisations can I make to the ring?
From the centre stone to engraving, diamond shoulders and hidden stones, the possibilities are truly endless when it comes to personalising your Signature Solitaire. The centre stone can not only range in shape, but range in the stone itself. From diamonds to sapphires, rubies to rutilated quartz, our bespoke team are passionate about sourcing the perfect centre stone which will tell you love story. Many of our clients choose to go the extra mile and add waterfall diamond shoulders to the band for extra sparkle, engrave initials, dates or special sayings on the inside of band, or even set small stones (such a birthstones) on the inside of the band for a special touch she can keep extra close. Our bespoke team are always open to your ideas and can guide you to bring your vision to life, making each Signature Solitaire completely unique. You can view our bespoke archive here for inspiration.
How do I get started with the process?
We can’t wait to begin the bespoke journey with you! A great way to start is to explore our Bespoke Archive and Instagram Feed and start collecting references of concepts, styles or designs that you like, and share these with our team via email, or face-to-face consultation if you are local. After this initial enquiry, your bespoke designer, from your preferences and vision, will begin to build a strong picture of the dream ring our team are to create for you. To learn more about the bespoke process, and to reach out to our team, click here.