Today I am thrilled to spotlight on Lily Arkwright, who have redefined the standards for beautiful lab grown jewellery with vibrant collections ethically and sustainably produced in the UK.
The brand create the very best quality lab grown moissanite, diamonds, coloured gemstones engagement rings, wedding bands and bridal jewellery, and are also passionate about creating an ethical, transparent and sustainable jewellery industry.
They set the worlds premium moissanite, Forever One by Charles & Colvard and are proud authorised UK retailers.
Additionally they set a huge selection of Lumoie moissanite, certified lab diamonds and natural diamonds in a variety of 18K white, yellow, rose golds and platinum precious metals.
Costing a fraction of the cost of diamonds, they offer an answer to some ethical issues with diamond mining thus being a wonderful alternative for the eco focused couple.
I had a chat with the brand to find out all about them…
What exactly is Moissanite?
Moissanite precious stones are a great alternative to diamonds; Moissanite is a naturally occurring gemstone that was first discovered in the late 19th century and is actually rarer than diamonds.
Nearly all moissanite today is lab grown; the laboratory recreates the natural pressures and conditions needed for moissanite to form naturally.
This creates a physically identical gemstone to the naturally occurring mineral, lab grown, sustainable and ethically produced.
Diamonds have a brilliance refractive index of 242, while our Charles & Colvard Forever One moissanite stones have a refractive index as high as 269 for the ultimate sparkle. In comparison, rubies, emeralds and sapphires have around half the refractive index of moissanite and diamonds.
Moissanite is one of the hardest materials on earth and is rated at 9.25 on the Mohs scale of hardness, just behind a diamond that is rated as a 10, both are incredibly scratch resistant.
The difference between moissanite and diamonds is very difficult to discern unless you’re a practiced jeweller – in terms of lustre, durability and shine, moissanite is just as worthy of gracing your engagement rings as diamonds.
We urge all our customers to consider a moissanite stone for your engagement ring, opting for Moissanite allows you to choose a larger comparable diamond carat and colour variant at a fraction of the price of a mined diamond.
Here at Lily Arkwright, we create some of the most refined moissanite engagement rings in the world at an affordable price. We use the highest quality materials and British craftsmanship to create sustainable moissanite rings.
We’re proud Assay Assured jewellery retails & UK hallmarked all our rings in line with strict UK laws.
Why should people consider moissanite engagement ring?
At Lily Arkwright we really respect people’s choice and offer a wide selection of precious gemstones.
Simply put, pound for pound moissanite is typically 90% cheaper than an equivalent diamond and is lab grown ensuring no negative mining practices that is often associated with mined diamonds.
Conventionally the vast majority engagement rings on the market are diamond set solitaires and typically range in cost between £2,000 – £15,000 depending upon the colour, cut and clarity.
We retail a large collection of solitaires between £400 – £1,000 offering huge savings compared to high street jewellers.
Why should I choose Charles & Colvard Forever One?
Here at Lily Arkwright we retail Charles & Colvard Forever One Colourless D-F Moissanite, the world’s premium moissanite.
Charles & Colvard are the leading source and global distributor of lab grown moissanite,whose gemstones rank well above any competing moissanite on the market today.
Forever One moissanite clarity falls between internally flawless and very slightly included offering unparalleled quality obtainable only through Charles & Colvard’s unique patented process perfected over years of experience.
This meticulous production process follows extremely high standards of quality control, with each gemstone tested for quality, cut and purity, examined in detail by professional grading experts to ensure each gemstone is free from imperfections that could decrease optical performance, important to maximising the brilliance andfire moissanite is renowned for.
Each Charles & Colvard stone comes with a limited lifetime warranty which assures that all Charles & Colvard moissanite will maintain its fire and brilliance for the lifetime of the owner.
Do you also set coloured gemstones, such as Rubies & Emeralds?
We certainly do, all our coloured gemstones are sourced and produced by Chatham, a company founded over 75 years ago who today are the world’s leading source of high-quality laboratory-grown gems.
With many unique and distinguishing shapes and cuts, Chatham have strict standards for proportions, faceting and polishing that ensure that all gemstones have maximum brilliance, high clarity, and vivid colour.
Chatham employ strict quality control during production that ensures extremely high standards are met each and every time, even if that means 80% of the rough crystal is lost.
Selective picking is a crucial part of Chatham’s reputation and this is reflected by averages of 1 in every 200 lab produced gemstones meeting strict standards for colour and clarity.
Another attractive aspect of our lab grown gemstones mean that we are able to provide a variety of shapes that are almost impossible to find in mined gemstones.
Chatham’s production process ensures all gemstones are ethically produced and all gemstones are rich in colour and cut providing that very special sparkle
We stock a wide variety of the very best lab grown Chatham coloured gemstones, including emeralds, rubies & sapphires.
Each gem takes in excess of a year to grow, our Ruby gems start with a naturally mined seed of fine Colombian ruby with perfect colour, created within a controlled environment rich in chromium to give ruby gems a rich red hue, flawless in clarity and highly saturated in colour.
Our Chatham lifetime guarantee means you can wear a ruby engagement ring without worry. We think the quality and beauty of our lab-grown rubies make them a better choice than mined.
Can you tell me a bit more about Lumoie moissanite?
We use our own brand Lumoie Moissanite stone that we produce directly compared to our standard Charles & Colvard Moissanite stones we stock as standard throughout our range.
There’s very little visual difference, both stones are classed as colourless, C&C Forever One is rated as a D-F, whilst Lumoie is a D rating.
Neither stone has an official clarity rating, but are both free from any inclusions visible to the naked eye.
As we produce our Lumoie stones directly we are able to offer a significant saving compared to our C&C gemstones that we source direct from our partners Charles & Colvard.
Can you explain the difference between a standard round cut moissanite and a round Hearts & Arrows Cut?
Both our standard Charles & Colvard, Forever One and Hearts & Arrows stones have identical colour & clarity ratings, the Hearts & Arrows cut has 58 facets that are precisely cut in order to produce 8 arrows seen through the crown (top) of the stone when viewed under specific lighting conditions.
When viewed from the pavilion (bottom) of the stone, 8 perfectly proportional hearts appear.
The H&A cut is a marker of a well cut diamond and your moissanite stone closely resembles a more diamond-like sparkle and appearance. If you want to opt for a diamond alternative and mimic a diamond as close possible, the H&A is a great choice.
Is it possible to customise one of your ring collections or design a bespoke engagement ring?
Absolutely, customised and bespoke jewellery has become increasingly popular in recent years.
You will receive one to one first class support from the conception of your design to delivery. We provide no obligation quotations on all our bespoke rings and you can send across any ideas and inspiration to our team who are always on hand to discuss your requirements.
We pride ourselves on our quick response time to customer queries and the bespoke team will listen and accommodate to your needs.
Trends will come and go but something you truly love will always bring you joy. Enjoy the freedom to be able to express yourself through personalisation.
Do you offer engraving on your rings?
Yes, we offer free engraving on all of our engagement rings and wedding bands. If you wish for your ring to be engraved simply enter your personalised message before check out.
We recommend no more than eleven characters for engraving of standard sized rings. Please note that engraved rings are excluded from our returns policy and therefore cannot be returned or exchanged.
What is the difference between 18k white gold and platinum?
White gold and platinum are two of the most popular precious metals chosen for fine jewellery. Similar in colour, both make beautiful choices to enhance your gemstones dazzling sparkle, yet each offer individual benefits to their wearer.
Both 18k white gold and platinum are suitable for everyday wear, however, platinum is incredibly durable with guaranteed longevity requiring minimal maintenance compared to white gold which needs replating every two to four years.
This is due to the erosion of white gold’s plating through everyday wear and tear to reveal the natural yellow tones underneath, as pure gold is alloyed with other metals, such as silver and palladium, to increase its durability.
At Lily Arkwright, the majority of our gold rings are set in 18k gold, which is equivalent to 75% purity, compared to our platinum 950 bands which are 95% pure platinum.
Platinum carries a lovely weight, slightly heavier than gold. However, white gold holds a lightness that can be viewed as more comfortable depending on the individual preferences of the wearer.
Overall, platinum is often considered to be more luxurious than white gold,which when considered alongside its rarity, results in a higher price.
What stone size would you recommend?
Stone size is entirely personal choice, completely individual to the wearer.
Typically, 6.5mm (1ct) centre stone to 7.5mm (1.5ct) tends to be the most popular choice for a brilliant round cut, however, popularity doesn’t mean this size is right for you.
The proportions of the stone in proportion to the measurements of your own hand, budget, chosen setting and cut, personal style and lifestyle should be considered when selecting your ideal stone size.
How long will it take to produce my order?
Lily Arkwright endeavour to ensure that our customers orders are delivered as soon as possible, however, it is extremely important to us that all our jewellery is produced to exceptional standards and therefore production usually take between 2 – 14 days, with a small amount of orders having an extended delivery timescale of up to 4 weeks.
What payment methods do you accept?
Lily Arkwright accept all major credit and debit cards, PayPal and Klarna.
All products are eligible for purchase through Klarna, where you are given the option to slice your payment over 3, 6/ or 12 month installments offering flexibility to spread the cost of payment over a set period of time.
You can also pay through PayPal credit, which acts like a credit card to allow you to buy now and pay later with 0% interest for 4 months after purchase.
What sort of geographical area do you cover and do you have a showroom?
We do indeed have a showroom based in the heart of Didsbury Village, South Manchester and accept consultations, both in person, online and over the telephone.
Our jewellery consultation team is on hand to help and assist wherever possible.
Booking a consultation is easy and can be done by either calling our jewellery consultation team by phone or dropping us an emil.
Although we’re UK based we do attend a number of pop up shop events around the UK & Europe and ship globally all over the world.
Do you have any additional pictures or videos of your rings?
We possess an extensive database of additional images and videos of our rings.
If you are interested in seeing additional pictures or videos please get in touch , and additionally, you can follow us on Instagram and subscribe to us YouTube for a vast collection of photographs and videos of our jewellery.
How to Contact Lily Arkwright
Website – https://lilyarkwright.com/
Phone – 0161 537 6773
Email – email@example.com