It’s fair to say that buying an engagement ring is typically a daunting task. Thankfully, not everyone has to do it, and not usually more than once. The downside is that where to actually start looking for the perfect style, cut, carat and fit is a question which leaves most sparkle shoppers flummoxed. Should you go to the Gold Souk in Deira? Cruise the aisles at the mall? The answer, in most circles, is to head to the Gold & Diamond Park – and to one shop in particular.
When you’re moving house in Dubai, word of mouth is king – and the same applies when you’re preparing to drop a savings-draining sum on the all-important rock. And local jewellers Cara come widely recommended. The shop’s founders have been plying their trade in the city since 1993, and opened their own store a little over a decade later. Today, their staff soothe a steady stream of shoppers who don’t know their bezel from their pavé and think a cushion is merely something to sit on.
As well as a huge range to choose from, the store also offers a detailed customised jewellery process if you want to brave it and create a bespoke ring. Whether you’re drawing your inspiration from a sketch, an existing piece of jewellery or something you’ve found a picture of online, Cara’s staff will see it through from rendering to 3D printing, followed by a (hopefully not terrifying) quote. Once it’s ready, they’ll even (discreetly) deliver it to you.