15 Engagement Rings That Prove You Don't Need To Splash Out
If you like it, put a ring on it (but you don't need to spend £££).
All of Alex Monroe's jewellery is inspired by the English countryside – so think fine, delicate pieces with textured outdoorsy touches. I love this simple pearl ring, and the
birds and nest ring, £150 would be particularly sweet for two love birds.
I love this ungirly ring by
Ed Helien studio. Czech designer (but now based in Newcastle) Anna Rei's work is primarily in silver, but she experiments in gold too. Think textured, rough-around-the-edges rings that still have a dainty heart.
Birmingham-based Etsy shop has a lovely range of vintage rings, with fabulous photography too (always a bonus). Their stock tends to be on the flashier side (like this whopper (£99)), but this ruby and diamond gem is wonderfully classy.
Also, judging by
the reviews, they're especially helpful answering questions about engagement rings.
This agate ring is unusual, but unobtrusive – super easy to wear every day. If you push the budget slightly, this
amethyst eternity ring, £160 is truly lovely.
This ring is hard to track down, as it's from a collection a few years ago, but
Beards currently have it online. It's really comfortable to wear (I own one, so I can testify to this!) and is a real talking point.
Eily O Connell
Irish jewellery maker Eily O'Connell's work is just stunning. She forages for natural materials (like the berries and bark in this piece) then casts them into rings. While
this particular ring is one of a kind, she's happy to commission it with different stones and metals. Which would make for a pretty special gift, I think.
Watson's Attic is a
well-curated vintage Etsy shop, with a reliably good range of items. Stock is varied, but it leans towards Victorian and Art Deco pieces. This ring uses cubic zirconia for sparkle, and a sapphire as the star attraction. If budget's a bit higher, I adore this Victorian ring (£471).
zig zag uses Swarovski crystals, which keeps the price down, but it's pretty enough to make you say "who needs diamonds anyway?".
Who said an engagement ring had to be gold? This
structural sterling silver wonder is refined, and comfortable for everyday wear too.
Based in Edinburgh,
Magpie Jared is the Etsy home of jeweller Jared Sanders. All the pieces can be made to order, with different gems too. I love the blue topaz in this ring, but tiger's eye or an opal would be jaw-dropping.
MaaPstudio is an London-based Etsy shop run by two
sculptors who specialize in sterling silver pieces. I love the clean lines of this minimalist ring, and how the point of the sapphire is suspended. This bright pink ruby ring (£130) is also striking. BuzzFeed Daily
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