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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 £££).

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1. Baby Pearl Bud Ring, £126

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.
Alex Monroe

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.

2. Tiny Diamond Oxidised Silver and Gold Ring, £125

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.
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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.

3. Ruby and Diamond Ring, £149

This 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.
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This 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.

4. Black Diamond Gold Pair Ring, £95

I love everything that i + i create, and this delicate black diamond ring is too perfect. Prefer a brighter pop? Try the emerald and ruby version. And if you push your budget a little higher, this diamond crescent moon ring (£195) is beautiful.
i + i

I love everything that i + i create, and this delicate black diamond ring is too perfect. Prefer a brighter pop? Try the emerald and ruby version. And if you push your budget a little higher, this diamond crescent moon ring (£195) is beautiful.

5. Agate Prismic Slice Ring, £65

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.
Astley Clarke

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.

6. Moonstone Deco Ring, £56

This gorgeous Datter Industries creation leaves you enough budget to add a stacking arch ring (£44) on top too.
Datter Industries

This gorgeous Datter Industries creation leaves you enough budget to add a stacking arch ring (£44) on top too.

7. Single Hawthorn Ring, £140

Shaun Leane
Shaun Leane

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.

8. Gold Vermeil Diamond Ring, £150

For a classic touch, with a modern twist, try this geometric diamond ring.
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For a classic touch, with a modern twist, try this geometric diamond ring.

9. Garnet Sunbark Berries Ring, £142

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.
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.

10. Vintage Sapphire Ring, £105

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).
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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).

11. Rose Gold Zig Zag Band, £60

This edgy zig zag uses Swarovski crystals, which keeps the price down, but it's pretty enough to make you say "who needs diamonds anyway?".
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This edgy zig zag uses Swarovski crystals, which keeps the price down, but it's pretty enough to make you say "who needs diamonds anyway?".

12. Torun Sterling Silver Ring, £125

Who said an engagement ring had to be gold? This structural sterling silver wonder is refined, and comfortable for everyday wear too.
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Who said an engagement ring had to be gold? This structural sterling silver wonder is refined, and comfortable for everyday wear too.

13. Gold and Topaz Ring, £110

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.
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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.

14. Minimalist Sterling Silver Sapphire Ring, £130

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.
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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.

15. Gold and Diamond Ring, £75

Yorkshire jeweller Sarah Hargreaves creates pieces with an ethical element – the gold in this ring is recycled, and the diamond is ethically mined in Australia. If you wanted to, you could use your extra budget to buy another ring, with a champagne diamond, (£75) and stack the two together. Gorgeous.
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Yorkshire jeweller Sarah Hargreaves creates pieces with an ethical element – the gold in this ring is recycled, and the diamond is ethically mined in Australia. If you wanted to, you could use your extra budget to buy another ring, with a champagne diamond, (£75) and stack the two together. Gorgeous.