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help with finding an alternative engagement ring?

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TeresaGiudicesForehead Wed 05-Aug-15 20:15:11

DP is going to propose. It's all not very romantic. We've been together for 8 years, have three dc together so it's been a busy few years. He's been looking for rings but is struggling for inspiration. I don't necessarily want a typical engagement ring. Max budget is £1000. I quite like art deco style rings or something a bit different.
I love solitaires but my sister has a cracker and i don't think anything could compare to that.

Does anyone have any suggestions for some good ring websites?

Finallyonboard Wed 05-Aug-15 20:28:03

Tiffany & co have some nice ones;

TeresaGiudicesForehead Wed 05-Aug-15 20:50:39

thanks for suggestion but the budget is £1000 so Tiffany is way out of the price range.

Dontloookbackinanger Wed 05-Aug-15 20:55:28

Would you be happy with an antique/ 2nd hand ring? If so, why not check out your local auction house or a London one like Bonhams. They should have some lovely rings in your budget. They don't usually hold sales during August, but if you have a look at their previous catalogues you'll get an idea of what they sell.

Finallyonboard Wed 05-Aug-15 21:00:41

Not the engagement rings, the dress rings. They come in around £1000 and are beautiful. I can't post the link properly though, sorry.

QueenOfEgypt Wed 05-Aug-15 21:06:56

Monica Vinader does beautiful rings have a look at her site

An example

tryingtocatchthewind Wed 05-Aug-15 21:09:00

I have an antique Art Deco solitaire and I adore it. You can get much more for your money by getting antique or even just down your local pawn brokers. I just wish I knew the history of my ring.

TheTravellingLemon Wed 05-Aug-15 21:21:09


squigglehead Wed 05-Aug-15 21:24:02

Etsy. There are some amazing jewellers on there with some amazing alternative engagement rings, you should check it out smile you can filter it to only show artists in the UK.

GlitteringJasper Wed 05-Aug-15 21:25:48

I went to purely for an eternity ring and they helped me design a bespoke ring.

They were fabulous! I went for a amethyst and diamond ring, it's gorgeous and they worked very closely to me specified budget.

Hobbes8 Wed 05-Aug-15 21:35:34

Where do you live? I went to Hatton Garden to buy my ring. A lot of the rings were quite pricey (I had the same budget and some shops were a bit snooty) but they have some vintage shops so if you like that style you could find something lovely 2nd hand.

Alternatively Brighton lanes or Birmingham jewellery quarter. I don't know anywhere further north I'm afraid!

TeresaGiudicesForehead Wed 05-Aug-15 22:03:28

Hi thanks for all the replies.I'm about an hour outside Glasgow. I totally don't mind a second hand ring. I need to do a bit more digging and see what vintage shops are in Glasgow.

I just don't want DP going into a jewellers and being pressurised into buying a bigger ring because all the ones under budget look a bit crap. He'd love to get me humungous big diamond but i'm not really that flashy and we totally couldn't afford that. I feel so bad that we're spending as much on the ring anyway.

LadyStark Wed 05-Aug-15 22:08:05

Location isn't good for you but I got my engagement ring here - it's antique ruby and diamond and I love it! You could try and find similar locally or if you'd be happy to buy over phone/online I am sure they would accommodate. I did try mine on in person but they resized and couriered to me.

Minshu Wed 05-Aug-15 22:47:41

I got my engagement and wedding rings made at a local independent jeweller. It's not as expensive as you may think, then you get something exactly as you want it. We just googled for local jewellers and visited a couple to get quotes and a feel as to whether or not they "got" it.


slug Wed 05-Aug-15 22:47:45

Mine was designed (with DH's help) and made by these people. It's a square solitaire set flush in a deep rose gold band. It has a vaguely 20's look to it and cost well below a grand 14 years ago. Try looking for independent jewellers, especially those who make their own stuff.

Longleggedlovely Wed 05-Aug-15 23:11:27

Try the Argyll arcade in Glasgow, there are loads of second hand shops in there as well as designers upstairs. My engagement ring is vintage (but DH family heirloom). My wedding ring came from John McIntyres on Mitchell Lane who are fab and not at all snooty. My friend had her engagement ring made by a jewellery designer in St Enoch Sq, (one of the workshops above the pub I think). Oh and congratulations!

florascotia Wed 05-Aug-15 23:34:32

James Ness in Edinburgh has some lovely secondhand good quality rings. Some are very, very expensive, but others are within your approx price range. For example, this is just a little more than you want to pay, but rather unusual and a very pretty colour...

grisclair Wed 05-Aug-15 23:35:14

I would look at moissanite rings. Absolutely gorgeous stone, as durable as a diamond and much more affordable. Also no ethical concerns (blood diamonds, environmental effects of mining) here.

Morganites are also gorgeous in engagement rings. Not quite as hard-wearing as diamonds or moissanites though. Love some of the rings from this seller:

florascotia Wed 05-Aug-15 23:54:15

I have purchased secondhand jewellery from Carole Franks and found her very helpful. This ring from her website is slightly pre Art Deco, from the 1920s:

CrystalMcPistol Wed 05-Aug-15 23:58:29

I'd definitely go vintage, the styles are much more appealing than the blingy stuff that's currently fashionable.

CrystalMcPistol Thu 06-Aug-15 00:00:31

Some inspiration here, they always have loads of lovely antique rings.

magicstar1 Thu 06-Aug-15 00:14:49

My DH proposed with a Claddagh ring and we went together to buy my engagement ring. Could you do that?

Milllii Thu 06-Aug-15 01:39:04

Welsh Clogau Gold rings are beautiful and within your budget. Very different celtic designs.

Eminybob Thu 06-Aug-15 03:24:21

Try here for beautiful vintage rings
Warning, they are in descending price order so you might want to scroll down a bit.

Nabootique Thu 06-Aug-15 08:40:49

Harriet Kelsall. They've done some lovely art deco rings.

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