Where to buy your wedding & engagement rings?

Enjoy shopping for your ring, it’s all part of the wedding excitement, remember when the wedding is all over, all you are left with is the memories, the photos, the rings and each other!

There are many places where you could choose to look for your ring, here are just a few ideas to get you started…

Hatton Garden: If you are in London you’ll find this street nestled between Holborn and Farringdon, with more jewellers crammed into one street than you can ever imagine. It’s a good place to be, with a huge selection of new and old rings.

Birmingham Jewellery Quarter: The Midlands answer to Hatton Gardens; there are good deals to be had, and being up North your money is likely to go further than it would in London.

On the High Street: From Ernest Jones to Goldsmiths and Fraser Hart, there are a whole array of High Street jewellers to choose from. You can find some gorgeous rings and it makes it easier for an indecisive groom. I’ve known men to buy 2 rings, just in case his lady doesn’t like one of them he can present her with an alternative!

Go Vintage: If you want a ring with a bit of heritage and history, a vintage ring is for you. You can get these from vintage and antique jewellers, also consider visiting an Auction House.

Get it made: If you have an idea of what you’d like in your head but can’t seem to find it, you should consider getting it made. There are lots of jewellers who will be able to interpret your ideas and the result will be a completely bespoke ring!

BelleNoirBride Tip – When buying your engagement ring think about what wedding ring you might like, and what ring if any will sit well with it. There were so many rings that I liked, and although they were perfect on their own, they would not have looked so good with another ring.

My wedding report: Waiting to Engage…

I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to choose my ring. The Mr knew better than to try and select one for me. Although, of course I would have loved anything he’d brought me (…I think) but as it’s something I am going to wear for the rest of life I sure as hell wanted to choose it!

The Mr proposed with a princess ring from Claire’s Accessories (I know it sounds cheesy but believe it or not it does have a special meaning for us!). We were by Lake Pallanza, Italy when he popped the question and then told me that when we got home I could choose a ring, woop woop!

Now I understand that this breaks with tradition and there are many of you who would prefer your other half to choose the ring and that is fine, I can completely understand the meaning and beauty in wearing something which he has carefully selected. I’m just sharing my experience.

Although I had always hoped I would get married, I had never really thought about any of the details and that included the ring, so with no preconceived ideas, I was totally open to all designs, styles and settings. In the end I went for an art-deco style, and it was created for me from a combination of styles I’d seen around the way.

If you are choosing your own ring I would recommend you take some time to try on lots of different styles, it’s funny how once you’ve got the ring on your finger, it either suits your hand or it doesn’t! There were lots of rings which I liked in the window but on my hand some of them looked plain wrong.

Forget tradition when it comes to your engagement ring. I like diamonds but there are some coloured stones, gems and moulded bands which make beautiful engagement rings.

I adore my ring and I really do glance at it lovingly every single day, whilst silently thanking the Mr for buying me something so gorgeous. So now it’s your turn, I’d love to hear your engagement ring stories!

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