Five quirky engagement ring ideas

24 Nov 2016

If you want a different type of ring with which to propose or perhaps you want to forgo a ring altogether, here are some engagement alternatives

Proposing to the love of your life is one of the most important things you’ll ever do, and choosing the perfect ring can panic even the most laid-back of us. If you’re struggling to find the perfect piece of jewellery for your bride or groom-to-be, here are some unique and quirky ways to go about getting her the perfect memento to mark the beginning of the rest of your lives together.

1. Allow the bride to design her own ring

What better way to ensure that your partner adores their engagement ring than by letting them design it? Although, if you want to make your proposal as memorable as can be, you’ll still need something to present them with. Gifts International offers bottles of Diamant Classique, which are perfect for the job as they contain a quarter carat diamond encased in a glass pendant. Once your partner has laid eyes on the stunning jewel and you’ve popped the question, you can then take it to be set in a ring of their choosing.

2. Antique or retro rings

If you know that your partner would prefer something a little bit different, an antique or retro ring could be perfect. They all have an inherent uniqueness and charm that you just can’t get from a modern ring. H&T Group has more than 180 stores up and down the UK, where they offer their Est1897 Jewellery service. In any of their branches you’ll find beautiful handpicked pieces of antique, vintage and retro jewellery, including stunning rings that are fit for an engagement.

3. A family heirloom

People propose with heirloom rings for a variety of reasons. For some, they appreciate the money-saving aspect. For others, they want to show their loved one that they’re serious about making them an official member of their family. Whatever the reason, your significant other is sure to adore a ring that already has sentimental value. So, if there’s a piece of jewellery in your family that fits the bill, consider using it to propose (and prepare to have it resized once you’ve popped the question).

4. A different piece of jewellery (or mark of commemoration)

If the love of your life doesn’t like to wear rings, you’re going to have to think outside the box. Consider whether there are any other pieces of jewellery — perhaps a necklace or bracelet — that they would be more likely to wear and cherish. Or, if you would still like to stick to tradition, you could buy a ring, as well as a delicate but sturdy chain so your partner can wear it around their neck instead of on their finger. For tattoo fans, a symbolic tattoo on the ring finger is also an effective way to mark the commitment.

5. Something completely different

If you think she would appreciate it, you could even forego the engagement ring altogether and opt to spend the money on making memories together as a couple. Everyone has their own preferences and only you know what is right for the two of you. Perhaps you could organise your dream holiday, or save the money for when you’re ready to buy a house. It might not be the traditional option, but that’s not the most important thing. Getting engaged is all about embarking on the rest of your lives together, so there’s no shame in giving yourselves the best possible start. 

So, there you have it. Whether you’re worried about picking the wrong ring or know that your partner isn’t a fan of jewellery at all, there’s still a whole host of ways you can make your engagement extra special. Now all you have to do is choose which approach is best for you.

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