Proposing is probably quite scary. Even if you have an awesome proposal idea, people will look at you and your partner might say no or – eek – they might say yes but secretly hate the engagement ring that’s been picked for them.
There’s a lot of pressure. So why not propose with a temporary engagement ring? We’ve rounded up our favourite ‘placeholder’ engagement rings that can be used for the proposal and keep your real engagement ring’s place on your finger warm until you’ve found it.
Morganite and Diamond Rose Gold Ring – Gemporia
If you love rose gold, then morganite is the perfect accompaniment. The rosy hue suits the warm toned metal perfectly, and this ring, which has sparkly diamonds around the centre stone, costs just £115 from Gemporia.
Morganite and White Zircon Ring – Gemporia
Has the mention of morganite got your pulse racing? What about this striking triangular shaped morganite ring, set with white zircon in a rose gold band? It’s definitely engagement ring worthy, whether it’s temporary or not and costs £101.
Mini Icon Ring – Astley Clarke
Astley Clarke’s mini icon ring comes in rose gold, white gold or yellow gold, so there’s an option for everyone. It features two circles of light grey diamond pave and is so dainty and sparkly that you’ll want to rock it on your right hand once you’ve shopped for your forever engagement ring. At £450, it’s a reasonable price point for 14k gold and diamonds.
Mini Cosmos Ring – Astley Clarke
If you want a more contemporary take on the mini icon ring above, consider the mini cosmos ring which has a metal centre. It comes in rose gold (£350) or sterling silver (£125). Both are great options for proposing with!
Sparkling Love Knot Ring – Pandora
Make it clear that you want to tie the knot by proposing with this sparkling love knot ring from Pandora. It costs £50 and is made from sterling silver with cubic zirconia embellishments.
Dew Drop in the Wild Garnet & Quartz Ring – Chupi
If you know your partner would appreciate an alternative engagement ring, this garnet and quartz ring from Chupi may go from placeholder to permanent! Costing around £295 (prices originally in Euros), it will become a treasured piece.
Ratankiri Zircon Ring – Gemporia
Why not go classic with a solitaire? This 1.04ct zircon is set in a 9K gold band and costs just £53. Your bride might love it so much that it becomes promoted to the actual engagement ring!
Sokoto Aquamarine Ring – Gemporia
This 9K gold ring features a pretty aquamarine stone and is a dainty alternative to the temporary engagement ring above. It costs £52. If you like it but want to add a personal twist, consider choosing your partner’s birthstone instead of the aquamarine.
Delicate Heart Ring – Pandora
This delicate heart ring from Pandora will suit dainty fingers. You can choose from a clear, pink or red centre stone and once you’ve found your forever engagement ring, use this £35 ring as part of a stacking set.
Vintage Style Ratanakiri Zircon Ring – Gemporia
If you think the sparklier the better then consider this zircon ring from Gemporia. It costs £103 and features shiny zircon with a surround of 16 smaller zircon stones.
Heart Alpha Ring – Daisy London
Keep it simple with this pretty stacking ring from Daisy London (£37). It is made from sterling silver with a 18K gold plated heart and can be worn on its own, or dressed up with other stacking rings after the proposal.
Thai Ruby and Diamond Gold Vermeil Ring – Gemporia
This is a striking ring to propose with, especially if your partner can’t resist rubies. It features a 1.82ct Thai ruby (a great choice if you get engaged in Thailand, or even just over a candlelit Thai meal) with diamonds dotted around the pear-shaped setting. It’s also just £57.99.
Three Stone Ring – FeatherOak
This copper ring features three diamond quartz stones, making it the perfect temporary engagement ring – it’s got the quintessential diamond detail and is definitely pretty enough to be worn on your left hand. The price starts from £40 and it’s something that can be worn time and time again after you’ve chosen a permanent engagement ring.
Serenite and White Zircon Gold Ring – Gemporia
This striking ring is perfect for a woman who likes to be different. It’s made from 9K gold and has 2.12cts of beautiful serenite and white zircon, which resemble yellow and white diamonds. This unusual ring costs £117.
Iota Heart Rose Gold Ring – Daisy London
Is your partner not one for sparkle? This rose gold ring features a beautiful heart made from daisies, in sterling silver covered with 18K gold rose plating. It costs just £39 and is too adorable to resist. It also comes in sterling silver with yellow gold plated centres.
Chrome Diopside and White Zircon Ring – Gemporia
Does your partner lust after Kate Middleton’s impressive engagement ring? If so, it’s a safe bet to go for a vintage style ring like this one from Gemporia. It costs £71.99 and features white zircon and chrome diopside centre stone, set in 9K gold.
Little Heart Ring – Astley Clarke
Make it clear how much you ‘heart’ your partner with this cute Astley Clarke ring. The diamonds are set in a heart shape in 14k yellow gold. It costs £395 and can be worn as part of a stackable set after you’ve chosen an engagement ring together.
Statement Sparkling Ring – Pandora
This sparkler is ideal to propose with – it looks way more expensive than it is (£90) and will keep the wedding finger warm until you find your ideal engagement ring. It also comes with a pink centre stone, if you fancy a pop of colour.
Drop in the Wild Quartz and Rose Gold Ring – Chupi
If you know your partner wants a rose gold engagement ring, but you know you want to choose it together, why not propose with these beautiful rose gold and rose quartz ring from Chupi? It’s priced from around £189.
Drop in the Wild Citrine and Gold Ring – Chupi
Perhaps your partner prefers classic yellow gold? If that’s the case this unusual citrine quartz and yellow gold ring could be ideal for a proposal. It costs under £200 too so it’s an affordable option but special enough to be worn time and time again.
Gold Captured Heart Ring – Pandora
Tell the one you love they’ve captured your heart by proposing with this 14K gold ring from Pandora, set with cubic zirconia stones. If the £399 price tag is above budget for a temporary engagement ring, why not consider the sterling silver take on it, which retails at £45.
Zambian Emerald Ring with White Zircon – Gemporia
Who could resist an emerald? This sterling silver ring, which is part of the SS16 Classic collection at Gemporia, retails at £71 and features 1.38cts of enchanting Zambian emerald and white zircon.
Zambian Emerand in 9K Gold – Gemporia
This vintage style ring costs £115 and features a Zambian emerald surrounded by white zircon, set in a 9K gold band.
Petals of Love Ring – Pandora
You’ll guarantee a lucky outcome if you propose with this pretty four-leaf clover inspired ring from Pandora, which costs £50. If you’re honouring your bride’s Irish heritage with this choice, why not read more about Irish wedding traditions?
Daisy Ring – Daisy London
How cute is this daisy ring from Daisy London? It’s made from sterling silver with an 18K gold plated centre in the flower. It costs just £39 and we think it’s perfect for a picnic proposal in the park! It also comes in rose gold too for those who prefer warmer toned jewellery.
Serenite and White Topaz Ring – Gemporia
Glamorous brides will fall for this pear shaped serenite and white topaz ring, which is set in 9K gold. It costs just £101, so it won’t break the bank but will receive lots of admiring glances.
Serenite and White Zircon Ring – Gemporia
If you like the ring above but think it might be too much for an understated bride, why not consider the serenite and white zircon ring from Gemporia (£101), which is a similar shape but features less gemstones and a white gold band.
Diamond Quartz Ring – FeatherOak
We adore this diamond quartz ring from FeatherOak. The fact it’s diamond quartz means it’s seriously affordable (we’re talking from £20), but it’s still got that all-important diamond element. The copper ring would suit a laidback bride – the kind who’d love a boho wedding dress.
Classic Elegance Ring – Pandora
Go traditional with this cubic zirconia Classic Elegance ring from Pandora. It’s an amazing temporary engagement ring as it looks like the real thing, but with a £60 price tag.
Timeless Elegance Ring – Pandora
If you prefer a more timeless take rather than the contemporary circle shape above, consider the Timeless Elegance ring, which also retails at £60.
Diamond and 9K Gold Heart Ring – Gemporia
Give your partner your heart with this adorable proposal ring from Gemporia. It costs £143 and features a 1/4ct of diamonds set in a heart shape on a 9K gold band – they’ll treasure it forever.
Beauty in the Wild Garnet Ring – Chupi
Give your partner a real statement ring during your proposal – we love this garnet and rose gold ring from Chupi, which costs approximately £233 and will be treasured forever.
Beauty in the Wild Emerald Ring – Chupi
We love this vibrant emerald quartz ring from Chupi. It’s priced from around £155 and is set in 18K gold plated sterling silver, cast in Chupi’s signature twig style.
Zambian Emerald and Diamond Ring – Gemporia
Fallen for emeralds? This Zambian emerald ring (£143) from Gemporia is seriously striking and features diamonds too so it’s still got the traditional proposal aspect.
Daisy Chain Ring – Daisy London
This sterling silver and gold plated daisy chain ring is impossible to resist. It’s so pretty and at £37 will be worn time and time again after the proposal. We think it’s the perfect choice of proposal ring for a girly girl who loves a classic daisy chain.
Crystallised Floral Fancy Ring – Pandora
How pretty is this Floral Fancy ring from Pandora? It features a sparkly cubic zirconia centre stone and costs £70.
Tanzanite and 9K Gold Ring – Gemporia
If the bride-to-be is a December baby, tanzanite is a great choice as it was named as the birthstone for December in 2002. Tanzanite also has a glamorous past – it was named by Tiffany & Co. These vibrant violet stones are set in 9K gold and will cost just £71.99.
Tanzanite and White Zircon Ring – Gemporia
Has vibrant tanzanite piqued your interest? We love it in this classic setting, with white zircon on a 9K gold band, and we love the £101 price tag too.
Sparkling Heart Ring – Pandora
No one would guess this dazzling heart shaped ring from Pandora was a temporary placeholder engagement ring. It’s perfect for the romantic bride, and costs £55.
Cosmic Diamond 9K Gold Ring – Gemporia
Do you already know your big day will be full of vintage wedding ideas? This vintage inspired diamond ring from Gemporia could be the perfect choice, and costs £146. It would look amazing paired with a 1920s wedding dress.
Kunzite and White Topaz Ring – Gemporia
This contemporary style sterling silver ring will take your breath away. It costs £58 and features dazzling kunzite from Mawi and sparkly white topaz. If you decide to upgrade it to permanent engagement ring status, make sure you have a shaped wedding ring to match!
Radiant Elegance Ring – Pandora
Girls that love glitter will adore this Radiant Elegance ring from Pandora, which will sparkle whenever it catches the light. It retails at £45.
If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect ring to pop the question with, make sure you read our edit of alternative engagement rings for more inspiration.