Buying an engagement ring is one of the most exciting yet nerve-racking things you’ll ever do, and there are hundreds of factors to consider before you make your final choice. Thinking of popping the question this year? We’ve made things easier for you by whittling down the very best engagement rings.
Of course, there are engagement ring trends to consider – and we’re all more aware of sustainability and ethical purchasing than ever before. There’s also celebrity influence: one look at Lily Collins' unique rose-cut diamond, Kourtney Kardashian's dazzling oval sparkler or Emma Stone’s shiny pearl solitaire and a lookalike band will be top of your list. However, a good engagement ring never goes out of style.
The engagement ring that's ultimately going to get the biggest 'yes!' is one that suits your partner’s style and taste, so keep this at the forefront of your mind when shopping. We've picked out our favourite rings with something for everyone. We've split them into engagement rings under £1,000, engagement rings under £5,000 and engagement rings under £10,000.
The Best Engagement Rings Under £1,000
1. The Diamond Store Halo Baguette Diamond Asteria Collection Ring – £999
For when subtle definitely won’t cut it, you can get this ring from The Diamond Store in 18k gold or white gold to suit your partner’s preference. The focal point is the three baguette-cut stones in the centre, but there are so many other round diamonds surrounding it they won’t know which one to admire first.
2. Taylor & Hart Astral Ring - from £810
Like this stellar name suggests, this hexagonal step-cut diamond commands attention. The facets catch the light for a dazzling, unique cut that anyone who wants something a little different will love. Even if you choose the platinum band, this ring comes in under £1,000 which is exceptional value for such a showstopping look.
3. Chisholm Hunter 18ct Rose Gold Round Brilliant Diamond & Oval Cut Morganite Halo Cluster – £995
Rose gold engagement rings have been growing in popularity over the last few years and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. This feminine Chisholm Hunter option is incredibly pretty from all angles, combining an oval-cut morganite with a halo cluster of round brilliant diamonds.
4. Ernest Jones 9ct White Gold Sapphire & Diamond Ring – £650
Ever caught your partner admiring the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring? A sapphire engagement ring could be the one for them. This vintage-looking Ernest Jones number channels some of the same royal style with its own twist (and it’s a fraction of the price of Kate’s, too).
5. 77 Diamonds Florence Trilogy Ring – £865.08
The gorgeous Florence ring can have a diamond central stone too, but we adore this emerald version which is framed by two pear-shaped stones. There's secretly even more diamonds on this ring as the bezel features a row of round brilliant diamonds adding even more sparkle to this lovely ring. A winner for anyone who loves coloured stones but wants the shine of classic diamonds too.
6. Taylor & Hart Hope Radiant Diamond Four-Claw Solitaire in Platinum – £780
Taylor Heart has every shape, size and clarity of diamond you could dream of for very impressive prices, like this four-claw Hope solitaire style. That little red dot at the back is a complimentary ruby.
7. Astley Clarke 14ct Gold Interstellar Cluster Diamond Ring - £950
Not everyone wants a raised engagement ring, for example, if you work in a job where you often have to wear gloves and the ring would catch. A great alternative is this shimmering cluster ring featuring a range of brilliant cut white diamonds for optimal light reflection.
8. Sunday Island Jewellery Vintage Pearl Engagement Ring – from £705
This unique pearl ring is a great investment. Pearls are having a big moment in engagement rings at the moment, so this ring is perfect for modern, on-trend brides. You can pick your choice of band, from rose gold to platinum.
9. 77 Diamonds 18k White Gold Pirouette Diamond Band Ring – £644.86
Add even more sentimental value to your engagement ring with this stunning intertwining band which represents the joining of you and your partner. It's a beautifully balanced and elegant ring, with an eye-catching centre stone. It comes in yellow and rose gold and platinum too.
10. The Vintage Ring Company 'Maggie' Art Deco Three Stone and Sapphire Engagement Ring – £820
The clue is in the name. The Vintage Ring Company specialises in all things retro, just like this rhombus-shaped, sapphire Maggie ring. It's full of lovely little details, like the tapered band and the diamonds flanking the central stone.
11. Alex Monroe Beekeeper Twist Ring with Three Diamonds – £995
All of Alex Monroe’s jewellery has a natural, botanical influence and this unique band features one of her signature bees! The three diamonds give it more than enough twinkle, but this ring is perfect for a bride who wants something a little different. It'll speak to anyone who loves being out in nature and is the perfect summer proposal ring.
12. Angara Vintage Inspired Oval Emerald Ring with Engraved Shank - from £529
Angara have a clever system where you can choose the quality of your gem - going from good to heirloom - as well as the carat weight and the metal type. You can get this ring from under £600 to over £7,000 depending on what you choose - and you can still get a 'best quality' gem for under £1,000. We love the on-trend vintage engraved shaft and the milgrain detailing on the edges, plus we wouldn't say no to that lush green emerald in the centre.
13. 77 Diamonds Delicacy Solitaire - from £370.61
A solitaire diamond is one of the most popular engagement ring styles and this delicate ring is a great, affordable example. It's a classic design at a brilliant price point and comes in platinum and white, yellow and rose gold. All the metal is recycled so it's an eco-conscious choice too!
14. Hearts of London Longmore Ring - £700
Marquise shaped diamonds are one of our favourite cuts. This ring is simple, elegant and modern: perfect for a refined bride. It's beautiful in this rose gold metal, but looks great in platinum, yellow and white gold too.
15. Suzanne Kalan 14ct Rose Gold Diamond Cut Black Night Quartz and Diamond Ring – £770
Black stones can shine just as brightly with the right polish, especially when they have a setting as attractive as this Suzanne Kalan engagement ring. The black night quartz is accented by a tiny white diamond and a slim, pave diamond band in rose gold.
16. F. Hinds 9ct Gold Ruby And Diamond Cluster Ring - £450
This beautiful ruby and diamond ring is reminiscent of Princess Eugenie's gorgeous coral-coloured halo engagement ring. The illusion set diamonds look larger than they are, creating a really sparkling eye-catcher. For those who want a durable coloured stone, ruby is a fantastic choice.
17. Dinny Hall Teresa Silver Blue Topaz and White Topaz Ring - £450
The star of the show is this semi-precious blue topaz, which is a fantastic value alternative to aquamarine. It is set next to two white topaz rings in a classic trilogy arrangement that looks so much more expensive than the price tag. Dinny Hall is a fantastic sustainable jeweller, using recycled metal and stones across their jewellery and a nearly carbon-neutral supply chain.
18. Hearts of London Merrick Ring - £900
Two teardrop-shaped pear diamonds frame the stunning central, brilliant cut diamond. If you're looking for a classic style with a contemporary upgrade, this is the perfect ring and comes in with change to spare from £1,000.
19. Aardvark Jewellery Salt and Pepper Diamond Engagement Ring - £875
For a stunning alternative ring, a salt and pepper diamond is the way to go. Despite being a soft grey shade, the diamond is cut in a rose style which makes it catch the light and shine just as brightly as a clear diamond. The little marquis and round diamonds on the mount make that gorgeous stone really stand out.
20. Carrie Elizabeth Luna Statement Ring in Green Amethyst & Diamond – £800
For engagement rings on a budget, we can’t recommend Carrie Elizabeth Jewellery enough – our pick, the Luna, is £800, but many of her gemstone-packed designs start from even less. If you prefer, you can swap the 14k yellow band for white gold or rose gold instead.
21. Elize Jewellery 1.5ct Round Cut Moissanite Ring - from £695
This vintage-inspired, Art Deco ring will make your partner smile from ear to ear. It almost has a floral feel to the shoulder stone detailing but it's that 1.5ct moissanite that they won't be able to take their eyes off. Moissanite is a man-made diamond simulant which means it's not a real diamond but looks exactly like one and is a fantastic ethical alternative (at a much more affordable price).
The Best Engagement Rings Under £5,000
22. Goldsmiths Platinum 0.95 Carat Goldsmiths Brightest Diamond Ring - £5,000
Dead on £5,000 is this incredible halo ring. It features one of Goldsmiths' exclusive 'Brightest Diamonds', one of the most brilliant cut diamonds in the world with a unique 88-facet pattern that creates an immense flow of light for maximum sparkle. We love this stunning design, which will definitely last the test of time.
23. Ruth Tomlinson Emerald Ring - £2,650
The most vibrant of green emeralds sits on Ruth Tomlinson's signature setting, creating a dazzling look that's sure to win the heart of anyone who loves a coloured engagement ring.
24. Sweet Pea Round Rosecut Pink Sapphire And Diamond Halo Ring – £2,180
If you’re looking for a slimline ring that’s not too fussy but still feels special, Sweet Pea is a fab place to start. Pastel gemstones are hugely popular and the blush pink diamond at the heart of this ring is feminine, dainty and oh-so-pretty. 20% of the sale is donated to Breast Cancer Support.
25. Lark & Berry Aerides Diamond Dress Ring – £3,500
Lark and Berry specialises in ethically and sustainably made rings; the perfect choice for the eco-conscious bride. This dress ring combines diamonds and white sapphires for a stunning octagon-shaped centrepiece.
26. Capucinne Hexagon Salt Pepper Diamond Engagement Ring - £1,357.95
A salt and pepper diamond makes for a true one-of-a-kind ring; it will speak to brides who want something original and cool. This modern ring has a geometric, hexagonal central stone that feels super contemporary, while the diamonds at the side add that timeless shine.
27. Rachel Boston Contra Emerald Ring – £4,400
This horizontal, emerald cut ring is playful and fun, and will stack beautifully with wedding and eternity bands further down the line. It's finished with a white or grey diamond micropavé band for added shine. Perfect for quirky, cool brides.
28. De Beers Classic Solitaire Ring – from £2,225
Simple doesn’t have to mean plain, as this De Beers classic diamond ring demonstrates. If you’re looking for a refined, classic engagement ring it ticks all the boxes – amazing quality, perfect proportions and a four-prong-set bright white diamond in the centre.
29. Shimmell & Madden White Mini Solar Ring – £2,720
Remember the Art Deco influence we mentioned earlier? You can see it throughout Shimmell & Madden’s collection, which made it very hard for us to pick just one piece. The White Mini Solar Ring takes engagement ring conventions and plays with them beautifully; it might be generously sized, but the setting has been shaped so you can fit another band on the same finger on your big day.
30. Fenton & Co Aquamarine 18k Yellow Gold Ring – £1,950
Emerald-cut stones are great statement pieces – we adore this Fenton & Co engagement ring because the sleek yellow gold band lets the aquamarine gem do the talking. You can also customise yours by engraving it with a date or initial.
31. Holts Gems Poppy Ring – from £1,622
If you had to add a little twist to the perfect traditional engagement ring, you’d probably come up with something like the Poppy. Delicate claws are placed in a compass arrangement around the solitaire diamond that gives it a delicate sweep and elevates that central gem.
32. Diane Kordas Spectrum 18kt Rose-Gold Diamond and Sapphire Ring – £1,457
For those who like to think outside of the usual (ring) box, we’d suggest this unique Diane Kordas ring, which is sold via Matches Fashion. The rose-gold band is dotted with faceted pave diamonds, and fitted with a suspended teardrop-shaped blue sapphire charm.
33. Zoe & Morgan Limited Edition 117 – £1,800
Zoe & Morgan prides itself on offering alternative engagement rings that stand apart from the norm, just like this made-to-order peach sapphire ring. That soft colour is so romantic and will be perfect for anyone who loves pink and blush tones.
34. Vrai Signature Bezel Ring – from £1,114
VRAI is known for it's timeless rings, but this incredible marquise-cut diamond ring has a modern feel with its minimal gold rim and knife-edge bezel setting. If you want something a bit more classic, you can add a pavé diamond band which looks insanely beautiful.
35. Ruth Tomlinson Four Stone Sapphire Ring with Granules – £2,500
Some brides want a sparkling white stone, but others want colour, and lots of it. If that’s the case, we’d suggest this unconventional Ruth Tomlinson ring, with four pastel-coloured sapphires sat side by side.
36. Samara James 'Mercedes' Ring - from £1,376.23
If you have a beautiful diamond, you don't need to surround it with anything extra to show it off to its full potential. The Mercedes ring is simple, timeless and will suit everyone. You honestly can't go wrong with a brilliant cut diamond.
37. Michelle Oh Hollie Ring – from £2,250
How beautiful is this teal sapphire! This ring is traditional with a twist and it will look perfect with a simple gold wedding band tucked beneath it.
38. Cartier Etincelle De Cartier Ring – £2,680
Cartier jewellery has been synonymous with excellence for centuries, and this understated Etincelle De Cartier ring is the ideal way to own a little slice of its legacy. The emerald-cut central diamond is flanked by a staggering 22 brilliant-cut stones on the white gold band.
39. Pomellato Rose Quartz Nudo Petite Ring – £2,280
Think pink with this rose quartz ring from Pomellato, an avant-garde brand founded in Milan in the 1960s. The shade of the main stone is complemented by the rose gold band, while the extra embedded gems up the dazzle factor.
40. Flora Bhattachary Aditi Gold Constellation Ring – £3,495
A different take on the usual halo design, Flora Bhattachary’s constellation ring will spark genuine oohs and ahhs from everyone who sees it.
41. Lebrusan Studio Efflorescence Ethical Pink Ruby Gemstone Engagement Ring – £2,773
Glamorous and girly is the order of the day when it comes to this pink ruby ring with a rose gold halo setting – it’s a super romantic choice. The metal and stone are both certified Fairtrade too.
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42. Jessica McCormack Signature Diamond Button Back Ring – £3,500
Jessica McCormack’s couture rings used to be the stuff of millionaire’s dreams, but the signature collection has a more accessible price point. This universally-flattering ring boasts a 0.4 carat diamond in a Georgian cut-down setting for less than £5,000.
43. Lark and Berry Aspen Diamond Ring - from £2,100
The princess cut diamond takes centre stage here; by turning it on its side, it makes the timeless style modern and contemporary. Delicate paved diamonds lead up the shoulders of the band and add to the dazzling sparkle of that main gem.
44. Blue Nile Classic Halo Diamond Engagement Ring – from £1,683
The only downside to this Blue Nile ring is that it’s so covered in bling that it might start to weigh down your other half’s hand! If you know they’ve got their heart set on a ring that twinkles from every conceivable angle, you’re onto a winner here.
45. Gee Woods Bea Ring – £3,550
The blue in this Gee Woods sapphire engagement ring is so rich you could almost dive right into it. Framing the octagonal sapphire with two diamond carre cuts adds an air of old-school opulence that make this a real heirloom-esque find.
46. Fenton & Co Vintage Ruby Ring - from £2,950
You can choose what kind of stone you'd like in your Fenton & Co ring, but we're drawn to this stunning red ruby. It sits in their regal 'Vintage' setting, which is inspired by delicate, 18th century antique rings.
The Best Engagement Rings Under £10,000
47. Lily Kamper Brilliant Engagement Ring – £5,900
Lily Kamper is not afraid to play with colour, so if your beloved isn’t either, her website is the perfect place to browse. The emeralds make all the difference on this chunky-look Brilliant Ring – but it can also be made to order with coloured stone combinations of your choice.
48. Van Cleef & Arpels Couture Solitaire – £5,450
Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery is the stuff of legend, and your other half will love having something that’s so rare and unusual. Not only do you get the usual central diamond solitaire, it’s surrounded by a diamond ribbon of the most exquisite quality.
49. Michael Spiers Sapphire and Diamond Cluster Ring - £6,295
We're getting strong Princess Diana/Duchess of Cambridge feels from this gorgeous sapphire and diamond cluster ring. It's an iconic yet very wearable design that brings a splash of colour to every outfit.
50. Chanel Camelia Precieux Ring – £8,900
It doesn’t get much chicer than Chanel and no fashion-conscious fiancée could ever say no to this beauty. The Camellia flower, from which this ring borrows its petal-inspired shape, was Gabrielle Chanel’s favourite. Now you can get your own, made from diamonds and 18k white gold.
51. Purely Diamonds 1.36ct Oval Cut Diamond Halo in 18ct Yellow and White Gold – from £5,859
The moment you pull out this ring is one your fiancée-to-be will remember forever. Oval cut stones have boomed in popularity since Kourtney Kardashian's engagement and this timeless design shows exactly why. It's a dazzling and sophisticated ring.
52. Mappin & Webb Boscobel Platinum Diamond Ring in Platinum – £7,500
Inspired by the Boscobel English rose, this sophisticated platinum band teams luxury with modern femininity and romance – the result is something to treasure for generations to come. A true heirloom engagement ring.
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