36 Best Engagement Rings: Where to Buy the Best Engagement Rings Online in the UK

From the chic and classic to the truly contemporary, these are the best engagement rings for 2020, with something to suit every style and budget.

The best engagement rings to buy online

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 for 2020.

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Of course, there are 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 Jourdan Dunn’s 2.5 carat oval diamond or Michelle Williams’ shiny new pearl solitaire and a lookalike band will be top of your list.

However, a good engagement ring never goes out of style. Remember, the best engagement rings aren’t generic; they suit the person you’re shopping for, so always keep your partner’s style and taste at the forefront of your mind.

The Biggest Engagement Ring Trends for 2020

Coloured stones are back in a big way this year, according to London-based bespoke jeweller Emma Clarkson-Webb. “As well as sapphires, rubies and emeralds, I’m seeing a real demand for unusual coloured stones like tsavorites, aquamarines and black diamonds,” she notes.

“Cardinal stones like red rubies and blue sapphires remain a popular pick, in part due to their appearance, but also thanks to their practicality; both are hard-wearing gemstones well-suited to daily wear,” agrees Arabel Lebrusan, founder of Lebrusan Studio and co-founder of The Vintage Ring Company.

“However, we’re also starting to see pale shades increasingly embraced. If the recent launches of high-end jewellers like Chanel are anything to go by, pastel-hued stones are à la mode – and we’re not short in requests for engagement rings with sapphires in teal or mint green.”

When it comes to shape, “single-stone rings are having a revival, especially oval diamonds,” Emma adds. “It’s an elegant, timeless cut and a great way to elongate shorter fingers!”

Arabel says that the other big hitter is cushion cut gems, with their vintage shape, rounded edges, large facets and old-school romantic feel. It’s a favourite among celebrities, but that doesn’t mean you’re following the crowd: “It’s the ultimate for brides-to-be who like their jewellery unique, as no two cushion-cut gemstones are ever the same,” she explains.

Speaking of vintage, there is also a revival of old-fashioned settings and stones happening – Emma cites old mine and rose-cut diamonds as especially popular, as well as cluster and button-back settings. And seeing as we’ve just entered another decade of roaring ‘20s, it’s not surprising that Art Deco designs – characterised by clean bold lines and geometric patterns – are on the radar as well.

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The traditional saying is to spend three month’s salary on an engagement ring, although this is no longer considered correct. The sentimental value of the ring means more than its physical value ever could. However, Hitched’s National Wedding Survey found that the average amount spent on a ring was £2,419, if you’re curious what other people are spending.

No matter what your budget may be, there are some seriously beautiful options available, and they’re all easily ordered online. Just remember to use an incognito browser window to maintain the element of surprise.

Engagement Rings Under £1,000

1. The Diamond Store Halo Baguette Diamond Asteria Collection Ring – £885

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.

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2. Stone and Strand 14-Karat Gold Diamond Ring – £605

We had to read the price of this Stone and Strand ring twice to check, but those two rows of sparkling diamonds really are just over £600, making this a lot of bling for your budget. We’re obsessed with the quirky wishbone shape – great for those who want a ring that stands out from the crowd.

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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.

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4. Ernest Jones 9ct White Gold Sapphire & Diamond Ring – £599

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).

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5. Drajee London Cecile Mother of Pearl Ring – £545

It may be slightly less flashy, but mother of pearl’s iridescent tones are said to symbolise good luck and prosperity, making them a lovely alternative to a typical diamond. Drajee’s Cecile ring has all the makings of a modern classic, complemented by an 18ct solid gold band.

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6. Taylor & Hart Hope Radiant Diamond Four-Claw Solitaire in Platinum – £720

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.

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7. Laura Lee Jewellery Baroque Pearl Ring – £975

At just under the £1,000 mark, this unique pearl ring with a yellow gold band 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.

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8. F. Hinds 9ct White Gold Diamond Ring – £650

This heavily detailed ring almost looks like it could be an antique, but it’s actually a gem, in every sense of the word, from F. Hinds. In a change from a solitaire, the centre is a cluster of diamonds, with even more sparkle on the shoulder and around the band.

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9. The Vintage Ring Company ‘Betty’ Modern Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring – £950

The clue is in the name. The Vintage Ring Company specialises in all things retro, just like this illusion setting Betty ring. The claws around the edge work with the brightness of the gold to give the impact of an even larger stone.

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10. Alex Monroe Morganite Hoya Ring – £745

All of Alex Monroe’s jewellery has a natural, botanical influence, which you can see here in the vine detailing on the handcrafted band. We’re also huge fans of the colour of the precious morganite gemstone, which glimmers as a soft pinky peach in person.

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11. Suzanne Kalan Gold Hexagon Cut Black Spinel and Diamond Ring – £540

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 hexagon shape is flawless, as are the trios of diamonds that flank it on either side.

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12. 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.

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13. Sweet Pea Large Diamond and 18ct Yellow Gold Baguette Ring – £1,500

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. This baguette ring is more modern than most solitaire designs and will stack beautifully with wedding and eternity bands further down the line.

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14. 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.

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15. Astley Clarke Green Amethyst And Diamond Halo Ring – £1,450

Diamonds may be forever, but so can an amethyst be, when you choose this seriously gorgeous green halo ring with a solid 14 carat white gold band. If you think your partner would prefer blue, there’s also an aquamarine version that’s equally showstopping.

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16. De Beers Classic Solitaire Ring – from £2,150

Basic doesn’t have to mean boring, as this De Beers solitaire ring demonstrates. If you’re looking for a simple, classic engagement ring it ticks all the boxes – amazing quality, perfect proportions and a four-prong-set bright white diamond in the centre.

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17. Shimmell & Madden White Mini Solar Ring – £2,525

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.

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18. 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.

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19. Holts Gems Lena Ring – from £1,305

If you had to draw a perfect traditional engagement ring, you’d probably come up with something like the Lena. However, beneath the solitaire diamond is an intricate bezel and collet that elevates it from ordinary to something really special.

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20. 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. If you were hoping for a red gemstone ring, try the two-band ruby version.

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21. James Newman Salt And Pepper White Diamond & 18ct Yellow Gold Trilogy Ring ­– £1,600

A salt and pepper diamond might be an unexpected choice, but that’s precisely why we love them. This rose-cut James Newman stone is nestled between two smaller brilliant cut white diamonds, while the textured yellow gold band makes it a real standout piece.

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22. Zoe & Morgan Freya Engagement Ring – from £5,000

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Zoe & Morgan prides itself on offering alternative engagement rings that stand apart from the norm, just like this Art Deco Freya ring, complete with incredible marquise-cut diamond. Freya is the goddess of love and beauty, so this jewellery is packed with even more meaning than most.

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23. Ruth Tomlinson Four Stone Sapphire Ring with Granules – £2,200

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.

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24. Michelle Oh Moonbeam Ring – £3,860

This minimal half-moon shaped ring from Michelle Oh has stolen our hearts, and we imagine it’ll do the same for any proposee who likes their jewellery clean and contemporary. It will look perfect with a simple gold bridal band tucked beneath it.

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25. Cartier Etincelle De Cartier Ring – £2,750

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.

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26. Pomellato Rose Quartz Nudo Petite Ring – £2,250

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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.

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27. Flora Bhattachary Aditi Gold Constellation Ring – £2,200

A different take on the usual halo design, Flora Bhattachary’s constellation ring will spark genuine oohs and ahhs from everyone who sees it.

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28. 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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29. Jessica McCormack Signature Diamond Button Back Ring – £4,200

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.

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30. Lily Kamper Brilliant Engagement Ring – £4,900

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.

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31. The Gallery Collection Halo Diamond Engagement Ring – from £3,816

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.

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32. Gee Woods Ariadne Ring – £3,395

The blue in this Gee Woods sapphire engagement ring is so rich you could almost dive right into it. Framing the octagonal cut stone with two brilliant cut diamonds adds an air of old-school opulence that make this a real heirloom-esque find.

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33. Chanel Camelia Ring – £5,600

It doesn’t get much chicer than Chanel. With its double 18k white gold bands both studded with diamonds and a sparkling central diamond, 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.

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34. Tiffany True Engagement Ring with a Tiffany True Diamond in Platinum – from £6,925

The moment you pull out a Tiffany blue box is one your fiancée-to-be will remember forever, especially if the ring inside looks like this. The geometric square diamond and platinum band keeps it a timeless choice that will never go out of style.

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35. 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.

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36. Jenny Packham Oval Cut Solitaire Diamond Ring in Platinum – £5,500

If there’s one thing Jenny Packham knows, it’s magnificent wedding design, both when it comes to gowns and rings. This sophisticated platinum band teams traditional hallmarks of luxury with a contemporary oval stone – the result is something to treasure for generations to come.

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