Engagement rings have to be special, so Absolutely Weddings’ has made a shortlist of 10 looks we love this winter. We’ve included designs from leading lights of the London jewellery scene and up-and-coming jewellery creatives, so plenty of on-trend and classic looks to inspire a grand romantic gesture
Whether your taste is discreet love token or statement rock, our showcase of engagement rings is guaranteed to seduce you into saying I do. We’ve chosen engagement rings from both traditional London jewellery firms and small and bespoke designers. In many cases, it’s possible to customise the setting or the stone, or add additional details such as engraving to your chosen design.
Do remember the all important Cs of cut, colour, clarity and carat weight if a precious gemstone is the centrepiece. If bling is not your thing, many designers are offering more unusual options where the design of the ring itself is the talking point and gems play a secondary role.
Rose tinted Best known for its colourful gemstones, Astley Clarke has taken classic diamonds and warmed them up with a soft and flattering rose-gold setting. Mirielle ring, £8,500. astleyclarke.com
Diamond bright This platinum ring features a large marquise cut yellow diamond, with smaller white diamonds. It is part of range of spectacular stones and settings from classic London jeweller Boodles. POA. boodles.com
Shine on Young British jewellery designer Cat Meffan loves working with both precious and semi-precious stones. Her rings are designed to be robust, and wearable, and she favours organic shapes. Opal and diamond ring, from £2,400. catmeffan.com
Halo halo Ellie Stickland designs bespoke rings and jewellery around the client. This recent project, a souped-up take on the halo ring, features multiple stones with a distinctive gold half-sphere. No two rings are alike. elliestickland.co.uk
Simply sapphires Hattie Rickards makes rings, pendants cufflinks and other special jewellery to order. This is a sleek channel-set sapphire and diamond combination in platinum band. The super-romantic back story is that it was designed in conjunction with the groom because the bride wanted her ring to be a complete surprise. hattierickards.com
Seal it Designed like a traditional seal ring, Jessica de Lotz’s Lock of Love is available in yellow or rose gold. An unusual talking piece, it features a spinning bezel set with twinkling gems, from diamonds to rubies. From £795. jessicadelotz.co.uk
Think pink Sweet Pea founder and designer Siobhan O’Neill hand picks each stone and creates delicate and understated settings. Each item is designed to commission. This rose-gold teardrop setting features a lush pale pink diamond encircled by white diamonds. sweetpeajewellery.com
Rock on Jewellery studio London Rocks has a showroom in Leather Lane and studio in Hatton Garden. You can pick the look you want for your engagement ring and ensure it’s unique. This pink sapphire framed by diamonds was created by Karl Karter. londonrocksjewellery.co.uk
Heart you The family-owned Lucie Campbell in Bond Street offers sumptuous precious jewels and fine craftsmanship. It’s a hot tip if you want unusual gems, such as this outstanding heart-shaped diamond in platinum setting. £24,500. luciecampbell.com
Swiss twist Shawish Genève’s UK flagship in Chelsea means, rather conveniently, you don’t have to get on a plane to Switzerland to check out its mastery with diamonds. Love Ring, POA. shawish.ch