It's nearly that time of year again! In the run up to valentines day I know a LOT of people may be planning on popping the question, but before you shell out on that big sparkly rock just have a little think... who exactly was it that said the 'correct' amount to spend on an engagement ring is 1 months salary?
De Berrs, that's who! That's right, it was all a marketing campaign by the big diamond peddling cartel... way back in the 1930's they started to push diamonds as THE stone for engagement rings, it was a huge marketing campaign that has influenced generations to come and thus become written in the laws of tradition. Prior to the 1930's a diamond engagement ring was not the norm...
So think outside the box, don't be swayed by shop assistants pushing the shiny stuff on you, just say NO!!
Here are some beautiful, affordable alternatives...
This gorgeous silver and emerald ring is just £56 and can be found on Etsy
I'm a bit obsessed with anything sparkly and thus Druzy rings are my current faves! This rose gold beauty is just £45 over on Etsy
Not a fan of gems? How about this gorgeous little handcrafted creation a bargain at just £180 with it's pretty little 18 carat yellow gold rose
I adore this moonstone ring from Jessica Flinn Jewellery and it's a total snip at just £39, that's right this beautiful hand crafted silver and gold vermeil ring is just THIRTY NINE QUID!
How about a simple love knot? I honestly think the sentiment behind this ring is as lovely as any princess cut stone (and at just £25 you can't go wrong) available on Folksy
Also whoever said that an engagement ring should be a thin band with one big old stone? There are no rules! I love this rough finished band with white sapphires and white topaz and it's just £84, available on Etsy
My top places to hunt for an alternative (and affordable ring) are Etsy, Folks, Ebay, Antiques centers, and local artisan jewellery shops where they sell hand made work by local artists!