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Engagement Ring Inspiration: the 7 places you should look


Choosing an engagement ring may seem overwhelming. Whether you want a design that’s a little different or are determined to stick to a classic engagement ring, knowing where to start isn’t easy - especially as there are so many options out there.

Then all the lingo comes into play - pavé, bezel, diamond set bridge.. Fear not, you don’t need a dictionary of jewellery-related jargon. Instead, look into these visual sources of engagement ring inspiration. There’s no better judge than your eyes, and we reckon once you seen the design, you’ll know it’s one.

Inspiration from the greats - celebrity engagement rings

Thanks to Instagram, Google updates and Twitter ticking by with to-the-minute news, we’re never short of hearing about the latest celebrity proposals. Typically, it’s not long before the experts chime in with their opinions on the style of the ring, the carat weight and who’s likely to have designed the engagement rings. Think about the celebrity style you or your partner admire. A quick Google search of their jewellery or engagement ring should provide the exact inspiration you’re after.

Meghan Markle's trilogy engagement ring is a great source of ring inspiration

Whilst an exact replica of Meghan Markle’s engagement ring (or whichever celebrity you seek influence from) may be out of budget, our experts are on hand to tailor create each ring to each specific budget. Our gemmologists will use their expertise to source the finest gemstone or diamonds to suit your budget, and are always on hand to help you create a design you’ll love, that won’t break the bank.   

Searching Instagram for #Ringinspo 

Turn to Instagram, and lose yourself scrolling and searching through the ultimate engagement ring inspiration. Instagram has endless feeds and profiles dedicated to engagement ring ideas and designs - check out @mysparkly, and @theknotrings, or sleuth through hashtags such as #engagementringgoals and #ringinspiration. 

Of course, we’re no strangers to creating some beautiful, unique engagement rings ourselves - keep up to date with our latest commissions over on our Instagram, @heartsoflondon. If a particular design catches your eye, just drop us a message to let us know - we’d love to discuss your engagement ring with you.

Hearts of London post a lot of engagement ring inspiration ideas on our Instagram feed

The mothership of inspiration, Pinterest

Whether searching for interiors, cars or the perfect flower arrangement, Pinterest has long been the first port of call for those seeking inspiration. The site has no shortage of pretty rings to get your ideas flowing. Start with a search phrase that’s all encompassing and general - ‘engagement rings’. It won’t take long before you know which designs are piquing your interest and you can start to refine your search term.

Pinterest is a great place to search for engagement ring inspiration

Browse, browse, browse

With a workshop, design experts and team of gemmologists located within out Hatton Garden store, we’re able to make pretty much any engagement ring design. Despite this, many prefer to stick with our tried-and-tested, classic engagement ring designs. Browse our signature engagement rings for a little inspiration. You can still pick and choose the design details you like, and create a final design that’s just right for you. If you’ve seen something that works or want to know a little more, get in touch with one of our experts.

Round sapphire engagement ring in yellow gold, with a diamond halo and band

Seeking engagement ring inspiration out and about

Once you’ve got engagement rings on the brain, you’ll start noticing inspiration everywhere. From commuters sitting opposite you on the train, to admiring a colleague or close friends’ bling. You’ll start to notice the details that work for your taste more and more. There’s also no harm in visiting a nearby jewellery district, whether that be London’s Hatton Garden or Bond Street, or somewhere a little closer to home. Whilst you may not be convinced of the prowess or price tag on rings you seen out and about, you can pick and choose the inspiration that works for you to recreated with a trusted and affordable jewellers. Unsure how to know whether a jeweller is trustworthy? See what everyone else has to say - you can check out our impartial reviews here.

   big oval diamond, yellow gold solitaire engagement ring

Talk to the experts

You may have already trawled the internet and stared far too long at the hands of your fellow commuters and colleagues - so maybe it’s time to start getting an expert opinion. With a team of design experts and the resources to CAD and 3D print unique engagement ring designs, we know what will work and how you can achieve the exact engagement ring you’re after. Get in touch to book an appointment, view diamonds or gemstones hand selected for you, and see exactly what goes on in out Hatton Garden workshop.

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