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Different styles of brides

A Guide to Picking the Perfect Engagement Ring

Each bride is unique and finding a proposal ring that's as individual as you can be mesmerising. This guide is a starting point to finding "the one".

Ernest Jones - Editor

Whether you're secretly expecting a proposal or the question has already been answered with an enthusiastic 'YES!', getting engaged is a magical time. You're floating on a cloud of love and happiness and you'll never tire of reliving that big moment.

Before you get down to planning the finer details of the wedding there's one sizeable decision that needs to be made, the engagement ring. One of the most precious pieces of jewellery you'll ever own, you want a ring that reflects your own personal style, yet will last as long as your wedding vows - for eternity.

Each bride is unique and finding a ring that's as individual as you can be a daunting prospect, which is why we've created this guide - a starting point to discovering the ring that makes you feel truly special.

And if you're the one planning to propose? Thinking about your bride-to-be's individual style, her current jewellery and which of these personalities she most represents will give you an idea of what to look for.

The Glamorous Bride

With a range of trend-led designs, the Ernest Jones Diamond Collection is perfect for those who love any style as long as it shines. Featuring everything from simple white-gold-set solitaires to dazzling princess-cut diamonds surrounded by a double halo of smaller diamonds, the collection guarantees superlative quality and at great value.

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The Couture Bride

To complement your couture gown, you need an engagement ring that celebrates your love of design-led luxury. Vera Wang's LOVE Collection is a range of stunning diamond bands each with a hidden blue sapphire. Luxurious design with unique modern touches, each ring contains a centre stone and diamond encrusted band for maximum sparkle.

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The Vintage Bride

You're dreaming of a wedding that will reflect your own true love story - romantic, ethereal and timeless. With a mood board of vintage lace, blush-pink roses and the warm glow of candlelight, an engagement band inspired by a bygone era seems the perfect choice.

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Celebrating old-fashioned romance, the vintage feel of Neil Lane couture jewellery makes its handcrafted diamond rings a popular choice among film stars, actors and the Hollywood set. Intricate milgrain detailing, diamond clusters, unique twisted shoulders and art deco influences such as baguette-cut stones are signature styles among the exquisite range. These are engagement rings made for gazing at.

The Colourful Bride

If you love the idea of coloured stones, jeweller Le Vian has been creating a sparkling rainbow of gemstone rings since 1746. Strawberry Gold bands, Chocolate and Vanilla Diamonds and the subtle shade of Peach Morganite. Whether you want to go all-out bright or keep it muted, these alternative engagement rings invite admiring second glances.

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The Bohemian Bride

At Ernest Jones, we take the sourcing of diamonds as seriously as their sparkle. With rings from The Diamond Story collection, you'll even receive a certificate allowing you to trace your diamond's journey right back to its origin. Knowing the story of your ring's heritage makes it even more special.

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