Like most other western countries around the world, it is tradition in England in heterosexual relationships for the groom-to-be to get down on one knee and present his bride-to-be with an engagement ring as part of a marriage proposal. But, what makes for a traditional English engagement ring? Find out here.

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What are Traditional English Engagement Ring Styles?

Typically the man would buy an engagement ring for his partner as a surprise. Today, while this is still a popular option, many couples opt for a temporary engagement ring for the initial proposal so they can shop together for a permanent one.

The solitaire engagement ring is a style that has stood the test of time. Considered the most popular traditional English engagement ring style, buyers often choose a solitaire ring for its classic elegance and ability to showcase the true beauty of the gemstone.

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Princess cut diamond ring
Princess cut rings (also known as ‘square modified brilliant’ rings) have a square shape when viewed from above, and from the side create the illusion of an inverted pyramid with four beveled sides. The traditional princess cut style is renowned for its beauty, style and edge.

Engagement rings with diamond accent stones are always a very popular choice among brides-to-be. These intricate and ornate rings make for quite the statement piece, and are available in highly personalised designs.

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Where Does England’s Love for Coloured Gemstones Come From?

In England, coloured gems are sought after due to the brilliant hue and vibrant tones. The multitude of colours and shades are often the result of impurities in the mineral, increasing the rarity and uniqueness of the stone.

While diamond rings are a popular choice for lovers of tradition and class, colourful gemstones are a fantastic option for anyone looking to make their engagement ring truly unique. As traditions change over time, there are no hard or fast rules when it comes to choosing an engagement ring.

Our advice is to choose an engagement ring that matches your personality and desires.
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How Does the Royal Wedding Affect the Traditional English Engagement Ring Market?

Did you know it was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who were among the first people to popularise engagement rings? Following the royal lead in the 19th century, the trend soon began to sweep the globe and still to this day is tradition beloved by many.

Today, the royal weddings remain as influential as ever. Often, the gemstone chosen for the engagement ring is believed to be a sign of how a marriage will turn out. Those who believe in such superstition questioned whether Kate Middleton's blue sapphire engagement ring was the best choice, since it came from Diana (William's mother) who famously had a very unhappy marriage.

The stylistic choices of the royals have also been a hot topic of conversation in England. Our advice would be to take inspiration for your special engagement ring from any source that resonates most with you.

Traditional English Engagement Rings from BAUNAT

Are you looking to buy your engagement ring online? Check out the full engagement ring catalogue on the Jeweller BAUNAT website to find your perfect ring. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team of experts.

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