Yes, diamonds are a girl's best friend and fabulous and all that, but when it comes to engagement rings, not everyone wants a piece of jewellery the price of a small house. One of my best friends recently got engaged and she chose her ring for sentiment and because it was a ring perfectly suited to her personality - it was simple and beautiful and didn't cost the earth. The most eye-catching rings won't either. Because the fact that it's expensive (or not) shouldn't be a deal-breaker when making your choice.
Before you sign up for the usual diamond, why not consider?a coloured stone, something in rose gold, or a ring that's been handmade?
We've picked out 10 of our of our favourite alternative engagement gems?for the bride who a more minimalist choice of engagement ring.
Beth Gilmour 18ct Yellow Gold Green Diamond Ring at Design Yard, €1,585
Pearl Rose Gold Ring at Etsy, €170.74
Ileana Makri 18-karat Rose Gold Diamond Eternity Ring, Net-A-Porter, €1,325
Chupi's Wrap Me In Your Love, Chupi, €779
Antique Engagement Ring, Moissanite, Etsy, €611.91
Rose Gold Promise Ring, MajadeJewelryDesign, €249.27 ?
White Gold Diamond Engagement Ring, Etsy, €319.12
Pear Shaped Cut Dimond ?Ring, HelloRing??171.64
Diamond Aquamarine Engagement Ring, popRing, €359 ?
White Moonstone Ring, ShiriAvda, €527.60