As a new survey published this week reveals that the average engagement ring spend is now over £2,000, award-winning jeweller, Arabel Lebrusan shares her expert advice for finding a ring for The One, at the right price.

“Before you think about what you wish to spend, defining the ring style is your first and most important decision. Perhaps your fiancé has a particular affinity for a certain type of stone? Do you want to design something bespoke or select something off the shelf?  Or is there a family ring with a special meaning that you want her to have?

“Size of stone, quality, shape, clarity and colour comes next. And these are the factors that will affect price; so this is the moment to set yourself budget.

Finding the forever ring, for the right price – some tips:

  • Dropping just a fraction of carat size can make a significant difference in the price you pay. What’s more no one will notice. All they will see is stunning stone in a beautiful setting.
  • Engagement rings with a halo setting of multiple smaller stones rather than the budget-busting show stopper, are often equally eye catching.
  • Instead of a diamond, choose a coloured gemstone. These tend to be more affordable than diamonds and can make a major style statement.
  • Shop online where you are less likely to be contributing towards glamorous store overheads.
  • Compromise on diamond colour or clarity to go big on the cut, for the most dazzling ring, at a price you can afford. 
  • Choosing an ethical design and add a beautiful back-story to a beautiful gesture.


Arabel Lebrusan bespoke designed engagement rings start at £950

Read more on how to choose the perfect engagement ring here

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Arabel Lebrusan took her Masters in Jewellery Design at Central St Martins and went on to become Creative Director at Leblas Jewellery, leaving two years later to create her own brand of unique designs. Arabel commissions only the best craftsman in the UK and her native Spain and insisting on precious metals and gemstones that have been sustainably and ethically sourced.