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When it comes to the all-important proposal, an engagement ring is high up there on the list of must-haves. But, what if you aren’t ready to make the investment or you’re unsure as to what your partner’s ideal engagement ring is? In comes the placeholder ring, the perfect option for a temporary engagement ring for popping the question.

We’ve teamed up with Joshua James Jewellery to look at their incredible range of proposal rings, as well as their fine engagement rings and wedding bands. Ohh yes!

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What Is A Placeholder Ring?

A placeholder engagement ring is a budget-friendly ring to propose with. It’s a temporary ring that doesn’t blow the budget. It acts as a stand-in before you head off to buy the permanent engagement ring of your dreams. This is when you can go wild with either your budget or engagement ring style, designing a completely bespoke engagement ring unique to you, but a placeholder ring can also be kept and treasured as a meaningful piece.

Why Should You Get A Placeholder Engagement Ring?

Placeholder rings are a great option for a number of reasons:

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Rhodium Plated & White Crystal Ring & Trilogy Rhodium Plated & White Crystal Ring

The Meaning Of A Placeholder Ring

When a proposal happens without the real engagement ring, it doesn’t make it any less meaningful, impactful or important to both of you. If anything, you have really thought about your other half’s needs and wants. You have put thought into whether they’d love an engagement ring that is more unique or bespoke. Or, maybe you know they’d love to be involved in the engagement ring shopping or designing process.

Therefore, the meaning of the placeholder or promise ring is definitely special. It could be worn afterwards on a different finger or hand. It could be worn on a necklace or kept as a treasured piece in a jewellery box.

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Where To Buy A Placeholder Engagement Ring In The UK?

Placeholder rings are a relatively new concept but more and more fantastic jewellers are offering them. Joshua James Jewellery has an amazing range of placeholder rings for that special proposal. They fall within a really fantastic price range of £24-£500 as well as have some really striking designs.

When I took the images of these temporary rings I was amazed by the sparkle, brilliance and wow factor they had. You honestly would never know that these promise rings weren’t the real thing. You can be rest assured that it won’t be until you tell your new fiance, that they will know the difference.

Placeholder Rings Engagement UK Proposal Temporary

Who Are Joshua James Jewellery?

Nestled amongst a variety of boutique stores, Joshua James’ flagship store was opened in 2009 by Shaun Bell. Shaun named the business after his firstborn son, with the goal of creating a brand built on small business ethics and family values. As an independent business, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer a unique & personal service that focuses on attention to detail that cannot be matched by any other jewellers.

Today, our store has been redesigned to ensure we can continue to offer the same bespoke and customer-focused practices, giving our visitors a truly exclusive and one-of-a-kind service. With an in-house bar and a seating area, finished off with a bold & sleek aesthetic, we’re committed to creating a memorable experience for our brides and grooms.

Joshua James has a real family feel to their store with a high level of service and superior quality jewellery, not to mention creative design. The array of different ring styles is astounding and an engagement ring shopping experience with them is sure to be a lasting, special memory for every couple.

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Beautifully Bespoke Engagement Ring Design

For those opting for a placeholder engagement ring, the next step is to find the perfect forever ring. A bespoke engagement ring is a perfect option for you and your partner to create their dream ring.

Joshua James craft the most beautiful bespoke engagement rings and wedding bands. They really take a couples’ vision and turn it into reality with their expert bespoke design. Each and every ring is utterly unique as well as handmade to order.

There are three stages to their bespoke ring process:

  1. Design – hand-drawn designs with their design team.
  2. Development – 3D render and wax model is created for your approval.
  3. Craftmanship – the final design is handmade by their expert jewellers.

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What’s more is that you can do all of this in the comfort of your own home via their video-call option or you can visit their gorgeous store in Hessle, East Yorkshire, which has recently been redesigned to include a stunning bar in their ring consultation suite. Here are some of the options available when going for a custom ring design:

So you can be assured that your dream engagement ring or wedding band is brought to life.

Daisy Platinum 0.25ct Half Eternity Ring

Engagement Ring & Wedding Band Collection

As well as their bespoke options Joshua James also has an amazing collection of engagement rings and wedding bands ready to purchase. Their extensive collections range from different metals and price points to unique stones and pretty designs.

Mila 0.50ct G/VS2 Brilliant Diamond 18ct Yellow Gold & Platinum Ring

Mila 0.25ct E/VS2 Brilliant Diamond Platinum Ring

Magdalena 0.26ct E/SI1 Brilliant Diamond Platinum Ring

In summary, Joshua James has a vast array of placeholder rings and engagement rings as well as wedding bands and custom design options. No matter your proposal ring needs, you can be sure to find the most beautiful ring in their store. You can also check out their article on placeholder rings over on their blog.

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