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A guest article by Lily Arkwright
Lily Arkwright is an English Wedding member

2019 was the year of petite rings with couples moving away from classical choices towards contemporary vintage designs for a differentiated style. This year, uniqueness is expected to continue as brides-to-be want their ring to shine amongst the crowd. Think bespoke designs, new ways of wearing and uncommon cuts and metals, we’ve summarised this year’s most popular Lily Arkwright moissanite engagement rings to help you choose the perfect ring for your 2020 engagement.

1. Grace

One of our most popular rings, the exquisite Grace 4 prong solitaire will be adored by anyone and everyone. Minimal yet stylish, the Grace features a stunning brilliant round Forever One moissanite centre stone, impeccably showcased by a 4 prong mount designed to create breathtaking sparkle and dazzling shine. Classic and elegant, the Grace ring is wedding ring friendly and goes with almost anything. If you’re overwhelmed by style choice the Grace is an excellent classic option.

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So here’s a very different blog feature for all of you (and I’m thinking, guys especially!) who are hatching a secret plan to ask a BIG question this Christmas! It’s from our friends at Lily Arkwright, who you’ll have seen on the blog before: they specialise in sustainable and bespoke engagement and wedding rings and we’re proud to support and help share the joys of lab diamonds and moissanite jewellery with them! Find out EXACTLY how your bespoke ring will be made – it’s techy and interesting stuff!

Bespoke jewellery is becoming increasingly popular. Why? It is the ultimate personal touch to give to your partner and loved ones. With personalisation comes the satisfaction of having an engagement ring that is unique only to you.

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Today’s feature is for all of you looking for a beautiful engagement ring – and we’re talking about stones which are sparklier and rarer than diamonds, ethical and sustainable, and about 90% more affordable. How amazing does that sound?

We’re talking moissanite – or moissy, as it’s affectionately known by some! If you’re not familiar with moissanite, I’m thrilled to be introducing you to it here on English Wedding, and I hope I can win your hearts with this beautiful, ethical diamond alternative today! Moissanite engagement rings are the future – and I want you to fall in love with them.

Let’s get over diamonds first. Our parents’ generation had little choice – a diamond was a diamond, the most precious gemstone of its time, the sparkliest stone you could get, and the only alternative was a coloured gemstone. Diamonds were mined, and their origins fell somewhere between bearable and intolerable, with awareness of conflict diamonds coming as late as the millennium. Diamonds may be certified conflict-free these days, but they’re still mined by workers whose pay could never afford them a diamond ring of their own. Thought-provoking, hey?

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These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks – and we have more coming up to share with you soon! Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this week? The English Wedding Directory is where you can find all of our favourite wedding suppliers. Our Facebook page and Instagram grid are updated with new vendors when they join us, and the Directory is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

Award winning London wedding photography and film makers MIKI Studios

MIKI Studios (UK & destination)
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Caroline Castigliano wedding dresses collection

Caroline Castigliano (stockists nationwide)
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Lily Arkwright sustainable engagement rings uk

Lily Arkwright (Manchester / online)
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Jesus Peiro UK wedding dresses

Jesus Peiro (stockists nationwide)
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MIKI Studios – Award Winning London Wedding Photography

Welcome to MIKI Studios. Together we are Mick and Ash, multiple award-winning, creative photography and videography team. Taking a boutique approach to weddings in London and beyond, we travel extensively throughout the U.K. and internationally to capture photos and films that sweep couples off their feet.