With July 19th officially declaring rule-free wedding season well-and-truly underway our love for all things weddings, and well, love, has reached a whole new level. Whether it's the photographers capturing the magical moments from the day, the totally chic minimal wedding dresses we keep adding to our Instagram saved lists, or the delicious and ultra modern wedding cakes we're dying to get our forks into, there's almost nothing about weddings we're not a little bit obsessed with.
Don't even get us started on the wedding and engagement rings. We could lose hours just saving ring inspo to our Pinterest boards. But where do you buy a wedding band? It's not like Zara are stocking them in the New In section (yet).
Where To Buy A Wedding Ring In London
Mention the word ‘jewellery’ to a born and bred Londoner and you’ll no doubt soon be pointed in the direction of Hatton Garden. Since the 19th century, Hatton Garden (located between Holborn and Chancery Lane tube stops) has become London’s go-to jewellery quarter and the centre of the UK diamond trade, comprising of over 55 shops selling everything from second-hand gems to one-of-a-kind bespoke designs.
However, if you don’t have the time (or money) to roam the streets in one of the world’s hottest jewellery destinations, there are plenty more nooks and crannies in London hiding away other, lesser known but world-renowned jewellers just waiting to design your wedding bands, not to mention a wealth of online jewellery destinations.
Whether it’s a classic 18-carat yellow gold or a contemporary platinum ring, we’ve rounded up the capital’s best wedding ring shops to find the ultimate pair of bands for your big day...
1.E.C. One The Jewellers
Not sure what you want from your wedding band? Instead of going direct to one specific jeweller and limiting your options why not pay a visit to E.C. One in Exmouth Market instead? Trading in chic, understated interiors for the old school stuffy offices that tend to pop up in more traditional jewellers, E.C. One is the modern bride's destination for choosing a wedding ring.
Hosting guest designers like Alex Monroe, Joanna Cave and Shaun Leane as well as their own original pieces, it's a one stop shop for less expected, modern ring designs plus more delicate takes on the classic wedding band. Pay them a visit before stopping by Caravan next door for a celebratory glass of wine.
Visit E.C. One in Exmouth Market or online HERE
2. Jessie Thomas Fine Jewellery
Based in Pimlico, Jessie Thomas is the female jeweller that 2021 needed. Combining traditional jewellery techniques with a high fashion sculptural twist, Thomas' wedding and engagement bands are anything but classic, in the best possible way.
Adored by fashion editors everywhere, her unexpected designs morphe old school stiff gold bands into fluid pieces of art. Think waves and ripples of metal studded with diamonds, signet rings with an oversized cocktail ring twist and gold bands twisted into rope-like knots. Let's just say our Instagram saved list is overflowing with Jessie Thomas jewellery.
Visit Jessie Thomas Fine Jewellery HERE
3. Maya Magal
When it comes to your wedding it's the personal touches that add that extra bit of specialness. So, when it comes to your wedding band why not go for something that's hand made and totally unique to you?
Founder Maya's ethos is all about creating one off pieces that are totally bespoke, which means no one else will have the same wedding ring as you or your partner. Championing elegant simplicity, Maya's work focusses on simple but timeless bands in a range of different metals. In short, if you want to look at one shop and guarantee you'll find the wedding band of your dreams, Maya Magal is the one.
Visit Maya Magal HERE
4. Sophie Breitmeyer
A family jewellers with a modern twist, Sophie Breitmeyer serves up seriously standout engagement and wedding rings. Whether you're looking for a classic trio of white diamonds, a multicoloured cocktail ring or a simple gold band, Breitmeyer has some of the most impressive stones in the business.
Having studied Jewellery Design at Central St Martins whilst simultaneously working in a jewellers, Breitmeyer combines her knowledge of traditional techniques with a fashion-focussed eye for style.
Visit Sophie Breitmeyer HERE
5. Karina Banks London
If you're looking for a more contemporary take on a wedding ring then London-born jeweller and designer Karina Banks is the woman for you. Banks crafts sustainable wedding bands and engagement rings using recycled gold and silver. The result? A truly unique ring that's bespoke to you and your other half that's also good for the planet.
Add an extra personal touch with Banks' signature finger print gold bands or add a kitsch twist with one of her chunky gold heart-shaped signet rings.
Price on request for bespoke pieces. Visit Karina Banks HERE
6. A.R Ullmann Ltd.
Located in London’s famous jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden, since 1951, A.R. Ullmann Ltd. is known as the go-to spot to find jewellery. Seriously, it's like the daddy of all London jewellers.
Specialising in Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco jewellery, the family business sells new and second-hand wedding bands, from rose gold and diamond eternity rings, to three colour gold (rose, yellow and white) triple bands dating back to the 1940s.
Prices start at £550. Visit A.R Ullmann Ltd HERE
7. Emma Franklin
Having designed her own engagement ring, you can rest assured that Franklin and her team know a thing or two about the importance of designing bespoke pieces.
Specialising in luxury materials such as 18ct yellow, white and rose gold and platinum, Emma’s Clerkenwell studio/workshop intertwines local specialist and modern techniques with loyal London craftsmen.
With a stellar reputation for creating Art Deco-inspired designs, Emma’s team uses diamonds, sapphires and rubies to create one-of-a-kind pieces for clients in 6 to 12 weeks, depending on the complexity of processes and techniques.
Our favourite wedding bands include the ‘Kate & Pat’ (18Ct white and yellow gold spaghetti rings) and the ‘Clements’ (featuring a stepped edge).
Price on request. Visit Emma Franklin HERE
Priding itself on having one of the most extensive collections of antique rings in the world, this family-run business is one of the most famous (and premium priced) jewellers in London.
Selling everything from Roman, Byzantine and Georgian to Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco, just one walk past this shop window will have you salivating at the row-upon-row of diamonds and gems on offer. While the prices may be more than your monthly wage, you can bet you'll find the perfect pair of bands here.
Prices start at approximately £3,000. Visit Berganza HERE
9. Phoebe Coleman
Fine Art-graduated student Coleman bases her jewellery brand in London's A-list location, Primrose Hill.
Taking inspiration from her travels, books, antique jewellery and nature, she builds motifs and sketches before using the ancient lost wax process of casting and employing the the most skilled stone setters in Hatton Garden.
Nominated as Jewellery Designer of the Year by the UK Jewellery Awards in 2018, Coleman also offers a bespoke design service for wedding and engagement rings and has become a well-known designer among A-listers (Alexa Chung, Poppy Delevingne, Natalie Dornan) for her iconic Love Me Tender collection.
Prices start at £295. Visit Phoebe Coleman HERE
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