Engagement

There are now realistic-looking dummy rings for nervous proposers

And most of them are priced at just £50...

By Charlotte Brouwer, 11 January 2017
There are now realistic-looking dummy rings for nervous proposers

From picking the perfect location to plucking up the courage to ask the big question, proposing to your partner is a nerve-racking experience – and that’s before they’ve even seen the ring.

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But, with research showing that 72% of women wouldn’t trust their partner to choose their engagement ring, there’s now a rather genius solution for nervous proposers who are unsure about what style of ring would most please their bride-to-be.

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For those not wanting to spend a lot of money on the “real thing” in case the answer is a “no”, and not wanting to buy the wrong ring in case it’s the wrong style, men can now buy a realistic looking “dummy” ring from Beaverbrooks – which comes in 15 different popular styles, each one classic, realistic looking, and priced between £40 and £65.

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Once a man has proposed with one of the “dummy” rings, the bride-to-be can try it out for a few days or even weeks, and either swap it for the real thing in her preferred style, or if she’s happy with her partner’s choice she can keep the dummy version as a back-up while the cost is deducted from the price of the final ring.

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The idea came after Beaverbrooks surveyed 2,000 women, and found that 72% say they wouldn’t trust their partner to choose their engagement ring.

The engagement rings feature a simple £50 solitaire that looks almost identical to its £26,500 counterpart, and a diamond-detailed ring that comes in prices to suit budgets from £55 for the cubic zirconia “dummy” version to £11,500 for a ring from the retailer’s “Once” collection.

Can you tell the difference between the dummy rings and their more expensive counter parts?

Style 1. Solitaire ring on a diamond band

Silver Cubic Zirconia Solitaire Ring, £55:

Its diamond equivalent, the Platinum Diamond Solitaire Ring, £1,850:

Style 2. Twisted rings

Silver Cubic Zirconia Twist Solitaire Ring, £55:

Its diamond equivalent,  the White Gold Solitaire Ring, £1,750:

Style 3. Pear shaped rings

Silver Cubic Zirconia Pear Halo Ring, £60:

Its diamond equivalent, the Platinum Diamond Pear-Shaped Halo Ring, £2,950:

Style 4. Simple Solitaire

Silver Cubic Zarconia Solitair Ring, £50:

Its diamond equivalent, the Platinum Diamond Solitaire Ring, £26,000: