Much like love, money doesn't buy you a beautiful engagement ring. Well OK, it doesn't have to buy you a beautiful ring.
As weddings have evolved, so have our tastes for rings. Popping the question no longer goes hand-in-hand with a traditional clasp diamond sparkler worth three months' salary (or whatever that ridiculous rule is).
With so many talented independent jewellers around right now, the market is suffuse with eye-catching, ethical and unique designs that won't leave you or your beloved eating baked beans for the rest of your lives.
Come take a look at a few of our favourite statement-making baubles to say "will you... ?" with, for under £1000:
Love beads Topaz ring
Stockholm-born designer Efva Attling hits a beautifully simplistic note with her dreamy topaz ring in gold.
£565, Wolf and Badger
Small icon ring
Make a vintage-style statement with a diamond cocktail ring from London studio Astley Clarke.
£685, Astley Clarke
Sapphire pavé white-gold ring
An elegant and understated affair, Carolina Bucci's 18ct white-gold band is adorned with blue sapphire pavé.
£470, Matches Fashion
Two-tier gold diamond ring
This striking, modern design connects two slim 18ct gold bands with diamonds and was handmade in Greece by artist Ileana Makri.
Oval cut Iolite cocktail ring
OK, it's £5 over budget but we reckon this stunning Iolite and white gold dress ring is worth it for the wow effect. Featuring an ethically sourced gemstone from Madagascar, the design is inspired by cocktail drinking ladies of the 1930s.
£1,005, Cred Jewellery
TRADITIONAL TWIST RING WITH DIAMONDS
We love the flair of this unsymmetrical organically-shaped ring by Corinne Hamak. With four diamonds framed in squared lines, it offers a fresh and modern take on engagement convention.
£755, Corinne Hamak
Rose-cut Opaque diamond ring
This diamond ring strikes a perfect balance for those who love the idea of a large diamond but still want to see antique and unusual design elements in their ring. Each ring is hand made and therefore unique and diamonds are sourced ethically and are conflict free.
BAJA PRECIOUS RING
Spanish jeweller Monica Vinader brings us an eye-catching emerald design with pavé set diamond on 18ct rose gold.
£550, Monica Vinader
Tourmaline Flower Ring
We challenge to you resist this delicious raspberry pink tourmaline set in 18ct yellow gold, with a flower setting that is typical of Lilia Nash's Cotswold-based studio.
£995, Lilia Nash Jewellery
Gold and diamond 'Love' ring
It's kitsch but we love it; introducing the 18ct oxidised gold ‘love’ ring inlaid with brown diamonds from Rosa de la Cruz.
£715, Browns Fashion
Square Set Diamond Ring
A bold, minimalist creation from Glasgow-based Shona Jewellery. This chic band comes with a diamond set within a square 18ct gold section.
£185, Shona Jewellery
There's a reason why Erickson Beamont jewellery is coveted the world over. Original and delicate, the pieces always come with a twist - like this three-part design with pearl embellishment and antique gold finish.
Fiori Palladium And Diamond Ring
Jewellery designer James Newman marries together classic and contemporary with a brilliant white diamond set in a palladium forged ring.
£950, Not On The High Street
Tiffany Enchant ring
Yes, Tiffany do engagement rings under the £1,000 mark. This 18ct gold number is especially lyrical, drawing its motif from 19th-century iron gates.
Silver with tourmaline ring
Leeds-based Anthony Blakeney forms and moulds his jewellery using traditional methods for a sculpture-like look. We are very much drawn by the fine creativity of this silver and tourmaline ring.
£137, Anthony Blakeney
Forget Me Knot ring
A simple 9ct gold knot symbolises the enduring nature of love in goldsmith Jessica Poole's collection.
£360, Culture Label
Silver and diamond ring
A frosted finish and "nibbled edges" give this ring a raw, organic feel that is balanced by its fine scattering of brilliantly cut diamonds.
£594, Kate Smith Jewellery
Angel Ruby Ring
Fifi Bijoux specialises in ethical jewellery. A single ruby set in matt finished 18ct gold, this delectable bauble is crafted from fairly traded and mined materials.
£780, Fifi Bijoux