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Lily Arkwright sponsors Manchester Film Festival

Manchester Film Festival

Lily Arkwright are thrilled to support Manchester Film Festival 2023 as this years lead partner. MFF showcases the very best UK & international...

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Lily Arkwright Supports Unicef

Supporting Unicef

This year marks Lily Arkwright's 5th year of supporting Unicef during Black Friday building upon our successful 2019 Unicef Halloween Ball partner...

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Lily Arkwright Supports Global Witness

Global Witness

Global Witness brings together the issues of human rights, corruption, the trade in natural resources, the role of banks, the arms trade, conflict...

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Lily Arkwright Award Nominations


Award Winning Jeweller

Proudly nominated for two of the UK's showcase Jewellery awards.

We're thrilled to have been nominated for Showroom Design of the Year by The Retail Jewellery awards committee and also Team of The Year by the Professional Jeweller awards team.


Solitaire Engagement Rings

What are solitaire engagement rings?

Solitaire engagement rings are a classic type of engagement ring that feature a single diamond or gemstone centred on a plain metal band. The word "solitaire" literally means "alone" or "on its own," referring to the central diamond or gemstone being the sole focus of the ring's design. Solitaire engagement rings are typically known for their simplicity, elegance, and timeless style, with the focus being on the beauty and brilliance of the centre stone rather than any additional design elements. Some solitaire engagement rings may feature more intricately designed bands or settings, but the emphasis is still on the singular stone. Solitaire engagement rings remain one of the most popular choices for engagement rings today.

What is the history of solitaire engagement rings?

The solitaire engagement ring is one of the most popular and classic styles of engagement rings. Its design features a single diamond or gemstone set in a prong or bezel setting on a simple band. The history of the solitaire engagement ring dates back centuries when rings were used to signify love and commitment. In the 14th century, the first known diamond engagement ring was given by Archduke Maximilian of Austria to his fiancée, Mary of Burgundy. The solitaire diamond engagement ring became popular in the early 20th century when diamond mining increased, and advertising campaigns emphasised the importance of diamonds in engagement rings. Today, the solitaire engagement ring remains a timeless and elegant choice for a symbol of love and commitment.

Why are solitaire engagement rings popular to propose with?

Solitaire engagement rings are popular to propose with for several reasons. One of the main reasons is their simple and classic design, which highlights the beauty and rarity of the diamond. They are versatile and can work with any style, making it easy for the proposer to match it to their partner's taste. They are also timeless, making them a great choice for couples who want a ring that will stand the test of time. Additionally, they are often more affordable than rings with multiple stones or intricate designs, making them a practical choice for many. Finally, the focus on the single diamond can represent the singularity of the love between the couple.


Celebrity Solitaire Rings

Vanessa Hudgens solitaire engagement ring

Vanessa Hudgens proudly showcased a stunning and sizable engagement ring gifted by her partner, Cole Tucker, in a January 2022 social media update. The ring, adorned with a solitary oval cut diamond resting on a delicate band, radiated sophistication and contemporary charm, encapsulating the depth of their affection.

our favourites

Lily Arkwright Loves

Lulu oval or Grace round rings

Solitaire rings, an enduring symbol of elegance, epitomise simplicity's grace. Showcasing a singular, radiant gem, frequently a diamond, they enchant with their subtle yet captivating allure. The lone stone signifies unity and clarity, rendering these rings a lasting preference that embodies sophistication and eternal love within their design.