Now that we’re in the midst of the holidays and only a few months away from Valentine’s Day, we couldn’t think of a better time to come up with an LGBT-friendly list for engagement rings. In fact, statistics claim December is the most popular month to pop the question.
If you’re thinking of proposing to your girlfriend tomorrow or even a few years from now, it’s so important your money goes to the right place, especially given Donald Trump’s impending presidency. LGBT and LGBT-friendly businesses will need all the support they can muster.
Our list covers mostly online retailers to be more inclusive and mindful of those who might have to travel far distances to reach an LGBT-friendly establishment. We’ve also divided up the findings into price points, so people on a budget and those with a little extra cash to spare are both covered.
Happy shopping and here’s to LOVE WINNING!
1. LYON Fine Jewelry
Owned by lesbian and Girl On Girl star Lauren Bedford Russell, LYON Fine Jewelry offers a wide range of high-quality and eclectic pieces. Russell’s line is the perfect place to start if your lady love prefers edgier designs.
On A Budget: Octavia Ring In Sterling Silver for $90.00
Sky’s The Limit: Beaujolais Ring (price is determined by center stone choice)
Visit Russell’s store HERE.
2. Sparkles Fine Jewelry
This Chicago-based store, owned by Rachel Meyering, is fiercely committed to serving LGBT couples. Numerous reviews on Yelp laud the establishment as a “local gem” and for being a “strong supporter” of the gay community.
In a conversation with The Jewelry Loupe in 2015, Rachel stated:
Bonus is you can buy your ring at Rachel’s shop or on her website.
On A Budget: 14K White Gold Diamond Ring for $660.00
Sky’s The Limit: Engagement Mounting for $2,375.00
3. Krikawa Jewelry Designs
After a Krikawa engagement ring was featured in the 2014 “Gay Weddings” edition of Knot Magazine, the Tuscon-based retailer took off with members of the LGBT community. The site features a wide breadth of creative style categories, like “Futuristic” and “Science Geek”.
On A Budget: Flat Band In Titanium For $105.00
Sky’s The Limit: Constellation Wedding Band In Sterling Silver For $1,790.00
You can visit Krikawa HERE.
4. Equalli Jewelry
Eqaulli has a longstanding commitment to equality AND sustainability. From generic designs to a LGBT pride collection, there’s a wide range of rings to choose from.
The company’s website states:
Visit Equalli HERE.
On A Budget: Vancouver At Night Ring In Sterling Silver For $74.80
Sky’s The Limit: Achilles Engagement Ring In 14K Gold With Diamond For $1,990.00
5. Proposition Love
Proposition Love is an amazing company which “proudly donates 10 %” of the company’s profits to “organizations that support Marriage Equality, Gay Rights, LGBT Youth and Anti Bullying, and HIV / AIDS activism”.
Visit the store HERE.
P.S. You can save 20% by entering LOVEISLOVE when you check out!
On A Budget: Contemporary Design With Cobalt and Rubber Ring For $275.00
Sky’s The Limit: 1 Carat Diamond Eternity Wedding Ring For $2,495.00
If you and you future fiancée are into the whole matching thing, then Etsy is one of the best places to look for rings. Some stores offer Hers and Hers sets you can either customize or buy as is. Etsy gets bonus points for supporting local artists!
On A Budget: Women’s Engagement Ring Set In Recycled Sterling Silver and White Topaz For $340.00.
Lily Emme Jewelry
Sky’s The Limit: Hers and Hers Wedding Ring Set/Canadian Diamond Eternity rings/ 14K Rose Gold For $1,700.00
Buy it HERE.
7. Love and Pride
What’s great about Love and Pride is that a portion of the site’s proceeds is donated to the fight for equality (Matthew Shepard Foundation, The Human Rights campaign). As of 12/16/16, the company has raised a little over $500K. The owner, Udi Behr, carries a ton of LGBT and LGBT-friendly designers like Lauren Russell so you know you’re in good hands.
Right now the site is offering 30% off all items and a $50.00 dollar bonus for each $200 dollars you spend. The code is XMASPRIDE.
Shop Love and Pride HERE.
On A Budget: Rainbow Titanium Ring With A Center Stone For $157.50
Sky’s The Limit:
8. Rony Tennenbaum
For years, Rony has been a top designer for the LGBT community. Mr. Tennenbaum’s Bricks Collection, which is inspired by the building blocks of every relationship, is especially popular with lesbian customers.
The jeweler’s mission statement makes his position on same-sex marriage crystal clear:
On A Budget: Bricks Collection – Sassy 14K Yellow Gold Stackable Wedding Band For $550.00
Sky’s The Limit: Equality Collection 14K White Gold Diamond Wedding Band For $1,500.00
Shop Rony’s collection HERE.
9. Carolyn Nicole Designs
Speaking to Pridezillas, the company had this to say abut marriage equality:
The store gets bonus points for offering witchy styles featuring skulls and pentagrams. Who ever said engagement rings have to have diamonds?
While the company’s studios are based in Las Vegas and Chicago, they ship worldwide. Visit the site HERE.
On A Budget: Keum Boo 24K Gold and Silver Wedding Ring For $390.00
Sky’s The Limit: White Sapphire Skull and Pentagram Wedding Rings Set For $2,686.00
10. Woolton & Hewitt
This UK based company bills itself as a “specialist in fine quality gay, lesbian, & transgender wedding rings.” To top it off, the founders are a gay couple who only use conflict-free diamonds in their work.
The designers’ website boasts: