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Ok ladies, hands up, who popped the question to their beloved on February 29th this year? Congratulations to all you plucky leap year brides-to-be! As for all you lucky chaps, whose ladies took the leap this year, we've put together our pick of the best of British artisan-made wedding rings for men.

When it comes to buying your wedding ring, it's a little like choosing an item of clothing that you'll wear for the rest of your life. So it's important to select a piece that reflects your own personal style. Look out for interesting materials, shapes and textures, or why not commission a jewellery designer to create a completely bespoke piece, just for you?

Choosing a handmade ring which has been crafted with love, care and attention is so much more special than buying an off the shelf, mass-produced piece of jewellery. When you buy direct from a designer-maker, not only do you cut out the middleman, but you'll also know the provenance of your chosen ring; where the materials have been sourced from and that it has been made in an ethical way.

Visit designers' open studios, jewellery or craft fairs and you'll get the chance to meet the maker and discuss your specific requirements, such as having your ring personalized with a special message or date. There's nothing quite like the thrill of having a unique piece of heirloom jewellery designed and made with you in mind.

Or for the ultimate in handmade, why not make your own wedding bands? The London Jewellery School have launched a new one day Wedding Ring Workshop where couples can make their own wedding rings together, under the expert guidance of a professional jeweller. It doesn't get much more personal than that!

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Photo Credits:

Sterling Silver Hammered Band, handmade in the Cotswolds by Lilia Nash 

Silver Crumpled Ring, handmade in Edinburgh by Ali Bali Jewellery 

Personalised Recycled Silver Rings and Brushed Satin Silver Rings, hand-forged in Cornwall by Glasswing

Silver Coast Ring, handmade in Edinburgh by Hannah Louise Lamb

Sterling Silver Torn Ring, handmade in London by Kimberley Selwood

Platinum Construction Ring, handmade in London by Luke Rose

Sterling Silver Melted Rings, handmade in Cambridgeshire by Heather Stowell

Silver Barcode and Camouflage Rings, handmade in Brighton by Pippa Knowles

Sterling Silver Wing Ring, handmade in London by Jana Reinhardt at Damson Jewellery

White Gold Fingerprint Wedding Bands, handmade in London by Andrew English

Roman Numeral Wedding Date Ring, handmade in Kent by Duo Designs

Sterling Silver Ripple Ring, handmade in Kent by Chris Parry

Carved 18ct Red Gold Wedding Ring, handmade in West Sussex by Aurum

Textured Silver Ring with Wood Inlay, handmade in Cornwall by Justin Duance

Hammered Silver Wedding Band, hand-forged in Dorset by Silver and Stone

Author: Nicky at FromBritainWithLove.com, the Gorgeous Guide to Buying British