A former Shoreditch jeweller has become the first known woman to accept a proposal using a £1 engagement ring from Poundland.

Lizzie Bennetii was at The Shard last Saturday when partner Barry Fricker got down on one knee with the bargain store’s “placement holder” ring.

Fricker had arranged a group of friends to hold up signs reading ‘Will you marry me?’ before popping the question with the budget piece of jewellery.


In an interview with the New York Times, Bennetti explained that her previous occupation as a jeweller had actually made her appreciate the gesture more.

She said: “As an ex-jeweller, I saw how much pressure it was for men to buy expensive rings. There should be an affordable way, it’s the thought that counts.”

Bennetti immediately said yes to Fricker who has since then presented her with a real diamond ring.

Poundland sold 20,000 of its four-piece Bling Ring range in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day which they marketed as placeholder rings.

The rings proved the most popular in Yorkshire and the Midlands and came in a box which read: “Because we promise they’ll want to choose their own.”

Frances O’Sullivan, Poundland’s jewellery and Valentine’s buyer, said: “Thousands of Brits are already quids in thanks to the £1 proposal. It’s clearly a gem of an idea and the nation agrees.”