What is the difference between an engagement ring and a regular ring? The gemstones may be the same, the design may be the same, and the level of craftsmanship may too be the same. And yet, it is the story, the bond, and the beautifully romantic meaning we attach to an engagement ring. Engagement rings command a completely different lens under which we view them, often inspiring the greatest jewellery houses to release entire collections dedicated to the theme.
Dating back many centuries, engagement rings first appeared as gold or iron bands on young maiden hands to indicate their betrothal. Nowadays, the rings are most commonly fitted with a diamond(s), and presented in a grand gesture of a proposal or engagement ceremony. Their presence marks a paramount moment in the lives of those who bear them, and are a testament to the strongest mineral on the planet, and a love of similar force.
Whether you’re looking to pop the question soon or are slyly dreaming thereof, we’ve gathered a list of some of the most romantic rings we have on our radar right now — from secret floral inscriptions to inspirations from Greek mythology.
With a brand new flagship store recently opened on the first floor at Bangkok’s CentralWorld, Love & Co. is the ultimate jewellery provider for all love occasions. Their Love Marque diamonds are each inscribed with a delicate rose, and whilst this is completely invisible to the naked eye, sits as an intimate and personal statement within each ring — much like the promise between an engaged couple. The Love Marque ring is an elegant and slightly playful choice, made with a pavé diamond heart-shaped frame as a sparkling base for that stunning central diamond. As Love & Co. put it, this ring is “sure to steal the heart of the hopeless romantic.”
A heart shape is quite possibly the most romantic shape for a diamond, and Chopard’s For Ever Ring Pavé manages to bring across this romance without being overpowering. Delicate, feminine, and sweet, the heart-shaped brilliant-cut diamond of 0.50 carats makes a charming statement on its platinum setting paved with 18 diamonds. It’s a precious reminder of the beauty of love, and its most amorous symbol thereof. A graceful choice for the graceful lady, who is not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, or her ring finger.
With a classic design that dates back almost 200 years, the Cartier 1895 Solitaire Ring is an engagement ring as you could imagine it for lovers past or present. The 18k yellow gold band is set with a brilliant-cut diamond centre stone, and is simple without looking dated. The uncomplicated setting and lines allow the diamond to shine in a way that is confident without being overwhelming. A testament to its timelessness of design, as well as a statement of endless love, it embodies history and tradition in one ring, and has an air of family heirloom for generations to come.
Inspired by Greek goddess Aphrodite and her love for her Adonis, the DeBeers Adonis Rose Rose Gold Solitaire Ring draws from ancient mythology for its dreamily entwined design. The pink gold band is adorned with bezel-set marquise diamonds, pavé round brilliants, and a claw-set centre solitaire. The design is not too literal with its embrace of an ancient love story, and manages to intertwine myth with modern romance, in a ring that is artfully crafted and finely reminiscent of olive wreaths, grape vines, and wedding florals. Heavenly.
Celebrating their 130th anniversary of iconic engagement ring design, the glittering Tiffany & Co. Pavé Tiffany Setting ring perfectly portrays why Tiffany & Co. proves a popular choice for couples in love. The six-prong setting allows the centre diamond to seemingly float above its brilliant pavé band, making for a glamorous and opulent engagement ring. The diamonds sparkle with every movement of the hand, and play with the light in a way that is sure to catch any eye, and dazzle any heart. A grand choice to impress any bride-to-be, no matter how, when, or where the proposal.