s wedding season begins in earnest, we round up the standout new engagement rings on the market for those looking towards their own nuptials.
For the boho bride: Spinelli Kilcollin
Spinelli Kilcollin’s ingenious Galaxy rings launched in 2010, but came to the attention of fashion editors worldwide thanks to a custom-made diamond version in 2012. Now, following their own wedding in LA, the husband-and-wife team have made their foray into engagement rings by adding solitaire diamonds or coloured stones into the mix of interconnecting bands.
There are eight pre-designed styles; or brides-to-be can while away the hours choosing their perfect combination of sizes, metals and gemstone finishes, with the resulting band worn stacked up on the ring finger or spread across multiple fingers. Plus there’s always the option to add an extra ring to celebrate each married-life milestone. Price on application, spinellikilcollin.com
For the traditional bride: De Beers
With a name synonymous with diamonds, it’s no surprise that De Beers has one of the most comprehensive ranges of engagement rings on the market. Its latest design, the DB Darling, is a new addition to the now 20-strong DB Classic collection.
Ostensibly inspired by Antonio Canova’s 18th-century sculpture which depicts Cupid (god of love) embracing Psyche (goddess of the soul), the ring features a round brilliant white diamond on a fully-set band of three rows of micropavé diamonds.
The result is the illusion of diamonds covering every millimetre of the ring, giving extraordinary sparkle from every angle, while making sure that an equally dazzling wedding band can sit snugly up against it. Price on application, debeers.com
For the colour-loving bride: George Pragnell
There’s no rule that says engagement rings have to be white diamonds, and the popularity of coloured stones has rocketed in recent years. The latest Masterpieces collection from Stratford-Upon-Avon family jeweller George Pragnell includes two such stones: a 2.54-carat oval Burmese ruby and a 2.62-carat cushion-cut Burmese sapphire, selected by a member of the family for their exceptional colour and quality.
Simply yet meticulously set in warm yellow gold in a rubover setting, the minimal design lets the stones sing. There’s also an oval-cut white diamond option for the more traditional bride. From £20,000; pragnell.co.uk
For the rock’n’roll bride: Jemma Wynne x Stone & Strand
The Big Apple is always ripe with jewellery brands lesser known on these shores, and is therefore a good bet if she’s after an engagement ring unlike anything her friends will be sporting. The new collaboration between New York-based jewellery brand Jemma Wynneand the city’s online jewellery boutique Stone & Strand provides exactly that.
Six exclusive ring designs range from simple-with-a-twist (a brilliant-cut diamond on a double-band of diamond pavé) to decidedly alternative: a brilliant-cut stone set on one end of the brand’s signature open rings, or surrounded by a double hexagonal halo. All are finished in blackened 18-carat white gold, lending a rock’n’roll edge. From £1,960; stoneandstrand.com
For the glamorous bride: Bulgari
With its reputation for boldly colourful jewellery, Bulgari isn’t the first brand that springs to mind when you think “engagement ring”. But fittingly for a brand founded in Rome, its engagement ring offering is imbued with a sense of Italian exuberance and glamour. Accompanied by a campaign depicting an elegant Roman wedding, the Incontro d’Amore features pavé diamonds along its gently curving split shank, which spirals up to display a brilliant-cut stone. From £16,100, bulgari.com
For the romantic bride: Boodles
First launched in 2015, Boodles’ Mosaic collection pays tribute to the geometric patterns found in art and architecture across history. And because three diamonds are better than one, this new addition sees three elegant Ashoka diamonds – the patented cut exclusive to Boodles in the UK – suspended from pavé-diamond openwork, allowing light to flood into each stone’s 62 facets.
The ring is complemented by a range of bridal jewellery also featuring these distinctive, elongated rectangular stones, while elsewhere in the Mosaic the prettily graphic motifs are set with rare coloured diamonds. From £16,600; boodles.com
For the alternative bride: Tomfoolery
Now in its fifth year, north London jewellery boutique Tomfoolery’s annual wedding showcase runs until May 6th, and is a treasure trove of off-the-beaten-track bridal designs. Following trunk shows from Polly Wales and Ruth Tomlinson, the store stocks a range of one-of-a-kind pieces by these hugely popular contemporary designers, both of whom celebrate imperfect stones and unusual settings. Other unique engagement ring options come courtesy of diamond slices by Jo Hayes Ward, architectural styles by Charlotte Valkeniers and “off-coloured” diamonds by Tomfoolery’s own brand Metier. tomfoolerylondon.co.uk