10 Engagement Ring Ideas From Top Jewelry Designers
Need engagement ring ideas that are unique and original? Here are 10 jewelry designers you need to know.By Jill Newman |
Love is in the air. The recent spike in engagements and commitments over the past year has inspired some of the best and brightest jewelry designers to create their first-ever diamond commitment ring collections, which is perfect for anyone searching for diamond engagement ring ideas. And whether your style is modern minimalist or vintage vanguard, you won’t be disappointed.
Forget the basics; the wide range of unique diamond rings represents a new generation of bridal jewels that flaunt individuality and charm. Plus most are made with recycled or Fairmined gold and responsibly sourced and certified diamonds.
“When it comes to engagement rings, women are gravitating towards design motifs that exude style, while never feeling too precious to wear every day,” says New York designer Nina Runsdorf, who designs diamond rings that are bold, gold and retro-chic. (Pro tip: You don’t have to be engaged to wear ’em.)
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After a year of seeing many bespoke diamond engagement ring requests from clients, Runsdorf noticed that brides are moving away from the delicate prong-set styles of the past, and instead gravitating towards chunky rings with low-set diamonds that work with the way they dress and live today.
There’s also a sense a of playfulness in bridal jewelry and the way women wear their jewelry today, says Annoushka Ducas of Annoushka jewelry brand in London. “My clients want their commitment rings to feel part of their jewelry wardrobe,” she says. That’s why her new bridal rings include a range of diamond stacking bands that mix and match to create different looks. “After all, why should you wear one ring, one way, forever?”
Here are the ten designers you need to know about right now that are sure to give you the best engagement ring ideas for when it’s time to propose.
1. Alice Cicolini Colorful Enamel Diamond Ring
Known for combining ancient enamel-making techniques with modern designs and colorful gems, Alice Cicolini debuted her first diamond rings based on the graphic patterns of Jacobean architecture. The limited edition series features classic princess cut diamonds that play off the enamel patterns in fresh ways. They are unique engagement rings for the design-oriented bride.
2. Stephen Webster Solitaire Diamond Ring With A Twist
British jewelry designer Stephen Webster takes engagement rings seriously: Webster was ordained as a minister for the launch of his new collection, so he can supply both the rings and the nuptials. His new pieces set diamond solitaire stones in his signature thorn motif bands and on simple diamond knots or cradled between sparkling wings.
3. Pamela Love Braided Gold Ring
Ceremonial from Pamela Love is a thoughtful collection of engagement rings and bands handmade in the designer’s New York studio using recycled and Fairmined gold and ethically sourced diamonds. Starting at $1,800, the gender-neutral series has rings for every budget but it doesn’t compromise on style: Diamonds are set in braided gold rings to symbolize a couple woven together as one.
4. Stone & Strand Vintage-Inspired Diamond Rings
To get the look for less, Stone & Strand’s Perianth Setting™ uses a new technique to combine several smaller diamonds to create what appears to be one large stone of up to three carats—that costs less than $2,000. Its new Aisle bridal series features six finely detailed vintage-inspired engagement rings made with conflict-free diamonds, starting at $950.
5. Tomaz Donocik Art Deco Rings
The British designer showcases his strong Art Deco aesthetic with rings inspired by New York’s Chrysler Building in his Moderne Bridal collection. Sleek baguette diamonds are used in geometric patterns to create graphic engagement rings and stackable bands. An emerald cut black diamond set east-west is the perfect ring, for him or her.
6. Annoushka Diamond Ring Stacks
The Love & Commitment collection features a range of diamond rings and bands that can be mixed, matched, and stacked so brides can create their own ring story and wear their rings different ways depending upon their mood. The rings are made with certified conflict-free diamonds and 100 percent recycled gold.
7. Studio Renn Lost and Found Ring
For unexpected style with modern context, Studio Renn based in Bombay delivers. This rose-gold band, inspired by fingers, features a 2.10-carat oval-cut diamond. The innovative jeweler has also set diamonds in rings made of concrete and gold, which are perfect for the avant-garde bride.
8. Hancocks London Bezel Setting Diamond Ring
Elegant and simple, the new Bezel series from Hancocks London is made with vintage diamonds—including old European and old mine cuts—in streamlined gold settings. A style that dates back thousands of years, the bezel setting is having a big moment in bridal jewels again. “Whether for stylistic reasons, aesthetic preferences or practical considerations, this is a style of setting that appeals to many and marries tradition and modernity beautifully,” says Guy Burton, director of Hancocks London.
9. Hannah Martin Gender-Free Ring
Mad Love is a collection born out of the emotion of love. Stripped of adornment and details, these strong ring designs feature exceptional diamonds on handmade gold bands. Not meant for a specific gender or a particular occasion, these diamond rings are designed to celebrate any romance—even self-love. This collection has engagement ring ideas for all.
10. Nina Runsdorf Ring with Black Enamel
The designer’s All That Is collection showcases diamonds framed in sleek black enamel and set in chunky gold rings. Even large round stones have a subtle appearance, set flush with gold settings instead of a high-prong setting. It’s modern yet timeless—and something that easily works with a woman’s jewelry wardrobe.