The engagement ring is not just a beautiful diamond set carefully on a circle of gold, it is the promise of the ultimate commitment and a memory of the day you were giddily in love and ready to embark on the next stage of your life. There is only one stone that reflects and represents the commitment of forever after – a natural diamond.
It is rare that a woman will wear a piece of jewellery more than the ring she is given by the love of her life. If i had to choose which piece of jewellery i would keep over all others, it would most definitely be my engagement ring. Every piece of diamond jewellery has a memory and story connected to it, and this memory has been the most special of all. The diamond engagement ring is a direct link to the moment you were proposed to and is a precious piece of nostalgia.
Whether you are just hinting to a significant other, or have absolute involvement in the ring design process, here is some inspiration (for both the ring and the proposal) from some of the world’s most glamorous:
Deepika Padukone & Ranveer Singh
While every aspect of Deepika Padukone’s wedding to Ranveer Singh was elaborate- from their beautiful location in lake Como, to their gorgeous outfits by Sabyasachi, the one piece of jewellery that truly stood out was the massive rectangle shaped natural diamond solitaire on the actor’s left hand. Their love story is almost as elaborate as it all. Ranveer SIngh was very open about the fact that it was love at first sight for him when he met Padukone for the first time in Macau at an awards ceremony, even remembering the fact that she was wearing a silver dress when he laid eyes on her. . After a series of successful movies together, a lot of media speculation about their relationship, secret trips to meet each other around the world on their respective movie sets, and even a public proposal on the stage of an international awards ceremony, Ranveer and Deepika announced their wedding in October 2018.
Meghan Markle & Prince Harry
Their love story has been an epic one. From a whirlwind romance after being introduced by a common friend, to being spotted on long distance dates in the UK as well as Canada, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were the center of attention with the media. Their proposal story may have been a simple one, but it is in these everyday moments of life that the Prince found the perfect moment to ask Markle to spend her life with him. Harry had revealed how he proposed to Meghan after a year of dating and how quick the former actor was to respond. Meghan claimed that the two were “trying to roast a chicken” when Harry went down on one knee and popped the question, Markle accepted immediately. What makes this even more romantic, is that Prince Harry designed the engagement ring himself. The center stone had been sourced from Botswana, a place that means a lot to the couple and the beautiful natural diamonds on either side of it were from his mother Princess Diana’s personal jewellery collection, to honor her and have her be a part of their journey,
Sonam Kapoor & Anand Ahuja
Dalton Gomez created this one If anyone spotted Sonam Kapoor at Cannes 2018, the one element of this style goddess’ impeccable outfits that was hard to miss was the ring on her hand . After having a gorgeous intimate wedding in Mumbai, Sonam was off to the French Riviera for her annual appearance at the festival, flaunting her natural diamond engagement ring on her beautifully henna’d hands. The stunning natural diamond stood out amongst all her gorgeous couture outfits, which proved, nothing can dull or overshadow the sparkle of a diamond. Sonam Kapoor revealed that even though Anand Ahuja had planned an elaborate proposal at the Oxford library, the biggest in the world because of Kapoor’s love for books, he actually went down on one knee while the couple was in New York. Ahuja had just fetched Sonam from a pilates class, and she was having a terrible day and was in a terrible mood. While Anand was on his bicycle, Sonam walked by him, and just as they were to reach their hotel, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. If there was ever a way to make a day better, that had to be it.
Emily Ratajkowski & Sebastian Bear-McClard
After being proposed to by her beau Sebastian Bear-McClard without a ring at a famous NYC restaurant, The Victoria’s Secret super model almost said no, until Bear-Mclard romantically pulled the paper clip off their bill and fashioned it into an engagement ring.
5 months later, the paper clip was history, as Ratajkowski showed off a gorgeous dual shaped diamond ring on Instagram.
Both Ratajkowski and Bear-McClard took an active role in the engagement ring’s design and worked on more than 50 sketches until they landed on the perfect one.
Emily loved the idea of two stones instead of one, and spent a long time looking at rings with multiple stones for inspiration. At one point the ring included a ruby as the second stone, though ultimately the couple loved the idea of femininity of the pear contrasted with the architecture of the princess cut natural diamond.
Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas was nothing short of rom-com legendary with the way he selected his diamond engagement ring for his now wife, Priyanka Chopra. Nick Jonas had the Tiffany&Co. store in London shut down so he could select the perfect ring. When both attended and represented Ralph Lauren together at the 2017 Met Gala, Chopra and Jonas fell into a whirlwind romance. After proposing with the gorgeous cushion-cut 5 carat ring in Greece, Chopra and Jonas were married in an elaborate wedding in Rajasthan, India in 2018.
Ariana Grande & Dalton Gomez
Dalton Gomez created this one of a kind stunner for his now-wife Ariana Grande with the help of jeweller Jack Solow. Gomez was involved in every aspect of the creation and was adamant about having the ring look contemporary and modern. The pearl that was set against the diamond on her ring, was given to Grande by her grandmother from the tie-pin of her late grandfather, as she believed it would always protect her. It was his idea to have the absolutely stunning diamond at an angle instead of the usual uniform style and the pearl by its side complimented the gorgeous sparkle of the diamond.
Whether it comes as a surprise or it is a beautiful collaboration of creativity, design and love between a soon to be married couple, the diamond engagement ring is a combination of the excitement of a new life, as well as the promise of an heirloom that will possibly go down generations and build a new story with every hand that adorns it.