Engagement rings haven’t always been all about the diamond. In the 1700s, simplistic rings were fashionable throughout Europe, while over in England, men were thought to have given thimbles to their brides-to-be (though women often cut off the tops and wore them as an engagement rings). Fast-forward to 1947 and the De Beers’s famous slogan hit the marketplace “A diamond is forever”.
When you choose the ring you have to consider the cut, colour, carat and clarity of the diamond but ultimately it comes down to finding something that you know your fiance will love.
Below is a list of some stunning Designer Engagement Rings to help spark inspiration.
- Tiffany & Co.
Arguably the most famous of all jewellery brands, Tiffany & Co. was founded by two gentlemen called Charles L. Tiffany and John B. Young. Originally a ‘stationery and fancy goods’ shop in New York City. A few years down the line, Charles took full control of the company and turned the main focus to jewellery, and as they say ‘the rest is history’. The famous little blue boxes very quickly became the brand’s hallmark.
DeBeers is the real reason why diamond engagement rings became such a popular choice. While the tradition of engagement rings existed long before DeBeers did, a highly successful marketing campaign by the company in 1947 is what made diamond engagement rings into a permanent tradition. For a long time, DeBeers held a near monopoly on the whole world’s diamond supply and controlled this to their power, pushing up prices to increase their profits.
Unquestionably one of the most fascinating individuals in the jewellery design world – Vatche Aghajayan. Before launching the award-winning jewellery design company, Vatche served in the US Air force as a fighter pilot. He has an unforgiving need for precision, which drives Vatche to create bridal jewellery that is truly a cut above the rest. He designs each piece himself to assure its mastery before passing it over to his small group of jewellers to execute. Vatche rings have a strong appeal to modest women with grace and style.
Bulgari was founded in 1884 by a Greek man called Constantino Bulgari. He was in the family business during the Second World War, and a bit of a hero. He hid three Jewish women in his family home after the raid of the Roman ghetto in 1943. And that compassionate nature hasn’t passed away with him. The company donated €13 million to Save the Children between 2009 and 2011. Bulgari chooses diamonds based on not 4, but 5Cs – cut, colour, clarity, carat… and conflict-free.
Graff has the world’s royalty among its customers. This British jeweller was founded in 1960 by a chap called Laurence Graff. And through six decades of trade has ‘handled more diamonds of notable rarity and beauty than any other jeweller’. Which includes the Wittelsbach-Graff blue diamond, which has been in the property of royal families around Europe ever since 1644. They make bespoke, one of a kind diamond engagement rings which are extremely exclusive and you’ll have to make an appointment with them for prices.
For over twenty years Barry Verragio has been the heart, inspiration and creative energy which specialises solely in engagement and wedding rings. Barry’s multicultural heritage enables him to bring together design factors from many traditional sources. With a dedicated focus on the feature diamond, Verragio engagement rings to enhance the centrepiece without competing with it.
Make sure you choose a ring that is made with pride and worn for life.