The ultimate engagement ring guide

For the extravagant bride: Harry Winston

One Harry Winston diamond is good, but seven are even better. That’s the magic number in the brand’s new Pear Shaped Cluster ring, which sees a beautiful pear-cut central diamond surrounded on each side by three smaller, but no less sparkling, stones.

The ring is a new addition to Harry Winston’s Cluster collection, which was designed by the ‘king of diamonds’ in the 1940s and inspired by a snow-dusted holly wreath. While the diamonds are arranged at seemingly random angles, they are in fact meticulously positioned so that the light reflects at just the right angle, while platinum is kept to a minimum in order to allow light to flood into, around and out of the stones. The result? Maximum brilliance and sparkle, for brides who want their ring noticed from the other side of the street

For the alternative bride: Ruth Tomlinson

Asymmetric champagne diamond ring with granules, £6,400, Ruth Tomlinson
Asymmetric champagne diamond ring with granules, £6,400, Ruth Tomlinson

London-based jewellery designer Ruth Tomlinson’s designs are instantly recognisable and intensely coveted by a certain breed of jewellery aficionados whose tastes are slightly left of centre. Her organic Encrustrations pieces, which see gemstones arranged seemingly at random between barnacle-like granules of gold, make for beautifully unique alternative engagement rings.

Best of all, Tomlinson offers a bespoke service in which a client’s own diamonds can be re-set into one of her contemporary creations, ideal for brides-to-be with family stones, or indeed wives considering giving their existing engagement ring a revamp. ruthtomlinson.co.uk

For the colour-loving bride: George Pragnell

George Pragnell oval-cut Burmese ruby ring in yellow gold 
George Pragnell oval-cut Burmese ruby ring in yellow gold 

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

Jemma Wynne x Stone & Strand double pave hexagon frame diamond ring 
Jemma Wynne x Stone & Strand double pave hexagon frame diamond ring 

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

Bulgari Incontro d'Amore ring in platinum with diamonds

Bulgari Incontro d'Amore ring in platinum with diamonds
Bulgari Incontro d’Amore ring in platinum with diamonds

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

Boodles Mosaic three-stone Ashoka diamond ring in platinum with diamonds

Boodles Mosaic three-stone Ashoka diamond ring in platinum with diamonds
Boodles Mosaic three-stone Ashoka diamond ring in platinum with diamonds

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.

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