Engagement rings Bring on the color

Chopard Paraiba tourmaline, tourmaline and diamond ring
Chopard Paraiba tourmaline, tourmaline and diamond ring

 

The traditional engagement ring stones are sapphires, rubies and emeralds with diamonds. But beware, emeralds can break so not ideal for everyday wear. And I should know, as that is exactly what happened to the first stones in my engagement ring.

 

Chopard, one-off blue 43.67-carat sapphire ring
Chopard, one-off blue 43.67-carat sapphire ring

 

 They have since been replaced with harder-wearing pretty pink sapphires. Beyond the trio of the classic colored engagement ring gems, there is a whole range of unusual options.




The Gem Palace of Jaipur at Harry Fane, rubellite ring. £21,700.00
The Gem Palace of Jaipur at Harry Fane, rubellite ring. £21,700.00

 

From rubellite, a type of red to pink tourmaline to electric blue Paraiba tourmalines from Brazil (as in the Chopard ring above) the choice is dazzling.

Wright & Teague, Delphi platinum rings: Peridot £1,900, Emerald £5,000, Aquamarine £2,900, Tourmaline £1,500
Wright & Teague, Delphi platinum rings: Peridot £1,900, Emerald £5,000, Aquamarine £2,900, Tourmaline £1,500

 

Or really think out of the box and go for zesty green tsavorites, a type of garnet from Kenya’s Tsavo National Park or the lilac hued Tanzanite from, yes, you guessed it, Tanzania. 

Harry Winston Pink Diamond Ring
Harry Winston Pink Diamond Ring

 

Colored diamonds are of course another option and yellow and pink are the most coveted. Colored diamonds are more rare than whites which is why they are the choice of those who can afford them and many a celebrity. Harry Winston’s drop dead gorgeous pink diamond ring will the job very nicely but be prepared to forfeit the mortgage. Harry Fane’s Obsidian Gallery, by appointment only, offers a range of gems bursting with subcontinental colors from the Gem Palace of Jaipur as well as glamorous Verdura creations that evoke American chic a la ‘Mad Men.’




Tiffany & Co, yellow and white diamond rings. Square diamond £45,000 and heart shaped
Tiffany & Co, yellow and white diamond rings. Square diamond £45,000 and heart shaped

 

Tiffany & Co’s yellow diamonds from Australia are as bright as a sunny morning. They also have the advantage of coming from a single mine and therefore their origin is traceable.

Boodles, Oval ruby cluster ring £30,000
Boodles, Oval ruby cluster ring £30,000

 

Boodles Vintage yellow diamond ring £15,000
Boodles Vintage yellow diamond ring £15,000

 

Boodles is a long-standing favorite for engagement rings and with a new boutique at the Savoy Hotel on the Strand in London can make shopping for an engagement ring a deluxe experience. Imagine calling up room service for another bottle of champagne as you peruse your diamond ring options.

Van Cleef & Arpels, Genre Aladin Ring
Van Cleef & Arpels, Genre Aladin Ring

 

Drop into Van Cleef & Arpels for the most romantic rings and Louis Vuitton’s collection of fine jewelry is growing with Lorenz Baumer’s original designs.

Astley Clarke, Aurora white gold ring with rhodalite and rubies £1,890
Astley Clarke, Aurora white gold ring with rhodalite and rubies £1,890

 

For a wide range of styles and colors, visit Astley Clarke, the on line jewelry boutique where browsing through styles and almost as important, prices, is just a click away.

Wright & Teague, Delphi platinum rings: Peridot £1,900, Emerald £5,000, Aquamarine £2,900, Tourmaline £1,500
Wright & Teague, Delphi platinum rings: Peridot £1,900, Emerald £5,000, Aquamarine £2,900, Tourmaline £1,500

 

Wright & Teague offer the bright zesty hues of peridot, emerald and tsavorite. Just one thought to bear in mind when choosing a colored stone: you are going to live with this ring for a long time, so make sure you chose a color you can live with.

 

Louis Vuitton, L'Ame du Voyage yellow diamond ring in rose gold
Louis Vuitton, L’Ame du Voyage yellow diamond ring in rose gold

 

Tiffany & Co Schlumberger Flower ring with tanzanite and diamonds
Tiffany & Co Schlumberger Flower ring with tanzanite and diamonds

 






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