While most weddings take place during spring and summer, the big question is often popped during the holiday season, some time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. The cold weather provides the perfect occasion to cosy up with that special someone in a romantic (and ideally secluded) spot where you can whisper a few sweet nothings before presenting THE ring, but not necessarily a solitaire. In recent years, diversification from the likes of Delfina Delettrez, and her revival of the engagement nose ring with ancient roots; Eva Fehren’s innovative use of morganite; and Stephen Webster’s “I Promise to Love You” collaboration with artist Tracey Emin means there is more than one way to put a ring on it. But if you are not putting the money towards a down payment, here are out picks that will sweep her off her feet.
Dark side of the moon
In addition to precious golds, other natural materials such as carbon, titanium, wood and even silk make for a unique setting. Since 1886, Swiss jeweller Adler has refined its innovative techniques that highlight unconventionality in its creations. The Gaïa rings feature ebony and jet, set with Burmese ‘pigeon blood’ rubies, unheated pink sapphires or diamonds in 18K white or pink gold, for dramatic visual contrast. The Shinsei collection, inspired by a flower pattern, highlight the central gem – Mozambican ruby, Zambian emerald – with mother-of-pearl or carbon petals, arranged 3-dimensionally to create a truly sculptural piece.
Serpent Boheme Ring
You & Me
Famous for its animal themes, Boucheron develops them to unparalleled dramatic effect in the ‘Serpent Bohème’ collection. The voluminous wraparound design is a great alternative to the traditional ring, and the precious golds, painstakingly worked into fine scales, are sure to become a talking piece on her hand. The ‘Toi et Moi’ style perfectly expresses the union of two people. There are other options as well. The Ava collection’s concentric design plays up the classic solitaire, while the central gems of Joy rings – from emerald and sapphire, to amethyst, aquamarine, citrine, mandarin garnet, morganite, peridot, rubellite, tanzanite – show the true colours of your love. Choices, choices…
BAGUE SIGNATURE DE SAPHIR Fond Blanc
Strength to strength
Who could exemplify a forward-thinking, independent woman better than Coco Chanel herself? Hallmarked by strong silhouettes, the ‘Signature de Chanel’ fine jewellery collection transcribes the 2.55 handbag’s quilted design into carved black mother-of-pearl and the ‘Surpiquée’ motif (French for topstitched). The Cocoon ring, spotlighting a central rock crystal entwined in diamond-set leaves, draws on Mademoiselle’s fascination with crystal orbs, and is a wonderful tribute to every woman’s natural beauty.