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Ring the Changes

A fresh crop of rings has landed on Bond Street just in time for summer engagement ring browsing for love birds.  Have a look for your dream engagement ring from this new selection. Rings are so symbolic and none more so than the engagement ring. Sitting on the finger, that according to Roman legend, leads directly to the heart, an engagement ring is about so much more than just carats and passing fashions. Here are some that have caught my eye in the spring budding of jewels that have brightened up Bond Street.  Think beyond the traditional diamond solitaire or sapphire engagement ring as there are plenty of alternatives twinkling away. As for trends, I am beginning to see more and more yellow and rose gold with diamonds, a look that had waned in favour of the cool sheen of white gold and platinum. I surprise myself by warming so readily to the yellow gold and diamond look and in particular the De Beers Three Adonis Rose Bands stack.   And while one half of me is tempted toward the less traditional designs - that are not in fact billed as engagement rings such as Dior's rose ring or Harry Winston's Lily Cluster, the princess half in me is lured towards the ChaumetJosephine tiara-esque look. Boucheron, Cartier and Piaget offer grown-up elegance while Boodle's Bolero strikes a fine balance between cute and grand with the flower cluster ring. Van Cleef & Arpels' Genre Aladin sapphire flanked by diamonds is an absolute classic while Vuitton's Ombrelles et Eventails or  'Fans and Umbrellas' adds an exotic dash. 'Eternal Grace' by Boucheron is aptly named as this is a ring that will glide stylishly through the decades. For a more earthy feel for the hand made look of  Wright and Teague's Delphi solitaire ring. Meissen's Love Letter ring, though not strictly an engagement ring is loaded with symbolism and so very pretty. 

  • CARTIER, Engagement ring in White Gold and Diamond. POA
  • DIOR, Bagatelle ring in white gold with diamonds. Price from £17,000

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CARTIER, Engagement ring in White Gold and Diamond. POA

CARTIER, Engagement ring in White Gold and Diamond. POA

DIOR, Bagatelle ring in white gold with diamonds. Price from £17,000

DIOR, Bagatelle ring in white gold with diamonds. Price from £17,000

HARRY WINSTON, Lily Cluster Marquise Diamond Ring, 18K Yellow Gold. Price from £4,450

HARRY WINSTON, Lily Cluster Marquise Diamond Ring, 18K Yellow Gold. Price from £4,450

PIAGET, High Jewellery Possession ring,  White gold and diamonds. Price from £26,000

PIAGET, High Jewellery Possession ring,  White gold and diamonds. Price from £26,000

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, Genre Aladdin ring, 1 oval-cut sapphire, round diamonds and white gold. POA

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, Genre Aladdin ring, 1 oval-cut sapphire, round diamonds and white gold. POA

BOUCHERON, Eternal Grace Solitaire in platinum gold and diamonds. Price from £7,800

BOUCHERON, Eternal Grace Solitaire in platinum gold and diamonds. Price from £7,800

MEISSEN, Ring in white gold and diamond from the Love Letters Collection. Price from £10,123

MEISSEN, Ring in white gold and diamond from the Love Letters Collection. Price from £10,123

Louis Vuitton, Fans and Umbrellas Ring, made from white diamonds and pink tourmaline on white gold. Price from £4,700

Louis Vuitton, Fans and Umbrellas Ring, made from white diamonds and pink tourmaline on white gold. Price from £4,700

WRIGHT AND TEAGUE, Delphi ring, diamond
 and yellow gold. Price from £19,000

WRIGHT AND TEAGUE, Delphi ring, diamond
 and yellow gold. Price from £19,000

CHAUMET, Josephine collection, Tiara platinum ring set with a pear cut diamond. POA

CHAUMET, Josephine collection, Tiara platinum ring set with a pear cut diamond. POA

BULGARI, Ring in platinum 1 pear shaped diamond, 2 tapered baguette diamonds. POA

BULGARI, Ring in platinum 1 pear shaped diamond, 2 tapered baguette diamonds. POA

BOODLES, Bolero ring, a classic cluster ring created from brilliant cut diamonds set in platinum. Price from £7,700

BOODLES, Bolero ring, a classic cluster ring created from brilliant cut diamonds set in platinum. Price from £7,700