Best of 2014: engagement rings

Red and yellow and pink and blue, with some stunning white diamonds in the mix - our pick of the best engagement rings is a melting pot of stones and styles.

Messika Heart pink diamond engagement ring with rose gold prongs and a diamond pavé band.

By Åse Anderson

Those of you who were lucky enough to get engaged in 2014 really were spoilt for choice when it came to unique engagement rings.

From simple but stunning solitaires with glittering pavé bands to coloured gemstones in unusual settings, this year we have seen a flurry of engagement rings to suit every conceivable style.

To round up the year, The Jewellery Editor team has picked out a selection of our favourite engagement rings from 2014.

The round brilliant-cut diamond is a classic choice that will never date, but this Chanel engagement ring ramps it up a notch with a double pavé band that ripples around the finger.

With an elegant vintage feel, an emerald-cut diamond engagement ring conjures up images of iconic beauties such as Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor, who were both fans of this distinctive, long-faceted silhouette. It will come as no surprise that emerald-cut engagement rings also grace the hands of many modern celebrities, including the newly married Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as well as Beyoncé and Angelina Jolie. This Asprey emerald-cut engagement ring, featuring a platinum band set with round brilliant diamonds, has movie star glamour written all over it.

The pear-cut diamond is one of the most challenging diamond shapes to cut and the Boucheron Ava engagement ring shows off the central stone to perfection in a setting that creates the illusion of the stone floating in mid-air. Mounted on a double band, the De Beers Promise princess-cut engagement ring is the perfect choice for girls who want a sparkler with a modern edge, while romantics can't help but fall in love with Sophie Harley's impossibly pretty heart-shaped diamond engagement ring.

Engagement rings with coloured centre stones continue to rise in popularity, thanks in no small part to the Duchess of Cambridge, who wears a sapphire engagement ring that once belonged to her late mother-in-law. The Anne Sportun sapphire engagement ring, available exclusively at Astley Clarke combines a Periwinkle blue stone with textured rose gold. If regal, ruby red is more your thing look no further than this Boodles engagement ring featuring a cushion-cut ruby, tied with a pretty diamond bow that lends it a vintage air. 

Engagement rings set with coloured diamonds are as extravagant as they are beautiful, and we have seen many exceptional examples in 2014. Whether it is the intense sky blue of Graff's blue diamond engagement ring, the sunny hue of Harry Winston's yellow diamond ring or the wonderfully pretty combination of a pink diamond cut into a heart shape in Messika's stand-out design, coloured diamond engagement rings remain the pinnacle of luxury.

As we wave goodbye to a sparkling year, get ready for more spectacular ring proposals in 2015. 


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