The mere mention of designer names such as Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel is guaranteed to quicken the pulse. Traditionally, these Bond Street fashion heavyweights may not have been the obvious port of call for brides-to-be, but these luxury houses are increasingly translating their fashion nous into fine jewellery, including designer engagement rings.
Launched 17 years ago, Dior’s jewellery division has flourished under the visionary leadership of creative director Victoire de Castellane, whose sources of inspiration range from floral and natural motifs to fairytales and pop culture.
The Rose Dior Bagatelle collection pays tribute to founder Christian Dior’s favourite flower, the rose, with romantic jewels inspired by the breathtaking rose garden in the Parc de Bagatelle in Paris. And diamond engagement rings don’t come much prettier than the Dior rings in white gold with an elaborate rose dressed up in white diamonds. These rings are a perfect match for the Bois de Rose wedding bands, which offer a feminine interpretation of a rose stem that wraps itself elegantly around the finger.
For a more colourful option, opt for the Dior engagement rings in yellow gold with a delicate rose crafted from blue chalcedony, which can also be partnered with Bois de Rose wedding bands.
Chanel continues to evolve the distinctive style of Gabrielle Chanel in its fine jewellery collections with designs that are classic, contemporary and always trés chic. The timeless combination of black and white was an integral part of Coco’s signature style and has inspired the Ultra collection, which pairs a monochrome palette with sleek, high-tech ceramic.
Combine the Chanel engagement rings with a central diamond on white or black ceramic with a matching wedding band, or mix the two colours for an eye-catching monochrome effect. Beautiful and glamorous, yet deceptively simple, these designer engagement rings have a touch of the avant-garde that reflects the spirit of an indomitable style icon.
In the 15 years since its launch, Louis Vuitton’s fine jewellery collection has gone from strength to strength. The Parisian house subtly weaves its distinctive brand identity into jewels with a refined elegance that are never brash. Perfect for contemporary brides who hanker after a clean, minimalist design, the Louis Vuitton Empreinte engagement rings feature simple circular motifs inspired by the nail imprints of the Maison’s legendary trunks. For a flawlessly coordinated look, pair these diamond engagement rings with his and hers wedding bands from the same collection.