By Åse Anderson
A new collection of Fred Leighton engagement rings brings a whole new meaning to the traditional wedding mantra of “something old, something new”. Inspired by the American jeweler’s favorite vintage-style cuts and mountings, these unique engagement rings reference some of the most influential design periods in history.
Diamond cuts such as cushion, Old European, rose and Asscher are incorporated into ring designs with a timeless appeal. The intricate filigree detailing typical of the Edwardian period from the early 1900s is replicated in elaborate diamond engagement rings that exude romance. The old mine-cut filigree solitaire brings to life the remarkable workmanship of the Edwardian era in a design that is as grand as any antique engagement ring we have come across.
Another impressive, yet delicately pretty, Fred Leighton engagement ring from the new collection features a 2.11ct rose-cut center stone with a diamond surround on a narrow diamond-encrusted band. More recent Art Deco influences shine through in diamond engagement rings that mimic the clean, graphic lines of the post World War I aesthetic, with brilliant-cut diamonds in square settings.
Fred Leighton has also introduced color surrounds set with sapphires, as well as yellow gold silhouettes, which lend the engagement ring collection an elegantly modern feel. Combining alluring diamonds and beautiful design, the collection, which recently launched at the jeweler’s New York salon, will be expanded this fall.
Fred Leighton opened its doors in the 1970s and is renowned the world over for both its carefully curated estate jewelry and its eponymous creations favored by celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker and Natalie Portman.