Rings are the perfect Christmas gift ideas for women because they are the one piece of jewellery that she is likely to wear every day. They are also small enough to slip into her Christmas stocking or, to keep the element of surprise going just that little bit longer, you could even tie a ribbon around the box and hang it from the Christmas tree.
Perhaps the most versatile of all jewels, a statement ring can be worn with virtually any outfit from casual to glamorous. And the good news is that it doesn't have to cost the earth - we have picked out the five best rings this Christmas under £4,000.
For a symbolic Christmas gift, the Louis Vuitton Lockit ring sends out a very clear message (£2,620). In Paris it has become popular for couples to attach a signed padlock to a bridge as a symbol of their everlasting love before throwing the key into the water below, and this Lockit ring makes it possible for you to carry a love padlock with you wherever you go. The yellow gold ring is secured to the white gold with a LV embossed padlock, reminiscent, also, of the locks on Louis Vuitton's iconic steamer trunks.
Monique Péan jewellery makes a unique and 100% ethical Christmas present. This fossilised woolly mammoth ring (£3,785), created using a scrimshaw technique, and surrounded with diamonds, is the perfect piece for someone who likes something a little bit different but that will last for generations.
This H.Stern ring is from the new Stars collection (£2,800). Inspired by an antique tiara, it features diamonds in muted colours from light cognac to off white, set in H.Stern's very own noble gold, which combines the warmth of yellow gold with the silvery hues of white gold. The old world glamour is perfectly offset by the modern, jagged star shape to create a very flattering, very wearable jewel.
Classic with a twist is how I would describe this stunning Kiki McDonough cocktail ring, which comes in just under budget at £2,900. The cushion-cut is incredibly popular right now, and the gently squared shape really emphasises the unusual pale-green colour of the amethyst. With the diamond pavé adding an extra dash of sparkle, it will definitely prove a conversation starter around the Christmas table.
This Chopard Happy Diamonds ring is just the jewel to put a smile on her face this Christmas. With two intertwined hearts in white gold, each holding three mobile diamonds, if I hold it up to the light you can see how the diamonds move and sparkle with the movement of my hand.
I think that any of these five rings would make fabulous Christmas gift ideas for women that will be worn and treasured for many years to come. For more inspiring gift ideas, including watches for her under £5,000 and our favourite style icons under £3,000, visit our dedicated Christmas section.
H.Stern's new Stars collection is inspired by an antique tiara and features diamonds in muted colours from light cognac to off white, set in H.Stern's very own noble gold. The ring featured in our video (centre) is £2,800.
Chopard Happy Diamonds ring with two intertwined hearts in white gold, each holding three mobile diamonds (£2,900).