Unique rings

From Cartier's prickly customer to Chanel's shooting stars, these original designs are among the most memorable we've seen all year.

  • One of my favourite new collections of 2016 was Cactus de Cartier – an homage to the succulent plant with a spiky reputation. This ring is the piece I love most, with emerald beads mimicking the barbed skin of the barrel cactus, topped with orange carnelian flowers (£70,500).
  • This Chaumet ring (£10,930) is a beautiful interpretation of the classic toi et moi design, which places two stones side by side but not touching. From the new Rondes de Nuit collection, Chaumet has set sparkling round brilliant diamonds in two white gold pears.
  • Celestial motifs were a favourite of Mademoiselle Chanel - "I wanted to cover women with constellations! Stars! Stars of all sizes," she once said - and the tradition continues with this dreamy ring (£7,000), which sends two diamond-studded stars shooting across the fingers. 
  • Stephen Webster launched Magnipheasant in 2014 with a collection of one-of-a-kind jewels that were so popular a diffusion line quickly followed. This stylish Magnipheasant ring (£9,300) transforms the plumage of a pheasant into a pair of sparkling diamond wings.
  • Just when I thought I’d seen every variation on the floral ring possible, along comes David Morriss with this Cherry Blossom ring (£30,000). Bouquets of blossoms stretch from knuckle to mid-finger, the diamonds set in rose gold accentuating the femininity of the design.
  • Be Boodles diamond bracelet
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  • Nikos Koulis Yesterday diamond and emerald choker

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