An engagement ring is arguably the most important piece of jewellery you will ever receive and one that will - hopefully - be worn every day for the rest of your life. Here at The Jewellery Editor we pride ourselves on having our fingers on the pulse when it comes to hunting down the very finest engagement rings, both by the big jewellery houses and smaller independent designers.
Ranging from stunning solitaires to radiant rubies and sparkling pavé, we have chosen ten sumptuous engagement rings to celebrate our 100,000 milestone.
From the jeweller that coined the phrase "Diamonds are Forever" comes the De Beers Caress engagement ring, which gives the classic solitaire a modern twist by encircling the central stone with a curved band studded with pavé-set diamonds.
The vintage appeal of an emerald-cut diamond shows no sign of waning and in this Tiffany & Co. Soleste ring, a halo of bead-set diamonds further emphasises the beautiful, timeless cut. Equally stunning is the Graff engagement ring in the jeweller's signature Flame setting that combines an emerald-cut diamond with a rose gold band set with pink diamonds.
Featuring a perfectly formed oval diamond suspended from a diamond pavé band, it is no surprise that Finn Jewelry's innovative take on the engagement ring scooped first price at the Las Vegas Couture Show.
New York-based designer Monique Pean's ethical engagement rings made from recycled platinum or gold and set with antique diamonds perfectly encompass the tradition of "something old, something new". Barbara Michelle Jacobs is another ethical jewellery brand hailing from NYC and this elegant yet whimsical engagement ring features a pear-cut diamond on a twig-inspired gold band.
Completing the New York trio of independent designers is Anna Sheffield whose delicate yet edgy jewels reimagine the traditional engagement ring in the most beautiful way possible.
Also from the Big Apple is Red Carpet jeweller extraordinaire Fred Leighton who can probably count most of Hollywood's leading ladies among his fans. This platinum cushion-cut diamond engagement ring is the epitome of old world glamour.
A shining beacon for the very best of British jewellery design, as well as a stunning example of a non-traditional engagement ring, the Boodles Raindance classic ruby ring forms part of the permanent jewellery display at the V&A.
Originally from New Zealand but now based in London, Jessica McCormack is renowned for her enchanting bridal designs and this yellow gold Oval Diamond Trio ring is no exception.
Anna Sheffield Theda ring, with a central elongated rose-cut pale yellow diamond flanked by four white diamonds in yellow gold.
Boodles Raindance ring featuring a platinum band that divides into three. The ring is set with five round-cut faceted rubies of varying sizes interspersed with four white diamonds.
Fred Leighton 3.01ct platinum cushion-cut diamond engagement ring.
Jessica McCormack yellow gold Oval Diamond Trio ring, set with a 2.24ct oval cut diamond mounted in a Georgian style cut.
Graff emerald-cut diamond engagement ring in Graff's signature Flame setting with a rose gold band set with pink diamonds.
Monique Péan Mineraux collection engagement ring in recycled oxidised platinum, set with an antique white oval rose-cut diamond and diamond pavé.
Barbara Michelle Jacobs pear-shaped diamond engagement ring, available with either a recycled yellow, white or rose gold twig band.
Tiffany Soleste emerald-cut diamond engagement ring featuring bead-set diamonds surrounding the central diamond and encircling the band (available from 0.25ct to 2.50ct).
Finn Jewelry engagement ring featuring an oval diamond suspended from a diamond pavé band.
De Beers' Caress solitaire engagement ring incorporates a curved diamond pave´ band that appears to embrace the central diamond.