Rob Reaks , December 18, 2019
Between Christmas and St.Valentine’s Day, it’s estimated that 100,000 people get engaged in the UK; we’ve chosen our top sparklers this season for those planning to pop the Big Question and need some inspiration, whatever your budget and tastes! (We also experience a huge serge in demand for Engagement Parties, Hen Dos and Stag weekends in January-March as these happy couples get to work planning their celebrations!)
Rings on the left ring finger have symbolised LOVE since 2800 BC. The ancient Egyptians believed that the left ring finger was directly connected to the heart by the love vein (Vena Amoris).
In 1867, an enormous diamond mine in South Africa increased the availability of diamonds almost over-night. . Cecil Rhodes arrived in South Africa in 1873 and his ‘DeBeers Mining Company’ soon controlled 90 percent of the World’s diamond production. Their clever marketing department introduced the DeBeers company slogan “A Diamond is Forever” in 1947 and within a few years the diamond engagement ring was the most popular choice for engaged couples. It is considered to be one of the most ingenious marketing campaigns ever created.
De Beers invented the solitaire diamond engagement ring, so this classy, classic ring goes top of our list of The Top Sparklers this Season. This Platinum solitaire diamond ring is proudly signed with a D and a B. With an innovative open, low setting which heroes the four-prong-set solitaire. Various sizes, colour and clarity available depending on your budget.
Another Classic, set in 9ct white gold. With a cushion ‘illusion-set’ diamond complemented by a sparkling halo of brilliant-cut diamonds. The gorgeous stone-set shoulders make this a little ring with a lot of bling. Overall, the diamonds weigh in at 0.25ct. You’ll have a lot of fun choosing a wedding band to match this beauty; will she opt for a simple white gold band or go all out with a diamond clustered show-stopper?
This 0.75 ct White Gold set Asscher Cut diamond is a statement piece, with a classic Edwardian-feel to it (it was created in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland’s ‘Asscher Diamond Company’ and became very popular in the 1920s). The Asscher Cut has a prismatic brilliance and a rectangular-faceted pavilion. With 58 main facets, it’s one of the most refractive diamonds on the market today.
Oh My God, this is SO pretty! This gorgeous diamond engagement ring was created by Tiffany founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, over 130 years ago, and is now the world’s iconic engagement ring. The 0.15 carat, D-F colour, IF-VS clarity diamond floats above a virtually invisible six-prong setting, which is 18k Rose Gold.
Not all engagement rings are round! The Top Sparklers this Season includes this pretty 1 carat heart-shaped diamond engagement ring from Samara James is set in platinum. ‘Justine’ features a four claw basket style setting, and a Court shaped shank with open shoulders with a chevron design.
A timeless sense of luxury with this classic and elegant 18ct yellow gold diamond engagement ring from family jewellers, Beaver Brooks. Three brilliant cut diamonds (0.45ct) have been carefully selected for their sparkle and fire, and are perfectly matched by experts so they look great together. You won’t be able to keep your eyes off this creation.
Mappin and Webb is synonymous with quality, and over 240 years of jewellery making expertise. The Belvedere ring is a timeless and sophisticated design, set in platinum and handmade in Britain by master craftsmen. A simple 0.5ct pear-shaped Diamond is bursting with colour.
Mapping and Webb’s story began in 1775, when Jonathan Mappin opened a silver workshop in Sheffield. George Webb joined in 1864 (but died the same year). The company eventually expanded internationally and received royal warrants and commissions from Monarchs around the world.
John Lewis and Partners bring you this classic platinum and diamond engagement ring by Brown & Newirth. the beautifully faceted half carat diamond sits on a classic claw frame with a petal detail. Stunning.
Ernest Jones brings you a stunning diamond cluster set in gleaming 18ct white gold. Weighing 3/4ct, this ring sparkles brightly. With a huge range of affordable rings, and stores on most British high streets and shopping centres, Ernest Jones is definitely worth a visit for more inspiration for the Top Sparklers this Season.
So, if you’re engaged, Congratulations! Now, it’s time to start planning engagement parties, hen dos and stag weekends. Give Red7 a call and we’ll get your party started. The UK’s Original and Best Hen and Stag travel company, with over three decades’ expertise in UK and overseas group travel. 01273 872200
Red7 is not affiliated with any of the Retailers listed and does not endorse any of the items included in this feature.
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