Putting a ring on it shows the world that you’re in love, you’re engaged and you’re ready to make the biggest style commitment of your life. You and your betrothed may decide to go with an ultra-expensive, one-of-a-kind stone. Or your significant other pops the question with a piece of plastic: he presents a ring in the shape of a classic Tiffany setting as a place holder until you two can visit a jeweler together and pick out the real thing.
Looking forward to Valentine’s Day and a uniquely personal ring that symbolizes your love? It is the thought that counts, and he’d better think long and hard. Here are some favorites:
The horizontal engagement ring is trending chic right now. It’s an unconventional design for the unapologetically unconventional woman such as Kate Beckinsale, Catherine Zeta Jones, Kate Beckinsale and Portia de Rossi. The uniqueness of this design gives you something special yet still timeless in its classic subtlety.
Two favorite options for stones in the horizontal setting are emerald and marquise cut. Both marquise and emerald give the illusion of elegant, long hands. Emerald cuts are particularly suited to women whose style is edgy classic. They signal understated discerning taste, refinement and elegance. The marquise cut belongs on the hand of a rebel and doesn’t want to see her ring on every woman in the crowd.
These are options if you are on board with the celeb fave horizontal setting:
White topaz baguette ring with diamonds, $580, Suzanne Kalan available at Twist
Diamonds form a halo around a white topaz stone set on a white gold band. This emerald-cut stone is both chic and sophisticated in its dazzling subtlety.
East-west classic emerald engagement ring, $993.65, Diamond Nexus
There’s a modern feel to this white gold ring. The horizontal setting with double-claw prongs makes the emerald-cut diamond loom large.
“Forever One” oval moissanite east-west solitaire, $1,549, Charles & Colvard
Simplicity and elegance define this union of moissanite and rose gold. This oval-cut rock is a statement of classic romance.
Options other than the horizontal settings range from the quirky to the Old World baroque. The design set is in love with these modern takes on engagement rings.
The Gypsy Horn ring, $1,400, finnjewelry.com
Find the 0.05-carat diamond in this discreet satin finish 18-karat yellow gold setting.
The Pink Plastic Solitaire, $12, buyamt
A playful take on the classic Tiffany setting from designer Alissia Melka-Teichroew. This pink beauty also comes in other colors.
Venus garnet and pearl ring, $100, The MetMuseum
This sterling silver ring features an overlay of 24-karat gold and is set with one garnet and two fresh water pearls. The design mimics a bracelet worn by Venus, the goddess of love, in a 17th-century painting by Peter Paul Rubens.
Rose Gold Love, $860, Bergdorf Goodman
It’s all spelled out for you by Sydney Evan in 38 white diamonds that equal 0.14 carats in a 14-karat rose gold ring.