Engagement ring designers often become known for a particular style and many jewelers offer signature collections especially when it comes to bridal jewelry. Designer engagement rings range in price from a couple of thousand dollars to millions of dollars, it all depends on the brand and the quality and size of the diamond.
While some people may seek out a particular designer when thinking about buying an engagement ring, in most cases, especially if it's a well known brand, the actual designer of the ring is not the person whose name appears on it.
Instead, it's a talented individual who designs an engagement ring based on the aesthetics and philosophy of the brand. It's similar to Karl Lagerfeld designing for Chanel.
So when most of us think about designer engagement rings we are really thinking about the brand, store, or jeweler rather than the designer.
And, at the top of most people's list of engagement ring designers is Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany was founded over 150 years ago and has a very strong brand worldwide. They are known for exceptional quality and that trademark Tiffany Blue which is used in all their branding and packaging (think little blue box). The rich and famous, over the last 100+ years or so, have sported many Tiffany engagement rings which have made them all the more desirable.
Truth is, not only is the quality great but they are much more affordable than one would think, even though they can still be quite expensive.
Cartier is another big name with engagement ring designers. The Cartier brand is recognized throughout the world and cherished by many. Cartier engagement rings start from just a few thousand dollars with no real upper end limit.
However, when talking about ultimate luxury and high-end designer engagement rings, one other name stands out big time—Harry Winston.
Harry Winston engagement rings are some of the most exclusive and expensive. He's the guy who lends all those diamond jewelry pieces to the celebs at the Oscars worth millions of dollars. Harry Winston is known for the highest quality stones and larger carat sizes so it's inevitable that his engagement rings are going to cost more than most of us can afford.
Verragio, Tacori, Neil Lane, and Simon G. are also well known engagement ring designers and although still considered high-end are more affordable. Scott Kay engagement rings would also be a good fit for this group.
The Verragio brand specializes in bridal jewelry. Verragio engagement rings are divided into five collections: The Venetian, Couture, Classico, Insignia, and Paradiso. The Eterna Collection showcases their wedding and eternity bands.
Tacori engagement rings are known for their European styling and attention to detail. Tacori's philosophy is that most people understand quality and appreciate good design and that both these things should be available at a reasonable price. They offer different collections to meet all price points and even design Cubic Zirconia engagement rings with surrounding diamonds for those wanting the designer style without a designer price tag.
Neil Lane engagement rings offer "a contemporary vintage-inspired collection that celebrates Hollywood's glamour." Neil Lane has a long history in Hollywood and has designed jewelry pieces for all the big stars when they needed an engagement ring or wedding band. For his bridal collection, Neil Lane teamed up with Kay Jewelers to bring his unmistakable style and design sense to all of us at great prices.
Simon G engagement rings are known for their intricate detailing, filigree work, beading and engraving. They have an heirloom quality about them that comes from the rich cultural background of the designer himself who is quoted as saying "If you want jewelry that gets stared at you can't afford to overlook anything."
Although so far we've only mentioned the more-expensive and better-known engagement ring designers there are many more affordable alternatives that shouldn't be overlooked.
Although these names and stores may not carry the same weight in terms of cachet they all have some beautiful pieces which should be seriously considered regardless of your budget.
Rings courtesy of JamesAllen
James Allen is one of the first to come to mind. We love their policies of a lifetime warranty, 100% full refund, and 60 free returns. Because they're exclusively an online retailer they can offer exceptional designer rings at much lower prices than bricks and mortar stores. They also have an amazing technology that allows you to view real pictures of the diamond that you're buying through a virtual jeweler's loupe—just like being at an actual jewelry store.
REEDS Jewelers prides themselves on being a family business and treating you like one of their own. Which basically means they have great prices. They have an extensive collection of bridal jewelry (including Hearts On Fire, Tacori, Scott Kay, ArtCarved wedding bands, Mikimoto, and other designer engagement rings) in all price ranges. They really are a quality retailer who understands that their reputation is at stake with every sale they make. We highly recommend them.
Another long-standing family business is online retailer Since1910.com who have literally been around for a hundred years.
Tracy Allen is a wonderful designer we heard about through some friends. She is located in LA and has a wonderful store at the Grove that will accommodate just about every budget. If you're local to the area, as far as engagement ring designers go, she should not to be overlooked.
If sustainable fine jewelry with conflict-free materials and a social conscious is what you're looking for then Monique Pean engagement rings might be for you. Her work is completely non-traditional, so don't expect to find anything similar to what the other designers have to offer in her collections.
Almost all of the designer engagement rings available on the market today come in a variety of styles, from solitaires, to three-stone diamond rings, to split shank pave set or tension-set...... and everything in between.
If you're on a pretty tight budget learn all about affordable engagement rings in this section of the site.
The possibilities are endless! The hardest part is deciding on which one suits your sense of personal style and how much to spend.