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
Here's our list of the most common and well known designers and stores. It's
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
So when most of us think about designer engagement rings we are really thinking
about the brand, store, or jeweler rather than the designer.
Famous & Exclusive Designer Engagement Rings
At the top of most people's list of engagement ring designers is Tiffany
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
pieces 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. The Cartier brand
is recognized throughout the world and cherished by many.
engagement rings start from just a few thousand dollars with no real upper
However, when talking about ultimate luxury and high-end designer engagement rings,
one other name stands out big time—Harry Winston.
Harry Winston jewelry is 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 and 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.
Way back in 2007, The Chicago Tribune reported that the least expensive Harry
Winston engagement ring at their Chicago store cost around $15,000 which was
approximately three times the cost of the average engagement ring in the US at
Verragio, Tacori, Neil Lane, and Simon G. are also well known engagement ring
designers and although still considered high-end are more affordable.
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
More Affordable Designers & Stores
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.
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James Allen is the first to come to mind. We love
the designs, quality, and their policies of a lifetime warranty, 100% full refund, and
free returns and 24/7 customer service. They've been featured in everything from 'The Knot' to 'Forbes', and because other than a showroom on 5th Avenue in NYC, 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.
Another long-standing family business is online retailer
have literally been around for a hundred years.
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.
If you're on a pretty tight budget, Zales and Jared are two stores worth looking at because they
have extensive collections at moderate prices. Each of them have a few
exceptional styles with a designer feel that any gal would be proud to
Designer engagement rings come in a variety of styles and prices. The good
news is that you can start your shopping from the comfort of your couch. Spend a
few days visiting the various designer and store websites to see what's out
there. What you like and what works for your budget.
possibilities are endless! The hardest part is deciding on which one suits your
sense of personal style and how much to spend.