Stores & Jewelry Designers of Engagement Rings
Jewelry designers of engagement rings become individually known for a particular style. Many offer signature collections to various stores and retailers.
These designer engagement rings range in price from a thousand dollars to millions of dollars. It all depends on the brand and the quality and size of the diamond.
High-End & Modern Designer Engagement Rings
Talented designers will often create two distinct collections. One in their own name and sold under their brand. The other, will be designer engagement rings based on the aesthetics and philosophy of a store’s brand. So when we think about designer engagement rings we could be thinking about the brand, store, jeweler or the designer. With that, we see a range of bridal collections from traditional and vintage inspired to modern designer pieces.
Tiffany & Co Engagement Rings
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. The rich and famous have sported many Tiffany 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.
Tiffany engagement rings (especially The Classic Tiffany Solitaire which is often considered to be the quintessential engagement ring) are highly coveted by just about everybody on the planet.
With a worldwide reputation for excellence everyone from the rich and famous to the average girl next doors hopes that their marriage proposal will come with a little blue box.
It’s hard to believe that the original 6 prong Tiffany solitaire was created in the late 1800s. Since that time, both the Tiffany brand and it’s trademarked shade of blue (as in that little blue box) have come to symbolize ultimate quality and craftsmanship in bridal jewelry.
Since 1837 Tiffany and Co. has been considered one of the world’s premier jewelers and arguably the best jewelry design house in the US. They have always maintained an exceptionally high standard and believe that there is no compromising on quality.
When it comes to Tiffany engagement rings you can rest assured that your diamond will have the highest quality cut and be of exceptional color grade.
You shouldn’t be intimidated by walking into one of their stores, they pride themselves on great customer service. They understand that many people dream of owning one of their engagement rings so they start around the $1500 mark. Admittedly, you’re not going to get much for that price, but it will be an original Tiffany. A 1 carat Tiffany engagement ring starts upwards of $9200.
If budget is not an issue, Tiffany & Co. will certainly be able to meet your needs.
In terms of style, Tiffany engagement rings have a timeless quality about them. Their designs are always classic and in keeping with the company’s image. They will never succumb to the latest trends but instead rely on classic styling that will be appreciated for generations. They offer several distinct collections for engagement rings including The Tiffany Setting (which is the classic 6 prong shown above), The Lucida, The Tiffany Novo, The Tiffany Embrace, The Tiffany Legacy, Tiffany Bezet and Etoile. We have to say that each of these collections is more beautiful than the other.
We recently went to visit the Tiffany store at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and were amazed by how courteous and helpful the sales associates were when we inquired about engagement rings. They offered to explain to us the 4Cs and how Tiffany diamonds are of a certain minimum quality and grade. They knew we weren’t necessarily going to by one but they were nevertheless extremely helpful.
Tiffany engagement rings hold a certain cachet that very few other designers or brands have. Because of that you will pay a little more for a Tiffany ring but you can be sure that what you are getting is a quality piece that you will cherish forever.
Cartier Engagement Rings
The Cartier brand is recognized throughout the world and cherished by many. Cartier engagement rings are classic in style. You aren’t going to find any trendy or over-the-top designs. You’ll find both traditional and contemporary pieces that all have an understated elegance—designs are refined with subtle detailing that are absolutely timeless.
Cartier engagement rings price-wise have no real upper end limit. Although the price of a Cartier solitaire ring can start as low as 9K, the equivalent ring from an average retailer will be 30% less or even cheaper. The reason being, they aren’t a Cartier and that name and brand come with a price.
Cartier engagement rings have a rich history. Their jewelry has been worn by discriminating buyers since 1847 when Louis-Francois Cartier took over the workshop of another master jeweler in Paris.
Within 10 years of opening his doors, the niece of Napoleon purchased some jewelry from him and the House of Cartier became a favorite of nobility over the next 100 years. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly & Prince Rainier, to name a few, all enjoyed the exceptional quality and exclusive designs that Cartier offered then, and still does today.
Since it’s inception, the Cartier brand has also been associated with some of the most famous diamonds in the world, like the Hope Diamond, Pacha Diamond, and the 107 carat Louis Cartier Diamond.
With such a rich history in precious gemstones you can rest assured that all of their designs are of exceptional quality both in craftsmanship and materials—especially the diamonds. So you will pay a little extra for a Cartier ring but after all, it is a Cartier! And you will get that trademark red box for the ring (it’s kind of like the blue box counterpart from that other well known jeweler ) and that alone is worth paying extra for. ;-)
Today Cartier offers a stunning bridal collection that includes engagement rings, wedding bands, and custom settings—you can choose any setting and the diamond of your choice and have the ring custom made by a master craftsmen.
Cartier engagement rings are classic in style. You aren’t going to find any trendy or over-the-top designs. You’ll find traditional and contemporary pieces that all have an understated elegance—designs are refined with subtle detailing that are absolutely timeless.
Most are set in platinum although some can be found in white gold. Cartier was one of the first jewelers to use platinum as a standard for engagement ring settings because they felt it brought out the true brilliance of a diamond more so than any other metal.
Their wedding bands come in platinum, as well as, white gold and rose gold. They also offer gem-set wedding rings, eternity rings, and simple metal bands. We spotted an amazing white gold, diamond and blue sapphire wedding band that was around $2700. LOVE!
In terms of price, Cartier engagement rings vary along with the quality and grade of the diamond. You’ll also pay a premium for the brand so count on upwards of $10,000 to start as the base price for an engagement ring.
Cartier engagement rings and bridal jewelry is as precious as it is beautiful. With classic styling and uncompromising quality, any of their pieces will be cherished for years to come.
The Harry Winston Engagement Ring
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. He 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 at that time.
Most of us have seen the Harry Winston jewelry that celebrities wear on the red carpet during award shows but few of us realize that every aspect of those incredible pieces are designed and created in-house.
Harry Winston first opened its doors in 1932 in New York and has become the quintessential American luxury brand.
Of particular interest to us, is the method with which they design and style Harry Winston engagement rings. For Harry Winston it all starts with the diamond. They study each individual stone and create a design based on its particular qualities and character.
By using the diamond itself as the source of inspiration and having their gemologists and designers work together to create each piece, they’re able to bring out the best in each stone, which is why their diamond rings and jewelry sparkles so much.
Although they only use diamonds that are D, E, F in terms of Color with Clarity greater than VS2 they carefully select each diamond for its unique character and individual appeal. They understand that each stone has a beauty that can’t be measured or seen on a gemological report.
It’s this attention to detail and standard of quality in materials that ensures a certain level of brilliance and fire in all Harry Winston pieces.
They have a very specific aesthetic when it comes to engagement rings. They’re designed to always be classic and timeless with near invisible platinum settings and hand-set stones that transform them into sculptural pieces of art rather than just jewelry.
In terms of diamond shapes, their engagement rings come with most of the fancy cuts along with the round brilliant. According to the House of Harry Winston, the most popular diamond shapes for engagement rings are the round brilliant, cushion-cut and emerald-cut with their cushion-cut micro-pave being an all time favorite.
With classic styling and exceptional quality, Harry Winston engagement rings are not only spectacular but expensive. In terms of price, they start in the low five figures and the sky is the limit from there.
Harry Winston jewelry is only available in the finest stores and at their own exclusive locations.
Verragio, Tacori, Neil Lane, and Simon G. are also well known engagement ring designers and although still considered high-end are much more affordable.
Tacori Engagement Rings
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
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
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.”
More Affordable Jewelry Designers of Engagement Rings
So far we’ve noted the more-expensive and better-known engagement ring designers, however there are many more affordable alternatives that shouldn’t be overlooked.
These names don’t carry the same weight in terms of cachet but they all have beautiful pieces that should be seriously considered regardless of your budget.
James Allen is the first to come to mind. We love the designs, quality, and their policies of a lifetime warranty, 100% full refund, free returns and 24/7 customer service. They’ve been featured in everything from ‘The Knot’ to ‘Forbes’. Other than a showroom on 5th Avenue in NYC, they’re exclusively an online retailer and 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 Since1910.com who have literally been around for a hundred years. We also can’t forget about Blue Nile.
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 wear.
Jewelry designers of engagement rings offer a variety of styles and prices. The good news today is that you can shop from the comfort of your couch. Spend some time visiting the various designers and store websites to see what’s out there. You’ll quickly figure out what you like and what works for your budget.