A Love of Pearls - Pearl Engagement Rings
October 30, 2012
Impeccably finished in 18 carat white gold, the ring exquisitely highlights the grace and elegance of the pearl - the traditionally symbolic gemstone for new brides around the world to wear on their wedding day.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ENGAGEMENT RING
The history and romance of giving rings is part of our wedding traditions, first being given in Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome as symbols of love, the heart and ownership.
In 1477 the Archduke Maximilian of Austria is recorded to have presented Mary of Burgundy with the world's first diamond engagement ring. Families around Europe with significant wealth followed suit.
Until De Beers discovered large diamond deposits in South Africa in the late 19th century, however, diamonds were forever to just a few.
A TRADITION BEFORE DIAMONDS
Couples instead celebrated their engagement with a variety of different coloured gemstone and gold rings.
Victorian pearl engagement rings were simple or intricate in their design.
The solitaire diamond, set in six-pronged claw style called a Tiffany Setting in 1886, is still the classic engagement ring design today.
But more unusual gemstones and cuts are back in fashion. It is also popular for couples to choose a more individual style, to personalise a ring, or even design a bespoke piece of jewellery.
THE PEARL ENGAGEMENT RING
For our ring collection, this ring design features an Akoya pearl, a variety of saltwater pearl that can truly match the emotion of the occasion with its special lustre and pink-white colour.
Two princess cut square white diamonds give the pearl an accent, whilst the flat court profile of the outside of the white gold band gives the ring a more contemporary styling.
A pearl engagement ring? Now that would be love.